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San Jose family shaken by brutal beating death of pet Chihuahua

A heartbroken San Jose man spoke to KTVU Wednesday about the shock of coming home to find his home burglarized and a beloved family pet nearly beaten to death with a golf club wielded by one of two young teens who were arrested for a string of crimes. The two ...

Thieves steal construction equipment from PG&E substation

Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies are investigating a commercial burglary Wednesday at the PG&E Metcalf substation in Santa Clara County. PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson said someone broke in and stole construction equipment from the station in the 100 block of Metcalf Road some point after midnight. PG&E and the sheriff's ...

California Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, right, leaves the San Francisco Federal Building, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in San Francisco.  The FBI has filed a 137-page affidavit outlining a detailed corruption case against Yee, who is accused of asking for campaign donations in exchange for introducing an undercover agent to an arms trafficker. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Dentist accused of conspiring with Leland Yee to traffic firearms dies

A Daly City dentist accused of participating in a conspiracy with indicted state Sen. Leland Yee to import illegal weapons from the Philippines died early Tuesday, his attorney said Wednesday. Wilson Lim died at Kindred Hospital in San Leandro early Tuesday morning, according to San Francisco attorney Brian Getz. Getz ...

Napa man kills himself after shooting, injuring wife

A 32-year-old Napa man committed suicide after shooting and injuring his wife during an argument in their home Tuesday night, a Napa police captain said. Police went to a residence in the 700 block of Central Avenue after they received a report about a man who threatened to kill his ...

San Francisco police ask for help in identifying Tenderloin robbery suspect

San Francisco police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect in a violent robbery of an 87-year-old woman in the city's Tenderloin neighborhood earlier this month that left her with several broken bones. Police said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the 500 ...

Teen fatally beat dog during San Jose burglary

Two male teenagers arrested in San Jose during a burglary Tuesday have been linked to multiple burglaries in the neighborhood with one of the teens being booked with the fatal bludgeoning of a dog at a home they targeted, according to police. Tuesday afternoon at approximately 2:33 p.m., San Jose ...

Hercules man convicted of murder in botched marijuana robbery

A Hercules man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for his role in an alleged scheme to steal marijuana from a man at an Alameda apartment complex three years ago that resulted in the intended victim's death. Jurors deliberated for only two hours before reaching their verdict against 32-year-old Charles ...

Parents arrested after leaving 3-year-old in back of car

The parents of a toddler found alone and unresponsive in the back of a Chevrolet Tahoe in a Napa parking lot have been arrested, authorities announced Wednesday. According to Napa police, they received a call reporting an unattended child in the backseat of the Tahoe in the parking lot near ...

Four arrested in shooting near San Francisco's Powell Street station

Four suspects were arrested in connection with a shooting that critically injured a man near the Powell BART station in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday night, a police spokesman said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting on Market Street between Fifth and Sixth streets at about 7:50 p.m., ...

Shooting near Powell BART station leaves one with life-threatening injuries

San Francisco police are investigating a shooting Tuesday night near the Powell BART station that left one person with life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 900 block of Market Street around 7:50 p.m., police Officer Gordon Shyy said. A preliminary ...

Rapper Young Jeezy pleads not guilty to gun charge

Orange County prosecutors said platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy has pleaded not guilty to possessing an illegal assault weapon during an investigation into a fatal shooting at a rap concert. A spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, entered his plea ...

Police investigating possibly suspicious death in Bernal Heights

San Francisco police are investigating a possibly suspicious death discovered in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood Tuesday morning, a police spokeswoman said. Firefighters responded around 9:30 a.m. to a medical call in the 500 block of Peralta Avenue and found a body there, police spokesman Sgt. Danielle Newman said. Fire ...

San Mateo slashing suspect arrested after SWAT standoff

Residents of a San Mateo apartment building were evacuated Monday night as a police SWAT team tried to get an assault suspect out of one of the units, police said Tuesday. The assault happened on Sunday when Shabo Atasuntsev, 27, allegedly got into a fight with his roommate in the ...

Dutch tourists robbed on San Francisco's famed world's crookedest street

Police were searching for two suspects who stole photography equipment at gunpoint from a pair of Dutch tourists late Sunday night as they were taking photos of San Francisco's famously crooked Lombard Street, a police spokesman said. The victims, both men in their 20s, were visiting from the Netherlands. They ...

Morgan Hill police arrest 19-year-old man for sexually abusing teen

Morgan Hill Police are looking to see if there’s more victims after officers arrested a19-year-old man for allegedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old. Police said Andrew Knight met his victim through a friend and often hung out with young teens at parties, football and basketball games. He was also very active ...

Oakland woman arrested in hit-and-run crash that injured 70-year-old man

Santa Cruz police used videos from local businesses to gather evidence leading to the arrest of a woman Sunday in a hit-and-run crash that left a 70-year-old man in critical condition, police said Monday. Joanna Steele, 29, of Oakland, was arrested and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion ...

Leno's smartphone 'kill switch' bill signed into law

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday should make smartphones a lot less vulnerable to prospective thieves in the Bay Area and beyond. Authored by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, Senate Bill 962 requires all smartphones sold in the state to come equipped with anti-theft technology. ...

Armed woman barricaded at house arrested after Oakland standoff

A woman armed with a gun was arrested late Monday morning after a 14-hour standoff at an unoccupied house in Oakland's Montclair district, police said. Officers were initially called to the house on Chambers Lane at about 9 p.m. after they received a report of a break-in, police said. Two ...

SWAT team arrest teen suspect in San Mateo shooting

An East Palo Alto teenager was arrested Sunday by SWAT team members after an early morning shooting in San Mateo, authorities said. Police responded at 3:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the area of South Grant Street, according to the San Mateo Police Department. Authorities said arriving ...

Shoreline Amphitheatre increases security following deadly backstage shooting

Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View increased security Saturday night, after an Oakland man was shot and killed at a concert 24 hours earlier. "We do want to catch the individual or individuals involved in this shooting," police spokeswoman Shino Tenaka told KTVU. The victim, friends say, was 38-year-old Eric Johnson, ...

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