CRIME & SAFETY
Woman arrested for bringing drugs into Redwood City jail: sheriff
(KRON) — A woman was arrested for bringing drugs into a Redwood City jail, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office (SMCSO) announced Thursday in a press release. Dafne Araceli Largaespada, 41, is accused of bringing drugs into Maple Street Correctional Facility on Tuesday. How Largaespada brought the drugs into the facility remains unclear. She was […]
70-year-old man accused of molesting young family member decades ago in Half Moon Bay
REDWOOD CITY -- A 70-year-old man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child family member repeatedly three decades ago in Half Moon Bay, authorities said Wednesday.The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office identified the suspect as Manuel Cortes of San Francisco. The investigation began in June 2022 and involved a child under 14 years old.The sheriff's office said the sexual assaults happened over a span of three years.After a year-long investigation, sheriff's detectives obtained a no-bail arrest warrant for Cortes and Tuesday, he was arrested in San Francisco, the sheriff's office said.Cortes was booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. The sheriff's office said because the assaults occurred approximately 30 years ago, it is unknown if there are other unidentified victims.Anyone with information about the case was asked to contact Det. Cousenes at 650-363-4066 RCousenes@smcgov.org or Detective Chong at 650-599-1516 GChong@smcgov.org. Anonymous tips can be given on the sheriff's office tip line at 800-547-2700.
Wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of twin girls whose parents were killed in street racing crash
A wrongful death lawsuit is being brought on behalf of 7-year-old twin girls whose parents were killed in a crash caused by street racing. A family of four -- parents and the twins -- were driving home from the girls' grandmother's house shortly before Christmas last year when they were struck by a car moving 100 mph, killing both parents, Gregory Ammen and Grace Spiridon, instantly. They were less than 10 minutes away from their San Carlos home at the time of the crash.
Report: Boy airlifted after rattlesnake bites him at Bay Area park
A 7-year-old boy was airlifted from Mount Diablo State Park to a local hospital after being bitten by a snake on a family hike Wednesday, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said.
Report: 2 die in small plane crash in Bay Area
Two people died in a small plane crash in eastern Solano County on Thursday morning, according to multiple media reports.
Mother's Window Safety Campaign Inspired by Son's Near-Death Experience
After her son Amari survived a fall from a third-floor window, Bay Area mother Vannoy McCree is dedicated to spreading window safety awareness. She has founded a nonprofit organization that organizes activities and events in the Bay Area, emphasizing the importance of securing windows and doors, particularly in high-rise buildings.
Half Moon Bay man sentenced for 2018 murder
A San Mateo County Superior Court judge last week ended a five-year murder case when he sentenced Tristan Cecil to 15 years to life in prison for the murder of Kimberly Quiroz in February 2018. Several months ago, Cecil, a former Half Moon Bay resident, accepted a deal from the...
Man Arrested for Armed Robbery and Multiple Auto Burglaries in Palo Alto, CA
On April 15, 2022, police received a report of an armed robbery in the 900 block of Bryant Street. According to the investigation, two suspects in a black two-door vehicle approached a man in his thirties. One of the suspects pointed a pistol at the victim, while the other remained in the car holding a handgun. The suspects demanded the victim's property and fled with his wristwatch. The child who was in the victim's vehicle during the crime was unharmed.
