Violent Crimes

Implications of Assault and battery (CA Penal Code §240 & §242)

An unidentified man was spending time in a strip club near Jones Street and the 700 block of O’Farrell when things suddenly got out of hand.  It seems that the man began arguing with one of the employees over money.  The woman began to film his inappropriate behavior with her cell phone.  He didn’t like that very much, so he smacked the phone out of her hand, breaking it to pieces.  Evidently, this did not sit well with 15 other men in the club who immediately came to the dancer’s rescue – surrounding him, pounding the man, and eventually running...

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False Accusation and Arrest due to inaccuracy of Police Shotspotter System

29-year-old Keith Harding was outside of a marijuana grow house in the 1600 block of 85th Avenue when he was shot and killed.  Law enforcement officers are still unable to determine whether or not Harding’s death is connected to the activities of the grow house, but it was found on the premise during the investigation into the slaying.Interestingly, police were alerted to the shooting through the use, not only of reports by nearby residents, but also of “Shotspotter,” a gunshot detection device with sensors that detect gunfire blasts.  This particular piece of technology has become one of the basic mainstays...

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Voluntary Manslaughter Charge under PC 192(a) in Livermore Road Rage Incident

Cort Holbrook, a software engineer out of Livermore, was out about town when he noticed that Ricky Zeismer was driving erratically and causing dangerous issues with the traffic ahead.  The two eventually pulled over and got into a serious scuffle, with Holbrook receiving several kicks and punches from Zeismer.  The road rage incident ended only when Holbrook felt it necessary to stab Zeismer, resulting in his eventual death, in order to protect himself.  Holbrook certainly has the cuts and bruises to prove it.Alameda County prosecutors attempted to charge Holbrook with 2nd degree murder, but were unsuccessful.  Instead, a charge of...

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Penal Code 191.5 Gross Vehicular Manslaughter Charges Filed in Daly City

28-year old Denis Pereirade-Macdeo had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.18%  (the legal limit is 0.08) the night he made a U-turn on Eastmoor Avenue in his BMW and hit a Toyota Tercel carrying a mother (50-year-old Osorio Acevedo), her two sons (Amado Osorio Acevedo, 23, and Josue Osorio, 15), and her eldest son’s girlfriend (20-year-old Sara Sangraw).  Mother and sons were killed while Sangraw is listed as critically injured.  Pereirade-Macedo was not injured at all and has been charged with charges of 3 counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, 2 counts of DUI, and 1 count of misdemeanor hit...

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Redwood City Teacher Avoids Charges of Child Cruelty under CA Penal Code 11164

Alexia Bogdis was arrested a little over a year ago for allegedly slapping a 5-year-old child, depriving another child of food, twisting the child’s arm, and kicking his chair. Recently, however, all witnesses have recanted their statements, claiming that they must have misinterpreted what they saw. Bogdis has remained on administrative leave, along with 8 others from the Redwood City school district, for the occurrence.The California Student Safety and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 prevents the harassment of or discrimination against students on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation.However, it is California Penal Code,  §11164 that makes it...

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San Francisco Vehicular Homicide Charge in Teen Drunk Driving Accident

San Francisco police have accused 29-year-old Kieran Brewer of killing 17-year-old Hanren Chang, a student at Lowell High School – they have charged him with a felony DUI and with vehicular manslaughter. It seems that Chang was attempting to cross Sloat Boulevard at Vale, an intersection within 8 blocks of 19th avenue, when she was struck by Brewer’s car.Officer Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police said that the young girl was hit at around 11:20pm on Saturday night. He was quick to add that he did not know what Brewer’s blood alcohol level was at the time that the...

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