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Archive for March, 2007

Shoe thief in Moraga

From the Moraga police log:

Friday, March 9
STOLEN VEHICLE — A Fairfield Place resident reported a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was legally parked in front of the residence about 9:15 p.m. The vehicle had been locked and the keys were accounted for.

Sunday, March 11
VANDALISM — Officers contacted the manager of Block Buster Video on Center Street. The manager said when she arrived at 9 a.m. and discovered an 8-by-4-foot safety glass front window shattered. The window was still intact and she noticed a single small pea-size hole near the center. It appeared to her that someone shot a “BB” or similar projectile into the window, shattering it.

Wednesday, March 14
PETTY THEFT— The clerk at Star Shoes in Rheem Center reported that someone entered the store about 4:45 p.m. and requested to try on two different pairs of tennis shoes. After removing the shoes he was wearing and putting on a pair of the new shoes, he ran from the store with the other pair of new shoes. A witness observed him entering a Ford pickup truck and driving away.

Friday, March 16
RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY— Officers contacted the property owner of a residence on David Drive. He said that he is taking care of his mother’s residence while she is in a extended care facility. The residence still contained furniture and personal items. He discovered March 15 that someone entered the residence and stole all the furniture and personal items. No forced entry was found.

Sunday, March 18
VANDALISM — Officers were dispatched on a report of vandalism on Ascot Drive. Their investigation revealed a full 40-ounce beer bottle had been used to damage a front door window. The apartment resident reported that a large party had been held there earlier in the evening. Several guests had become disgruntled when the party was shut down. At 1:16 a.m. the resident heard the sound of breaking glass and observed a window in the front door had been broken.

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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More reports of vandalism

From the Orinda police blotter:

Monday, March 12
MUSIC DISPUTE — A Dos Posos resident reported at 5 p.m. that she asked a neighbor to turn down his music, and he swore at her. The man subsequently made vulgar and threatening statements to officers.

MISSING MAN — An 82-year-old Cedar Terrace resident was reported missing at 7 p.m. by his daughter. The man apparently could not speak, and was just released by the hospital after suffering multiple strokes. Search and rescue teams eventually located him.

Tuesday, March 13
DRUGS — Police arrested a 44-year-old Fremont man and a 31-year-old Oakland man at Shakespeare Festival Way for outstanding warrants and possession of a syringe. Officers also found five bags of unopened property, such as CD players and over-the-counter medication, that the men said did not belong to them.

Thursday, March 15
THEFT — A Camino Sobrante resident reported two bikes stolen from his garage, where the door was left open.

Saturday, March 17
VANDALISM — There were a number of cases of reported vandalism to driveway lights overnight on Dalewood Drive, Lombardy Lane, Sundown Terrace and Orinda View Road.

VANDALISM — A St. Stephens Drive church reported at 8:02 a.m. that seven windows had been broken.

Monday, March 19
DRUGS — Officers arrested a 51-year-old Oakland man for outstanding warrants and possessing a syringe. Officers also found bags of a white crystal-like substance in his sock and in his groin area.

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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Lots of of broken windows

The Lafayette police log this week includes:

Monday, March 5
CHECKING FRAUD — A Lafayette resident reported that between Jan. 9 and March 5, someone used his checking account to withdraw $4,331 using forged checks.

Tuesday, March 6
BURGLARY — A Reliez Station Road resident reported that between 8:20 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., someone entered her home through an unlocked window and removed jewelry.

Saturday, March 10
BURGLARY — A Marlene Drive resident reported that between 11:12 p.m. March 9 and 3 p.m. March 10, someone broke into his locked car and removed an IPOD, two pairs of gloves and a backpack. The missing items were valued at $610.

Sunday, March 11
VANDALISM — Squirrel’s Restaurant on Moraga Road reported that between 5 p.m. March 10 and 6:30 a.m. March 11, someone used a BB gun or sling shot to create a dime-sized hole in the restaurant’s front window. Repair costs were estimated at $100.

Monday, March 12
DRUG BUST — A 40-year-old Bay Point resident was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs during a traffic stop at 2:52 p.m. on Happy Valley Road.

