SF DEVELOPER LOOKS TO MAKE MORTUARY INTO MINI-GOLF: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Developers in San Francisco want to turn a funeral home into a fun zone.
The City Planning Commission will weigh in Thursday on making a long-vacant mortuary in the Mission District into an indoor miniature golf course and restaurant.
The San Francisco Chronicle (bit.ly/11gCnSm) reports that Urban Putt would take a forbidding 1906 building with barred windows and an ornate facade and make it what a planning study calls the kind of upbeat, kid-friendly space that is rare in the city.
The study says it's an adaptive reuse of a sturdy building that's eligible for state historic status.
The site's in a heavily residential neighborhood and plans are to serve alcohol at the restaurant and keep it open until 2 a.m. on weekends, but planners have yet to get complaints.
7 ARRESTED IN RAID ON SF OCCUPY TREE SITTERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police have arrested seven people during a raid on tree-sitting Occupy protesters.
The raid in the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood occurred around 1:30 a.m. Thursday as officers ordered about 55 people to leave the city-owned property.
Sgt. Dennis Toomer says all but five left the premises. Two were arrested without incident and three others were removed from the trees.
Toomer says one person jumped from a tree and suffered minor injuries.
The land was formerly the site of an urban farm. But it is slated for new a housing development, and city officials planned to remove some trees.
The protesters had been at the space since the beginning of June and called it "Gezi Gardens" after a park in Istanbul that has been the subject of recent protests.
WOMAN NEARLY RUNS OVER DOG TRAINERS: SAN RAFAEL (AP) — Police in a Northern California city believe a 93-year-old woman mistakenly put her car in reverse before she barreled backward down a sidewalk, narrowly missing two people training a guide dog for the blind.
Surveillance camera footage shows one of the trainers pushing the other away on Monday in downtown San Rafael just as the car plows by them, crosses an intersection and then crashes.
San Rafael police say the woman does not appear to have been intoxicated, on drugs or to have suffered a medical emergency. They believe she meant to put the car in drive.
The Marin Independent Journal reports that neither she nor her passenger was injured. The dog was also unharmed.
BART GM SAYS EX-OFFICIAL PAY DESERVES REVIEW: WALNUT CREEK (AP) — The top administrator for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System says her predecessor's pay of $330,000 last year despite not working a single day warrants a review.
BART General Manager Grace Crunican told the Contra Costa Times on Wednesday former GM Dorothy Dugger's pay is worth examining for potential abuses, but she made no promises for immediate reforms.
The 57-year-old Dugger resigned under pressure in May 2011, but stayed on the payroll for another 19 months. She became BART's highest-paid employee in 2012.
Dugger cashed in nearly 80 weeks of unused vacation time, drawing paychecks and full benefits. During that period, she earned nearly two extra months of vacation, received management bonuses and medical insurance and boosted her pension benefits by more than $1,000 a month for life.
Two BART board members are calling for changes.
JURY SEATED IN DEATH PENALTY CASE AGAINST NASO: SAN RAFAEL (AP) — A jury has been selected in the death penalty case against Joseph Naso, who is charged with the decades-old murders of four Northern California women.
The Marin Independent Journal reports that the 12-person panel was finalized Wednesday after weeks of jury selection.
The 79-year-old Naso is serving as his own attorney. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and questioned many of the prospective jurors himself.
Naso is charged with murdering 18-year-old Roxene Roggasch in 1977; 22-year-old Carmen Colon in 1978; 38-year-old Pamela Parsons in 1993; and 31-year-old Tracy Tafoya in 1994.
Investigators say Naso's DNA was found on one victim, and a trove of photographs of dead or unconscious women was found in his Reno, Nev., home.
MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING CLAIMS ACCIDENT: FREMONT (AP) — A Northern California man charged with kidnapping and intending to rape a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint says he accidentally climbed into her car and only wanted to get out.
The Oakland Tribune reports that 23-year-old Aron Roy was arraigned Wednesday on charges of felony kidnapping with intent to commit rape, second-degree robbery and cocaine possession.
Fremont police say Roy climbed into the back of the girl's car at a supermarket and ordered her at knifepoint to drive to a remote area, where she managed to escape. He was later arrested at a Best Buy in Dublin where he worked.
According to court documents, Roy said he accidentally entered the wrong car and laid down. He allegedly told investigators when he rose, he "freaked out" after the girl screamed and tried to direct her to where he could get out.
GIANTS FAN BEATEN AT DODGER STADIUM RETURNS HOME: SANTA CRUZ (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium has returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Bryan Stow's family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehab facility.
The family said Stow could have used more time at the center, but their insurance will no longer pay for it, so Stow's parents and home nurses will give him the around-the-clock care he needs.
Stow, a paramedic, was beaten in a parking lot after the 2011 opening day game between the Giants and Dodgers in Los Angeles. Two Dodgers fans are awaiting trial on charges in the beating, which sparked outrage and brought stadium security changes around the state and country.