Tag Archives: Portola

Missing Elderly Man Found Alive at Hospital

An 82-year-old man who went missing in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Saturday afternoon was found alive this morning at San Francisco General Hospital, according to police.

Relatives reported Shu “Song” Chen missing after he left his house on Hale Street on foot with his Clipper card around 2 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Someone had seen Chen early Saturday evening in Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, where he often spends time, but his family was unable to find him and he remained missing until being found at the hospital today, police said.

Drew Himmelstein, Bay City News

Man Who Was Shot While Driving Won’t Cooperate With Police

A man was shot while driving in San Francisco’s Portola District on Wednesday night but is not cooperating with investigators, police said today.

The shooting, reported at 8:57 p.m. near San Bruno and Paul avenues, injured a 28-year-old man, according to police.

The victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Because the victim is not cooperating, police do not have a suspect description.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

One Injured In Portola District Blaze

At least one person suffered from minor smoke inhalation at a house fire in San Francisco’s Portola District this morning, a fire department employee said.

The one-alarm fire was reported at 9:45 a.m. at a home in the 600 block of Bowdoin Street, the employee said.

Crews responded and had the fire contained just before 10 a.m., the employee said.

She said an ambulance had been requested for at least one person suffering from smoke inhalation. No firefighters were injured.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

Unfounded Report Of Gas Odor Prompts School Evacuation

A report of a gas odor prompted the evacuation of a school in San Francisco’s Portola District this afternoon but ultimately proved to be without merit, a PG&E spokesman said.

PG&E crews responded to a report at 2:17 p.m. of a possible gas leak near San Bruno and Silver avenues but did not find any leak, utility spokesman Jason King said.

As a precaution, nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School at Girard and Burrows streets was evacuated, but the evacuation order was lifted at about 3:20 p.m., King said.

Another nearby school was also briefly evacuated, he said.

King said PG&E crews were deactivating a pipe nearby that may have caused a gas odor in the area, but “there was never a leak and it was never unsafe in any way.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Teen Arrested For Bringing Sawed-Off Rifle To School

A 16-year-old student was arrested for bringing a sawed-off rifle to a high school in San Francisco’s Portola District on Tuesday, police said.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a report that a firearm had been found at Phillip & Sala Burton Academic High School, located at 400 Mansell St., police said.

According to police, a school staff member noticed an unattended backpack in the school’s wellness center. When he picked up the bag he felt an unusual item inside. Upon opening the backpack, he found a loaded sawed-off rifle and ammunition inside.

The school staff member notified the school’s dean as well as police immediately after locating the weapon, officers said.

The bag contained personal property belonging to a 16-year-old student at the school, police said.

The suspect was pulled out of his class. He admitted that he was the owner of the backpack with the rifle inside, police said.

The suspect was arrested and booked into juvenile hall on multiple weapons related charges, according to police.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

Victim Of Fatal Shooting That Prompted School Lockdown Identified

A man killed in a shooting in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Tuesday morning has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 35-year-old Kyle Hayes.

The shooting was reported at 10:44 a.m. near Burrows and Holyoke streets.

Hayes, a San Francisco resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The shooting prompted the lockdown of nearby E.R. Taylor Elementary School as a precaution, school officials said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

School On Lockdown Following Fatal Portola District Shooting

A man was killed in a shooting in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood this morning, a police spokesman said.

The shooting was reported at 10:44 a.m. near Burrows and Holyoke streets.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. (Note: Police initially said the victim was taken to a hospital, but have since clarified that he died at the scene.)

The shooting prompted the lockdown of nearby E.R. Taylor Elementary School, according to Angie Oropeza, a secretary at the school.

Oropeza said school staff members were told not to let the children go outside but that classes could continue normally.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

11:38 AM: One person was injured in a shooting in San Francisco’s Portola District this morning, a police spokesman said.

The shooting was reported at 10:44 a.m. near Burrows and Holyoke streets.

The victim, who is male, has been taken to the hospital, police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.

The shooting has prompted the lockdown of nearby E.R. Taylor Elementary School, according to Angie Oropeza, a secretary at the school.

Oropeza said school staff members were told not to let the children go outside but that classes could continue normally.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Portola District Rec Center Reopens After $21.2 Million Makeover

San Francisco city officials celebrated the reopening this weekend of the newly renovated Palega Recreation Center in the city’s Portola District.

The 80-year-old park and recreation center, which received a $21.2 million makeover using funds from a 2008 parks bond, was reopened to the public on Saturday, officials said.

