Balcony In Berkeley That Collapsed Had Passed Inspection Less Than A Year Ago The fifth floor Berkeley apartment balcony that gave way, killing six and injuring seven others, had passed an inspection less than a year ago.
Criminal Investigation Launched Into Deadly Berkeley Balcony CollapseAlameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Thursday that her office will be conducting a criminal investigation into the balcony collapse in downtown Berkeley last week that killed six people and injured seven others.
Alameda County DA Unveils Billboard Campaign Against Child Sex TraffickingAlameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley launched a public awareness campaign that's aimed at confronting what she described as an epidemic of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children.
Alameda County Teams With FBI In Hopes Of Processing Backlog Of DNA Rape Kits Faster Alameda County's District Attorney is now working with the FBI on a pilot project to process and review a backlog of untested DNA rape kits more rapidly.
Rite Aid Agrees To Pay $500,000 To Settle Prescription Claim After Undercover InvestigationsThe Rite Aid pharmacy chain has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle allegations that it failed to fully comply with rules about consulting with customers in California who receive new prescriptions.
Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits Prompts Proposal From East Bay LawmakerAn unknown number of rape kits are sitting untested in crime labs throughout California, sometimes taking months or even years to process. To help rape victims get justice, a lawmaker from the East Bay has introduced legislation to speed up the process.
Child Sex Trafficking Targeted In New Campaign On Oakland BillboardsBillboards and posters bearing the faces of former child sex trafficking victims and the stories of how they escaped a life of sexual exploitation will be popping up around Oakland as part of an extensive public awareness campaign.
AC Transit Bus Burn Victim Home For Holiday After Hospital Stay Luke "Sasha" Fleischman, the 18-year-old victim who was set on fire aboard an AC Transit bus earlier this month, is being released from the hospital just in time for Thanksgiving.
Bay Area DA's Offices Outsource To Collect Big From Bad Check WritersBouncing a check has never been a good thing to do, and in a strange twist of irony where people are writing few and fewer of them—the penalty for writing a bad one might be harsher than it was before.
Alameda County May Reduce Charges To Avoid Mandatory DeportationsA new policy in Alameda County is instructing prosecutors to consider filing lesser criminal charges for some legal immigrants in an effort to avoid mandatory deportation.
Prosecutors Gather In Oakland To Combat Child Sex TraffickingHundreds of west coast law enforcement prosecutors and service providers are gathering in Oakland this week to compare notes on how to best combat human trafficking.
Alameda Co. DA Promotes Alternative To Questionable Loan Modification OffersUnderwater homeowners frantic to hold onto their homes have become a tempting target for scam artists offering loan modification help at a hefty price.