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*Jan 27, Oakland Chief Tucker Says Police Department Is In Pretty Good Shape

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*Jan 27, 2009 RICHMOND: CORONER IDENTIFIES 16-YEAR-OLD SHOOTING VICTIM, ARREST MADE
*Jan 27, 2009 VALLEJO: COUNCIL TO VOTE TONIGHT ON SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRACT WITH POLICE UNION
*Jan 27, 2009 POLICE ‘TWO STEPS BEHIND’ MISSING TEENS LAST TRACKED IN UTAH
*Jan 27, 2009 UPDATE: FINANCIAL RECORDS SHOW MISSING TEENS ARE IN COLORADO
*Jan 28, 2009 MISSING TEENS FOUND IN PARKING LOT OF MALL IN COLORADO

Jan 27, 2009 OAKLAND: UPDATE: TUCKER SAYS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ‘IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE’

After announcing his resignation today, Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker admitted that he made some mistakes in his position but said he believes “the department is in pretty good shape. Tucker, who will retire effective Feb. 28, said that if he were to redo his four years as chief, “I would work hard not to repeat mistakes”. He acknowledged that errors were made in investigating the shooting death of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey on Aug. 2, 2007. Former Your Black Muslim Bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard has been charged with murdering Bailey and is scheduled to return to court Friday to have a trial date set, but questions have been raised about whether police failed to aggressively investigate bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV.Broussard’s attorney, LeRue Grim, has claimed that Broussard is innocent and that Bey ordered that Bailey be killed because Bey was upset at Bailey for investigating the bakery’s financial problems.In a reference to Bey, Tucker said, “We know who the other party is” but that there’s not yet enough evidence to charge anyone other than Broussard.Tucker said he’s frustrated that the Alameda County District Attorney’s office hasn’t charged Bey in connection with Bailey’s death, but on the other hand said “I can’t say it’s a bad decision” not to charge him now because there may not be enough evidence for a conviction. He pointed out that Bey is currently in custody without bail and could face life in prison on unrelated charges that he and several colleagues kidnapped and tortured two women in Oakland in May 2007.Because Bey is already behind bars, Tucker said, “Time is on the district attorney’s side.” In addition, Tucker defended his decision to promote to the head of the department’s internal affairs division a commander who has been accused of beating up a drug suspect who later died.The FBI is investigating the internal affairs leader as well as other problems at the Police Department.Tucker said the beating occurred eight years ago, in 2000, long before he became chief, and that he didn’t know about it because by law he only had access to the last five years of the commander’s record.Tucker said the misconduct allegations were reviewed by the Oakland City Council on two occasions, most recently just before he was named chief, yet no disciplinary actions were taken against the commander.Tucker said the commander is “a very skillful and competent police officer” and that he chose the commander for the internal affairs post because he was the most qualified of all the captains who were interviewed for the job.City Council President Jane Brunner said she thinks the city’s next police chief should be someone with experience in an urban environmentsuch as Oakland. Brunner said she thinks Tucker was ill-prepared for the post because he spent nearly 40 years in the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, where he mainly focused on crime in less populated areas. But former Sheriff Charles Plummer, who was Tucker’s boss for many years, said today that Brunner “doesn’t know what she’s talking about” and that he believes Tucker had enough experience to handle being Oakland’s police chief.Plummer, who retired in 2007, said he travels the country to help accredit police departments and that he thinks Tucker is one of the best police chiefs in the country, behind only Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton.Plummer said he thinks Tucker did “a marvelous job” in a difficultposition and that Oakland “won’t find a more qualified, ethical and honest chief than Wayne Tucker.”

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Jan 27, 2009 RICHMOND: CORONER IDENTIFIES 16-YEAR-OLD SHOOTING VICTIM, ARREST MADE

The Contra Costa County coroner’s office has identified Aaron Angel Beltran, 16, as the victim of a homicide near a park in Richmond on Monday. Beltran, a Richmond resident, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at about 5:40 p.m. on the Cypress Path, which cuts through Eastshore State Park in the 5000 block of Creely Avenue, according to Lt. Mike Gormley.Two males in dark clothing were seen leaving the area after the shooting. Police Sgt. Bisa French said a 17-year-old male was arrested today for the homicide. Investigators are seeking a second suspect in connection with the shooting, French said.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Richmond police at (510) 620-6643

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Jan 27, 2009 VALLEJO: COUNCIL TO VOTE TONIGHT ON SUPPLEMENTAL CONTRACT WITH POLICE UNION

Vallejo’s City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an amended contract with the Vallejo Police Officers Association.The supplemental agreement with the police officers’ union contains 14 provisions that include salary reductions expected to save $6 million in the city’s general fund budget between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010, based on the current contract and a staff of 114 police employees.Raises for police officers would be delayed until the 2010-2011 fiscal year. According to the Vallejo City Manager’s Office, salaries proposed in the supplemental agreement would bring police officers to the average salary of seven other Bay Area cities by July 2010.The supplemental agreement covers the period between Feb. 1, 2009 and June 30, 2012. If approved by the council and the police union, the Vallejo Police Officers Association will withdraw its appeal of the city’s filing for bankruptcy.Vallejo filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in June 2008. The filing was approved in September 2008. In June 2008, the city asked the bankruptcy court in Sacramento to reject all existing collective bargaining agreements, including those with police, firefighters, electrical workers and administrators and managers. A hearing on that issue is scheduled for Feb. 3.The Vallejo Police Officers Association voted on the proposed agreement between Friday and Monday. The result of the vote will be announced at tonight’s council meeting.7 p.m. at 555 Santa Clara St., Vallejo.

