Police in San Mateo are asking for the public’s help in finding a man they say engaged in lewd acts near teenage girls on two separate occasions in recent weeks.
The first incident happened on Sept. 11 around 8 a.m. A 15-year-old girl who was walking on Delaware Street, just north of San Mateo High School, said she was followed by a Hispanic man driving a white 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer. Police say the driver made eye contact with the girl and appeared to be masturbating.
Police say the second incident was around 7:30 a.m. on Friday. A man matching the same description was reportedly masturbating in what appeared to be the same vehicle while parked in the Woodlake Shopping Center, about a block north of San Mateo High School. Officers said his behavior appeared to be directed towards a group of teenage girls nearby.
The suspect is described as an Hispanic man between 35 and 45 years old with a medium build, medium complexion, dark hair and an unshaven face.
Anyone with information about these incidents or this suspect is urged to contact San Mateo police at (650) 522-7700.
For non-urgent information about this case call (650) 522-7650 or the San Mateo Police Department’s Secret Witness Line at (650) 522-7676.
Officials say a mountain lion was spotted in San Carlos Wednesday night.
According to the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, the sighting was reported around 10:30 p.m. on Club Drive.
Experts are urging people who see mountain lions to not approach them, especially if the animal is feeding or with offspring.
County officials are advising people to avoid hiking or jogging at dawn, dusk or at night when mountain lions are most active, and to keep a close watch on small children.
Beginning today, customers at Walnut Creek stores will have to pay 10 cents for a paper bag, or bring their own reusable bag, as the city’s plastic bag ban takes effect.
Walnut Creek is one of the latest cities to ban single-use plastic bags at retail stores. More than 90 cities in California have similar bans.
The City Council voted for the ordinance in March, about four years after city leaders first considered it. A ban on plastic bags at restaurants in the city will go into effect on Dec. 18.
Officials say plastic bags have long been a source of pollution in streets, parks and creek beds around Walnut Creek.
Under the new ordinance, stores must sell recycled paper bags for no more than $0.25. Retailers are also required to sell reusable bags.
Stores that do not comply with the ban can be fined $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation and $500 for a third and any additional violations.
Anyone with questions about the new ordinance should call the City of Walnut Creek at (925) 256-3503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Officials at Facebook say they will meet with a group of upset drag queens at San Francisco City Hall to talk about the social media giant’s policy of requiring people to use their legal names on their accounts.
City supervisor David Campos called for the meeting last Friday after the drag queens said they were locked out of their accounts while using their stage names. The drag queens said they could only access their accounts if they listed their legal names.
A group of drag queens and their supporters had threatened to hold a protest Tuesday morning at the company’s Menlo Park headquarters. Facebook agreed to the meeting late Monday.
In a statement today, Supervisor Campos said, “I am glad that Facebook has accepted our invitation to engage in a meaningful public dialogue with the drag queens and members of the transgender community who have been affected by the profile name policy.”
Facebook officials had said last week that users had several different options for using alternative names on the web site, including putting an alias under their profile name or creating a different page for their alternative persona.
The drag queens say listing their legal names on their profile puts them at risk of being found by family members, co-workers and others with whom they may not want to share the content of their pages.
Police say one person was shot during a robbery in San Francisco’s Mission Terrace neighborhood this morning.
It happened around 7:45 a.m. on Camellia Avenue between Silver and Castle Manor avenues.
The victim was shot during while being robbed by two suspects who fled in a dark-colored vehicle, according to spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy.
The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. Officer Shyy did not yet have any information on that person’s condition.
The suspects remain at large.
Police in Petaluma are looking for a man wanted in connection with a domestic violence incident over the weekend that left a woman seriously injured.
Police say Henry Flores, 30, attacked the 22-year-old victim late Saturday morning in an apartment on Petaluma Boulevard North.
The unidentified woman was left with serious facial injuries, including a laceration that required stitches.
Officers responded to the scene but Flores fled the area before they arrived. Neighbors told police that Flores came back to the apartment that evening and tried to get in, but he again fled before officers were able to get there.
Flores is currently out on bail for a recent auto theft case and is now wanted for felony domestic battery.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Petaluma Police Department at (707) 778-4373 or an anonymous tip line at (855) 847-7247.
A search early this morning for several suspects in Rincon Valley after a shooting was reported overnight.
Santa Rosa police say their officers and Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies searched for the suspects by helicopter around the area of Brush Creek Road near Montecito Boulevard around 3:00 a.m.
Police told residents to lock their doors and stay inside during the search.
It’s not known how many suspects police were looking for. No word if anyone was injured in the shooting.
Police say they’re looking for two men believed to have been involved in a fatal stabbing last night in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Officers say it was reported at 11:49 p.m. near 24th and Capp streets.
The 20-year-old victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and was later pronounced dead there.
His name is not being released pending notification of his family.
The suspects are described only as two men in their 20s.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.
Oakland Police used the five year anniversary of the murder of a teenage girl to ask the public for help in finding her killer and to increase the reward for that person’s capture.
Investigators say 17-year-old Desiree Davis was shot and killed on September 7th, 2009 on Gaskill Street.
The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland have increased the reward to $25,000 for any information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information that can help this case is asked to contact the Homicide Investigation Division at (510) 238-3821.
In an effort to reunite people with lost or stolen property, San Rafael Police have launched their own Pinterest page.
The department’s page will be used to post photos of items that have been turned in by the public or found during investigations.
Anyone who sees an item they think is theirs will need to have
proper documentation to verify it, such as a serial number, receipt or police report.
People can visit the website online at www.pinterest.com/sanrafaelpolice.