Deborah Edgerly's nephew faces cocaine charges


Prosecutor John Brouhard said Friday that he filed a petition to revoke the probation of 29-year-old William Lovan after Oakland police arrested Lovan at his home in Antioch on suspicion of possession of cocaine and marijuana for sale and possession of ammunition by a felon.

Lovan has worked as a parking meter repairman for the city of Oakland for seven years.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson said today that Lovan also faces a second allegation that he violated his probation when he recently tested positive for cocaine.

However, Jacobson didn't discuss the details of the new allegations against Lovan because his lawyer, Adante Pointer, was not available today. He ordered Lovan to return to court on Wednesday for another hearing on the petition to revoke his probation.

Lovan, who was dressed in a blue jail jumpsuit, remains in custody without bail.

Lovan pleaded no contest on Oct. 13, 2009, to a felony charge of carrying a concealed and unregistered firearm in a car.

He could have faced up to a year in Alameda County Jail, but when Jacobson sentenced him on Jan. 5 he gave him a break by electing not to give him any jail time and allowing him to undergo electronic monitoring for a year so that he could keep working for the city.

Jacobson also placed Lovan on five years' probation and ordered him not to associate with gang members, wear gang clothing or flash gang signs.

The judge also ordered Lovan to wear a monitoring device on his ankle and said the only time he could leave home would be to go to work, aside from three hours of personal time allotted to him each week.

Lovan was contacted by Oakland police in June 2008 as part of their investigation into the activities of the Acorn gang, which operates out of the Acorn housing project in West Oakland. Police describe it as the city's worst gang and claimed at the time that Lovan was a member.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums fired Edgerly on July 2, 2008, partly based on allegations that she had tipped off Lovan about the investigation into the Acorn gang, which included wiretapping.

But Edgerly denied the allegations and was never charged. She filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Dellums and the city, which is still pending.

In return for Lovan's no-contest plea last year to the felony gun charge, prosecutors dropped a second felony gun charge. Prosecutors also dropped two gang enhancement clauses against Lovan.

In a previous case, Lovan pleaded no contest on Nov. 3, 2000, to felony possession of assault weapons. That charge was eventually dismissed. Oakland officials said after Lovan was sentenced in January that

they didn't plan to Lovan despite his two felony gun convictions because his 2008 arrest occurred during his off hours and wasn't work-related.

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