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Morning Wrap: 5/5/11

Thursday, May 5, 2011

SFPD arrests seven in German tourist’s murder, Sarah Shourd won’t return to Iran, nurses set to strike at Children’s Hospital Oakland, fire destroys SoMa residential hotel, plus an East Bay pastor investigated for loan fraud commits suicide, and more inside.

  • A fire destroyed the four-story residential Park Hotel in the South of Market neighborhood, displacing 72 people. The Bay Citizen
  • President Obama nominated Alameda County Superior Court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to a federal judgeship in San Francisco. Mercury News
  • Now that Oakland city attorney John Russo has resigned to become Alameda city manager, there appears to be little support among Oakland officials for the gang injunctions he championed. The Bay Citizen
  • SFPD arrested seven suspects in the murder of 50-year-old German tourist Mechthild Schroer, gunned down while walking with her husband near Union Square last summer. The Bay Citizen
  • Sarah Shourd, the UC Berkeley graduate released from captivity in Iran last September, says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and will not return to the Middle East to face charges with two others for espionage. Chronicle
  • San Francisco-based Zynga is blocking attempts by former executive Andy Trader to sell $12.8 million in shares of the privately-held company to an Abu Dhabi investment firm. Mercury News
  • An Oakley pastor under investigation for loan fraud died of an apparent suicide at his Brentwood home. Contra Costa Times
  • Several hundred nurses are set to walk off the job at Children’s Hospital Oakland today, the second strike at the hospital in seven months. The Bay Citizen
  • A man was found guilty of the 1984 murder of a woman at a South of Market auto repair shop after the crime was solved through a DNA match more than two decades after the crime. Examiner
  • Mayor Ed Lee will be on hand today for the ceremonial groundbreaking to renovate the Metreon as work begins on the city’s first Target store there.
  • A former teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood was sentenced to jail for soliciting a 17-year-old girl while she took a makeup exam in his class. Contra Costa Times
  • A San Ramon police officer was arrested in the expanding scandal involving alleged drug sales and other activities in which a former state drug investigator and Concord private detective Christopher Butler have already been named. Chronicle
  • Caltrans announced it will close Highway 50 near Echo Summit on the route to Lake Tahoe for two weeks starting May 11 for road safety improvements. Chronicle
  • A Novato man convicted of meeting a teenager for sex last year was arrested after being spotted with two boys from his neighborhood outside a San Francisco transgender strip club. Marin IJ
  • Seventeen people, including a reputed local leader of the Nortenos gang, were indicted for their alleged roles in a Contra Costa County meth ring that investigators said has tentacles throughout the Bay Area. Chronicle

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