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Southern California shop owner shot to death over Pride flag, authorities say

Southern California shop owner shot to death over Pride flag, authorities say

  • by by Brody Levesque, Los Angeles Blade
  • Aug 21, 2023

A Southern California woman was shot to death August 18 after a man reportedly removed a Pride flag from outside her clothing store and the woman confronted him about it.

Family of gay photographer killed at Twin Peaks exasperated by further delays

Family of gay photographer killed at Twin Peaks exasperated by further delays

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 17, 2023

The partner and sister of a gay San Francisco man killed five years ago are frustrated with delays in the effort to retry the defendants after a mistrial was declared earlier this year.

Castro dog groomers Mudpuppy's damaged after DUI crash, SFPD says

Castro dog groomers Mudpuppy's damaged after DUI crash, SFPD says

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 15, 2023

The storefront of a pet grooming store in the LGBTQ Castro neighborhood was damaged after it was hit by a car, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

SF drag legend loses car to arson

SF drag legend loses car to arson

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 1, 2023

The car of a San Francisco drag icon was torched in the Bayview just before Pride weekend, and answers have been hard to come by.

SF DA's office not charging suspects after dramatic Castro-area crash

SF DA's office not charging suspects after dramatic Castro-area crash

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 28, 2023

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins' office is not charging the man and woman accused of a carjacking that led to a dramatic crash down the Sanchez Street stairs in the Castro last weekend.

SFPD make 2 arrests in dramatic Castro-area crash

SFPD make 2 arrests in dramatic Castro-area crash

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 27, 2023

San Francisco police arrested the two people they believe responsible for a carjacking that led to a dramatic crash down the Sanchez Street stairs in the Castro last weekend.

Belmont police investigate vandalism of Pride banner at church

Belmont police investigate vandalism of Pride banner at church

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jul 20, 2023

Belmont police have launched a hate crime investigation after a rainbow banner at a local church was vandalized earlier this week.

SFPD chief defends mass arrests at 'hill bomb'

SFPD chief defends mass arrests at 'hill bomb'

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 20, 2023

San Francisco Police Chief William Scott gave a dramatic multimedia presentation to the Police Commission July 19 in an attempt to quell criticism of the department's mass arrest of teenagers during the Dolores "hill bomb" event.

SF hate crimes defendant indicates he wants another evaluation

SF hate crimes defendant indicates he wants another evaluation

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 19, 2023

The man who faces trial in a Castro-area hate crime case will have the opportunity for another meeting with mental health experts before it's decided whether he will enter a diversion program in lieu of prosecution.

Mass arrest of teens follows chaos near SF's Dolores Park

Mass arrest of teens follows chaos near SF's Dolores Park

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 10, 2023

Over 100 people were arrested near Mission Dolores Park on Saturday after what San Francisco police characterized as a "riot" following chaos at the annual "hill bomb" skateboard event down Dolores Street.

Discovery woes may cause further delays in gay Oakland murder case

Discovery woes may cause further delays in gay Oakland murder case

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 7, 2023

The attorney defending the UC Berkeley employee charged in the killing of a Black gay man in Oakland earlier this year said outstanding discovery in the case may lead to further delays.

Hate crimes defendant may enter diversion program

Hate crimes defendant may enter diversion program

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 5, 2023

The man who faces trial in a Castro-area hate crime case may enter the state's mental health diversion program instead, a judge indicated July 5.

SFPD arrests man with loaded firearm at Pride celebration

SFPD arrests man with loaded firearm at Pride celebration

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 27, 2023

A man was arrested by the San Francisco Police Department Sunday evening for allegedly carrying a loaded, concealed firearm into the Pride celebration at the Civic Center.

Castro hate crimes defendant will face trial

Castro hate crimes defendant will face trial

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 21, 2023

A man who pleaded not guilty to Castro-area hate crimes will continue to be held without bail as he awaits his trial, a judge ordered after a preliminary hearing.