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Police Blotter – August 22, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of August 22, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

I am pleased to announce that two officers from Richmond Station are being promoted to sergeant next week. Officer Tom McWilliams and Officer Will Heppler have been key members of the plainclothes unit here at the station and have been responsible for many great investigations and apprehensions over the last few years. We wish them all the best and we congratulate them on their well deserved promotions!

Please also make note of a new phone scam that is making the rounds. You can get full details on the scam here. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back. Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like “You’ve reached the operator, please hold,” while being slammed by a hefty per-minute charge on top of an international rate. Police say the calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers. The area codes used by scammers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

On 08/14/2014, at 5:06 pm, Officers responded to 17th and Geary regarding a male taking off his clothing in the street. Officers contacted the male and during their investigation discovered the male had a warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at county jail.

On 08/14/2014, at 2:02 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton and 4th Ave. saw a vehicle complete an unsafe U-turn over double yellow lines. The officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who stated he was driving his friend’s home. Officers smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle and started a DUI investigation. Subsequently the male was arrested for DUI and booked into Jail.

On 08/16/2014, at 6:20 am, Officers responded to Turk and Beaumont regarding a reported robbery. The female victim in this incident stated she was walking east on Turk St. between Beaumont and Parker when a suspect approached her from behind. The female was wearing “earbuds” and listening to music at the time. The suspect grabbed her by the arm, spinning hher around and then grabbed her Iphone. The suspect fled on foot west on Turk St. The victim refused medical attention and the investigation continues….

On 08/17/2014, at 9:12 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Fulton and 6th Ave. saw a vehicle with expired registration tabs. They effected a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed the driver was suspended from driving due to a prior violation. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and also ticketed for the expired registration.

On 07/17/2014, at 1:13 am, Officers responded to Divisadero and Scott St. regarding a street robbery. On arrival they contacted a male and female who were victims in this incident. Both victims stated they were talking on the street in the 2500 block of Bush St., when they were passed by two males. As one of the males passed he asked “are you alright’” Both victims said they were “fine” and this is when the first suspect stepped between them and drew what is described as a black semi automatic handgun. The victims were told to hand over their belongings and they complied. The suspects fled the area in a silver vehicle. Neither victim was hurt during this incident…

On 08/17/2014, at 10:50 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Funston and Geary saw a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. They conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer check revealed the driver was suspended from driving due to a prior violation. The driver was cited for failing to stop and driving on a suspended license.

On 08/17/2014, at 12:19 pm, Officers responded to a reported fight in the area of 3rd Ave. and Geary. At the scene officers during their investigation completed a records check and discovered that one of the individuals had a warrant for his arrest. The arrested person was also in possession of narcotics paraphernalia. The subject was later booked for the warrant and other violations.

On 08/16/2014, at 8:58 pm, Officers responded to an “A” priority call regarding what was reported as an intoxicated person asleep at the wheel of a vehicle. On their arrival at the 400 block of Clement St. they saw a black Mercedes which was double parked. The original caller in this incident was still in the area and pointed to the double-parked Mercedes as the vehicle they had called about. The officers positioned themselves to the rear of the double parked car and contacted the driver. The driver appeared to be “dazed” and when asked why he was double parked replied with slurred speech. The officers initiated a DUI investigation and later booked the driver for DUI at the county jail.

On 08/18/2014, at 4:06 pm, an officer on foot beat patrol in the area of Geary and 18th Ave. observed an occupied vehicle parked at an expired meter. The meter was also flashing red as the officer approached the vehicle. The officer also saw that there was a disabled placard hanging from the rearview mirror of the vehicle. The officer contacted the young male occupant who told the officer he was waiting for his grandmother to return from a nearby store. The officer was also informed that the owner of the placard would return within 5 to 10 mins. The officer waited almost 40 mins but there was no “grandmother.” What the occupant failed to realize was the officer knew the placard was issued to an elderly male. The officer cited the occupant for the meter violation and placard misuse. When the officer left the area at 5:05 pm he made note that the “grandmother” had still not returned.

