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*Jan 3, Redwood City Teen Who Was Stabbed Is In Serious Condition

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*JAN 3, 2009 San Francisco Police Shoot Burglar Who Attacked Them With Crowbar
*JAN 2, 2009 San Francisco 2 Men Shot, One With Life Threatening Injuries
*South San Francisco Man Robbed And Beaten In Front Of Home
*Jan 1, 2009 Bay Area Homicides Down Slightly In Most Big Cities In 2008

Jan 3, 2009 POLICE SHOOT BURGLAR WHO ATTACKED THEM WITH CROWBAR

Two San Francisco police officers shot a burglary suspect armed with a crowbar early this morning after he allegedly charged at one of the officers when they confronted him, according to the Police Department.A mother hid inside a bedroom closet with her daughter and called police around 2:30 a.m. because she heard someone ransacking her home in the unit block of Cortland Avenue, police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said.One of the officers who responded found the suspect, who was wearing a black mask and gloves, in the house on the second floor and told him to drop the crowbar, Williams said. During the conflict, another officer started walking up the stairs and was also telling the suspect to drop his weapon.The suspect allegedly lunged at the officer walking up the stairs, causing them to tumble to the first floor, and the officer shot the suspect not knowing where the crowbar was, Williams said.Another officer heard the gunshot, saw the suspect get up and raise an arm and shot the suspect again, Williams said.The officer is hearing the gunfire and not knowing who was shot, sees the suspect raise his arms and then fires at the suspect,” he said. Williams did not know in what manner the suspect was raising his arms. The suspect was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.The officer who tumbled down the stairs with the suspect was also taken to the hospital and treated for subsequent wounds.No other injuries were reported.The two officers who shot the suspect have been placed on paid, administrative leave for at least 10 days. Williams said he does not believe this incident is related to a recent slew of house robberies committed by men wearing ski masks in the Taraval, Ingelside and Bayview districts.

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Jan 3, 2009 REDWOOD CITY: TEEN WHO WAS STABBED IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION

A 15-year-old boy who was stabbed early this morning in what appears to be a gang-related incident is in serious condition, according to the Redwood City Police Department. At about 1:20 a.m., three juvenile boys were walking southbound in the 100 block of Franklin Street when a red or orange compact car pulled up to them and several people exited.Six males between the ages of 16 and 20 allegedly confronted the boys and physically assaulted them, according to Redwood City police. One teen was stabbed.The suspects got back in their car and fled south on Franklin Street.The stabbing victim was transported to a local hospital. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Redwood City police Sgt. Sean Hart at (650) 780-7681.

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Jan 3, 2009 SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO 38-YEAR-OLD MAN ROBBED AND BEATEN IN FRONT OF HIS APARTMENT

A 38-year-old South San Francisco man was robbed and beaten Friday night in front of his apartment, according to South San Francisco police.The armed robbery occurred at about 10 p.m. on Maple Avenue near Baden Avenue, police said.The victim was outside of his apartment when he was confronted by two masked suspects who demanded his wallet and began to beat him, according to police, who said the suspects then fled south on Maple Aenue toward Railroad Avenue. The victim was robbed of his wallet, which contained money and other personal items, and sustained lacerations and abrasions to his face, nose and eye areas. He was transported to a local hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.The suspects, one of whom possibly had a handgun, are described as wearing all black clothing and black, full-face fabric masks, according to police, who said they both are about 6 feet tall and spoke in English.Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact South San Francisco police Officer Jorge Alfaro at (650) 877-8900.

CONTACT: South San Francisco police (650) 877-8900

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Jan 2, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO SEPARATE SHOOTINGS HOSPITALIZE TWO MEN, ONE WITH LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES

San Francisco police are investigating two shootings Thursday night, including one that left a man with life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.The first shooting was reported at about 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Wilson and Rhine streets, according to police.The male victim in the shooting was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. Another shooting was reported at about 10:10 p.m. in the area of Hayes and Buchanan streets. Several suspects approached a man and fired several shots, according to police.The victim in the second shooting is in stable condition at a local hospital, police said. No arrests have been made for either shooting and no suspect information was immediately available, according to police.

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Jan 1, 2009 OAKLAND: UPDATE: MAN SHOT BY BART POLICE OFFICER HAS DIED

Authorities today confirmed a man shot by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer early this morning at the Fruitvale station in Oakland has died. The incident occurred at about 2:15 a.m. after an altercation of some kind, according to BART spokesman Jim Allison. The station was closed for a short time during the investigation.According to Mike Yost, supervising coroner investigator with the Alameda County coroner’s bureau, the man was pronounced dead at 9:13 a.m. at Highland Hospital. The man’s name was not released.The police officer has been placed on standard administrative leave during the investigation, Allison said. BART officials have scheduled a news conference this hour to discuss the shooting.

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Jan 1, 2009 CHP MAKES 84 DUI ARRESTS IN BAY AREA OVERNIGHT

The California Highway Patrol has arrested more than double the number of suspected intoxicated drivers in the Bay Area so far this New Year’s holiday than last year, the agency reported today.According to the CHP, between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. today, officers made 84 drunken driving arrests on Bay Area highways, up from 41 arrests during the same period last year. There were two fatal crashes in the Bay Area overnight, one on Interstate Highway 680 in Solano County Wednesday night and another involving a pedestrian on a Sonoma County roadway north of Petaluma early this morning, according to the CHP.

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Jan 1, 2009 BAY AREA HOMICIDES DOWN SLIGHTLY IN MOST BIG CITIES IN 2008

Most of the Bay Area’s largest cities saw either little or no decline in homicides in 2008, according to police statistics. San Francisco’s numbers were unchanged, while homicides in Oakland and San Jose saw small decreases.Oakland continued to have the Bay Area’s highest homicide rate, with 123 murders, down from 127 in 2007.In San Francisco, police reported 99 homicides in 2008: 98 in San Francisco Police Department jurisdiction, and one in federal jurisdiction, a body found on Ocean Beach in January, was ruled a homicide by U.S. Park Police. San Francisco police recently revised their homicide numbers for 2007 from 98 to 99, matching this year’s figure, after the death of a man by asphyxiation in February 2007 was subsequently ruled a homicide, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Lyn Tomioka.Tomioka said she had no further details on the case.Tomioka also noted that the number of non-fatal shootings in San Francisco decreased 38 percent in 2008.San Jose had 32 homicides in 2008, a decrease from 36 in 2007, according to police spokesman Officer Enrique Garcia. “Of course we would like to be able to achieve zero homicides in our city,” said Garcia, “but what we want to do is continue to work closely with community-based organizations and the community at large to advance those relationships and continue to encourage the public’s trust in law enforcement and participation in solving crime.”In Contra Costa County, Richmond’s 47 homicides in 2007 — the highest per capita murder rate in the state that year, police said — decreased to 28 in 2008. Antioch’s murder total decreased from 10 in 2007 to 9 in 2008, and in Pittsburg, homicides decreased from 8 to 3, police said. In the North Bay, Santa Rosa’s murder total doubled from four to eight, according to Santa Rosa police. On the Peninsula, East Palo Alto police saw a decline in homicides from seven to four, police said.

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