A lawyer for the son and daughter of convicted killer Hans Reiser told jurors in his civil trial Wednesday that the children should be compensated for the murder of their mother.
Arturo Gonzalez, who represents 12-year-old Rory and 11-year-old Niorline Reiser in their wrongful death lawsuit, said in his opening statement that the value of a mother-child relationship is “priceless.” Read More
A 21-year-old Mountain View man has been arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter after allegedly fatally striking a man June 21 who was waiting at a bus stop in the Peninsula city.
Matthew Pumar allegedly ran a red light and drove onto the sidewalk near the intersection of California Street and Escuela Avenue about 9:30 a.m., according to Mountain View police.
Pumar’s vehicle struck 50-year-old William Ware of Mountain View, who was standing by a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus stop, police said.
Ware was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More
Opening statements will be presented this morning in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against convicted murderer Hans Reiser by his two children.
Reiser, 48, is serving a term of 15 years to life in state prison for killing his wife, 31-year-old Nina Reiser, at his home in the Oakland Hills on Sept. 3, 2006.
During jury selection Tuesday, Reiser, a former computer engineer who is acting as his own attorney, asked potential jurors if it would be moral to kill someone if that person were abusing children. Read More
Police in Belmont are searching for three suspects who threw a handgun out of a car while being pursued by officers Monday morning.
The three men were in a residential neighborhood in a car that had no license plates, police said. They fled as cops approached the car. Read More
A passenger who died on a BART train last week has been identified by the San Francisco medical examiner's office as 32-year-old San Rafael resident Thomas Fisher.
Fisher was found on a Richmond-to-Millbrae train after passengers reported a man slumped over in one of the cars just after 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
The train was halted at the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco and Fisher was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More
Caltrain riders will get a glimpse of the future this week when testing begins on a new system to predict arrival and departure times.
The first round of testing on the new system will take place today through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
The system will include both visual messages at stations and audio announcements. Messages during the testing period will begin with, “This is a test.”
Further tests will take place in August and September. Read More
Death row inmate Scott Peterson, who was sentenced to be executed for murdering his wife and unborn son 10 years ago, has asked the California Supreme Court in San Francisco to overturn his conviction.
Lawyers for Peterson, 39, of Modesto, filed the appeal Thursday in the first step in the lengthy death penalty appeals process in California.
If Peterson loses in the state high court, he can continue appeals in the federal court system. Read More
A jury in San Jose acquitted William Lynch on Thursday of two felony counts in connection with his 2010 attack on the Jesuit priest he said molested him during a camping trip more than 30 years ago.
Three female and nine male jurors found the 44-year-old not guilty on felony charges of assault causing great bodily injury and elder abuse, but were hung on the lesser charge of simple assault. Read More
A man's body that was found in the water along San Francisco's Embarcadero has been identified as that of Los Angeles Dodgers fan Victor Murillo, 27, who went missing after a baseball game last week.
The San Francisco medical examiner's office confirmed the man's identity, and said an investigation into the cause of death isunder way.
Murillo went missing near Pier 32 the night of June 25 after watching the San Francisco Giants play the Dodgers. Read More
A man's body was found in the water along San Francisco's Embarcadero this morning, but authorities say it is too early to tell whether the body is that of Los Angeles Dodgers fan Victor Murillo, who went missing after a baseball game last week.
However, a friend of Murillo's said his family has been told that the clothes found on the body match the items worn by their loved one when he disappeared.
"The clothing that the body had on was identical to what we had been looking for," Murillo's friend and co-worker Anthony Ornelas said. Read More
A man using illegal fireworks was to blame for starting a brush fire in the Marin Headlands on Tuesday afternoon, according to the National Park Service.
At 2:45 p.m., firefighters from Marin County and the Park Service responded to reports of fire on Slacker Hill near Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands region of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said.
The blaze was reported by a GGNRA visitor and quickly contained by firefighters, Picavet said.
About one-half of an acre was burned and no one was injured. Read More
A suspicious four-alarm fire in San Francisco's Silver Terrace neighborhood damaged four homes and displaced 10 people early Tuesday morning.
The blaze was reported on Boutwell Street near Bayshore Boulevard at about 3 a.m.
Firefighters arrived to find the buildings ablaze and power lines down, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa said. He said that when he got to the scene, he smelled gas.
A person seen leaving the area around the time the fire started has been detained, he said. Read More
A Marin County man is recovering at home after being attacked by a mountain lion in the Sierra Nevada foothills early Sunday morning.
The 63-year-old man, who does not want to be identified for now, was in a sleeping bag on a sandbar along a tributary of the Yuba River near Nevada City when he was attacked around 1 a.m. Sunday, California Department of Fish and Game spokesman Patrick Foy said.
"It was a remote area few miles northwest of Nevada City. It was a secret spot he knew about," Foy said. Read More
Friends of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan who may have fallen into the water at San Francisco's Pier 30-32 Monday after a baseball game are organizing a search effort to find him.
Victor Murillo, a 27-year-old correctional officer who works in Vacaville, was last seen on Pier 30-32 just off the Embarcadero at Bryant Street on Monday around 10:30 p.m.
Murillo and his friend had just come from a San Francisco Giants game against the Dodgers at AT&T Park, U.S. Coast Guard officials said earlier this week. Read More
A 22-year-old man who had been reported missing in San Francisco is safe and has been in touch with his family, police said today.
Evan Flanary contacted his family, who told police he is OK and had been unreachable because he had not charged his phone, Officer Albie Esparza said.
Flanary’s family had reported him missing, telling police he had not been heard from since he left to meet a stranger he met through a social media phone app at around 5:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Esparza said. Read More