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Settlement Reached with 7-Eleven, Inc. for Improper Hazardous Materials Filings Aug 12, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today a $1.525 million civil settlement with Texas-based 7-Eleven, Inc., to resolve allegations the company violated state laws requiring training of store personnel in hazardous-materials handling. The Alameda County District Attorney joined the District Attorneys of Contra Costa, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Solano, Ventura, and Yolo Counties in the prosecution of this case.

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DA Participates in National Sex Buyer Sting Aug 2, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney and Law Enforcement Agencies Participate in National Sex Buyer Sting Netting More Than 500 Sex Buyer Arrests

OAKLAND, CA- District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her office, under the leadership of Assistant District Attorney Sharmin Bock, conducted four covert operations targeting sex buyers, yielding a total of 45 arrests of sex buyers and two sex traffickers.

Participating in the operation were the Oakland Police Department and the Hayward Police Department. Also participating in the operations were the Alameda County Sheriff’s Transit Crime Unit, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Special Victims’ Unit and the Alameda County S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement) Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency law enforcement team, led by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, focusing on predatory sex offenders.

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People v. Alphonzo McInnis Jul 25, 2019

On July 23, 2019 a jury convicted Alphonzo McInnis of kidnapping for the purposes of sexual assault, 3 counts of forcible rape of a minor, as well as enhancements for aggravated kidnapping of a minor during the course of a sexual assault. The jury hung 11-1 for guilt on the charge that he kidnapped a second victim for the purposes of sexual assault.

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People v. Antonio Vanegas Jul 19, 2019

On July 19, 2019 a jury convicted Antonio Vanegas of 9 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and one count of a forcible lewd acts on a child under 14. The defendant sexually assaulted the young victim on a regular basis when she was between 10 and 13 years old.

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People v. Anthony Burton Jul 9, 2019

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted defendant Anthony Burton of two counts of attempted murder, domestic battery, two counts of assault with a firearm, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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People v. Damarie Jones & John Blacknell Jul 5, 2019

On July 3, 2019, a jury convicted co-defendants Damarie Jones and John Blacknell of first degree murder. The jury found defendant Blacknell personally discharged a firearm causing death and that he possessed an unregistered, loaded firearm. On April 3, 2016, the defendants robbed victim Jaccare Vanpelt. The incident occurred in the 6000 block of Idaho Street in Oakland. While both defendants struggled with the victim, a Good Samaritan attempted to intervene. When the Good Samaritan threatened to call the police, defendant Blacknell pulled out a gun and shot Mr. Vanpelt six times in the back. The defendants fled the scene together. The Oakland Police Department Criminalistics Laboratory discovered defendant Jones DNA on the victim’s fingernail clippings. Oakland Police Department Investigators collected evidence from cell phones to corroborate witness identifications and the scientific evidence. DDA Timothy Wagstaffe prosecuted the case along with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner and Victim-Witness Advocate Stephanie Lynch.

Financial Exploitation Awareness Panel Presentation Jun 20, 2019

As a part of Elder Abuse Awareness Month, the DA's Office invites members of the community to the Downtown Oakland Senior Center for a panel on how to avoid falling victim to financial exploitation on June 21 from 10am to 12pm.

$11 Million Settlement Announced to Address Illegal Dumping of Hazardous Waste Jun 19, 2019

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced an $11 million settlement against AutoZone, Inc. (AutoZone) to resolve allegations that the company violated state laws governing hazardous waste, and hazardous materials, by routinely and illegally disposing of used motor oil, automotive fluids, and other hazardous wastes into company waste bins destined for municipal landfills not authorized to accept hazardous waste. The lawsuit also resolves allegations that AutoZone routinely failed to shred customer records containing confidential information before disposing of those items into the trash.

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People v. Christopher Jones Jun 12, 2019

On June 11, 2019, a jury convicted Christopher Jones of first degree residential burglary and attempted first degree residential burglary. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2018, the defendant was captured on a home video surveillance system making his way to the back property of a home in Berkeley occupied by nine Univ. of California, Berkeley students. Items taken from their home included various laptops. On October 7, 2018, the defendant was captured on a home video surveillance system attempting to open the locked door of a home located in Berkeley a few blocks away from his previous burglary. The defendant was identified by the distinct tattoo on his forearm along with other similar characteristics. The case was prosecuted by DDA Malisha Jones with the assistance of Inspector Tom Milner.

Defendant Christopher Jones was sentenced on July 17, 2019.