San Francisco, CA Crime & Safety

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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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.

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...

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...

Former 49er Frank Gore arrested in New Jersey after a domestic violence dispute

ATLANTIC CITY -- Former San Francisco 49ers star Frank Gore has been charged with assault following an alleged domestic violence incident in Atlantic City, authorities announced Wednesday.According to a press release from the Atlantic City police, officers were dispatched to Tropicana Atlantic City for a report of a domestic violence dispute at 8:11 a.m. on July 31.Upon arrival, officers found the alleged victim, a 28-year-old woman from Miami, speaking with hotel security. She did not exhibit signs of injury and complaints were not filed at the time.However, an ensuing investigation resulted in Gore being charged with simple assault related to...

Uninvited Family Member at Mom’s Funeral Mows Down Sister, Tips Casket, and Floods Grave Site

A funeral meant to celebrate the life of an elderly woman in Northern California turned into comical mayhem after an uninvited family member stormed the service, ran over guests with a car, tipped over the casket, and struck a water main. The extraordinary sendoff happened at the Contra Costa County cemetery inside Richmond’s Rolling Hills Memorial Park on Saturday, but was not, apparently, entirely unanticipated. “A family member brought a stun gun to the services because of longstanding family issues,” Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy of the Richmond Police Department, told reporters after things calmed down.The uninvited guest, thought to be a...

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...

Suspect arrested in 1982 cold case murder of Palo Alto High student Karen Stitt

SUNNYVALE -- Using the latest advances in DNA technology, Sunnyvale cold case investigators announced Tuesday they have arrested a suspect in the September 1982 murder of 15-year-old Palo Alto High student Karen Stitt."I believe we have a responsibility to these victims no matter how old the case is," says Det. Matt Hutchison with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.Detectives said 75-year-old Gary Gene Ramirez was arrested on Aug. 2 at his current place of residence in the town of Makawao on the island of Maui.For nearly forty years, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Detectives  investigated all potential leads related to...

Casket knocked over after fight breaks out at Richmond cemetery

RICHMOND, Calif. - A large brawl broke out between family members at a funeral in Richmond, ending with a casket being knocked over and an arrest. According to the Richmond Police Department, the altercation happened Saturday afternoon at Rolling Hills Memorial Park on Hilltop Drive. Officers said a family member...

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.