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Past articles by Nate:

Alleged Concord MS-13 member convicted of murdering teen at local high school

Kristhiam Uceda, 24, allegedly told police he wanted to join MS-13 to get back at his dad, a rival gang member. Now he’s facing life for murdering 17-year-old Lawrence Janson. → Read More

Suspect takes plea deal in Fremont DUI crash that killed piano deliveryman

Robert Greer, 62, was driving under the influence of prescription painkillers when he crashed his SUV and killed 44-year-old Yani Leppanen, police say. → Read More

East Bay man who killed friend, shot cop is now a suspect in fatal prison yard attack

Charles Goetting, 34, was serving a sentence for killing a Bay Area man and shooting a BART policeman who was about to discover the victim’s dead body. → Read More

Drama in Antioch: City spokesperson fired amid political firestorm involving police, City Hall

"Outside of trusting the City Manager, I absolutely do not regret any decision that I made while serving the city of Antioch," recently fired spokesman Rolando Bonilla said, and the drama doesn't end there. → Read More

In Union City gang killings of boys, aged 11 and 14, a third teen suspect has been charged as an adult

The case encapsulates nearly everything Alameda County's new DA has promised to change: gang enhancements, gun enhancements, special circumstances allegations, and three defendants who were in their teens during the killings, including one who was weeks away from turning 18. → Read More

Union City: Ex-Little League treasurer charged with felony embezzlement of $66,000 in league funds

The 46-year-old woman allegedly admitted to taking around $25,000 from the little league’s coffers, but authorities say the actual number was nearly double that. → Read More

Richmond man shot and killed in city’s first homicide of 2023

The 43-year-old victim was identified as a Richmond man, and appeared to be targeted by the killer, police say. → Read More

Attorneys say they’ve reached ‘package deal’ for six Bay Area Sureños charged in major RICO case

The six are part of a group of 10 defendants charged with a total of seven murder counts, among other violent crimes that allegedly furthered the interested of Sureños in San Francisco. → Read More

Man charged with stealing $50,000 tractor from Dublin High School

The 45-year-old man was charged with two felonies in connection with the theft and two more felonies for allegedly attempting to sell it on OfferUp and Craigslist. → Read More

Arrests made in mysterious 2020 killing of two California men: Feds say it was ordered by the Aryan Brotherhood

One of the victims had ties to an alleged Israeli mobster, while the other was allegedly lured to his death by people claiming to have his stolen property, according to police. → Read More

Man charged in Rodeo rapes sues Contra Costa Sheriff for $16 million, says deputies put the handcuffs on too tight

Samuel Oxley, 50, alleges that he got carpal-tunnel and nerve damage as a result of his arrest last year July on charges of allegedly raping two women. → Read More

Berkeley man charged with misdemeanors for allegedly harassing 15-year-old girls

Mohamed Elnagdy, 36, was charged with two counts of annoying or molesting a minor, both misdemeanors, in connection with two separate incidents last year, authorities say. → Read More

In fentanyl overdose case, police uncovered video evidence Martinez man molested multiple girls, feds say

Javier “Lucky” Ramirez is now looking at a mandatory minimum of 10 years, with the potential for life in prison, if convicted. → Read More

Jurors ‘hopelessly deadlocked’ in Bay Point murder trial, mistrial declared

Donald Ray Jeter Jr., 24, was charged with murdering 18-year-old Andre Piazza, but jurors couldn’t reach a verdict. → Read More

Wife of popular Bay Area radio host JV says new information suggests ‘he will not be coming back’

Natasha Yi made her first public statement Wednesday night, on the eve of the one-week anniversary of JV’s mysterious disappearance. → Read More

Alameda County DA’s new policy will reduce prison sentences through widespread elimination of sentencing enhancements

The policy change is likely to result in lower average prison and jail sentences for people charged with crimes in Alameda County. → Read More

Four take plea deals in wild Brentwood homicide where victim, suspects shot each other

One suspect was armed with a flare gun, the other with a pistol, as they confronted and fatally shot Justin Silva, who wounded his attackers with his own firearm. → Read More

Feds charge two with robbing two San Francisco banks during the same day

Prosecutors say they had a third co-conspirator whose name isn’t included in the indictment, and that one of the suspects led police on a chase through San Francisco. → Read More

One charged with murder, second suspect released, in mass shootout that killed teen at Oakland music video shoot

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with a Jan. 23 shooting in Oakland that killed one and injured six. → Read More

Two Nuestra Familia members sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to murder Norteños

Eric Zarate Sr., 44, and Robert Maldonado, 57, conspired to murder two gang members in 2018 and 2019 while speaking on wiretapped phones, according to prosecutors. → Read More