February 25, 2006

San Leandro Resident Charged With Employing Aliens at SF Brothel

According to a February 24, 2006, press release from the US Attorney's Office in San Francisco, Hyon Chu Yim, 45, of San Leandro, was indicted on February 16, 2006, "with alien harboring, conspiring to launder money, and related offenses in connection with employing alien females as prostitutes for financial gain."

Hyon Chu Yim was one of two people indicted for running an alleged brothel at Suk Hee Oriental Massage, located at 483 Broadway Street in San Francisco. The charges include eight counts of alien harboring for prostitution, eight counts of alien harboring for commercial advantage or private financial gain, and 58 counts of money laundering.

Ms. Yim was arrested on February 22, 2006, in San Leandro and released on a $300,000 bond.

A discussion of Suk Hee's prices and services can be found at My Red Book, a site that reviews escort and massage services and the World Sex Guide.

A quick search for more information about Suk Hee leads to an article from the San Francisco Examiner in April 1997 about global sex slavery. Looks like it took some time to build a case, I guess.

Here's a photo from San Francisco blogger Chad Fox:

Suk Hee Massage & Sauna

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Busted for Growing Pot in Oakland

Loi Tan Nguyen, 26, and Hung Tan Nguyen, 28, were arrested on Friday, February 24, 2006, and charged with growing marijuana in an Oakland house on E. 17th Street. The two men live in the 15000 block of Andover Street in San Leandro, where $2,000 was found as part of the investigation.

Reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, ANG and others.

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Brian Copeland Featured in New York Times

The Spring Theater 2006 section of the New York Times features local San Leandro resident Brian Copeland as a playwright and performer to watch. His solo show, Not a Genuine Black Man, has been selling out in San Francisco for two years. The show's success has resulted in a forthcoming book, an HBO story, and, beginning in May, a run at the DR2 Theater in Manhattan.

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day - Now Slow Down!

Two new radar trailers are being deployed to the streets of San Leandro - one where police decide and the other where residents ask for it. The radar trailers display the speed of passing vehicles to remind drivers to obey the speed limit. The trailers will sometimes be accompanied by a traffic officer for drivers who need a more forceful reminder.

Funding for the trailers came from a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The grant, which lasts from October 2005 to December 2006, states, "The San Leandro Police Department will reduce persons killed and injured in traffic collisions. We will conduct speed enforcement operations and education to the motoring public. Radar trailers, hand-held laser devices, portable alcohol screening devices and enhanced enforcement of speed laws will be used. The department will increase the current staffing of the Traffic Division by one full-time officer as a contribution to the program."

Residents who like a radar trailer to de deployed in a specific location can call the traffic division of the San Leandro Police Department at (510) 577-3208.

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February 11, 2006

San Leandro Pastor Charged With Illegal Shark Trade

Kevin Thompson, 48, pastor of the Bay Area Family Church in San Leandro, Calif., was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 24, 2006, along with five others, of illegal trade in leopard sharks.

Leopard shark

According to the press release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of California, the six individuals were charged with violating the Lacey Act, which incorporates a California law "which places a minimum size limit of 36 inches for any commercial harvest of California leopard sharks."

In the indictment, Thompson is charged with four others in selling 465 juvenile leopard sharks to companies across the U.S., in the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

Also charged were Hiroshi Ishikawa, 36, of San Leandro, a member of the Bay Area Family Church, John Newberry, 34, of Hayward, California, Ira Gass, 53, of Azusa, California, Vincent Ng, 43, of Oakland, the owner of Amazon Aquarium in Alameda, California, and Sion Lim, 39, of San Francisco, California, the owner Bayside Aquatics, located in Oakland California. Thompson, Ishikawa, and two others were released on $100,000 bail.

The Bay Area Family Church is part of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. This is of interest because in The Way of Tuna, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon writes, "When you think of the ocean you think about the movie "Jaws," don't you? Now instead of thinking a shark will use you as his food, you can think you will use the shark to feed the world. Not only men, but women will do it also. That is a long-standing goal of mine."

Of the 19 leopard sharks confiscated during the investigation, nine were released into the wild, three are on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and seven others died.

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