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  Last updated on Thu, 24 Jul 2014

Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold.
Malaysian airliner's voice recorder in good condition, says ICAO, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The cockpit voice recorder of the Malaysian airliner downed over Ukraine is in good condition, the U.N. civil aviation body said on Wednesday, adding that it was holding talks with airlines and states on how to assess the danger posed by conflicts. Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine last week, killing almost 300 people. Officials from the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization are helping Ukrainian and Dutch authorities probe the crash. "The cockpit voice recorder is in good condition ... the digital flight data recorder is still under review," ICAO said in a statement.
Leaders of Taiwan, China offer condolences for 48 dead in plane crash, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
By Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - The leaders of rivals China and Taiwan expressed condolences on Thursday for victims of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed during a thunderstorm the previous day killing 48 people including two French nationals. The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the runway on the small island of Penghu, west of Taiwan island, with 54 passengers and four crew on board. "Today is a very sad day in the history of Taiwan aviation," Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement. "All of Taiwan is grieving." China's president, Xi Jinping, who is on a Latin America tour, felt "deeply grieved" after learning the tragedy has caused heavy casualties, the mainland's State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said in a statement, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Shanghai regulator visits 581 firms, restaurants in food safety probe, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors, the watchdog said in a statement, in an investigation into a fast-spreading food safety scare. The safety scare has already dragged in U.S. chains McDonald's Corp, KFC-parent Yum Brands Inc and coffee giant Starbucks Corp. Yum severed ties with OSI Group, the U.S. parent of the China-based meat-processing factory at the center of the incident, after Shanghai police detained five people from the facility on Wednesday. (Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Paul Tait)
NBA player seeks tips on suspect in aunt's death
Sacramento Bee State Wire News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public's help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California. This undated image provided by the Sacramento Police Department on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 shows Michael Williams. Police say the 51-year-old man is suspected of fatally stabbing his wife, Tanganyika Williams, who is the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes. Her body was found lying on a street on July 8. FILE - In this May 13, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) reacts to a call during an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Barnes is asking for the public’s help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California. Barnes took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of 51-year-old Michael Williams of Sacramento to call police.
Antioch hostage situation leads to chase, arrest
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Just before 1:30 p.m., a 12-year-old girl called police and reported that a family member, an unidentified 43-year-old male, had a gun and was refusing to let her and six other family members leave a house in the 2000 block of Sherman Court, police said. A police dispatcher advised the car being chased to lead the suspect to the Antioch Police Department, where officers were able to block the suspect's vehicle using a squad car, ending the chase.
Cal Expo police step up parking lot surveillance following catalytic converter thefts
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The Cal Expo Police Department has stepped up its surveillance of the venue’s parking lots following reports of several catalytic converter thefts during this year’s California State Fair.
US uses vague rules for terror watch list, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
US authorities can place Americans and foreigners on a terrorist watch list indefinitely on the basis of vague rules without concrete evidence, according to a leaked government document. Once blacklisted, individuals have no way of finding out why they are deemed suspicious and even dead people's names remain on the list, under secret guidelines set out last year by the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC), which were published for the first time by The Intercept news website. The new rules introduced by President Barack Obama's administration represent an expansion of the US government's power when it comes to designating suspected terrorists, laying out broad criteria for adding names to the blacklists, The Intercept reported. Individuals added to the watch lists can be banned from flying -- under the "no-fly" list -- or subjected to additional searches and security screening at airports and border crossings.
Feds propose phasing out older crude-oil train tank cars
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed a two-year phase-out of older railroad tank cars used to transport crude oil, which have been involved in several serious derailments over the past year. Officials in California and Sacramento applauded the move by the federal transportation agency. But some local leaders say they want the federal government to be do more. On Sunday, July 20, 2014, more than month after a train derailment in Buhl, Ala., several tank cars that were carrying fuel oil remain on their sides near people's homes. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced proposals Wednesday to improve the transportation of crude oil and ethanol by rail, including higher construction standards for tank cars carrying flammable liquids. (Curtis Tate/MCT)
Relatives fly to Taiwan plane crash site, 48 dead, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were searching for one person who might have been in a wrecked house on the ground.
First MH17 bodies arrive in grieving Netherlands, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner's crash site. Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in individual hearses at Eindhoven airport in the south of the country in a powerfully sombre ceremony, as a trumpeter played the Last Post and a large crowd of the bereaved watched, shielded from the press. The televised two-hour ceremony watched across the Netherlands and abroad came in stark contrast to the chaotic and disturbing scenes filmed in the aftermath of the plane crash. The Netherlands has been united in grief and growing anger because of delays in getting bodies home and over the way pro-Russian separatists have treated the site, the victims' remains and personal possessions.
Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan.
African Americans disproportionately cited for public pot use in Seattle -police, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - African Americans in Seattle were ticketed disproportionately to their population for unlawfully using marijuana in public places during the first half of 2014, according to a report released on Wednesday by the city's police department. Between January and June, Seattle police wrote 82 tickets for public consumption of pot in a state that voted in 2012 to legalize the sale of cannabis to adults for recreational use but does not allow it to be used in public places. Of those 82 tickets, 36 percent were issued to African-Americans, who make up just eight percent of Seattle's population, according to the police report and census data. Most of the African Americans ticketed were men, the report found.
Police: Man Gambles While Elderly Mom Sat in Hot Truck, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Police say the suspect spent six hours gambling at the casino while his elderly and disabled mother sat inside a hot truck parked outside. WBAL' s Kai Reed reports.
Alameda: Man damages patrol car following arrest, police say
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The man faces charges of vandalism and resisting police following his arrest, occurred about 4:30 p.m. July 16 in the 1200 block of Park Street in Alameda.
Leader of Sheriff’s Department rehabilitation efforts to retire
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Chief Deputy Milo Fitch, who led the Sacramento County Sheriff Department’s rehabilitation efforts, will retire next month.
Seattle police: Homeless ticketed most for pot, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — An analysis of the first six months of Seattle police enforcement under new marijuana laws finds homeless people and African-American males are more likely to be ticketed for public pot use than anyone else.
Piedmont, Montclair police logs: Hit-run accidents, stolen vehicles reported
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
PiedmontThe following are highlights from the Piedmont police blotter. For more information, including about other cases, visit the police department at 403 Highland Ave.
Oakland: Man killed in Seminary shooting
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
An unidentified man was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon in Oakland's Seminary neighborhood, police said.
NBA player Matt Barnes uses social media to hunt Sacramento aunt’s murder suspect
Sacramento Bee News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Sacramento Police said suspect Michael Lee Williams is believed to still be in the south Sacramento area Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes talks with Chris Mullin, adviser to the Kings chairman, before a game at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento in November 2013. Michael Williams
Woman attacked before fatal police shooting is out of hospital, authorities say
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Nearly a week after a police deputy shot and killed a man who was violently beating his girlfriend and smashing her head against a car in San Leandro, the woman is out of the hospital and recovering, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Pedestrian hit by car in Atherton, taken to hospital
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
A pedestrian was struck by a car in Atherton today and taken to Stanford Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, according to police.
100 Bodies From MH17 Crash May Be Missing, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
The State Department said the numbers have not been confirmed, but some 100 passengers' remains were not handed over to the Dutch.
Livermore: Mom left children inside car while she gambled, police say
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
An Oakland woman was arrested after she left her young children inside a car while she gambled at a nearby casino, authorities said.
Newark: Car crash knocks out power to most city intersections, woman injured
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
A 48-year-old woman suffered minor injuries in a solo-vehicle crash on Sycamore Street in Newark. The crash knocked out power to most major intersections in the city.
Teen Pilot on Around-World Flight Found Dead in Samoa, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Haris Suleman, 17, was found unresponsive by the American Samoa Marine Patrol, while his father, Babar Suleman, remained missing, officials said.
Funeral to be held for NYC man who died after police chokehold, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family members gathered on Wednesday evening for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him in New York City where the death has sparked outrage and a promise to reform police training. Garner's wife, Esaw Garner, entered the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn leaning heavily on two young boys and looking distressed and exhausted. Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, followed a few minutes later, her head bowed. A couple of police officers looked on as mourners quietly chatted outside the church.
San Leandro woman suspected of DUI after truck slams into liquor store
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
A 40-year-old San Leandro woman, who police say slammed a pickup truck into House of Liquors Tuesday, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
StubHub breach: Tickets on eBay service bought through hacked accounts
San Jose Mercury News - News, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Six men have been indicted for hacking into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently buying tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said.
Seven arrests made in $1.6 million StubHub cyberfraud case, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr announced the arrests on Wednesday. They were charged with involvement in a cybercrime ring that used stolen credit card numbers to purchase thousands of tickets to events, including concerts of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z as well as games for sports teams including the Boston Red Sox and New York Giants, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday. StubHub's head of global communications, Glenn Lehrman, told Reuters his firm has been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case.
Antioch: Public safety concerns mount, despite statistics saying shootings on par with last year
Contra Costa Times, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
As of July 21, there were 50 shootings in Antioch in 2014, with four homicides. During the same time frame in 2013, Antioch had 51 shootings with seven homicides, police Capt. Leonard Orman said.
Hundreds at Wake for Man Who Died in NYPD Chokehold, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Friends and family of Eric Garner were joined by civil-rights advocates to mourn the loss of the father of six who died while in police custody.
