A motorcyclist who was arrested Tuesday after leading authorities on a pursuit across the Bay Bridge and then crashing in San Francisco has been identified by the California Highway Patrol as 30-year-old Steven Stanford Jr.
The crash was reported at 12:17 p.m. Tuesday at Fifth and Harrison streets in the South of Market neighborhood.
The accident ended a pursuit that started when Stanford allegedly drove through the Bay Bridge toll plaza without paying, CHP Officer Michael Ferguson said. Read More
A long-planned police substation on blighted Sixth Street in South of Market will open some time next month, Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday.
The site, located at 72 Sixth St. between Jessie and Mission streets, has long been slated for the substation, but plans stalled in early 2012 when a new state law went into effect ordering the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies.
San Francisco’s agency was overseeing the project, prompting officials to alter their plans and instead pay $775,000 out of the general fund for renovations to the building. Read More
A standoff that started this afternoon finally ended tonight when a man barricaded inside a San Francisco apartment surrendered to police, a police officer said.
Officers were called to the apartment complex in the 400 block of 20th Avenue at 3:20 p.m. after receiving a report that a man had fired a gun inside an apartment there, Officer Carlos Manfredi said.
Police found a bullet hole in the front door and after making several attempts to knock on the door they attempted to enter the apartment fearing the man may be a danger to himself. Read More
Police are investigating whether the same person committed two attempted bank robberies in the downtown area Friday.
The first robbery attempt was reported about 1:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Market Street, and the second happened about 20 minutes later in the 100 block of Pine Street.
In each case, the suspect — dressed in a striped hooded sweatshirt and Ugg-style boots — approached a bank teller and handed over a note demanding money, but ran away when the teller left, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
A representative of the California High-Speed Rail Authority was in San Francisco on Thursday to talk about the train system’s near- and long-term plans in the Bay Area.
Ben Tripousis, regional director for Northern California, told a packed auditorium at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association that the under-three-hour trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles could be a reality by 2029, but that a host of political, financial and logistical obstacles must be overcome before high-speed trains reach the Bay Area. Read More
Bay Area residents may want to bundle up, as a cold-weather system is headed this way and will linger for several days, a National Weather Service forecaster said.
“Temperatures will start dropping” today, forecaster Steve Anderson said.
Daytime highs in the greater Bay Area are expected to be in the low 50s, and overnight temperatures will dip to about 35 to 40 degrees, he said.
“The overnight lows are not too crazy cold until you get out into the East Bay and North Bay valleys, where temperatures will be slightly below freezing,” Anderson said. Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments March 26 on the constitutionality of California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.Sponsors of Proposition 8 and their committee, Protect Marriage, are appealing a ruling made last year in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the initiative.The high court’s decision is expected by the end of June. In the meantime, a stay of the lower court decision will remain in place and Prop. 8 will continue to be in effect. Read More
A judge ruled Monday that the man accused of murdering seven people in a shooting rampage at Oakland’s Oikos University in April is incompetent to stand trial and suspended the legal proceedings against him.Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta said she based her ruling on reports by two psychiatrists who have examined 44-year-old One Goh.Panetta ordered Goh, a Korean national who lived in Oakland, to return to court Jan. 28 for a hearing on which state mental hospital he should be sent to. Read More
San Francisco resident Walter Smith, 30, was found stabbed in the Bayview early New Year’s Day.
He later died at General Hospital. Police are seeking tips in the slaying, The City’s first homicide of 2013, a police spokesman said.
A detailed suspect description was not available. Read More
A man with an assault rifle in his vehicle removed his clothes and brandished a samurai sword at police in west San Jose for more than two hours Tuesday morning before he was arrested while trying to flee, a police spokesman said.
Coco Bennett, 29, whose residence is unknown, was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon and possessing an assault rifle, police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said. Read More
A construction worker died after falling more than a dozen feet at a house under construction near San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital on Wednesday morning, a Fire Department spokeswoman said.
The fall was reported at 10:37 a.m. at 40 Edgehill Way, where a three-story home is being built. The worker, believed to be about 50 years old, was standing on scaffolding near an unfinished stairwell at the time, fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Read More
The rain-soaked Bay Area will get a slight reprieve from stormy weather for the next couple of days, a National Weather Service forecaster said Wednesday.
Isolated thunderstorms and hail hit parts of the region throughout the day Wednesday, but today is expected to be dry, forecaster Steve Anderson said.
San Francisco’s annual Christmas tree recycling program will start next week, city officials announced Wednesday. Residents can leave their trees curbside for pickup.
The “treecycling” was announced at a news conference in Civic Center Plaza, where officials from the Department of the Environment and Recology inserted more than a dozen trees into a chipper. Read More
A San Francisco man has been arrested on suspicion of robbing a bank in downtown San Rafael last week, police said Monday.
Jeremiah C. Martin, 36, was arrested at his Sixth Street apartment about 10 p.m. Saturday, police said. Martin is suspected of robbing the Citibank at 666 Third St. shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to police.
A male robber entered the bank, demanded cash from a teller and then fled with the money. He was last seen running north on Tamalpais Avenue, police said.
No one was injured and no weapon was seen. Read More
After 43 years of educating students, tourists and Bay Area residents about the wacky ways of biology, physics, chemistry and more, the Exploratorium will be closing its doors at the Palace of Fine Arts at the start of the new year.The interactive science museum located at 3601 Lyon St. will be making its way to a new location at Pier 15, scheduled to open April 17. In the final days before it closes, the museum will have special holiday hours, and the last day of operation, Jan. 2, will be a free admission day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Read More