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Jan 27, 2009 POLICE ‘TWO STEPS BEHIND’ MISSING TEENS LAST TRACKED IN UTAH

Los Altos police today are continuing to search for two local teens who appear to be headed east after leaving the South Bay in a stolen car Sunday morning. Los Altos resident James Palmerson, 14, and Saratoga resident Roslyn Marshall, 13, were last seen around 9 a.m. Sunday, police Sgt. John Kurges said.Palmerson, who lives with his grandparents, apparently took his grandfather’s wallet and gray 2005 Honda Civic and went to pick up Marshall, who lives with her parents. The two are believed to be romantically involved and apparently left town voluntarily, Kurges said. “We don’t think they knew each other more than several weeks,” he said.The teens had never been on a date and neither has a history of running away, but James’ friends told police he had been packing things in a duffle bag and apparently planning for the past week or two to leave town, Kurges said.Friends of the teens told investigators James planned on heading to Utah, Las Vegas or Colorado, and police say his cell phone was used in Utah Sunday night.A credit card and check card that were inside the grandfather’s wallet have been canceled, and police have not been able to track the cell phone since Sunday. “After that they’ve gone dark on us,” Kurges said. Kurges said no one has been able to provide police with a reason for the teens to run away.”We seem to be about two steps behind them,” he said.Palmerson is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and green eyes. Marshall is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.The Honda Civic Palmerson is believed to be driving has California license plate 5NLM445.

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Jan 27, 2009  UPDATE: FINANCIAL RECORDS SHOW MISSING TEENS ARE IN COLORADO

Two teens who left the South Bay in a stolen car Sunday morning are believed to be in Colorado, Los Altos police said today.Los Altos resident James Palmerson, 14, and Saratoga resident Roslyn Marshall, 13, were last seen around 9 a.m. Sunday, police Sgt. John Kurges said.Palmerson, who lives with his grandparents, apparently took his grandfather’s wallet and gray 2005 Honda Civic and went to pick up Marshall, who lives with her parents.The two are believed to be romantically involved and apparently left town voluntarily, Kurges said. Police said tonight the teens are thought to be traveling to Aspen and financial records have confirmed they are in Colorado.The Aspen and Grand Junction police departments are assisting in distributing descriptions of the teens and the vehicle they are driving, Los Altos police said.The teens had never been on a date and neither has a history of running away, but Palmerson’s friends told police he had been packing things in a duffle bag and apparently planning for the past week or two to leave town, Kurges said.Friends of the teens told investigators Palmerson planned on heading to Utah, Las Vegas or Colorado, and police say his cell phone was used in Utah Sunday night.A credit card and check card that were inside the grandfather’s wallet have been canceled, and police have not been able to track the cell phone since Sunday.Kurges said no one has been able to provide police with a reason for the teens to run away.”We seem to be about two steps behind them,” Kurges said earlier today.Palmerson is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and green eyes. Marshall is about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.The Honda Civic Palmerson is believed to be driving has California license plate 5NLM445. Police said the teens may have changed the license plate on the vehicle.

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Jan 28, 2009 MISSING TEENS FOUND IN PARKING LOT OF MALL IN COLORADO

A 14-year-old Los Altos boy and 13-year-old Saratoga girl were found in the parking lot of a mall in Colorado Tuesday night after leaving the Bay Area Sunday morning in a stolen car, according to Los Altos police.James Palmerson and Roselyn Marshall were found near the Colorado Mills Mall in Lakewood, Colo. at about 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, police said.An agent from the Lakewood Police Department found the teens huddled in the back of the 2005 Honda Civic that had been taken from Palmerson’s grandfather, according to police.The weather in the parking lot was about 5 degrees, according to the agent, who said the teens were cold but safe.Los Altos police are coordinating with the parents and guardians of the teens for their speedy return to California. There are no criminal charges pending at this time, police said. Palmerson, who lives with his grandparents, apparently took his grandfather’s car and wallet before going to pick up Marshall, who lives with her parents.The two are believed to be romantically involved and apparently left town voluntarily, Los Altos police Sgt. John Kurges said earlier Tuesday. “We don’t think they knew each other more than several weeks,” he said.The teens had never been on a date and neither has a history of running away, but Palmerson’s friends told police he had been packing things in a duffle bag and apparently planning for the past week or two to leave town, Kurges said.

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