A man accused of assaulting the manager of a Salvation Army store in South San Francisco after he was caught shoplifting last summer is facing a four-year prison sentence after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors Monday.
Career criminal Mark McCawley, 43, pleaded no contest to felony possession of stolen property, prosecutors said, along with an enhancement for having a prior felony conviction. Read More
A Burlingame man used a nail gun to show two day laborers how bothered he was by the noise coming from their construction site on Thanksgiving Day, according to prosecutors.
Michael Timothy McHenry, 38, has pleaded not guilty to assault and vandalism charges in connection with the alleged attack in the 1500 block of Cypress Avenue. Read More
This year, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Robert Fairbank’s appeal of his death sentence for the 1985 rape and murder of college student Wendy Cheek.
With that rejection, Fairbank joined at least 13 other death row inmates who have completed the decadeslong capital punishment appeals process and are eligible for execution. Read More
Update: Hells Angels members and one of their attorneys deny prosecutors' claim that victim of attack at Peet's coffee shop was a member of the motorcycle club.
Allegations against 40-year-old suspected motorcycle gang member Orlando Jesus Rodriguez make FX Network’s hit series “Sons of Anarchy” seem more like reality television. Read More
A former official for two San Mateo County school districts who used public funds to pay for his own home renovations was sentenced Monday to two years in state prison.
Timothy Hanretty had worked for both the Woodside and Portola Valley school districts. He pleaded no contest to felony charges of misappropriating public funds and forgery. Read More
A Hayward woman faces up to a year in County Jail in connection with a sex act in a public park that proved to doctors that she should not have been receiving workers’ compensation benefits. Read More
The “good Samaritan” who reportedly pulled the trigger of an unloaded gun several times while pointing it at a man who rudely bumped into a woman on a downtown San Mateo sidewalk last year has been sentenced to six days in jail for a crime that caused quite a scare.
Army veteran Ashley Viola, 24, of San Pablo, pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the June 22, 2011, incident. Read More
DNA results have led to a more disturbing charge against a San Francisco man in connection with the alleged abduction of a 9-year-old from the bathroom of a San Mateo elementary school last month. Read More
San Mateo detectives really had this crook’s number.
The case against a California inmate who orchestrated robberies from prison last year while using a smuggled cellphone officially closed Tuesday with the sentencing of his accomplice. Read More
This guy is the stepdad from hell. And yet his victims only wanted to keep mom happy.
Robert Sparhawk, 48, of Palo Alto pleaded no contest Monday to three felony child molestation charges for sexually abusing his wife’s two daughters, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Sparhawk, an IT analyst for a San Francisco company, reportedly began the abuse in February 2007 when the family lived in San Mateo. The victims were 11 and 12 years old at the time. Read More