A man who gained local fame by scaling a San Francisco luxury residential tower in September is fighting three misdemeanor charges in a trial that started Thursday morning.
Dan Goodwin, also known as "SpiderDan," used suction cups to climb up the side of the Millennium Tower in The City's South of Market neighborhood.
Goodwin was arrested after reaching a 59th floor balcony on top of the building. He was charged with being a public nuisance, trespassing, and delaying or obstructing arrest, and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Read More
The sunny weather Thursday may be putting San Franciscans in a good mood, but a group of students at a Sunset District middle school are being told to slap a grin on their faces as "Smile Day" is under way.
As part of the San Francisco Unified School District's "Respect Week," students at A.P. Giannini Middle School are being asked to show off their pearly whites.
"The reason 'Smile Day' is important is because people seem approachable and friendly, and it's much easier to get along when someone appears friendly," district spokeswoman Heidi Anderson said. Read More
A University of California at San Francisco medical student who was killed at a South of Market nightclub earlier this month has saved lives as an organ donor, San Francisco General Hospital officials said Thursday.
Joe Hernandez, 30, was found unconscious on the floor of the Temple nightclub on Howard Street early the morning of Jan. 9.
He had apparently been hit in the head with an object. Doctors were unable to save him, and he was put on life support for several days until his organs could be donated. Read More
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspects in a fatal shooting atop San Francisco's Twin Peaks early Saturday morning.
Luis Venegas, 23, was with a group of friends in a parking lot at Christmas Tree Point, a scenic overlook, when a verbal dispute with a nearby group escalated into gunfire at about 3:20 a.m., police said.
Venegas was shot several times and died at the scene, San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Saturday. Read More
The San Francisco Police Commission is expected to begin formally discussing the selection of a new police chief at its meeting tonight, and the man who just left the job said his replacement will likely come from within the department.Former Police Chief George Gascon resigned on Jan. 9 to take the position of district attorney. His second-in-command, Jeff Godown, is now acting police chief. Read More
San Francisco police have arrested a 17-year-old Hayward boy suspected of shooting two men leaving a bus in the Mission District this morning, a police lieutenant said. The shooting was reported at about 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of 16th and Folsom streets, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Read More
The University of California at San Francisco today opened a simulation learning center that school officials say is one of the first of its kind in the nation.The Teaching and Learning Center, located on the second floor of the UCSF library on its Parnassus campus, will serve 2,500 students in the school's dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy programs, all of which rank among the top four nationwide in their fields. Read More
San Francisco police today identified the man suspected of opening fire inside a Tenderloin coffee shop and killing a man as 29-year-old Jodie Daniels. The shooting took place at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday inside Jebena Coffee and Tea Co. at 990 Polk St.Police said Daniels, of El Cerrito, chased Terry Turner, also 29, into the cafe, cornered him inside a back room, and shot him several times in the abdomen and head. Turner, a San Francisco resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More
A man was shot after getting off a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in The City’s Mission district Tuesday morning, a police spokesman said.The shooting was reported at about 9:40 a.m. at the intersection of 16th and Folsom streets, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.Two men, ages 22 and 18, had gotten off a Muni bus and were on the southwest corner of the intersection when they were approached by three suspects who opened fire, Dangerfield said. Read More
The nonprofit organization Youth Speaks is celebrating its 15th anniversary tonight with a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.The annual performance, "Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," will explore the relationship between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and today's generation of teenagers, spokesman John Hill said.Tonight's event will be at the Herbst Theater at 7 p.m. and will feature performances by original staff members Paul Flores and Aya de Leon, as well as past Grand Slam Champions Rafael Casal and Brian Yoo. Read More
Police are trying to identify a man who hid inside a Redwood City CVS pharmacy on Sunday and robbed it at gunpoint as employees closed the store for the day.The robbery was reported at the CVS at 1301 Broadway at 10:18 p.m.Employees were in the process of closing the store when a man wearing a black jacket and black cargo pants emerged and ordered them to the floor at gunpoint, police said. He then took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran away. The man is described as black, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds. Read More
Bay Area residents coming out to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day will enjoy a historic commute on Monday, thanks to Caltrain's 27th annual Freedom Train ride.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Santa Clara has teamed up with Caltrain to host the commemorative ride.
Freedom Train rides started in the Bay Area in the early 1980s as a way for residents to memorialize King's historic march in Alabama, from Selma to Montgomery, in 1965. Read More
A bicyclist was injured Sunday morning when he was hit by a vehicle in San Francisco's Mission District, police said.
Officers responded to a report of a vehicle that crashed into a bicycle at the intersection of Duboce and Mission streets at around 9:45 a.m., San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
A 30-year-old woman from San Francisco was driving a Toyota sedan through the intersection when she struck a 24-year-old man on a bike, Andraychak said.
The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. Read More
The San Francisco Giants will be featured on a new Showtime reality series chronicling the 2010 World Series champs’ off-season, spring training and 2011 regular season, Major League Baseball and the cable network announced Friday.The series “will give viewers a front-row seat into the lives of the players, coaches and team personnel as they begin the arduous task of defending their World Series title,” a statement said.The show is currently in production, and a name is still in the works. Read More
Detectives investigating the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona last weekend are considering a connection to California Sen. Leland Yee, who received death threats for criticizing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin last year.
Listen to the voicemail left for Sen. Leland Yee. (Warning: Contains graphic language) Read More