The San Francisco Police Department wants to emphasize to the public that its text-message reporting program should not be used for emergency situations.
In emergencies, residents should call 911, police said.
For non-emergency reports, the department runs a Text-a-Tip program, which it launched last August.
Witnesses and other reporting parties can report criminal activity or supply crime-related information to police by texting TIP411, or 847411, with the keyword "SFPD" followed by the message. Read More
Zoo visitors will have the chance to meet zookeepers and be rewarded with reduced admission for showing their appreciation during a weeklong celebration, according to a San Francisco Zoo spokeswoman.
National Zoo Keeper Week begins today, and the animal keepers will be available to meet and greet the public at various exhibits throughout the zoo to share their favorite stories.
Adults who bring in a thank you card for their favorite keeper, or keepers, will receive $2 off admission; children showing their appreciation with a card will receive $1 off admission. Read More
Two dogs that attacked three people in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park earlier this month were put down Thursday, a spokeswoman for the city's Animal Care and Control department said today.
The owner of the dogs never came forward to claim them and, because the animals were considered vicious, they were euthanized, spokeswoman Deb Campbell said.
The attack happened at about 6:40 a.m. on July 1 in the area of John F. Kennedy and Transverse drives, near Lloyd Lake. Read More
A man from Fairfax, Va., who was in the Bay Area for a job interview at Google was shot and killed in downtown Oakland late Sunday night, police said today.
Patrol officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Webster Street at about 11:30 p.m. after police received reports of gunshots and people seen running toward 20th Street.
The officers arrived and found the victim, identified by police today as 45-year-old Jinghong Kang, had been shot at least once. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More
San Francisco police and prosecutors have concluded that the fatal shooting of a teenager on Geary Boulevard in May was not a crime and that no murder charges will be filed.
Ilya Yurchenkov, 18, of San Francisco, was fatally shot at about 11:30 p.m. on May 7 in the 2400 block of Geary Boulevard, near Lyon Street.
The alleged gunman, Desmond Wroten, 18, of San Francisco, was arrested a short time later.
Prosecutors at the time declined to file a murder charge against Wroten, citing the need for further investigation. Read More
Oakland police today released photos of looters and rioters taken during last week's protest of the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case and are asking for the public's help in identifying them.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered in downtown Oakland Thursday evening after the former BART police officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Oscar Grant III on Jan. 1, 2009.
The protest turned violent later that night, and 78 people were arrested after protesters smashed windows, looted stores, busted down doors and sprayed graffiti on storefronts. Read More
WHO: Oklahoma City’s Operation Weed and Seed
WHAT: The U.S. Justice Department found that the program has misspent and mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars during the past six years. It improperly spent $153,971 in federal funding on items such as Japanese swords, 65-inch flat-screen televisions and arcade games for youth programs. One employee actually put $7,000 of city and federal funds into a personal account for himself. Read More
Deirdre Hussey, managing editor of The San Francisco Examiner, has been appointed executive editor.
Hussey’s career has taken her from New York to reporting assignments in South Africa and the Bay Area.
She joined The Examiner in 2002 and was north San Mateo County editor, city editor and assistant managing editor before being appointed managing editor in 2007. Read More
A federal appeals court was asked at a hearing in San Francisco today to block a California law that requires police to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested on suspicion of a felony.
Four citizens represented by the American Civil Liberties Union claim that taking DNA from people who are arrested but never convicted of a crime is an unconstitutional search.
They appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal trial judge in San Francisco refused to grant a preliminary injunction suspending the measure, which went into effect in 2009. Read More
Oakland attorney Tony Lawson said today that he and other lawyers will file an employment class action lawsuit against New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. over the recent closure of the NUMMI plant in Fremont.
The suit is on behalf of NUMMI employees who were left out of work when the auto plant was closed.
NUMMI opened in 1984 and was a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors, but GM withdrew from the partnership last year. Toyota decided to close the auto plant on April 1. Read More
A San Francisco man drowned Sunday when he slipped off a rock and went under water for about 15 minutes while returning from a fishing outing with friends at Salt Point State Park on the Sonoma Coast.
The Sonoma County coroner's office identified the victim as 57-year-old Jung Chao Yu. An autopsy this morning is pending toxicology tests.
Jeremy Stinson, a supervising ranger with the California State Parks department, said Yu and four friends from San Francisco had been fishing since 9:30 a.m. on the rocks at Gerstle Cove in the south end of the park. Read More
A San Francisco club that was the site of a fatal shooting this weekend will be closed for at least a week as an investigation into the killing continues, a police spokeswoman said today.
Lt. Lyn Tomioka said the owners of Jelly's agreed to a voluntary seven-day closure following a dispute between two patrons early Sunday that left one dead.
The restaurant and dance cafe is located on Pier 50 at 295 Terry A. Francois Boulevard, in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood. Read More
WHO: Jeanne Mundango Manunga
WHAT: The Orange County woman was sentenced to a year in jail after authorities found out she sent herself hundreds of threatening text messages. Manunga had told police her ex-boyfriend and his sister-in-law were behind the threats. She also was placed on three years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution.
WHY IT WAS A BAD IDEA: Whatever Manunga’s motivation was, she chewed up valuable time and resources of the Santa Ana Police Department. Read More
A renowned environmental scientist will join residents of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood at a news conference in San Francisco Monday to ask the Board of Supervisors to reject the environmental impact report for the Lennar Corp.'s shipyard redevelopment project. The 500-acre project would turn the abandoned, contaminated Hunters Point Shipyard into a vibrant, modern community with residences, retail and commercial space, according to Lennar Corp. Read More
WHAT: More Afghanistan construction companies working on contracts for American and NATO military bases are accusing U.S. middlemen of reneging on payments owed for supplies and work. At least one American contractor allegedly left the country owing Afghan companies several million dollars. Read More