Teenage tech offenders who are caught hacking, sexting or cyberbullying in San Francisco and on the Peninsula could now encounter a new official response involving schools, police officers and parental confrontation. 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
Death row inmate Scott Peterson, who was sentenced to be executed for murdering his wife and unborn son 10 years ago, has asked the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to overturn his conviction.
Lawyers for Peterson, 39, of Modesto, filed the appeal Thursday in the first step in the lengthy death penalty appeals process in California.
If Peterson loses in the state high court, he can continue appeals in the federal court system. Read More
This Stanford graduate might have been better off at a school of higher yearning.
Erin Umberg, a 29-year-old who has graduate degrees in molecular physiology and psychology from Tufts and Stanford universities, respectively, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple felony counts for allegedly revenge-stalking her ex-boyfriend after hacking into his computer five years ago. Read More
This ex-firefighter might be totally hosed.
Still being haunted by a bitter divorce and child custody battle that started last year, the disgraced former firefighter was arrested June 14 after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies allegedly found 16 firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammo stashed in his storage unit in Pacifica. Read More
Measure S Voters in the Cabrillo Unified School District serving Half Moon Bay approved Measure S, an $81 million bond issue that will allow the district to repair deteriorating school buildings. The district, which is facing a $2 million deficit this year, expects to issue 40-year bonds, which would be paid back by taxes estimated to cost property owners $45 per year for each $100,000 of assessed value. Read More
Drive sober or get pulled over. That’s the message San Mateo County police delivered to 43 people arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during the first 48 hours of Memorial Day weekend. As part of the “Avoid the 23” traffic enforcement effort, 17 county law enforcement agencies arrested 43 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said. However, there were no reported deaths or collisions during the 48-hour period. Read More
The San Francisco June ballot promises to be drab, featuring elections for the Democratic and Republican parties’ central committees and two ballot measures — one involving whether to have competitive bids for The City’s trash disposal services. As one Democratic County Central Committee candidate told me, “It’s humbling to run for an office that no one has heard of and is down-ballot from the garbage proposal.” Read More
A judge has ordered busted illegal marijuana cultivators to pay Pacific Gas & Electric Co. tens of thousands of dollars for bypassing the electric meters at their grow houses in Daly City and Oakland.Mon Chi Chan, 32, owes the utility company $42,000 and Menh Voong, 36, owes $13,117 after pleading no contest to charges related to grow house raids in June 2009, according to prosecutors. Read More
A former Kung Fu instructor in San Mateo was arrested last month on suspicion of committing lewd acts with two of his young students, authorities said Tuesday, prompting police to launch a search for more possible victims.Meng Ricky Wong, 36, of Redwood City, was booked into San Mateo County Jail on four counts of lewd conduct with minors after the female students, ages 9 and 11, came forward with allegations, San Mateo police Sgt. Dave Norris said. Read More