Nate Gartrell, San Jose Mercury News

Nate Gartrell

San Jose Mercury News

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Recent articles by Nate:

Oakland human trafficking, beating case against four settles with sentences ranging from prison to probation

A fifth defendant, charged with assault, is wanted on an $80,000 arrest warrant. → Read More

Bay Area man, charged with trying to torch Pak ‘N Save, is released through plea deal

Brian Miller, 28, was originally facing charges of attempting to murder everyone inside the store, until a judge threw them out. → Read More

Two Oakland men plead no contest to shooting up car full of family members, killing man and wounding his mother

Abdiel Guerrero, 27, and Selvin Peña, 24, pleaded no contest to murdering a 20-year-old man in a 2016 Oakland shooting. → Read More

Taking nude photo of incarcerated woman in her cell was an accident, says ex-Dublin prison warden charged with sex abuse

On the stand in sex abuse trial, Ray J. Garcia had to explain the photo that shows a reflection of his face. → Read More

Man who allegedly killed Antioch clerk during robbery avoids murder charge due to self-defense issue

The victim, a gas station clerk, allegedly chased the robber out and fired at him first, according to authorities. → Read More

‘Shut up. I’m not your b—–‘: Antioch murder trial implodes amid courtroom pandemonium; mistrial declared

Ramello Randle, 27, called the judge a "b----," referred to the prosecutor by a homophobic slur, told him he hoped he dies in a car crash, and profanely proclaimed his innocence in front of the jury. → Read More

Murder charges filed in one of two Bay Point fatal shootings over Thanksgiving weekend

The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office has investigated three homicides in Bay Point this year. → Read More

Share the Spirit: Bay Area food bank staffers work around the clock to keep up with massive demand

Staffers like Geo Dinoso of the Contra Costa and Solano Food Bank have seen a massive increase in demand for free or cheap food, fueled by the pandemic and inflation. → Read More

‘I was in shock’: Woman takes stand, describes sexual abuse by warden at California federal prison

The trial for a former warden of FCI Dublin started Monday with opening statements and the lengthy testimony of an inmate who described multiple acts of sexual abuse throughout the prison. → Read More

'I was in shock': Woman takes stand, describes sexual abuse by warden at Dublin federal prison

The trial for a former warden of FCI Dublin started today with opening statements and the lengthy testimony who described multiple acts of sexual abuse throughout the prison. → Read More

Police informant convicted of Pittsburg murder in case that hinged on his own statements

Paea Tasini, 46, of Elk Grove, thought he was helping police arrest the shooter in a cold case murder, but he ended up getting himself in trouble. → Read More

San Leandro woman charged with running ‘sophisticated’ operation to smuggle meth into Santa Rita Jail

A 31-year-old woman has been charged with sending cards soaked with meth to inmates at the Santa Rita Jail. → Read More

Suspected Alamo meth lab busted after explosion next to fire department

Three people were seen frantically fleeing from the area after a home next door to a fire station burst into flames. → Read More

Fremont: Judge grants release on bail to onetime corrections officer charged with murder

Franklin Lynch, 78, is claiming self-defense in the face of accusations he murdered his ex-wife’s neighbor. → Read More

Fired Richmond teacher sentenced to 3 years, eight months for sexually abusing student

Jane Shettlery, 42, was sentenced after pleading no contest to two sex abuse crimes involving a student. → Read More

Judge has ‘no doubt’ security guard for Bay Area cannabis entrepreneur killed couple in 2019

In an ironic twist of fate, it turns out the victims, the suspect, and the lead detective were planning to spend the day at Rolling Loud in Oakland. → Read More

Oakland: Man stripped nude and tortured inside illegal gambling shack, police say

Three people face murder charges in connection with a six-minute beating inside a suspected gambling shack on 17th Avenue. → Read More

Richmond man guilty of murder in Berkeley road rage shooting

Hosea Askew was found guilty of murdering 29-year-old Diante Craig in a 2020 road rage shooting in Berkeley. → Read More

Oakland man charged with assisting in disposal of homicide victim’s body in Huckleberry Preserve

A third man, who has been wanted since August, was charged with accessory in the murder of 21-year-old Donald Stanifer in 2020. → Read More

Price extends lead over Wiley in Alameda County DA race

Civil rights attorney Pamela Price on Friday night extended her lead over longtime prosecutor Terry Wiley in the Alameda County district attorney race. → Read More