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San Leandro man sentenced to 115 years for raping family member

A 58-year-old San Leandro man was sentenced Friday to 115 years to life in state prison for his conviction on five felony sexual assault counts for raping a family member when she was eight and nine years old several years ago. Jurors deliberated for only one day before returning their ...

Former San Francisco police officer pleads guilty in corruption case

A former San Francisco police officer indicted along with two officers in a corruption probe has acknowledged stealing more than $5,000 in computers, gift cards and other property from people during searches. The San Francisco Chronicle reports  that Reynaldo Vargas pleaded guilty to four felony charges this week. In his ...

Man sentenced for random execution-style slaying of Castroville pedestrian

A judge in Monterey County Superior Court sentenced a 22-year-old gang member to 50 years to life in prison for the execution-style murder of a pedestrian in Castroville in 2011, a prosecutor said. Judge Pamela Butler rendered the sentence on defendant Alberto "Trigger" Cortez, of Castroville, from his conviction on ...

Owners of Antioch assisted living facility held in contempt for retaliating against workers

The owners of an Antioch assisted living facility were held in contempt by a federal judge in San Francisco for retaliating against employees during a U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the company's wage and record keeping practices, labor department officials said Tuesday. Mahrangiz Sarkeshik and Abolfazl Sarkeshik, owners of ...

Livermore golf instructor sentenced to prison for abusing boys

A Livermore golf instructor was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison Thursday after he pleaded guilty to abusing three boys he was teaching and then trying to solicit someone to murder them. Andrew Nisbet, 32, had pleaded guilty last month to seven felony counts in the case that ...

Morgan Hill elementary teacher accused of molesting students in court

A fifth-grade teacher in Morgan Hill who faces accusations that he molested two students made his first appearance before a judge Tuesday. Dressed in a jail jumpsuit and handcuffs, 52-year-old John Loyd of Hollister showed little emotion in a South County courtroom. Another student has come forward alleging she was ...

Prosecution, defense give opening statements in 2012 murder of Monte Sereno man

A prosecutor in Santa Clara County Superior Court Monday said he will use DNA evidence, phone records and the testimony of a witness in the trial of an Oakland gang member charged in the 2012 killing of a wealthy Monte Sereno man. Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith said in his ...

Gravely injured Giants fan sues Dodgers again

An attorney for Brian Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating. Attorney Tom Girardi said in the ...

Cold case charges dropped in wake of prosecutor's affair

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office has dismissed charges in the 1989 murder of Cathy Zimmer against her ex-husband and his brother, citing an affair by a prosecutor with a lab technician, prosecutors said Tuesday. The district attorney's office filed charges earlier this year against David Zimmer, 66, and ...

Family of Novato accident victim settles wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a Novato girl who was killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycle two years ago has settled a suit against the City of Novato and the driver for over $1 million, the family's attorney said Monday. The bulk of the settlement, $800,000, will be paid by ...

Father sentenced to two years in jail in puppy torture death

A Redwood City man who pleaded no contest to killing his puppy Lucky after torturing it for weeks in front of his 4-year-old daughter was sentenced Friday to two years in county jail, prosecutors said. Alan Velete, 32, pleaded no contest in July to felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor child ...

Man sentenced to 15 years to life in Alameda pot rip-off murder

A Mendocino County man was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison for killing a man at an Alameda apartment complex three years ago during a scheme to steal marijuana from the man. Richard Ezell, 25, of Laytonville, pleaded no contest earlier this year to second-degree murder ...

Two Oakland men plead to manslaughter for 2013 Berkeley homicide

Two men pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter Wednesday for the fatal shooting of a 34-year-old man in broad daylight in Berkeley in February 2013. Maurice Thomas, 23, and Jevon Calland, 22, who are cousins, were scheduled to stand trial this week on murder charges for the fatal shooting of ...

Murder charge dismissed against suspect in Berkeley shooting

Because a key witness wasn't available, a murder charge was dismissed Wednesday against a Pittsburg man who was arrested for a fatal shooting in Berkeley last year. Antiown Ramon York, 26, had been charged with the death of 26-year-old Jermaine Davis, who was shot in the 1800 block of Derby ...

Claim filed against city following incident at Giants game on Native American Heritage Night

Two Native Americans removed from San Francisco's AT&T Park during a Native American Heritage Night at a Giants game in June are filing a claim of police brutality against the city and are urging the Giants to practice cultural sensitivity. Kimball Bighorse, 35, of San Bruno, who is of Seneca, ...

Man wearing 'Rub Me For Luck' t-shirt who grabbed girl sentenced to 5 years

A man wearing a "rub me for luck" T-shirt who inappropriately grabbed a 6-year-old girl in a San Bruno Target store in 2012 was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Former UPS driver Glenn Albrecht, 51, was arrested on Aug. 26, ...

Couple pleads no contest in PetSmart customer burglaries

A former San Carlos PetSmart employee and her boyfriend have pleaded no contest to burglary charges for a series of break-ins at homes they learned were vacant when the residents' pets were boarded at PetSmart, San Mateo County prosecutors said Tuesday. San Jose residents Ashley Lynn Kirk, 24, and Juan ...

Salinas man to serve 20 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse of young girl

A Salinas man will be sentenced to 20 years in prison after entering no contest pleas to seven counts of lewd acts upon a child, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office. Maurillo Gonzales, 21, entered his pleas Monday as jury selection was about to begin before his trial ...

San Mateo woman pleads no contest to lighting sleeping boyfriend on fire

A 20-year-old woman has pleaded no contest to setting her ex-boyfriend's bed on fire while he was sleeping in 2012, San Mateo County prosecutors said. Jacqueline Rivera agreed to plead no contest to felony arson and assault charges after prosecutors and the court indicated she would receive a sentence of ...

Prosecutors may re-try Concord teacher charged with lewd acts

Contra Costa County prosecutors are still mulling whether to re-try a Concord elementary school teacher charged with lewd and lascivious acts with former students. Joseph Martin, a 46-year-old Martinez resident and former Woodside Elementary School teacher, appeared in a Martinez courtroom Monday at a hearing to schedule a new trial. ...

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