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*JAN 20, San Francisco, Prison For Bank Robber Who Posed As Federal Agent, Flashed Toy Gun

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*Jan 20,San Jose Man Allegedly Drives Into Women With Car, Kills Her
*Jan 20,Vallejo Charges Filed This Morning In Connection With Beating At High School
*Jan 20,San Francisco Gang Member Sentenced To 40 Years For Racketeering That Included 3
Murders
*Jan 20, Berkely Victim Of Jan 11 Shooting Dies

Jan 20, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO PRISON FOR BANK ROBBER WHO POSED AS FEDERAL AGENT, FLASHED TOY GUN

A 52-year-old bank robber who posed as a federal agent and used a toy gun to rob banks in San Francisco and New York in 2007 has been sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison, prosecutors said today.
Christopher Reynolds pleaded guilty to the two robberies in October and was sentenced in federal court in San Francisco last week to serve 11 years and eight months in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.The robberies occurred Nov. 6, 2007 at a Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco and Oct. 10, 2007 at an M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y., according to the U.S. Department of Justice.During the San Francisco robbery in the city’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, Reynolds, dressed in a dark suit, tie and dark glasses, approached the bank manager with a fake badge and said he was with the Department of Justice.He placed a leather briefcase on the manager’s desk, said he had set an explosive device inside the bank, and told the manager not to call police because he had a partner outside with a detonator, prosecutors said.Reynolds escaped with $9,230 after also telling the manager he had a gun and opening his jacket to reveal it.The gun was actually a toy that Reynolds had painted black to resemble a real gun, prosecutors said.Reynolds was arrested by San Francisco police while trying to escape in a taxi, prosecutors said.They said Reynolds used the same technique during the earlier Buffalo robbery, where he got away with $23,000.At the time of the robberies, he was already on supervised release for a 1998 bank robbery conviction, for which he was released in July 2007, according to the Department of Justice.

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Jan 20, 2009 SAN JOSE MAN ALLEGEDLY DRIVES INTO WOMAN WITH CAR, KILLS HER

A 19-year-old man allegedly drove into and killed a 46-year-old woman in San Jose late Monday night after he had an argument with her and the neighbors, according to the Police Department.Richard Delgado had driven into a fence in the 3800 block of Thainwood Way around 11 p.m., and was confronted by neighbors, police spokesman Mike Sullivan said.Delgado parked his car around the corner, came back and started arguing with them, Sullivan said. He walked back to his house, got into another car and drove into the woman, who was on the front lawn next door to the fence he hit earlier, Sullivan said.Witnesses said it looked intentional, Sullivan said.Delgado drove down the street, got out of the car and started running. Police caught him and arrested him on suspicion of murder.Sullivan said Delgado is known in the Evergreen neighborhood as someone who drives recklessly.

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Jan 20, 2009 VALLEJO CHARGES FILED THIS MORNING IN CONNECTION WITH BEATING AT HIGH SCHOOL

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office filed charges this morning against six suspects, four of them brothers, in connection with the beating of a Vallejo high school student Thursday.Three of the suspects, Ron Tili, 18, his 26-year-old brother Abraham Tili, and 17-year-old Nicholas Richard Cole are to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today in Department 21 of Solano County Superior Court in Fairfield.Vallejo police also arrested 18-year-old Ray Tili and 26-year-old Alexander Tili and 18-year-old Kevin Young.All six are charged in connection with the beating of Bryant Lee, 17, a student and basketball player at Jesse Bethel High School.Vallejo police said the suspects emerged from two vans around 4 p.m. Thursday and one of them struck a 16-year-old girl in the face. Bryant and other basketball players who were outside the student union area waiting for basketball practice to begin intervened, Vallejo City Unified School District spokesman Jason Hodge said. The beating was recorded by a school surveillance camera.Bryant was kicked, punched and choked and was taken to a hospital in Walnut Creek, Hodge said. He was in serious but stable condition Monday afternoon, was able to speak and was removed from a ventilator, Hodge said.

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Jan 20, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO GANG MEMBER SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS FOR RACKETEERING THAT INCLUDED 3 MURDERS

A San Francisco street gang member who admitted to three murders as part of the gang’s violent reign over its drug turf was sentenced in federal court today to 40 years in prison. Edgar Diaz, 23, was a member of the Down Below Gang, which operated in the Sunnydale housing project in the Visitacion Valley district of San Francisco. Prosecutors said the gang sold crack cocaine and other drugs and protected its turf with violence and murder.Diaz pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco in November to participating in a racketeering conspiracy that included three murders and several attempted murders personally committed by Diaz.The 40-year sentence handed down by Alsup today was agreed to by prosecutors and defense lawyers in the plea bargain.Before the guilty plea, Diaz faced the possibility of a rare federal death penalty if his case had gone to trial and he had been convicted. The U.S. Justice Department had authorized local federal prosecutors to seek a death penalty.Alsup referred to the three murders during the sentencing and said, “In a way, it’s hard to accept the sentence of only 40 years, as long as that is.”But the judge said he had to defer to prosecutors’ decision to reach a plea agreement.A second gang member, Emile Fort, 27, continues to face a possible death penalty if convicted of three different murders he is accused of in connection with racketeering.Fort is due to go on trial in Alsup’s court on Feb. 23.Diaz and Fort are among 12 members of the gang indicted in an 86-count indictment in October 2005. The 10 others have pleaded guilty to various charges.One of them, Raymon Milburn, was sentenced by Alsup today to seven years in prison for his guilty plea on a charge of conspiring to murder a man who was a potential prosecution witness against Fort.

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Jan 20, 2009 BERKELEY: VICTIM OF JAN. 11 SHOOTING DIES

A 37-year-old Berkeley man has died at an area hospital after being critically injured in a shooting in the city Jan. 11, Berkeley police said today. William Payton was shot on the sidewalk on the west side of a Bank of America parking lot at 2546 San Pablo Ave. shortly after 8:15 p.m. Jan. 11, police spokesman Andrew Frankel said last week. Frankel said police originally responded at about 8:15 p.m. Jan. 11 to a report that there was an argument in the 1100 block of Parker Street.He said that as officers moved into the area gunshots were heard fired somewhere in the 2500 block of 10th Street.Officers then discovered Payton lying on the sidewalk on the west side of the Bank of America parking lot, which is at the corner of Parker and San Pablo, Frankel said. Payton was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was listed in critical condition. Oakland police Lt. Files said today Payton died at the hospital. He became the city’s first homicide victim of the year, Files said.Police made two arrests following the shooting.

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