The caretaker of a famously controversial cross that was stolen from the Mojave Desert two years ago wasn’t all that thrilled about hearing that it had been mysteriously found Monday along the roadside near Half Moon Bay.
“It’s not even the original,” Wanda Sandoz, of Yucca Valley, said Tuesday. Read More
DNA results have led to a more disturbing charge against a San Francisco man in connection with the alleged abduction of a 9-year-old from the bathroom of a San Mateo elementary school last month. Read More
Another “emotionally difficult” trial in the case of a San Mateo woman who allegedly tied up her then-17-year-old daughter and force-fed her dish soap might be avoided because the mother and her attorney are considering a plea deal.Prosecutors have been considering whether to retry 46-year-old Shawnie Benedetti on child abuse charges stemming from a May 28, 2009, incident in which she allegedly “went too far” during an argument with her daughter over an unpaid cellphone bill. Read More
A driver accused of smoking crack while fleeing police in East Palo Alto before crashing into and killing a 50-year-old motorcyclist has been held to answer charges he faces, prosecutors said.
Eric Banford, 47, appeared in court Tuesday to face multiple felony charges, including murder, in the Sept. 28 crash that killed 50-year-old Danny Dixon. Read More
Was he a hero or villain? Or both?
A jury will now make that call in the case of embattled Army veteran Ashley Viola, who allegedly whipped out a gun in downtown San Mateo last year — causing quite a scare — in defense of a woman.
On Monday, a San Mateo County judge scheduled a trial date of Oct. 15 for the 24-year-old. Prosecutors say Viola went from good Samaritan to crazed gunman when he confronted a man who rudely bumped into a woman on the sidewalk. Read More
The man accused of killing a fellow barfly after they decided to share an apartment in Burlingame pleaded not guilty to the hideous attack Wednesday, prosecutors said.Lawrence Hoffman, 64, is charged with beating to death 70-year-old roommate Joe Cosentino and leaving an air freshener next to the body before fleeing to Los Angeles.Burlingame police found Cosentino’s body in an apartment in the 1900 block of Garden Drive. Authorities believe he was killed Dec. 5. Read More
A lover accused of philandering was literally in hot water. The San Mateo County district attorney is prosecuting a Daly City woman on charges that she poured an entire pot of boiling water on her man while he was sleeping Saturday, believing he had been unfaithful. Read More
Attacking your parents is a Costley mistake.
Frederick Roy Costley Jr., 41, agreed to a plea deal Wednesday packing two years in prison in connection to a violently childish tantrum on Feb. 16. Read More
The Daly City stepfather who beat up his 5-year-old stepson because he wouldn’t take a nap is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.Michael Demata Miguel, 30, pleaded no contest to felony infliction of injury on a child on Aug. 29. He will serve no more than a year in county jail as part of the plea bargain. Read More
An apparently overworked ex-mailroom clerk at a Burlingame hospital who claimed she took hundreds of patient documents home because she was falling behind pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor theft charges Monday. Read More