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San Francisco Chronicle Deputy Metro Editor, now focusing on the environment, water, education, health, S.F. law enforcement and general assignment.

Who got killed in California in 2015, and why — A report on California homicides released this month by Attorney General Kamala Harris - which concluded that killings around the state jumped 10 percent from 2014 to 2015, but plunged 25 percent in the past decade - also offered a grim look at the nature of killings last year.

Contra Costa deputy resigns as teen names him in underage sex — Ricardo Perez's departure was announced by Sheriff David Livingston, who said in a statement that his agency "will not tolerate even a single breach of the public trust we work so hard to earn."

Teen in police sex-abuse scandal reports sex with 3 SFPD officers — Teen in police sex-abuse scandal reports sex with 3 SFPD officers The teenager whose suspected sexual exploitation ignited a Bay Area police scandal said she told internal affairs investigators at the San Francisco Police Department that she had sex with three city officers - and that in each case she was 18, they were off-duty and they did not pay her.

Teen details police sex abuse scandal: ‘Hurry up and turn 18’ — Teen details police sex abuse scandal: 'Hurry up and turn 18' The sexually exploited teenager at the center of a Bay Area police scandal said she told investigators that four officers had sex with her when she was 16 and 17 years old, including an Oakland cop she considered her "boyfriend" and a Contra Costa County sheriff's deputy who would pick her up and drive her to a rural road near the Caldecott Tunnel.

Oakland cop in trouble: Girlfriend allegedly wrote his reports — A veteran Oakland police detective who has headed up some of the city's biggest murder cases is under investigation after his girlfriend told authorities she helped him write up some of his reports, two law enforcement sources familiar with the matter said Friday. The detective, Sgt. Mike Gantt, is on administrative leave.

New Oakland chief has focused on reform — Oakland's new police chief is a 17-year veteran whose efforts to root out officer misconduct won him the respect of some of the department's fiercest critics and the suspicion of some rank-and-file officers.

Gang-rape case in Richmond focuses on force — A central legal dispute in the case against several men accused of gang-raping a 16-year-old Richmond girl is whether she was forced into sex or whether, as defense attorneys contend, she drank so much alcohol that no force was required.

BART -- from A to Zzzz / Nappers find deserted end of the line a rude awakening — It was well past 1 a.m. on a recent Friday night, and a 22-year-old salesman named Nick was fast asleep. But Nick wasn't in his bed in Lafayette. He was slouched inside an empty BART car -- riding a sleep train to the end of the line. Suddenly Nick shot up.

San Francisco police looking for girl 2, after mother found slain — San Francisco police are looking for a 2-year-old girl whose mother was found slain, officials said late Saturday. At a news conference just before 10 p.m. outside police headquarters, officials identified the homicide victim as Nicole Fitts. Demian Bulwa is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Whatever happened to Washington's Birthday? / Lafayette lawyer gamely tries to show 'Presidents Day' is the wrong designation — Whether today should be called Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day is a question that will not distract most Americans from patriotic golf rounds and shopping excursions. "The poor oak tree's leaves are withering," Bezis, 31, said as he pored over his evidence, gathered over hundreds of hours in the past eight years, showing that the third Monday in February is clouded by mistakes and myth.
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