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 9:32 am | Posted under Crime | 4 comments

Video: Dude, why is my car on its side?

Photo by @ericsteuer

Early Saturday morning, reader Eric S. heard a loud noise outside his house on 15th Avenue near Clement around 5:30am.

“The crash woke me up, which made me mad because I was dreaming of some seriously awesome s**t,” Eric wrote.

A woman was driving her station wagon down the street when she hit a parked car and managed to flip her vehicle on its side.

SFPD and a tow truck came, eventually putting the wagon back on its feet, which you can watch in the video below. FF to the :48 mark for the big drop.

Between this and the 6.0 quake at 3:20am on Sunday morning, Eric had some seriously fitful sleep this weekend. Hang in there, dude.

Sarah B.

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 10:43 am | Posted under Photos, Video | 14 comments

See the final designs for SFPUC’s “Baker Beach Green Street” project, Aug. 26

A rendering of Baker Beach Green Street improvements on El Camino del Mar
between the Lands End trailhead and the Legion of Honor

Next Tuesday night, the SFPUC is hosting a public meeting about the Baker Beach Green Street project, designed to manage stormwater and improve water quality at Baker Beach.

The project is focused on enhancements in two corridors: El Camino Del Mar between the Legion of Honor and the Lands End Trailhead, and on Sea Cliff Avenue between 25th and 26th Avenues.

From the project website:

During heavy rains, stormwater can overwhelm the City’s combined sewer system and contribute to neighborhood flooding and discharges into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Rain gardens, permeable paving, and other green infrastructure technologies are stormwater management technologies that take advantage of the natural processes of soils and plants to slow down and divert stormwater runoff so it does not overwhelm the sewer system. Green infrastructure also cleans stormwater onsite before it enters our sewer system.

The Baker Beach Green Street is one of eight green infrastructure projects the SFPUC is planning to build throughout the City in the next few years. These projects are part of the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), a multi-billion dollar citywide investment to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure now and for generations to come.

The project’s goals are to improve water quality at Baker Beach and China Beach and reduce localized flooding by integrating rain gardens into existing parkland and neighborhood, and introducing permeable concrete to reduce stormwater runoff.

Construction will also improve pedestrian and cyclist accessibility on El Camino Del Mar, and create habitats for birds and butterflies using California native plants.

At the August 26 open house, project managers will present the final designs for El Camino Del Mar, Sea Cliff Ave, and 25th Avenue. According to the project schedule, construction will kick off in summer 2015 and last until Summer 2016.

The meeting will take place from 6pm until 7pm at Katherine Delmar Burke School, 7070 California Street near 32nd Avenue.

For more information on the Baker Beach Green Street project, visit the website or download the fact sheet (PDF).

Sarah B.

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 12:06 pm | Posted under Events, Green, Utilities | 9 comments

Photos: Dryer meets a fiery end on 24th Avenue

Photo by Tais C.

Reader Tais C. snapped some pics of a dryer-gone-wild on 24th Avenue near Clement last night around 11pm. The dryer caught on fire in the garage of the building and SFPD responded to put it out of its misery.

When Tais walked by this morning, she saw “the burned dryer and a pile of toasted clothes in the sidewalk.”

Thankfully no humans were harmed in the incident though we have reason to believe that all of those missing socks now have no chance of recovery…

Sarah B.

Photo by Tais C.

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 11:49 am | Posted under Fire | 3 comments

Video: Territorial bird harasses pedestrians in Golden Gate Park

Reader Ben L. sent us this video that youtuber Mila Z. captured of very territorial bird in Golden Gate Park, shot in June.

As you’ll see in the video, the bird stealthily swoops down and attacks the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians as they stroll by on MLK Drive near the north Botanical Garden entrance near Stow Lake. (A victim left a comment on this story telling us she was attached twice while jogging by!)

Mila observed this behavior for awhile and deduced that this was just one rogue bird.

“Very few of nesting blackbirds actually attack people. There were dozens nests around, but only this one bird kept attacking people,” Mila wrote in the video comments.

