The competency jury trial for once-prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist William Ayres on molestation charges is set to begin Monday and last two weeks.The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office is retrying Ayres, 79, on charges of fondling seven male patients. A mistrial was declared in July 2009 when the jury deadlocked on all charges.Ayres is charged with nine counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14. Read More
A burglar was busted after dropping his cellphone near the crime scene, San Mateo police say.
Detectives traced texts sent to the phone back to a woman who knows the prime suspect in the San Mateo burglary on May 27.
The cops contacted her and pretended to be good Samaritans who just wanted to return a lost phone to its owner. When they met with the woman on Wednesday, the suspect was with her. Read More
Police are hunting heartless burglars who roughed up an 80-year-old woman during a heist in San Mateo on Monday.Two burglars, one wearing a yellow hard-hat, knocked on the door, heard no response and then broke into the home in the 400 block of Portola Drive, police said Wednesday.The elderly resident confronted them. The thugs forced her to sit down and then assaulted her while burglarizing her home.The woman suffered a minor injury during the heist, police said. Read More
Two San Mateo men suspected of attacking a victim with pipes and bats earlier this month were arrested Wednesday, officials said.Kenneth Estrada Salazar, 18, and Fredy Jose Hernandez, 20, were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at about 5 p.m. Wednesday during a traffic stop in San Mateo, police said. Read More
A 30-year-old El Granada man who allegedly brought two firearms onto the College of San Mateo campus last month is scheduled to stand trial Monday. Merit Frank Draven was arrested after cops allegedly found two firearms — including one that was loaded — in his car at a parking lot at the college on Feb. 3. There was no evidence that Draven planned to use the guns at the college, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Read More
A senior at Burlingame High School told police that he was playing a prank when he allegedly posted a threat online targeting a rally at his school, police said.
Authorities have not said what the 17-year-old boy wrote in the online post. But the post was alarming enough that the FBI and San Mateo Police Department teamed to arrest the boy at his school Monday morning. Read More
A Burlingame High School senior was arrested Monday on suspicion of making terrorist threats, San Mateo police said.The FBI contacted the San Mateo Police Department at about 7 a.m. Monday regarding an online posting that threatened a school rally on a campus in Northern California, police said.Someone from out of state had seen the posting and reported it to authorities, police said. The FBI determined that the person who created the post lived in San Mateo. Read More
San Mateo police officers shot a suspect who had fired on cops, according to the department.Between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Monday, a single suspect shot at officers in the 1500 block of Oak Street in San Mateo, according to a release from the department.Officers returned fire and the suspect was shot. No officers were injured in the exchange, and the condition of the suspect was not released. Read More
A small explosive device was detonated in a San Mateo business district Sunday morning, according to the San Mateo Police Department.
A loud explosion rang out near the 1000 block of South Amphlett Boulevard just after 7 a.m., police said.
Police and firefighters arrived and found an incendiary device — similar to an M-80 firecracker — that had been ignited near an abandoned couch in front of a vacant building. Read More
Garth Langley, a San Carlos resident and sergeant of the San Mateo police cadet program, will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps today. San Mateo police Chief Susan E. Manheimer, whose son is a first lieutenant in the Marines and is serving in Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker and will present Langley with the Officer Mameluke Sword. Read More