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Police Refuse To Look For Missing 4-Year-Old Boy Abducted During Assault They Say Just "Ran Away"

Mitchell OwensState of California Attorney General. Ora Owens is the mother of three sons. The family lived in the eastern area of Menlo Park, California. On February 3, 1983, a police officer arrived at her apartment. The officer was there to question Ora about a police report on a stolen purse that she had filed the previous month.
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Victim in Oakland shooting succumbs to injuries at hospital

OAKLAND - The victim of a shooting on the 1400 block of Webster Street in Oakland succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at a local hospital Wednesday morning.The shooting occurred Saturday the 6th, just before 12:15 AM. OPD Officers were in the area when they heard gunfire. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Officers rendered aid until medical personnel arrived on scene, who then transported the victim to a local hospital.The victim's identity is being withheld, pending notification to next of kin. The Oakland Police Department (OPD) continue to seek assistance from the community to identify the individual(s) responsible. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact OPD's Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821 or the TIP LINE at (510) 238-7950. This homicide marks Oakland's 74th this year. At this time in 2021, there were 78. The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case. Callers can remain anonymous. The Tip Line is (510) 777-8572.
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Felony charges filed against suspect who attacked former SF commissioner Chew

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins has filed felony charges against a suspect who was arrested after he "violently attacked" former SF commissioner Greg Chew earlier this month.According to a press release issued by the SF District Attorney's Office Wednesday, the defendant has been charged with felony assault with an enhancement for great bodily injury, felony battery causing serious bodily injury, and felony elder abuse with great bodily injury, as well as a misdemeanor vandalism charge.ALSO READ: Demonstrators demand action to combat Asian hate in San Francisco"Unprovoked, violent attacks against our AAPI communities must stop," said Jenkins in...

Clayton man pleads not guilty to weapons charges stemming from alleged cache of 132 guns

CLAYTON –  A Clayton man was arraigned on Tuesday on weapons charges stemming from an allegation that police seized 132 guns from his property earlier this year. John Michael King, 54, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of possessing assault weapons and one felony count for manufacturing or assembling an unregistered firearm, the Contra Costa District Attorney's office announced. King, a former volunteer with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office, was under investigation for possessing illegal firearms, according to the announcement. In January, county, state and federal authorities claim they seized 132 guns from his home after obtaining a search warrant. Authorities also allege that they found equipment used to manufacture unregistered firearms, or ghost guns, on his property. The district attorney said King illegally manufactured or assembled a .22 caliber rifle and possessed a .223 assault rifle and a .556 pistol. King is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 29 in Martinez.

Person of interest sought in April fatal shooting in Hayward

HAYWARD -- Police in Hayward released a sketch Wednesday of a person of interest in a fatal shooting earlier this year.The shooting happened on April 8 in the area of Jackson Street and Soto Road. Officers arrived to find a man who had been shot multiple times and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified him as 46-year-old Hayward resident Ervin Vargas.On Wednesday, Hayward police released a sketch of a person of interest who was believed to be at the scene at the time of the shooting. He is described as a Caucasian or Hispanic male, 30-35 years old, thin build, approximately 5'10", with short dark brown hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact Detective Kell at 510-293-7176.

Big rig driver may face charges in Berkeley freeway overramp crash

BERKELEY --  A South San Francisco truck driver may face misdemeanor hit-and-run charges following a crash last month into a freeway overpass in Berkeley that caused an estimated $2.1 million in damage.California Highway Patrol investigators said 63-year-old Willard Osibin was allegedly driving a flatbed big-rig loaded with a John Deere excavator when he crashed into the Interstate Highway 80 overpass at Gilman Street on July 20.The incident was reported around 10:48 a.m. and caused concrete to fall on the roadway, creating surface traffic issues as Gilman was closed in both directions.Authorities said Osibin fled the scene after the incident. Witnesses led the CHP to the company Osibin was driving for, which was Mike O'Brien Specialized Hauling in San Francisco.CHP Officer David Arias said Osibin has admitted to what happened.Caltrans was forced to close three lanes of Highway 80 for two nights last month to accommodate repairs on the overpass. 

Lawsuit against SFPD, SFFD alleges forced sedation of a protestor

SAN FRANCISCO - Civil rights attorney John Burris announced a federal lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of a Roe v. Wade protester alleging that while in an act of civil disobedience, she was injected with an unknown sedative without consent by members of the San Francisco fire and police departments.On June 13, Kareim McKnight and friend Amanda Piasecki went to the Golden State Warriors' game against the Boston Celtics at Chase Center in San Francisco. They did not have the playoffs in mind, but rather the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.The civil rights lawsuit filed against...

Shooting in SF Visitacion Valley leaves 1 with life-threatening injuries

SAN FRANCISCO – A shooting in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood early Wednesday morning left a male victim with life-threatening injuries, police said.The shooting was reported at 4:47 a.m. in the 200 block of Blythedale Avenue.The victim was taken to a hospital and an update on his condition was not immediately available.No arrest has been made in connection with the shooting and San Francisco police have not released any description of the suspect.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department's tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with "SFPD" at the start of the message.

Man plows car into gravestones, knocks over mom’s casket in cemetery brawl

A California man allegedly went berserk at his mom’s funeral, getting into a car after a fight with his sister and knocking over his mom’s casket and several tombstones while trying to run his sibling down, cops and reports said Wednesday. The 36-year-old man, who was not identified, even tore up numerous plots and damaged a water main, which flooded his mother’s open grave when he drove his car onto the grass at Rolling Hills cemetery in Richmond, California. The dangerous ride, which caused an estimated $20,000 worth of damages, was part of a massive brawl that involved 20 grieving-but-angry family...

Woman accuses SF firefighter of injecting her at Chase Center

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A woman is suing the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Fire Department, alleging someone with the latter injected her with a sedative while she protested for abortion rights. Kareim McKnight is being represented by longtime civil rights attorney John Burris. “Giving […]

Suspect Arrested for Resisting Arrest and Evading

Story Originally Published by: American Police Department. “AMERICAN CANYON, Calif., August 8, 2022, 11 AM – On Saturday, August 6th, 2022, American Canyon Police arrested 48-year-old, James Spencer, for resisting arrest and evading, after he crashed his car on Highway 29 and Mini Drive. The incident occurred around 2pm.