She also wryly observed that “Some people behaved much crazier than the bird.”

The reason for the attacks? As you’ll see at the end of the video, the bird’s behavior was an attempt to protect its nest, which had two baby birds in it.

Sarah B.

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 10:56 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Video, Wildlife | 14 comments

Family makes “Wild Stowberry Jam” after blackberry picking at Stow Lake

L to R: Bailey, Tabitha, Mallory and Tanner pose with jars of Wild Stowberry Jam that they made. Photo by Meghan P.

Despite being an urban metropolis, San Francisco has a lot of urban farming going on. Just in our neighborhood we’ve got a guy who makes Golden Gate Park honey from his outer Richmond bees, and last week, we heard from a family who managed to produce some blackberry jam from berries at Stow Lake.

“My kids have been obsessed as of late with the dearth of blossoming blackberry brambles all over the Richmond. We hit up Stow Lake last week and were able to get enough blackberries to make our very own “Wild Stowberry Jam”,” reader Meghan P. wrote to us.

Ingredients: Stow Lake Blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and a dash of Richmond pride.

Sounds delicious!

Sarah B.

Blackberries picked at Stow Lake. Photo by Meghan P.

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 9:40 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park | 22 comments

Interactive map shows (some) films that were shot in the Richmond District

This hit the blogosphere a few weeks ago but we’re just getting around to it now… A new map has been created that shows where movie scenes have been shot in San Francisco.

The data comes from an open source provided by the San Francisco Film Commission. Interestingly, there are a lot of movies not noted on the map like the scene from Harold & Maude that took place at the Sutro Baths ruins, but that is probably more a symptom of the Commission’s lack of data.

(If you’re curious about the full list of San Francisco films that are on the map, you can view it here.)

Newer films like Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine aren’t on the map yet; he filmed at Ocean Beach as well as at Gaspare’s Pizzeria on Geary. And let’s not forget Woody directing and starring in his 1969 film “Take The Money And Run”, which included a robbery scene at what was then a Bank of America on the corner of Clement and 9th Avenue (it’s now a Bank of the West).

Some classics are noted on the map like The Lineup, and you may find a few “no kidding?!”‘s on there like The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey, which contained a scene at Lands End.

Too bad the map doesn’t allow for crowdsourced data – I am sure the readers of this blog know lots of spots in the ‘hood where movies have been filmed. :)

Sarah B.

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 11:24 am | Posted under Movies | 14 comments

Mayor’s program seeking local job opportunities for high school students

Two MYEEP interns working at the Boy’s & Girls Club in the Tenderloin this summer.

I remember my first real job – it was selling (and sometimes nibbling on) Mrs. Field’s cookies on Chestnut Street, and then I moved onto Lombardi’s Sports on Clement Street where I worked in the shoe department. Those early jobs gave me important working experience where I learned how to deal with people, be professional, and take pride in my work. And it put a little spending money in my pocket.

The Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) works to provide first work experiences for high school students throughout the city.

“Annually, over 800 young people are given the opportunity to develop work skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. In addition to paid work experience, each MYEEP participant also engages in a variety of learning opportunities such as workshops, community service projects and field trips to colleges and companies,” Selena Levy, Project Coordinator for the Richmond District, told us.

The program is currently looking for local businesses in the Richmond District to host MYEEP interns and provide them with work experience.

Levy says the guidelines for how a business can participate are flexible, but they typically look for opportunities where a MYEEP youth can work 6 to 8 hours during the school week in the afternoon hours (3-6pm).

“Most work sites take anywhere from 1-3 interns depending on the work site’s capacity to supervise the youth and how much work they have for the youth to complete while they are there,” Levy said.

In addition to work experience, MYEEP provides support to youth as they transition towards successful adulthood by strengthening their understanding of the connection between employment and education as well as the responsibility of adults to contribute positively to society.

If you own a local business and are interested in hosting some MYEEP youth interns, contact Selena Levy at selenal@cycsf.org or 752-9675 for more information.

Sarah B.

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 5:15 am | Posted under Community, Schools | 3 comments