Law Enforcement & Crime

Monday, May 21, 2012

Bizarre Illegal Downloading Case Involving East Bay Metal Band All Shall Perish

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, May 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This is weird. Metal Sucks is reporting that a Panama-based company called World Digital is suing 80 individuals for illegally downloading East Bay metalcore band All Shall Perish's last album, This Is Where It Ends, without the band's permission. "Not happy about this" was the Tweet sent out by the band this morning to a link to the story.

According to Metal Sucks, the band's label, Nuclear Blast, has no idea how World Digital, which describes itself as "The Worlds [sp] Largest Online Digital Download Store" (and which sells ASP ringtone downloads), obtained the rights to the band's album in the first place. "...[I]t now appears as if the label is either not willing or not able to stop the lawsuit from proceeding. And World Digital is proceeding with the case despite the band’s loud public objections."

"The identities of the 80 U.S. downloaders being sued will soon be turned over to World Digital, and notification emails will be sent out to each of them, according to a report this weekend from TorrentFreak."


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thrasher Magazine Co-Founder Commits Suicide In Front of Mission Police Station

by Rachel Swan
Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

The man who shot himself in front of San Francisco's Mission police station on Monday was identified as Eric Swenson, co-founder of the popular skateboarding magazine Thrasher , the Examinerreports. Swenson was 64 years old when he chose to end his life, perhaps because of perennial pain spawned from a motorcyle injury that happened when he was about 20. He is hailed as one of the guiding forces behind High Speed Productions, Inc., which includes such hip pop culture magazines as Juxtapoz and Slap, in addition to Thrasher. He also helped launch a local skateboard part manufacturer called Independent Trucks, now 33 years old. Swenson is survived by his wife Linda, sister Rebekah, and many admirers who credit him for incubating San Francisco's skateboard culture.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cali Swag District on M-Bone: "It Might Have Been About a Girl"

by Rachel Swan
Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

In an interview with the gossip site TMZ, Cali Swag rappers Jay Are and C Smoove speculated that the murder of their cohort, M-Bone, might have just been a "wrong place at the wrong time situation." TMZ interviewers allege, to the contrary, that the perpetrator have been a "jealous man" who threatened M-Bone on Twitter. They trace the jealous man theory back to an anonymous woman who claimed to be M-Bone's girlfriend. She told the web site that the murderer lived in her apartment complex, and that M-Bone had been driving her car to the studio at the time he was shot. So far, police haven't confirmed the veracity of these leads.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Rest in Peace, Cali Swag Rapper M-Bone

by Rachel Swan
Mon, May 16, 2011 at 7:16 PM

The hip-hop world lost another hopeful talent last night, when 22 year-old rapper M-Bone of the Capitol Records group Cali Swag District was fatally shot in a drive-by. Famous for his role in the 2010 bubblegum hit, "Teach Me How to Dougie," M-Bone, whose real name was Mante Talbert, suffered two gunshot wounds to the head in his hometown of Inglewood, California. He was apparently shot while driving along the 400th block of North La Brea. No motive has been specified, and the Inglewood Police are asking anyone with information to call its homicide division at (310) 412-5246, or its 24-hour anonymous hotline number, (888) 41 CRIME. RIP, M-Bone.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yoshi's Engineer Goes Postal Inside Club

by Rachel Swan
Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Oakland police officers and, apparently, a SWAT team descended on Yoshi's jazz club this morning, after a former employee went postal and destroyed roughly $10,000 of equipment with a baseball bat. Sound engineer Dan Pettit was arrested for felony vandalism after he entered the club at approximately 8:45 a.m. and wreaked havoc, bludgeoning several computers and overturning furniture. Pettit refused to talk to police, but according to Trib reporter Angela Woodall, he was upset over a dispute that occurred between engineers and performers at a concert Wednesday night. The act, hip-hop artist R.O.D. , performs over pre-recorded tracks. (The Trib mistakenly referred to R.O.D. as a sign language group — he's actually most famous for the song "I Can't Stand You.") It's still unclear what caused the argument.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Machine Head's Rob Flynn Gets Robbed, Offers Reward

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Machine Head's Rob Flynn lost gear and other valuables yesterday when his Martinez home was broken into. The guitarist/vocalist was not home when robbers broke into his residence yesterday afternoon and stole three guitars, including one from Pantera's Dimebag Darrell and the one that Flynn used to record the band's first album, Burn My Eyes. Flynn is offering a cash reward for the two guitars. The full press release after the jump...

