After years of legal wrangling, Dr. William Ayres, an 81-year-old former San Mateo psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s, admitted to the charges against him Thursday.
A wheelchair-bound Ayres pleaded no contest to eight felony molestation charges just four days into jury selection in his second trial in San Mateo County Superior Court. His first trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial in 2009. Read More
An ongoing investigation into 65 ballots that were not found or counted for months after the November election points to human error as the cause, Chief Elections Officer Mark Church has indicated.
On April 12, San Mateo County election officials discovered a vault containing uncounted provisional ballots and announced the discovery the next week. Of the 65 ballot envelopes, only 35 were eligible votes, and they did not affect the election results. Read More
The Rodent King will remain caged for a bit longer.
Robert Hollywood, 55 – the man who made headlines in 2004 following his arrest for keeping hundreds of rats and mice, dozens of them dead, in his Menlo Park home – was sentenced Friday to 16 months in County Jail after pleading no contest to felony possession of methamphetamine. As part of his sentence, he received 181 days credit for time served, according to prosecutors. Read More
These gardeners allegedly tried to rake in more than weeds.
Two men accused of breaking from their gardening job in order to burglarize a neighbor’s home on Placitas Avenue in North Fair Oaks last month pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday, according to prosecutors. Read More
The attorney for a Redwood City man accused of impregnating his 12-year-old daughter was granted more time Monday to mull whether to go to trial.
In December of 2007, according to prosecutors, 40-year-old Manuel Jacinto brought his daughter to San Mateo Medical Center for an abortion. The hospital called police, and officers were told by both Jacinto and his daughter that a 12-year-old boy named Giovanni was the father, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Read More
A Russian man who allegedly went on a mailbox-bashing spree in Portola Valley — and later crashed his SUV while fleeing cops — wanted to make something very clear before he was handcuffed.
“This has nothing to do with Boston,” 21-year-old Alexander Dombovic reportedly said to San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies as they ordered him out of his vehicle with their guns drawn April 26. Read More
A Russian man who allegedly went on a mailbox bashing spree in Portola Valley -- and later crashed his SUV while fleeing cops -- wanted to make something very clear before he was handcuffed.
“This has nothing to do with Boston,” 21-year-old Alexander Dombovic reportedly stated to sheriff’s deputies in a Russian accent as they ordered him out of his vehicle with their guns drawn April 26. Read More
Greater frequency on busy lines, elimination or reduction of routes with low ridership and new vehicle models in outlying areas are all part of a major service overhaul approved by SamTrans this week.
Fleshed out over a two-year outreach period, the new service realignment approved by SamTrans’ board of directors Wednesday aims to increase ridership and make service more financially efficient for the San Mateo County bus operator. Read More
Two known gang members who allegedly filmed themselves taunting and threatening the young son of a rival with a handgun were held to answer on all charges Friday in a San Mateo County courtroom. Read More
A man who stabbed his drinking buddy three times in the neck during an argument last Fourth of July over who was “more of a man” was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.
Roberto Miron Romero, 31, of East Palo Alto, pleaded no contest to felony assault and other charges in connection with the senseless assault at Bell Street Park in his city. Read More