Jury deliberations, 2011 double homicide
Jury deliberations began Thursday at the murder trial for a 30-year-old man accused of fatally shooting two men in a West Oakland neighborhood in 2010 for no apparent reason.
The defense attorney for DeShawn Reed says the Oakland resident has been misidentified as the gunman who killed 29-year-old Victor Johns and 56-year-old John Jones in a brazen afternoon shooting on March 5, 2010 at 30th and Linden streets.
But the prosecution said Reed was seen getting out of a black Saturn and killing the two Oakland residents in front of witnesses before fleeing in the vehicle.
The driver, Jason Watts, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder last year and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Reed faces the same punishment if convicted.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Man gets 40 years to life for killing teen
An East Oakland man who killed his 17-year-old girlfriend and hid her body in a vacant house has been sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison.
Adrian Blocker, 23, pleaded no contest in April to second-degree murder for shooting Onika Jones, of Oakland, in the head execution-style on June 18, 2011, and to assault with a firearm for shooting the teen in May 2011. Blocker shot her in a foot in May 2011 but Onika told police she did not know who shot her.
Onika was a missing person for eight months before police found her body in a house abut Blocker's own family home. He had told police before the discovery that he believed her to be in Reno.
Blocker took a plea deal last month on the first day of testimony at his jury trial.
-- Malaika Fraley, Staff
Police: Shoplifter bites Wal-Mart officer
A transient suspected of shoplifting reportedly bit a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer and is now facing felony charges including battery and possession of a controlled substance, police said.
Roxanne Melonzon, 24, was set to appear in court Thursday at the Fremont Hall of Justice for a hearing on the charges that stem from a May 2 attack, court records show.
Union City police officers responded about 11:30 p.m. to the business at 30600 Dyer St. to assist store security officers who reported a combative customer they'd caught stealing from the store, Cmdr. Ben Horner said.
Police learned that after two security officers detained the woman she reportedly began fighting with them while being escorted to the store's security office.
"Melonzon went so far as to bite one of the security members on the chest during the struggle," according to Horner's report. Officers said Melonzon calmed down when police arrived at the store.
A glass smoking pipe and about four grams of methamphetamine was later found inside Melonzon's bra, Horner said.
"She was arrested on multiple felony charges and transported to a local jail as a result of her need to steal items, carry drugs and bite people," Horner said.
She was being held at the Santa Rita Jail on $42,500 bail.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff
Robber nets $25,000 in diamonds from mall
A robber made off with more than $25,000 in diamond jewelry after pepper-spraying an employee at Hilltop Mall, police said.
The robbery occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a woman employee was helping the man at the Sears jewelry counter, according to Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.
The man pepper-sprayed the worker, police said, dumped more than 10 items of jewelry into a reusable Wal-Mart bag and ran off. The diamonds are valued between $25,000 and $50,000, Abetkov said.
The robber is described as a black man between the ages of 35 and 40, with fraying hair and a medium build and wearing dark clothing. No arrests have been made.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Man shot during East Oakland carjacking
A man was shot in the arm outside his East Oakland home Wednesday night by a gunman who then stole his truck, police said Thursday.
The man was in stable condition at a hospital and will recover, authorities said.
The man was sitting in his truck about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday outside his home in the 2000 block of 23rd Avenue when a man with a gun approached him and ordered him out of the vehicle.
When the man got out he was shot. The suspect then fled in the truck. Both the robber and truck were being sought Thursday.
The truck is a 2002 burgundy Dodge Dakota.
The robber is described as black, about 30 years old, 6-foot-2 with short hair and no facial hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and bluejeans.
Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $5,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3326 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
-- Harry Harris, Staff
Hayward police use Taser to subdue man
Hayward police used a Taser to subdue a man during a traffic stop on Wednesday morning after he failed to yield to officers, drove out of city limits, pulled over and then refused to get out of his vehicle.
Sometime before 10:20 a.m. an officer attempted to pull over a vehicle in Hayward for a traffic violation, but the driver failed to pull over, Hayward Police Sgt. Eric Melendez said.
The driver, whose identity was not immediately released, ended up crossing the Hayward border and pulling over in San Lorenzo, police said. But when an officer approached the vehicle, the man reportedly rolled up his windows and locked the doors.
What transpired after that was not immediately known, but a short time later police used a Taser to subdue the man, Melendez said.
The man was treated for his injuries and expected to be taken to jail.
-- Natalie Neysa Alund, Staff