Thursday, March 15
VANDALISM — A Carol Lane resident reported that between March 14 and 15, someone broke her car window. The cost of repairs was estimated at $350.

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2007
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Nightmare detours

Staff writer Lynn Carey reports:

You know it’s a weird day when an orthodontist appointment in Moraga has your 14-year-old son pitching a fit because he’s going to be late to school at Stanley. I was flummoxed, because his first period class is not his favorite. Then I remembered: it’s late day. What it really meant was, no hot chocolate.

Orthodontist excuse in hand (because he was going to miss JUST a few minutes of his class after all), we set off down Moraga Road. At Rheem, road signs said take a detour, as the road would be closed from Sky Hy.

I went over Rheem. Cresting the hill, I saw at least 25 cars backed up, trying to go left on St. Mary’s. I took my ultra-secret shortcut up Fernwood, turning left as soon as possible, and left again onto St. Mary’s. The same 25 cars seemed to be backed up still, with more cars joining the queue every minute.

My son is now 15 minutes late to school. We followed the stream of cars down St. Mary’s Road toward Stanley school and then, between the Community Center and the fire station, there was some road work. It was down to one lane. We waited and waited until it was our turn. We were the lucky ones. The stream of cars going in the opposite direction backed up to Moraga Road. (They, too, were detouring.)

My son, who should have been in his class at 9:05, made it in around 9:30, due to all the detours. He will be sure to blame slipping grades on me, because I was driving, and I made him go to the orthodontist.

I can deal with that. What I can’t deal with is stupidity. ISN’T THERE ANY COMMUNICATION IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS?

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
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Orinda bank suspects sought in Richmond

RICHMOND – Police have closed Heavenly Ridge Lane to search for two men who tried to rob an Orinda bank this morning. For updates on this story, click here.

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
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Police pursue Orinda bank robbers

ORINDA – Police are in pursuit of a two men who tried to rob a Bank of America this morning.

The man, wearing masks and armed with a gun and rifle, entered the bank at 31 Orinda Way about 9:50 a.m.

Police said the robbers took the tellers to the vaults, which were locked, and then fled without any money.

The suspects escaped in a black SUV on San Pablo Dam Road.

_Malaika Fraley

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Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
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Cross hillside sign vandalized

Someone knocked down the sign amid the crosses in Lafayette sometime Monday night or early Tuesday.

The incident happened after anti-Iraq war protesters held a vigil at the hillside Monday night to remember the war dead. Supporters of the Iraq mission, who oppose the display of crosses, showed up in a counter protest that grew loud and heated at times. Police officers kept an eye on the crowd of roughly 350.

On Tuesday, cross organizers propped up the sign, which states the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, and will restore it later this week, they said.

This is the third time in five months the sign has been vandalized.

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
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Acalanes screens ‘Invisible Children’

Leadership students at Acalanes High School are holding a fund-raiser for the “Invisible Children” of Uganda — who became “invisible” at night to avoid being forced to join the army.

The school is holding an International Night of performances, food, a fashion show and more from 6 to 8:15 p.m.Thursday in the gym, including a screening of the film “Invisible Children.”
The public is invited.

Miramonte held similar activities this pastbmonth, and Campolindo is holding an International Food Bazaar March 30.
— Brooke Bryant

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007
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CHP going after speeders in Highway 24 today

From today’s Contra Costa Times:

The California Highway Patrol’s crackdown on speeders continues today with a “speed team” of officers focusing on Highway 24 in Contra Costa County.

The effort is the second of three. In the first, a team of five officers cited 41 drivers for speeding on Highway 4 in East County, including three who were traveling at more than 100 mph, according to the CHP.

The team impounded one of the vehicles because the driver’s license was suspended, said CHP spokesman Scott Yox.

The CHP cites speed as one of the most dangerous traffic behaviors. Speed is considered to be the No. 1 cause of collisions nationwide, Yox said.

The third campaign will be March 26 on Interstate 680.

The CHP’s “speed teams” are deployed in addition to normal CHP shifts and focus exclusively on speeders, Yox said.

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2007
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55-51 Bishop O’Dowd

Posted on Saturday, March 17th, 2007
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