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$12,000 in computers, cameras stolen

From the Lafayette police blotter
Tuesday, Jan. 22
AUTO BURGLARY — A burglar smashed the front passenger window of a car in the 0-100 block of Moss Lane and took $1,050 in property.
Thursday, Jan. 24
BURGLARY — A burglar entered an unlocked house in the 1300 block of Summit Road and took $12,000 worth of computers and cameras.
Saturday, Jan. 26

VANDALISM — A vandal pushed out the slats of a glass window at the Diablo Valley Montessori School and threw a burning object inside around 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
BURGLARY — A burglar stole $300 in tools from a garage in the 1000 block of Sierra Vista Way between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. The garage was opened with the garage door opener, which had been stolen from an unlocked car between Jan. 10 and 11.
from Moraga police log
Monday, Feb. 4
AUTO BURGLARY — Officers were dispatched to make contact with the victim of an auto burglary. The Ascot Court resident revealed that her empty black vinyl computer case had been taken from the rear storage compartment of her locked vehicle, which she had parked in her assigned parking space for her residence at 3 p.m. Feb. 3. When she returned to the vehicle at 7 a.m. Feb. 4, she realized that the vehicle’s rear hatchback window had been smashed and the computer case was missing. The total loss was estimated at $1,150, which includes the cost of the window replacement.
COMMERCIAL BURGLARY — Officers were dispatched to make telephone contact with a Saint Mary’s College Administrator regarding a burglary report. The administrator reported that at 3 p.m. Feb. 1, she had left her personal laptop locked in her office in Dante Hall, and at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 4 she returned to find the laptop missing. She said there was no forced entry and no window access into the room.

Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2008
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Seeking Sun blog “big wig”

Are you an opinionated, computer-savvy person who could oversee our Lamorinda blog. We also could use some bloggers who could create a lively online narrative about all things Lamorinda. Our online team would provide ongoing guidance. The blog’s best material, including posts and reader comments, might be reverse published in the Sun as a weekly column.
Compensation per post is open to negotiation. If interested, email Leanne McLaughlin@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
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Lots of petty crime reported in Lamorinda

From the Lafayette police log
Monday, Dec. 24
VANDALISM — All four tires were slashed on a car on the 1800 block of Del Rey Street.

from the Orinda police log Wednesday, Dec. 26
DIRT DISPUTE — The driver of a Waste Management truck notified police at 8:22 a.m. that a customer in the first block of Rita Way became verbally abusive and threw an unknown substance at his truck after his waste container was refused. The driver said the bin was overweight and contained dirt. The resident said he has been passed by several times and the dirt was attached to the roots of plants he was discarding.

Thursday, Dec. 27
BURGLARY — At 1:30 p.m., a resident in the first block of Bates Boulevard reported $5,000 worth of gold necklaces, bracelets and watches missing from the home.
From the Moraga police log
Tuesday, Dec. 25
n STOLEN VEHICLE — Officers responded to a Miramonte Drive resident on a stolen vehicle report. She reported that she had parked her vehicle at 5:50 p.m. Dec. 24. When she came out at 7 a.m. Dec. 25 her vehicle was gone. All keys were accounted for.

Friday, Dec. 28
PETTY THEFT — Officers responded to Lynwood Place on a report of a theft. The reporting party said that one of his pre-lighted reindeer was missing from his front yard. The estimated loss is $250.

Tuesday, Jan. 1
VANDALISM — Officers were dispatched to Donald L. Rheem School on a report of vandalism. The reporting party said that about 1 p.m. someone broke a roof skylight. About the same time and date he spotted three kids skateboarding on the roof of an adjoining building. The school security camera was able to capture a photograph of one suspect. At this time, officers are unable to determine if the subject was responsible for the damage. Damage was about $150.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
FRAUD — A resident of the first block of Via Floreando notified police at 5:08 p.m. that he noticed $7,200 was missing from his bank account during the last few months. Most of the funds were used to purchase music online. There were also two unauthorized ATM withdrawals made in Lake Port.
Friday, Jan. 18
VANDALISM/GRAFFITI —Officers responded to the Moraga Commons Skate Park on a vandalism report. Upon arrival, officers noticed black graffiti spray painted in the park “bowl.” The vandalism was photographed and the clean up costs estimated to be $1,100.

