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Issue 2, 2015
HIGHLIGHTS IN THIS ISSUE
  • Family Justice Center hosts Department of Justice visit
  • 2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week
  • Dollar Tree stores to pay $2.72 million for environmental violations
  • Our prosecutors speaking to the community as part of our Speakers Bureau
  • Felony verdicts

Family Justice Center Hosts Department of Justice Visit  
ACFJC Executive Director Cherri Allison, DA Nancy O'Malley, DOJ-OVW Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, Confidential Assistant Carla Bernal, Deputy for Policy Rosie Hidalgo

To honor the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, representatives from the Department of Justice - Office on Violence against Women visited the Alameda County Family Justice Center (ACJFC) to acknowledge and commend the considerable inroads the ACFJC has made in coordinating the response to violence against women in our region.

The group was led by Principal Deputy Director Bea Hanson, and saw first hand why the ACFJC is a model for excellence in California.
At the meeting, leaders from the DA's Office, ACFJC, DOJ-OVW, and service partners discussed best practices in areas such as prosecution, law enforcement, victim services, cultural competency, language access, prevention, empowerment and public awareness

The Alameda County FJC provides victims with a one-stop location to access the legal, health and support services that aid their safety, recovery and wellbeing.  Find out more about the ACFJC.


2015 National Crime Victims' Rights Week

In celebration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the DA's Office held numerous community forums at universities, senior centers, places of worship and disability centers around the county. Our staff specialists were at each of the venues and provided community members with information about the services available to victims of crime in Alameda County.

Monday's kick off event was held at Cal State East Bay, where we hosted a forum discussing sexual assault on campus. We rounded out the week of events at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, where Mr Prince Wilson spoke eloquently and powerfully to the community about his experience as a survivor of crime.

Additionally, we also produced a public service announcement in honor of Crime Victims' Rights Week, demonstrating the ways in which the dedicated staff at our Victim-Witness Assistance Division can do to help if you've been a victim of crime. You can view the PSA here.

Dollar Tree Stores to Pay $2.72 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations 

Dollar Tree Illegally Disposed of Hazardous Wastes at its Retail Stores and Distribution Centers   

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley, together with 45 other California District Attorneys and 2 City Attorneys, announced that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson has ordered Virginia corporation Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. to pay $2,720,000 in civil penalties, costs, and towards supplemental environmental projects. Dollar Tree Stores was also ordered to implement an improved hazardous waste compliance program at its retail stores and distribution centers in California. Read more...


April Proclamations  

April proved to be a busy month for our office with no less than three proclamations issued by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for the work that we do in support of victims of crime.
Assistant DA & head of our Sexual Assault Unit Joni Leventis and Chief Assistant DA Kevin Dunleavy accept the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation from Supervisor Scott Haggerty

District 1 Supervisor and President of the Board Scott Haggerty presented the proclamations for Crime Victims' Rights Week as well as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

District 3 Supervisor Wilma Chan presented  the proclamation for Sexually Exploited Minors Awareness Week, acknowledging the extensive work we do for youth who have been trafficked in our community.

We thank the Alameda County Board of Supervisors for their proclamations commending the work we do in the fields of human trafficking, sexual assault, and on behalf of crime victims. 

Forum Inspires Discussion about Human Trafficking 

In honor of Sexually Exploited Minors
Panel moderator and Deputy DA Casey Bates, Misssey's Necole Daniels, Oakland PD Sergeant Holly Joshi, Oakland Councilmember Lynnette Gibson McElhaney & Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley
Week, the DA's Office in conjunction with KQED, hosted a film screening and forum last week.  Shown at the event was the documentary A Path Appears, a film by Nicholas Kristof and Cheryl WuDunn.

The Panel discussed numerous issues surrounding sexually exploited minors; the role of the community in ending human trafficking, educational measures for law enforcement, and overlooked populations who are at risk of being trafficked.


ADA Meehan presenting to Pleasanton PD's Citizens Academy
Speakers Bureau 

Experts from our office have spoken at various events recently as part of our Speakers Bureau community outreach program.

Our speakers can inform your group about a wide range of topics. Recently, ADA Jennifer Madden spoke to a class at Mills College about juvenile justice and human trafficking, DDA Casey Bates presented on cybersafety and bullying at Pleasanton High School & Corpus Christi Middle School, and ADA Jim Meehan presented on the role of the DA's Office for the Pleasanton PD'sCitizen Academy.

If your community group, school or organization would like to request a speaker from the DA's Office, please visit our page for further details.

Felony Verdicts 

People v Charles Edward Luckett

On April 20, 2015, a jury found defendant Charles Edward Luckett guilty of murder with special circumstances for the 1993 killing of Anthoney Vaughn.

On July 16, 1993, defendant Charles Edward Luckett and a second suspect went into the Sizzler restaurant, located on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and 27th Street in Oakland. The restaurant was closed, although some remaining customers were finishing up their meals. Read more...

Defendant Luckett will be sentenced on June 12, 2015. The case was prosecuted by DDA Danielle Hilton with assistance from Inspector George Phillips.

People v Israel Gonzalez Mendez

On April 2, 2015, Israel Gonzalez Mendez was sentenced after pleading no contest to forcible rape and two counts of forcible oral copulation.

On October 9, 2006, at approximately 9:30 pm, the victim was walking alone to a taco truck located on International Blvd. in Oakland. While the victim was in the immediate vicinity of the taco truck, defendant Mendez pulled up in a car, held a knife to her side and forced her into his car. Read more...

The case was prosecuted by DDA Erin Kingsbury.

People v Jacob James Kober

A judge sentenced defendant Jacob James Kober to 80 years to Life in prison for the murder of Kenneth Robert Ogden in 2012.

Defendant Kober sold methamphetamine out of his rented room in a house that backed onto a golf course in Livermore. Victim Ogden was a friend of defendant Kober, and owed Kober $400. In the afternoon of December 28, 2012, defendant Kober called the victim and asked to meet with him to discuss the money owed to him. Read more...

The case was prosecuted by DDA Matt Gaidos.

People v Isaiah Nolan Washington & Tiara Channelle Arnold

On March 17, 2015, a jury convicted defendants Isaiah Nolan Washington and his girlfriend Tiara Channelle Arnold of two counts of first degree murder with special circumstances for the killings of 18-year old high school students, Carlos Buenrostro and Rafael Avila. The couple was also convicted for the attempted murder of Jocelyn Medellin. Additionally, defendant Washington was convicted for being in possession of a firearm with a prior felony conviction.

During the evening of May 8, 2010, victim Jocelyn Medellin agreed to attend a welcome home party for defendant Washington who had recently been released from jail. Defendant Arnold and Medellin picked up defendant Washington and the three drove around Oakland in Arnold's lime green Oldsmobile. Read more...

Both Isaiah Nolan Washington and Tiara Channelle Arnold are scheduled to be sentenced on May 4. The case was prosecuted by DDA Jimmie Wilson with assistance from DA Inspector Mark Moreno.

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