There was controversy when Oakland announced that it would hire William Bratton -- former police chief in Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles -- to help improve the city's police department. For the most part, the controversy took two forms. Firstly, there was the issue that cash-strapped Oakla ... More >>
Hollow-point bullets have a pit at the tip, which makes them look a bit like tiny steel smokestacks. When the bullet hits a target, pressure builds within the pit and pushes outward against lead walls, causing the bullet's surface area to expand and leave a greater trail of damage within the target. ... More >>
A construction site went up in flames early Saturday morning in the city's Hunters Point neighborhood in what appears to be a very suspicious fire.Press reports say the blaze started at 4 a.m. at West Point and Middle Point roads, and firefighters had the fire under control by 5:30 a.m. According to ... More >>
Mystery accompanied the federal Justice Department's crackdown on California's state-legal medical marijuana industry since Oct. 7, when prosecutors formally declared their war on weed. Who was behind the feds deciding it was time to shut down hundreds of California dispensaries -- rogue prosecutors ... More >>
Both black and white women brawl on Vh1 reality programming but some don't have to deal with the burden of (mis)representing their culture.
Doubling UpIt's a fine time to be a criminal in California. Arrests in every category of crime are down -- way down: Arrests for rape, murder, and theft have all decreased by two-thirds since 1990, according to a study published last week by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Every cri ... More >>
Dominique Strauss-KahnEvery once in a while, San Francisco politicians surprise you. The city's Board of Supervisors is justly acknowledged for its symbolic gestures at the local level -- banning plastic bags, expressing support for cop killers, and the like. But the span of officialdom's tut-tut ... More >>
We're not in Kansas anymoreCops finally caught up with some local jewelry thieves as they cruised along Interstate 80 -- in the middle of Nebraska. The tale begins on the 300 block of 29th Avenue -- a quiet residential block near upscale Sea Cliff. Jewel thieves plotted what police are calling a ... More >>
A kidnapping victim watched his case linger needlessly in court for years. In S.F., he has company.
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Don't mess with the IRS...Two more alleged muggers are under arrest in the unusual case of an armed IRS agent shooting down her purported attackers. In addition to the alleged robber hospitalized Thursday morning after taking a bullet to the torso, San Francisco Police announce they've now arrest ... More >>
Don't mess with the IRS...The news that an on-duty IRS special agent shot an alleged mugger at around midnight this morning in Hunters Point was something of a head-scratcher. Sure, armed IRS special agents investigate money-laundering, fraud cases, and ponzi schemes. But how many ponzi schemes a ... More >>
Charles McAleer-BonillaThe San Francisco Police Department is announcing that DNA evidence ties a suspected bank robber and kidnapper who recently died in a shootout with the Sacramento Sheriff's Department to the April stabbing death of San Franciscan Charles McAleer-Bonilla in Noe Valley.
Not the actual dog, no...The Antioch man accused of beating his girlfriend, breaking into her apartment, and hanging her Jack Russell terrier puppy to death with an electric cord was arraigned yesterday. He was given a May 13 date to next appear in court in Martinez for a "further arraignment," a ... More >>
Gerald Anthony Ortega is accused of hanging his girlfriend's dog, a Jack Russell terrier puppy like this oneA man charged with beating his girlfriend, breaking into her apartment, and hanging her Jack Russell terrier puppy will be arraigned today. Gerald Anthony Ortega, 25, has a court date today ... More >>
Michael Manos was living the same lie that he peddled across the country. But in San Francisco, the truth caught up with him.
RJ ShaughnessyLil Wayne, perhaps the most commercially successful and critically-lauded rapper of the past few years, was recently granted a reprieve from his date with destiny. Due to be sentenced on February 9th after pleading guilty to gun possession, the proceedings have been delayed until Ma ... More >>
View Larger MapSan Francisco cabbies, Steve Anton says, know all about States Street. The site where cab driver Balvinder Singh was knifed, robbed, and nearly murdered last night is a place that raises red flags among veteran cabbies. "There's only one way in and one way out," says Anton, the co-own ... More >>
Some licenses the mugger can keep...A San Francisco man was robbed Monday in the shadow of McLaren Park by a miscreant toting a gun -- but said miscreant was also toting a heart. The victim told police he was standing with his key in the lock of his front door on the 1700 block of Burrows Street ... More >>
Around noon on December 25, the SFPD got a call from a prosititute who said she was assaulted by a man who said he was a cop. She described the man -- a 5'7, 195-pound, balding African-American -- and the 1993 Isuzu Rodeo he was driving, which the cops soon learned was re ... More >>
Can the SFPD saved by the miracle of computers? Wednesday morning, at the unveiling of the city's new crimefighting tool, CompStat, San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon had the city say hello to his not-so-little friend and implementer, LAPD detective Jeff Godown.Gascon intend ... More >>
View Larger Map A victim of an apparent robbery was gunned down in the Double Rock projects in Hunters Point in the pre-dawn hours this morning, marking the city's 38th homicide of the year. The Medical Examiner's office would not release the name of the victim to SF Weekly, citing the need to notif ... More >>
Weather Underground leaders claimed their bombings were devised to avoid bloodshed. But FBI agents suspect the radical '70s group killed an S.F. cop in the name of revolution.
George Gascon is S.F.'s first police chief in 30 years who wasn't homegrown — and he's promising big changes. Criminals and lazy cops, you have been warned.
Deanna Johnson testified against a murderer to save her son. But in the projects, truth comes at a price.
His parents are so frustrated with seeking the answer that they want to bring investigators from France into the case
In the process of taking down the city's baddest gangsters, prosecutors and cops set some very scary people free.
Half a century ago, ex-heroin dealer Alfredo Santos created an epic work of art inside San Quentin. Now, he's coming back to be honored for it.
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