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    September 9, 2013

    Mt. Diablo Fire Still Burning, Residents, Livestock Ordered to Evacuate

    Now that the Yosemite wildfire is under control, fire crews can focus their efforts on trying to put a cap on the mountain blaze in Contra Costa County where a fire broke out Sunday afternoon. According to press reports, some 250 firefighters have been working to extinguish the blaze, which was o ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Bay Bridge Traffic Will Suck This Morning

    Hey San Francisco-bound commuters, you probably won't get to work on time today, thanks to heavy traffic slowing the drive on the Bay Bridge this morning. A big rig reportedly crashed with another vehicle just before 6 a.m., causing injuries and blocking two lanes.

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    July 23, 2013

    GoCar Tourist Vehicle Convoy Traverses Bay Bridge

    A convoy of the yellow, three-wheeled tourist vehicles known as "GoCars" traversed the western span of the Bay Bridge yesterday, ending up at Treasure Island according to the company's founder. Video of the Monday incident hit YouTube yesterday. The English-accented, GPS-guided "talking" cars are ca ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    SFPD Offers "Tasty" Mocktail Recipes So You Don't Get Hammered This Weekend

    It's that time of the year when you're granted a long weekend -- and one that promises nice weather. But just because you can BBQ and beach, doesn't mean you can get drunk and drive. If you do, there will be plenty of cops out there to get you. Starting tonight, San Francisco police along with t ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013
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    March 4, 2013

    Night Owl Horses Try to Trot Up East Bay Freeway Looking for Something to Do

    If you ever thought that horses don't have lives of their own, you were wrong. Two East Bay horses who were hoping to extend their weekend with a little late-night galloping were busted like two teenagers sneaking out in the night. According to CBS News, the two horses apparently escaped from thei ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Highway Chase in Hayward Yields Illegally Owned Gun, Feds Say

    On December 18, a California Highway Patrol Officer arrested a man who led him on a brief car chase along I-580. The officer found a handgun in the man's jacket pocket. The gun, like so many in California, came from out-of-state, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in the Federal District Court ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Drugged Driving Has No Definition, but It's Definitely Illegal

    A few weeks ago, the Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a story in which the California Highway Patrol warned of a creeping trend: drugged driving.Marijuana was present in several fatal automobile crashes in the mountainous coastal county, the CHP said, and warned that while there's a prevailing sentiment that ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Christopher Boone Lacy Accused of Shooting CHP Officer in Head

    The California Highway Patrol officer who was shot yesterday morning in the head and in the spinal cord remains in critical condition on life support.Footage from a dashboard camera reveals that the suspect, Christopher Boone Lacy, 36, pulled a gun on CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom, 37, after he atte ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    CHP Officer Shot in East Bay, Freeway Closed

    (Update 2:22 p.m.): Police met with reporters about 20 minutes ago, confirming that they have found the 1998 black Nissan Maxima that was wanted in connection to this morning's shooting of a CHP officer. Now, the CHP is searching for 35-year-old Daisi Garcia, who they believe is associated with the ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Cops to Roundup Local Drunks on the Roads

    Starting Friday, you can expect to see cops, cops, and more cops on the roads for a planned 18-day crackdown on wasted drivers.Cops are really hoping you all stay sober through the end of the month -- or at least don't drive if you aren't. But just in case, there will be four sobriety checkpoints ov ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Mary Doering Identified as Woman Killed in Highway 280 Crash

    Medical authorities have identified the 28-year-old woman who was killed in a major car accident on Friday night as Mary Doering of San Francisco. The northbound lanes of Highway 280 were closed down for at least an hour on Friday night after the accident which happened just before 10 p.m. near Gene ... More >>

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    March 19, 2012

    Scoot Networks, Hyped Scooter-Sharing Service, Might Run Afoul of State Law

    ​It's always a pleasure to see business blogs' miasmal coverage of Bay Area start-ups pierced by a ray of real journalism. On this note, we have SF Appeal to thank for asking an important question about a much-hyped new scooter-sharing service in San Francisco: Is it legal?As the Appeal reports, i ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    David Hanna Identified as Pedestrian Killed in Hit-And-Run

    Be careful ​San Mateo County authorities identified 27-year-old David Zaki Hanna as the San Francisco man who was killed in a tragic hit-and-run accident Saturday morning. Police say Hanna's Toyota Camry hit a soundwall on the right shoulder of the highway at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. When he got ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Cops Crackdown on Holiday Drunks

    Don't be stupid!​Your once-a-year holiday reprieve from sobriety checkpoints over Thanksgiving has come and gone. Starting tomorrow, cops will be swarming the Bay Area highways and local streets, looking for drunks and drugged out drivers on the road. It's part of a 17-day crackdown to deter those ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Homeless Man Distraught After CHP Shoots Service Dog

