The Peninsula wife accused of wrapping Bubble Wrap around her body before attacking her husband with a stun gun and knife as part of a vicious life insurance cash grab is set to enter her plea on Thursday.Laura Jean Wenke, 50, of Los Altos, faces life in prison in connection to the alleged Sept. 15 attack brought on by bitter divorce proceedings, according to San Mateo County prosecutors. Read More
The Sequoia girls’ volleyball team has not seen the postseason in five years, but the return of all but two players this season has it seeing a bright future.
“We know we have something to build with,” Sequoia coach Jane Slater said.
Sequoia won its first four league matches before letting a 2-0 lead slip away against South City last week and dropping its first contest. Read More
The men who sold a lost iPhone 4 prototype to a technology blog for $5,000 will not serve any time in jail, but they each owe $250 to Apple after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge on Tuesday.Brian John Hogan, 22, of Redwood City, found the prototype at a Redwood City bar, where an Apple engineer had left it, and then Hogan and pal Sage Robert Wallower, 28, of Emeryville sold it to Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen, prosecutors said. Read More
It’s often said that jails are schools for criminals. But San Mateo County’s proposed new jail was conceived as a school for baristas and dog washers. Last week, county supervisors approved a $145 million to $160 million jail design with the expectation that when it opens its doors in Redwood City in October 2014 it will not simply be another cage. Read More
Just about every enterprise in Redwood City will see its costs increase if voters approve a business license tax hike in November, making life tougher for an unusual array of small businesses such as fortunetellers, Christmas tree sellers and ice cream truck drivers.
If passed, the measure should generate $825,000 in additional annual revenue, said city spokesman Malcolm Smith. Such licenses currently raise $1.4 million. Read More
If Redwood City native Tom Biscardi is right, one of the world’s most baffling mysteries is about to be solved. Read More
A man who brought a loaded handgun to a child custody hearing in Redwood City will not serve more jail time for the crime after he proved that he didn’t know the firearm was in his backpack.James Knapp, 46, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of bringing a weapon into a courthouse on July 12. Read More
A man suffering stab wounds to his neck and chest in Redwood City Thursday night told cops his estranged wife viciously attacked him, police said.
Police arrested Laura Jean Wenke, 50, of Los Altos, following the bloody dispute at a business in the unit block of Laurel Street around 7 p.m. She was booked into the San Mateo County Jail for attempted homicide, police said. Read More
For outraged families seeking justice against William Ayres, it was hard enough to learn the prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist accused of molesting patients would be sentenced to a state mental hospital rather than prison.
On Wednesday, they were dealt another blow.
Ayres, 79, who doctors say suffers dementia, was given another 30 days of freedom before he has to report to Napa State Hospital, according to prosecutors. Read More
Two recent underage prostitution busts in San Mateo County are tied to myredbook.com, a raunchy hookups website that lists reviews of escort and massage parlor services. Read More