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
Michael Allen may have finished tied for 56th overall at 14-over par on his home course in the U.S. Open, but he led the field in on-course handshakes and fist bumps.
Still an Olympic Club member after joining when he was a teenager, the 53-year-old San Mateo native didn't have the largest galleries of the weekend, but likely had the biggest following that knew him personally. Read More
Authorities are connecting the blocks in their probe into a scam involving Lego sets at Target stores in the Bay Area, saying two men arrested recently in separate counties were not in cahoots, but rather capitalizing on a nationwide crime trend.“Apparently it’s a huge scam these days,” San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said Thursday. Read More
In a case of road rage eerily reminiscent of urban legend, a man was threatened at gunpoint early Sunday morning in San Mateo for flashing his high beams at the armed driver, police said.
The victim was on state Highway 92 about 12:05 a.m. when he was passed by a newer-model black Mercedes sedan with its high beams on, police said. The victim reportedly flashed his high beams when the Mercedes passed, then exited the freeway at Alameda De Las Pulgas. Read More
Police are looking for more victims in the wake of allegations that a creepy teenager groped three females over a monthlong period on Caltrain and SamTrans.Fedelino Ruiz, 18, is accused in two incidents Jan. 20 and a third Feb. 22, prosecutors said Monday. He was arrested on Caltrain after the third alleged attack. Read More
The attorney for a student accused of trying to rape his teacher at a Redwood City high school said Thursday the case won’t sound as serious when the truth comes out.David Andres Velasquez, 19, pleaded not guilty to four felonies Wednesday in connection with the alleged attack at Summit Preparatory High School on Jan. 23. Read More
In June, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and countless other quarterbacks across the country were informed via Facebook that their mentor, Tom Martinez, had only one month to live.The outlook brightened drastically as a combination of changing his medications and resetting his pacemaker allowed the legendary coach from San Mateo to benefit from dialysis while awaiting a kidney transplant. Read More
San Mateo’s Bay Meadows development project started out of the gate slow, and it certainly hasn’t picked up much speed. Read More
These gun-toting robbers weren’t playing games.Authorities are investigating the second armed robbery at a San Carlos video game store in less than six months. San Mateo County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the GameStop at 1135 Industrial Road about 8:20 p.m. on Monday.The clerk reported that three greedy thugs entered the business, brandished a gun and demanded cash. They fled and hadn’t been found as of Tuesday, deputies said. Read More