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March 2013 Archives

Raids on alleged gang members in California

After warnings during a Ceasefire meeting between police and community members, Oakland gangs Case Boys and Money Team did not stop shooting in the streets. As a consequence of the violent crimes they are alleged to have committed, state, local and federal authorities arrested 18 alleged members of the Case Boys on a variety of charges. A letter from the Oakland police chief was left at each raid location that warned if the shootings and deaths continued, they would continue to receive this type of unwanted attention. The letter also instructed them to pass the message to their family members and associates.

Accused sex offender too ill to appear in California court

A 54-year-old alleged sex offender from the Santa Maria area is currently too ill for a trial to determine whether he's a violent sexual predator. He's been convicted of various sex crimes over the years. One of the earliest is a 1992 conviction involving four teenage boys. After being released for the 1992 crimes, he committed other offenses that sent him back to prison. After he was paroled in 2000, however, he was arrested again and convicted of felony child annoying. He received a 16-month sentence. In 2004, he was convicted of sexual sadism charges and received a 12-year sentence.

56-year-old enters guilty plea to conspiring to sell meth

A 56-year-old man from Mexico has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possession of methamphetamine. He was allegedly part of a plan to sell approximately 4 kilograms of methamphetamine in Oakland. Another man involved in the case has also entered a guilty plea to drug charges. The Mexican national admits to meeting with an individual in Oakland and showing him drugs stashed in a speaker inside the trunk. He faces life and prison and a $10,000 fine. The details of the other man's sentencing aren't known at this time.

Overcrowding leads to sex offenders being paroled

Due to a federal court mandate to ease overcrowding in California's prisons, many prisoners were paroled, and a number of those released were sex offenders. California mandates that those convicted of sex crimes wear GPS monitors for life, but many of the offenders wearing these units tamper with them without being punished, and some have even committed new crimes since. Incidentally, most of the 3,400 arrest warrants that were issued for monitor tampering between October 2011 and December 2012 are for high-risk sex offenders, rapists and child molesters, according to recent findings.Many of these sexual offender parolees have been charged with new sexually related crimes, along with kidnapping and attempted manslaughter. In an effort to comply with realignment, the state began sending those who violated parole to county jails. However, some counties either released them almost immediately or declined to take them. One specific case that is cited is a child stalker who violated his parole three times in a two-month period. He removed his GPS tracker after his third release at the county level and vanished. Later, he was arrested in Stockton for the suspected molestation of two female teens.

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