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Two suspects have been detained in connection with a shooting that injured one person in San Francisco's Mission district on Monday morning, San Francisco Police Department spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.The victim was standing on the sidewalk in front of a taqueria in the 2100 block of Mission Street at about 7:20 a.m. when two suspects pulled up in a car and someone inside shot him in the back, Esparza said. Read More
San Francisco police are responding to a report of a shooting in The City’s Mission district Monday morning, a police spokesman said.The shooting was reported in the 2100 block of Mission Street, near 17th Street, at 7:22 a.m., police Officer Albie Esparza said. He did not yet have additional details on the incident. Read More
A Northern California man was sentenced to six months home confinement and 50 hours of community service on Thursday, after he admitted to smuggling the ivory teeth of endangered sperm whales into the U.S. for sale, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.U.S. Magistrate Court Judge James Larson issued the sentence after James Saunders, 69, revealed that he had arranged the import and sale of the ivory teeth between 2002 and 2006. Several of Saunders’ shipments in 2003 and 2004 had a market value of more than $200,000, U.S. Attorney Melinda Hagg said in a statement. Read More
Firefighters have extinguished a two-alarm blaze that burned a home near San Francisco’s Castro district Monday morning, a fire dispatcher said.The fire was reported just after 3 a.m. at 1370 Clayton St., according to a fire dispatcher.The flames were under control as of 3:43 a.m., the dispatcher said.At least six residents were evacuated from the house, but the dispatcher said that no injuries had been reported.The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.A damage estimate was not yet available, a fire dispatcher said. Read More
A man who drove off a cliff along the San Mateo County Coast on Saturday remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.At about 3 p.m., units responded to a report of a vehicle that appeared to have crashed off state Highway 1 and plunged about 100 yards down near Pescadero State Beach, CHP Officer Eric Anderson said.A man was airlifted from the wreckage and taken to a hospital where he remained in intensive care as of Sunday afternoon, CHP Officer Arturo Montiel said. Read More
A single-engine airplane crashed at Reid-Hillview Airport on Sunday afternoon and the lone occupant made it out safely, according to a San Jose public safety dispatcher.
The Lancer aircraft touched down at about 1 p.m. and only sustained minor damage, according to dispatcher Brenda Jaime.
The pilot was the only person on board and did not suffer any injuries, Jaime said.
The fire department sent one engine to the crash site to secure the scene and crews left the area at 1:27 p.m., Jaime said.
No fuel spilled from the aircraft, Jaime said. 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.
The business sustained two broken windows caused by the blast, which was reportedly heard within a half-mile radius.
No injuries were reported. Read More
Officials in San Mateo are warning residents to beware of telephone scammers who have recently conned elderly victims into wiring money abroad under false pretenses, police said.One San Mateo resident was contacted by a suspect claiming to be a grandson who had been arrested for drunken driving in New York, according to San Mateo police. A second suspect claiming to be a public defender instructed the victim to wire money via Western Union to cover legal expenses. Read More
AAA Northern California is offering free rides home to any Bay Area Super Bowl fans who drink too much to drive during today's football game.AAA will offer its Tipsy Tow program from 6 p.m. this evening through 6 a.m. Monday, according to AAA spokesman Matt Skryja."Give AAA a call and we'll make sure you get home safely," Skryja said in a statement.Anyone needing a ride can call (800) 222-4357 and request a Tipsy Tow, and a tow service will respond to offer a safe ride home and a free tow of up to ten miles. Read More
Six people were injured after a taxi cab and a limousine collided in an intersection near San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood this morning, a San Francisco police spokesman said.At about 2 a.m., officers were dispatched to Jones and Sutter Streets on reports that a limousine had crashed into a light pole, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.Police said that a taxi cab and a limousine collided in an intersection, resulting in the limousine hitting a nearby light post. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has upheld a $78,000 verdict against an Arizona rancher in a case presided over by a federal judge who was killed in a mass shooting in Tucson in January.The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s conclusion that rancher Roger Barnett must pay $78,000 in damages to four female undocumented immigrants who claimed he assaulted them and caused severe emotional distress when he allegedly threatened them with a gun. Read More
A San Francisco boyfriend and girlfriend each pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday for their alleged involvement in murdering a man in The City’s Potrero Hill neighborhood Sunday night.Antoine Grays, 29, and Toyia Taylor, 18, were arrested early Monday morning after a shooting that was reported at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Connecticut Street, according to police. Read More
Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts on Friday ended what he described as a three-week “roller coaster ride” by announcing that he will stay in Oakland.Batts, 50, revealed three weeks ago that he was a finalist to become the police chief in San Jose, surprising Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and other city officials who said he had previously assured them he would stay in Oakland, where he has only been chief since October 2009. Read More
A brawl involving an estimated 180 people at Kitty’s bar in Emeryville early Friday morning was so wild and chaotic that it took 35 officers from five different agencies to bring it under control, according to police.Emeryville police Sgt. Fred Dauer said one officer suffered minor injuries while trying to break up the melee at the bar at 6702 Hollis St. and two other officers were assaulted but weren’t injured.Two people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of obstructing, resisting and delaying police officers, Dauer said. Read More