March 2016

People v Brandon Wallace Mar 31, 2016

On March 21, 2016, a jury found defendant Brandon Wallace guilty as charged of first degree murder, attempted murder, and unlawful firearm activity, with enhancements for personally and intentionally discharging a firearm causing great bodily injury.

On October 26th, 2010, at approximately 8:30am, defendants Brandon Wallace and Coleon Carroll were in driving in Berkeley. Two men -- Gary Ferguson Jr. and Larry Belle -- were standing outside a barbershop on Sacramento Street where Belle worked. Defendant Wallace and an unknown accomplice approached the two men and began firing at close range.

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DA Settles Lawsuit with Wells Fargo over Privacy Violations Mar 29, 2016

Oakland, CA – Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announced today that her Office’s Consumer Protection Division, along with Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego District Attorneys’ Offices and the California State Attorney General’s Office, has settled a $8,500,000 lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank alleging a violation of California’s privacy laws.

Under the terms of the court approved judgment, Wells Fargo will pay civil penalties totaling $7,616,000 and will reimburse the prosecutors' investigative costs of $384,000.

In addition to the above penalties and investigative costs, Wells Fargo will contribute $500,000 to two statewide organizations dedicated to advancing consumer protection and privacy rights.

“The collaboration of the District Attorney’s Offices and the Attorney General resulted in today’s settlement,” says Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley.

“As information technology reaches ever further into the lives of our citizens, strict compliance with California’s privacy laws becomes ever more imperative to protect the rights of those individuals.”

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District Attorney Reaches Decision on Berkeley Balcony Collapse Mar 29, 2016

Oakland, CA – After a nine-month investigation, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley today announced that her office will not file criminal charges in connection with the collapse of a balcony on June 16, 2015, in Berkeley, California, in which six students lost their lives and seven others sustained serious injuries.

“Not a day has passed since the tragedy of June 16 that I have not thought of the victims and their families,” says DA O’Malley. “I am keenly aware of the devastation and injuries each victim and each family suffered and continues to confront. Friends, families and entire communities both in California and in Ireland have been affected by the horror of that day.”

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People v Derek Alan Hafelfinger Mar 28, 2016

On March 16, 2016, a jury found defendant Derek Alan Hafelfinger guilty of two counts of oral copulation with a child under 10 years old, and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 years old.

During the trial, the victim testified to other sexual assaults that occurred out of state as well.

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People v Lamar Shaw Mar 25, 2016

On March 11, 2016, defendant Lamar Shaw was found guilty of the first degree murder of Xzavier Johnson.

On July 5, 2013, at approximately 10:15 AM, Defendant Shaw became involved in a verbal argument with victim Xzavier Johnson and Mr Johnson's girlfriend near the corner of High Street and Lyon Avenue in Oakland. Defendant Shaw asked Mr Johnson and his girlfriend to leave the area. They refused to leave, so Defendant Shaw went inside his house to obtain a weapon.

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DA’s Office Warns Residents about Telephone Scams Mar 21, 2016

It has come to the attention of the District Attorney’s Office that Alameda County residents are currently receiving telephone calls from individuals claiming to represent the IRS as well as other official government agencies and the superior court.

These fraudulent callers request payments for certain services or to repay a past balance due. The callers request payment by way of a gift card, credit card or money order.

Please be aware that these calls are scams!

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People v Laquisha Allen Mar 8, 2016

On 4 March, 2016, a jury found defendant Laquisha Allen guilty of second degree murder with an arming enhancement for the death of Tommy Lacy III in 2012.

In June 2012, Defendant Allen's 17-year-old boyfriend (and friend of her 15-year-old son Douglas Andrews), Jah-kwan Smith, was killed in Stockton. Defendant Allen suspected that her former intimate aquaintance, 18-year-old Marjon Fuller had something to do with Smith's murder.

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People v Calvin Earl Odom Mar 7, 2016

On February 25, 2016, a jury found defendant Calvin Earl Odom guilty of second degree murder with the use of a firearm.

On the afternoon of Easter Sunday, 2013, 37-year-old Vittorio "Vick" Jackson was shot and killed in a parking lot known for drug activity. Multiple witnesses identified defendant as the person who shot the victim and ran away with another individual.

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People v Elroy Pedro Gomez Mar 2, 2016

On February 18, 2016, a jury found defendant Elroy Pedro Gomez guilty of willful, deliberate, premeditated attempted murder with an enhancement for using a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, and possession of ammunition by a felon.

On September 17, 2014, around 8 am, Defendant Gomez came to the victim’s house in San Leandro and lured him to his home a few miles away under the pretense that he needed the victim to speak with defendant Gomez’s father. The victim and Defendant Gomez were acquaintances and the victim went with him.

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