A man wearing a gas mask while driving Monday morning created an alarming scene in downtown San Mateo after officers reportedly found an inactive grenade inside his vehicle.
Just after 9 a.m. on East Fourth Avenue, police said, 29-year-old Gilberto Masias was stopped by officers who said they were alarmed by his apocalyptic-looking headgear. The gas mask might have been part of a Halloween costume, as police said Masias works at a local costume store. Read More
San Mateo police arrested a San Francisco man they say attempted to abduct a 9-year-old girl from an elementary school Friday.
Bradley Mrozek, 25, was arrested Saturday morning after police linked him to the incident at Parkside Elementary School and to two prior incidents at Horrall Elementary and Bayside STEM Academy, San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said Sunday. Read More
Five days after Charles Dowd, a 69-year-old San Mateo man, went missing from an Amtrak train headed from the Bay Area to Chicago, family members continue to be hopeful that he will be found safe.
Dowd’s wife, Patricia, said today that their two children, Jennifer and Kevin, are in Omaha, Neb., to hand out fliers and organize a search party near where their father was last seen Thursday by an Amtrak train conductor. Read More
Another “emotionally difficult” trial in the case of a San Mateo woman who allegedly tied up her then-17-year-old daughter and force-fed her dish soap might be avoided because the mother and her attorney are considering a plea deal.Prosecutors have been considering whether to retry 46-year-old Shawnie Benedetti on child abuse charges stemming from a May 28, 2009, incident in which she allegedly “went too far” during an argument with her daughter over an unpaid cellphone bill. Read More
The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about finding an accused sex offender Saturday morning in San Francisco who had earlier escaped from a mental health facility in unincorporated Redwood City. Read More
A driver who suffered a seizure before causing a multicar crash that killed two people in San Bruno on July 29 was charged Thursday with two counts of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors say they are slamming Rodney Corsigliam, 49, of San Bruno, with the stiff charges because his license had been suspended due to his medical condition, which has reportedly contributed to multiple accidents in the past. Read More
Prosecutors spent more than $2,000 in taxpayer money on a prostitute’s hotel stay so she could testify against a man who was wrongly accused of assaulting and trying to pimp her, the Public Defender’s Office said.
And even while the woman was snookering The City, she reportedly continued advertising her services online. Read More
On top of worrying about violent johns out on the streets, authorities say Asian prostitutes in the Bay Area are now being targeted in their own homes by thieves lusting for cash.
A woman and two men are facing multiple felony charges in connection with a July 11 home-invasion robbery in San Mateo that police believe was part of a ring targeting sex workers. Read More
Was he a hero or villain? Or both?
A jury will now make that call in the case of embattled Army veteran Ashley Viola, who allegedly whipped out a gun in downtown San Mateo last year — causing quite a scare — in defense of a woman.
On Monday, a San Mateo County judge scheduled a trial date of Oct. 15 for the 24-year-old. Prosecutors say Viola went from good Samaritan to crazed gunman when he confronted a man who rudely bumped into a woman on the sidewalk. Read More
This fired-up tenant was apparently not bluffing on Friday when he allegedly threatened to burn down his landlord’s home.
Just before 11 p.m., the landlord of a home in the 400 block of Alameda Avenue in Half Moon Bay called San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies, saying a tenant was sending him threatening text messages. Lars Ehlers, 50, allegedly threatened to burn down the landlord’s home after being told he was being evicted, deputies said. Read More