Nimble bank burglar apparently falls back to earth

The ceiling is apparently the limit for suspected bank burglar John Franklin, who reportedly fell through the roof of a Portola neighborhood apartment building last month while fleeing police.

The 33-year-old is scheduled to appear in court today on charges related to two bank burglaries in The City.

The latest occurred about 3:45 a.m. Sept. 20 when police received a call from a bank alarm company about a break-in at the Bank of America on San Bruno Avenue in Portola. After entering the bank by removing a roof vent, Franklin was seen on a live feed attempting to pry into an ATM inside the bank with a crowbar, according to police.

When officers arrived, Franklin apparently fled on the roof. A resident of an apartment in an adjacent building heard a crash in one of his bedrooms, where police found Franklin. The resident locked the suspect inside the bedroom until police arrived.

Despite the cartoon ending, prosecutors say there’s good reason not to let this case fall through the cracks.

Four days earlier, prosecutors said, Franklin committed a similar robbery at the US Bank at Third Street and Palou Avenue.

SFUSD status hearing

While students are getting to know their teachers, six current or former San Francisco Unified School District employees are getting to know a judge.

Today, a case involving the alleged misuse of an estimated $15 million in school grant funding is returning to court for a status hearing.

The money was earmarked for support services, nutritional programs and violence-prevention programs for students, but was allegedly directed toward bonuses, slush funds and unwarranted pay increases. About $250,000 of the funds in question went to personal use, while three nonprofit organizations who were recipients of part of the grant are being probed.

Bail for alleged druglord?

A federal judge is scheduled to determine Wednesday whether Ross Ulbricht, the 29-year-old man accused of running a billion-dollar online drug bazaar known as Silk Road, should be allowed to be freed on bail.

Federal prosecutors who want to move Ulbricht’s case to New York, where he faces additional charges in connection with a murder-for-hire plot, argue that Ulbricht could disappear if allowed to post bail before the transfer.

The 29-year-old Ulbricht was arrested Tuesday at Glen Park Branch Library. He is accused of twice hiring assassins to kill people who threatened his illegal business.

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