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Archive for October, 2007

Turkey sightings? Send photos

We keep hearing stories about rafters of wild turkeys standing in the middle of Lamorinda roadways,. stopping traffic. But so far, the critters have eluded our photographers. Kinda like Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster. So dear readers, if you see wild turkeys in these days before Thanksgiving, send us the photos as jpgs or prints. Send jpgs to And send prints to Leanne McLaughlin, Lamorinda Sun editor, 2640 Shadelands Drive, Walnut Creek 94598. Include your name and a phone number. We’ll try to run the photos before the holiday.

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Roads | No Comments »

Bold thieves think big

From the Lafayette police log:

Two burglars interrupted in the act by a Lafayette resident escaped in their gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck Oct. 15. A resident of the 1500 block of Reliez Valley Road arrived house at about 2:45 p.m. Oct. 15 to find an unfamiliar truck parked in her driveway. She walked into her house to get a cordless phone, she told police, and walked back outside to call 911. As she did so, a man ran out the front door and jumped in the truck. Another man ran out the back door and jumped in the truck. The resident banged her phone on the truck’s windows as it quickly sped off, knocking her down. At least $825 in property was missing, although the inventory of missing items was incomplete

Sunday, Sept. 9
BURGLARY — A burglar smashed the door of a house in the 1200 block of El Curtole Boulevard about 5:40 p.m., tripping the house’s alarm system. Jewelry, credit cards and other property valued at $18,725 were taken.

BURGLARY — Burglars pried open the side door of a Mt. Diablo Boulevard restaurant and dragged a large safe from the office. The safe and its contents were valued at $10,000.

Thursday, Oct. 11
BURGLARY — An anvil was stolen from the maintenance yard of the Lafayette School District. Between 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday, someone cut the fence of the yard and stole the anvil, valued at $1,000.

Sunday, Oct. 14
AUTO BURGLARY — A resident of the 1100 block of Vacation Drive reported that his unlocked car was burglarized between 9 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Two sets of golf clubs valued at $600, a handmade calf-skin bible valued at $600, a digital camera valued at $115 and a phone valued at $90 were taken from the car.

From the Orinda police log:

Friday, Oct. 19
GRAND THEFT — Two mountain bikes valued at $4,000 were reported missing from the front porch of a house in the 400 block of Camino Sobrante.

Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2007
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Orinda | No Comments »

Watch out for vanilla, toilet seats and high school mascots …

Some unusual items were reported to Lamorinda police in the first half of October:

from Lafayette police:

Wednesday, Oct. 3
THEFT— Checks worth $12,000, $13,000 and $2,500 were stolen from the mail box of a Hope Lane resident.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
PUBLIC INTOXICATION — A 52-year-old Orinda woman was arrested at the intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Boulevard on public intoxication charges. She was dancing in the road and cursing at cars, according to police reports. She had two bottles of vanilla extract in her pocket, the report said, which the officer believed she drank to get intoxicated.

Fromt the Moraga police:

Friday, Oct. 12
BATTERY — An assistant principal at Campolindo High School reported a student was injured during the football game. The student was wearing the school mascot costume during the game. During half-time, an Acalanes High School student approached the student and pulled on the costume head, removing it. The student ended up on the ground with a slight injury to her neck. The student identified the responsible Acalanes student to school staff.

Monday, Oct. 15
GRAND THEFT— Officers contacted a citizen regarding a theft report.. She said she had parked her car in her designated carport on Miramonte Drive at 8 p.m. Oct. 14. She returned to her vehicle at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 15 and noticed items missing, including a toilet seat still in the box.

From the Orinda police

Tuesday, Oct. 2
ILLEGAL ENTRY — A family residing in the first block of El Gavilan reported to police at 8:47 a.m. that their home had been invaded by eight juveniles. The suspects were found drinking and using drugs inside the home. The group left when confronted.

Monday, Oct. 8
PETTY THEFT — At 2:01 p.m., a woman reported her laptop stolen while she was at a park in the first block of Orinda Way. Reports state she left the device on a bench for 45 minutes, and when she returned it was gone.

