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Sleeping Homeless Man Killed By SUV

Sleeping Homeless Man
SAN FRANCISCO—A man sleeping outside a private apartment garage was struck and killed by an SUV leaving the complex at 6:40 p.m. on December 19. On Monday, December 22, the identity of the man killed in the South Market Neighborhood was identified as Randy Jacobs, 53. Jacobs, a homeless individual, who was pronounced dead on the scene. Police have determined that the driver...

Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Four Felonies

SAN FRANCISCO—A six-week-long investigation resulted in an arrest warrant for San Francisco Sherriff Deputy Michael R. Lewelling, 33, who surrendered to authorities on December 19, for the alleged assault of an emergency room patient and then filing a fictitious police report. Lewelling is facing four felony charges including perjury and assault, and one charge of misdemeanor battery, according to San Francisco District...

49ers Steal Defeat From Jaws Of Victory

SANTA CLARA—Their season lost, their team in flux, and their coach with one foot out the door, the San Francisco 49'ers put forth their most complete half of football since their week one victory over Dallas. Then came the collapse. After jumping to a 21-point halftime lead over the San Diego Chargers, San Francisco faltered at home, losing 38-35 in heartbreaking...

Nexxus Blew My Curly Secret

BEVERLY HILLS—What do you tell your plump-lipped, chubby-cheeked daughter with curls down to her bum? Her peers are stick-thin and tight-lipped, boasting perfectly straight shoulder-length hair. They are the standard of beauty, she's not. You do the only thing you can for your distraught princess. You appease her, finding the best hair product to relax her nagging curls. You buy...

“Wild” Is Amazing Ride

HOLLYWOOD—Self-discovery films are not at the highest on my radar; its kind of a portrait of real life that many of us have seen time and time again. The cross-country drama “Wild” starring Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon, is such a riveting piece of cinema, its difficult to take your eyes off of our protagonist. Reese stars as Cheryl Strayed, who...

49ers Cut McDonald Amid Sexual Assault Investigation

SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers have officially released embattled defensive end Ray McDonald. McDonald, a former third-round pick and defensive stalwart, has been a vital cog of the Niners defense since entering the league in 2007. Since then, the talented but troubled McDonald has had a history of run-ins with the law, including an August arrest at his San Jose home on...

“Battle Of The Five Armies” Ends On High Note

HOLLYWOOD—I must say I was never a fan of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. I didn’t even care for the first installment of “The Hobbit” franchise, but its sequel, “The Desolation of Smaug” set the stage for a climatic finale I’d been eagerly waiting for. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is a resonating conclusion to the...

Vehicle Fires Spark Arson Investigation

SAN FRANCISCO—Police are searching for an arsonist in a series of vehicle burnings in the city's Mission District that occurred on December 17, during the morning hours. The first target was a parked Jeep, reported ablaze at 4:10 a.m. on the western side of Dolores Park. About a half hour later, a second vehicle, parked two blocks north of the Jeep...

Strangling Suspect Convicted

SAN FRANCISCO—Richard Pouncey, of San Francisco, was convicted of first-degree murder for the murder of 47-year-old Richard Sprague. Around midnight on February 19, 2012, Sprague left his wallet and phone at home while going out to buy a pack of cigarettes. Around 2:40 a.m., a witness reported hearing cries for help, then seeing a figure straddling another person with their hands...

Man Falsely Accused Of Arson Acquitted

SAN FRANCISCO—A man accused of setting fire to a Mercedes Benz parked inside an apartment complex has been acquitted of charges of burglary and arson based-upon tainted identification. Anthony Berajano, 48, did indeed visit the Rincon Hill complex near First and Harrison Streets on June 19, the day the luxury car was set ablaze. Berajano, who visited the building on...
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