A man bit off another man’s finger during a fight in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood early this morning, police said.

Officers said the suspect, a 30-year-old man, bit off the right index finger of a 27-year-old man on Mission Street just south of Cesar Chavez Street around 1 a.m.

The two men got in a physical fight and the suspect fled the area after biting the other man’s finger off, according to officers.

Police said the victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

The suspect has not yet been arrested and the assault remains under investigation, police said.


Brentwood police are asking the public for help in locating three suspects in an armed robbery at a smoke shop that occurred last month.

The suspects, one of whom was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, entered the Smoke Stop at 50 Sand Creek Road around 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, police said Tuesday.

They stole numerous cartons of cigarettes before fleeing in a white Chrysler Town and Country minivan.

Two of the suspects are described as black male adults in their early 20s around 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds. They were both wearing black hooded sweatshirts and dark jeans, and one was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

The third suspect was a black male adult of an unknown age, between 6 feet 2 inches and 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 250 to 280 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket with some type of security officer logo.

Anyone with information on this robbery or the suspects’ identity is encouraged to call detectives at (925) 809-7759 or (925) 778-2441 after 5 p.m. Callers can remain anonymous.


A group of 72 passengers on the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco International Airport in 2013 have settled personal injury claims filed against the airline and the plane’s manufacturer, according to a court document filed today.

The settlement, announced jointly today by lawyers for both sides, leaves “a couple dozen” cases yet to be resolved, according to plaintiff’s attorney Frank Pitre.

“It’s a very good first, positive step, hopefully a first step to a global resolution for all plaintiffs,” Pitre said.

The lawsuit, filed in August 2013 following the July 6, 2013 crash, accused both Asiana and Boeing Co., the plane’s manufacturer, of negligence.

Three teenage Chinese schoolgirls died as a result of the crash and more than 180 passengers were injured when the low-flying Boeing 777 struck a seawall bordering San Francisco Bay and the tail section was separated from the aircraft’s fuselage.


Police are looking into why a man got out of a minivan and grabbed a student by the arm while he was walking to school in Novato on Monday.

The student was walking in the 700 block of McClay Road at about 8 a.m. that morning. He told investigators that a man got out of a dark-colored minivan, grabbed him by the arm and spoke Spanish to him, police said.

The student broke free from the man’s grasp and continued to school. Police do not suspect the man was trying to abduct the student but are trying to determine what happened.

Anyone with information about what happened has been asked to call Novato police at (415) 897-4361.


Two people were arrested Monday in a sting at Marin County Superior Court targeting people who drove from court despite having suspended licenses because of DUIs, San Rafael police said.

Officers conducted the undercover operation between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive or who had their license suspended, according to police.

Of the six offenders followed from court to their vehicles, two proceeded to get behind the wheel and drive away in their vehicles, police said.

Martin Prior, 46, of San Rafael, was cited and released for driving with a suspended license for DUI. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days, police said.

Keyanie Arleese Joseph, 25, of Vacaville, was also stopped on suspicion of driving with a suspended license for DUI, but during a search of her vehicle, officers also located suspected marijuana and forged credit cards, according to police.

Joseph was booked into jail and her vehicle was also impounded for 30 days, police said.

The court sting was funded by a grant from the state’s Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to police.


The San Mateo County coroner’s office has identified a bicyclist killed in Belmont on Monday afternoon as 55-year-old Jorge Alfonso Delgadillo.

Delgadillo, a Belmont resident, was headed east on Ralston Avenue toward Alameda de las Pulgas around 12:20 p.m. Monday when he lost control of his bicycle and struck the center divider, according to Belmont police.

Belmont police Chief Dan DeSmidt said Delgadillo was wearing a helmet when he crashed into the median and that witnesses said no other vehicles were involved.

Good Samaritans who were passing by stopped to administer CPR, but their efforts were not successful and Delgadillo died at the scene, according to DeSmidt.


A man who was fatally shot near Knowland Park in the Oakland hills on Tuesday has been identified by police as 21-year-old Marcus N. West Jr. of Oakland.

Police said West was shot around 7 a.m. today in the 4700 block of Scotia Avenue, near Golf Links Road, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests have been made in the shooting and police haven’t disclosed a motive for it.


Solano County sheriff’s deputies arrested two 17-year-old boys on suspicion of carrying a sawed-off shotgun in an unincorporated area of Vallejo early Monday morning, a sheriff’s deputy said.

A citizen reported seeing the boys with the gun around 12:35 a.m. in the area of Lemon Street and Benicia Road, Deputy Darryl Snedeker said.

One of the boys, who was carrying a backpack, fled when deputies contacted them around 12:45 a.m. but he returned a short time later without the backpack, Snedeker said.

Deputies found the backpack containing the sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun on the roof of a nearby residence, Snedeker said. The gun was not loaded but 12-gauge ammunition was found nearby, Snedeker said.

One of the juveniles was on probation and he was booked into juvenile hall for possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a sawed-off shotgun, conspiracy and a probation violation.

The other teen was booked for resisting arrest, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and conspiracy, Snedeker said.

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A Pittsburg resident tried to rescue his dog as he escaped his burning home on Tuesday but the dog died in the fire, fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 1338 Emerson Drive at 9:08 a.m., according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

A heavy column of black smoke was visible from the station as firefighters responded. Upon arrival, they found the single-story house’s attached garage engulfed in flames, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said.

