Amina Waheed

Oakland teens try peer cases at McCullum Youth Court

Qadir Bilal strode confidently to the witness stand, in his colorful bow tie and crisp black shirt and trousers. He paused. He fixed his gaze on the person before him, a young woman who had been caught in possession of marijuana – and who, like 16-year-old Qadir, is in high school.

Four youths arrested in May murder of Oakland gardener

Four teenagers have been arrested for the May 20 murder of Fruitvale gardener Antonio Torres, Oakland police said Tuesday. Police said the young men, ages 15-19, targeted Torres for his gold chain and his iPod, and that they are also suspects in other burglaries.