Sunday, Jan. 20
GRAND THEFT — An Ascot Drive resident reported that someone stole her son’s backpack while it was left unattended at a friend’s house. The backpack contained some $1,500 in X-Box games.

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
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Lafayette city staff, acting goofy on film

Many of Lafayette’s city staff members can now add “burgeoning movie star” to their resumes.

In response to City Manager Steve Falk’s interest in answering resident questions about municipal finance, they put together a 6-minute video, which is posted on the city’s Web site.

“I think the people are asking fair questions, but we need to kind of be more aggressive about getting our message out there,” Falk said.

To that end, his staff was willing to “embarrass themselves” by acting in the film, which cost the city $4,700.

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2007
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Turkey terrorizes Orinda hair salon

By Nargis Nooristani

ORINDA — The turkey on their plates, drenched in gravy and served alongside the stuffing, wasn’t the only one the ladies of Sison Salon encountered this past Thanksgiving.

Possibly an attempt at escaping a similar fate as its ill-fortuned brethren? Perhaps an act of protest against the November rituals that make any turkey quiver under its feathers? Whatever the reason, a turkey didn’t fly in to the Orinda hair salon — exactly one week before the national holiday of gluttony and indulgence — for a cut and color.

“We had the door propped open because it was one of those beautiful days” said salon owner Charlotte Peebles, recalling the day’s incident.

Peebles recalls sitting with her back to the door, leafing through a magazine while waiting for a client.

When the could-be Butterballbreezed past, her first thought was a dog from the neighboring pet store must have gotten loose and ducked into the salon.

Toni Mayell, Peebles sister and the salon’s co-owner, was in the middle of a haircut in a station near the back of the business.
“All of the sudden, half flying, half running, it flies right in and makes a direct b-line into the back room,” she said.

Perched atop a stack of stored beauty supplies, the bird got cozy in front of a full length mirror and didn’t move for more than an hour.

Word got out about the gobbling guest and neighbors in Village Square flocked in to take a peak, while the hairdresser and their patrons patiently waited for animal control.

All was quiet until hairdresser Marilyn Samuels showed up for work. With a client waiting for a color and the necessary tools stored in the turkey’s den, Samuels saw no way to avoid the store room any longer.

“I walked back slowly and it was just sitting up there. It was just ugly, sitting up the there with its long neck,” she said. “I walked very cautiously.”

But as she pulled open a drawer, the squeak spooked the bird.

“It jumped down, started to fly and hit the cabinet door next to me,” she said. “And I just screamed.”

The crashing and screaming echoed into the salon room, followed by the flapping of brown wings crashing into the walls and mirrors.

At that point, Mayell took charge.

Grabbing a couple of aprons, she began flapping the colorful fabrics together and chasing the bird toward the exit.

The visitor made its way to the front door and strolled out, leaving behind a few messes as a memento.

“Animal control never did show up,” Mayell said. “So it was good we took matters into our own hands.”

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2007
Under: Lamorinda, Orinda | 1 Comment »

Citizens arrest in Lafayette

From the Lafayette police logs:

Sunday, Nov. 11
THEFT — A Walnut Creek taxi driver placed an Oakley woman under citizen’s arrest after she took a cab ride from Walnut Creek to Lafayette and then refused to pay. She was eventually arrested and taken to Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez.

Friday, Nov. 16
IDENTITY THEFT — A 41-year-old San Francisco man used his 81-year-old father’s identity to get a credit card. Son and father, who lives in Lafayette, have the same first and last names.

From the Orinda police log:

Wednesday, Nov. 21
GRAND THEFT — A resident in the first block of Martha Road reported a bicycle valued at $700 missing from inside her garage at 11:20 a.m.

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 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
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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
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