Thursday,Oct. 11
STRONG-ARM ROBBERY— A resident in the first block of El Sueno reported being attacked while in his garage at 9:05 p.m. According to police reports, a man grabbed him from behind the neck and took his wallet, containing credit cards and $800 in cash. He and two others waiting outside then took off. No vehicle was seen or heard.

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2007
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | 1 Comment »

The Sound of Silence

Sun columnist Mike Zampa wrote in last week’s column that “we don’t appreciate sound enough. At least I didn’t, until the gunshots, the coyote and the smoke detector woke me up the other night. And it got me thinking: isn’t there a better way to make garlic bread?

“And before you ask — what’s garlic bread got to do with it? – allow me to say: Butt out. When you get your own column syndicated to nearly 1.4 percent of all the readers in the nine-county Bay Area’s sixth most populous county, you can write it any way you want to. This is how I choose to do it.

“Sorry if that sounded cranky. I’m just a little short on sleep. It’s all that sound.”

(Photo by Flickr user jspatchwork under Creative Commons attribution license)

-Leanne McLaughlin

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2007
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Rainy respites

Waitresses in Moraga cafes report they served more customers than usual this morning. Seems when it rains, area residents all turn out for fancy coffee drinks and minestrone soup they can’t readily find at home.

Perhaps it was the slick roads but drivers on Moraga Road were driving UNDER the posted speed limits today. But drivers on Moraga Way were testing the limits, according to those signs that measure a driver’s speed. Do those signs work? Do you slow down down when you see them?

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2007
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A big haul

from the Orinda police log:

Monday, Oct. 1
BURGLARY — A resident in the first block of La Cresta Road reported her home had been burglarized sometime between 7:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. while she and her husband were at work. More than $14,000 worth of items, including jewelry and electronics, were reported missing at 8:22 p.m. There were no signs of forced entry.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
GRAND THEFT — A purse containing a passport, Social Security card and driver’s license was reported taken from a inside a car parked in front of the 200 block of Camino Sobrante. Police were notified of the incident at 5:41 a.m.

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2007
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The coolest place to live?

In his column this week , Mike Zampa says a doomsday struggle for global supremacy continues between the cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek. At stake: the title of coolest place to live.

“Why should we care?’ he asks. “Because our children are being drawn into the maelstrom.

“(We) first published details of the bitter feud between the neighboring towns three months ago. Actually, it created the feud. It called Walnut Creek smug, trendy and “just like the mall, only without Cinnabon.” It also said that Walnut Creek’s mother wears combat boots.

“Consistent with its smugness, Walnut Creek failed to take the bait. There has been not a word of rebuttal since the expose ran.

“This kind of aloofness is what we’d expect from an economic superpower (defined by The World Bank as “any place with piles of sales tax and its own Restoration Hardware”).

“But here’s something we didn’t anticipate from Walnut Creek – covert manipulation of our youth. Unnamed and nefarious operatives have gotten to Lafayette youngsters. They’ve convinced them that the best sandwich in creation is in Walnut Creek.”

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Restaurants | No Comments »

Thieves buy lots of tunes

From the Orinda police blotter

Wednesday, Sept. 26

IDENTITY THEFT — A resident in the first block of Roberts Road reported at 8:27 a.m. that his wife’s bank card had been used to make more than $2,000 in online music and movie ticket purchases. Police reports state the card had been taken when the family’s mail was stolen in an incident that was reported to police.

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2007
Under: Crime, Lamorinda, Music, Orinda | No Comments »

Beware of counterfeit bills

From the Lafayette police log:

Sunday, Sept. 16
COUNTERFEITING— An unknown person used a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase ice cream at the Art and Wine Festival. The bill was printed over a $5 bill.

Friday, Sept. 21
COUNTERFEITING— An unknown person used two counterfeit $100 bills at a Lafayette restaurant.

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
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Zampa: Put a cork in it

In Friday’s upcoming Sun, columnist Mike Zampa finds he’s an outcast in his own hometown because he doesn’t drink wine.

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Restaurants | No Comments »