An Alameda woman is facing 25 years to life after pleading no contest for the murder of a 44-year-old man on Feb. 14.
Victoria Martinez was to begin trial for the first-degree murder of Curtis Williams before she pled no contest last week. Williams was shot, bludgeoned and strangled by Martinez on July 4, 2012, in his recreational vehicle (RV) in Oakland’s Meadow Brook neighborhood.
Last Thursday, convicted bank robber Amanuel Moreno, 21, stood before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in a federal courtroom in Oakland. He listened as Rogers sentenced him to five years and 10 months in federal prison. One of the charges that led to the sentence stemmed from Moreno’s failed robbery attempt at the Chase Bank at South Shore Center on Dec. 6, 2012. All told, Moreno’s charges included five bank robberies and two attempted bank robberies.
A 32-year-old Alameda resident was arrested in San Jose after leading California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers on a high-speed chase on state Route 85 Tuesday night, Jan. 28, which ended when the man crashed the vehicle into a home then tried to flee on foot.
Evan Alexander Page was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and felony evading, the CHP said.
Four cases of grand theft (auto) reported: at 6:28 a.m. on the 300 block of Tideway Drive; at 9:47 a.m. on the 1100 block of Pacific Marina; at 12:28 p.m. on the 3000 block of Thompson Avenue; and at 3:30 p.m. on the 1400 block of Eighth Street.
Two reports of DOAs (natural causes): at 7:15 a.m. on Willow Street and at 10:37 a.m. on Norman Lane.
Missing person reported at 7:34 a.m. on Beach Road.
ID theft reported at 10:41 a.m. on the 3100 block El Portal.
Chantha Koug, 24, of Oakland and an accomplice allegedly used the Island City as a springboard to commit a burglary in Koug’s hometown.
Alameda Police Department (APD) officers were investigating the report of a stolen car on Fernside Boulevard on Tuesday, Jan. 28; at about the same time members of the Oakland Police Department (OPD) were alerted to a burglary in progress on the 2400 block of 12th Avenue in their city.
Alameda Police Department (APD) detectives are investigating five commercial burglaries that APD believes may have been committed by the same person, an APD spokesman said.
The break-ins took place Sunday, Jan. 26 at La Penca Azul, 1440 Park St.; Papa Murphy’s and the Island Cafe, which share a location at 1929 Broadway; and Alameda Entertainment Associates, 2301 Central Ave. Similar burglaries were reported Jan. 22 at the Sidestreet Pho restaurant, 2304 Encinal Ave., and the Parrot AT&T store at 2601 Blanding Ave.
Four cases of grand theft (auto) reported: at 10:24 a.m. on the 1700 block of Pacific Avenue; at 12:53 p.m. at the intersection of Jost and Brithorn lanes; at 1:03 p.m. on the 2200 block of South Shore Center; and at 5:32 p.m. on the 3500 block of Oleander Avenue.
Burglary (from a vehicle) reported at 11:01 a.m. on the 700 block of Central.
Two cases of ID theft reported: at 11:32 a.m. on the 1100 block of Union Street and at 12:36 p.m. on the 2000 block of Buena Vista Avenue.