Bay Area man who was part of drug trafficking family gets 5 years in federal prison

SAN JOSE — A 30-year-old San Jose man who prosecutors say acted as a drug courier for his father’s drug trafficking organization received a five-year federal prison sentence, court records show. Anthony Macias was sentenced in late June after pleading guilty to a federal methamphetamine distribution charge. He was indicted in January 2021 along with … Read more

‘I feel ashamed and I’m so sorry’: Washington man apologizes as he is sentenced for arranging to molest Bay Area undercover cop’s kids

SAN FRANCISCO — A Washington man who went by “pervyguy40” online has been sentenced to nine years and seven months in federal prison following his arrest in an undercover sting designed to target would-be child molesters, court records show. Christopher Michael David, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer at a June court … Read more

Antioch man convicted of murder in 2019 ambush shooting

MARTINEZ — After deliberating for two days, a Contra Costa jury convicted an Antioch man of murdering a Pittsburg man in an ambush, but the motive behind the crime may remain a mystery. Darrin “Mississippi” Lynch, 54, was convicted of murdering 47-year-old Andrew McCoy, of Pittsburg, in the May 2019 shooting. McCoy was also convicted … Read more

Newark: Man dies from injuries during July 22 fight, homicide investigation underway

NEWARK — A city resident died a week after being attacked in an incident that remains under investigation with no arrests, police said. The victim, identified only as a 24-year-old Newark man, was attacked a little before 8 p.m. on July 22, near Wells Avenue and Ash Street. Newark police say they arrived within two … Read more

Oakland woman charged with advertising fentanyl in case tied to man’s fatal overdose

OAKLAND — A woman has been charged with advertising drugs online after the mother of a 21-year-old overdose victim told police that her son got the drugs from an Instagram account authorities say was operated by the defendant. Chynna Crosby, of Oakland, was charged in federal court with advertising controlled substances on the internet, a … Read more

Drone pilot gets federal probation for dropping profane leaflets over Levi’s Stadium and Oakland Coliseum

SAN JOSE — A drone pilot who dumped leaflets over two football games at Levi’s Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum warning that “prostitutes and felons” had infiltrated the media and local government was sentenced to two years of federal probation, court records show. Tracy Mapes, 54, pleaded guilty in January to two misdemeanor counts of … Read more

A Bay Area man allegedly told police he shot his wife in self-defense. Now the feds are charging him with possessing the bullets that killed her

SAN FRANCISCO — A city resident who allegedly shot and killed his wife in self-defense last year is facing 10 years in federal prison for possessing the bullets that killed her, court records show. Omar Pope, 44, is charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, based on a May … Read more

‘He said he drew a line in the sand’: Danville police recount killing of Tyrell Wilson by deputy now in state prison for prior shooting

MARTINEZ — Days after fatally shooting Tyrell Wilson during a brief interaction in March 2021, then-Contra Costa Sheriff’s Dep. Andrew Hall told investigators he “drew a line in the sand” and aimed his service gun at Wilson’s head after Wilson took a step towards him with a knife. This new detail of Wilson’s killing came … Read more

‘I was traumatized’: Dublin man testifies about attempted robbery, killing of repo man in Oakland

OAKLAND — Just two weeks after he pleaded guilty to robbery in a deal that dismissed a murder charge, 20-year-old Aaron Hein took the witness stand and tearfully testified that his best friend shot and killed a tow truck driver while the two were in Oakland searching for people to rob, court records show. “It … Read more

CEO of Bay Area homeless outreach nonprofit, charged with murder, seeks pretrial release from jail

OAKLAND — A Bay Area woman charged with murdering her ex-boyfriend in an April shooting is seeking release from jail, through a motion that plays up her work battling homelessness and indicates she will argue self-defense if the case goes to trial. Tiffany York, 37, is charged with murdering 41-year-old Akobi Winston in an April … Read more