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Nov-6-2014

Police Blotter: November 6, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 6, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

We wish to invite you to our next Community Meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library located at 351 9th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 10/30/2014 at 10:30 am, Officer Eddie Wu was enjoying his day off on Clement St. When Officer Wu is on duty he walks a foot beat on Clement St., and knows all the residents and the merchants. A merchant approached Officer Wu, regarding a possible person involved in the Chinese Blessing Scams. Officer Wu contacted the person with the help of another Officer. The man provided the Officers with a false ID and was in possession of Chinese fortune telling tools. Through Officer Wu’s dedication and hard work, another scam artist is off the street. Great work Officer Wu!

On 10/30/2014 at approximately 11:05 am at the Buffalo Paddock, two people enjoying Golden Gate Park were approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect then quickly grabbed one of the victim’s backpacks. When the victim attempted to get their backpack back, the suspect brandished a gun and fled in an unknown direction. The investigation continues…

On 10/30/2014 at 3:00 pm, an Officer on patrol in the area of El Camino Del Mar, observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The Officer initiated a traffic stop, cited the driver for failure to stop at a posted stop sign and driving with an expired California driver’s license.

On 10/31/2014 at 4:52 am, Officers responded to McAllister St., regarding a robbery. Homeowners were startled awake by their front door handle moving and the sound of glass shattering. They looked out the window and noticed a man fleeing with their Halloween skeleton! When the homeowner approached the suspect, the suspect quickly brandished a knife. Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect. A computer check of the suspect revealed the suspect was on probation for burglary and had a no bail warrant. An arrest search of the suspect revealed he was in possession of burglary tools and suspected methamphetamine. The suspect was later booked at County Jail… Looks like he went trick or treating at the wrong house…

On 10/31/2014 at approximately 7:32 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Maple St., observed a vehicle driving with expired tabs. The Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the driver being cited for expired registration and driving on an expired license.

On 10/31/2014 at 9:10 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Divisadero and Geary Blvd., observed a vehicle driving with prohibited blue front lights. The Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

On 10/31/2014 at 11:15 pm, Officers responded to the Sutro Heights area, regarding a fight between roommates. The roommate that was injured told the Officers the suspect fled the house. While the Officers were still on scene, another roommate told them the suspect just walked past the front door. The Officers stopped the suspect and a computer check revealed he had a felony warrant out of Monterey Co. The suspect was later booked on his warrant and the battery of his roommate.

On 11/01/2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Officers were patrolling the area of Fort Miley near Lands End Lookout. The Officers observed a male in a camper passed out in the driver’s seat. The male appeared very pale and looked as though he wasn’t breathing. The Officers conducted a well-being check on the male, by tapping on the window. When the male woke up he told Officers he must have fallen asleep while watching a movie. A computer check on the California driver’s license provided by the driver revealed he was currently on probation and had a search condition. A search of the camper revealed a quantity of suspected Marijuana in clear zip lock bags and a digital weighing scale. The male was later booked for transporting and possession for sales.

On 11/02/2014 at 1:15 am, an Officer was in the area of Funston and Fulton St. when he observed a vehicle traveling 20 MPH over the 35 MPH speed limit. The Officer initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle. When the Officer contacted the driver, he observed that the driver appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. The Officer conducted a battery of field tests, which the driver did not complete satisfactorily. Based on the Officer’s observations and investigation, the driver was booked at County Jail for driving under the influence of Narcotics. Thanks to Ofc. Yee, one more impaired is off the street.

On 11/02/2014 at 8:10 am, Officers responded to the Safeway located on 7th Ave., regarding a shop lifting incident. The Officers met with the manager of the store who told them the suspects fled in a vehicle with the stolen loot. An Officer put out the description of the suspects to the other responding units. Officers located two people that matched the description of the suspects on the corner of 7th Ave. and Geary Blvd. One suspect was positively identified as being involved in the shop lifting incident. A computer check of the suspect revealed he was on active probation and had a search condition. Officers conducted a search of the suspect and located several burglary tools. The male suspect was later booked at County Jail for burglary and possession of burglary tools.

On 11/03/2014 at 3:30 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy Dr. and Conservatory Dr., observed a male riding a bicycle traveling against traffic, in violation of the California Vehicle Code. The Officers stopped the male and a computer check revealed he had an outstanding $30,000.00 warrant. An arrest search of the male revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine and several burglary tools. The male was later booked into County Jail. Another great arrest by Officer Ison and Officer Goold!

