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Friday
Oct242014

Man, 57, Arrested in Bayview Stabbing

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- One person was hospitalized Thursday evening following a stabbing incident in the Bayview District.

Police said two men got into an argument around 7 p.m. on the 1100 block of Hawes Street, which led to one of the men stabbing the other with a knife.

The 27-year-old victim suffered lacerations to the head, and was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have arrested a 57-year-old man in connection with the stabbing.


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Friday
Oct242014

Ten Indicted In Bay Area Prostitution, Human Trafficking Ring

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted ten people for their alleged role in a human trafficking and prostitution ring that spanned the Bay Area.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the enterprise recruited women trafficked primarily from Asian countries to work as prostitutes in 40 Bay Area brothels from at least August 2002 through July 2014.

Prosecutors say Allen Fong, 58, of San Mateo, Ya Huai Hung, 53, a citizen of Taiwan, Leow Wan Ru Veron, 53, a citizen of Singapore, Robert Chun, 54, of San Francisco, Jie Mu, 43, of San Francisco, Laurence Shu Kwan Lee, 36, of San Francisco, Kevin Hartig, 58, of Daly City, Waylon Fong,70, formerly of San Mateo, Angelina Chuong, 39, of San Francisco, and Chonthicha Jaemratanasophin, 48, a citizen of Thailand were named in the indictment.

Charges in that indictment include conspiring to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, laundering of monetary instruments, importation of aliens for an immoral purpose and transportation in interstate and foreign commerce for prostitution.

The group allegedly operated brothels in the cities of Pinole, San Mateo, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Belmont, Fremont, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Foster City, San Bruno, Colma, and South San Francisco.

Allen Fong, the alleged ringleader of the enterprise, is scheduled to appear in court on December 16.


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Friday
Oct242014

SFMTA Running Extra Shuttles to AT&T Park for World Series Games

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will operate additional buses and light rail shuttles to and from AT&T Park this weekend as the World Series comes to San Francisco.

The San Francisco Giants host the Kansas City Royals in Games 3, 4, and 5 of the World Series at 5:07 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The SFMTA advises motorists to avoid driving over the Bay Bridge in the hours before and after games this weekend, if possible, to minimize congestion.

Muni service on the T Third, N Judah, Metro Baseball Shuttles, 10 Townsend, 30 Stockton, 45 Union and 47 Van Ness routes will stop at AT&T Park. Additional "baseball shuttles" will run to the park along the N Judah and T Third lines starting through hours before game time and continue until about 20 minutes after the game begins.

The two teams split the first two games of the series in Kansas City, Missouri.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Three Men Sentenced for Gang-Related Murder

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Three members of the MS-13 gang received 27-year prison sentences for the 2010 murder of a man they believed to be a rival, officials announced Wednesday.

Davie Jimmy Mejia-Sensente, also known as “Crazy” or “Loco”; Carlos Mejia- Quintanilla, known as  “Sleepy” or “Dormido”; and Luis Amilar-Zanas, or  “Trucha,” were all members of La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), originally joining in El Salvador.

Officials said one of the principal group rules is for members to seek out and kill rival gang members.

The three men were on a Muni 14 Mission bus on June 20, 2010, headed from San Francisco to Daly City, when they noticed victim Alexander Temaj-Castanon.

The defendants believed Temaj-Castanon looked like a Norteño gang member, from a principal rival group. As a result, the three conspired to kill him, shooting him twice in the area of Mission Street.

Temaj-Castanon died from his gunshot wounds and was not affiliated with any gang, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

“We’re gratified by today’s sentences because they represent another important stride in our ongoing effort to combat gang-related crime in the Bay Area,” said Tatum King, acting special agent in charge for ICE, HSI San Francisco.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Argument over Camp Site Leads to Early-Morning Shooting

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- An argument over a place to camp in San Francisco's Mission District Thursday morning, led to one person being shot, police said.

The incident was reported shortly after 4 a.m. in the area of 13th and Mission Streets. Police said two men were arguing over a campsite location, when one of the men pulled out a handgun and shot the other man in the leg. The shooter then fled scene.

The wounded 48-year-old man was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


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Thursday
Oct232014

Maintenance Worker Arrested for Burglarizing Senior Homes 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Mateo Police arrested a building maintenance worker Tuesday after he allegedly used spare keys to steal from senior living apartments.

Officials accused Eric Gamboa, a 37-year-old former San Francisco resident, of involvement in six separate burglaries at a senior facility on Crystal Springs Road.

Gamboa allegedly entered the residences while tenants were away and took personal property, including jewelry, wristwatches, and cash.

He faces six counts of felony burglary and elder abuse.

"The City of San Mateo is home to a large number of senior care facilities and senior living homes," police said in a statement. "Thus, SMPD has zero tolerance for crimes committed against our senior citizens such as this one."


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Real Estate Investors Charged with Rigging Bids at Public Auctions 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Five real estate investors were charged for their alleged roles in rigging bids at public foreclosure actions, officials announced Tuesday.

Northern California investors Joseph Giraudo, Raymond Grinsell, Kevin Cullinane, James Appenrodt, and Abraham Farag are accused of defrauding mortgage holders and others by agreeing to stop bidding for properties during events in San Mateo and San Francisco counties.

The investors took the actions in return for payoffs and concealed the fact that funds were diverted from homeowners and mortgage holders.

From 2008 to 2011, the defendants planned to rig bids in order to obtain several properties sold at auctions. They also allegedly paid others not to bid and accepted bribes.

“These charges demonstrate our continued commitment to investigate and prosecute individuals and organizations responsible for the corruption of the public foreclosure auction process,” said David J. Johnson, FBI Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Office. “The FBI is committed to work these important cases and remains unwavering in our dedication to bring the members of these illegal conspiracies to justice.”


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Danville Couple Charged with Tax Fraud, Accused of Pocketing Donations

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Officials charged a Danville couple with tax fraud, accusing the pair of collecting donations for an Islamic organization and pocketing some of the funds.

From 2005 through 2008, Kamran Azizi was responsible for collecting the money at several MTO centers in Northern California, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Members of MTO, a Sufi Islamic organization, made donations through cash or checks.

Hedyeh Shoar, who served as an MTO accountant, worked for the group during the three years her husband accepted donations. Officials allege Azizi kept a portion of the funds for his own benefit with the assistance of his wife, then filed tax returns that omitted the donations.

Azizi was arraigned Monday, while Shoar remains a fugitive, authorities said.


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Wednesday
Oct222014

Police Arrest Three in 'Point Break' Bank Robberies

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Police have arrested three men Tuesday, alleged to be part of the "Point Break" crew, in connection to a string of robberies.

San Jose Police announced that they've arrested Antonio Chavez, 22, Daniel Chavez, 32, and Jesse Hernandez, 24.

The men are charged with multiple counts of bank robbery, gun enhancement and false imprisonment for the purposes of benefiting a gang.

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Tuesday
Oct212014

Two Convicted in Oakland Murder Plot 

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Alameda County officials convicted two men Monday in an Oakland conspiracy to commit murder.

Authorities said Patrick Shields, an alleged member of an Oakland criminal street gang, directed Wynn Brewer and two others to drive to an area residence in order to shoot and kill the intended victim.

An investigation revealed the plot before the incident, allowing police to stop the suspects' car before they could commit the crime.

Officers recovered two loaded pistols intended for the murder.



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