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“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...

NFL Admits Blown Call In 49ers Game

SAN FRANCISCO—Though it will come as little consolation to 49ers fans, the NFL has confirmed that referee Ed Hochuli mistakingly called a roughing-the-passer penalty on San Francisco linebacker Nick Moody, extending a decisive fourth-quarter drive for rival Seattle. The call essentially gifted Seattle a two-possession lead, all but ending Sunday's game and eliminating San Francisco from playoff contention. Hochuli mistakingly believed...

Homeless Man Arrested In Death

SAN FRANCISCO—Police have arrested Cesar Castellanos, 36,  a homeless man for allegedly murdering another homeless man beneath the ramp of U.S. Highway 101 in the Mission District. Authorities received a request for a wellness check for a man lying beneath the overpass at 6:30 a.m. on December 15. Paramedics arrive at the overpass, near the intersection of Caesar Chavez and Portero,...

Suspect Dressed As Santa Robs Bank

SAN FRANCISCO—A bank robber dressed as Santa Claus entered an establishment near the intersection of Sutter and Stockton, taking an undisclosed amount of cash before leaving the building unchallenged. The robbery suspect is described by police as a man in his 40s or 50s. He slipped a note to the teller at the Wells Fargo Bank demanding money, which the teller complied. There...

Teen Injured In Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO—An 18-year-old boy sustained life-threatening injuries following a shooting in North Beach. The shooting was reported at around 3 a.m. on December 14, near Broadway Street and Columbus Avenue. After being shot, the boy was able to seek help, getting the attention of a passing vehicle that drove him to San Francisco General Hospital. The suspect is still on the loose. Anyone with...

Semi-Truck Causes Five-Car Wreck

SAN FRANCISCO—An unidentified truck driver was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries following a five-car pileup on December 13. At around 4:20 p.m., the driver of the semi truck collided with another vehicle, subsequently hitting three parked cars and a building on 21st and Guerrero Streets. A second person was injured in the crash. Police are currently investigating...

Chivalry Is Only Dead Down The Hill

Bel Air, Los Angeles
BEL AIR—I was but a little girl when I spotted my brother sporting his Sigma Nu hoodie emblazoned with the words "Chivalry is not dead." Curious, I asked what chivalry meant, sparking a lengthy family conversation. I relished the notions of respect, honor and valor, especially when demonstrated by these charming, older frat boys. I couldn't articulate the essence of...
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