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POSTED July 9, 2012 8:49 p.m.

Metal thieves take SF park bleachers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Metal thieves have hauled away aluminum bleachers and irrigation pipes at a popular Sa Francisco Park.

The San Francisco Chronicle says the brazen thieves also tried to steal the metal frames of soccer goals at Crocker-Amazon Park.

The city Recreation and Parks Department estimates hundreds of thousands of dollars in metal equipment has been stolen during an epidemic of metal thefts.

The proposed city budget includes money for additional park rangers. There are now no more than two are on duty at a time to patrol 220 parks covering more than 4,000 acres.

 

SF airport getting new air traffic control tower

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco International Airport is getting a new air traffic control tower that officials say will reduce flight delays.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee were among numerous officials who attended Monday's ground breaking for the new tower.

It will go up in a tight space between Terminals 1 and 2 and have an unusual design that resembles a torch, not the traditional lollipop-shape of other air traffic control towers. The base of the tower will have coffee shops and other publicly accessible facilities.

Officials say the $102 million project will create hundreds of jobs.

Funding is coming from the Federal Aviation Administration and the airport.

It is expected to be up and running in 2015.

 

FBI investigates missing $17M in trust

SAN JOSE  (AP) — The FBI is investigating the apparent theft of $17 million from Northern California trust fund accounts.

The San Jose Mercury news says the money has vanished from the trust funds of dozens of Santa Clara County residents who relied on a money manager to oversee their life savings.

Probate court records show the investigation centers on accounts administered by Christine Backhouse. She handles more than $104 million in assets.

Court records show she doesn't have enough insurance to cover the missing funds.

Backhouse says a boyfriend secretly wired millions of dollars out of the trusts.

The Campbell money manager mostly handled private trusts with no judicial oversight of her fees for service.

Second suspect in SF triple murder arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a second suspect in the 2008 killings of a father and his two sons in San Francisco.

San Francisco officials say 31-year-old Wilfredo Reyes was arrested Monday in Salisbury, N.C., after trying to escape through a window.

Reyes was booked into Rowan County Jail on an outstanding murder warrant involving the shooting deaths of 48-year-old Tony Bologna and his two sons, 20-year-old Michael and 16-year-old Matthew.

Last month, Edwin Ramos was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences in prison without possibility of parole for the three murders.

Officials say Reyes faces extradition to California where he will be charged with three counts of murder, as well as one count of conspiracy to murder and one count of attempted murder.

 

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