In recent years, the Police Department’s poor record on solving homicide cases was a municipal embarrassment, as was The City’s relatively high violent crime rate.But the announcement this week that the homicide total in 2011 remained steady, and that violent crime was down 6 percent, shows that some strategies are working. Read More
A man was arrested for using a baseball bat to threaten a parking control officer that put a parking boot on his car in San Francisco's Inner Parkside neighborhood on Wednesday, police said.
The female parking control officer called for assistance at about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 2100 block of 15th Avenue, where she had been placing a boot on a car wheel when the owner approached and threatened her with a baseball bat, according to police. Read More
A man was stabbed during an argument over the price of crack cocaine in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Friday night, police said Tuesday.
The stabbing was reported at 10:59 p.m. in the 600 block of Polk Street.
A 30-year-old man apparently tried to buy three crack rocks for $20, but got into an argument over the price with the drug dealer, who then stabbed the man with a knife in the right palm, according to police. Read More
An angry mob protesting spiraling fuel prices assaulted a soldier Tuesday while police shot another man at the demonstration, a sign of growing unrest over the government's hugely unpopular decision to end a subsidy program that had kept gas costs down for more than two decades. Read More
While members of an Islamic cultural center gathered for a Sunday evening dinner, a Molotov cocktail hurled by an unknown assailant and made from a Starbucks bottle burst and shattered against the center's main entrance. Another was thrown at the sign for the center's school. Read More
Tactical teams searched Mount Rainier National Park's snowy terrain through the night for an armed gunman suspected in the shooting death of a park ranger, as other officers used the cover of darkness to evacuate dozens of tourists who had been kept for their safety at a visitors center. Read More
Without further ado, here are the 2011 stars of The San Francisco Examiner’s Law & Disorder crime blotter: Read More
Ying Hua Wu, 74, of Bernal Heights was charged in court Thursday with murdering his wife Dec. 9. Wu also faces charges of assaulting three Fire Department medics with a knife when they were called to the couple’s home in the 200 block of Justin Drive. Hao Mei Wu, 72, was found on the floor of the home, unconscious and not breathing. Read More
A Walnut Creek school custodian who was arrested last week on suspicion of molesting a child has been charged with 10 felony sex crime counts for allegedly sexually assaulting two children, police said Wednesday.
John Astor, 44, was arrested Thursday at his Walnut Creek home on suspicion of lewd acts against a child under 14.
The recently reported sexual assault prompted police to investigate another alleged victim, who is now an adult. Read More
A Seal Beach city jail guard has pleaded not guilty to accepting an iPad and other items from inmates in exchange for favors.
Orange County prosecutors say 32-year-old Jose Alday entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to felony charges of receiving bribes and possession for sale of a controlled substance. He also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Read More