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News, The Snitch S.F. Residents Beware: Razor Scooter Thug Is Roaming Streets

S.F. Residents Beware: Razor Scooter Thug Is Roaming Streets

In San Francisco, you never know which Razor scooter-riding thug you’ll run into next. Police are searching for a man they describe as 40 to 50 years old, likely with a blood-covered little Razor under one of his arms. (We…
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News, The Snitch Police Shoot, Kill Female Auto Theft Suspect in Bayview

Police Shoot, Kill Female Auto Theft Suspect in Bayview

An unidentified African-American female suspected of stealing a car was shot and killed by police this morning in the Bayview District, according to police. It does not appear the woman — who was shot while in the vehicle, which…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: A Box of Bones and the Disappearance of Valerie McDonald

Yesterday's Crimes: A Box of Bones and the Disappearance of Valerie McDonald

This is the third installment in a three-part series on the disappearance of Valerie McDonald from her North Beach apartment on Nov. 9, 1980. Here are the links to parts one and two. It took over 20 years to…
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News, The Snitch The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms

The Day After Killing in Front of Police Station, Mayor, Chief Announce Police Reforms

On Monday morning, a somber and slightly ashen-faced Mayor Ed Lee appeared at a press conference — an act rarer and rarer for the mayor in  the nearly three months since the fatal police shooting of Mario Woods on…
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News, The Snitch S.F. is Becoming "The City Where Guns Are Lost"

S.F. is Becoming "The City Where Guns Are Lost"

A young woman is fatally shot in San Francisco in July. An artist is gunned down in September in Oakland. Aside from lives lost to gun violence, these two deaths have another troubling similarity: the murder weapon used to…
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News, The Snitch Richmond Man Arrested in Valentine's Day Double Slaying

Richmond Man Arrested in Valentine's Day Double Slaying

A Richmond man believed to be responsible for the double homicide at the Twin Peaks lookout on Valentine's Day is in custody in San Francisco, according to reports. Richard Contreras, 19, was arrested in Richmond on Monday after a…
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News, The Snitch Cops Seek GMC SUV Connected to Saturday Night Double Homicide

Cops Seek GMC SUV Connected to Saturday Night Double Homicide

Police are advising the public to be on the lookout for a dark gray SUV connected to Saturday night's double homicide at the popular Twin Peaks lookout. Police responded to the area at 2:06 a.m. on Sunday morning to…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Hippie Cannibal Satanist

Yesterday's Crimes: The Hippie Cannibal Satanist

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series exploring the brutal murder of Robert Salem in San Francisco in 1970. Click here to read part one. SFPD homicide inspectors weren't quite sure if the April 1970…
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News, The Snitch FBI Releases Post-Super Bowl Trafficking Stats, But Says It Doesn’t Track the Number of Prostitutes Arrested

FBI Releases Post-Super Bowl Trafficking Stats, But Says It Doesn’t Track the Number of Prostitutes Arrested

As SF Weekly reported a couple of weeks ago, the Bay Area’s anti-human trafficking operations during the Super Bowl were no joke. More than 50 organizations, an army of 5,000 trained volunteers, and a who’s who of federal law enforcement…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Zodiac Killer Answers His Copycats

Yesterday's Crimes: The Zodiac Killer Answers His Copycats

There were trails of blood throughout what the San Francisco Chronicle called “an expensively-decorated hippie-style pad,” according to the paper's cover story on Monday, April 20, 1970. The apartment at 745 Stevenson Street in San Francisco belonged to Robert…
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News, The Snitch D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

D.A. Blasts Mayor Lee and Police Chief Suhr For Not Cooperating With Misconduct Investigation

You’re not serious about addressing police misconduct or reforming police department culture. That’s the gist of a Jan. 28 letter that District Attorney George Gascón sent to Mayor Ed Lee.  As the Examiner reports, Gascón wants to know why,…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The NFL Crossbow Killing

Yesterday's Crimes: The NFL Crossbow Killing

NFL teams are modern day medieval fiefdoms where ruthless barons, such as Mark Davis and Dan Snyder, preside over helmeted armies culled from the underclass. No team was more of a game of thrones than the Seattle Seahawks in…
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News, The Snitch CA Lawmaker Says Human Trafficking is a Good Reason to Make Your Smartphone Less Secure

CA Lawmaker Says Human Trafficking is a Good Reason to Make Your Smartphone Less Secure

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, and here in San Francisco, state and local agencies have been busy hosting press conferences, summits, and training sessions for staff in the hospitality industry. Yesterday, at an event in the Tenderloin, the…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Grave Robbers of Menlo Park

Yesterday's Crimes: The Grave Robbers of Menlo Park

Today, Menlo Park is known as the home of Facebook and tech workers who can't quite afford Atherton, but in 1944 this tree-lined suburb was the site of one of the most bizarre crimes in Bay Area history. Dolores…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: Bodies in Barrels and the Killer Cop

Yesterday's Crimes: Bodies in Barrels and the Killer Cop

The 55-gallon metal drums looked out of place. They were left in Golden Gate Park near a narrow jogging path about a mile from the ocean. Answering reports from concerned residents, mounted patrolman Bruno Pezzulich was the first to…
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News, The Snitch It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

It was an atypically grisly weekend for public transit around the Bay. On Saturday evening, a BART passenger was shot dead on a train near the West Oakland station — a shooting whose chaotic aftermath was captured on cell phones…
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News, The Snitch Jury Finds Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Guilty

Jury Finds Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow Guilty

On Tuesday, after a sometimes flamboyant two-month trial in a U.S. District Court, jurors were asked to decide the fate of Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, the alleged Chinatown mobster charged with ordering two murders, money laundering, extortion, and trafficking in…
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News, The Snitch Rape Victim Sues SFPD, Alleges Police Told Her To Go On "Date" With Rapist, Never Tested Kit

Rape Victim Sues SFPD, Alleges Police Told Her To Go On "Date" With Rapist, Never Tested Kit

After she was drugged and raped at a Bay to Breakers party in 2010 — and after she discovered, years later, that San Francisco police had failed to test her rape kit and thousands of other rape victims' over a…
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News, The Snitch Yesterday's Crimes: The Carpet King of Crime

Yesterday's Crimes: The Carpet King of Crime

“Wild-eyed” Leon Heskett was the self-proclaimed Bay Area “carpet king” in the 1960's and 70's. He ruled his discount empire from his bright yellow Carpet Coliseum store in Oakland, which was once described as “the most horrible thing I…
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News, The Snitch Alleged Oakland University Gunman Declared Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial

Alleged Oakland University Gunman Declared Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial

A judge has ruled that One Goh, the 47-year-old man accused of killing seven people at Oikos University in Oakland in 2012, is incompetent to stand trial. Goh was previously declared mentally incompetent in 2013, but in July of this…
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