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From the Office of the Alameda County District Attorney
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney
September, 2010

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Oakland Gang Summit
DA's Office Awarded Grant
Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
DA's Office Participates in National Night Out
New Orleans Comes to the ACFJC
Consumer Alert
From the Courtroom
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Oakland Gang Summit

neo&dellumsLaw enforcement officials and Prosecutors from Federal, State and Local agencies as well as community based organizations, school district officials, and the faith-based community gathered in Oakland for a two-day summit focused on gang violence in the City of Oakland.  Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag, Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums anchored the
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Nancy O'Malley & Annemarie Conroy of the U.S. Attorney's Office
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two-day meeting, that included over 140 speakers on panels ranging from intervention to law enforcement strategies and best
East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis & DDA John Creighton
practices.  Representatives from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office presented on topics including re-entry, truancy programs, call-ins, and law enforcement communications across agencies and jurisdictions.  The Governor's Office as well as the Department of Justice also had high level representatives present to partner in the effort.  Presenters and participants were able to meet and collaborate with a wide range of professionals all dedicated to addressing the growing problem of gang violence plaguing the City of Oakland.

 What's New
DA's Office Awarded Grant to Combat Human Trafficking of Minors
On August 10, 2010, District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced that the Alameda County District Attorney's Office was selected as one of only four recipients of a U.S. Department of Justice grant to combat Human Trafficking of Minors.  The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Grant was awarded after a nationwide submission process.  The Grant award is $300,000 over a two-year period.  Other grant recipients include the State of Georgia Bureau of Investigation; the City of Boston, Massachusetts; and the Cook County State's Attorney, Chicago, Illinois.

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The Alameda County District Attorney's Office created the HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit in 2005, one year before California passed its human trafficking laws.  In 2010, the District Attorney in collaboration with several community providers and partners, introduced H.E.A.T. Watch, a nationally recognized and innovative solution to combating HEAT based on a multi-system, multi-jurisdictional collaborative approach. 

Ms. O'Malley stated, "This grant will fund the coordination and training efforts of H.E.A.T. Watch Partners.  As a result, victim advocates will increase their capacity to identify children at risk or those involved in commercial sexual exploitation and link those children to essential services throughout the Bay Area, enhancing safety and stability.  Law enforcement will increase identification and investigation of cases and the District Attorney will continue to aggressively prosecute traffickers.  H.E.A.T. Watch was developed to be a replicable best practice model for regional and national law enforcement response for the commercial sexual exploitation of children and we are very proud of the comprehensive approach to combat human trafficking of children in Alameda County."

Multi-agency victim service advocates and providers throughout the Bay Area, and all 24 law enforcement agencies in Alameda County as well as the San Francisco Police Department, the Richmond Police Department, and Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department, are partners in H.E.A.T. Watch.

Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock, head of the HEAT Unit, is a nationally recognized expert in combating the commercial sexual exploitation of minors.  Ms Bock stated, "This collaborative effort of victim advocates, law enforcement, social services, health care, as well as those from the community and local business is historic. It takes a village to rescue and recover a child from commercial sexual exploitation.  The U.S. State Department has stated that the sale and purchase of children for sex is the 2nd largest industry in our country and has become a multi-billion dollar industry.  This grant to the District Attorney's Office will greatly assist in our fight to combat the trafficking of children."

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest

District Attorney Nancy O'Malley & volunteers from the DA's office.

The District Attorney's Office had a strong showing at Oakland's neo speakingChinatown Streetfest over the weekend of August 28th and 29th.  At a festive booth on 9th Street, representatives from the DA's Office gathered to provide the community with useful information about a wide variety of topics such as restitution, victims' rights, domestic violence and the Family Justice Center.

DA's Office Participates in National Night Out

DA staff volunteering for National Night Out
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Several members of the District Attorney's Office participated in National Night Out (NNO) in the City of Oakland on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.  Teamed up with City of Oakland employees and volunteers, participants visited block parties throughout the City of Oakland to recognize and thank the hosts and the attendees for their efforts to make Oakland safer by meeting their neighbors.  This year, there were over 400 block parties throughout the City.

Some of this year's participates from the District Attorney's Office included Tasha Wiggins, John Goodfellow, Nahid Aria, Kathy Boyovich, Steve Revel, Rebecca Tse, Jeff McCort, Veronica Ibarra, Sabrina Farrell, Eileen McAndrew, Boniface Tam, Cheryl Brasil, John Creighton, Frank Moschetti, Marina Jimenez, Steve Dalporto and Brad Kearns.

All agreed that this was a worthwhile event for the office to participate in again this year.

New Orleans Comes to Alameda County Family Justice Center

welcomingOn August 30, the Alameda County Family Justice Center hosted the National Family Justice Center Alliance (NFJCA) Best Practices Training.  Alameda County was proud to train a Family Justice Center team consisting of law enforcement, District Attorney staff, victim witness advocates, and non-profit client advocacy from New Orleans, LA.  The event was coordinated by District Attorney Nancy O'Malley and Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack of the NFJCA in San Diego.


The Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACFJC) is one of three Regional Training Centers in California.  During the week, training topics included an ACFJC Overview, Working Together in an FJC, Advocacy in an FJC, Investigation and Prosecution, Job Shadowing, High Risk Team Approaches, and discussion on the future of the New Orleans Family Justice Team.


Nancy O'Malley, Harold Boscovich, Senior DDA Kim Hunter and OPD Investigator Randy White participated in nearly all of the training topic discussions.  Job shadowing included time with Randy White, Kim Hunter, Erin Scott of Family Violence Law Center and Raeanne Passantino of ACFJC.

Consumer Alert
Alameda County District Attorney's Office Participates In Housing Workshop
This Saturday, September 11, 2010, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office will participate in a free community workshop designed to help local homeowners avoid foreclosure rescue scams. 

The workshop, held from 8:30 am to noon at the First Congregational Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison Street is sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Besides speakers from the Alameda County District Attorney's real estate fraud division, HUD certified housing counselors will be on hand to provide free counseling to local homeowners. 

"We are proud to partner with HUD to provide this valuable service to help homeowners avoid foreclosure rescue scams during these difficult economic times," stated District Attorney Nancy O'Malley.  O'Malley added, "California unfortunately ranks among the top three states facing foreclosures in 2010, and our office is committed to being proactive in helping homeowners avoid becoming the victims of real estate con artists." 

The Alameda County District Attorney's office will discuss the latest scams currently being perpetrated by con artists, and offer practical tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of foreclosure rescue fraud.  "Knowledge is the key to avoiding becoming a victim of real estate fraud," said Deputy District Attorney David Lim, who is part of the real estate fraud division.  "When people are facing the fear of losing their homes, they often make decisions under stress, which makes them vulnerable to scams," noted Lim.  "Knowledge of what those scams are will help residents avoid these scam, so we will be sharing what we know about the latest scams with homeowners." 

Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be provided, as well as a complimentary continental breakfast.

 From the Courtroom

August 2010

Felony Verdicts
  • On August 24, 2010, Defendant Aaron Parsons was convicted of four counts of forcible rape, forcible sodomy, residential robbery, kidnapping, criminal threats, and assault with a deadly weapon. The crimes occurred in 2004 and began in San Leandro. After brutally beating and raping the victim, the defendant forced her to go to Hayward where he continued to beat and sexually assault her for an additional two days. The victim managed to fool the defendant into believing that her family had an Amber Alert issued for her and he left her in an apartment. The victim contacted her family, who contacted the police. Despite initially being unwilling to prosecute, the victim courageously came to court and testified. The Prosecutor was DDA Amilcar Ford.
  • On August 19, 2010, a jury convicted defendants Tyrone Jackson and Keith Millet of kidnapping, robbery and forcible rape. On the evening of October 9, 2008, the victim in this case was at the Bench & Bar nightclub in Oakland where she remembers ordering and drinking one alcoholic drink, and then blacking out. She woke up in a car with one defendant driving and the other in the back seat. The defendants demanded her money, threatened to kill her and attacked and sexually assaulted her. The victim was ultimately left stranded in her ripped clothes, bleeding, with no phone, keys or money. Sentencing is scheduled for October 7, 2010. The Prosecutor was DDA Joe Goethals.
  • On August 16, 2010, a jury found defendant Patrick Grant guilty of two counts of robbery with personal use of a firearm, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. On July 18, 2009, an off-duty OPD Officer and his cousin were fishing at the trout pond on Carson Road in Oakland. Defendant Grant approached the victims with a gun and demanded their wallets. Both men complied and the defendant fled in a car. After a brief car and foot chase, Grant was arrested. Sentencing is scheduled for October 15, 2010, at which time the defendant faces up to 30 years in prison. The Prosecutor was DDA Rebecca Warren.
  • On August 5, 2010, a jury convicted defendants Mark Candler and Elijah Thomas of attempted murder and shooting at residences, based upon a June 30, 2006, incident. Candler and Thomas fired high powered rifles in the vicinity of a crowded intersection in West Oakland, wounding the targeted victim and striking several nearby apartments. Candler was also convicted of illegally possessing firearms in 2008. The convictions resulted from a large-scale operation by the Oakland Police Department targeting West Oakland gang members. Candler & Thomas face life imprisonment. The Prosecutor was DDA John Brouhard
  • On August 2, 2010, a jury found Defendant Michael Woods guilty of first degree murder for the killing of Bryant Sills, guilty of second degree murder for the killing of Reese Allen, and also found the multiple murder special circumstance clause to be true. On September 14, 2005, just before 6:00 AM, Woods shot and killed Bryant Sills at the intersection of 80th Avenue and Alder Street in East Oakland. Woods, who was driving a white van that morning, followed Sills as he left the parking lot of the Quarter Pound Burger on International Blvd. When Sills reached the stop sign at the above-mentioned intersection, the defendant pulled up next to him and got out of his vehicle with a fully loaded 9mm gun. He walked up to the passenger window of Sills vehicle, put his hand inside the passenger window, and shot Sills in the face. He fled the scene immediately after the shooting. Just 20 days later and a few blocks over on October 4, 2005, the defendant shot and killed Reese Allen, an 18 year old who had a revolver in his back pocket at the time of the shooting. The defendant was attempting to purchase drugs from the victim and when the victim refused to sell them to the defendant, Woods pulled out his fully loaded 9mm gun and shot four times. The victim was hit twice, with one of the bullets piercing his heart. Soon after this shooting, the defendant was arrested on an unrelated parole violation. He spoke to the police and claimed self-defense in both shootings. While the defendant was in custody in 2007, a hit list that he created, which contained the names and addresses of witnesses for both cases, was confiscated. The prosecutor was DDA Venus D. Johnson.

