Gang BustersA Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang member involved in a drive-by shooting pled guilty this week to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit murder charges. Wilbert "Cypress" Castillo, 29, admitted Tuesday he's been an MS-13 member since 2004. He confessed that he agreed wit ... More >>
Rockne HarmonDA's Office Denies Memo's Existence, But Prosecutor and DNA Expert Says He Wrote It in MarchOne of the nation's foremost DNA experts says he wrote an in-house report for the San Francisco District Attorney's office criticizing the DNA unit of the San Francisco Police Department Crime ... More >>
Not you again! An early morning break-in yesterday at Longfellow Elementary School appears to be the latest in a series of elementary school burglaries by a thief or thieves police describe as "inept." The miscreants roamed through Longfellow and damaged several doors -- including the principal's ... More >>
Attempted laundry cart escapee John Anthony III, a man without a very clean backgroundReaders could be forgiven for laughing at this morning's news of prisoner John Anthony III purportedly attempting the most hackneyed, cliched jailbreak in many a year when he reportedly tried to secret himself o ... More >>
If this doesn't work, take 150mg of PenicillinHoward Rubinstein and Hal Hewell, whose clients have unsuccessfully claimed in federal lawsuits filed here that Crunchberries and Froot Loops cereals tricked consumers into believing the products contained at least some sort of fruit, have moved on to ... More >>
The costumes may yet give them away...A Richmond District medical cannabis dispensary was robbed last Friday (when else?) by a pair of assailants, who made off with less than $1,000 worth of cash and leafy green medicine, dispensary staff told SF Weekly on Monday. The club, the Hemp Center a ... More >>
Perform a brit milah, go to jail? San Francisco can have its proposed circumcision ban, or it can have the First Amendment. But it can't have both. That's the opinion of Peter Keane, dean emeritus at Golden Gate University School of Law and a constitutional law professor. The potential ballot mea ... More >>
A kidnapping victim watched his case linger needlessly in court for years. In S.F., he has company.
Criminals' rule of thumb: Take the cash. Leave the register. Following a cash register theft on the 100 block of Chenery over the weekend and one at 301 Rolph in mid-October, yesterday's cash register heist in the 4700 block of Mission marks a trend. A stupid trend. Captain Louis Cassanego of the ... More >>
On overly protective sibling is accused of robbing a man's car and smashing it up. It's complicated. A man enjoying a night out at a bar told police he was carjacked at gunpoint and either forced into the vehicle for a horrifying drive through the Mission or chased his purloined car on foot. He's ... More >>
A crime against golfYesterday we noted that the city's Golden Gate Park Golf Course had been vandalized to the tune of $75,000 by off-roading miscreants who reduced holes six, seven, and eight to a morass of mud and tire tracks. While city crews spotted the vandalism on Friday and worked over the ... More >>
It turns out that California isn't the only one making life-or-death-penalty decisions based on the availability of the drug sodium thiopental -- the first of three drugs used to render the inmate unconscious before injecting other drugs that stop the heart and breathing. (The manufacturer's desc ... More >>
Forty-one more men are now forbidden from flashing gang signsThree men acquitted of first-degree murder charges earlier this year aren't out of the legal spotlight. Emon Brown, Joc Wilson, and Floyd Jackson are among the 41 alleged gang members listed in the gang injunction that City Attorney Den ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Coyotes who smuggle immigrants torture and extort their victims, helped by out government's failure to enact immigration reform.