On 11/04/2014 at 11:45 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and Arguello observed a vehicle that failed to yield to two pedestrians in the crosswalk. The officers initiated a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

On 11/04/2014 at 5:30 pm, Officers responded to a call of a possible bicycle theft on the 700 block of Cabrillo St. When the Officers arrived they found the male suspect using a torch to melt a bicycle lock. The male was unable to prove the bicycle he was attempting to free was actually his property. Not to mention he was operating a flammable device without taking reasonable precautions, and he was less than 5 ft. away from several parked vehicles! The male suspect was in violation of several Health and Safety sections. An arrest search was performed and suspected methamphetamine was located on the suspect. The male was later booked at County Jail on several violations. Great job Officer Finigan and Officer Lok!

On 11/04/2014 at 2:06 am, Officers were patrolling the area of Parker St., and observed a male with a flashlight looking into vehicles. The Officers are familiar with this area of the Richmond District and know at times it can get hit hard with vehicle break-ins. The Officers contacted the male and he quickly attempted to leave the area. As the male’s van door was sliding open, a baggie, in plain view was on the floor of the van near the door. Trained in narcotics recognition, the Officers immediately recognized this as suspected methamphetamine. The male was later booked into County Jail. A big thank you to Ofc. Anderson and Ofc. Rotschi for their hard work.

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Nov-6-2014

49ers cheerleaders at Bambu Cafe this Sunday for 2015 calendar signing

On Sunday, November 9, a few of the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders will be at Bambu Cafe (6050 Geary at 25th Avenue) to sign autographs and their new 2015 Gold Rush Calendar.

The cheerleaders will be there from 1 to 3pm. Stop by to meet them and watch some of Sunday’s NFL action at the cafe, which specializes in Vietnamese desserts and with blends of fresh tropical fruits, coconut, jellies, beans and aromatic coffees and teas.

Hut, hut, hike!

Sarah B.

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Nov-5-2014

Droolworthy: Award-winning Jade Chocolates to open store on Geary & 6th

If you’ve spent any time at the Clement Street Farmer’s Market, and you like chocolate (who doesn’t?), then you have probably sampled some Jade Chocolates. And if you haven’t, you’re missing out.

Jade Chocolates has been around for 8 years, and has won awards for its chocolates and confections that blend teas and spices from Asia and the Pacific Islands. The popular Genmai bar blends in roasted brown rice mixed with jasmine tea (and also comes as little chocolate Buddhas!), and the Dragon’s Breath bar features smokey lapsang souchang tea, roasted sesame, and red chili. Their Terracotta Bar (tamari soy sauce almonds and sea salt) won in the Best New Product category at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon.

But it’s just now that owner Mindy Fong has embarked on opening her first storefront which will be located here in the Richmond District.

The shop will be on Geary near 6th Avenue, next to the Coco Cafe. As Fong says in her Kickstarter video, she chose the space because of its central location and proximity to other businesses. And perhaps most importantly, because it will be the only artisan chocolate shop on the west side of San Francisco.

Fong’s entrepreneurial spirit came from her grandfather, who owned several businesses in San Francisco after immigrating from China. A self-taught chocolatier, Fong weaves her family’s history, heritage and influences into her confections.

In addition to selling award-winning chocolates in the new shop, Fong has plans to add a line of hot chocolates, pastries and baked goods also with Asian and Pacific Island influences.

Jade Chocolates hopes to open by the holidays but needs to raise some more funds to finish construction on the space. Check out their Kickstarter to learn more and lend your support.

So far the campaign has raised about $7,500 of its $20,000 goal. Rewards for backers range from boxes of handmade truffles to various gift baskets of Jade’s bars, confections and new hot chocolate products.

In the meantime, be sure to stop by the Jade Chocolates booth at the Clement Street Farmer’s Market every Sunday. It’s a delicious stop and I for one can’t wait to have fine chocolates just around the corner every day. :)

Sarah B.

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Nov-3-2014

Vote Yes on Proposition I tomorrow

We don’t get very political here on the blog, but every now and then, an issue comes up that hits home to me personally.

I’ve written before about my support for the new soccer fields at Beach Chalet. As a high school student, I grew up playing soccer on those fields. Even back then, they were our least favorite place to play as a team because they were torn up, full of gopher holes, and murder on the ankles. Not to mention any kind of inclement weather closed them down, and one field – even to this day – is always out of use.

