December 29, 2000 |
Acting on an anonymous tip early Thursday, San Francisco police recovered two female koalas that had been stolen from the city's zoo the day before and restored them to their ecstatic keepers. Hours later, two teenagers were arrested and charged in the case. Police said the youths, ages 17 and 15, apparently hoped to present the cuddly marsupials to their girlfriends as belated Christmas offerings.
November 7, 2000 |
Medea Benjamin, the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, complained frequently during the campaign that her candidacy has not received the attention it deserved. She finally got noticed Monday night, but maybe not in the way she intended. After disrupting a Democratic campaign rally featuring incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Gov. Gray Davis, she was kicked out of the auditorium and handcuffed by San Francisco police.
August 18, 2000 |
A Hungarian man who allegedly punched a flight attendant after the crew refused to serve him more drinks on a transatlantic flight has been arrested in San Francisco, officials announced Thursday. The FBI said Hungarian national Peter Budavari, 34, was taken into custody after the arrival Wednesday of Air France Flight 84 from Paris. He was charged with assaulting a flight crew member and is free on bail pending trial.
July 8, 1999 |
A San Quentin Prison parolee wanted in connection with the brutal stabbing of two young women in Fremont was in custody Wednesday after passersby spotted him reclining on a city bench, police said. Donald Paul Gatson, 22, was the subject of an intense police manhunt after the Monday attack on the two teenagers, who were each stabbed more than 15 times and left in a ditch to die. They remained in critical condition Wednesday.
January 1, 1999 |
Hundreds of pounds of bomb-making materials and handbooks on how to build a bomb were found in a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. storage facility Thursday, and a field worker for the utility was arrested. The 44-year-old employee, Paul Madronich, was very cooperative and led investigators to more such materials at a second PG & E facility, said San Francisco police spokesman Sherman Ackerson.
November 28, 1998 |
Eight people were arrested during an anti-fur protest at Union Square on Friday after they climbed a building to hang a banner. San Francisco Police Sgt. John Haggett said the demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy, a felony. The protesters were arrested at 4 a.m. after they apparently used a 20-foot extension ladder to reach the fire escapes on an 11-story building to hang a banner on a billboard.