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Archive for June, 2009

Former Planning Commissioner sues city

Former Lafayette Planning Commissioner Dick Holt has sued the City of Lafayette over the dispute involving his proposal to build a 2,600-square-foot home on property he owns off of Sessions Road overlooking downtown.

Holt’s initial application to build the home was denied by the Lafayette Planning Commission. Holt attempted to file an appeal of the rejection by the Planning Commission with the Lafayette City Council in February, but City Council members denied Holt’s attempt to appeal.

Holt and his lawyers are claiming that city staff are making their decisions based on pressure from neighbors of his proposed development site.

The dispute over Holt’s proposed building plans has been going on for two years.

Posted on Saturday, June 20th, 2009
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More information about fake ID artist arrested

Orinda police Chief Bill French has confirmed that there is a connection in the arrest of a Rohnert Park man who was arrested on suspicion of forgery and ID theft and the May 23 party that led to the death of Miramonte High School student Joe Loudon.

Police confirmed that some of the more than 100 IDs found in the apartment of Robert Martin Scott, the man charged, had Lafayette addresses on them.

The investigation into the party has also revealed that at least some of the alcohol present at the party was purchased using fake IDs.

Police are calling the fake IDs allegedly produced by Scott high quality fakes.

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2009
Under: Crime, Lafayette, Orinda | No Comments »

Investigation into death of Joe Loudon brings new arrest

Orinda police have made an arrest in conjunction with Rohnert Park and Novato police of a 22-year-old man from Rohnert Park believed to have provided local teenagers, including some who were at the party the night Joe Loudon died, with fake ID cards.

Robert Martin Scott, 22, was mentioned multiple times during the investigation into the death of Joe Loudon and the related party as a major supplier of fake IDs. Scott has been arrested on suspicion of forgery and identity theft.

Police were granted a search warrant for Scott’s appartment. More than 100 fake IDs were found in his residence, some of which included local address on them.

Scott is currently in County Jail in Martinez.

Posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2009
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Troop 246 announces eight new Eagle Scouts

Eight members of Boy Scout Troop 246 in Moraga were recently named Eagle Scouts. This is the third year in a row Troop 246 has had eight Eagle Scouts.

The eight new Eagle Scouts are Gregory Angelides, Kevin Condie, Michael DeChenne, Stephen Gessling, Daniel Ingersoll, Matthew Lenhart, Aric Morton and Coleman Williams. All eight are current students or recent graduates of Campolindo High School.

In order to earn the honor of Eagle Scout, each boy had to organize a successful community service project. The boys’ projects included cleaning up areas at schools, churches and parks. Some of the projects also included building and installing new benches.

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
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“Spider’s Web” continues through June 27 in Orinda

The Orinda Starlight Village Players are in the midst of a run of performances of Agatha Christie’s “Spider’s Web.” All performances are at the Orinda Community Center’s outdoors amphitheater, offering a smaller, local vibe.

There is a performance each Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. until June 27. There will also be a performance on Thursday, June 25, at 8:00 p.m. for those who can’t attend the weekend showings.

Tickets are available for purchase at the box office at the amphitheater starting 30 minutes before each show. Adult tickets cost $15. Senior and student tickets are $7.50.

For more information about any of the scheduled shows, you can call 925-254-5530.

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
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More scary news involving a young person from Lamorinda

Jamison Hill, a 20-year-old resident of Lafayette, slammed his 1995 Toyota 4 Runner into a 1989 Nissan Pulsar near the Mare Island Bridge in Vallejo Saturday afternoon. The man in the Nissan, Pablo Santiago, 30, of Vallejo, died as a result of the collision.

Hill was sent to Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, but his injuries have not been reported as life-threatening.

Initial investigation reports show that the Nissan had stopped on Highway 37 and was not moving when Hill crashed into it with his Toyota. The Nissan caught fire after beating hit from behind.

No arrests or citations have been made, although the accident is still being investigated.

Posted on Monday, June 15th, 2009
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Susan Polk is back in court

The woman at the center of the 2006 murder trial that brought national attention to Orinda is back in court to appeal the ruling against her.

Susan Polk was charged with the 2002 murder of her estranged husband, 70-year-old Felix Polk, after their 15-year-old son found his father dead in their pool house. She was sentenced to 16 years to life at state prison.

During the murder trial, Susan Polk fired multiple lawyers and ended up defending herself, claiming she stabbed her husband in self-defense after he attacked her.

Polk has asked to represent herself in her appeal, but defendants are not allowed to do so in an appeal case. Polk and her lawyer are claiming that there were more than 10 trial court errors that went unnoticed, which affected the outcome of the original case.

Posted on Sunday, June 14th, 2009
Under: Crime, Orinda | No Comments »

Two upcoming local music events

On Sunday, June 14, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., Saint Mary’s College will be hosting the “Summer Jazz Banjo Festival” in the Soda Activity Center. To find out more information about the event, visit: Summer Jazz Banjo Festival

The Orinda Library will be hosting one of their summer music series events on Wednesday, June 24, starting at 7:00 p.m. Hawaiian Slack Key guitarist Tim Fuller will be performing free of charge inside the library. Fuller plans to play a mixture of his own original songs and songs from Hawaii.

The Orinda Library is located at 26 Orinda Way. For more information about the Orinda library and future music series events, visit their website here: Orinda Library

Posted on Saturday, June 13th, 2009
Under: Moraga, Music, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

More bad news from Highway 24

Highway 24 is seemingly showing up more often than ever in the news, but it is never for good reasons.

Tonight, at about 5:35 p.m., Andrea Cintron, 36, of Berkeley, was driving near Acalanes Road when another car cut her off. Cintron swerved out of the way, but her 1996 Ford Escort ended up going across all lanes of traffic and up a hill on the right side of the freeway.

The car began flipping over as it rolled back down the hill, and Cintron was thrown through the passenger-side front window.

Cintron was lucky to escape the accident with only a potential broken arm as she had not been wearing her seatbelt.

Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2009
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High school graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 12

Tomorrow, Friday, June 12, is graduation day for all of the local high school seniors. All three local high schools will be having their ceremonies for family and friends to watch their graduates receive their diplomas.

The graduation ceremony at Acalanes High School is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. on the Acalanes football field.

Campolindo’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. on the Campolindo football field.

Miramonte’s graduation ceremony will start a little later, at 5:30 p.m. on the Miramonte football field.

If you plan on attending any of the graduation ceremonies, keep in mind that parking is going to be a mess at all of them, so plan on arriving early.

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2009
Under: Lafayette, Lamorinda, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »