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Robert Salonga

San Jose Mercury News

Oakland, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Robert:

Man pleads guilty in Los Altos murder case

Edgar Lainez-Portillo will be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison under prospective sentence. → Read More

San Jose police chief announces retirement after 28 years with department

Eddie Garcia, who has spent more than four years as chief of the San Jose Police Department as part of a 28-year career in his adopted hometown, has announced he is retiring at the end of the year. → Read More

San Jose cop charged with exploiting workers in side security business

A veteran San Jose police officer is the subject of dozens of criminal charges that allege a multi-layered conspiracy in which he ran a private security business that underpaid mostly minority workers off the books and aggressively hid revenues to avoid paying state unemployment and other taxes, according to prosecutors and investigators with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office. → Read More

San Jose: Three wounded in late-night shooting

Three people were wounded in a shooting in the area of South San Jose apartment complex Wednesday night, according to police. → Read More

Coronavirus: New COVID-19 outbreak reported at Milpitas jail

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office confirms at least 15 inmates have tested positive → Read More

Former 49ers star Dana Stubblefield found guilty of rape in 2015 at Morgan Hill home

Jury rejects charges that Jane Doe’s mental capacity made her unable to consent, but concludes rape occurred; defense attorneys signal intention to appeal. → Read More

Former 49ers star Dana Stubblefield found guilty of rape in 2015 home encounter

Jury rejects charges that Jane Doe’s mental capacity made her unable to consent, but concludes rape occurred; defense attorneys signal intention to appeal. → Read More

Coronavirus: As deaths in Latinx community skyrocket, Newsom calls to protect essential workers

Amid California's COVID-19 surge, the deadly virus is stalking communities of color, an array of elected and health officials said Friday, targeting Black and Latinx people both at work and in recreational settings. → Read More

Video shows San Jose police officer kick and drag a woman in McDonald’s parking lot

Witness calls violent encounter ‘a scary situation for everybody’; chief says force was already being reviewed when video surfaced. → Read More

Man arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his Sunnyvale home

A Sunnyvale man has been arrested on suspicion of setting fire to his own home while four family members were inside Wednesday afternoon, though they all escaped safely from the blaze, authorities said. → Read More

Santa Clara County District Attorney unveils wide-ranging reforms to address racial inequity in prosecutions

Jeff Rosen announces he’s dropping death penalty charges, revamping charging criteria, increasing police oversight, and backing off minor violations. → Read More

Exclusive: Santa Clara County DA dropping death penalty pursuit

Drastic policy shift likely to headline announcement of reforms Wednesday; four death-penalty cases under Jeff Rosen have yielded no trips to death row. → Read More

Lawsuit: Trans discrimination alleged after prostitution arrest by San Jose police

San Jose resident contends she was targeted and jailed because she is transgender; class-action status sought. → Read More

Public defender keeps pressure on authorities for strong response to SJPD racism scandal

Molly O’Neal wants internal affairs gone, audit of department culture, more accounting of racist Facebook posts → Read More

San Jose: Lawsuit from George Floyd protest violence takes aim at police training

Seven plaintiffs, including one-time police bias trainer and resident whose apartment was bombarded, sue San Jose police over injuries and policies. → Read More

New records in Oakland police shooting raise questions about DA’s role in investigating cops – The Mercury News

OAKLAND — Swerving on Fruitvale Avenue, the red Buick was spotted by two rookie Oakland cops. The Buick’s driver hooked a U-turn and sped off. The patrol car trailed for several blocks, its lights … → Read More

Coronavirus: More than a dozen infected in high-security unit of Santa Clara County jail

Outbreak in fifth-floor Main Jail unit accounts for most of a spike in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of July. → Read More

Car chase from Cupertino to San Jose ends with teen’s arrest

17-year-old boy taken into custody early Thursday after reportedly ditching SUV and hiding in backyard. → Read More

Coronavirus: Santa Clara County clerks union hit with big layoffs as courts pick back up

Court system cites pandemic-induced budget deficit as source of fiscal pain, but clerks assert uneven job protections compared to peers. → Read More

No criminal charges in Alum Rock school district construction scandal

A corruption scandal over construction contracts that widely embarrassed the Alum Rock Union School District after two scathing state audits will not result in criminal charges. → Read More