Jan. 1: At 2 a.m., BART halts a train at Fruitvale Station to allow police to deal with reports of a fight onboard. At 2:15 a.m., while a group of men allegedly involved in the melee is detained by five BART police officers, 27-year-old officer Johannes Mehserle draws his gun and fires one shot at 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who is lying face down and being restrained. Grant is killed. BART and the Alameda County District Attorney announce they will investigate the shooting. Read More
What happened: Just after 2 a.m. New Year’s Day 2009, BART police were called to the Fruitvale station following a report of a fight on a train. Several passengers were pulled off the train. Oscar Grant III of Hayward was focused on. Eventually, he was forced to the platform floor and shot in the back by Officer Johannes Mehserle, who said he meant to use his Taser instead of his gun.
Originally charged with: First-degree murder Read More
Officials are opening up "community engagement centers" in San Francisco for residents to peacefully express their feelings about the Mehserle verdict, San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said.
Locations at the City College southeast campus at 1800 Oakdale Ave. in the Bayview District and Ella Hill Hutch Center at 1050 McAllister St. in the Western Addition neighborhood should be open by 5 p.m.
Dangerfield said there have been no reports of any large gatherings or violent behavior in San Francisco. Read More
“My work let us out early based on the verdict. They wanted to make sure everyone got home safe”
— Leslie Rinehart, going to Dublin
“I think the verdict should have been voluntary manslaughter. Anyone who takes out a gun and shoots someone ... that’s no accident.”
— John Perez, waiting for BART train at Embarcadero station
Hundreds of people have gathered in downtown Oakland to protest the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle trial. Police have blocked off the intersection of Broadway and 14th Street as well as several nearby intersections.
The protest appears to be calm. People are gathered on Broadway between 12th Street and 14th Street, and a band was playing in the middle of the street shortly before 6:30 p.m. Read More
Passengers aboard a plane that was flying from San Francisco to Chicago ended up in South Dakota after reports of a fire in an engine on the Boeing 757.
United Airlines Flight 158 was scheduled to leave San Francisco just before 10:30 a.m., according to the airline’s website. However, a mechanical problem during the roughly four-hour flight forced the jet to land at Sioux Falls Regional Airport.
The United plane landed without incident around 4 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported. Read More
WHAT: A construction project at a mysterious Siberian resort exposed a hot-water main and threatened a remote village’s heating supply during cold temperatures in early 2008. Mayor Tatyana Kazakova sued and demanded a criminal investigation. The investigation only targeted Kazakova. Read More
A team of traffic officers on motorcycles will be on the lookout for impaired drivers on San Francisco's streets tonight, according to San Francisco police and a spokeswoman for "Avoid the 8," a multi-jurisdictional anti-drunk driving program.
The team will start their rounds at around 7 p.m. and return to the police department at around 3 a.m. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today reinstated a lawsuit filed against the Danish owners of a freighter by a fisherman whose boat was nearly hit by the ship in heavy fog off Point Reyes in 2007.
The freighter, the Eva Danielsen, passed close to the Marja, a fishing boat owned by Brian Stacy of Morro Bay, without harming him on the afternoon of July 13, 2007. Read More
WHAT: Under fire from the U.S. about the large number of cocaine-filled suitcases from Guyana intercepted in America, police blamed their drug-sniffing dogs as being too old or poorly trained to detect narcotics in luggage — such as the 50 pounds of cocaine seized in one suitcase at JFK Airport in New York last month. Read More
S.F. Symphony summer soiree: Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony, and Joshua Robison opened their home earlier this month to patrons and musicians for a gathering held to anticipate the symphony’s 2010-11 season opening gala. The Sept. 7 concert will feature a guest perfomance by soprano Jessye Norman.
Two people were injured when a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus and a vehicle collided in the city's Richmond District overnight, a Muni spokeswoman said today.
The crash was reported at about midnight near the intersection of Balboa Street and 36th Avenue, Muni spokeswoman Kristen Holland said.
The crash involved a 31-Balboa bus and a car. A passenger on the bus and someone in the car were injured, Holland said. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, she said. Read More
The gun found on the man arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 19-year-old during Pink Saturday festivities does not match the bullets used in the slaying.
Stephen Powell died Saturday after being targeted at the San Francisco Pride celebration in the Castro district. A gunman approached the young man and fired four bullets into his chest. Two other bystanders were injured.
It marked The City’s 25th homicide this year. Read More
Forty-nine air travelers from 15 states filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco today seeking to block the planned merger of United Air Lines and Continental Airlines.
The proposed merger of Chicago-based United and Houston-based Continental was announced in May. It would be called United and would be based in Chicago, and it would create the world's largest airline in terms of revenue-producing passenger miles. Read More
San Francisco-based airline Virgin America, which took to the skies in 2007, is about to go international.
Tuesday marks the launch of Virgin America's first international destination with a celebrated flight from San Francisco International Airport to Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, billionaire and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, and Virgin America CEO David Cush will welcome guests with a red carpet send-off and ribbon cutting on the airline's newest route. Read More