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
An estimated 130,000 passengers are expected to pass through SFO today, and more than 2 million holiday travelers are expected to use the airport through Jan. 6, SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said.
Snow and turbulent winter weather in the Midwest on Thursday were already causing flight delays between the Bay Area and Chicago, SFO Duty Manager Linda Perry said.
Rain was expected to move into the Bay Area on Thursday night and continue this morning, potentially complicating travel plans for anyone flying out of SFO, according to the National Weather Service. Read More
A firefighter was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after battling a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in the Oceanview neighborhood Thursday morning, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa said.
The Fire Department received reports of a fire on the second floor of a three-story building at 119 Broad St., between Capitol and Plymouth avenues, at 5:31 a.m.
The building was evacuated of 25 residents before the blaze was controlled at 6:14 a.m., fire officials said. Read More
San Francisco Superior Court Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein has announced that she is retiring from the bench.
Feinstein, 55, the daughter of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, has served as a judge with the court for more than 12 years, and for the past two she has served as presiding judge. Her retirement is effective Feb. 1, court officials said. Read More
An East Bay high school senior was mourned Monday after he was killed in a shooting in the Bayview district last weekend.
The teen, identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 17-year-old Montreal Blakely, was shot in the first block of Osceola Lane about 10 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Blakely was taken by a friend to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
The Concord High School student played on the football team as a starting defensive back, according to coaches. Read More
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 16-year-old girl in The City’s Bayview district.Officers saw the girl down on the sidewalk about 12:45 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Quesada Avenue and Jennings Street.
The officers began CPR and called for an ambulance after seeing that the girl was in distress, but she was pronounced dead on arrival, according to police.
The girl has been identified as Jaynice Johnson. Read More
The fatal shooting of two young mountain lions in Half Moon Bay earlier this month has prompted a Monterey-based wildlife rescue group to petition the state Department of Fish and Game about its policies toward such animals.
On Dec. 1, game wardens shot the mountain lions that had taken refuge under the porch of a home in the 800 block of Correas Street earlier that week. The cubs were about 10 months old and each weighed about 30 pounds.
The decision to kill the animals was made in the name of public safety, Fish and Game officials said. Read More
The California Department of Fish and Game this month is releasing thousands of trout into more than a dozen Bay Area lakes, to the delight of local anglers. Some of the fish weigh as much as 2 pounds, according to the department.
“We want to create opportunities for families to spend quality time together through the time-honored tradition of fishing,” said Scott Wilson, Fish and Game’s acting regional manager. Read More