A $26,000 gift of office furnishings received by District Attorney George Gascón was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, but not without some questions about whether it was good practice and even if the proper disclosure form was filed.
Last week, Gascón said he had requested help with obtaining furnishings. Donations rolled in, beginning with a $9,999 gift from Ron Conway, the Silicon Valley angel investor guiding San Francisco’s current tech boom. Read More
Twitter says it “provides a voice for liberty around the globe” — an image the microblogging service promoted during the populist uprisings of the Arab Spring. But it remains to be seen how it reacts to activist controversies right here at home. Read More
Pedestrian rights activists are calling for criminal charges against a shuttle bus driver who ran over a man in a crosswalk in the Tenderloin last week. But prosecutors say that California law typically only supports criminal charges when the crash results in death.Surveillance footage captured the tragic collision at Eddy and Leavenworth streets at about 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 14. Read More
He had tunnel vision. The allegedly drunken man who drove a half-mile through a Muni tunnel, stifling train service during the height of the morning commute last month, might have been three times over the legal limit, said prosecutors and toxicologists.Scott Mitchell, 40, of Sebastopol is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges that include drunken driving, speeding and failure to obey a traffic control device. Read More
The man suspected of a string of brutal Mission district rapes is facing 100 years to life in prison, San Francisco prosecutors said.“We’re ending this reign of terror,” Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai said Tuesday.Frederick Dozier, 32, of San Francisco, was arrested last week in connection to a string of brutal sexual assaults along the 24th Street corridor. He allegedly admitted to the crimes, and DNA evidence supports the case, police said. Read More
Albert Bartal, the Cal Fire firefighter who was run over by a murderous madman at a Geary Boulevard gas station, was moved to a new hospital Wednesday but remains in critical condition.Bartal, 29, a single father from San Francisco, had been staying at San Francisco General Hospital since the horrific attack on Thanksgiving morning. Read More
The head of the national crime lab accreditation organization that audited the San Francisco Police Department’s lab last year said it will accommodate a new department request to review its entire operations, but not until next year.
Police Chief Greg Suhr told the Police Commission last week that he had invited the North Carolina-based American Society of Crime Lab Directors to return to review the DNA lab, which has come under media scrutiny recently. Read More
A San Francisco parolee is accused of stalking nuns who run a local soup kitchen.Dionn Taylor, 44, pleaded not guilty on Friday to two counts of stalking in connection to alleged incidents occurring at an undisclosed soup kitchen and at other city locations between Nov. 15 and Nov. 18, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. Read More
Socialite publicist Kate Horan’s alleged killer is expected to plead guilty to murder Tuesday, with a sentence of 50 years to life in prison as part of a deal with San Francisco prosecutors.Gary Scott Holland, 44, wouldn’t be eligible for parole until he turns 92 -- if he accepts the deal -- but will avoid the possibility of facing the death penalty, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. Read More