SFGATE: Mission intersection blocked in protest of fatal police shootings

Mission intersection blocked in protest of fatal police shootings
Published on May 26, 2018 at 06:28AM by By Sarah Ravani and Steve Rubenstein
About 50 people protesting fatal shootings by police blocked the street in front of the Mission District police station Friday night.

            The protesters, standing in a circle at 17th and Valencia streets, chanted slogans and prevented cars from getting through the intersection.

            The police station was surrounded by metal barricades and about 20 officers stood outside the station, watching the crowd.

            The crowd protested the decision by District Attorney George Gascón on Thursday not to file charges against officers involved in the fatal 2015 shooting of Mario Woods and the fatal 2016 shooting of Luis Góngora Pat, two men who were carrying knives.

SFGATE: Big rig fire, crash near Vallejo kills one, seriously injures another

Big rig fire, crash near Vallejo kills one, seriously injures another
Published on May 25, 2018 at 06:54PM by By Sophie Haigney
A big rig on fire and subsequent car crash on Interstate 80 near Vallejo left one person dead and another with major injuries, officials said.
The big rig caught fire around 1:21 a.m. near the intersection of I-80 and the Pomona Street off-ramp, said Sgt. Robert Nacke, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
“One party was airlifted to John Muir hospital,” he said. “There’s been a big clean-up effort.”
In the traffic that ensued after the fire, there was a fatal crash around 3:55 a.m., involving another big rig and a smaller unknown vehicle, according to CHP.
Nacke said that the driver of the second vehicle died from injuries on the scene.

SFGATE: Muni train derails to halt SF subway service in the Castro

Muni train derails to halt SF subway service in the Castro
Published on May 25, 2018 at 04:51PM by By Sophie Haigney
Muni’ s subway service was blocked Friday morning at Castro Street due to a train derailment, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said.
Shuttles will be running from West Portal to Church Station while the delay persists, and officials encouraged commuters to take Muni Metro alternatives, like the F-Market and Wharves, to travel along Market Street.
“Crews working to clear the train, but delay could last through rush hour,” the SFMTA said on Twitter.
The subway is running from Church to Embarcadero, said Paul Rose, a Muni spokesman. The N Judah and J Church lines are unaffected.

              Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

SFGATE: No charges for SF officers in Woods, Gongora Pat police killings

No charges for SF officers in Woods, Gongora Pat police killings
Published on May 24, 2018 at 08:58PM by By Evan Sernoffsky
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón declined to file criminal charges Thursday against police officers in two controversial killings, including the 2015 shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview neighborhood, which prompted widespread protests and sweeping reform efforts in the city force.
Gascón said he will not file charges against five officers who fired at Woods and two officers who shot and killed Luis Gongora Pat in the Mission District in 2016. Both men had knives, prosecutors said, and there is insufficient evidence that the officers did not reasonably act in defense of themselves and others.

SFGATE: No charges for SF officers in Woods, Gongora Pat police killings

No charges for SF officers in Woods, Gongora Pat police killings
Published on May 24, 2018 at 08:58PM by By Evan Sernoffsky
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón declined to file criminal charges Thursday against police officers in two controversial killings, including the 2015 shooting of Mario Woods in the Bayview neighborhood, which prompted widespread protests and sweeping reform efforts in the city force.
Gascón said he will not file charges against five officers who fired at Woods and two officers who shot and killed Luis Gongora Pat in the Mission District in 2016. Both men had knives, prosecutors said, and there is insufficient evidence that the officers did not reasonably act in defense of themselves and others.

SFGATE: Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways

Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways
Published on May 24, 2018 at 03:24PM by By Sophie Haigney
Flooding prompted a severe traffic alert on southbound Interstate 280 and southbound Highway 87 near San Jose, officials said.
“A large pool of water” was first reported just after 4:00 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP issued the traffic alert after the connector ramps were shut down. The right lanes on southbound 280 and 87 were closed as of 6:20 a.m.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area and there is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.

               Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sophie.haigney@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SophieHaigney

SFGATE: Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways

Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways
Published on May 24, 2018 at 03:24PM by By Sophie Haigney
Flooding prompted a severe traffic alert on southbound Interstate 280 and southbound Highway 87 near San Jose, officials said.
“A large pool of water” was first reported just after 4:00 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP issued the traffic alert after the connector ramps were shut down. The right lanes on southbound 280 and 87 were closed as of 6:20 a.m.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area and there is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.

               Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sophie.haigney@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SophieHaigney

SFGATE: Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways

Flooding causes severe traffic on busy South Bay freeways
Published on May 24, 2018 at 03:24PM by By Sophie Haigney
Flooding prompted a severe traffic alert on southbound Interstate 280 and southbound Highway 87 near San Jose, officials said.
“A large pool of water” was first reported just after 4:00 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP issued the traffic alert after the connector ramps were shut down. The right lanes on southbound 280 and 87 were closed as of 6:20 a.m.
Drivers are advised to avoid the area and there is no estimated time to reopen the roadway.

               Sophie Haigney is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: sophie.haigney@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @SophieHaigney

SFGATE: Double decker tour bus catches fire in SF’s North Beach

Double decker tour bus catches fire in SF’s North Beach
Published on May 24, 2018 at 02:35AM by By Steve Rubenstein
A double decker tour bus caught fire in the heart of North Beach on Wednesday afternoon and one person was being treated for smoke inhalation, the San Francisco Fire Department said.
The red Gray Line bus started burning shortly before 5 p.m. on Columbus Avenue near Broadway. Traffic immediately backed up and motorists were being urged to avoid the area.
The driver’s compartment was blackened and soot covered the left front side of the bus. Firefighters ran hoses into the interior of the open-top bus to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

              Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

SFGATE: Double decker tour bus catches fire in SF’s North Beach

Double decker tour bus catches fire in SF’s North Beach
Published on May 24, 2018 at 02:35AM by By Steve Rubenstein
A double decker tour bus caught fire in the heart of North Beach on Wednesday afternoon and one person was being treated for smoke inhalation, the San Francisco Fire Department said.
The red Gray Line bus started burning shortly before 5 p.m. on Columbus Avenue near Broadway. Traffic immediately backed up and motorists were being urged to avoid the area.
The driver’s compartment was blackened and soot covered the left front side of the bus. Firefighters ran hoses into the interior of the open-top bus to put out the fire.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

              Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.