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Tenth B.A.R. Talk to focus on crime reporting

Tenth B.A.R. Talk to focus on crime reporting

  • Feb 9, 2022

Crime reporting through the history of the Bay Area Reporter will be the focus of the tenth online panel discussion, part of the newspaper's 50th anniversary commemorations.

SFPD doubles reward money for 'Doodler' serial killer

SFPD doubles reward money for 'Doodler' serial killer

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 27, 2022

San Francisco police also announced they have identified a sixth victim of one of the city's most infamous serial killers.

Reported SF hate crimes against AAPIs, LGBTQs were up in 2021

Reported SF hate crimes against AAPIs, LGBTQs were up in 2021

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 25, 2022

Anti-Asian American Pacific Islander hate crimes were up 567% in 2021 — a dramatic spike. LGBTQs were the next most-targeted group, with a 50% rise over 2020 numbers.

Charges dismissed against SF gay man allegedly beaten by police during Castro altercation

Charges dismissed against SF gay man allegedly beaten by police during Castro altercation

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 14, 2022

Criminal charges have been dismissed against a gay San Francisco man who was allegedly beaten by police during an altercation in the Castro last year.

SF man in coma after possible Castro assault, friend says

SF man in coma after possible Castro assault, friend says

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 7, 2022

The San Francisco Police Department is investigating a possible assault in the Castro neighborhood January 3 that led to life-threatening injuries for a 33-year-old man.

Actor Jussie Smollett found guilty of staging attack

Actor Jussie Smollett found guilty of staging attack

  • by Brody Levesque, Washington Blade
  • Dec 10, 2021

The jury in the case of actor Jussie Smollett reached a guilty verdict December 9 in his trial on five felony charges that he faked a hate crime and was responsible for orchestrating it in January 2019.

Black trans woman killed in Oakland

Black trans woman killed in Oakland

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 7, 2021

Nikai David, a 33-year-old Black transgender woman from Hayward, became the 159th reported homicide this year in Oakland over the weekend, and the 50th trans person reported killed in the U.S. this year according to HRC.

Man shot in the leg by Dolores Park, supervisor says

Man shot in the leg by Dolores Park, supervisor says

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 7, 2021

A 39-year-old man is in stable condition after being shot early December 6 near Mission Dolores Park, according to gay District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman.

Federal hate crime charged in Oregon Grindr beating

Federal hate crime charged in Oregon Grindr beating

  • Nov 17, 2021

U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors allege Daniel Andrew McGee tried to kill a gay man he met through Grindr over the summer. He was taken into FBI custody November 15 and charged with a federal hate crime.

Feds get second guilty plea in state AIDS fraud scheme

Feds get second guilty plea in state AIDS fraud scheme

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Nov 3, 2021

Two Sacramento women will be sentenced early next year for their roles in a scheme that defrauded the California Office of AIDS $2.7 million.

SFPD: Naked man damaged iconic Castro Theatre sign

SFPD: Naked man damaged iconic Castro Theatre sign

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 1, 2021

An eyewitness claimed that a crowd was supportive of a man stripping on the Castro Theatre during happy hour Tuesday — until he started damaging its iconic marquee.

Rickleffs sentenced 50-to-life for 1st degree murder

Rickleffs sentenced 50-to-life for 1st degree murder

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 3, 2021

James Rickleffs, a San Francisco man found guilty over two years ago in the 2012 murder of a gay hair stylist, was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in state prison August 3.

South Bay trans woman's family calls accused killer's plea delay a setback

South Bay trans woman's family calls accused killer's plea delay a setback

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 28, 2021

For the second time in two months, a plea has been pushed back in the case of a Union City man charged with murdering a San Jose transgender woman with whom he'd been romantically involved.

SF LGBTQs targets of racist rant, burglary

SF LGBTQs targets of racist rant, burglary

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 26, 2021

A gay couple of which one of the men is Asian American and a same-sex female couple in San Francisco were recently the victims of a racist rant caught on video and a robbery, respectively, in two separate incidents.