A San Carlos woman allegedly threatened to commit suicide on the Caltrain tracks Tuesday, several days after stabbing her boyfriend’s pet lizard to death in a jealous rage.Shawn Kim Apour, 37, appeared in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday on seven felony and four misdemeanor charges related to the massive weeklong meltdown. Read More
A connector ramp from westbound state Highway 92 to southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo reopened late this morning after big-rig crash forced a six-hour closure, a California Highway Patrol officer said.The truck overturned at about 5:30 a.m. and spilled a load of scrap metal and two recycled vehicles onto the connector ramp and the two right lanes of Highway 101, CHP Officer Art Montiel said. Read More
A Sig-alert has been issued this morning after a big-rig and its contents overturned onto westbound state Highway 92 in San Mateo, near a connector ramp to U.S. Highway 101, a California Highway Patrol officer said.The truck overturned around 5:30 a.m. and dumped debris onto the freeway, blocking all westbound Highway 92 lanes and two lanes of southbound Highway 101. The alert was issued just before 5:55 a.m., according to Officer Kevin Bartlett. Read More
Off the Grid’s first food-truck event on the Peninsula is going gangbusters after only a month.
The San Mateo Transit Center is transformed into a community feast of mobile vendors and foodies every Monday night, with eight gourmet trucks gathering in the parking lot near the San Mateo Caltrain station on First Avenue to serve more than 2,000 people, said Off the Grid founder Matt Cohen, who first popularized food truck events in San Francisco. Read More
This career crook may never be let out of the dog house. A San Mateo dog walker faces 60 years to life in prison under the three strikes law after stealing $5,500 worth of jewelry from clients.Parolee Nicolas John Barbanica, 32, pleaded no contest Monday to charges that he burglarized three homes while working as a dog walker in 2009. The dog owners trusted him with the keys to their homes so he could walk the pooches. Read More
San Mateo cops are hunting a creep who exposed himself to a woman and her 2-year-old niece in a PetSmart parking lot on Monday.
The creep followed the 28-year-old local woman as she was pushing her niece in a stroller in the parking lot just west of the 3500 block of South El Camino, police said.
He parked his car near the victim, stepped out of the vehicle, unzipped his pants and exposed himself, the woman told cops. She quickly left the area, police said. Read More
On Tuesday, some nine cities in San Mateo County hope to turn back the clock to a time when neighbors looked out for each other.
National Night Out is an annual meet-and-greet where folks hang out in front of their homes, meet their neighbors, maybe serve food or ice cream, and meet local police. Read More
Three Peninsula middle school boys admitted Monday to sexually assaulting two girls on a class field trip, prosecutors said.Two of the boys, ages 13 and 14, are facing up to eight years in a juvenile detention facility after taking the 12-year-old girls to a secluded area during a social studies field trip to Stulsaft Park in Redwood City, authorities said.A third boy, 12, admitted to sexual battery, Wagstaffe said. Cases are pending against two other boys. Read More
Throughout the Bay Area, local governments are cracking down on so-called payday loans, which carry annual interest rates as high as 459 percent. The Pacifica City Council has passed a moratorium prohibiting new payday loan stores from opening. Daly City and San Jose are considering similar bans, while San Francisco requires new payday shops to be at least a quarter of a mile away from existing outlets. Read More
The family of missing nursing student Michelle Le said Monday the reward has increased to $100,000 for information leading to her whereabouts.On Wednesday, supporters plan to distribute missing person fliers in Hayward, the family said. Read More