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ISSUE NO. 9 / 2014
From the Office of District Attorney  
Nancy E. O'Malley, Alameda County 
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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DA O'Malley kicking off the 12th Annual Day of Remembrance
DA O'Malley and the Alameda County Family Justice Center hosted the 12th Annual Day of Remembrance. Elected officials and community members gathered together at the County Administration Plaza to honor the many lives taken as a result of domestic violence. The event incorporated art exhibits depicting the harsh realities of domestic violence, and the ceremonial ringing of the Memorial Bell. The bell rung each time the name of a domestic violence homicide victim was read aloud.

On October 28, 2014, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October as Domestic violence Awareness month. DA O'Malley received the proclamation from Supervisor Richard Valle.

The DA's Office partnered with the Oakland Athletics and launched a public awareness campaign to stop domestic violence.

If you or someone you know needs help, contact the Alameda County Family Justice Center for immediate services.
2014 Officer Recognition Awards
(left to right) CHP Ofc. Holden, DA O'Malley, CHP Ofc. Herrick, DA Chief of Inspectors Robert Chenault
The following local law enforcement officers are this year's recipients of the District Attorney's Officer Recognition Awards. These awards honor the outstanding work of sworn peace officers, whose individual investigative achievements lead to the successful prosecution of criminals in Alameda County.

California Highway Patrol
Officers Markus Holden & Vincent Herrick
for their bravery in People v Byron Williams, the apprehension of a would-be assassin, who was on his way to San Francisco to execute employees at a non-profit organization. The car stop turned into an 18 minute gun battle with the body armored defendant on the Interstate 580 ramp in Oakland. These officers had recently graduated from the academy and had just finished their field training program.

Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Michael Gallardo with Deputies Oscar Perez,
 Justin Miguel, and Dave McKaig

for their work involving numerous surveillance and undercover operations in "Operation Turning Off the H.E.A.T.," an investigation that lasted over eight months and revealed the existence of five criminal organizations operating in massage parlors throughout the county.

Emeryville Police Department
Sergeant Kevin Goodman
for his tireless work in investigating People v. Jeffrey Garratt; the brutal kidnapping and rape of mentally developed challenged woman who was walking home in Emeryville in October 1998.

Hayward Police Department
Detectives Angela Irrizarry & Aurel Agustin
for their investigation and efforts in People v. Alandis Brunson, assuring the safety of a reluctant 17 year old runaway human trafficking victim.

Livermore Police Department
Detective Tony Esquivel
for his dogged pursuit in People v. Bryan Davis, a murder investigation from 2002. He re-interviewed witnesses, carefully sifted through collected evidence, and developed a time-line and graph that packaged the evidence in a way so that a trier of fact could weigh, evaluate, and determine the facts. 
Alameda County Stone Soup Food Drive
DDA John Mifsud and DA Employees Samuel Argueta Reyes & Adrian Ratcliff constructed a replica of the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse out of the collected canned goods donated by DA employees
The District Attorney's Office participated in the 2014 Alameda County Stone Soup Food Drive, hosted by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator's Office. The Alameda County Community Food Bank is now serving 1 in 5 Alameda County residents and nearly two-thirds of them are children and seniors. The canned foods collected throughout the entire county will be donated to the community food bank, just in time for the holiday season.
Guilty Verdict in 1984 Cold Case Murder
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley announced that a jury found Steven Carlson, 46, guilty of first degree murder for the brutal 1984 killing of 14 year old Tina Faelz.

On April 5, 1984, the mutilated body of fourteen-year-old Tina Faelz was found in a ditch along Interstate 680, behind Foothill High School in Pleasanton. She had been stabbed forty-four times. Her schoolbooks were scattered beside her body, and her purse had been thrown into some shrubbery behind her. In 1986, police interviewed Steven Carlson because of rumors that he had confessed to the murder. Carlson had lived across the street from where the murder occurred, and had been in the same freshman class as Tina. In 1986, Carlson admitted to detectives that he had told people he'd killed Tina, but claimed he was just joking.

Over many years, analysis of numerous items of crime scene evidence yielded no suspect information. In 2008, Detective Dana Stout requested that Tina's purse be analyzed. Biologists with the FBI found four bloodstains on Tina's purse; one stain was Tina's blood, and the other three were Steven Carlson's blood. In a statement to detectives in 2011, Carlson laughed nervously, calling it a "cold case," and then claimed to have no memory of the murder.

"This verdict is the result of decades of committed and diligent work on the part of the Pleasanton Police Department, and unwavering dedication by all involved to bringing justice to Tina Faelz and her family. Advancements in technology clearly illustrate the power of DNA evidence in solving crimes and convicting violent criminals," stated DA O'Malley.

"I would like to thank the numerous dedicated Pleasanton detectives who worked this case over the decades, and the FBI for solving the case through the DNA analysis of the purse. I hope that today's verdict brings a sense of justice to Tina's family and friends," stated Deputy District Attorney Stacie Pettigrew, the trial prosecutor.

The sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2015.
Featured Verdicts
  • On October 20, 2014, Patrick Shields and Wynn Brewer were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to commit murder. Brewer was also convicted of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. In May of 2011, the Oakland Police and federal law enforcement authorities conducted an investigation of members of an Oakland criminal street gang, including Patrick Shields. On May 18, 2011, the police investigation revealed that Shields was conspiring with others to murder a man. Shields directed Brewer and two other men to drive to a residence in Oakland and to shoot and kill the intended victim when he left the residence. The Oakland Police stopped the car containing the suspects before they could commit the murder.
  • On October 28, 2014, a jury convicted Reggie Brown of nine counts of child molestation to three victims. The molestation occurred between 1993 and 2007 when the victims were between five and thirteen years old. Despite an investigation by Child Protective Services, finding that the allegations were substantiated, a criminal investigation was never conducted. Three additional uncharged victims also testified at trial that they too had been molested by the defendant when they were children. Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Edward Vieira-Ducey with assistance from DA Inspector Jean Luevano and Jason Hawks of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.
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