January 2, 2001 |
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.
August 16, 2000 |
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.
May 6, 2000 |
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."
April 22, 2000 |
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."
September 30, 1999 |
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.
October 8, 1998 |
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.