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January 7, 1995 | From Associated Press
Six elderly men, five of them from San Francisco, were apparently killed with the heart medication digitalis after being wooed for their money by younger women belonging to a San Francisco-based Gypsy family, authorities say. The five San Francisco victims died between 1983 and last year.
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May 8, 2004 | Lee Romney and Carl Ingram, Times Staff Writers
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer indicated Friday that he is likely to take over the controversial prosecution of the accused killer of a San Francisco police officer because the district attorney there is philosophically opposed to the death penalty and refuses to seek it. In remarks delivered at a memorial for slain peace officers here, Lockyer jumped into the political fray on an issue that has polarized San Francisco.
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NEWS
July 9, 1987
An arrest in a murder tied to a homosexual satanic cult in the San Francisco area has led investigators to search for possible links to other unsolved murders, San Francisco police said. "We haven't established this as a serial murder," homicide Inspector Earl Sanders said, "but we are looking at all the open homicides around." 1382376293booked for investigation of murder in the slaying of an unidentified man two years ago.
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March 22, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A San Francisco lawyer was found guilty of second-degree murder Thursday for the gruesome dog attack on a neighbor who was left bleeding to death in a hallway of their upscale apartment building. The verdict is the first in which a California dog owner has been convicted of murder in a mauling case. Marjorie Knoller and her husband, Robert Noel, were also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and of keeping the dog that killed 33-year-old lacrosse coach Diane Whipple last year.
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May 15, 1990 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police say a Monday morning street shooting near Chinatown that left one man dead and a pregnant woman and six others injured may be related to Asian gang activity. Inspector Art Gerrans said several of the victims, all of them Asians, had a "history of gang-related activity," but would not elaborate. Three of the victims were former employees of an Emeryville gambling establishment popular with Asians.
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March 21, 1992 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two men fatally shot this week beside a grave at a cemetery were identified Friday as members of a Mafia-type gang who were paying respects to their slain leader when they were ambushed by other gang members, authorities said. Cuong Duc Phung, 26, and Thinh Xuan Nguyen, 41, of San Francisco belonged to the Hung Pho ring, described by authorities as a gang that has committed robbery, extortion and other crimes throughout the state.
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May 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
The fourth person in a week to be killed by gang violence died Friday, the victim of what police suspect is a dispute over rap music. The police say the rival factions, identified as Big Block and Westmob, are feuding over CD sales and insults in songs. "It all started over the music," Inspector Kevin Whitfield said. "It was over who was putting out the best music, who was putting out music first--then it became about [how] Big Block felt disrespected in music by members of Westmob."
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November 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
Police on Saturday were investigating the shooting deaths of an alleged Vietnamese gang leader and his lawyer, who was a fund-raiser for Mayor Willie Brown and a close friend of the city's district attorney, Terence Hallinan. Dennis Natali--a well-known attorney at San Francisco's Hall of Justice--was found with a bullet through his back early Friday.
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November 29, 1997 | From Associated Press
He called himself "a bum" on national TV and lost a job after admitting to breaking into vending machines with a tire iron. Now the man accused of killing his partner and robbing $300,000 from the armored car he was hired to guard is being held without bail in Utah after confessing, officials say.
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November 23, 1992 | From Associated Press
The leader of a ribald rockabilly band known for its raunchy lyrics and outrageous stage costumes was shot and killed while walking his dog in Golden Gate Park, authorities said. Phillip Bury, 38, leader of "Buck Naked and the Bare Bottom Boys," was allegedly shot after a confrontation with a man who was feeding pigeons in the park Saturday, police said. Police said they arrested Michael Kagan, 37, who is known for confronting people whose dogs might frighten the birds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A couple indicted in the dog mauling death of a neighbor pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Marjorie Knoller, 45, and Robert Noel, 59, who remain jailed, briefly appeared in San Francisco County Superior Court. Knoller faces second-degree murder charges in the Jan. 26 mauling death of 33-year-old Diane Whipple because she was in the apartment hallway with the two dogs when they attacked.
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March 28, 2001 | MARIA L. La GANGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owners of a dog that mauled a lacrosse coach to death in an attack that horrified the nation were indicted on felony charges by a grand jury here Tuesday and were later arrested in a small town nearly 200 miles away. Attorney Marjorie Knoller, 45, faces charges of second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and failing to control a mischievous animal that harmed a human. If convicted, she could serve 15 years to life in prison.
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January 2, 2001 | From Associated Press
Homicide rates in cities around the San Francisco Bay Area are dropping, but Oakland, a city recently hit by a police corruption scandal, saw an increase in the past year. Oakland logged 79 homicides in 2000, up from 60 the year before. San Jose, however, continued its run as one of the safest large cities in the country, with only 17 homicides in 2000, down from 25 in 1999 and almost as low as its record of 13 in 1970.
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August 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
The boyfriend of a missing woman whose body was found along a remote coastal highway killed himself Tuesday, shortly after the body was identified, by jumping off the Bay Bridge, police said. The boyfriend, Darion Sable, had told police that Jerusha Briley, 20, disappeared Saturday morning while going to buy groceries for her 23-month-old son, Gabriel. Sable jumped off an approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on Tuesday afternoon, San Francisco police spokesman Dewayne Tully said.
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May 6, 2000 | From Associated Press
The fourth person in a week to be killed by gang violence died Friday, the victim of what police suspect is a dispute over rap music. The police say the rival factions, identified as Big Block and Westmob, are feuding over CD sales and insults in songs. "It all started over the music," Inspector Kevin Whitfield said. "It was over who was putting out the best music, who was putting out music first--then it became about [how] Big Block felt disrespected in music by members of Westmob."
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April 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hip-hop musician Money B was questioned along with two dozen other witnesses after a record producer was shot and killed outside a nightclub, police said. "We had 25 witnesses," homicide Lt. Judie Pursell said Friday. "He, along with other people, were identified as possible witnesses. He and many others were part of the interview process." Ronald Blackburn, 31, of San Leandro was shot twice and died early Thursday after a release party for Money B's latest album, "Talkin' Dirty."
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April 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
San Francisco porno king Jim Mitchell was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for the shooting death last year of his brother and business partner, Artie Mitchell. In issuing the sentence, Marin County Superior Court Judge Richard Breiner said Mitchell, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and using a firearm in commission of a crime, acted with "criminal sophistication." Breiner released Mitchell on $500,000 bail pending an appeal.
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September 30, 1999 | From Associated Press
A man was killed late Wednesday by a fellow parishioner who walked into a church and shot him. The victim, who had not been identified, was shot about 6 p.m. in the kitchen of a Southern Baptist church, police said. The gunman fired several shots with a handgun, then dropped the weapon and left, police said. Police say they know the suspect, who remains at large, but would not release his name.
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October 8, 1998 | Reuters
An advertising executive who helped to dream up such famous brand names as Rogaine and Prozac was shot to death in his Mercedes convertible late Tuesday by police who said he threatened them. John Smart, 46, was killed in San Francisco's skid row area after police officers on patrol intervened to stop him from struggling with a woman in the car. Police told reporters that after they talked to Smart outside his car, he went back to the vehicle, ostensibly to get his identification.
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