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Female inmate from Antioch dies at West County Jail. — Posted: 04/25/2015 06:10:29 PM PDT Updated: 04/25/2015 06:10:30 PM PDT RICHMOND -- A 51-year-old Antioch woman died Saturday while in custody at the West County Jail in Richmond, authorities said. The woman's name was not released Saturday evening because her next of kin had not been notified of her death.

Attempted rape suspect arrested in unincorporated Redwood City — Posted: 04/25/2015 03:31:45 PM PDT Updated: 04/25/2015 03:31:47 PM PDT REDWOOD CITY -- The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office says it arrested a 22-year-old Redwood City man on suspicion of attempted rape early Saturday. A 28-year-old woman flagged down a Sheriff's sergeant at about 12:30 a.m.

Hayward: Bail kept at $420,000 for ex-cop accused of scamming mentally ill woman — Posted: 04/24/2015 04:20:36 PM PDT Updated: 04/24/2015 04:20:36 PM PDT HAYWARD -- Calling it a very serious case, an Alameda County judge on Friday refused to lower bail for a retired Hayward police sergeant charged with nine felonies for allegedly scamming a mentally ill woman out of a half-million dollars starting six years before his retirement.

Hayward police officer charged with scamming mentally ill woman of a half-million dollars — Posted: 04/22/2015 04:06:03 PM PDT Updated: 04/22/2015 04:19:45 PM PDT HAYWARD -- A retired Hayward police sergeant is accused of scamming a half-million dollars from a mentally ill woman with the promise of marriage. Modesto resident Michael Scott Beal, who served on the Hayward police force for 27 years, is being held in Santa Rita Jail in lieu of $420,000 bail.

Oakland: Jail phone calls played in court during Randy Alana's murder trial — Posted: 04/21/2015 05:56:05 PM PDT Updated: 04/21/2015 05:56:06 PM PDT OAKLAND -- Sandra Coke spent the last few months of her life desperately searching for a pet that Randy Alana had killed, according to trial testimony. "I've talked to every crack head in Oakland. I'm desperate.

Oakland: Man convicted of killing Sizzler manager in 1993 — Posted: 04/20/2015 11:43:26 AM PDT Updated: 04/20/2015 11:57:44 AM PDT OAKLAND -- A jury on Monday convicted a man of first-degree murder in a 1993 Oakland cold case solved because of a cigarette butt snuffed out in a baked potato.

Former Cal doctor gets probation for sexual misconduct with patients — Posted: 04/17/2015 02:41:06 PM PDT Updated: 04/17/2015 02:56:55 PM PDT OAKLAND -- A former UC Berkeley campus doctor was sentenced Friday to five years probation for sexual contact with male students during health center visits. An attorney for Robert Kevess said all the sexual contact was consensual, though the family of one man said their relative was molested and it drove him to suicide.

Berkeley man, 37, convicted of attempted rape — OAKLAND -- A 37-year-old man was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison for the attempted rape of an unconscious woman in Berkeley last year.An Alameda County jury in February convicted John Kannon, of Berkeley, of attempted rape of an unconscious woman and assault with intent to commit

Oakland teen acted in self-defense in January killing, attorney says

Antioch woman's murder conviction reversed in Dublin grandma killing — Posted: 04/16/2015 06:35:13 PM PDT Updated: 04/16/2015 06:35:14 PM PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A California appellate court on Thursday reversed the first-degree murder conviction of a 61-year-old Antioch woman accused of helping her daughter kill her elderly mother-in-law in Dublin during an ugly child custody dispute.
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Apr 25, 2015

@TobeyMaguire please settle a Facebook debate: were you on BART in the San Francisco Bay Area last night?

Apr 25, 2015

@cwayt66 he has a law&motion hearing set for 5/14. Has had no preliminary hearing yet. Just making way through justice system.

Apr 22, 2015

RT @cathiegatison: Oakland: Jail phone calls played in court during Randy Alana's murder trial @malaikafraley

Apr 16, 2015

Woman testifies against Randy Alana, who was acquitted of killing her best friend in 1983 @malaikafraley

Apr 16, 2015

RT @cathiegatison: Oakland: Prosecutor asks jury to convict man charged in 1993 killing at Sizzler @malaikafraley

Apr 16, 2015

Portion of new hangout room at Alameda County Family Justice Center for girls rescued from sex trafficking.

Apr 13, 2015

@MichaelW1966 I think right now it's expected to start in May

Apr 13, 2015

RT @CalNurses: .@chjohnson @malaikafraley Stop another #Sutter closure! #Nurses hold 11am press conference @ #ThunderRoad teen treatment center #Oakland

Apr 03, 2015

Michael Schoop, exteacher @ Mission Valley elementary in #Fremont, just sentenced to 16yrs 4 sex abuse on 2nd grader in 98-99. Story coming

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