Supriya Yelimeli

South Bay Reporter at Bay City News Service

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.


Survivors Detail Narrow Escape From Bounce House During Garlic Festival Shooting

Brynn Ota-Mathews, 23, and Gabriella Gaus, 26, were navigating their way through a bounce-house obstacle course on Sunday when they first heard gunfire ring out at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. A moment of confusion quickly ended when Gaus looked over her left shoulder and saw the shooter, later identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, dressed in camouflage gear and holding an assault rifle.
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At least 10 bullets hit woman killed by San Jose police on Christmas, woman's family says

SAN JOSE (BCN) Family and friends of a 24-year-old woman who was killed by San Jose police on Christmas say she was shot at least ten times before she died. Police said they misidentified Jennifer Vazquez as the suspect in a shooting at 2:09 a.m. in the area of Clemence Avenue and Story Road. Officers responded to gunshots there and found two adults suffering from at least one gunshot wound each, and shell casings from a handgun at the scene.
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Activists mourn county's homeless deaths in 2018

Gathered in a solemn circle in front of San Jose City Hall four days before Christmas, an interfaith group of residents mourned the 157 homeless individuals who died over the last year in Santa Clara County. The county medical examiner's office this month released the names of each homeless person who died between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018, responding to a Dec. 4 public records request from the Rev.
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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.
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Google employees walk out worldwide, say ‘#TimesUp’

More than 500 Google employees in Mountain View walked out of the company’s headquarters Thursday afternoon, joined by thousands across the globe in a protest to hold sexual harassers accountable in the workplace. Organizer Celie O’Neil-Hart yelled, “Time’s Up in Tech!”. as she read a list of demands for Google executives, including a better reporting process for sexual abuse, equal opportunities for all demographics, a public sexual assault transparency report and an end to forced arbitration, which forces employees to waive their right to sue.

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.
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Man suspected of killing San Jose woman was undocumented, admitted gang member with long rap sheet

SAN JOSE (BCN) A 24-year-old man suspected of killing a 59-year-old San Jose woman in her home on Thursday was an undocumented immigrant and admitted gang member who had been arrested numerous times, San Jose police announced Tuesday. Bambi Larson was killed in her home in the 900 block of Knollfield Way on Thursday afternoon.
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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.
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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.
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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

'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 est. 1930, and I graduated in December 2017 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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