April 2015

People v Dominic Daniel Apr 30, 2015

On April 29, 2015, a jury found defendant Dominic Daniel guilty of the second degree murder of 33-year-old Tsega Tsegay.

In the early morning hours of July 31, 2012, defendant Dominic Daniel and his girlfriend of four years, victim Tsega Tsegay, were drinking alcohol by Lake Merritt. Defendant Daniel had a history of domestic violence against the victim and had just recently been released from custody for a prior assault against her.

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People v Charles Edward Luckett Apr 29, 2015

On April 20, 2015, a jury found defendant Charles Edward Luckett guilty of murder with special circumstances for the 1993 killing of Anthoney Vaughn.

On July 16, 1993, defendant Charles Edward Luckett and a second suspect went into the Sizzler restaurant, located on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland. The restaurant was closed, although some remaining customers were finishing up up their meals.

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Dollar Tree Stores to Pay $2.72 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations Apr 24, 2015

Dollar Tree Illegally Disposed of Hazardous Wastes at its Retail Stores and Distribution Centers

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.

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DA O’Malley Announces $30K Settlement with C&F Foods, Inc. Apr 24, 2015

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.

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DA’s Office Launches Designated Friend Initiative at Victims’ Rights Week Forum Apr 20, 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.

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DA’s Office to Host Victims’ Rights Week Forums April 19-25 Apr 13, 2015

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.

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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.