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May 2013 Archives

Prisoner challenges police search

A former gang member will be heard in the California Supreme Court on a case regarding a challenge to a police search. California criminal law requires police to obtain permission to search a residence or to have a search warrant. The inmate claims that the police in his case failed to obtain a warrant to search his apartment; instead, the police relied on permission to search given by his girlfriend after he was arrested for robbery.

Vehicle chase in California leads to arrests

North of Alameda, on May 7, two people were arrested in the Chapman neighborhood of Chico after a car chase that ended at approximately 6:30 p.m. The Sheriff's Department issued a statement that the chase began after police spotted what they believed to be a stolen vehicle.

Man rides bike into moving car

On May 1, a man riding a bicycle allegedly rode through a stop sign at Meade Avenue and Arizona Street in North Park. The bike collided with a car driving through the intersection. The man was transported to the hospital for unspecified treatment.

California man sentenced to 15 years for robbery

A 25-year-old Oakland man recently received a prison sentence of more than 15 years for robbery, use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm in Alameda County. He has two prior robbery convictions and two other convictions for assaulting correctional officers. The man's criminal defense lawyer requested a new trial and says that the defendant was in a different place when the crime supposedly occurred.The judge denied the request and criticized the defendant's disregard for women and the community as a whole after the prosecution reported that the defendant swore after his conviction and said that he wanted to have intercourse with a female court employee. The county prosecutor felt he should receive the maximum term because of these statements and because he also reportedly threatened to kill a witness, a bailiff and the bailiff's family. The judge sentenced him to slightly less than the maximum prison term.

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