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Police Blotter – September 24, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 24, 2010. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Our next Police Community Forum will be on October 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Richmond Station. Please join us to discuss public safety in the Richmond .

During the past week in the District there were 26 traffic accidents 6 involving injuries and one fatality. There were 5 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license.

On 09/17/10 at 12:56am on the 5100 block of Geary a victim returned to her car and found a suspect sleeping in the backseat. The police were contacted and officers attempted to wake the male, who was intoxicated. The suspect began to swing at the officers and refused to get out of the vehicle. Officers were finally able to remove the suspect from the car and the 21 year old male was arrested for auto tampering, resisting arrest and being drunk in public.

On 09/19/10 at 10:25pm officers were called to the 400 block of 21st Avenue on a report of a trespasser in the building. The caller stated he found the suspect wandering the hallways of the apartment building and when the suspect was confronted he left via the back steps towards the backyard. The building and yards were searched by the officers but the suspect was gone. At 11:01pm officers were called to the same building as the suspect was seen again on the back steps. Officers set up a perimeter and were told by a neighbor on the 400 block of 22nd Avenue that they heard noises on their back steps. Officers located the male suspect on an exterior second floor landing lying on a bench. While the officers were investigating this other officers were called to an alarm at a business on the 5700 block of Geary Boulevard, which is between 21st and 22nd Avenues. Officers found signs of forced entry to the rear door of the business. The officers then watched the video from the security camera and saw that the suspect on film was the same suspect they located in the backyard of the 22nd Avenue home. The 22 year old male was charged with burglary and trespassing.

On 09/20/10 at 10:40am a victim was walking on California Street approaching 26th Avenue. She saw the suspect standing in the middle of the street looking eastbound. As she approached the intersection he walked over to her and told her that his car had been broken into and he needed $40.00 to get back to New Mexico. The victim said all she had was $3.00 and as she reached in her back pocket to get the money the suspect placed a hard metal object to her stomach. The suspect asked the victim if she was sure that was all she had and said they could go to the ATM together. The victim said again she only had $3.00 and they suspect took it and said, “I didn’t realize you were poor.” He then fled. At 12:20 PM Officers responded to another call of a male in the middle of the street at 25th Avenue and El Camino Del Mar. A male there who was stopping cars and asking for money matched the description of the earlier robbery call. U.S. Park Police were also notified as the area borders the Presidio of SF. The victim from 26th Avenue and California Street robbery was brought to the scene and identified the suspect as the person who had robbed her. The 39 year old male was charged with robbery.

On 09/21/10 at 2:30pm a motorcycle officer was in the area of Tea Garden Drive and MLK Drive when he was flagged down by a woman. She told the officer that she had just witnessed a male breaking into a car and provided the officer with the description and direction of escape of the suspect. The officer located the suspect west of the location of the auto break-in hiding behind a tree. The suspect was detained and identified by the witness. The 23 year old male, who is on probation out of San Mateo County, was charged with burglary.

On 09/16/10 between 7:00am and 6:00pm on the 700 block of 40th Avenue a suspect entered into a home by prying open the front security gate. The suspect then broke the glass and pried open the front door. The loss was cash.

On 09/16/10 between 8:00am and 12:00pm on the 4300 block of Anza a suspect gained entry into a residence by prying open the front door. Once inside the suspect took a laptop.

Between 09/19/10 at 10:00pm and 09/20/10 at 11:00am on the 2900 block of Clay Street a suspect entered an apartment building garage and pried open the coin dispenser on the washing machine. The amount of loss is being determined.

On 09/21/10 at 3:25pm a victim was on a 38 Geary MUNI coach which had just stopped at Geary & Divisadero. The suspect, who also was on the bus grabbed the victims I-phone from him and ran north on Divisadero. The victim ran after the suspect and nearly caught him, however, two other males ran up from behind the victim and told him he better not continue the pursuit less they would cause him bodily harm. The suspect from the bus was described as a male, 17-18 years of age wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black baggie jeans.

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Dogs in the mirror are closer than they appear

“Bear” the Yorkie enjoys a drive through Golden Gate Park. Photo by Andrew Ng Images.

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“We Are Skateboarders” documentary at the 4-Star, Thursday night

If you’re into sub-cultures, there are few I find more interesting than the worlds of surfing and skateboarding. This Thursday night, the 4-Star Theater will screen the documentary “We Are Skateboarders”, a look at the early days of skateboarding, how it evolved into a multi-million dollar sport, and where its future lies.

