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Hercules man convicted of murder in botched marijuana robbery

A Hercules man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for his role in an alleged scheme to steal marijuana from a man at an Alameda apartment complex three years ago that resulted in the intended victim's death. Jurors deliberated for only two hours before reaching their verdict against 32-year-old Charles ...

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery member pleads no contest to kidnapping

A former member of the now-defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland has pleaded no contest to one count of kidnapping and two counts of carjacking for his role in the abduction and torture of two women seven years ago. Richard Lewis, a 30-year-old former football star at Mission High ...

Manslaughter verdict in bizarre San Francisco slaying

A man accused of killing another man and then setting his body on fire in San Francisco's Buena Vista Park was found guilty Tuesday by a Superior Court jury of involuntary manslaughter and three other charges. However, the jury found David Munoz Diaz not guilty of first or second degree ...

Man sentenced to 10 years in fatal West Oakland shooting

A Concord man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for a shooting in West Oakland last year that left one man dead and two others wounded. Lamar Eric Webster, 23, had been charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder for a shooting ...

Appeals Court upholds conviction in San Francisco triple homicide

A state appeals court in San Francisco has upheld the conviction and three consecutive sentences of life in prison without parole for a former MS-13 gang member in the killing of a father and two sons in the city in 2008. Edwin Ramos, 27, was convicted in San Francisco Superior ...

No contest plea in crash that killed two Santa Rosa women

A Rohnert Park man pleaded no contest Wednesday in Sonoma County Superior Court to gross vehicular manslaughter in a rear-end, distracted driving crash that killed two women in Santa Rosa in March. Nicholas Tognozzi, 30, will be sentenced to one year in the Sonoma County jail and three years' probation ...

Former boxing champ sentenced for six Bay Area bank robberies

A former welterweight boxing champion from Pittsburg has been sentenced in federal court in Oakland to seven years and three months in prison for the unarmed robberies of six East Bay banks last year. James Quindale Page, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White. He pleaded guilty to ...

No charges in San Mateo County officer-involved shooting

No charges will be filed against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed an 18-year-old woman wielding a kitchen knife near Half Moon Bay in June, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Yanira Serrano-Garcia was killed outside of the Moonridge housing complex on Miramontes Point Road the ...

Petaluma man pleads no contest in crash that killed Vallejo woman

A Petaluma man faces eight years in prison after he pleaded no contest Monday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court to the vehicular manslaughter of a Vallejo woman in June. Jesse Martin Cockrill's 2005 Lincoln crossed the double yellow lines on Lakeville Highway in Petaluma around 10 p.m. on June ...

4 men plead guilty in killing of German tourist

Authorities say that four men accused of killing a German tourist who was visiting San Francisco in 2010 have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Phillip Stewart, Delvon Scott, Raheem Jackson and Willie Eason, who had been indicted on murder charges, will serve between five ...

Fire crews work the crash site of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Bay Area News Group, John Green)

Family files lawsuit over Asiana crash runway death

The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash landing at the San Francisco airport filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Wednesday against the city, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the parents of ...

Lawsuit filed to stop Doctors Medical Center service cuts

Health care providers and community members have filed a federal lawsuit to stop the downsizing and potential closure of Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, which is seeing major cuts to staff and services amid longtime financial struggles. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick denied a motion for a temporary ...

Transient gets four-year prison term for historic feed store arson

A Sebastopol area transient was sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court Tuesday to four years in prison for the arson of the Frizelle Enos feed and supply store in Sebastopol last year. Steven Barton Edmonds, 54, pleaded no contest to the arson in June. The July 13, 2013 fire destroyed ...

Russian immigrant sentenced to prison in fatal beating of 71-year-old

A 22-year-old Russian immigrant who prosecutors said used a vase to beat an elderly man to death in his Antioch home was sentenced in a Martinez courtroom Tuesday to seven years in prison. Ruslan Yaroslavovich Bazelyan, 22, received the sentence in Contra Costa County Superior Court after pleading no contest ...

Budget cuts hit Santa Clara County courts

Santa Clara County Superior Courts announced service cuts at two courthouses on Tuesday citing a lack of funding from Sacramento. Traffic and small claims court at both the Palo Alto and Morgan Hill courthouses will be relocated along with civil court services in Morgan Hill. The changes take effect October ...

Accused East Bay teacher takes stand at molestation trial

For the first time, a jury heard from a former Concord school teacher accused of molesting his students. Joseph Martin is on trial for 150 counts of lewd acts on a child. He appeared calm on the stand Wednesday. He didn’t deny having a physical, hands-on teaching style, but said ...

City officials consider $15 million settlement in San Francisco park death

San Francisco city officials are considering a $15.1 million payout to the family of a woman who was struck and killed by a city gardener while with her dog and baby at a park. The city's Recreation and Parks Commission voted last week in favor of the payment to Christine ...

2 gang members get life in prison for death of Oakland 3-year-old

Two gang members were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for the deadly shooting of a 3-year-old boy and the wounding of two alleged gang rivals in a shooting in East Oakland three years ago. Lawrence Denard, 29, and Willie Torrence, 25, were convicted last month of one count of ...

Gang leader gets 42 years in prison for shooting deaths of two former members

The head of a criminal street gang in Soledad was sentenced Friday to 42 years in prison in the murders of two men in 2008 and 2010, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office. Superior Court Judge Russell Scott imposed the prison term on 25-year-old Armando Garza Canchola, who ...

Grand Jury transcript reveals DNA a key link in Sierra LaMar murder case

The grand jury testimony that led to Antolin Garcia-Torres facing murder charges for the death of disappeared Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar was unsealed early Friday evening and revealed how heavily DNA evidence figured in the indictment. LaMar, 15, disappeared on March 16, 2012 after leaving for school in Morgan ...

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