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Posted on: 02/28/2014
The California Supreme court ruled last week that an underage host who charges admission to a party where alcohol is being served can be held liable if an intoxicated
underage guest injures or kills someone.
Since 1978 a state law protected bars and social hosts from being sued when a guest harms someone or causes civil damages as a result of being served alcohol.
This new law states that by a host collecting admission fees they are potentially liable for the person’s action, and qualifies as a sale of alcoholic beverages. The new law will also effect host that serve intoxicated young people at parties or facilities outside their homes regardless of whether they are visibly impaired at the time they are served.
Posted on: 02/26/2014
A former world boxing champion known as “Mighty Quinn” plead guilty to multiple Bay Area bank robberies, according to federal prosecutors.
James Page, 42, a well-known boxer was easily recognized when a police officer saw an evidence photo released by the authorities. He signed a plea deal and admitted to robbing eight East Bay banks and stole over $20,000. Page was reportedly unarmed and passed handwritten notes to the bank teller in each incident.
Page had already served an 11 year prison sentence for bank robberies in Atlanta, and was released in 2012. His original sentencing would have landed a 20 year prison term for each robbery, but after a plea deal for his most current charges, Page is expected to serve 20 years in prison.
Posted on: 02/23/2014
On February 13th a CHP officer traveling on Interstate 80 in Richmond noticed a driver in the commuter lane without any passengers. When the driver was signaled to pull over he continued to speed along the interstate where the officer attempted to stop the car with a “pit maneuver”, but was unsuccessful.
The chase continued on the freeway reaching speeds up to 100 miles per hour until the authorities were able to force the vehicle to an off ramp where the driver eventually flipped the car. The 25-year old male suspect turned out to be armed and a wanted parolee. He had reportedly stolen the Honda Prelude from a home in Walnut Creek earlier that day.
The suspect only suffered minor injuries. He is facing multiple charges and is awaiting trial.
Posted on: 02/17/2014
Last September a Pleasanton resident went outside of his home to confront a group of people who were causing a noise disturbance shortly after midnight. The resident David Lamont ended up in a violent
confrontation outside his home with four people.
Once police arrived to his home they found Lamont in the street with a head injury. He was rushed to hospital where he had to undergo several surgeries to relieve the swelling to his brain.
Soon after four teenage suspects were found, but no arrests were made. After an investigation the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office determined that there was a lack of evidence and declined to file any charges.
Posted on: 01/30/2014
Vacaville pastor Mark Lewis was recently arrested on suspicion of plotting to firebomb his ex-girlfriend’s home. Sarah Nottingham had been receiving multiple threats from Lewis following their break up in late December. The situation took a new violent turn when earlier this month a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window of Nottingham’s home. Nottingham had been trying to end the relationship for weeks and had already made a report to the police after she woke up to a shattered car windshield. The incidents were followed by phone calls and texts from unknown numbers from people that Sarah believed to be working with Lewis. The Police arrested Lewis and Three others in connection with the bombing.
Lewis did not attend the hearing, but Nottingham was granted a three year restraining order against him. He remains out on $500,000 bail and is expected to be seen in court by the end of the month.
Posted on: 01/23/2014
The Contra Costa County drug task force has been conducting a two-year investigation code named Operation Crystal Lens, and recently seized a record breaking amount of contraband worth millions. The raid is being hailed and one of the biggest raids in county history.
The West-Net narcotics team has been working with the FBI and local police for the Crystal Lens operation and has been making multiple arrests since November. Over the past two months the team has found almost 500 pounds of methamphetamine and over $900,000 in cash, but last weeks’ raid was their biggest yet, seizing more than $18 million worth of weapons, cash, and narcotics. The team also announced that the seizure resulted in 17 arrests of criminal drug traffickers found at the scene.
Authorities are glad to be able to significantly hit an organized criminal structure, keep the drugs off the streets, and hopefully curb violence.
Posted on: 01/14/2014
17-year-old Dashawn Cooper is facing murder charges for a New Year’s Eve shooting around East Oakland that resulted in one fatality. Cooper is looking at being charged as an adult for murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Ashlee Walker, an Oakland college student was out with some friends for New Year’s Eve. The Group stopped around 22nd Avenue to meet someone, and shots were fired. They were able to get away and drive to Highland Hospital, where Walker died. Police were able to identify Cooper as the assailant through witness found around the scene of the crime. Cooper was arrested the next day and was already a suspect in another shooting. He is being held in San Leandro Juvenile Hall and is awaiting trial. The death of Ashlee Walker was Oakland’s 92nd and final homicide of 2013.
Posted on: 01/11/2014
A Pleasanton resident spotted suspicious activity around the MacDonald Court at about 9pm last week. Upon further surveillance the citizen spotted multiple men in a silver Nissan removing mail from mailboxes. The resident made an immediate call to the authorities and the men were found by police shortly after on Olsen Drive. Once they were pulled over the driver and three others allowed the police to search the vehicle. During the search police found drugs, stolen property, and mail from thirteen surrounding cities.
The four men were identified as Elmer Aguilar, 18, David A. Gonzalez, 23, Gustavo Rivas, 31, and Ruben Ramirez, 23. The four Concord residents were booked into Santa Rita Jail and face multiple theft, forgery, conspiracy and drug-related charges. The Pleasanton Police Department credit the citizen who made the call that resulted in the arrests and believe that without their help the four men would probably still be on the loose.
Posted on: 12/28/2013
Due to budget cuts and furloughs over the years the Oakland Police Department has taken a major hit to staff and its number of uniformed officers. With a limited number of officers the OPD decided to focus more patrolling city streets instead of investigating homicides. Whether or not having more police out on the streets actually prevents crime is a controversial topic. Numbers from 2012 show that Oakland police solved only 28 percent of the homicides in the city this year. Since Oakland is known as being one of the violent cities in the country their crime lab has begun to come under heavy scrutiny for its inefficiency.
Oakland’s crime lab processes 95 percent of all suspected drug cases in less than 24 hours. They have no backlog for their narcotics unit while recent reports show that their homicide department has years of backlog and over 650 cases with untested evidence. If the OPD decides to continue to focus on “cost effective” drug arrests it could prove to be a real problem and endanger public safety even more.
Posted on: 12/23/2013
The man who was arrested for suspicion of DUI in the recent I-580 crash has been released from Santa Rita Jail on $125,000 bail. The CHP has released the drivers name as 53-year-old Primitivo Garcia. They reported that Garcia had slammed into several vehicles before finally striking and a Jeep Cherokee at over 50 miles per hour. Upon impact both cars burst into flames. Primitivo and a passenger were able to escape his Hummer, but the driver of the Jeep was trapped and was not able to survive. The unfortunate victim of this fatal crash was 29-year-old Reed Whitaker; an EMT for Royal Ambulance in San Leandro.
As a result of this tragic accident Livermore and surrounding cities such as Dublin and Tracy have set up more DUI checkpoints in an attempt to improve public safety. They plan to continue to be proactive, enforcing preventative measures against DUIs especially during the holiday season.