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
The San Francisco mom who crashed her car three times after taking her 4-year-old daughter to see “The Smurfs” in Daly City last year was given credit for time served Monday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge and having a minor in the car, San Mateo County prosecutors said. Read More
Two people died in an early-morning fire Sunday that swept through and destroyed a Pacifica home.The victims are believed to be a 13-year-old boy and his 93-year-old grandfather, Red Cross spokesman Patricia Peper said.The fire at the a two-story, single-family home at 552 Inverness Drive was reported at 5:54 a.m., North County Fire Authority spokesman Matt Lucett said. Firefighters arrived to find flames pouring out of the house, he said. Read More
A 21-year-old Pacifica woman is accused of viciously stabbing a cab driver and then stealing his car on her ride home from the mall earlier this month.
Amanda Jenille Aldeguer is facing attempted murder and carjacking charges in connection with the brutal March 16 attack that prosecutors say was caught on the cab’s security camera.
Aldeguer was scheduled to enter her plea in Redwood City Felony Court on Tuesday. Read More
Fake threats are not the bomb. A teenager accused of sending a bomb threat to Burlingame High School using a fellow student’s email account last month is scheduled to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge Tuesday.
Christine Azzolino, 18, was charged in connection with the Feb. 10 incident that forced a lockdown and evacuation at the school and had four bomb-detecting canine units scouring the campus for explosives, according to prosecutors. Read More
A stunning crowbar attack in front of a bustling Peet’s coffee shop in Belmont earlier this month stemmed from a jailhouse spat between rival bikers, prosecutors said Monday.Orlando Rodriguez, 40, who prosecutors said is a member of the so-called Wanted motorcycle club, faces multiple charges in connection with the March 6 brawl that broke out while the El Camino coffee shop was buzzing with customers about 11:35 a.m. Read More
A man’s car was burglarized while he kite-surfed off the shores of Half Moon Bay on Tuesday, after the burglar apparently watched him hide his keys, authorities said.In a crime sheriff’s deputies say happens all too often along the coast, the kite surfer lost his wallet, which had $50 in cash and credit cards, when he left his car unattended about 2:20 p.m. on state Highway 1 near Johnson Pier. 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