“It’s a pleasure to return to the neighborhood and witness this remarkable transformation,” District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who grew up in the area, said in a statement. “I’m proud that our neighbors now have such a beautiful resource available to them and for all to enjoy.”

The project included renovations to the historic recreation center, children’s playground and athletic courts. The building was made more energy efficient, and graced with a new mosaic mural by Kelly Ording.

The mural, Windmills, references the neighborhood’s past as the center of the city’s commercial flower industry, which once dotted the area with windmills and greenhouses, officials said.

The nonprofit San Francisco Parks Alliance also contributed $40,000 to outfit the recreation center.

Medical Examiner Identifies Homicide Victim Discovered In Home

1:50 PM: A man who was found dead Tuesday at a home in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood in a case police are treating as a homicide has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 49-year-old Hung Huynh.

Huynh’s body was found early Tuesday morning at a home in the first block of Yale Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

Huynh lived at the home, and the death was reported by other residents there, Shyy said.

The medical examiner’s office has not determined what caused Huynh’s death.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

10:44 AM: A man was found dead at a home in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Tuesday morning, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide, a police spokesman said today.

The 48-year-old man’s body was found early Tuesday morning at a home in the first block of Yale Street, police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said.

The medical examiner’s office has not yet determined what caused the death, and the man’s name has not yet been released.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

10:09 AM: A person was found dead in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Tuesday morning and the medical examiner’s office has ruled the case suspicious, police said today.

Officers responded at about 7 a.m. Tuesday to the first block of Yale Street and found a male deceased there, according to police.

The official cause of death has not yet been determined and the person’s name has not been released.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Burglary Suspect Nabbed After Chase Across Portola Rooftops

5:59 PM: A San Francisco man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest early this morning after he fell through a roof while fleeing from police, according to a police spokeswoman.

Police were called to the 2400 block of San Bruno Avenue around 3:45 a.m. on a report of a suspect attempting to break into an ATM machine at a bank, according to police.

Officers spotted the suspect jumping between rooftops and set up a perimeter around the scene.

John Franklin, 33, was taken into custody around 5 a.m. after he fell through the roof of a building adjacent to the bank, according to Sgt. Danielle Newman.

He was not injured severely enough to require hospitalization, Newman said. No information was available on the damage to the building’s roof.

Franklin is being held on suspicion of two counts of burglary and one count of resisting arrest, Newman said.

5:24 AM: Police have taken an attempted bank burglar into custody following a search of rooftops surrounding a Bank of America in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood this morning.

According to police, the suspect was seen jumping between rooftops in the 2400 block of San Bruno Avenue at about 3:45 a.m.

Police searched the rooftops surrounding the Bank of America location, detained the suspect and took him into custody.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

Man In Red Car Robs 12-Year-Old

A 12-year-old boy was robbed in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Tuesday evening, a police spokeswoman said today.

The robbery was reported shortly after 5 p.m. near Holyoke and Woolsey streets.

The boy was walking along the sidewalk when he encountered a man next to a car, police spokeswoman Officer Tracy Turner said.

The man demanded the boy’s cellphone and wallet, and the boy was “so scared he didn’t do anything,” prompting the suspect to rifle through the boy’s pockets and take his property, Turner said.

The suspect, described as between 20 and 30 years old, then got into a red four-door sedan occupied by three other people and the car drove away, according to Turner.

The boy was not injured in the robbery.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Man Shot While Sitting In Car

A man was shot in the arm while sitting in his car in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, police said today.

The shooting was reported around 1:05 p.m. near San Bruno and Silver avenues.

The 27-year-old victim was in his car when another vehicle drove up next to it. A suspect got out of the car, walked to the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle and opened fire, according to police.

The victim was hit in the arm and was treated at San Francisco General Hospital for injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

The shooter, a man believed to be in his 30s, then returned to his vehicle, driven by a female, and sped off, police said.

No arrests had been made in the case as of this morning. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Woman Injured In Drive-By Shooting

A woman was shot in the leg while sitting in a car in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood early this morning, police said.

The shooting was reported at about 1:10 a.m. near San Bruno Avenue and Dwight Street.

The 24-year-old woman was in the front passenger seat of the car when another vehicle approached and someone inside opened fire, according to police.

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Woman shot in leg in Bayview district [Ex]

The woman was hit in the leg and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. She is expected to survive, police said.

No information was immediately available about the shooter or vehicle used in the shooting, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News