McDonald's Worker Nabbed Selling Crack: Police, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
An undercover sting at a McDonald's in Philadelphia has led to the arrest of a fast food employee who police say was selling crack at the restaurant.
Chronicle Watch: SoMa skate park grinds on neighbors
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
San Francisco's newest skate park was supposed to improve the lives of residents at the edge of the South of Market neighborhood. [...] a few weeks after its opening, neighbors are boiling with frustration about late-night skaters causing a racket - and their properties becoming de facto toilets for some park users. Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk kicked in $10,000 to help build the state-of-the-art park, which attracts throngs of riders. 'Unbearable' noiseMeagan Makinson, who has lived on Stevenson for six years, said she resorted to sleeping on an air mattress in her living room because of the noise. The Recreation and Park Department oversees the facility, but with only a handful of agency guards patrolling the city, catching intruders is nearly impossible. With that said, oftentimes when officers arrive for noise complaints, the subjects are gone, said Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman. Parks and public works officials are working on increasing the height of the fencing, and giving it a curved top, to deter trespassing, said parks spokeswoman Connie Chan. Bryan Hornbeck, who heads the San Francisco Skateboarding Association, noted that the facility replaced a vacant lot frequented by homeless people and drug users. The opening of the SoMa West skate park in San Francisco this month has prompted complaints from neighbors about excessive noise from skaters who sneak into the facility after hours. Neighbors along Stevenson Street routinely call police and complain to city officials about noise and public urination at the park.
Death sentence given in U.S. photographer's killing, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Afghan police officer sentenced for AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus' death.
Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.
Designer falls dead on electric skateboard in San Francisco
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Witnesses reported that Oakland resident George Schnakenberg III appeared to suddenly collapse while riding south on Eighth Street past Brannan Street, said San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy, a department spokesman. Schnakenberg is the founder of Infinite Collective, a design firm based in Oakland that has worked on alternative energy products, including an electric skateboard, according to online profiles.
47 trapped, feared dead in Taiwan crash, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
ATR turboprop plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside airport on small Taiwanese island, said transport minister.
Galt police dogs get new vests from Special Olympian
Stockton Record, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
SACRAMENTO -- Two Galt K9 officers got ballistic vests at the state fair today, thanks to Special Olympian Karissa Krater.
Man arrested on suspicion of breaking into church
Stockton Record, Wed, 23 Jul 2014
STOCKTON – A man was arrested ​after a break-in into an office at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 3847 N. Sutter St., and a computer was taken ​Tuesday evening, police reported.
Oakland gang sweeps result in 13 arrests, multiple felony charges
Inside Bay Area/Alameda Times Star, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Thirteen known gang members have been arrested and charged with violent crimes, including attempted murder, home invasion robbery and carjacking in connection with the city's signature anti-violence program, police announced Tuesday.
Many troubled by second-guesses, grief
Stockton Record, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
STOCKTON - Senior Chaplain Jim Reid of the Stockton Police Department has heard the stories, seen the tears and eased the fears of many officers who were involved in a high-speed pursuit that led to a deadly shootout with heavily armed bank robbers last...
Armed man arrested at transit station
Stockton Record, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
STOCKTON - A Stockton Unified Police Department officer arrested an armed man Monday at the Regional Transit Hammer Triangle Station.
Valley residents hurt in deadly Highway 152 wreck near Gilroy
Fresno Bee - Local News, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
California Highway Patrol investigators continue to sort through a deadly wreck where a big rig barreled into eight other cars on a stopped-up Highway 152 Monday evening, killing a motorist and forcing an overnight closure of the major artery between the Silicon and Central valleys. Read comments
Fresno cop after saving choking baby: 'Everybody was just elated'
Fresno Bee - Local News, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
When Fresno police officer Roland Rendon arrived at a central Fresno home Saturday evening, he found a couple in panic because their baby was choking. Read comments
Police Blotter: Banner towed by airplane falls on to house and later reclaimed by pilot
San Jose Mercury News - Police Blotter, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
SANTA CLARA3500 block of El Camino Real, 8:15 p.m. July 14 A male was forced into a van by three or four people who assaulted him, stole his wallet and cellphone and then dropped off in a park near Calabazas Boulevard.
Cops Prepare for Fiesta Cruiser Run
Santa Barbara Independent - News Briefs, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
Will assign around 20 officers to oversee event as crowd numbers swell.
Police Blotter: Police receive complaint of loud singing at church
San Jose Mercury News - Police Blotter, Tue, 22 Jul 2014
SAN JOSESouthern Division, 10 a.m. July 15 Officers working gang suppression detail performed parole and probation searches and made one drug arrest.