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Gunpoint Robbery on Harrison Street Monday Evening

A man was robbed at gunpoint Monday night in the Mission District, the second time a man was held up with a gun that day in the neighborhood. At 5:10 p.m., a 45-year-old man was walking on Harrison Street between 18th and 19th streets, by the Mission Cliffs gym, when he saw a man estimated to be between 18 and 20 years...
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Serial Trash Can Arson Suspect Arrested in SF Mission

Mission Station police officers have arrested a 41-year-old man, Michael Boyle, in connection with a string of trash can fires and other arson incidents in the Mission and SoMa, according to an SFPD statement. The 11 fires, which occurred between late October and mid-November, were mostly set in sidewalk trash cans, though in one case, a fire was set inside the lobby...
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Man Robbed at Gunpoint on Capp Street

A man was robbed by a trio of other men early Monday morning, the police report. The 34-year-old victim was walking near 19th and Capp streets at 3:39 a.m. when three men of unknown ages approached him. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. The suspect rifled through his pockets and stole a wallet...
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SF Mission Responds to Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire

The arts community was hit hard by a fire in a converted Oakland artist live-work space known as the Ghost Ship that killed 24 on Friday, and some in the Mission have mobilized to give money, a couch to sleep on and other support to those affected. Gray Area, a theater and arts and education space, wrote online that some...
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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Public Works Employee

The Bay City News reported on Friday that Michael Higginbotham, the 26-year-old man charged with shooting and killing an employee of the Department of Public Works earlier this week, has plead not guilty to the murder. Higginbotham was arraigned in court in Friday and charged with murder, according to Bay City News. His publicly-appointed attorney said there were no witnesses to...
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Public’s Help Sought After Hit-and-Run Injures Mission Cyclist

A cyclist suffered critical injuries after she was hit by a Mini Cooper near 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue on November 29 – the driver fled the scene, according to friends and family, who have turned to the public for help in locating the vehicle and its occupants. SF!!! Help me catch the hit & run BASTARD that seriously injured @Danes7387! DM ME with ANY...
Flowers, candles, hand written notes and parts of a Public Works unifrom mark the spot where Jermaine Jackson Jr. was gunned down on November 30. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Police Make Arrest Connected to Fatal Shooting of City Worker

Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Jackson Jr., a 27-year-old Public Works employee and father of two. According to a statement issued by the San Francisco Police Department on December 1, officers located 26-year-old Michael Higginbotham at 5:30 p.m. in Vallejo on November 30 – some ten hours after Jackson was gunned down – where he was...
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Man Kicks in Door, Steals Phone Charger in Mission District Burglary

A forceful burglary in which a cell phone charger was reported stolen occurred at a 15th and Julian street residence Thursday morning. Police report that the resident of the home, a 36-year-old man, knows the 30-year-old man who forcefully entered his residence at 4 a.m. by kicking in the victim’s door, but have not made an arrest. Crime is trauma and the...
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High Rent, Not Noise Complaints, May Close SF Mission Party House

An after-hours dance party in a Mission District hacker house that has kept neighbors up all night may be on its way out — not because neighbors have complained for months, but because the rent is too high. The party pops up on Saturday nights inside a space above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets, according to a neighbor....
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Car and Gas Station Fires in Mission Over Weekend

In a nasty surprise, a man returned to his car on Sunday afternoon and found it had been broken into and set on fire. At 2:30 p.m. on November 27, a 32-year-old man found his car up on blocks near 18th and Dolores streets with a shattered window and a smoldering back seat. Firefighters arrived and deemed that fireworks had...
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29th and Mission Blaze That Displaced Dozens “Most Likely Accidental”

San Francisco fire investigators have concluded that the five-alarm fire that swept through seven buildings at the corner of 29th and Mission streets and displaced dozens of residents and businesses was most likely an accident caused by cigarettes or smoldering coals. The fire investigation report states that the fire likely started in two trash cans near the back of the roof...
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Burglar Nabs Four Bicycles from SF Mission Home

Two Mission residents awoke on Thursday morning to find their bicycles missing in what appears to have been an overnight burglary. The 48-year-old woman and 37-year-old man were asleep in their 24th and Hampshire Street home when an unidentified person entered unnoticed, some time between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., police report. The 37-year-old had come home at midnight on Thursday and...
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Woman Tied Up and Robbed at Gunpoint in SF Mission

  On Monday at 11 p.m., a 42-year-old woman working inside of a restaurant near the 24th Street BART Plaza was tied up, then robbed at gunpoint, by an unidentified man. The woman had been closing up the restaurant when the suspect walked in, and while pointing his gun at her, demanded that the woman hand over money. The suspect then tied...
The gambling den at 133 Lilac St. as seen from Lilac Alley. The Lilac Alley address is the back of the old Fizzary building on Mission Street. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Gambling and Prostitutes Thrive at Mission Street Den

For the second time in a year, an illegal gambling den and brothel has taken over the same building on Mission Street, bringing late-night parties, prostitutes, and back-alley fights to the surrounding area, according to three neighbors who spoke anonymously for fear of retaliation. The gambling den, located at 2949 Mission St. between 25th and 26th streets and up until...
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Updated: Man Shot in Clarion Alley, Mission High School Student Injured in Dolores Park Brawl

Gun Violence A 26-year-old man was shot in Clarion Alley and transported to the hospital early Monday morning in non-life-threatening condition. The man was walking home at about 3:30 a.m. when another man approached him from behind, firing at least one shot at the victim, according to police. The gunman then fled on foot, running down Clarion Alley towards Mission...