March 2022

ALAMEDA COUNTY DA ANNOUCNES GRANT TO COMBAT ILLEGAL DUMPING Mar 25, 2022

State awards over $2.3 million in Clean Streets Initiative

HAYWARD, CA — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces it is the recipient of the California Department of Transportation Clean California local grant for over $2.3 million that will help clean up streets and combat illegal dumping.

The District Attorney’s Office recognizes that illegal dumping is an environmental justice issue that disproportionately impacts disadvantaged communities. One of the most difficult and complex challenges in addressing illegal dumping is dumping at or near homeless communities; People often dump their trash in areas where unhoused persons live.

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PEOPLE V DEMARCO AYERS Mar 23, 2022

On March 18, 2022, a jury found Defendant Demarco Ayers guilty of the continuous sexual abuse of his stepdaughter.

The defendant was convicted of two counts of oral copulation of a child under 10 years old, two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 14 years old, and one count of exhibiting harmful material to a child.

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ALAMEDA COUNTY DA ANNOUNCES CHARGES FILES IN MURDER OF RETIRED POLICE OFFICER KEVIN NISHITA Mar 17, 2022

Three men charged with murder

OAKLAND, CA — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces charges have been filed in the tragic death of retired police officer and known security guard Kevin Nishita.

Defendants Laron Gilbert, Hershel Hale and Shadihia Mitchell have all been charged with murder, Penal Code section 187(a), attempted second-degree robbery, PC 211, and assault with a semi-automatic firearm, PC 245(b) for the death of Mr. Nishita, who was fatally shot November 24, 2021 in Oakland. Defendant Mitchell was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

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ALAMEDA COUNTY DA ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENTS IN TWO HAZARDOUS WASTE LAWSUITS RELATED TO USED CARS Mar 17, 2022

Pick-N-Pull to pay $2.5 million; Copart $800,000 in civil penalties

OAKLAND, CA — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces a $2.5 million settlement with Pick-N-Pull Dismantlers, and a $800,000 settlement with used car business Copart, for the companies’ illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

Pick-N-Pull operates 21 facilities throughout the state, with two locations in Alameda County (in Oakland and Newark). The company buys end-of-life vehicles, sells their parts, and recycles the remaining steel.

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Alameda County District Attorney Statement on Sex Assault Victim DNA Use Mar 11, 2022

Response to recent reports of victim-survivor’s DNA used to charge her for a crime in SF

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley has been a leader in enacting laws that create rights and protections for sexual assault victims and survivors. She has worked with legislators to eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual assault crimes, enhancing the Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights under the Penal Code and the standards for forensic examination, including the collection of potential DNA. In 2015, DA O’Malley worked with then Assemblymember, now Senator Nancy Skinner to pass the law that law enforcement should submit all sexual assault forensic kits to a crime lab for testing. In 2018, DA O’Malley worked with Senator Connie Leyva to change the law, making it mandatory for law enforcement to submit the sexual assault forensic kit to a crime lab, specifically to identify, test and submit DNA profiles in the state and national databases. Additionally, DA O’Malley has worked with then Assemblymember Chu to require the California Department of Justice to create a separate tracking system, SAFE-T to ensure that law enforcement has followed the law. In 2021, DA O’Malley worked with Senator Leyva to pass SB 215, which provides access to the victim-survivor to track their own case in SAFE-T.

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DA ANNOUNCES SETTLEMENT WITH TARGET OVER FALSE ADVERTISING Mar 11, 2022

Alameda County District Attorney Announces Settlement with Target to Resolve Overcharges and False Advertising Allegations

Target to pay $5 million in civil penalties

OAKLAND, CA — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, along with six other district attorneys throughout the state, announces a settlement with the Target Corporation in a consumer protection action regarding overcharges and false advertisement.

The civil complaint, filed in Sonoma County Superior Court, alleged that Target unlawfully charged customers higher prices than the lowest advertised price. It is also alleged that Target advertised prices on the Target App that changed depending on whether the customer was inside or outside the store — a practice known as “geo-fencing.”

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SCAM ALERT: FAKE REVIEWS Mar 9, 2022

Consumers rely online reviews to help choose everything from restaurants to doctors. Scammers know this and can make money selling or trading phony reviews. Before relying on an online review, look out for some red flags:

  • The business has multiple reviews on Yelp removed for violating Yelp's terms of service.
  • Negative reviews are followed by 5-star reviews. Some businesses try to bury legitimate negative reviews; often they will contradict the specific criticisms in the negative review.
  • The business has an abnormal number of positive reviews in a short period of time.

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