A man accused of assaulting the manager of a Salvation Army store in South San Francisco after he was caught shoplifting last summer is facing a four-year prison sentence after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors Monday.
Career criminal Mark McCawley, 43, pleaded no contest to felony possession of stolen property, prosecutors said, along with an enhancement for having a prior felony conviction. Read More
Thieves allegedly beat and choked the manager of a Salvation Army store in South San Francisco on Wednesday after he caught them shoplifting.
One suspect, identified Thursday as 43-year-old Mark McCawley, was arrested and booked on multiple charges in connection with the afternoon melee at the store at 1170 Mission Road.
About 1 p.m., police said, McCawley entered the store with his girlfriend, Bryce O’Rourke, and another woman. Read More
Butch Soriano was still full of holiday cheer Thursday afternoon, six hours into what will hopefully be a record-breaking shift ringing a Salvation Army bell outside Macy’s in Union Square.“Merry Christmas!” Soriano yelled to every shopper who dropped a dollar in the iconic red kettle. “Thank you!”Soriano, 44, of Pacifica, is among 24 Salvation Army volunteers nationwide attempting to break the world record for holiday bell-ringing — 36 hours. Read More
A local bell ringer for the Salvation Army will attempt to set a world record for continuous ringing of a hand bell by a single person, starting this morning in San Francisco.Marcelino “Butch” Soriano, a Pacifica resident who has done bell ringing as a captain for the Salvation Army for the past 17 years, is one of 24 people around the country who are trying to break the record in order to raise awareness about the nonprofit’s Red Kettle holiday campaign. Read More
Contemporary Jewish Museum tribute: Museum officials, patrons and city leaders honored CJM director Connie Wolf, who is leaving the post to assume directorship at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. The City proclaimed Nov. 16 “Connie Wolf Day” at the event, which also kicked off the institution’s newest exhibition, “California Dreaming: Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present.” Read More
Each year, San Francisco rolls out the red carpet for hundreds of men and women in uniform as part of Fleet Week. However, after the Blue Angels have gone home and the American flags are put away, many veterans in our city are left in critical need of our help and support. Read More
An antique artillery shell led police to evacuate buildings in the Mission district Wednesday morning, after someone left the item at a Salvation Army donation site.
The bomb squad was called to the site at 1500 Valencia St. about 10:30 a.m., Officer Albie Esparza said. Police cleared nearby streets and evacuated buildings as a precaution.
“We determined it to be some sort of ordnance,” Esparza said. “We don’t know the era.” Read More
The Mission district swarmed with cops Wednesday, with a bomb scare shutting down streets and evacuating buildings and a nearby shooting halting BART trains and locking down a middle school. Read More
Alli Chin, 55, who has been a “soldier” in the Salvation Army since she was 16, used her vacation time from December 2001 to January 2002 to serve hot meals 24/7 to workers at ground zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read More
A suspicious package has been rendered safe after causing the evacuation of a Salvation Army donation center in San Francisco’s Mission district for a couple of hours today, police said.The package was reported at 11:08 a.m. at the donation center located at 1500 Valencia St.Employees at the center found a suspicious-looking package mixed in with some items that had been donated, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak said. Read More