Arson investigators are looking into whether a mentally ill homeless man who allegedly set a fire near a Castro district home last week may also have lit several residential buildings ablaze during an alarming 24-hour period in the neighborhood last year.
Douglas Kinder, 61, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting a blaze that shot up 15 feet and came dangerously close to scorching a home in the 4000 block of 17th Street, according to police. Read More
Two were arrested on suspicion of arson in San Francisco for fires set at the Castro Muni station early this morning, police said.
Police were called to the station at around 4 a.m. today. The station was not in service when the fires were set, and no disruptions to service are anticipated this morning.
Arson investigators remain at the station this morning, according to police. Read More
Middle-aged gay men in the Castro are being drugged at bars, dragged to their homes and robbed by crooks posing as potential lovers.Sgt. Chuck Limbert, the LGBT liaison to the Mission Police Station, which patrols the Castro, said the crooks apparently flirted with their victims and slyly slipped drugs into their drinks. When the victims became woozy, the robbers walked them home and pillaged their belongings, he said. Read More
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the subject of a free exhibit that opened Sunday in the Castro. There are 312 panels of the quilt that will be shown at five locations in the coming week. It is the largest showing of the quilt in San Francisco since the NAMES Project Foundation closed its original Market Street location in 1999 and relocated to Atlanta. Read More
One person was taken to the hospital after a one-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Castro District this morning, fire officials said.Fire crews were dispatched at 3:03 a.m. to 4343 19th St. after reports of a fire.The fire was contained by 3:15 a.m. and all crews left the scene by 4:50 a.m.One person was hospitalized with what appeared to be injuries not considered life-threatening, a fire official said. Read More
A San Francisco supervisor is calling for the return of a bronze Harvey Milk memorial plaque that was stolen from a wall at the Castro Muni plaza.Scott Wiener, the elected representative of the neighborhood, said he filed a police report after being notified that the plaque was missing on Saturday. Read More
They flung their arms around one another’s shoulders and put on their picture face as a passer-by snapped a memento of their time in San Francisco.
The pose would have worked at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, on board a cable car or in front of the Painted Ladies.
But Saturday, Roger Givens and his friends were in town for a different, equally San Franciscan attraction — a slew of naked men shooting the breeze in the Castro. Read More
Two women were pickpocketed while on the dance floor of a Castro district club early Wednesday, cops said. Around 1 a.m., the thief, a 23-year-old man, allegedly snatched one of the victim’s cellphone from her back pocket as she danced with her pal in the club, located in the 2300 block of Market near Noe and 16th streets, police said. Read More
A suspect has been arrested in connection to an armed robbery series targeting San Francisco taxi drivers.The suspect, who has not been identified, is believed to have committed more than a half-dozen armed robberies of cabbies since July 14.Police have not yet released details of the arrest, citing an ongoing investigation. Read More
A San Francisco man died after he was struck by an SUV while crossing the street in The City's Castro neighborhood Tuesday morning, San Francisco police said.William Cox, 59, was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Noe and 14th streets when a Ford Explorer hit him as the driver made a left turn onto 14th Street around 10:40 a.m., according to San Francisco police and the medical examiner's office. Read More