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A woman was killed Thursday afternoon after falling from a cliff at Land's End in San Francisco. Her companion was rescued by fire crews, and escaped with minor cuts and scrapes.
"We had one person that was in serious distress, over the side of the cliff, maybe150, 200 feet down," San Francisco Fire Battalion Chief Zach Pumphrey told KTVU, "and there was also a woman who was down further at the water line."
The woman, 300 feet down, was unresponsive when rescue swimmers got to her. National Parks Police Sgt. Larry Morales told KTVU she was 24-years-old, and a resident of San Francisco, but may not have lived in the area long, as her identification is from out-of-state.
"People have walked along those routes and fallen to their death," Fire Captain and Paramedic Sebastian Wong told KTVU, noting the couple had to cross a fence and ignore bold signs, warning of the extreme danger on the steep cliffs of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The vistas from Lands' End, just north of the Cliff House, are spectacular.
Sometimes, though, hikers seek a better view, or they're driven by curiosity, or a sense of adventure, to venture out of bounds.
"You don't have to enter these hazardous domains to get a better view," emphasized Captain Wong, "all you’re risking is your life and possibly the lives of other people."
The man who survived is 27-years-old and from the area, he was seen afterwards, subdued and shivering, as firefighters worked to unlock his car so he could leave.
Hoisting him from the sheer cliff face was anything but routine.
"We have to bring a rescuer down there, and put a harness on him to make sure he comes up safely," explained Captain Wong, "if there are any mistakes, he could fall again, even further."
A few hours after the rescue, another 911 call, brought the same SFFD cliff rescue crew back to the oceanfront. This time, a man in his 30s needed a rope tossed down to him because he was stuck on a bluff.
"He was holding his clothes, holding them, and he dropped them," described Battalion Chief Pumphrey.
The man had been at the beach, and tried to climb his way up, wearing only shorts, but found scaling the cliff trickier than he expected.
"He somehow lost his pants with his keys, and his phone and his wallet," added Pumphrey, "and he wanted to go back and retrieve them but became unsure of his footing."
Fire rescuers have seen overconfident climbers before.
"They start off thinking they can take this, and then realize 'uh oh I'm stuck,'" observed Wong, "What do I do? I'm halfway up this bluff, I can't go down, I can't go up, because there's a cliff overhead I can't get over."
The name of the woman killed in Thursday's fall is being withheld by the coroner until her next-of-kin are notified.
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:42:20 -0700
Friday will be a busy day for San Francisco celebration. In addition to the Giants' Parade, the Castro District expects to draw its usual Halloween crowd.
While that crowd has been smaller in recent years, the neighborhood is still a huge attraction. And this year there is a new and improved Castro for revelers.
On Thursday night, there was a party in the Castro to celebrate the improvements made to Castro Street just in time for Halloween.
Merchants say the construction caused them headaches, but supporters say the changes were needed as part of the area's evolution.
The Castro displayed its penchant for flamboyance and street theater as supporters celebrated the enhancements including wider sidewalks, new rainbow lights and crosswalks along with plaques honoring well known figures of the LGBT community.
"Look at this. You walk around and it's just so beautiful and safe," said Chuck Seeley, who has lived in the Castro for 20 years.
But that beauty came with a steep price-tag to the tune of $4.5 million.
And merchants say they paid a price too, saying the seven month long construction project kept customers away. \
Cliff's Variety owner Terry Bennett estimates that she's lost about $100,000 in the past year.
"People came back when the streets opened up, So we're really keeping our fingers crossed with everything opening back up, the locals will come back," said Bennett.
Luckily October is typically a busy month for area merchants, and Halloween means big business. Business owners say they’re hoping that boom will help turn around a miserable year.
At Gyro Express, the owner stocked up on extra food and more employees will be working this weekend.
He anticipates double the business through the Halloween weekend.
"I think it's going to get crowded and busy. Hopefully, we'll make good money and we'll be happy," said Volkan Hewal, co-owner of Gyro Express.
Castro Street was blocked off between Market and 18th for Thursday night’s street party. But they won't be closed for Halloween on Friday or the weekend.
"There will be a significant police presence to make sure there is no street party and that the streets stay open," said Police Chief Greg Suhr.
The improvements are designed to get people to, as one supporter put it, come to the Castro “to eat, drink, buy and be happy.”
Merchants and neighbors say they expect large crowds starting Friday for Halloween. In addition, Saturday is known as "Gay Halloween,” which is when many locals dress up and patronize the area's bars and restaurants.Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:19:44 -0700
A caretaker and two others were stabbed at a Board and Care home in San Jose Thursday night by one of the home’s clients.
The home on Whinney Place Way houses clients that are mentally disturbed and/or challenged. San Jose police just after 5 p.m. Thursday the caretaker called 911 saying he had been stabbed in the chest. As officers responded to the scene, the suspect allegedly stabbed two clients who lived at the home in the neck.
When police arrived to the scene they found the three victims in multiple locations throughout the house. All three had been stabbed with a large kitchen knife. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital and officials say they are expected to survive.
Michael Hanpton rents out the home’s garage and told KTVU when he walked outside of his home he saw the victims stabbed and bloodied.
San Jose Police Sergeant Greg Barth said San Jose Board and Care homes, particular in the Evergreen Neighborhood, represent a large number of calls received by SJPD.
In part, the reason why that is could be because its unclear who, if anyone, regulates these types of homes.
“I don’t believe these are regulated by the state, city or anyone. It’s a Board and Care home, I think they call them independent living homes,” Barth said.
Neighbors told KTVU police have visited this particular home several times for parties, fights and most recently the stabbing.
“We are crying for help because we are trying to get guidance on what to do with this house. It’s gone too far,” said one neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.
Investigators say the suspect may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the stabbing. The suspect was arrested and will be booked at the Santa Clara County Jail. He faces three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:04:18 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories