Supriya Yelimeli


Bay Area

Supriya Yelimeli

A reporter with experience covering crime, local government, business, and human stories in San Francisco, the Bay Area, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.


Families of People Killed by Police Say San Jose Police Union President Broke Their Trust

Family members of people killed by police in San Jose are the latest to speak out in a controversy between the Police Officers' Association and the Independent Police Auditor, which culminated in the IPA's resignation last week. Gathered in front of City Hall this afternoon, the families of AJ Phillips, Diana Showman, Phillip Watkins, and several others called for the resignation of POA President Paul Kelly, saying he "bullied" and "attacked" Aaron Zisser into leaving his post. - KNTV-TV Link to Story

After Ghost Ship fire, an artist hub opens in old Berkeley grocery store

A former grocery store in South Berkeley opened its doors to creative mischief earlier this year, trading in a stockroom, shelves and liquor bottles for papier-mâché puppets and an industrious group of local children. Hellerstein moved from Boston to Berkeley 30 years ago to begin working as a medical researcher in the Bay Area.
Berkeleyside Link to Story

Brock Turner engaged in 'sexual outercourse,' says lawyer in appeal

Multhaup defined "outercourse" as sexual contact while clothed. Turner had his clothes on when he was caught engaging in "aggressive thrusting" upon a half-naked, unconscious woman by two Swedish graduate students outside a campus fraternity party. Turner, a member of the university's swim team, served only three months in prison after he received a six-month sentence from Judge Aaron Persky, a penalty many considered to be too lenient.
San Francisco Chronicle Link to Story

CA lawmakers urge legislation to address thousands of untested rape kits

Assembly member David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, today emphasized the importance of two pieces of legislation that aim to tackle a backlog of untested rape kits in California. A rape kit, or sexual assault kit, is a voluntary exam for victims directly after an attack occurs.
San Francisco Chronicle Link to Story

Officials begin to clear W. Oakland homeless encampment under 980

OAKLAND (BCN) Oakland city officials began a weeks-long project today to remove a homeless encampment that has grown for more than five years under Interstate Highway 980 in West Oakland. About 100 people currently live at the encampment around Northgate Avenue and Sycamore Street, according to city officials.
KTVU.COM Link to Story

Authorities identify suspect in serial killer, rapist case with San Ramon Valley crimes

A man accused of being a serial rapist and murderer known as the "Golden State Killer" was arrested Tuesday in Sacramento County, law enforcement officials announced Wednesday. Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, began targeting his victims more than 40 years ago. DeAngelo allegedly committed 51 rapes and 12 murders across 10 different California counties between 1976 and 1986.
Pleasanton Weekly Link to Story

Success and failure on two blocks of SF’s Mission St.

In the past year, Mission activists have turned their sights on Mission Street where they would like to see restrictions on market-rate housing, more commercial controls on bars and upscale restaurants, and protections for small businesses.
Mission Local Link to Story

Sahleem Tindle's Family, Supporters Protest After Fatal Police Shooting

Sahleem Tindle's family left the Alameda County Superior Court disappointed and frustrated Monday after District Attorney Nancy O'Malley failed to answer a majority of their questions about the 28-year-old man's death. BART police officer Joseph Mateau shot Tindle three times in the back, killing him at the West Oakland BART station on Jan. 3. - KNTV-TV Link to Story

Rapist Sentenced to 36 Years in Prison After Brutally Attacking Woman on UCSB Campus in 2014

Surrounded by friends and family in the Santa Barbara Superior Court on Friday, a young woman delivered a harrowing account of being raped and attacked on the UC Santa Barbara campus three years ago. The woman, referred to as Jane Doe in court proceedings, spoke at a final hearing to sentence Daniel Jiang Chen to 36 years in prison for two felony counts of rape and one felony count of robbery.
Daily Nexus, University of California Link to Story

Mission Activists Push DA for Charges 679 Days After Police Shooting

Public Defender Jeff Adachi stood alongside family and friends of police shooting victims at the Hall of Justice Thursday as they hoisted banners of Amilcar Perez Lopez, a 21-year old Mission District resident who was shot and killed by police on February 26, 2015. Activists in the Justice for Amilcar Coalition have repeatedly asked for charges to be filed against officers in police shootings, and activists Thursday demanded that District Attorney George Gascón conclude an ongoing investigation and charge the officers who shot Perez Lopez nearly two years ago.
Mission Local Link to Story

'Build Your Dreams': Activists Hope Bus Contract Will Bring Jobs for Minorities, Former Inmates

Community activists celebrated a recent electric bus contract given to a company that vows to hire minorities and ex-convicts. Several groups from around Los Angeles County applauded the decision at a Los Angeles Metro Board meeting last month to award a bus contract to BYD America, out of Lancaster.

Over 1,000 UC Santa Barbara Students Protest After Trump Elected President

Approximately 1,000 UC Santa Barbara students took to the streets in protest early Wednesday morning after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. The crowd formed on the San Nicolas Residence Hall lawn at 1 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after election results were confirmed. Students soon began running out of the residence halls toward the University Center to join a crowd that swarmed through the Pardall Tunnel into Isla Vista.
Daily Nexus, University of California Link to Story


Supriya Yelimeli

I'm a breaking news reporter for the South Bay at the Bay Area's wire service, Bay City News Service.

I was the Editor in Chief of the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara's independent student newspaper since 1930, and I graduated in December 2018 with a degree in Communication after working at newspapers in Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

I can be reached quickly through email and phone call, but I respond best to cats and strong coffee. Live music, candor and food outings make me the most happy.

Cell: (510)-585-8315
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