A defamation lawsuit filed against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife by their neighbors was dismissed Friday, according to court records.
Ivory Madison and her husband Abraham Mertens filed the lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court in January, arguing that Mirkarimi and Eliana Lopez falsely accused them of various crimes and misconduct during the sheriff's domestic violence case last year that nearly led to his removal from office.
Court records show a judge dismissed the defamation case Friday without prejudice. Read More
A long-running case against a former San Francisco Police Department crime lab technician ended in a misdemeanor plea bargain Friday when she pleaded guilty in federal court to a reduced charge of possessing cocaine in 2009.
Deborah Madden, 63, of San Mateo, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge before U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco and will be sentenced by Illston on July 19. Read More
A strike by San Francisco Symphony musicians has caused the cancellation of another concert Friday night, according to symphony officials.
The musicians announced the strike on Wednesday, prompting the symphony to cancel a concert that had been scheduled for Thursday, then a second Friday night.
The musicians and symphony management negotiated for 13 hours Thursday and early Friday morning but have not yet come to a resolution. More talks are scheduled for today, symphony officials said. Read More
Child cruelty and battery charges against a Redwood City special education teacher were dropped Thursday after the aides who had originally accused her changed their statements, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.
Alexia Alika Bogdis, 44, a teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, was arrested in February 2012 after aides accused her of slapping a student, twisting a student's wrist and kicking the back of a chair, causing it to hit a student. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today reinstated the murder conviction and death penalty of a Santa Clara County man who has been on death row for 33 years.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2011 decision in which a federal district judge in Oakland overturned the conviction of Marvin Pete Walker, 53, and ordered a new trial. Read More
An alleged drunken driver accused of killing a 17-year-old girl as she crossed a street near San Francisco's Stern Grove last weekend was barely above the legal blood-alcohol limit when he was arrested, his attorney said today.
Kieran Brewer, 28, made his initial appearance in court today on felony vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges in connection with the death of 17-year-old Henren Chang, who was fatally struck as she crossed Sloat Boulevard at Vale Avenue at about 11:20 p.m. Saturday. Read More
A man accused of a fatal shooting on a busy intersection in San Francisco's Bayview District on Monday morning pleaded not guilty today to murder charges.
Cameron Williams, 22, also known as Charles Wilson, is suspected of gunning down Dominic Scott, also 22, at 8:24 a.m. Monday at Third Street and Palou Avenue. Williams fled after the shooting but was arrested shortly afterward a few blocks away at Quesada Avenue and Keith Street, police said. Read More
Video evidence is at the center of the case of a bicyclist who was in court today on felony vehicular manslaughter charges for striking and killing a pedestrian in San Francisco's Castro District last year.
The preliminary hearing began today for Chris Bucchere, 36, who prosecutors say ran a red light before striking 71-year-old Sutchi Hui at Castro and Market streets at about 8 a.m. on March 29, 2012. Hui died at a hospital days later. Read More
The preliminary hearing begins Wednesday for a bicyclist charged with felony vehicular manslaughter for fatally striking a pedestrian in San Francisco's Castro District last year.
Chris Bucchere, 36, struck 71-year-old Sutchi Hui at Castro and Market streets on the morning of March 29, 2012.
Hui died at a hospital days later. Prosecutors said a felony charge was filed because Bucchere ran several stop signs and red lights at intersections prior to the collision and appeared to not brake before hitting Hui. Read More
An alleged drunk driver who fatally struck a 17-year-old girl in San Francisco last weekend is set to make his initial appearance in court on Wednesday.
About 25,000 LED lights were turned on tonight as part of an impressive light sculpture on the western span of the Bay Bridge.
"The Bay Lights," an $8 million privately funded project created by artist Leo Villareal, will wow visitors near the bridge for at least the next two years, the artist and other dignitaries said before the 9 p.m. lighting ceremony. Read More
Two ordinances targeting the sale and possession of certain ammunition in San Francisco were given unanimous initial approval today by the city's Board of Supervisors.
Caltrain tracks in San Bruno reopened shortly before 8 p.m. this evening after a train struck a car on the tracks, a Caltrain spokeswoman said.
Northbound train number 381 struck a vehicle on the tracks at San Bruno Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. today, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Dunn said no one on board the train or in the car was injured.
The blocked both tracks for over an hour until the tracks reopened at about 7:45 p.m., Dunn said.
Trains are resuming normal service. Read More
Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the theft of a yacht that ran aground at a Pacifica beach early this morning, a police spokesman said.
Leslie Gardner, 63, Dario Mora, 54, and Lisa Modawell, 56, were arrested at about noon on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy, Pacifica police Capt. Joe Spanheimer said.
The North County Fire Authority received a report of an 82-foot boat in distress in shallow water near Linda Mar Beach at 5:18 a.m., fire spokesman Matt Lucett said. Read More
Four homes were declared uninhabitable Saturday near the spot where a water main broke in the West Portal neighborhood last week, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokeswoman said Monday.
The 16-inch, cast-iron pipe ruptured shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on 15th Avenue just south of Wawona Street, sending water and mud down the hill and damaging 23 homes and 12 vehicles, according to the agency. Read More