    Knucklehead the dog "didn't have a mean bone in her body." But now she's gone. ​A homeless San Francisco man is struggling to go on after his beloved service dog died in a hail of gunfire fired by a California Highway Patrol officer. It's hard to say Steven Coffman, 42, is looking for answers. He' ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Roma Bhatia's Body Found on Side of Highway, Police Puzzled by Mysterious Death

    What happened to Roma?​Police are trying to figure out what happened to a Bay Area mother whose body was found over the weekend on the side of Interstate 680 near San Ramon.  Authorities say 47-year-old Roma Bhatia's body went unnoticed on the busy freeway, where she was possibly hit by a car ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Early Morning Crash Creates 8-Mile Traffic Jam on Bay Bridge

    This is what we imagine the morning commute to look like ​If you are commuting into San Francisco this morning, you might want to hop BART instead. According to the California Highway Patrol, a motorcycle crashed early this morning, creating an eight-mile traffic jam. The accident happened at abou ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Cops Bust Drunk Man Driving in Carpool Lane with His Dog

    ​Trying to sneak into the carpool lane with a canine "passenger" might not seem like a good idea when you're sober. After a few beers, it's an even worse idea, but no longer necessarily looks that way.Exhibit A: The man who was busted by police during rush hour yesterday afternoon for driving his ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    The Fourth of July Weekend DUI Count Is in

    Our founding fathers would be disappointed. ​We knew that even when warned about DUI checkpoints, there's a good chance some would party too hard over the Fourth of July weekend and then foolishly get behind the wheel.And now we have statistics to back this up: Police report that 30 drivers were a ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    UC Education Rally Targets State Cuts, Then Cops

    Much to be against​SF Weekly readers have grown accustomed to the all-consuming education cuts -- and the protests, or what some might call mayhem, that go along with them. But here is another layer to the budget cut story: Protesters who publicly railed against the state cuts and tuition hikes la ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Teen Jumps Off Golden Gate Bridge; Survives

    One too many jumpers​A teen from Sonoma County jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge today during a school field trip, yet survived after falling nearly 250 feet. Media outlets are reporting that at about 11 a.m., the Windsor High School student jumped from the eastern sidewalk, just south of the Sou ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    No DUI Deaths in City Over Holidays, But Many DUI Arrests

    ​The saturation of cops busting drunk drivers in the city over the holidays this year has been rivaled only by the saturation of press releases we receive about their latest arrest totals. The good news today is this was the third consecutive year with no DUI-related fatalities in the city. San Fr ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Gunman Halts Westbound Bay Bridge Traffic

    ​All citybound traffic has been halted on the Bay Bridge's top deck since shortly after 7:10 a.m. due to a driver who has claimed to be toting a gun and explosives. The driver told police dispatchers he was armed, reports KTVU television. When police spotted the man at Treasure Island, they purpor ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Bay Bridge Gunman Currently at San Francisco CHP Office

    Sky1RonTraffic was halted this morning when a gunman acted out on the Bay Bridge​The gun-toting driver who halted westbound traffic on the Bay Bridge this morning with bomb threats is currently in custody at the San Francisco CHP office. "Obviously, we have a few questions for him," said Californi ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Box of Nails Reportedly Spilled on Highway 280

    D'oh​A report of Dukes of Hazzard-like driving conditions made its way to SF Weekly this morning, with an account of a box of nails spilling onto I-280 near Hickey Boulevard. Cautious motoring is encouraged. Officer Shawn Chase of the California Highway Patrol, meanwhile, says reports of nails str ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Helicopter Crashes on Highway 101

    A Bell 47G-5 chopper like this smacked into Highway 101 this morning​First beer, then choppers. Odd items have plagued Bay Area highways in consecutive days (what's next? Frogs? Locusts?). A helicopter crashed onto Highway 101, almost exactly 24 hours after a beer truck overturned on Highway 17, d ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    Beer Truck Driver Says He Crashed Intentionally

    There are times when crashing a big rig is the only way to go​Expert says crashing beer-filled big rig may have been best choiceThe driver of a big rig carrying 3,000 gallons of beer, who doused morning traffic yesterday by flipping over on Highway 17, told California Highway Patrol officers that ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Video of Kathleen Gomez Collier, Woman Who Drove Into River, Reveals Puzzling Demise

    Authorities are unsure what led Kathleen Gomez Collier to drive into the Sacramento River​Video of the last moments of Kathleen Gomez Collier -- the lost 47-year-old woman who drove into the Sacramento River while on the phone with her daughter  -- may produce more questions than answers, acc ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Cell Phone Crackdown Today: Hang Up, Drivers

    Would you believe this is no less idiotic than talking on a bluetooth while driving?​If you've got a shoe-sized mobile phone like good o'l Gordon Gekko here, you couldn't find a worse time to flaunt it while driving. The California Highway Patrol is engaging in a cell phone crackdown today. If his ... More >>

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    July 2, 2010

    No Tickets Given to Drivers Who Stopped, Dawdled to Beat Bay Bridge 'Congestion Pricing'

