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October 16, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
DNA belonging to a man accused of killing a San Francisco police officer has been found on the assault rifle used in the killing, authorities said. Attorneys for David Hill, 22, said they will challenge the findings, implying contamination may have occurred in the San Francisco Police Department's crime lab. Hill is accused of killing Officer Isaac Espinoza, 29, on April 10.
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February 28, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Five San Francisco police officers are expected to appear in court Friday to faces fraud and theft charges. A federal grand jury has indicted the officers and a former city policeman in two separate cases, one involving the theft of drugs and computers from suspects, the U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday. A San Francisco Police Department sergeant, officer and former officer face multiple charges in connection with selling marijuana, as well as stealing money, gift cards and computers from suspects.
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August 17, 1989
The San Francisco Police Department's agreement last March to extend an integration plan will require the promotion of hundreds of officers by 1993, according to the judge overseeing the program. The city argued that because of a tight budget, promotions should be scaled back, but U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham said the city must continue to meet a yearly promotion quota of 15 assistant inspectors and 25 sergeants.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A federal grand jury has indicted five San Francisco police officers and a former city policeman in two separate cases, one involving the theft of drugs and computers from suspects, the U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday. A San Francisco Police Department sergeant, officer and former officer face multiple charges for allegedly selling marijuana, as well as allegedly stealing money, gift cards and computers from suspects. Sgt. Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill; Officer Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville; and former Officer Reynaldo Vargas, 45, of Palm Desert, are also accused of stealing drugs and valuables from the city.
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January 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Msgr. John P. Heaney, longtime chaplain for the San Francisco Police Department, faces felony charges that he molested two brothers 40 years ago. Heaney was relieved of duty last summer. He was indicted Thursday on multiple felony counts. Mark MacNamara, spokesman for the district attorney's office, refused to comment. The indictment was expected to be unsealed after Heaney's arrest. His lawyer, Jim Collins, said the retired priest would turn himself in next week.
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October 23, 2009 | Ruben Vives
San Francisco police announced Thursday that DNA evidence had linked Richard Ramirez, the Southern California serial killer known as the "Night Stalker," to the 1984 slaying of a 9-year-old girl. Ramirez, who is on death row for a string of murders committed more than two decades ago, submitted DNA samples to detectives Wednesday morning at San Quentin State Prison, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Authorities are also trying to determine whether Ramirez is connected to any other slayings in the San Francisco area during that time.
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May 2, 2003 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
The men knew exactly where to cut. They tunneled through the wall from an abandoned restaurant into Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry. They outsmarted the alarm. Then they waited. The next morning, the masked thieves disappeared, their garbage bags stuffed with as much as $10 million in handcrafted diamond rings, Art Deco bracelets and brooches studded with Burmese rubies and Kashmiri sapphires.
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December 19, 1991
The woman responsible for civilian oversight of the San Francisco Police Department has been selected as executive officer of the board that will examine allegations of misconduct in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Eileen M. Luna, 46, was chosen from a field of 130 candidates by the 11-member review board. The panel was established by the County Board of Supervisors following voter approval in November, 1990. Luna will begin her job Jan. 6.
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February 13, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports.
The San Francisco Police Department is adding investigators to its homicide unit in an effort to reduce violence and solve crimes. Officials said they would beef up the homicide detail to 18 investigators -- two more than its recent staffing level and four more than its longtime total of 14, said Capt. Paul Chignell of the investigations bureau. This year, seven of the city's 10 homicides have been in the Bayview-Hunters Point or Sunnydale areas.
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November 6, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Acting Police Chief Tom Murphy announced his retirement from the force a day after he was passed over for the top job. Capt. Anthony Ribera, 47, was confirmed as police chief by the city Police Commission several hours after his nomination by Mayor Frank Jordan. Ribera is a 24-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department. Murphy, with the department nearly 20 years, had filled in as interim chief since May when Richard Hongisto was fired.
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October 16, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Jason Wells
An Olympic gold medalist training for the America's Cup who perished in San Francisco Bay when his boat capsized died of "blunt trauma with drowning," according to a medical examiner's report. British Olympic gold medalist Andrew "Bart" Simpson was part of an 11-man crew aboard Artemis Racing's AC72 vessel, training for the upcoming America's Cup, when the boat flipped northwest of Treasure Island on May 9. PHOTOS: High-tech sailing at America's Cup The accident occurred when the 72-foot boat unexpectedly nose-dived as it was changing direction and later broke into many pieces, America's Cup officials said.
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September 26, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The reaction and fallout from the postgame stabbing Wednesday figures to be long and involved, but part of the immediate reaction came Thursday when the Giants announced they would add security for tonight's game against the Dodgers at AT&T Park in San Francisco. A 24-year-old Dodgers fan was stabbed and killed a few blocks from the ballpark during a brawl about 90 minutes after Wednesday's game. “We were deeply saddened to learn of last night's horrific incident that occurred several blocks from the ballpark and resulted in the tragic death of 24-year old Jonathan Denver,” the Giants said in a statement.
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September 25, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Supervisors here have approved a policy under which local law enforcement would deny requests by immigration authorities to hold arrestees for potential deportation in all but a handful of instances. The "Due Process for All" ordinance -- unanimously approved Tuesday in packed chambers to chants and cheers -- comes largely as a response to the federal immigration program known as Secure Communities, which requires that fingerprints taken at the time of arrest in local jails nationwide be shared with immigration authorities.
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July 19, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Officials are expected to announce Friday whether a 16-year-old Chinese student was accidentally killed on the runway by an emergency vehicle responding to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The San Mateo County coroner's office has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to discuss the death of Ye Mengyuan following the plane's July 6 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport, officials said. Ye was one of three passengers killed. Her body was found close to the aircraft's left wing.
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July 19, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White called the death of Ye Mengyuan, a 16-year-old passenger of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 who was struck by a firetruck after the plane crash-landed, a “tragic accident” and said in a news conference that the incident is still under investigation. Ye, a Chinese student, died of “multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle,” San Mateo County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault said Friday. “She was alive when she received the injuries,” he said.
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July 13, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Protesters took to the streets in San Francisco on Saturday night to rally against a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. An official with the San Francisco Police Department estimated that about 200 people had gathered in the city's Mission District, and officers had been called out to the scene. “We haven't been notified of any disturbance,” said the officer, who refused to give his name because he did not have an official statement.
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July 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Lee Romney
San Francisco police confirmed Friday that a fire truck responding to the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash hit one of the 16-year-old victims, but emphasized that coroner's officials had yet to determine her cause of death. Gordon Shyy, public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department, said the girl was outside the jet and covered in fire retardant foam when the fire truck "went over her. " The department's major accident investigations team, which handles all fatal collisions, was called to the scene Saturday and is continuing its inquiry into the incident.
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June 7, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO--When San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr heard Friday that Richard Ramirez -- the “Night Stalker” -- had died of natural causes in a Marin County hospital, his reaction was clear. “I know it's probably not right,” he said, “but I was happy. " Ramirez, who terrorized Californians north and south during a 1980s killing rampage, was identified for the first time in San Francisco, recalled Suhr, who worked on the San Francisco Police Department task force investigating the crimes at the time.
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