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DA O’Malley Announces Funding Plan to Combat Illegal Dumping in Alameda and Contra Costa County Nov 13, 2019

Today, Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) joined Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and Contra Costa County Supervisor Burgis to announce funding for a one-year pilot program to combat illegal dumping in the two counties.

$750,000 in State funds, secured by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, now support the creation of pilot programs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties by funding increased law enforcement efforts to combat illegal dumping in both counties.

“Illegal dumping is an environmental justice issue that disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities, and impacts the sense of well-being of all who live and work in neighborhoods where it is rampant,” says DA O’Malley. “Unscrupulous commercial haulers as well as individual violators illegally dispose of construction debris, mattresses, and trash of all sorts, wreaking havoc on the environment, ruining neighborhood streets and forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab to clean up the tremendous amounts of garbage dumped on city streets, highways, parks, and in our waterways. Dumping “hot spots” become breeding grounds for vermin and impact public health.”

“This state funding will provide our counties with the resources they need to combat this difficult problem,” said Bauer-Kahan. “The funding will provide both counties with the ability to have a full time police officer to enforce illegal dumping laws and make a huge impact in tackling this problem” she concluded.

The funds will support increased investigations of illegal dumping by dedicated peace officers, which will provide for much-needed deterrence. In Alameda County, these peace officers will coordinate their efforts with a newly formed Alameda County Regional Illegal Dumping Task Force, which has developed both a strong sense of what works and has significant ties to communities within the County and is able to provide helpful information and evidentiary leads. Evidentiary leads will also be provided by surveillance cameras placed at illegal dumping "hot-spots" and from clues found in waste by workers from the Men of Valor Academy, an Oakland non-profit program founded by Acts Full Gospel Church that provides job training for formerly incarcerated individuals. Suspects identified in these investigations will be held to account. Penalties for illegal dumping vary based on the severity of the crime, and can range from fines, to community service picking up trash, to jail time.

Alameda County DA O’Malley Announces Multi-Million Dollar Settlement in Environmental Protection Law Oct 25, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley, along with 10 other California District Attorneys, announced today that a judge in Alameda County has ordered Service King Paint & Body, LLC to pay $2.35 million as part of a settlement of a civil environmental prosecution alleging the auto body repair company mishandled hazardous waste and confidential customer information.

Service King, a Texas limited liability company, currently owns and operates 42 auto body repair facilities throughout California. In Alameda County, there are three Service King auto body shops. In the complaint filed in Alameda County, prosecutors accused Service King of illegally disposing of hazardous waste generated during its auto body repair operations, and of violating laws related to the storage and management of this hazardous waste.

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National Drug Take Back Day Oct 18, 2019

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019 IS NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

THE ALAMEDA COUNTY DA’s OFFICE MAKES DISPOSAL SAFE AND CONVENIENT WITH LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY FOR SAFE AND ANONYMOUS DISPOSAL

The public is encouraged to bring any unused, unwanted and/or expired prescription or over the counter medication for free, confidential and safe disposal. Pet medications are also accepted.

Safe disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medication is vital to prevent the misuse of these substances, and to end the harmful environmental impacts of disposing of them in landfill or through our water system.

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Day of Remeberance Oct 17, 2019

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On October 18th, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and the Alameda County Family Justice Center host the 17th annual Day of Remembrance to pay tribute to the women, men and children who have lost their lives as a result of interpersonal violence and to provide hope and resources to those struggling through violence in the home.

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People V. Francisco Jesus Hernandez Oct 16, 2019

On October 16, 2019, a jury found Francisco Jesus Hernandez guilty of two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, attempted arson causing great bodily injury, a multiple murder special circumstance, and various personal use of a firearm enhancement.

On August 8, 2016, the three victims were all occupants in a single-cab pickup truck. They drove to a residential neighborhood off of 98th Avenue in East Oakland, where the driver began burning rubber and spinning donuts. The defendant and his seventeen-year-old son retrieved firearms, and the defendant shot the driver and middle passenger multiple times, killing them. The defendant approached the truck to check for survivors and found the third victim cowering on the passenger floorboard. Defendant pulled him out of the truck. When the victim begged for his life, the defendant told him, “You came with them, you will leave with them.” After the defendant and his son pistol-whipped the victim, the defendant said, “Son, you know what you have to do,” and the son then shot the victim in the face, chest, arm and hand. A third unknown suspect doused this man and the truck with gasoline. The defendant then forced this victim who was still alive back into the truck, and one of the three lit the truck on fire. The attempted murder victim was able to run from the burning truck on fire, shed his burning clothing, and hide until police and paramedics arrived. The strength of the evidence in this case is attributable to multiple courageous neighbors who came forward and identified the two defendants.

The defendant will be sentenced January 10, 2020, and faces Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole. Before trial, Francisco Hernandez Junior pled no contest to the willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of the surviving victim and admitted a personal use of a firearm enhancement. He will be sentenced on November 15, 2019, to an indeterminate term of 17 years to Life in Prison.

Governor Signs Historic Bill Sponsored By DA O’Malley Ensuring Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors Oct 9, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed groundbreaking legislation to ensure that never again will a sexual assault kit languish, untested on the shelves of police departments or crime labs. Senate Bill 22, sponsored by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, Joyful Heart Foundation and Natasha’s Justice Project and authored by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) requires the prompt testing of Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAKs).

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People V. Salascaballero Oct 8, 2019

On October 8, 2019, defendant Eladio Salascaballero was convicted by a jury of PC 288.5(a), continuous sexual abuse, and two counts of misdemeanor child molestation (PC 247.6(a)(1)).

On multiple occasions from 2005 to 2013, the defendant sexually assaulted and molested Jane Doe. Doe bravely confronted her abuser and testified about the horrific sexual abuse she suffered for years as a child. Although the defendant testified and denied all allegations, the jury deliberated for fifteen minutes before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts.

People v. Daniel Chavez-Estrella Oct 3, 2019

On September 27, 2019, a jury convicted defendant, Daniel Chavez-Estrella, of carjacking. On July 23, 2018 at about 3 pm, the victim was waiting for her son in Berkeley while leaning against her car. The defendant pushed her off her car, climbed into the driver’s seat, and drove away. Two days later, Oakland Police officers found defendant in possession of the victim’s car and had the car keys in his pocket. Berkeley Police officers recovered video surveillance that captured defendant as he spotted the victim and walked towards her immediately before the carjacking.

This case was prosecuted by DDA Camille Ching with the assistance of Inspector Kendell Won and Victim-Witness Advocate Liliana Bueno.

Defendant will be sentenced on October 24, 2019.