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Will a Rave Ban at the Cow Palace Make Things Worse?

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM

After one person died from a drug overdose and nine others were hospitalized following Pop 2010: The Dream on Saturday at the Cow Palace, a police official and San Mateo county supervisor are calling for a ban on raves at the venue, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. But it’s questionable whether a ban on such events would prevent such deaths from happening in the future; in fact, it could make the problem worse.

The Chronicle initially reported that the victim, twenty-year-old Anthony Mata of Santa Clara, was likely given a “tainted” drug. "Obviously someone was either giving away or selling drugs that were laced with something that caused a number of kids to be taken to the hospital," said Eileen Shields, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Doctors and police backed that up, saying that all the patients exhibited “life-threatening symptoms such as internal bleeding and kidney failure” that was inconsistent with an ecstasy overdose. According to the article, more than 800 ecstasy tabs were confiscated during the event, along with LSD and methamphetamine.

Skills DJ Workshop founder Jason Sperling, aka Dyloot.
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Arrest in Slaying of East Bay Musician in Antigua

by Kathleen Richards
Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Police in the Caribbean island of Antigua have announced they’ve arrested a 24-year-old man from Dominica as a suspect in the killing of 29-year-old East Bay musician and SF State student Nina Nilssen, the Chronicle is reporting. Nilssen was killed on Jan. 19 by a single stab wound to the neck after wandering off from a family barbecue in celebration of her sister’s wedding, as part of a cruise. According to the Antigua police, suspect Tishara Daniel confessed to the stabbing of Nilssen, and was allegedly carring Nilssen’s camera when he was arrested on Friday. A court hearing is scheduled for today.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Hearing Scheduled to Decide Fate of Kimball's Carnival

August 15 shooting prompts OPD to request a "60-day cooling-off period" and cabaret license suspension.

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

On August 15 three men were ambushed and shot on the in the 400-500 blocks of Broadway, shortly after leaving Kimball's Carnival, one of the only remaining hip-hop and R&B clubs in downtown Oakland. As a result, Oakland Police requested a hearing to determine whether Kimball's cabaret license should be temporarily suspended. "From my prior experience, once violence occurs at or near a club, the reputation and propensity for additional violence increases," wrote OPD Sergeant Kyle Thomas, in a letter to the city's administrative hearing officer Barbara Killey. Thomas' prior experience includes patrolling outside Mingles Martini & Champagne Lounge, a now-defunct nightclub associated with shootings in the Jack London Square Area. He said that in this case, Kimball's was the "nexus" of the shooting, even though it actually occurred several blocks away. In his letter, Thomas asked for "a 60-day cooling-off period."

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Band Robbed in Oakland of Essential Gear

by Anneli Star Josselin Rufus
Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 9:14 AM

A band was robbed of instruments, equipment, and a computer in Oakland on Sunday and desperately needs its gear back before going on tour, according to an email just received: "On the morning of Sunday, August 17, 2008, alternative-Latino group MEZKLAH were robbed of several essential pieces of equipment from a vehicle parked in front of lead singer Angel Garcia's home in Oakland. Among the stolen goods were a sampler, a MacBook computer, and a Gibson guitar. The band needs these essential items before they depart for a Japanese tour this Thursday. ... If you have any knowledge of any of the equipment's whereabouts or location, please call Matias Pizarro, (562) 544-9798, or email the band at"

The list of stolen gear is as follows: "ROLAND SPD-S SAMPLER, with slight scratches on the sides. GIBSON SG 1981, BROWN WOODSTOCK, all natural wood brown guitar with silver humbucker pickups.XIO NOVATION MIDI CONTROLLER KEYBOARD. ROLAND PD 80 PAD, with small tear along the black rubber rim. BOSS DD-3 DIGITAL DELAY PEDAL. WHITE APPLE MAC BOOK 2.4 COMPUTER, slightly scratched on the scroll pad. Top of the computer has a sticky black tape mark. NOVATION GIG BAG. SWISS ARMY BACKPACK, with a SunStudios patch sewed on it. Various cables and Roland SPDS Manual inside bag."

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