Man arrested in connection with death of Bernal Heights woman in court for arraignment 

The San Francisco man arrested in connection with the death of a Bernal Heights woman with whom he was living will be in court today for arraignment, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Jules Sibilio, 48, faces a homicide charge in the death of 42-year-old San Francisco resident Mary Atchison, who was found dead Tuesday in the apartment she shared with Sibilio in the 500 block of Peralta Avenue.

Medics with the Fire Department were originally called to the scene about 9:30 a.m. on calls of an unresponsive body. Once there, the medics thought the death was suspicious and notified police.

Police said Atchison suffered trauma, and homicide investigators were called to the scene.

Sibilio was arrested later that day. He is scheduled to appear in court today for arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said.

Sibilio remains in custody on $1 million bail.

Former Rec and Park driver back in court for status update

The former Recreation and Park Department gardener accused in the hit-and-run death of 35-year-old Daly City resident Christine Svanemyr in a Bernal Heights park last year will return to court Thursday for a status update, Bastian said.

Thomas Burnoski, 58, faces felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run in connection with the Sept. 5 incident where Svanemyr was killed after being struck by a Rec and Park truck.

Svanemyr had been laying in the grass in Holly Park with her infant child at the time of her death. The child was not injured in the collision.

Burnoski is alleged to have been driving the vehicle that hit the mother. He originally left the scene, police said, but was persuaded to return by a supervisor.

Burnoski has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently out of custody on bail, but there are restrictions on his driving privileges.

In July, the Recreation and Park Commission recommended approval of a $15.13 million settlement for the Svanemyr family in connection with the incident. The settlement will be paid if the Board of Supervisors votes to approve it.

Burnoski is scheduled to return to court Thursday for a status update, Bastian said.

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