The fire was under control by 9:25 a.m., but not before it had spread to the rest of the home, Marshall said. Investigators are still determining what caused it.

The damage to the home left its residents displaced. Marshall said he did not immediately know how many residents lived there.

One man was home when the fire broke out. He escaped, but went back inside to try to find his dog, then left again when the fire spread and he realized his life was in danger, Marshall said.

Firefighters later found the dog dead inside the home. Marshall emphasized that it’s too dangerous for residents to go back inside a burning building to retrieve pets since it can put their own life in danger.


A boy who died when one of two speeding cars crashed into a light pole in San Jose early Saturday was 15-year-old Vladimir Cavadas Vargas, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.

The two cars were speeding west on Hillsdale Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, San Jose police said.

One of the drivers lost control when the vehicles approached Meridian Avenue, turned sideways and struck the light pole, police said.

Vargas, of San Jose, was one of three people ejected from the car.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A female juvenile and another male juvenile who were ejected were both hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

The driver of the car that crashed fled the scene and the driver of the other car drove away.

Police who arrived at the scene were unable to locate either of them and they remain at large.

A preliminary investigation determined that alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.


Law enforcement officers arrested a 34-year-old man on Friday in Watsonville on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, a member of Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team Gang Task Force said.

Sergio Quezada Chavez was arrested after members of the task force and inspectors from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security served a search warrant at a home in the 500 block of East Lake Avenue at about 9:40 a.m., according to the task force.

Task force members found more than 16 grams of crystal methamphetamine, packaging material, a scale and more than $2,800 in cash at the home. Members believe the cash was proceeds from the sale of the drug.

Task force members estimate the value of the methamphetamine at $1,000 to $2,000.


An Oakland police officer suffered minor injuries when a driver crashed into a patrol car while fleeing from a traffic stop early Sunday morning in West Oakland.

The hit-and-run occurred at 12:28 a.m. Sunday in the vicinity of 52nd and Genoa streets. Officers patrolling the area in response to recent criminal activity attempted to stop the car when it turned onto Genoa, a cul-de-sac.

Instead of stopping, the driver put the vehicle in reverse and crashed into the patrol car, causing minor injury to one of the two officers inside before fleeing the scene.

Police Lt. Chris Bolton said in a statement that neighbors near and within the 5100 block of Genoa Street “may have seen a lot of police activity.”

Bolton declined to provide a description of the vehicle, saying that information will not be released until investigators have followed up on all possible leads.


A pit bull that attacked and severely injured a woman at her home in Pinole on Sunday morning has since been euthanized, according to Contra Costa County Animal Services.

Rescue crews were dispatched to Silverado Drive around 10 a.m. Sunday. At the scene, they found a 40-year-old woman with significant injuries to her face, legs and arms, fire officials said.

Paramedics administered advanced life support treatment and the victim was subsequently flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, according to fire officials.

“It’s a horrific tragedy for the family,” Contra Costa County Animal Services Lt. Joe DeCosta said. “Not only do we have a severely injured family member but they also lost their pet.”

The pit bull suffered stab wounds and blunt-force trauma from a baseball bat, but DeCosta said those injuries were probably a result of the victim and one other person trying to fight off the attack.

“The dog was humanely euthanized,” DeCosta said. “It’s over at the health department getting tested for rabies.”

DeCosta said Animal Services officials are investigating whether the dog’s owner may have violated a state law requiring pet owners to take precautions with mischievous or dangerous animals.

“Was this preventable and is there any liability here?” DeCosta said. “We’re going to investigate all aspects of the case.”

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Monterey County sheriff’s officials are investigating the homicide of a man found shot to death early this morning in a parking lot in the unincorporated area of Pajaro just south of Watsonville.

At 1:40 a.m., a motorist flagged down deputies and reported seeing a male lying in the parking lot of a business at the intersection of Salinas Road and Fremont Street, sheriff’s Sgt. Terry Kaiser said.

Deputies located the man, who was dead and appeared to have been shot, Kaiser said.

The homicide remains under investigation and deputies are not releasing the victim’s name until his family members are notified, Kaiser said.

Sheriff’s officials are asking anyone who traveled through the area of the intersection between midnight and 2 a.m. today and who saw any activity there to call Kaiser or sheriff’s Investigator Brett Speirs at (831) 755-3772 or an anonymous tip line at (888) 833-4847.


Green Bay Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication after a disturbance outside of a downtown Vacaville restaurant early Sunday morning, Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro said.

Police responded around 2:15 a.m. to a large fight in front of Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante at 555 Main St., Mazzaferro said.

Most of the large crowd in front of the restaurant quickly dispersed without incident when police arrived but a few remained, including Bush, Mazzaferro said.

Bush continued to create a disturbance and was taken into custody on suspicion of public intoxication, according to Mazzaferro.

After his arrest, police learned Bush was a Green Bay Packer and Vacaville resident, Mazzaferro said.

He was cooperative while detained and was taken to the Solano County Jail. No charges were filed against Bush and he was released a short time later, Mazzaferro said.

Police may release from custody any person without a warrant if they determine there are insufficient grounds for a criminal complaint, according to Mazzaferro.

Police also may release someone without a warrant if they were arrested for intoxication only and no further proceedings are desirable, he said.

The arrest record of a person arrested under those circumstances shall include a record of release and the arrest shall be deemed a detention only, Mazzaferro said.

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