Update: Crazed San Leandro Man Points Crossbow at BART Employee Yelling "I'm Gonna Kill You"
Update: A San Leandro man accused of pointing a loaded crossbow at two BART workers and threatening to kill at least one of them was arrested last week, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Thursday. 41-year-old Daniel Ray Baxter faces charges on two counts of making criminal threats and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. According to authorities, the man allegedly pointed the weapon at one of the workers and said, “I’ll kill you.” Both workers barricaded themselves in the train operator’s cab and called BART police. When officers arrived, they found Baxter lying on the floor of one of the cars. He admitted he was the person they were looking for and was subsequently issued an order banning him from BART and booked into jail. Baxter appeared in San Mateo County Superior Court in Redwood City on Thursday for a preliminary hearing via the San Francisco Chronicle. His attorney presented no evidence, and Judge Sean Dabel sent the case to trial. Baxter will appear in court next on June 22. He continues to be held in San Mateo County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
$50,000 worth of bikes stolen from Redwood City business
Thieves were caught on camera stealing $50,000 worth of bikes from a family-owned business in Redwood City. The incident happened on the morning of June 1. Surveillance video showed three masked men breaking into Chain Reaction Bicycles on El Camino in Redwood City. Soon after, a fourth and then a...
Fugitive's Wild Crime Spree in San Mateo Ends in 27 Years to Life Sentence
On June 6, 2023, Michael Robillard received a 27-year-to-life prison sentence for leading officers on a wild chase in a stolen car, which was also connected to a robbery spree, and attempting to escape custody while being transported to a medical checkup, according to KTVU reporter Henry K. Lee. Robillard's crime spree began back in May of 2021 when he stole a vehicle, evaded San Mateo police, and jumped into a pond at a Foster City condominium complex to avoid capture.
Bay Area man accused of killing spree once worked at Google, court records show
A former Google employee accused of a killing spree in the South Bay last week will appear in court Thursday afternoon.
Bay Area mom raises awareness about window safety after son's fall
SAN FRANCISCO - A Bay Area mom is raising awareness about window safety after her son survived a fall from a high-rise window. "I remember it like it was yesterday," Vannoy McCree said through tear-filled eyes. "January 13, 2021. I still get goosebumps thinking about it." McCree was out of...
Family dispute leads to arrest of former TV news anchor Frank Somerville
BERKELEY -- Former Bay Area TV news anchor Frank Somerville was arrested twice after family disturbances at his father's Berkeley Hills home.Berkeley police said officers responded to the father's home in the 800 block of Indian Rock Ave. for calls late Monday night and then again early Tuesday morning.The first call came in at 6:36 p.m. The caller reported that a male -- Somerville -- was being detained after a physical altercation at the residence. Police arrived and determined that Somerville was intoxicated. Somerville had been told to leave the property by his family but refused to go. He then...
Victims of Mass Shooting Still Need Our Support
It has been nearly five months since the mass shootings in January 2023 rocked our Coastside community. While daily life has slowly moved forward for most coastal residents, there remains a portion of our community whose lives have been forever changed. Victims and their grieving families are grappling with income loss, everyday living expenses, college tuition, staggering medical bills and in-home care, as well as therapy for PTSD and more.
Woman, 2 children found dead in Bay Area home, police say
Police in the Bay Area on Monday found the bodies of a woman and two children, according to the Fremont Police Department. Officers and Fremont fire personnel went to a home in the 40000 block of Inglewood Common around 1 p.m. There, they found the three bodies. Fremont police said...
Amazon big-rig overturns, spills packages on Highway 92 in Foster City
An Amazon big-rig overturned on Highway 92 in Foster City early Wednesday, spilling dozens of packages and blocking multiple lanes. The crash occurred at about 1:40 a.m. on westbound Highway 92, leaving the big-rig on its side with the trailer ripped open and packages strewn across the shoulder. Initially all...
Narcan deployed for 4 straight days in BART drug overdoses: officials
(KRON) — Narcan was deployed at four different BART stations on four straight days during the past week, the agency announced Wednesday. On consecutive days from June 4-7, the medication was used to combat drug overdoses at these BART stations: Daly City, Fruitvale, Civic Center and Bay Fair. Narcan is a synthetic drug used for […]
Police Blotter: Rape, trespassing and stalking
This report covers a selection of incidents reported from May 31 to June 6 as recorded in the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) bulletin. Learn more about the Clery Act and how The Daily approaches reporting on crime and safety here. This story contains references to sexual assault.
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