Cops on alert for masked criminals amid pandemic

​​​​​​​While wearing a medical mask, Serrell Gordon stole $780 in energy drinks from a Walmart store, then falsely claimed to loss prevention that he had coronavirus, San Leandro police say.

Threat of coronavirus outbreak latest trouble at decaying SF jail

The threat of a coronavirus outbreak at San Francisco's County Jail No. 4 on the top floor of the city's Hall of Justice is the latest problem for the run-down facility. For years, lawmakers have proposed closing the jail but repeatedly rejected plans to build a new facility, leaving the inmates in limbo.

California to release up to 3,500 inmates over coronavirus

California is planning to release within days as many as 3,500 inmates who were due to be paroled in the next two months as it tries to free space in cramped prisons in anticipation of a coronavirus outbreak, state officials said Tuesday.