uDALY CITY (AP) — Gun shows at an arena in the San Francisco Bay Area will be banned starting on January 1.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the governing board of the Cow Palace in Daly City voted Tuesday not to hold shows after 2019, when a contract with the exhibitor Crossroads of the West expires.
Lori Marshall, chief executive officer of the Cow Palace, says the decision was not influenced by bans on gun shows in surrounding cities and counties.
Gun-control groups ramped up their protests against the events after the February 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 14 students and three staffers.
The Cow Palace was built in 1941 to provide a pavilion for livestock exhibitions and operates under the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
uTHIEF SMASHES YSL STORE WITH VEHICLE, STEALS MERCHANDISE: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say a thief backed a car into a window of the Yves Saint Laurent store in San Francisco’s Union Square then jumped out of the vehicle and burglarized the store before fleeing.
San Francisco police say officers responded around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a burglary at the high-end store and found a shattered window and missing merchandise.
They say the thief got back into the car and fled. No arrests have been made.
Photos of the scene show yellow crime scene tape and a car tire apparently left behind by the robber on the sidewalk.
In recent years, the San Francisco Bay Area has seen a slew of brazen smash-and-grab robberies of high-end stores, including Chanel and Tiffany & Co.
uGANG MEMBER SENTENCED FOR VENICE BEACH HOMELESS KILLING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gang member convicted of shooting a homeless man on the Venice Beach boardwalk has been sentenced to 93 years to life in prison.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says 32-year-old Francisco Guzman was sentenced Wednesday following his conviction for first-degree murder and other charges.
Prosecutors say Guzman opened fire during an argument with a group of homeless people near Ocean Front Walk in 2015. He killed 26-year-old Jascent Warren.
The Los Angeles Times says witnesses reported Warren had been trying to ease tensions during an argument between a hotel owner and another homeless man when Guzman walked up with a gun.
uCALIFORNIA MAN CHARGED IN $72M CELLPHONE COUNTERFEIT SCHEME: SANTA ANA (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with a $72 million scheme to smuggle counterfeit Apple, Nokia and Samsung cellphone parts into the U.S. for sale.
Chan Hung Le of Laguna Hills was arrested Tuesday. He could face nearly 50 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.
Federal prosecutors contend that beginning in 2010, Le and others used his Irvine electronics company to import knockoff cellphone screens and other parts from China. Authorities say the firm paid more than $72 million to three companies that helped traffic the goods.
Authorities say they seized thousands of phony parts at Le’s firm but he continued illegal imports through mail drops in Texas and Oklahoma.
uDAD RESCUED FROM OCEAN TO BE BOOKED: SANTA BARBARA (AP) — A California father rescued from the ocean will be booked on charges of child endangerment after authorities say he left his 6-year-old daughter alone in their car in a parking lot for hours.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to report of the girl crying and looking for her father, 39-year-old German Sotelo, at a beachside parking lot in Carpinteria late Tuesday.
Deputies searching for Sotelo from a helicopter spotted him walking along the beach. When Sotelo saw the helicopter, deputies say he jumped into the ocean and swam away.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued Sotelo more than an hour later. He’ll be booked after he is medically cleared from a hospital.
uBEYONCÉ DROPS SURPRISE NEW ALBUM: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyoncé has surprised her fans by releasing a soundtrack to her Netflix documentary “Homecoming.”
The 37-year-old superstar debuted “Homecoming: The Live Album” Wednesday, the same day a Netflix documentary exploring her historic performances at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was released.
She was the first black woman to headline the event in which she paid tribute to America’s historically black colleges.
The album features 40 tracks including “Single Ladies” and “Crazy in Love.” There’s also a special version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by her oldest daughter, Blue Ivy.
It is available through most major streaming services.
Beyoncé first surprised fans when she unexpectedly dropped her fifth studio album, “Beyoncé,” in 2013.