Cops Investigate Mysterious Death in Lower Haight (Update)

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Update 8:50 a.m.: Officer Gordon Shyy this morning provided more details on the death. Last night at about 7 p.m., a woman came home to find her husband dead. The Medical Examiner identified the deceased as 48-year-old Gerald Smith of San Francisco. Authorities say the death is "suspicious" and homicide detectives are investigating at this time.

Original Story 7:14 a.m.: San Francisco investigators were in the Lower Haight late last night investigating a death that may have been the result of a suicide.

Sgt. Eric O'Neal had very little information at this time, but said the cops were called out to the 600 block of Page Street last night regarding "a possible suicide."


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Weekend Roundup: 49ers Lose, Man Stabbed, Two Shot

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It wasn't a great weekend for San Francisco. Aside from the 49ers losing a spot at the Super Bowl, the cops were busy dealing with people shooting and stabbing each other.

An unidentified man is clinging to life after he was stabbed near San Francisco's Embarcadero Sunday morning. According to press reports, officers were called out to the Embarcadero near Folsom Street at about 1:45 a.m. where they found a man in his 20s with multiple stab wounds to his chest.

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Chinese Consulate Set on Fire in New Year's Day Attack

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A charred door from the burned consulate
Authorities are investigating an arson incident last night where an unknown person doused the Chinese Consulate with gasoline and set fire to the San Francisco building.

Police said the incident happened just before 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Day. A person in a minivan parked in front of the main entrance of the consulate, located at 1450 Laguna Street, hopped out of the car and poured two buckets of gasoline on the front door of the consulate. The attacker then lit the door on fire, causing severe damage, according to the consulate.

Nobody was injured, however, a consulate spokesperson says they're treating this as a clear threat.

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Driver Hits Cop With Car, Cop Shoots at Driver During High-Speed Chase Last Night

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Kicking off 2014.
An unidentified man driving a car with Nevada plates took police on a crazy high-speed chase through the streets of San Francisco, which led to a slew of accidents and an officer-involved shooting.

The whole incident started at about 8:50 p.m. when officers in the Bayview pulled over the suspect and noticed what appeared to be a weapon of some sort in the passenger compartment.

When the driver noticed that the cops noticed this, he fled, kicking off a dramatic chase that wreaked havoc on San Francisco, says Officer Gordon Shyy.

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Drunk Dude Allegedly Moons Commuters, Shows The World How He Really Feels About Traffic

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Unhappy Hour
Endless traffic can bring out the worst in us -- and so can excessive boozing. Combine the two and you get this dude, who decided to drop trou along a busy Bay Area highway during rush hour after one too many cocktails.

According to the Mercury News, police arrested 30-year-old Richard Blankenship after he allegedly mooned passing motorists along Highway 84 in Fremont last night.

Nobody was (physically) injured during the flashing.

See Also: Good Morning: Here is a Man Mooning Everyone at the Bart Station

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Protesters Stage Sit-In Near the Garlic Fries at Giants Game, 10 Arrested

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It was an exciting night at AT&T Park. Not only did the Giants' Juan Perez hit a tiebreaking single to win the game, but a group of protesters were arrested somewhere between the garlic fries and the beer.

Here's what happened: As we reported yesterday, concession stand employees and their supporters planned a 6 p.m. rally outside the ballpark to protest the ongoing contract dispute with management. Some 400 protesters showed up, and were "peacefully marching" until the game started.

While some of those supporters are fans of fair labor, they're also big fans of the Giants (or at least the garlic fries). About 50 of them broke away from the group, and with purchased tickets, went inside the stadium.

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Pickup Truck Crashes Into House Then Leaves

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No, that wasn't a parking spot
A San Francisco family had an unwelcome visitor come for dinner last night when a pickup truck crashed into their Outer Mission home, according to police.

Officer Gordon Shyy says police started getting a bunch of calls at about 7:41 p.m. regarding a car vs. home collision at Florentine and Morse streets. Witnesses told police that the silver pickup truck came out of nowhere, smashed into the home and fled the chaotic scene.

The house was severely damaged, Shyy said.

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Police Shoot Teen After He Allegedly Hit a Cop With His Car

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Note to self: you'll never win when you're surrounded by cops in a cul-de-sac
Last night four San Francisco cops shot an 18-year-old man who was wanted in connected with an armed carjacking after the suspect allegedly reversed his car into an officer during a car chase.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak says at about 6:49 p.m., four cops were patrolling the housing projects in the Bayview near Ingalls and Kiska streets when they spotted a silver BMW sedan that was wanted in connection with an armed carjacking in which the suspect used a long barreled gun (could have been a rifle or a shotgun, police said).

The officers attempted to pull over the driver, who decided to press on and try to dodge the cops.

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Cops Find Assault Rifle That Was Stolen From Police Car

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That's a big gun
You can come out from under the bed now. San Francisco police announced they have located and recovered the AR-15 that was taken from an unmarked police car over the weekend.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak sent out a quick e-mail letting the public now that all is well: "As the theft of this rifle was a concern to public safety, Chief Suhr wanted the recovery of this weapon to be announced immediately."

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Inner Parkside Residents Awoken by Gross Water Flooding the Neighborhood

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That sucks
Update 3:30 p.m.:The Public Utilities Commission says that crews have finished cleaning the mud and debris in the neighborhood, yet repairs on the broken water line won't be repaired until later tonight.

Six residences were "yellow tagged" and building inspectors will assess whether they're structurally safe. Meanwhile, Wawona Street and 15th Avenue will remained closed through tomorrow while crews work to fix the sinkhole in the street.

City staff is still investigating what caused the water transmission line to break; the pipe transports water from Sutro Reservoir to the Excelsior District.

The good news is that no residents were booted from their house because of this incident. Residents who wish to file a claim with the City should contact the City Claims Department at 415-554-3900.

Update 1 p.m.: : The latest reports indicate that 23 homes and about 12 cars were damaged from the early-morning flooding, and one building was "yellow-tagged."

Original story 8:25 a.m.: City officials are cleaning up homes and cars over in the Inner Parkside neighborhood after a 16-inch water main broke sometime early this morning, releasing a flood of nasty water and dirt.

The underground distribution line broke at about 3 a.m. around 15th Avenue and Wawona Street, damaging cars and homes in the area. Streets were closed down while crews worked through the night to clean up that mess.

The good news in this is that it didn't affect residential water service, so everyone can still shower this morning for work.

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