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[By Steven Luo | 26 Mar 2014 | No Comments]
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FBI agents arrested 20 people Wednesday — including state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) and notorious gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow — as part of a sweeping organized crime probe including allegations of arms trafficking, bribery, drug dealing, receiving stolen goods and money laundering.

Yee — charged with arms dealing and six counts of wire fraud in connection with soliciting campaign donations in exchange for political and official favors — could face decades in federal prison if convicted.

[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.

[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. 

[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. 

[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.”

[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.

[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.

[By Beat News Service | 13 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
An ATM's security camera captured a man believed to have kidnapped a woman and drove her around town Nov. 7 in a robbery attempt. (Courtesy Walnut Creek Police)

Walnut Creek Police released images captured by an ATM’s security camera of one of two men who kidnapped a woman in a terrifying robbery spree Nov. 7.

Police said the 57 year-old woman was abducted while walking to her car after work in the Shadelands Business Park area of Walnut Creek at 7:30 p.m. The men forced her into her car, placed a blindfold over her eyes, and drove her around Contra Costa County making an unspecified number of stops at ATMs to withdraw cash. 

[By Beat News Service | 13 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
An image from video footage shows an unidentified man throwing an object into a Muni bus, setting it on fire Oct. 29. (Courtesy SF Police)

It’s bad enough that hoodlums decided to set fire to a $700,000 MUNI bus in celebration of the San Francisco Giants’s World Series Championship on the morning of October 29, but it’s the  particular bus they chose to destroy that has the city on the hook for more than the original retail price.

The heavily damaged vehicle was one of dozens of buses that have recently returned from a $300,000 mid-life rehabilitation performed at Complete Coach Works in Riverside, the Beat has learned.

[By Steven Luo | 7 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
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California Governor Jerry Brown and state Democrats scored significant victories in Tuesday’s general election, as voters approved Brown’s proposed income and sales tax hike to support education and rejected a measure which would have weakened union influence in politics considerably.

And as of Wednesday morning, Democrats were elected or leading in 28 of the state’s 40 Senate seats and 54 of the 80 Assembly seats — results which, if they hold, would give them two-thirds supermajorities and the power to raise taxes without Republican support for the first time in recent memory.