Today, the fields and surrounding area are in the exact same condition that they were nearly 25 years ago. The restrooms are tired and dilapidated (and not ADA compliant), the fields are constantly in need of attention, one field is always out of use, and the surrounding bushes and trails are considered dangerous.

The Beach Chalet soccer field renovation project is long overdue. The improvements that Proposition I calls for include replacing the fields with artificial turf, adding lights for night play, renovating the restrooms, adding a small playground next to the fields, and building low-profile spectator seating. In short, the ingredients for a top-notch soccer complex that will serve kids and adults alike for years to come.

The project has been through a myriad of reviews and approvals at every level. The opposing Proposition H on the ballot, which you should vote NO on if you want these new fields, is the last ditch effort of some residents who just can’t face the fact that it’s time for progress at Beach Chalet. Soccer is a growing sport- why should more and more teams have to leave the city to find good fields to play on?

Beach Chalet has always been a soccer field complex – it’s time to make it better.

A yes on Proposition I means more time for soccer – it’s as simple as that. The proposed improvements would bring all four fields into use year-round and provide expanded hours into the early evening. Currently, the Beach Chalet fields can host 4,738 hours of annual play. The proposed renovations would double the hours of play to 9,582 each year for both soccer and lacrosse players.

These types of artificial turf soccer fields are not new to San Francisco, and have been in use for several years. There’s no good reason why they shouldn’t be a part of Golden Gate Park, and help expand recreation options for our residents.

I’ll be voting Yes on I tomorrow. I hope you’ll join me in doing so.

Sarah B.


A conceptual, overhead rendering of the four renovated fields at Beach Chalet


An overhead view showing the renovated parking, playground and seating area.


The proposed 18-inch raised walkway featuring built-in spectator
benches runs across the center of the fields.

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Nov-1-2014

Photos: Halloween 2014 in the Richmond District

Thankfully mother nature took a rain check and the skies cleared on Friday night. Here are some pics from the Lake Street festivities, and merchants along Clement Street that welcomed in trick or treaters. We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!


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Photo by Annika E.


Whole Hershey bars at Park Life! Photo by Annika E.


Treats at Pretty Please Bakeshop. Photo by Annika E.

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Oct-31-2014

Happy Halloween sunset


Photo by @ob_kc

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Oct-31-2014

1 dead, 1 rescued from cliffs of Lands End on Thursday


Photo by @JuanCarlosABC7

SFFD responded to calls of two people stranded off the cliffs of Lands End on Thursday around 12noon.

Firefighters found a 27-year-old man who had fallen down the cliff about 200 feet, and a woman in the water, 300 feet below. Crews were able to perform a rope rescue for the man who had fallen.

The woman was found unresponsive when rescue swimmers got to her, and later pronounced dead.

She has been identified as 26-year old Randi Salmon from Seattle. Her male companion suffered scrapes and bruises in the incident.

The two were on the cliffs near the Painted Rock area, located at the bottom of the stairway at about the midway point of the coastal trail at Lands End.

“People have walked along those routes and fallen to their death,” Fire Captain and Paramedic Sebastian Wong told KTVU, noting the couple had to cross a fence and ignore bold signs, warning of the extreme danger on the steep cliffs of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Sarah B.

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Oct-31-2014

Police Blotter – October 31, 2014 | Tips for safe trick-or-treating

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 31, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating
Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall. Trick-or-Treat safely, going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.

Let your children know not to cut through back alleys if they are out alone. Make sure they know not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lit areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.

Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a good idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.

Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.

You should haVe your kids try on their mask before Halloween to make sure they can breathe easily and see OK.

It’s also a good idea to add some kind of reflective tape if you or your kids will be walking around at night.

And be careful with decorative contact lenses make sure they come from a place that requires a prescription. If not, they could damage your eyes.

Apply make-up to a small part of your skin before putting it all over your face, just to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 10/22/2014, at 10:30 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and Collins observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officers initiated a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving on a suspended license.

On 10/23/2014, at 1:20 PM, officers observed a vehicle with expired registration in the area of Geary and 23rd Ave. the officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver was unable to provide current proof of registration, current proof insurance or a valid driver’s license. A computer check revealed that the driver had never been issued driver’s license in California. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 10/24/2014 at 3:44 AM, officers responded to a report of theft in progress at the Safeway on 7th Avenue. Employees at the Safeway were able to direct officers towards the suspects who were detained to short time later. After talking to the employees at Safeway it was determined that there was no loss in this incident, but one of the suspects detained did have an active warrant for his arrest. This suspect was arrested on the warrant and booked into County jail.

