A jury Thursday found an alleged San Francisco gang member guilty of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of another man while trying to steal his jeweled pendant depicting the Flintstones character Bamm-Bamm.
The San Francisco Superior Court jury deliberated for about eight days before reaching this morning's verdict, which found Charles "Cheese" Heard guilty of murder and attempted robbery in the killing of 29-year-old Richard Barrett outside a North Beach nightclub early the morning of Nov. 25, 2008. Read More
A 16-year-old Fremont boy died in an apparent suicide at the Embarcadero BART station in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, according to BART officials and the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office.
Daevonn Hartley was struck at about 2:30 p.m. by a train headed to the East Bay.
Emergency crews responded and were able to extract Hartley, who was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries at 7 p.m., according to the Medical Examiner’s Office. Read More
A 28-year-old woman who was killed on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge early Wednesday morning when her car crashed into a recycling truck has been identified by the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office as Clara Cisneroz.
The crash was reported at about 3:50 a.m. on the eastbound deck of the bridge near Treasure Island, California Highway Patrol Officer Herman Quon said.
Witnesses reported a Volvo speeding in one of the right lanes, Quon said. He said there were reports that the car was going more than 100 mph, but that those reports have not been substantiated. Read More
Backers of a state initiative that would increase cigarette taxes by $1 a pack to provide more than $500 million a year to prevent, detect and treat cancer said Thursday that they have gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot in 2012.
When former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata and other backers announced their plans for the initiative late last year, they said they hoped to get enough signatures to put it before voters this fall. Read More
A woman was arrested Tuesday after allegedly offering sexual services for money to an undercover policeman in a massage parlor in San Carlos.
Officers went to Ever Green Massage at 1600 El Camino Real on a tip that prostitution was occurring at the business, San Carlos police said.
During a 30-minute massage, a massage therapist offered an undercover officer sexual services, police said. Detectives arrested the woman, 47-year-old Hui Jun Sun, of San Francisco, on suspicion of soliciting an act of prostitution. Read More
Who’s in town
Artist Maira Kalman visits the Contemporary Jewish Museum, where an exhibit of her work, “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” opens today. Kalman’s appearance includes the launching of the Milton (5 p.m.), a series of conceptual performance spaces for whimsy and exchange. [736 Mission St., S.F., www.thecjm.org] Read More
Want to get the Independence Day holiday off to an early — and free — start? Check out Circus Bella’s “Gotcha!” a 60-minute, one-ring circus with themes of mistaken identity and trickery.
The show, performed at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, features new and returning artists performing aerial acrobatics on the static trapeze, zany clowning, balancing feats on slack rope, acrobatics and more, accompanied by live original music by local composer Rob Reich. Read More
A person who was trapped underneath a BART train at the Embarcadero station has been rescued from the tracks and taken to a hospital.
No information was available about the condition of the person, but a BART spokesman said the victim, a man in his 20s, was attempting suicide.
The train struck the man at around 2:30 p.m. and was headed toward the East Bay.
BART and Muni underground traffic was affected until about 3:45 p.m., when trains started moving through the station again. Read More
Detroit's two daily newspapers knew they were shoving some readers overboard in an effort to stay afloat when they decided to limit home delivery to just three days a week.
It was only a question of how many subscribers would abandon the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News once their print editions were no longer hitting doorsteps and driveways each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Read More
A 20-year-old San Francisco man arrested after the fatal shooting of a teenager during the Pink Saturday celebration in the Castro district last weekend was arraigned in court Wednesday morning on gun charges.
Stephen Powell, 19, was shot at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Market and Castro streets, in the midst of a large crowd of celebrants at the annual street party, held the night before San Francisco’s gay pride parade.
Two other people, who were not with Powell, were also hit by gunfire and injured. Police have said they believe the shooting was gang-related. Read More
The 2-year-old son of former NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham has died in what authorities on Wednesday called an apparent backyard hot tub accident.
The Clark County coroner's office identified the child as Christian Cunningham, and said the cause of death was pending.
Las Vegas police Officer Marcus Martin, a department spokesman, said the death appeared to have been an accidental drowning, but authorities were still investigating. Read More
A suicide bomber blew himself up in the capital of Russia's restive Chechnya region on Wednesday, wounding three police officers and two civilians, officials said.
The blast at about 6 p.m. shook the center of Grozny, a city gingerly trying to come back to life after being devastated in two wars between separatists and Russian forces since 1994. Read More
Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon in the quarterfinals by Tomas Berdych on Wednesday, stopping his bid for a record-tying seventh title at the All England Club.
The 12th-seeded Czech used his big serve and forehand to beat Federer in four sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, on Centre Court for the biggest victory of his career.
It's the first time since 2002 that Federer has failed to reach the final. Since losing in the first round eight years ago, Federer had won the title six times and finished runner-up once, bolstering his reputation as the greatest player of all-time. Read More
Spain spent most of the night trying to break through Portugal's defense. David Villa finally did it.
Villa scored off his own rebound in the 63rd minute, giving the European champs a 1-0 victory Tuesday that put them into the World Cup quarterfinals.
In a game where Spain dominated possesion and outshot the Portuguese, Villa took Xavi Hernandez' heel pass in the 63rd minute. But his left-footed shot was saved by Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo. Read More
A man who was fatally shot while riding his bicycle in south Richmond on Monday afternoon has been identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office as 20-year-old Alvin Torres.
Torres was on his bicycle near the intersection of Seventh Street and Florida Avenue when someone ran up to him and shot him, Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said.
Torres died at the scene.
The gunman was described only as a black man between 18 and 22 years old wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. He fled the scene on foot. Read More