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Police say at least one million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Fans in Giants gear were already grabbing prime viewing spots behind barriers along Market Street by 6:30 a.m. Friday, 5 ½ hours before the parade's scheduled start.
Rain will likely pelt the parade, which begins at Market and Steuart streets at noon and then heads to San Francisco City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, where Mayor Ed Lee will honor the team with a giant onstage ceremony.
The 3-2 victory Wednesday against the Kansas City Royals was the Giants' third World Series championship in five years. Players, including the series' Most Valuable Player, 25-year-old pitcher Madison Bumgarner, will ride on double-decker buses. The streets are expected to be awash in orange and black.
Parade efforts were long underway before third-baseman Pablo Sandoval snagged the final fly ball and dropped on his back on the field in victory. One of the floats fans will see is a panda in honor of Sandoval, whom teammates have nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda."
"Unlike most parades where we have weeks and months to plan, this all kind of came down the pipes over the course of days. So we're doing about a month's work in about a week," The Parade Guys' Stephanie Mufson told ABC7 News. The San Francisco company started building the floats earlier this week, because waiting for the final out would have cut it too close.
The parade is free and open to the public.
Police Chief Greg Suhr said the number of officers on the streets Friday will be at least 20 percent higher, with police dogs helping with security.
"We will prepare for any inevitability, but we are hoping for the best," Suhr said Thursday, adding that crowds are expected to be massive. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were 2 million people in San Francisco (for the event) Friday."
Suhr said he hopes the parade will bring out the best in fans.
Following the win Wednesday, fans initially gathered in the streets, uncorking champagne, dancing and hugging strangers. But the celebration quickly turned raucous and violent, as about 100 revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers with bottles.
Forty people were arrested for public drunkenness, assaults and outstanding warrants. Nine police cars were damaged, and three officers went to the hospital with injuries, Suhr said. Two people were shot and two people were stabbed in separate incidents. All of the victims are expected to live.
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Officers are investigating a fatal vehicle versus pedestrian collision that took place in San Jose Friday morning, a police spokesman said.
Police responded to the area of McKee Road and Challenger Avenue at 12:33 a.m. on a report of a vehicle that struck a woman, according to San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales.
The woman was found in the street suffering from serious injuries, and was pronounced dead a short time after officers arrived on scene, Morales said.
Investigations revealed that the vehicle was driving westbound on McKee when it hit the woman who was walking eastbound in the westbound lane of traffic.
The driver of the vehicle stopped and is cooperating with the investigation.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to Morales.
This is San Jose's 36th traffic fatality of 2014.Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:29:28 -0700
Police are searching for a gunman after a deadly shooting in downtown San Jose.
The shooting happened just before midnight. A group of young men were walking in Fountain Alley, which is a pedestrian thoroughfare between First and Second streets when an argument broke out among them. One man took out a gun and started shooting.
The victim was hit about four times. Police say the victim returned fire at least once. The suspect ran away southbound on Second Street.
The man hit walked away injured with two other men and collapsed on Second Street. He was rushed to Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses back at the police department so they can get a good suspect description. At this point, police do not know what the argument was about or if the shooting was gang related.
Police have taken the victim's mother to the police station so that she can answer questions that may help in the investigation.
Relatives at the scene identified the victim as Tyrone. They say he grew up in East Palo Alto but was living with his girlfriend in Hayward.
At this point there are no arrests in this case.
The investigation is impacting roads in the area. Santa Clara Street is closed from Third to Second streets. VTA is not running the light rail on Second Street and two buses are being rerouted.
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:58:12 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories