Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, together with 45 other California District Attorneys and 2 City Attorneys, announced today that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson has ordered Virginia corporation Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. to pay $2,720,000 in civil penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental projects. Dollar Tree Stores is also ordered to implement an improved hazardous waste compliance program at its retail stores and distribution centers in California.
The judgment is the result of an investigation into Dollar Tree Stores’ unlawful disposal into store trash bins of hazardous waste products. Ignitable and corrosive liquids, toxic materials, batteries, electronic devices and other e-waste, and other hazardous waste generated by circumstances including spills and damage, were illegally handled and disposed of at each of its stores and distribution centers, over 480 facilities in California. Instead of being transported to authorized hazardous waste facilities, the waste was illegally transported to local landfills not permitted to accept the waste.
Dollar Tree Stores, Inc, ordered to pay $2.72M in civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects.
OAKLAND, CA - Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley today announced that C&F Foods, Inc., a food distributor and packager, entered into a stipulated judgment to resolve labeling and slack-fill packaging violations in “Sunny Select” brand instant rice products. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office also joined in bringing this consumer protection action.
The complaint involved Sunny Select instant rice products packaged by C&F Foods and sold in certain retail stores throughout California until July 2012.
Staff from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office volunteering at the Alameda County Community Food Bank, March 2015.
Today representatives from the Alameda County DA's Office and the Alameda County Family Justice Center hosted a community forum at Cal State East Bay, focusing on sexual assault on campus.
Speaking at the event were the head of the DA's Office Sexual Assault Unit, Assistant District Attorney Joni Leventis, Criminal Justice Administration Department Chair Dr. Dawna Komorosky, and Title IX Coordinator Terri Labeaux.
"Sexual assault, wherever it occurs, is one of the most devastating crimes a victim can suffer, and based on that, these offences are amongst the most important that we prosecute," said ADA Leventis.
As part of National Victims’ Rights Week, the DA's Office is hosting a series of community forums.
Kicking off the week of focused community outreach is a forum at Cal State East Bay that will address sexual assault on campus.
Representatives from the DA’s Office, the Alameda County Family Justice Center as well as victim advocates and claim specialists will be present at each of the venues to answer your questions and provide tailored information regarding victims’ rights and resources.
Featured speakers include Assistant District Attorney Joni Leventis, Criminal Justice Administration Department Chair Dr. Dawna Komorosky, and Title IX Coordinator Terri Labeaux.
In recognition of 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and the Alameda County DA’s Office will be hosting a series of community forums around the county.
These forums will provide residents with an opportunity to learn about their rights, the resources available to them should their lives be impacted by crime, honor those impacted by crime and to raise awareness of the numerous roles the DA’s Office plays in our communities.
People v Israel Gonzalez Mendez Apr 3, 2015
On April 2, 2015, Israel Gonzalez Mendez was sentenced after pleading no contest to forcible rape and two counts of forcible oral copulation.
On October 9, 2006, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the victim was walking alone to a taco truck located on International Blvd. in Oakland. While the victim was in the immediate vicinity of the taco truck, defendant Mendez pulled up in a car, held a knife to her side and forced her into his car. Defendant Mendez drove the victim to an isolated location where he raped her and forced her to orally copulate him while he held a knife to her throat and intermittently choked her during the assault. When defendant Mendez got out of the car to put his clothes on, the victim got out of the car and ran off to get help. A passing motorist picked up the victim and took her to Highland Hospital where she underwent a sexual assault exam and gave a written statement to police.
Defendant Mendez was identified by a DNA hit following his conviction of two counts of forcible rape in San Francisco County. He is currently serving 9 years in state prison for the San Francisco convictions. Upon completion of that sentence, defendant Mendez will start his sentence of 19 years for this rape and sexual assault. Defendant Mendez will also register as a sexual offender for his lifetime.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Erin Kingsbury.
People v Jacob James Kober Mar 23, 2015
Today, a judge sentenced defendant Jacob James Kober to 80 years to Life in prison for the murder of Kenneth Robert Ogden in 2012.
Defendant Kober sold methamphetamine out of his rented room in a house that backed onto a golf course in Livermore. Victim Ogden was a friend of defendant Kober, and owed Kober $400. In the afternoon of December 28, 2012, defendant Kober called the victim and asked to meet with him to discuss the money owed to him. The victim had told friends that he feared defendant Kober would shoot him. The victim eventually arrived at Kober’s home just before 9pm, and witnesses saw the two men leave the house and walk towards the golf course before hearing gunshots. Defendant Kober returned alone fifteen minutes later.
The following morning, the victim was was found face down on the 4th hole by a jogger. He had been shot twice, one bullet piercing the liver and heart and the second shot through his left arm. Defendant Kober fled to Oregon, where he was arrested and extradited to California to be tried for the murder of Mr Ogden.
The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos.
On March 17, 2015, a jury convicted defendants Isaiah Nolan Washington and his girlfriend Tiara Channelle Arnold of two counts of first degree murder with special circumstances for the killings of 18-year old high school students, Carlos Buenrostro and Rafael Avila. The couple was also convicted for the attempted murder of Jocelyn Medellin. Additionally, defendant Washington was convicted for being in possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction.
Four co-defendants in a violent human trafficking and sexual assault case pled no contest and have been found guilty of multiple crimes. After months of investigation by the Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, four men were charged with the trafficking and sexual assaults of four teenage girls, ages 13 through 17, in Oakland.
Defendant Isaiah Seymour was charged with trafficking three different teens along with 15 counts of sexual assault-related offenses. Defendant Gary Holt was charged with trafficking another teenage girl, along with 6 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to two of the victims. Defendant Delvahn Mosley Davis was charged with 15 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to three of the teenage victims. Defendant Matt Brito was charged with 12 sexual assault-related offenses pertaining to one of the victims. All four men entered pleas during the course of the preliminary hearing, which took place in the first two weeks of March 2015.
All of the victims showed tremendous bravery in coming forward and cooperating in this prosecution.