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Cops & Courts, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 25 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

Four killings and at least seven non-fatal shootings were reported throughout Oakland over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, police said Sunday.

The latest killings occurred at 6 a.m. Sunday on the 3900 block of Brookdale Avenue near Minna Street in East Oakland where two women were found with gunshot wounds. Both were taken to Highland Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Cops & Courts, Silicon Valley »

[By Beat News Service | 21 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Memorial services for Rory Park-Pettiford, the San Jose man killed during a robbery rampage Friday, are scheduled for Saturday. (Courtesy Photo)

Memorial services have been scheduled for Saturday for Rory Park-Pettiford, the man killed by two armed robbers during a carjacking attempt outside a San Jose 7-11 convenience store Friday night.

Police said Park-Pettiford, 22, of San Jose became the innocent victim of a robbery rampage targeting four businesses committed by Jonathan Wilbanks and a 15 year-old boy who was arrested in Concord Friday. 

Cops & Courts, Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 21 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

Three teenagers who allegedly used a replica handgun to rob two women of their cell phones in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood were arrested by police Monday evening.

Police said the three teens stole a cell phone at gunpoint from a woman on the 4400 block of Webster St. at 7:50 p.m. The trio robbed another woman five minutes later on the 4800 block of Shafter Ave. 

Oakland »

[By Beat News Service | 20 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

(11/21) — 0745 PST UPDATE — OAKLAND, CALIF. — Oakland firefighters and divers from the Alameda County Search and Rescue team recovered the body of a man who fell at least 100 feet into a water-filled rock quarry while looking for his pet cat early Wednesday morning.

The quarry is located adjacent to the Rockridge Shopping Center off of Pleasant Valley Dr. near Montgomery St. at the Oakland-Piedmont city line, authorities said.

Cops & Courts, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 19 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
Someone stole a valuable designer bag from Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage in Downtown SF. (Courtesy Photo)

The co-host of the Discovery Channel TV program Mythbusters said Monday someone broke into his car in Downtown San Francisco and stole a distinctive and valuable designer bag.

“Car was robbed downtown on Saturday eve,” Adam Savage tweeted. “Stolen: my awesome Tom Sachs bag. Reward for its return.”

Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 19 Nov 2012 | One Comment]

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday on whether to ban public nudity, an unprecedented maneuver to fight the blossoming popularity of urban nakedness in the city.

The proposed ordinance put forth by Supervisor Scott Wiener will likely gain enough votes to pass, but it follows a series of protests by naked men and women on the steps of City Hall, including a march last Wednesday around the building and in front of thousands of high schoolers on a field trip to the San Francisco Opera across the street.

Cops & Courts, Silicon Valley »

[By Beat News Service | 18 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Police arrested Jonathan Wilbanks, 26, of San Jose in connection with a series of robberies, a murder and wounding of a police officer Friday night. (Courtesy San Jose Police Dept.)

Residents in several San Jose neighborhoods said Sunday they were still shaken following a violent citywide robbery spree that left one man dead and a police officer wounded Friday night.

San Jose Police said 26-year-old Jonathan Wilbanks of San Jose and another unidentified man who police are still searching for began the spree by holding up a Little Caesar’s Pizza Restaurant on the 2800 block of Story Rd. at 7:25 p.m. In each robbery, Wilbanks and the second suspect presented a gun and demanded money from employees.

Oakland, The Bay Area »

[By Beat News Service | 18 Nov 2012 | 4 Comments]
Hostess Brands Inc. will shut down its operations after a week-long strike by its bakers leaving 18,500 employees out of work. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

News of the demise of Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and other popular snack cakes for the past 82 years, has left nostalgic fans scrambling to stock up on boxes anywhere they can find them.

But Bay Area Twinkie-lovers were hard-pressed to find the endangered treats at supermarkets, drug stores and bakery outlet stores over the weekend. Loaves of Wonder Bread, also baked by the Hostess company were in high demand too.

Political Beat, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

(11/18) — 1155 PST UPDATE — SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. — Approximately 100 Pro-Palestinian protesters marched through streets around Union Square Saturday evening in response to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine over the disputed Gaza Strip.

Traffic was stopped along Powell and Geary Streets near Macy’s Union Square and down Market Street while marchers walked through lanes of traffic shouting, “while you’re shopping, bombs are dropping.” 

Cops & Courts, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Security camera footage from Yerba Buena Gardens shows a man who allegedly beat then robbed an elderly man Oct. 24. (Courtesy SF Police)

Police were seeking two men who attacked and injured a 63 year-old man near San Francisco’s Metreon during a violent cell phone robbery that happened Oct. 24.

Authorities released footage from Yerba Buena Gardens security cameras that police said purportedly shows the two robbery suspects moments before the 6:30 p.m. attack.