Misdemeanor Verdicts

  • On August 24, 2010, a jury convicted defendant Lee Mark Poitier of driving under the influence of alcohol, and found true the excessive blood alcohol clause. On November 1, 2009, the Defendant Poitier and Kaly Kim were driving on the 2300 block of Durant Avenue in the city of Berkeley. Witnesses saw Kim back the car into another vehicle, at which time Poitier switched seats with Kim and drove off. Defendant Poitier drove half a block and the car stopped at the next intersection. The car stayed at the light for three cycles and the two switched seats, putting Ms. Kim behind the steering wheel once again. The car drove off but was pulled over three blocks away after officers from the Berkeley Police Department responded to numerous 911 calls. When the car was pulled over Defendant Kim was still in the driver's seat. Both were arrested and charged for driving under the influence. Ms. Kim's blood alcohol was .15/.15 at the time of the incident and Mr. Poitier was driving with a Blood Alcohol of .21/.20. Ms. Kim pled guilty prior to trial. The Prosecutor was DDA Louis Marin.
  • On August 13, 2010, a jury convicted Defendant Cal Hale of Penal Code section 243.4(e)(1), sexual battery. On July 5, 2010, at approximately 9:45 AM, Hale attacked a woman exercising in front of Berkeley High School. The Defendant grabbed the victim's buttocks and proceeded to push her toward several bushes which lined the wall the school gymnasium. The victim resisted the forceful attack by screaming and striking the Defendant. He fled the scene but was arrested several minutes later by Berkeley Police Department. The conviction carries lifetime sexual offender registration pursuant to PC section 290. The Prosecutor was DDA Charles Wilson.
  • On August 9, 2010, a jury convicted Howard Fu Wong of driving under the influence. Shortly before 1:00 AM on October 18, 2009, the Defendant rolled through a stop sign while driving on Manor at Farnsworth in San Leandro and continued to drive while straddling the center divide. When he was pulled over by the police, the officer observed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication. Field Sobriety Tests suggested alcohol impairment and a Draeger Breath Test confirmed a .09/.09 blood alcohol level. The Prosecutor was DDA Vieira-Ducey
 Q & A
Q: "I would like to know more about the Family Justice Center and the resources that are available there. Where can I find more information?  Where is it located?"
A: The Family Justice Center is located at 470 27th Street, Oakland, CA.
Their phone number is (510) 267-8800
You can visit the Family Justice web site to get information regarding the Center and the services provided. 
Do you have a question for the District Attorney's Office?
The District Attorney's Office receives many calls and e-mails from the public asking a wide variety of questions.  Each month, we will print one of these questions along with the answer.  We hope that many readers will find the information useful.

Please feel free to e-mail a question of your own that you would like to see answered here.

 Until Next Issue...
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Nancy E. O'Malley
Alameda County District Attorney