Now valid in National Parks! Right?Jurisdictional lines are funny things. Here in San Francisco you can hoist your banners and beat your drum to express the message of your choosing per your First Amendment Rights -- until you tread onto Ocean Beach, the Presidio, or other federal land. The Natio ... More >>
Shelly Denise Jones' alleged bank robberies are now a federal caseWe've written a bit about Shelly Denise Jones, the Antioch bus driver accused of driving her bus to a bank in Daly City and robbing it -- and wearing such stylish clothes while allegedly knocking over two San Francisco banks that w ... More >>
Daly City PoliceShelly Denise Jones is charged with robbing three banks -- in high styleBus driver drove bus to bank, robbed it, cops sayDaly City Police have released the name and photo of the woman who is purportedly San Francisco's most stylish bank robber: Shelly Denise Jones, 34, of Antioch. ... More >>
Steve Jobs -- and vampires -- need not worry about taking the iPad out in the sun...If Steve Jobs has been slamming his head into the wall over the iPhone 4 "Antennagate" debacle, here comes another legal slap from unsatisfied customers: A trio of iPad owners are suing Apple in a class action law ... More >>
Back in 2008, professional cyclist Tammy Thomas was found guilty of perjury for lying to a grand jury about using steroids. Today, San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. Although Thomas has long denied that she used steroids -- urine samples beg to differ. In 2003, T ... More >>
Living like this for 10 years?Republican Attorney General Candidate Steve Cooley is drawing heat from Kamala Harris' attorney general campaign for remarking that "You know what gets an initiative passed in California? Name it after a female ... Jessica's Law, stuff like that." Call that a sexist ... More >>
Involuntary manslaughter for MehserleCheck back for updatesEx-BART cop Johannes Mehserle has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed BART passenger Oscar Grant. The jury could have convicted Mehserle of either second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter - ... More >>
Pair of San Francisco suits regarding iPhone 4 join Maryland Suit. Those holding their breath until a lawsuit was filed over the propensity of the new iPhone 4 to get poor reception or even drop calls due to a supposed antenna problem can finally exhale. Apple and AT&T were yesterday hi ... More >>
In a massive development in Johannes Mehserle's murder trial, Judge Robert Perry today gave jurors the option of doing more than either convicting the former BART cop of cold-blooded murder or acquitting him outright for shooting dead unarmed passenger Oscar Grant. Perry tossed out the possibilit ... More >>
After all, now we have finger prints...ICE touts success stories of new program -- but San Francisco sheriff's department would have reported "criminal aliens" anyways under old sanctuary city policyIn the first nine days after the San Francisco Sheriff's Department begrudgingly implemented the f ... More >>
Men dont have to agree to sex in order to get busted in a prostitution sting. They just have to seem interested.
Do not let me expireIt's vital for medical marijuana patients to renew their recommendations as soon as the cards expire. This advice is too late for a motorist pulled over while driving near the Alemany Boulevard housing projects. His car is impounded, his pot is gone, and his parole officer was ... More >>
As long as the pedophile is online, Kamala Harris is there to protect youMatt Smith's column this week revealed how District Attorney Kamala Harris is essentially protecting Catholic pedophiles in her refusal to turn over the San Francisco Archdiocese files on clergy abuse. Oddly, she's also come ... More >>
Who you gonna call? Don't pull out your spray paint can in front of these dudes. The Department of Public Works held out a big carrot today for San Franciscans to report graffiti vandal: The agency handed $250 checks at a Mission District press conference to two men whose quick action led to the ... More >>
San Franciscan Frank Baca, already in prison serving a life sentence for murder, is now accused of killing a fellow inmate. Authorities say the 49-year-old Baca yesterday stabbed a convicted thief to death in the recreational yard at Donovan State Prison east of San Diego. The motive is not yet k ... More >>
And it's three strikes you're out at the old ball game...A bizarre family brawl culminating in multiple stabbings and a chase involving vicious dogs erupted at a Vallejo pee wee baseball game.The action started when a player's estranged mother and father began arguing after the child struck out. ... More >>
D.A. Kamala Harris has some explaining to doA San Francisco Superior Court judge has blamed San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris for the debacle that has grown out of misconduct at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab, saying Harris' office ignored its constitutional obligation ... More >>
As D.A. Kamala Harris campaigns to be attorney general, her success rate in felony trials has dropped below that of any big-city prosecutor in California.
Case workers allege that sex offender Nicholas Chaykovsky, pictured in December, died because of Jessica's Law.State corrections officials will now allow sex offenders living transient because of Jessica's Law sleep indoors -- as long as they don't establish a "pattern of residency." Now, playing ... More >>
You see? There was a perfectly good reason for placing a parolee help center a stone's throw from a grade school -- which means sex offenders are legally barred from entering. State corrections officials say they had no choice but to award a contract to aid paroled sex offenders to a non-profit t ... More >>
Paroled sex offenders are now being told they are no longer welcome at the city site specifically designated to service themParoled sex offenders forced into homelessness in San Francisco by Jessica's Law used to have at least one place they could call "home": the day-reporting center for parolee ... More >>
You may have read about the sex offender wanted on a parole violation who played Dukes of Hazzard with the cops this week. A parole agent spotted Matthew Thrasher in his gold Toyota Corolla (hardly the General Lee) around the Great Highway and Lincoln Way on Tuesday afternoon, news accounts repor ... More >>
Kenneth KyleKenneth Kyle, the Cal State East Bay professor previously charged with rape and sodomy in Missouri and child porn-related charges here can toss a new bevy of charges on the pile: Federal felony counts of child porn production. The U.S. District Attorney's office in St. Louis yesterday ... More >>
Did Jessica's Law kill a homeless sex offender?