Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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December 2018

Harman Environmental Enforcement Case Dec 10, 2018

Managing Corporation of KFC, Taco Bell and A&W Fails to Submit Hazardous Materials Plans: Pays $195,000 in Environmental Enforcement Case

District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that defendant Harman Management Corporation, which manages restaurants such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Taco Bell, A & W, and Pizza Hut, has resolved a civil environmental enforcement case that was jointly investigated and prosecuted by the District Attorneys of Alameda, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties. The matter was filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.

Carbon dioxide (C02) is a colorless, odorless gas that cannot be detected by human senses. Because it is heavier than air, C02 can cause asphyxiation by displacing air at lower levels in confined spaces and in the lungs. Leaks from compressed C02 tanks, especially in contained areas, can have serious health impacts, including dizziness, unconsciousness, and ultimately asphyxiation. C02 is used to carbonate beverages.

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People v Michael Brown Dec 7, 2018

On December 5, 2018, a jury convicted defendant Michael Brown of a felony sexual assault for forcing victim Jane Doe to orally copulate him against her will using force, violence and fear of immediate bodily injury.

On August 7, 2018, Defendant Brown, 51, picked up 18-year-old Jane Doe from a location in Oakland, CA, with the understanding that they would engage in acts of prostitution. Instead of the interaction being a commercial and consensual one, Defendant Brown physically assaulted Jane Doe, threatened her, and humiliated her for more than 3 hours.

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$7.4M Settlement with Target for Environmental Violations Dec 5, 2018

Alameda County District Attorney O’Malley, as Part of Coalition Led by Attorney General Becerra, Announces $7.4 million Statewide Settlement with Target for Environmental Violations

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney O’Malley, as part of a coalition including California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 24 local governments, today announced a $7.4 million statewide settlement, including enhanced environmental compliance measures and injunctive terms, with Minnesota-based Target Corporation (Target).

The settlement resolves allegations that Target violated state laws and injunctive terms from a 2011 stipulated judgment regarding the company’s handling and disposal of retail hazardous waste. The current settlement follows investigations of Target’s conduct between 2012 and 2016, during which time the company committed violations by improperly disposing hazardous waste into landfills. The waste included items such as electronics, batteries, aerosol cans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and medical waste including syringes, over-the-counter and prescribed pharmaceuticals, as well as confidential medical information from its customers.

“This case underscores the importance of constant vigilance by agencies dedicated to protecting the environment,” states DA O’Malley.

“The Environmental Protection division of the Alameda County DA’s Office endeavors to ensure that every company conducting business in the county and the state disposes of hazardous waste in a manner that is legal and environmentally sustainable. Today’s settlement alerts any business in this county that does not comply with environmental protection laws that it will be investigated, and, when appropriate, brought to justice.”

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People v Carlos Romero Dec 3, 2018

Using DNA Technology to Solve Crimes

On November 13, 2018, Defendant Carlos Romero was found guilty after a bench trial of home invasion robbery in concert causing great bodily injury and carjacking causing great bodily injury.

On December 13, 2013, the victim was alone in her Dublin home when two men knocked on her door and said they had a package. When she opened the door, they forced their way into her home, beat her, and bound her hands behind her back. She was moved to the upstairs landing of her home, where the men ransacked the bedrooms. She was able to untie her bindings and ran for the door, but they caught up to her and beat her again. Her hands were again bound behind her back and her feet were bound. Overall, the defendant and his accomplice spent between 45 mins to an hour inside her home and stole approximately $25,000 worth of items, including her vehicle. The beating resulted in a broken orbital bone.

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