    ​On day one of the Bay Bridge's bold foray into using the term "congestion pricing" to vacuum extra dollars out of drivers' pockets, some motorists weren't willing to play along. Drivers were yesterday spotted dawdling, weaving in and out of lanes, and even pulling over on the side of the highway ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Commuters Slowing, Stopping on Freeway to Foil Bay Bridge 'Congestion Pricing'

    ​On Day One of local bridge's foray into "congestion pricing," reports are emanating from the Bay Bridge toll plaza that local drivers are not buying in -- literally. Motorists have been spotted idling, driving excessively slowly, and even stopping in the emergency lane to avoid paying a $6 toll a ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Cops Promise To Be Scourge of July 4 Weekend Drunk Drivers

    V for sobriety. Wait a minute...​With aggressive language bordering on Winston Churchill's grim 1940 exhortation that his countrymen "defend our island whatever the cost may be," local law enforcement officials promised a "saturation" to root out every last drunken sod who sees fit to slip behind ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Illegal Immigrant Threatens To Jump Off the Golden Gate Bridge

    ​Thousands of supporters on Facebook have signed up to deter a person claiming on the internet to be an illegal immigrant planning to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, writing "I am not wanted here."The PostSecret blog posts confessions people have sent in ranging from having hairy toes, to being a ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Nightmare Scenario As Taxi Brakes Fail, Passenger Dies in Fiery Crash

    www.ktvu.comOne dead in fiery crash​A female taxi passenger is dead after the brakes on her cab failed and the vehicle slammed into a concrete highway support at 40 miles per hour this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol (our friends at SFist had the scoop as well as some pictures ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Secret Service to Investigate Palin-Inspired Threats Against Leland Yee

    Threats directed against state Sen. Leland Yee after he began asking questions about how much Sarah Palin is being paid to speak at California State University Stanislaus have been turned over to the California Highway Patrol and U.S. Secret Service for investigation, a state senate security officia ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Note To the Egg Nog-Sloshed: Get Ready To Get Nailed By Holiday Sobriety Checkpoints

    Not just Santa Claus is coming to town this holiday, folks. State, federal and city law via Flikr by McBLG97On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a DUI from the SFPD....​enforcement will be out in force for 17 days starting this weekend to nail your drunk ass if you get behind the ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Wire Dangling On Bay Bridge -- But Don't Worry! It's Not Structural.

    ​Those of you who beat the system by enjoying a reverse commute to the East Bay may be have gotten a taste of what garden-variety commuters deal with. News reports abound of some manner of wire dangling within the Treasure Island tunnel on the bridge's lower deck. While earlier reports described t ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    CHP: Cops Did *Not* Run Over Woman Killed on Highway 280 Last Night

    ​A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol refuted television reports that claim a patrol car was among the several vehicles to strike a woman who wandered onto Highway 280 last night with deadly results. Officer Shawn Chase of the CHP flatly denied that officers were among the drivers who ran ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    Update: CHP Now Says It Actually DID Run Over Pedestrian Killed on Highway 280

    ​Earlier today, California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Shawn Chase denied television reports that a CHP patrol car was one of several vehicles to strike a woman killed after wandering onto the highway late last night. Chase moments ago called SF Weekly and said that, yes, the CHP did indeed r ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Following Fatal Pedestrian Incident, TV Helicopter Rattles San Franciscans Out of Their Homes

    ​San Franciscans residing near Alamo Square wandered into the streets at around 7:15 a.m. this morning to gauge why the hell a dark helicopter was ominously hovering over Fell and Broderick and emitting a deafening noise that resembled the world's largest "grogger." The folks craning their necks u ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Does 'CHP' Stand for 'Can't Help Punning'?

    Y'know Ponch, if Marshall McLuhan is right and 'The medium is the message' -- then any advice we give to high school kids probably won't be received warmlyPoor California Highway Patrol -- they just want us to drive safely, be considerate, and, would it kill us to occasionally compliment them on the ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    CHP Urges Sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday (Smart) With Series of Strained Football Puns (Silly)

    'I don't know, Ponch, you think all these football puns will convince people to avoid getting a DUI?'Broaching a serious subject via humorous means is often a dicey proposition. Play it too light and no one notices the wit; play it too heavy and you've trivialized your subject. Truly, it requires a ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    So How Many Folks Are Nabbed for Yapping on Cell Phones While Driving? Your Guess is as Good as the SFPD's

    Is it possible to be more irresponsible than texting your underaged mistress to score you some drugs while driving a Corvair with infants and kittens wandering in the backseat? While this sort of behavior might make the Examiner blotter, there's no way for the San Francisco Police Department to tabu ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008
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    May 7, 2008

    Can't We All Just Roll Along?

    There is a way bike riders and car drivers can more safely coexist, and help the environment.

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    February 28, 2008
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    October 31, 2007
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    November 16, 2005

    A Bridge Too Far

    The Chronicle's series of stories on Golden Gate suicides goes "radioactive."

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    August 22, 2001

    Dog Bites

    Charged Atmosphere; Worst Deal of the Week

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