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
Three people were injured in a shooting in Oakland on Thursday evening, a police spokeswoman said.The shooting was reported at 5:02 p.m. in the 5500 block of Scoville Street, Oakland police Officer Holly Joshi said.Three victims were hospitalized with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Joshi said.No arrests have been made and no suspect information was immediately available Thursday morning, Joshi said. Read More
A surfer was pulled out to sea by the riptide near San Francisco's Ocean Beach and was lost in the water for at least a half-hour Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Crews responded to reports of a stranded male surfer at Ocean Beach near China Beach at about 10:15 a.m. The surfer's friend who initially made the call was concerned when the two didn't meet at a stairwell at Ocean Beach as planned, Petty Officer Laura Alcon said. Read More
Grenades were found Thursday morning in a residential garage in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, prompting the closure of surrounding streets for nearly two hours while the devices were safely removed, a police spokesman said.About five or six devices, believed to be live grenades, were found at about 7:15 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of Potrero Avenue, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said. Read More
Possibly explosive devices have been found Thursday morning in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, prompting a closure of several surrounding streets, a police spokesman said.Grenades were found at about 7:15 a.m. in a building in the 600 block of Potrero Avenue, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.Bomb technicians were at the scene as of 8 a.m. to investigate the devices, Dangerfield said.“We’re not sure whether they’re real or fake,” he said. Read More
An 81-year-old San Francisco woman remained hospitalized today with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a pickup truck in the Mission District Tuesday afternoon, police said.The woman was hit at 17th and Guerrero streets at about 3:30 p.m., according to police.Police said the woman had been walking in a crosswalk on Guerrero Street when the driver of a Dodge Ram pickup traveling on 17th Street turned left on a green light and struck her.The woman suffered serious head trauma, police said. Read More
A man accused of killing a Sacramento woman and then burning her body and car in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood last week pleaded not guilty to murder and arson charges in court Wednesday, prosecutors said.Almon Johnson, 29, entered the pleas in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, according to the district attorney's office. His next court date is Feb. 23.Johnson allegedly killed 23-year-old Vanessa Herrera, the mother of his 7-month-old son, in Sacramento some time between Jan. 23 and Jan. 24, according to prosecutors. Read More
A San Francisco boyfriend and girlfriend charged with the murder of a man over the use of his cell phone on Sunday made their first appearance in court today.Antoine Grays, 29, and Toyia Taylor, 18, were arrested early Monday morning following the shooting of 33-year-old Sylvestri Brown, of San Francisco, outside a Potrero Hill apartment complex.Brown was found shot once in the upper body in the 900 block of Connecticut Street at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, according to police. Read More