Attention Mission district gangsters who are fed up with the thug life: Supervisor David Campos wants to give you a job.
In the past 18 months, Campos said, he has teamed up with officers on a new program that targets at-risk youths who actually want to leave their gangs. According to the supervisor, “close to 10 young men” who had been contributing to rampant gang activity in the Mission are now employed with The City as gardeners.
Now Campos wants to expand the program to include private-sector employment opportunities. Read More
A jealous ex-boyfriend stabbed his former girlfriend with an ice pick last week — and even robbed her — as they were driving in the Outer Mission district, according to police.
Virgo Guandique, 46, of San Francisco pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from the Feb. 7 attack in the 900 block of Huron Street that left the woman with a serious injury. Read More
The passenger of a vehicle that crashed near City College of San Francisco last month is facing drunken driving charges, prosecutors said Thursday.
A woman in the front passenger’s seat allegedly took command of the steering wheel during an argument with her boyfriend about the way he was driving.
That act, according to court records, caused the vehicle to crash on Ocean Avenue near Howth Street. Read More
Greed got this suspect arrested, but his on-the-lam accomplice might be going straight to hell.
One of two men who allegedly stormed into a pastor’s home in Redwood City last week and held a gun to a 79-year-old woman’s head was so greedy that he left the woman alone in a bedroom — with a phone — so the pair could scour for more loot. Read More
A man was caught carting around 600 pounds of stolen copper wire Tuesday after he attempted to sell a clearly stamped Department of Public Works manhole cover to a Dogpatch recycling center, police said.
About 8 a.m., a Bayview Police Station officer was reportedly called by an employee at a recycling center in the 300 block of 20th Street who said the manhole cover had obviously been stolen from The City. The employee identified the suspect as Robert Chapple, 44, of San Francisco and said he had been coming twice a week for the past month to sell copper, police said. Read More
A 21-year-old man was seriously wounded by a gunman in a Mercedes-Benz in Potrero Hill on Monday morning, police said.
The shooting was reported at 8:37 a.m. in the first block of Dakota Street. The victim was treated for life-threatening injuries at San Francisco General Hospital, police said. Read More
A man said he was walking home from work in the Mission district Monday night when teenagers beat him up and stole his cash, police said.
Just before 10 p.m., police said, officers responded to the 3100 block of 24th Street on a report of robbery. The victim, who suffered a swollen cheek, said he saw three boys ages 15 or 16 hanging out on the street corner. To avoid them, police said, he walked into a store. But they reportedly attacked him anyway, taking money out of his pocket before fleeing. Read More
A 28-year-old woman was repeatedly kicked in the head until she gave up her purse Monday night, police said.
About 10:10 p.m. near the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets, two men reportedly grabbed at the woman’s purse. They caused her to fall to the ground, police said, but the woman did not give up without a fight. However, neither did the two crooks.
They reportedly kicked her in the head until she gave up her belongings. She was treated at a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening. Read More
Police are hunting for the heartless thug who dragged a sleeping homeless man into the street, bashed his head on the concrete and robbed him in Fisherman’s Wharf early Sunday.
Just before 4 a.m., police said, the 48-year-old victim was catching some Z’s in an alcove on Beach Street near Taylor Street when he was viciously attacked.
“He was awakened by the suspect dragging him,” Police Officer Albie Esparza said Monday. Read More
A police officer was knocked unconscious and another officer’s nose was damaged while they were breaking up a brawl near the cable car turnaround on Powell Street early Sunday.
The unidentified male officers had been patrolling the area in their police cruiser just after 2 a.m. when they came upon the fight near Ellis Street, Police Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
Two of the busiest streets in San Francisco could have double-fine zones indefinitely under legislation proposed by Sen. Leland Yee.
The state senator authored legislation in 2008 that more than doubled fines for recklessly driving along the 19th Avenue corridor and Van Ness Avenue. The temporary law is set to expire this year, but Yee says it should continue because it has lowered pedestrian fatalities. Read More
They are all prisoners of their own device.
Some of the less brilliant credit card thieves of our time have been living it up at San Mateo County hotels recently, apparently unaware that victims can easily get wind of activity on their plastic.
A man who confessed to fatally shooting East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis outside San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center less than three years ago is back on the streets.
Much to the chagrin of prosecutors, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Craig Parsons on Tuesday let Gregory Elarms out of jail on his own recognizance. Read More
The man who is now being called a person of interest in the famous 1984 disappearance of 10-year-old Kevin Collins had a history of kidnapping and sexually assaulting young boys — including an incident in Fisherman’s Wharf — but police said no witnesses have been able to connect him to the cold case.
On Wednesday, police revealed that a mysterious child predator who changed his identification at least five times — most recently going by Dan Leonard Therrien — had lived in an Upper Haight duplex near the Panhandle bus stop where Collins was last seen. Read More
A real pain in the butt caused this tomfoolery.
Investigators say they believe drugs caused an armed 29-year-old man to rob a South San Francisco 7-Eleven store of candy last weekend after first buying taquitos.