On 10/24/2014, at 10:45 AM, officers on patrol in the area of Clement and 8th Avenue observed a vehicle conducting a U-turn in a business district. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver was unable to produce a California driver’s license and was also unable to produce current proof insurance. The driver told the officers he had left his license at home but a computer query revealed that the driver had never been issued one. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 10/24/2014, at 11:53 AM, Officers were flagged down regarding a theft from a vehicle. The victim stated was able to direct the responding officers to an area where four suspects were detained. The follow up investigation revealed that one of the suspects had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. All the property in this incident was recovered and released to the owner. The male with the warrant was booked county jail on the $75,000.00 warrant.

On 10/24/2014, at 2:46 PM, Officers responded to the area of Masonic Ave and Geary regarding a reported robbery. Units from multiple districts scoured the area in search of the suspects to no avail. The victim in this incident was walking east on Geary when she was attacked. She had a Canon camera slung around her neck and ended up in a struggle with a male who attempted to steal it. The male shoved the victim to the ground and fled towards a waiting vehicle. The victim in this incident was slightly injured but refused medical attention at the scene. The investigation continues…

On 10/24/2014, at 10:50 PM, Officers responded to the area of Geary and 28th Ave regarding a collision. On arrival at the scene the officers saw two unattended parked vehicles had been damaged by a third which was driving on Geary. The officers contacted the driver who appeared to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. The driver initially denied consuming any alcohol prior to the collision. After the DUI investigation, the driver was booked in to the county jail for suspected Alcohol and Narcotics DUI.

On 10/25/2014, at 3:49 PM, officers in the area of Geary and 19th Ave. observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who was unable to provide a valid driver’s license. The driver stated he did not realize his license had been expired for almost 4 months. The driver was cited for expired registration and driving on an expired license.

On 10/26/2014, at 4:13 AM, officers on patrol in the area of Funston and Geary Boulevard observed a suspicious vehicle parked at the gas station. The officers observed that the male driver was apparently passed out in the vehicle. While attempting to perform her welfare check the officers noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage from within the vehicle. The officers initiated a battery of field sobriety tests which resulted in the mail being booked at County jail on DUI charges.

On 10/26/2014, at 9:13 PM, officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 12th Ave. observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. The driver of the vehicle was unable to produce a driver’s license, registration or current proof insurance. The driver was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

On 10/27/2014, at 3:17 PM, Officers Responded To The Intersection Of Fulton And 30th Ave. Regarding A vehicle burglary. On arrival at the scene the victim was able to provide officers with a full description of the suspect and his direction of travel. When officers located the suspect he said “I know I’m the one you want to talk to.” The officers were able to recover the victim’s necklace and the victim was able to positively identify the suspect. A computer search revealed that the suspect had warrants outstanding for prior burglaries. The suspect was subsequently booked at county jail on the warrants and the vehicle burglary without further incident.

On 10/27/2014, at 4:45 PM, officers responded to the 500 block of 28th Ave. regarding a non-injury collision. While trying to facilitate an exchange of information the officer discovered that one of the parties did not possess a California driver’s license. This information was verified via the officer’s computer. The driver was cited and because a responsible driver was unable to respond to the scene the vehicle was towed to the vehicle impound.

On 10/28/2014, at 7:46 PM, officers responded to create highway and Ortega Street regarding a non-injury hit-and-run collision. At the time of this collision the victim vehicle was rear-ended by a second vehicle traveling south on Great Highway, which then fled the scene. The victim in this incident was able to record the license plate number and provided it to the responding officers. Suspect vehicle was located on the great Highway at Ortega Street. Officers conducted a DUI investigation which resulted in the suspect of being later booked at County jail for misdemeanor DUI hit-and-run.

On 10/28 2014, at 11:34 PM officers responded to the parking lot of smart and final on seventh Avenue regarding a suspicious mail taking apart a possible stolen bike. When contacted the mail stated he did not own the bike but had just recently found it and was in the process of fixing it. Although the bicycle was not reported as stolen, the male had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. The bicycle was booked into the SFPD property room in the male was booked at County jail without further incident.

On 10/28 2014, at 6:20 PM, officers responded to the area of Bowling Green Dr. and Nancy Pelosi in Golden gate Park, as backup to another police unit. The suspect in this incident was initially stopped for running a stop sign on the computer check revealed he had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. While conducting an arrest search the officers discovered a quantity of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia. The suspect was booked at County jail on the warrants and multiple narcotics violations.

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