Ben Duffy, the film’s creator, sums it up:

I guess there are three goals for this film. To inform/remind people of where skateboarding came from-the original driving force was. To stop all the crazy pointless hate bullshit, and to hopefully discourage a few kids from wanting to get sponsored. I wouldn’t say its like a normal documentary where you feel like your being educated about something, its just basically a carnival of skateboard emotion. A strong punk rock aura, amazing skating, and some heavy, heavy interviews from Lance Mountain, Peter Smolik, Dayne Brummet, Jordan Hoffart, Ben Schroeder, Duane Peters and many more. One thing I can say for certain, We Are Skateboarders will be one of the most controversial pieces of art in skateboard history.

The film begins at 8:30pm at the 4-Star Theater at Clement and 22nd Avenue. Admission is just $3 so skate on in!

Sarah B.

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This weekend: Star gaze, “Whiz Kids” at the Balboa, workout with Green Berets

Are those stars in your eyes?
Amateur astronomer Jeff Schwartz will be out by the big fountain in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse tonight with his telescope, starting at 7:30pm. Stop by to take a look at the moon and Jupiter in the fall sky. He’s testing out the location for possible star parties for SF Amateur Astronomers while the Lands End parking lot is under construction.

Geeks get all the glory
Starting tonight and running for one week is the documentary Whiz Kids at the Balboa Theater. It’s about a diverse group of high school students competing for a national Science Fair award. But this isn’t just for science fans. It is an inspiring, fascinating, suspenseful and funny 90 minutes. Whiz Kids is directed by San Francisco’s own Tom Shepard who will be there in person before the 7pm and after the 8:45pm show this Saturday night for Q&A. Check out the trailer below.

The workout of all workouts
If you see a lot of sweaty people running around with backpacks filled with 25 lbs. of bricks on Saturday at Ocean Beach, be sure to cheer them on. They’re taking part in the Tough Mudder Go-Ruck Challenge, where “ocean running, stairs, natural obstacle courses, city running through billions in real estate and the big bridge in the background of wet shoes all play an important part.” Green Berets will be running the workout so it ain’t gonna be easy, guaranteed.

Have a great weekend!

Sarah B.

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SLURP! at the Conservatory of Flowers a great success

I stopped by the SLURP! event last night at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, their first ever, after-hours social event. Lots of people came by to see the beautiful flowers, drink some local brew, and get a closer look at the carnivorous plants in the CHOMP! 2 exhibit.

Check out more photos from the event below. Event organizers were pleased with the turnout and said they’ll probably host regular after-hours events starting in 2011.

Sarah B.

People line up for a taste of Clara Street Brewery

A goofy soul heads into the Magnolia Photo Booth

Wonderarium displayed their model of the planned floating, giant terrarium for Oakland’s Lake Merritt

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14th & 15th Avenue Presidio gate traffic changes take effect Oct. 1

Beginning October 1, the 14th and 15th Avenue Presidio gates will become one way thoroughfares in and out of the Presidio’s Public Health Service District.

The 14th Avenue gate will be re-opened and serve as the new entrance to the district. Conversely, the 15th Avenue gate will become one way out of the Presidio, serving as the exit.

I’m sure there will be lots of u-turns executed on 15th Avenue until word spreads. So let your friends and neighbors know about the change – it takes effect on October 1.

Sarah B.

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Win VIP passes to the new Post-Impressionist exhibit at the de Young

The de Young already wowed me once this year with their Birth of Impressionism exhibition. Now, just a few weeks after closing it, round 2 kicks off this Saturday with Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay.

This is the second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection and the de Young is the only museum in North America to host this second show.

This time around, the exhibition focuses on the artists of the late and post-Impressionist periods like Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Nabis Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

Van Gogh is the real star of the exhibition which features three of his most famous paintings – Starry Night over the Rhone, a haunting Portrait of the Artist, and the colorful Bedroom at Arles.

If you’re a reader of this blog, then you have a chance to win a pair of VIP passes to the exhibition (anytime entry). I’m giving away three pairs of tickets this time around.

For a chance to win, just send in the answer to the question below via the Contact Us page. I’ll draw the winners randomly from the correct entries. Entries due by 5pm this Friday, Sept. 24.

Q: Van Gogh tried painting his Bedroom at Arles more than once. a) How many versions of the painting are there and b) which one is on display at the de Young?

The show opens this Saturday and runs until January 18, 2011. If you’re a member of the de Young Museum, you can reserve free tickets online. Regular tickets can be purchased online or at the de Young box office. Based on the large crowds they saw for the first exhibition, be sure to get your tickets in advance!

Sarah B.

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Harvest moon over Balboa

The moon is gorgeous tonight. Captured by Stokereport.com.

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