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DA O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES MURDER CHARGES AGAINST JOHN LEE COWELL Jul 26, 2018

Today, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced that criminal charges have been filed against defendant, John Lee Cowell, in the brutal murder of Nia Wilson and the attempted murder of Letifah Wilson on July 22, 2018. Ms. Nia Wilson was only 18 years old and her sister, Ms. Letifah Wilson is 26 years old. Count One of the Complaint filed in the Wiley Manuel Courthouse alleges a violation of Penal Code Section 187(a), Murder of Ms. Nia Wilson. The Complaint alleges the special allegation, Penal Code Section 12022(b)(1), that the defendant used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, in the Murder of Ms. Nia Wilson.

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People v Meini Foster Jul 23, 2018

On July 20, 2018, a jury convicted defendant Meini Foster of three forcible sex crimes and found the kidnapping allegations attached to each count to be true.

A night of revelry took a wrong turn when victim Jane Doe, intoxicated and confused, boarded the wrong BART train after a work holiday party and ended up encountering the defendant, who took advantage of the vulnerable victim to move her away from BART and sexually assault her.

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Art of Peace at Las Positas College Jun 28, 2018

Art of Peace at Las Positas College
Mertes Center for the Arts
3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, CA 94551

Exhibit will run from June 30 through end of August, 2018
Open daily Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Exhibit will be open during the performances of “Evita” July 12-15, 2018

(Additional dates and times of gallery operation will be posted and advertised on a week to week basis.)

Oakland, CA. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, in partnership with The Robby Poblete Foundation is proud to present a groundbreaking new project entitled “The Art of Peace - Alameda County.” This collaborative effort engages local artists, selected after a competitive submission process, who have created three dimensional art pieces out of the remains of dismantled firearms.

“Gun violence plagues our communities. The Art of Peace focuses a spotlight on our ongoing efforts to end this crisis,” says DA O’Malley. “Over the past 30 years, the DA’s Office has amassed over one thousand firearms that were collected as evidence in criminal prosecutions. This project has re-imagined these instruments of violence into objects of beauty and grace.”

The DA’s Office had in its possession more than 700 of firearms that were used in crimes prosecuted in court that were due for destruction. Rather than incinerate them and emit pollution into the air, the DA’s Office engaged a licensed company to make the firearms inoperable and separate the parts. Selected artists were given any of those parts they wanted in order to create art work reflecting a message to end gun violence and create positive pathways for all.

The art pieces will also serve as a teaching and learning tool for students of all ages. Not only does the artwork serve as fine example of welding and sculpture, but also engages youth in critical thinking and analysis of gun violence and the lifelong benefits of mastering a skill.

Contact: ADA Teresa Drenick // Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org // (510) 272-6280

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People v Danny Hogg Jun 25, 2018


On June 7th, 2018 a jury found Danny Hogg guilty of first degree murder in the killing of of Hector Arturo Barrera Rodriguez.

On June 9, 2016, at approximately 10pm, Hector Arturo Barrera-Rodriguez was sitting in the right front passenger seat of his friend's vehicle parked at the curb of Penniman Ave and 38th Ave in Oakland. The defendant walked by the vehicle and after passing by for a second time, the defendant turned back and went up to the open passenger side window where the victim was seated, removed a loaded .38 revolver from his pocket and attempted to rob the victim. The defendant positioned the gun into the window and pointed it at the victim's head. In reaction, the victim raised both hands to defend himself from the gun in his face. The defendant shot the victim in the face and fled after his failed robbery attempt.

Surveillance cameras from the nearby liquor store captured the defendant's movements before and after the shooting. DA Inspector James Morris and Audio/Video Specialist Vicki Long were instrumental in the prosecution of the case.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Alex Hernandez

People v Anthony Paige Jun 25, 2018

Docket 17CR017702.

On April 17, 2018 a jury convicted Anthony Paige of the second degree murder of Reginald Blackburn with the enhancement that he personally discharged a firearm.

On December 7, 2016 at about 6pm, Tyree Santee was going to visit friends off E. 17th Street. As Mr. Santee approached, the defendant confronted and threatened him. Mr. Santee kept walking and the defendant re-approached, challenging him to fight. The defendant punched Mr. Santee in the face, causing a cut on the corner of his mouth.

When Mr. Santee returned home, Reginald Blackburn, a father figure to Mr. Santee, saw the cut. Mr. Blackburn immediately got back into his car and drove to the location where the defendant had assaulted Mr. Santee. When Mr. Blackburn arrived, he asked what happened to his son. The defendant walked over and threatened to harm Mr. Blackburn. The defendant swung his fist at Mr. Blackburn’s face as Mr. Blackburn defended himself. The defendant then pulled out a pistol and shot Mr. Blackburn once in the back. The defendant then walked away.

Sentencing is set for September. Assisting with this case were Inspectors Brian Delahunty and Tom Cleary, as well as victim advocate Marina Hammergren

This case was prosecuted by DDA Nick Homer.

Scam Alert Jun 19, 2018

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has been made aware of a recent attempted scam in which individuals are receiving calls on cell and home phones claiming to be from the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. The callers leave messages or speak to the individual answering the phone and addresses the call recipient by name and supplies a correct date of birth. The caller claims to be collecting on a payday advance loan with a case number and demands an immediate cash payment be wired or the person will face arrest, prosecution and wage garnishment.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office NEVER calls with a demand for money or payment. Any such calls are a scam and the public is warned not to wire or otherwise send money in response to such calls.

Anyone receiving a similar call demanding payment may report the attempted fraud to the District Attorney’s Office by calling 510-383-8600.

Contact: ADA Teresa Drenick // Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org // (510) 272-6280

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Cox Communications Agrees to $3.3 Million Settlement for Hazardous Waste Violations May 30, 2018

District Attorney O’Malley and Attorney General Becerra Announce: Cox Communications Agrees to $3.3 Million Settlement for Violations of California’s Hazardous Waste Laws

Oakland, CA– Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced a $3,318,700 settlement with Cox Communications California, LLC (Cox) and other related entities to resolve allegations that its California facilities unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste – including hazardous batteries, electronic devices, and aerosols. These acts constitute violations of California’s Hazardous Waste Control Law, and of California’s Unfair Competition Law, as such conduct gives Cox a competitive advantage over other regulated entities that are complying with the law. Cox also is alleged to have discarded customer records without rendering personal information unreadable. This settlement was the result of a partnership between the Attorney General’s Office and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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New Medicare Cards - DA’s Tips to Avoid Fraud May 29, 2018

Alameda County D.A. joins Medicare to warn seniors of possible scams as new Medicare cards arrive in East Bay

On May 29, 2018, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley was joined by a Medicare official and a representative of the nonprofit Senior Medicare Patrol to discuss the rollout of new Medicare cards to 245,000 Alameda County residents. The new cards will begin arriving in local mailboxes soon. Social Security numbers have been removed from them to prevent identity theft against seniors, keep scammers from using Medicare benefits illegally, and protect tax dollars.

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People v Albert Rich May 29, 2018

On May 22, 2018 a jury convicted defendant Albert Rich of thirteen felony counts, including human trafficking of a minor, sexual penetration of a minor, human trafficking of adults, torture, rape, sodomy and assault with a deadly weapon.

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May 25, 2018

Please join DA Nancy O’Malley for a special evening celebrating the

Art of Peace-Alameda County.

Meet the artists and bid on a spectacular piece of art in the silent auction.

June 13, 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
471B 9th Street, Oakland, CA

RSVP: Teresa.Drenick@acgov.org

https://www.artofpeacealameda.com/

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