Here are the hot stories in the Bay Area for
Thursday, March 10, 2011:
Oakland man shot to death during robbery planned
Tuyet Vu and Marco Mendoza Canil planned to get married, buy a
house and start a family.
Though immigrants from different countries — she from Vietnam in
1993 and he from Mexico 11 years ago — any cultural differences were
overcome by their love for each other. Nor did it make a difference
that Vu, 38, was five years older than her boyfriend, who she met six
years ago at a dance.
But their plans for the future were shattered Wednesday night when
Canil was shot to death by a robber outside the Eastlake district home
of a relative of Vu’s, where they had gone to see her brother who had
just arrived from Vietnam. The robber also took cash from Vu’s
41-year-old sister, Yoko Vu, but neither of the women were
Standing Thursday morning just a few feet from where Canil was
shot, Tuyet Vu said their ages and cultural backgrounds made no
difference to them.
“He didn’t mind that I was older. He just liked that I would take
care of him. We understood each other, we loved each other.”
Two more ‘Most Wanted’ suspects surrender, Santa
Cruz sherrif’s report
Two suspects named last week as Most Wanted suspects have turned
themselves in, the Sheriff’s Office reported today.
Every Thursday, the Sentinel prints a list of most wanted persons
chosen by the county’s law enforcement agencies. Of the 40 persons
named to date, a dozen have now been arrested.
Shad Edward Stephens, 31, was listed as a Sheriff’s Office Most
Wanted person. Deputies said he has multiple arrests dating to 2000
for drug influence, driving while intoxicated and domestic
Stephens turned himself in at County Jail on Friday, Sgt. Dan
Police looking for missing Foster City girl
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a 16-year-old
girl who has been missing since Saturday and may have run away with a
Helena Montilla’s mother last saw her daughter when dropping the
girl off at Aragon High School for a class that morning, said Foster
City Police Capt. Jon Froomin. When the mother came back to pick the
girl up at 12:45 p.m., her daughter was gone and the school was
Froomin said there is no evidence to show the girl is being held
against her will and she may be with a man, who was not identified.
They may be traveling in a stolen 2000 Acura Integra coupe with
California license plate number 4MAH184.
S.F. ranked choice voting confusing, poll says
San Francisco is heading into its first competitive mayor’s race
using ranked-choice voting with a majority of voters who don’t
understand how the system works, according to a poll to be released
today, the S.F. Chronicle says.
Despite ranked-choice voting being introduced for Board of
Supervisors races in 2004 and used in every city election since, 55
percent of respondents to a recent poll commissioned by the Chamber of
Commerce said they didn’t know whether their vote counted once their
first-, second- or third-choice candidate had been eliminated.
In that scenario, their vote would not affect the outcome of the
race, although 29 percent of respondents thought that their vote would
be counted. Only 15 percent of the respondents said that their vote
would not be counted, according to the poll, which was conducted by
David Binder Research and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4
Novato man admits stalking girl, 12, he met at
child care site
A 21-year-old Novato man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stalking a San
Rafael girl he befriended at a city-operated child care center where
Darin Toshiro Kawamoto, who is known by the nickname “Toshi,” also
pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to dissuade a victim or
witness. Several counts of burglary and annoying a child were
dismissed in the negotiated plea.
Under the plea agreement, the district attorney’s office agreed not
to seek state prison time. However, the judge has the discretion to
order Kawamoto to register as a sex offender.
Kawamoto could face up to two years in jail when he is sentenced
April 20 by Judge Paul Haakenson.
Vallejo action protects ferry riders, projects
The Vallejo City Council has moved, in separate steps, to protect
both city ferry riders in an upcoming service takeover, and continued
development of the city’s waterfront.
The council unanimously approved Tuesday an agreement handing the
Vallejo Baylink Ferry to the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency
Transportation Authority (WETA). It was a step required by state
Before the vote, Councilwoman Joanne Schivley rebutted unvoiced
accusations that the city “gave away” its ferry service, saying “it
was stolen from us.”
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