Oakland Police Department

 

A man pled no contest to seven counts of first-degree murder and three counts of premeditated murder Tuesday, May 2, for the killing of seven people at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago. 

 

On Friday, July 29, Diantay Powell stood in Judge C. Don Clay’s courtroom and apologized for murdering two teenage girls in 2012. Clay was unmoved by the apology and sentenced Powell to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 65 years for murdering Bobbie Sartain, 16, and Raquel Gerstel, 15, on Minna Avenue in Oakland’s Allendale neighborhood on Nov. 25, 2012. 

 

An Oakland man was convicted in Alameda County Superior Court on Thursday, May 12, for the murders of two Alameda natives almost three years ago.

Diantay Powell, 21, was convicted of second-degree murder for then 16-year-old Bobbie Sartain and first-degree murder for then 15-year-old Raquel Gerstel. 

The body of a Berkeley woman who had been missing for six days was found floating in the Oakland Estuary last Thursday, Jan. 28.

The body of Diana Gail Hajisaari, also known as Gail Saari, was located by the Oakland Police Department Air Support and Marine units about 2:45 p.m. that Thursday in a tidal canal behind homes on the 3300 block of Fernside Boulevard. Family members reported Gail missing on Friday Jan. 22.