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*Feb 4, 2009 ATF CONDUCTS RAIDS THROUGHOUT BAY AREA

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*Feb 4, 2009 SAN JOSE THREE CRIMES REPORTED ON OR NEAR SCHOOL CAMPUSES MONDAY
*Feb 4, 2009 PETALUMA ARRESTS MADE AFTER STABBING INCIDENT
*Feb 4, 2009 CASE OF OFF-DUTY SF OFFICER WHO FIRED GUN ON HIGHWAY 101 CLOSED
*Feb 4, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER FOR 2007 DRUG-RELATED STABBING

Feb 4, 2009  ATF CONDUCTS RAIDS THROUGHOUT BAY AREA

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted several raids throughout the Bay Area this morning, a special agent said.In Richmond, ATF action began at 6 a.m. in the 2200 block of Bissell Avenue and the 4900 block of Cutting Boulevard, Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said.The ATF also carried out raids in cities including San Francisco, Redwood City and Oakland, Special Agent Michael Hoffman said. At least one person was arrested in San Francisco’s Mission District, Hoffman said.He could not discuss the number of warrants served or the charges those arrested will face, but he did say the suspects are scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco at 1:30 p.m. today. He also said the U.S. Attorney’s Office might have a news conference later this afternoon on the operation.

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Feb 4 2009 SAN JOSE THREE CRIMES REPORTED ON OR NEAR SCHOOL CAMPUSES MONDAY

San Jose police are investigating two assaults and a strong-arm robbery carried out on or near school campuses Monday afternoon, police Officer Jermaine Thomas said.The first incident occurred shortly after 2 p.m. and involved a girl walking home from Oak Grove High School, Thomas said.A male approached the girl in the 5500 block of Judith Street, grabbed her backpack and a struggle ensued. The suspect then fled with two other males who were waiting nearby, Thomas said.The girl was not injured, and the suspect has not been found.About an hour later, four male suspects chased a 17-year-old boy onto a soccer field behind Fair Middle School in the 1700 block of McLaughlin Avenue, according to police.The suspects beat the victim with a baseball bat and possibly metal pipes. The victim was injured but the wounds were not considered life-threatening, Thomas said. The assailants did not steal anything and police are working to determine whether the beating was gang-related, Thomas said.Another assault occurred around 4 p.m. outside Mt. Pleasant High School at 1750 S. White Road.A 13-year-old boy was hanging out with friends at the school when an argument began, Thomas said. The suspect, a boy between 14 and 16 years old, pulled out a knife and cut the 13-year-old boy on his hand before fleeing.While all three crimes occurred near schools, Thomas said they are not related.

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Feb 4 2009 PETALUMA ARRESTS MADE AFTER STABBING INCIDENT

Petaluma police have arrested two men following the stabbing of two other 18-year-old Petaluma men near the Meadow elementary school Monday night.Lt. Mike Cook said the stabbings are believed to be gang related but police do not believe the victims are active members of a gang. They were initially believed to be juveniles.Police responded to a reported fight and found the two stabbing victims at Yarberry and Stillson drives near the school around 9:30 p.m., Cook said.Both victims suffered multiple stab wounds and were taken to local hospitals. They were listed in serious condition today but are expected to survive, Cook said.Investigators determined the victims were challenged by another group of young males because they were wearing red clothing. The suspects demanded to know the gang the victims claimed, Cook said.The victims tried to run from the area but were caught by the larger group of males who left in a vehicle after the stabbings, Cook said.Police investigated the stabbings through the night and a SWAT unit served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of Lakeville Circle around 6 a.m. Tuesday, Cook said. Gregory Hansen, 19, of Petaluma, tried to hide inside the residence but surrendered after he was warned police dog “Kilo” would be sent inside, Cook said. Hansen was arrested for probation violations and booked into the Sonoma County jail under no bail.Detectives identified Alan Arbor, 18, of Petaluma as another suspect as he left a residence in the 1800 block of Lakeville Road Tuesday morning, Cook said.Albor was hiding in the back seat of a car driven by 20-year-old Juliana Padilla, of Petaluma, Cook said. Albor was arrested for attempted murder with gang enhancements after a high-risk stop on U.S. Highway 101 north at Railroad Avenue, Cook said. Albor was booked into the Sonoma County jail under no bail. Padilla was arrested on suspicion of harboring a fugitive, was interviewed and was released by police, Cook said. Police do not believe she was involved in the assault, Cook said.Police have not had a chance to interview the stabbing victims and the case is still under investigation, Cook said.

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Feb 4, 2009  CASE OF OFF-DUTY SF OFFICER WHO FIRED GUN ON HIGHWAY 101 CLOSED

The California Highway Patrol has closed a case involving an off-duty San Francisco police officer who allegedly fired a gun in self-defense at a passenger in a another vehicle on Christmas Eve. CHP Officer Mary Ziegenbein said the case is closed unless more information about the shooting comes to light. Off-duty police officer Michael Kaplan was driving north on U.S. Highway 101 approaching the Waldo Tunnel around 12:45 a.m. when he came upon a slower-moving green Ford pickup truck, Ziegenbein said. When Kaplan tried to pass the truck it swerved toward him and cut him off, Ziegenbein said. Kaplan told investigators the right front passenger in the truck then brandished a weapon, Ziegenbein said.  Kaplan fired his gun, but it is unknown whether the truck was hit, Ziegenbein said.The officer, who was in a private car, pulled over and called the CHP immediately. Investigators searched the area but did not locate the truck.

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Feb 4, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER FOR 2007 DRUG-RELATED STABBING

A San Francisco Superior Court jury today convicted a San Francisco man of second-degree murder for stabbing another man to death during a drug dispute in the city’s Tenderloin District in 2007.Police found Devin Marzullo, 31, near the intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Jones Street with a single stab wound to his heart on the night of June 2, 2007. He died later at San Francisco General Hospital.Vincent Hall, 40, was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon. He now faces a second trial on whether his prior convictions in 1997 for kidnapping and
robbery can be admitted.If those prior convictions are found true, Hall could face up to 31 years to life in prison, according to prosecutors.Hall was arrested and charged with murder in November 2007 while
in custody on unrelated charges of assault and two drug cases for alleged sales of prescription pills to an undercover police officer, according to his attorney, Brendan Conroy.Conroy said Marzullo and another man, a long-time friend of Marzullo, were both self-admitted OxyContin addicts and had come to San Francisco from the East Bay that night to buy pills, and during the transaction, Marzullo was stabbed.Prosecutors said a medical examiner’s report showed traces of OxyContin in Marzullo’s body at the time of the killing, and cell phone records placed Hall’s cell phone in the area at the time Marzullo was stabbed Hall, who the witness said fled the stabbing on a bicycle, admitted he frequented the area and rode a bike, but denied he stabbed Marzullo, Conroy said.However, Marzullo’s friend witnessed the killing and testified during the trial that Hall was “strikingly similar” to the killer, Conroy said.

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