Henry Lee's Rap Sheet for Dec. 14, 2015

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Here's the Rap Sheet for Dec. 14, 2015

BUSY WEEK FOR NEWARK PD: It's been quite chaotic lately for the men and women in blue in Newark.

On Dec. 7, police investigated the strangulation death of a woman, allegedly by her husband, who has since been charged by Alameda County prosecutors with murder.

Then, over the weekend, the Newark police SWAT team had a double-dose of excitement.

Late Friday, an armed-robbery investigation by Fremont police led to a home on Portsmouth Avenue in Newark. The Newark PD SWAT team was called out, and officers arrested three suspects and recovered stolen property.

After that incident was over, two members of the hostage negotiation team were driving a police van back to Newark police headquarters at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday when the passenger-door window suddenly shattered on Newark Boulevard near Brittany Avenue.

An officer was hit in the forehead and began "bleeding profusely" by what was later determined to be a large rock.

But at the time, the cops thought someone was shooting at them and broadcast an "11-99" emergency call on the radio, asking for any officers nearby to provide immediate backup.

The officer, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a large laceration.

Police responding to the area found three juveniles, who "admitted to throwing the rock at the police vehicle and were sorry they had injured a police officer," authorities said.

The teens were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer causing injury and were released to their parents pending a court hearing.

LIFE BEHIND BARS FOR COLD-CASE SLAYING: A man who left behind DNA evidence at a remote San Mateo County crime scene more than 29 years ago has been sentenced to life in prison in the rape, killing and dumping of a teenage girl.

John William Kelley, 52, of Placerville (El Dorado County) entered a surprise no-contest plea to first-degree murder in July, when his trial was beginning in the slaying of Annette Thur,17, of Ben Lomond (Santa Cruz County), who was hitchhiking home after midnight one morning in 1986 from a party in nearby Boulder Creek.

Kelley also admitted to the special circumstances of committing murder during forcible rape and forcible sodomy. 

Authorities said Kelley, then a 23-year-old married man, picked up Annette as she hitchhiked on Dec. 6, 1986, and took her to his Ben Lomond home, where he either suffocated or strangled her before dumping her body down an embankment along Skyline Boulevard in remote San Mateo County. A hiker discovered her body hours later.

The crime went unsolved for more than two decades until cold-case investigators with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office entered DNA evidence into a national database and turned up a match. Detectives questioned Kelley at his Placerville home in August 2012 and then arrested him.

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