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Archive for June, 2007

Pooch pilfered

from the Moraga police log:

DOG STEALING — A Safeway shopper on Moraga Way reported that her 15-pound, black and white spotted terrier named Gus was stolen from her unlocked car. The dog was wearing a lime green collar and has an identification chip in his body. The value of the dog is about $500.

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2007
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | 2 Comments »

Skinny burglar?

From the Lafayette police log:

HOME BURGLARY — An Orchard Road resident reported that someone entered his home through the doggie door between June 7 and 12, and removed items. The doggie door was found smashed inward with a wooden board. The cost for repairs was estimated at $50.

Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2007
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda | No Comments »

Give your two cents

A survey in the wake of this months’ failed neighborhood road repair measure is being conducted to understand why the measure died. Those interested in taking the survey can click here.

Measure C, a $150 annual parcel tax for 30 years, fell short of the two-thirds vote required for passage on June 5. It was the second attempt in three years.

The survey is open to people who voted yes on the measure, those who voted no and those who didn’t vote at all. It’s being organized by the Fix Our Roads committee, which supported Measure C. The results will be presented at a July City Council meeting.

Katherine Tam

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007
Under: Lafayette | No Comments »

Moving history lesson

Spotted on Highway 24 in Orinda around noon today: A clunker of an old sedan (robin’s egg blue) with a Nixon/Agnew bumper sticker. Have you spotted any interesting cars/stickers lately??? Let us know.

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Roads | No Comments »

Married bliss?

Saturday, June 9

Orinda police responded to reports of a domestic altercation at Eastwood Drive. The man was intoxicated and threatened his wife. When she tried to call 911, he ripped the phone from the wall. She placed him under citizen’s arrest, and officers took him into custody when they arrived. Later, he kicked the rear door of the patrol car open, striking an officer

Sunday, June 10
Police responded to reports of a domestic dispute on Knickerbocker Lane. The couple is divorcing, and the husband lives in the basement and garage of the home. The wife wouldn’t let him in the house, and he banged on the door, cutting his hand in the process. He left to stay with friends

Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Under: Crime, Lamorinda, Orinda | No Comments »

Expensive ice cream

From the Moraga police report:

Officers were dispatched to Moraga Way on a report of a missing or stolen purse from Safeway. The woman said at 6:30 p.m. she was in the check out line and realized she forgot ice cream. She left her shopping cart, with her purse in it, in the line while she grabbed some ice cream two aisles over. When she returned her purse was missing. Total loss estimated at $400.

Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Under: Crime, Lamorinda, Moraga | 1 Comment »

2007 senior year: A year to `Move Along,’ CYA!

See our unique graphic take on what’s hot in the world of graduating seniors in our 2007 Graduation issue of the Sun, coming out this Friday. From text lingo to the Wii and the war in Iraq, it was a year worth remembering.

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Author of Susan Polk book comes to Orinda

Orinda-based journalist Carol Pogash will give readings this week in Berkeley and Orinda from her book, “Seduced by Madness” about Orinda housewife Susan Polk, who murdered her therapist-turned-husband in 2002.

Pogash covered the court case and interviewed dozens of Polk family, friends and former patients.

Polk met her psychologist husband, Felix Polk, when she was a teenager and he was her therapist. Felix Polk divorced his wife of 20 years to marry Susan Polk. She stabbed him to death 20 years later.

After acting as her own attorney, she was found guilty by a Contra Costa County jury of second-degree murder. She claims self-defense.

Several jurors and the prosecutor are expected at the readings at 4 p.m. Thursday at Orinda Books, 276 Orinda Square; and 7 p.m. Saturday at Cody’s Book’s, 1730 Fourth St., Berkeley.

— Bruce Gerstman

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
Under: Orinda | No Comments »

Missing Orinda woman found alive

A 67-year-old Orinda woman reported missing by her husband Tuesday afternoon is headed for an area hospital after officers found her this morning, Orinda police said.

The woman was found shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Orindawoods Road near Alta Orinda, less than a quarter-mile from her home, Orinda Police Chief Bill French said.

She suffered bruises and scrapes during her time missing and will undergo medical observation, French said. No word was immediately available on her condition, he said.

After the woman’s husband called police at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, East Bay Regional Park District and Lafayette police joined search and rescue deputies from the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in searching the area through the night, with help from a Highway Patrol helicopter.

-George Kelly

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
Under: Orinda | No Comments »

Stupid HomeownerTricks

Make sure you read Mike Zampa in the upcoming June 15 Sun, when it’s time again for Stupid Homeowner Tricks, the quiz show that asks: Did strange voices in your head make you do that?

Zampa writes: “Remember kids, we have two rules on this program: 1) Never embarrass a contestant — they do a good enough job of that themselves.

“And 2) never try these tricks on your own. Our guests are professionals. They’ve had therapy.
As always, we’ll summarize this week’s stunts, and then provide analysis and a rating from our panel of judges.

“The contestants will be a CPA from Lafayette, a sales executive from Moraga and some guys who were too confused to remember where they live:”

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda | No Comments »