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Archive for February, 2007

Malicious mischief

Recent police reports for Lafayette reveal vandalism and burglary reports.

Lafayette Police
Monday, Feb. 19
n BURGLARY — A resident who locked and parked his car at 3:30 p.m. at Village Center and Mount Diablo Boulevard returned an hour later to find someone had smashed the front passenger side window and removed items. Repairs were estimated at $300. The missing items were valued at $170.
n MALICIOUS MISCHIEF — A Crest Road resident reported her car vandalized between Feb. 18 and 19. Repairs were estimated at $500.
Tuesday, Feb. 20
n VANDALISM — A Hope Lane resident reported at 10 a.m. that between 3 and 7:30 a.m., someone broke the rear windshield of his car. Nothing was taken from inside. Repairs were estimated at $500.
Thursday, Feb. 22
n VANDALISM — A Berkeley resident who parked his vehicle on Brook Street and Hough Avenue at 10:30 a.m. returned at 5 p.m. to find human feces on the door handle and in the bed of the truck. The front windshield had been smashed with a brick and the front bumper damaged. Repairs were estimated at more than $1,000.
Saturday, Feb. 17
n BURGLARY — A Nordstrom Lane resident reported at 7:53 a.m. that someone broke the driver side window of his car and removed a wallet. Repairs were estimated at $200, and the missing items were valued at $550.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
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Orinda crime report

Once again, property crimes _ such as car thefts and break ins _ lead the list of crimes reported to Orinda police.

Orinda Police
Monday, Feb. 5
n CAR THEFT —An East Altarinda Drive resident reported at 4:01 p.m. that someone broke into a locked vehicle and stole $1,295.50 worth of possessions.
Sunday, Feb. 11
n CAR THEFT — A Barbara Road resident reported at 9:13 a.m. that someone broke his car window and stole a duffel bag containing clothing that belonged to his deceased father. The clothing was found scattered around another street. Other items of value in the car were not disturbed.
n CAR THEFT — A La Espiral resident reported at 11:55 a.m. that someone broke into an unlocked vehicle and stole $333 worth of belongings.
n CAR THEFT — A Longridge Road resident reported at 12:39 p.m. that someone stole camera equipment from an unlocked car.
n FRAUD — Police arrested a 21-year-old Oakland man at 12:58 p.m. on Moraga Way for buying a car with a false cashiers check.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
n BURGLARY — A Valley View Drive resident reported at 3:49 p.m. that someone had broken into the home and stolen a laptop, a cable box, two gold watches, cash and a business check book.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
n THEFT — A Muth Drive resident reported that someone broke into the garage, damaged the garage door, and stole about $3,170 worth of belongings. Police lifted several fingerprints at the scene.
Thursday, Feb. 22
n DRUGS — Police arrested a 30-year-old Rodeo man at 2:12 p.m. at St. Stephens Drive and Wanda Way after finding a bag of meth and a glass pipe.

Friday, Feb. 23
n BURGLARY — A Moraga Way resident reported at 9:57 a.m. that someone had broken the kitchen window. The resident found a small metal ball outside the window, and police determined that it was slingshot ball ammunition.

Posted on Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
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Online auction shows Springhill students ‘stick together’

Springhill Elementary School first-grader Ethan Wellerstein came up with a novel way to help another student.

Ethan’s idea was to conduct a virtual yard sale on his family’s Web site to benefit the school’s Dreyson LeDoux Recovery Fund, named for a brave Springhill fifth-grader who is recovering from a hunting accident.

Dreyson lost an eye in the accident, but he has a very advanced prosthetic, has begun home schooling and will gradually return to Springhill.

The virtual auction was a success: The goal was $105, and the sale raised more than $300, according to Dreyson’s principal at Springhill, Bruce Wodhams.

The check will be presented to Dreyson’s family on Tuesday morning at the school.

That’s fitting because the faculty, staff and student body –– or, rather, the Springhill Scorpions –– have warmly embraced Dreyson.

“Because Scorpions stick together!” Ethan says on his family’s Web site.

Students have found other ways to help Dreyson and his family. They wrote letters to him after he was hospitalized. Then in December, two of his fellow fifth-graders organized Dreyson LeDoux Day, an athletic contest in which students paid fees to compete in various events. Dreyson himself attended and participated. That also was a success.

You can e-mail Wodhams or visit the school’s Web site.

Scott Marshall

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2007
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Miramonte students at mock trial

Christine Pabst, Miramonte High SchoolCheck out how Miramonte High School, including Christine Pabst (photo), did last week against Alhambra High of Martinez in Contra Costa County’s mock trial competition. The Times covered the event and published a story in Monday’s paper. You can read it here.

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2007
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Change the world

Orinda native Adam Kell is only a freshman in college, and he’s already changing the world.

Kell, a freshman engineering student at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was one of four students to win the school’s Change the World Challenge contest. He came up with a method for refrigeration that doesn’t depend on mechanical parts or electricity that could be used to store medicine and food.

Contest participants pick a topic to use science and/or engineering to improve human life, offering a solution that is not currently available, and is sustainable in the long term. Kell’s choice: reducing energy dependence.

Winners received $1,000, and Kell is using his money to pursue a patent for the technology.

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2007
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Susan Polk sentencing today

Times courts reporter Bruce Gerstman is covering today’s sentencing hearing for Susan Polk, the Orinda woman accused of killing her husband.

The lawyers this morning were arguing over whether Polk should get a new trial.

Contra Costa Times readers have for months been having their own debate about the case in our discussion boards.

Look for updates on the hearing throughout the day at

Posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2007
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Let’s talk Lamorinda restaurants

Bo's Barbecue owner, William We suspect that readers won’t be shy when it comes to ranting and raving about Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda restaurants. So, we’ll be sure to let you know when local restaurants are reviewed in the Sun or the Contra Costa Times.

Just this week, reporter James Temple wrote about Bo’s Barbecue in this piece, Southern-bred generosity provides tasty, jazzy dish.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 23rd, 2007
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Shades of the 1960s

Miramonte students don’t want to lose their teacher/coach, who is in danger of being laid off so they are rallying to his side.

Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
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Posted on Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
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