People v Gregory Gadlin Sep 21, 2016
On September 14, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Gregory D. Gadlin of the first degree murder of Evan Meisner.
Shortly after 1:30AM on March 31, 2011, victim Evan Meisner invited his neighbor, Defendant Gadlin, to his home to sell him marijuana so as victim Meisner could pay rent. Instead, Defendant Gadlin robbed and murdered him, shooting the victim in the neck and stealing the victim's wallet, phone, and marijuana.
People v Ayodele Patterson Sep 16, 2016
On September 1, 2016, Defendant Ayodele Patterson was convicted of first degree murder and burglary special circumstance for the killing of 80-year-old Ms. Carolyn June Pavon in 2010.
On June 26, 2010, Defendant Ayodele Patterson, Defendant Donnie Howard and Defendant Lionel Harris planned to commit a residential burglary in Hayward. Defendants Patterson and Howard lived in the neighborhood and pre-selected June Pavon’s house as the target of their armed home invasion. Defendant Harris lived in Oakland and had never been to Ms. Pavon’s home. She was a widow and lived alone with her 15-year old Border Collie named Nikki. Several weeks earlier, Ms. Pavon's home had been burglarized over the Memorial Day weekend.
On September 15, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 465 by Senators Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) and Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) and supported by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
This important piece of legislation requires the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, after consultation with the Contractors State Licensing Board, to make available copies of any citations or actions taken by the division against a contractor. This bill establishes greater accountability for contractors and ensures the public has critical disciplinary information about contractor licenses.
An example of this need for transparency can be seen by the tragic balcony collapse that killed six people in Berkeley in 2015. The company responsible has reportedly paid out $26.5 million in construction defect settlements, but that information was not known to the Contractors State Licensing Board or to the District Attorney’s Office.
Oakland, CA -- On June 15, 2016, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced that the District Attorney’s Office had launched an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving multiple law enforcement officers from agencies around the Bay Area and an 18-year-old young woman known to the public by the name of Celeste Guap. Over the last three months, a team of Victim-Witness Advocates and DA Inspectors, assisted by attorneys, have worked full time on this investigation.
Cases brought into court by the District Attorney must be supported by evidence and it has been the task of the District Attorney’s team to identify and examine the evidence, and to substantiate the allegations. Cases cannot be brought into the criminal court absent evidence that establishes the element of the crime(s) beyond a reasonable doubt. Until now, the office has declined to comment on the investigation because the full scope of the facts was not known. It is our duty to conduct an impartial and thorough investigation and review of all facts before we make a charging decision or speak publically.
There has been an understandable public outcry over the allegations in this matter. The work of the media in covering the alleged criminal activity and misconduct has also served to raise awareness of issues important to all of us. The coverage, by and large, has relied on information uncovered by reporters and on limited social media messages provided by the young woman at the center of the story.
People v Sonny Joseph Anderson Aug 31, 2016
On August 29, 2016, defendant Sonny Joseph Anderson was convicted of the horrific murder of 14-year-old Ivan Cruz, as well as gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter, evading an officer causing death, evading an officer driving against traffic, fleeing the scene of a crash, and assault on a police animal.
The convictions stem from conduct beginning on November 11, 2014, where Defendant Anderson fled from an Alameda County Sheriff deputy who attempted to pull him over for a traffic violation.
People v Michael Herbert Horace Aug 24, 2016
On August 5, 2016, a jury found defendant Michael Herbert Horace guilty as charged of first degree murder of Oakland man Tass Jackson.
On April 29, 2015 at approximately 12:58 am, Mr Tass Jackson was shot and killed on 46th Avenue between East 12th St. and International Boulevard in Oakland, CA. Victim Jackson was a 51-year-old Oakland resident who had just finished working at a late-night recycling business located on 46th Avenue.
People v Joseph Bontempo Aug 23, 2016
On August 10, 2016, an Alameda County jury convicted defendant Joseph Bontempo of second degree murder for the killing of his wife, Laurie Wolfe, on July 6, 2014.
Defendant Bontempo and his wife had been together for nearly twenty years when he beat her to death inside their home. There was no known history of domestic violence between the two.
Defendant Bontempo inflicted multiple blunt force injuries on Lauri Wolfe, forcefully slamming her head and body into the edge of a hardwood stair as well as the ground below, a minimum of sixteen times.
People v Edgar Patino Aug 12, 2016
On August 5, 2016, a jury convicted defendant Edgar Patino (AKA Edgar Mora), as charged of continuous sexual abuse of a child under age 14, assault with means of force likely to produce great bodily injury, and criminal threats.
The convictions date back to the defendant’s conduct in 2012 and 2013 in Hayward. During that time, Defendant Patino dated victim Jane Doe’s mother. Over the course of about a year from about January 2012 to February 2013, Defendant Patino sexually abused victim Jane Doe multiple times when she was 11 and 12 years old.
Honoring Mary C. Warren Aug 11, 2016
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Mary C. Warren on August 6, 2016, following a long illness. Mary was one of Alameda County’s most active and dedicated public servants since moving to the county from Southern California more than 50 years ago. She made such a significant contribution to our nation and our county that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed November 16, 2011 as ‘Mary C. Warren Day’.