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Jail chaplain learns humility through work: Martin Schurr gave up a cushy corporate life to give back
Helping to heal those incarcerated, their families and others affected by crime is all in a day’s work for St. Vincent de Paul’s Head Jail Chaplain Martin Schurr, but nonprofits haven’t always been his line of work. Schurr, who has been with the Catholic service organization for 14 years, wor...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Burlingame bar gets a facelift: Vinyl Room on Park Road sees more hours, retro look
A new and revived Burlingame means a revamping for a bar right off Burlingame Avenue. With the Burlingame Avenue Streetscape project, Vinyl Room at 221 Park Road has decided to do renovations and took a spin off the name Vinyl Room for creative inspiration. In addition, soon-to-open businesses like...
By Angela Swartz Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Life sentence for ‘chrome revolver bandit’: Three strikes for man who went on multi-city crime spree
The three-strikes robbery defendant nicknamed the “chrome revolver bandit” for the large silver weapon used during a multi-city crime spree and the shooting of a San Mateo pet store clerk will be sentenced as a three-striker and receive a life sentence, a judge decided Friday. Judge Cliff Creta...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Google Express courier charged with stealing Target items
A Google Express shopping courier with a record of theft convictions stole items from a Daly City Target store while picking up items purchased through the new delivery system, according to prosecutors who charged the woman with four felonies. Elisa Marie Lassos, 31, of Hayward, worked for Google E...
By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Vet with PTSD gets time served for assault
A 25-year-old Woodside military veteran committed to a state mental hospital after his arrest for assaulting his cousin with a shovel was sentenced Friday to a year in jail but already has 16 months worth of credit. A judge also reduced Milo McIntosh Imrie’s felony assault charge to a misdemeanor...
Former church usher imprisoned for molesting girl
The former Daly City church who pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching two young girls on separate occasions was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life. Julian Lopez, 69, has credit of 194 days against the term and must serve 85 percent ...
Daily Journal Staff Report FULL STORY
State senator facing additional charge
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal grand jury on Friday charged a California state senator with more felonies in addition to the eight counts he already faced in a sweeping organized crime and public corruption case centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. A new indictment unsealed in San Francisco federa...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fixit Clinic aims to reduce waste: RethinkWaste, Recology partners with TechShop to spur new ‘do-it-youselfers’
Is your toaster broken? Microwave on the fritz? Thinking about taking a trip to the mall? A group of crafty environmentalists are planning to empower consumers by having them bring in their broken electronics to learn how to disassemble, troubleshoot and hopefully repair items instead of throwing th...
By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal staff FULL STORY
Commission wants comments on use of blocked beach
California’s Coastal Commission is seeking public comment on the use of a popular San Francisco Bay Area beach at the center of a lawsuit over public access. The commission announced Thursday that it has opened its website to ask people how they have used Martin’s Beach in San Mateo Count. A j...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Drought prompts Redwood City park water shutoffs
The statewide drought is prompting Redwood City to shut off water features in four parks at the beginning of next month. Beginning Aug. 1, the water at Stafford, Stulsaft, Spinas and Fleishman parks will be turned off until the State Water Resources Control Board cancels its directive to halt fount...
Brush fire in Redwood City’s Stulsaft Park
Firefighters responded to a quarter-acre brush fire in a Redwood City park Friday afternoon. Officials said the fire in Stulsaft Park, which was reported at 2:46 p.m., was contained and never threatened any structures, according to the Redwood City Police Department. There were no reported injurie...
Stolen Toyota driver flees after hitting Porsche on San Mateo Bridge
The driver and passengers of a stolen car fled the scene after hitting a Porsche on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge Friday morning. Redwood City California Highway Patrol officers responded to a call reporting a two-vehicle hit-and-run collision at 5:12 a.m., according to CHP Officer Art Montiel. A d...
Bay City News Service FULL STORY
Designer: Bay Bridge bolts don’t need replacing
The chief designer of the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge says more than 2,000 bolts and rods on the span that have been called into question are safe and can remain in place. The bolts and rods came under scrutiny after 32 other bolts cracked when they were t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mosquito fogging scheduled for San Mateo
San Mateo County mosquito officials will fog again in North Central San Mateo Monday night because West Nile Virus remains after the last treatment. Adult mosquitos collected July 24 after the July 21 fogging in the 94401 zip code tested positive for the virus, according to the San Mateo County Mo...
Daily Journal Staff Report FULL STORY
Government Watch
Federal government • U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier’s amendment to the Federal Records Accountability Act was approved in committee and now moves to the House floor for a vote. The bill is in response to the loss of emails from IRS official Lois Lerner and requires federal agencies to identify email a...
Reporters’ notebook
Good to see former district attorney Jim Fox isn’t letting retirement slow him down. The state Supreme Court named Fox and a Sacramento attorney to the State Bar Board of Trustees for the next three years. Fox retired from San Mateo County in 2010 and has since served on several other judicial com...
San Mateo County police reports
Bathroom emergency Police responded to a report of a shower not turning off on Carlmont Drive in Belmont before 2:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 22. Millbrae Petty theft. Petty theft was reported on the 900 block of El Camino Real before 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 Vandalism. Vandalism occurred on the...

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US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
WASHINGTON — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplom..
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