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Lafayette massage parlors now require state certification

As of today, all massage practitioners must have official state certification with the California Massage Therapy Council to be allowed to practice legally in Lafayette.

The new law was adopted by the City of Lafayette back in May, but the city allowed for a 120-day grace period to allow all non-certified practitioners time to get certified. That grace period ends today.

The new law came into effect as part of the Lafayette Police Department’s crackdown on illegal sexual activity in Lafayette’s massage parlors. Three of Lafayette’s massage parlors have already been shut down by police – Body & Sole, Classical Music Massage and Lalouch Massage.

Lafayette Police will continue to run inspections and undercover operations of Lafayette’s massage parlors even with the new law in effect.

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012
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Cunnane granted $1.5 million in restitution

Kristen Cunnane was granted $1.5 million in restitution by a judge Friday for the crimes committed against her by her former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School teacher.

Cunnane’s former P.E. teacher, Julie Correa, pleaded no contest to four charges against her during the criminal trial last year. Correa had been charged with 23 total felony sex crimes for her sexual abuse of Cunnane over a four-year period beginning in 1996. Correa was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Although Cunnane was granted $1.5 million in restitution, she is unlikely to see anywhere near that amount due to Correa’s prison sentence and financial standing. Cunnane has received the first two checks totaling just $24 from the Department of Corrections on behalf of Correa.

Posted on Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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Civil suit filed against Merrick, Brill and Schrag

The girl who was sexually abused by former Stanley Middle School teacher Michael Merrick is suing Merrick, Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill and Stanley Middle School Principal David Schrag. According to the lawsuit, the victim is asking for money for past and future medical expenses, a punitive award and general damages.

The lawsuit states that previous accusations by students about inappropriate behavior by Merrick were made to Schrag and Brill, but that they did not report these accusations as required by mandated reporting laws. Brill denies that he or anyone else in the district ever received any such accusations.

Merrick is currently serving a sentence of five years and eight months in state prison after pleading guilty to six felonies involving the sexual abuse of a female student. He pleaded guilty on those charges to avoid going to trial on 25 total charges.

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012
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Man arrested in Lafayette for kidnapping worker

Lafayette Police arrested Tod Morton, 51, of Walnut Creek, Sunday after Morton allegedly handcuffed a man he had hired to work for him. Police came after the handcuffed man got away and ran to a neighbor’s home.

According to police, Morton picked up the man at a home improvement store in Concord by telling the man he was going to hire him for the day to do some work on a home in Lafayette. Once at the home, Morton told the man he was a police officer and handcuffed him.

Morton was booked on suspicion of kidnapping, false imprisonment, impersonating a police officer and carrying a firearm in his vehicle.

Lafayette Police are asking anyone with additional information to call 925-283-3680.

Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
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Acalanes volleyball coach, Burton Valley aide arrested

Nicholas Daniel Kalustian, 22, of Martinez, was arrested Friday on suspicion of unlawful sexual conduct with a student, according to police. Kalustian has been working as the JV girls volleyball coach at Acalanes High School and an instructional aide at Burton Valley Elementary School. He has been placed on administrative leave by both schools.

Kalustian was arrested after police were made aware of an alleged relationship between he and a female high school student. The student does not attend Acalanes.

Kalustian was taken to Martinez Detention Facility where he is facing $100,000 bail.

Lafayette Police are asking that anyone with information please call them at 925-283-3680.

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012
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Police seeking suspect in suspicious activity near JM

Moraga Police are searching for a man seen near the Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School campus asking students if they needed rides.

According to police, the male driver of a gold SUV, possibly with a broken back window, asked a male student at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday if he wanted a ride. When the student said no, the driver, who had been parked on Camino Pablo across from the school, drove off toward Canyon Road.

The same male student reported seeing the same vehicle parked near the school again after school on Thursday.

Police say that the description of the man matches one of a man who reportedly asked a student if they needed a ride two weeks ago near JM.

The suspect is described as a “clean-shaven, college-age white man with a buzz cut hair style.”

Call Moraga police at 925-284-5010 with any information or to report any sightings of the vehicle.

Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2012
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Moraga 24 Hour Fitness employee sentenced

Pornthep Suvanasarn, 23, of Danville, was sentenced Tuesday for his conviction of exposing himself to a 5-year-old boy while he was an employee at 24 Hour Fitness in Moraga. Suvanasarn was sentenced to 90 days electronic home detention and three years probation. He must also register as a sex offender.

Suvanasarn was a student at Saint Mary’s College on March 14, 2011, when the incident occurred. He was working as a part-time employee in the childcare center at 24 Hour Fitness when police say he exposed himself to one of the children.

At trial, he was acquitted of additional charges against him for allegedly exposing himself to another child.

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
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Freeways closed after CHP officer shot

A CHP officer and a suspect exchanged gunfire in a shootout on Highway 680 in Alamo this morning around 8:20 a.m. Both men were wounded in the shootout and rushed to John Muir Medical Center.

All lanes of 680-southbound were closed north of Livorna Road and are expected to remain closed until this afternoon. Thousands of people are currently stuck on the freeway with nowhere to go.

As of 11:10 a.m., a driver reported getting on the freeway in Lafayette to head to Walnut Creek and had not moved in over 25 minutes, so the freeway closure is affecting the entire area.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
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Woman charged with embezzling from Lafayette employer

Kristie Gale Meyer is facing federal charges for allegedly embezzling money from her employer Ansil Realty & Investment Co. Inc in Lafayette and KLP Properties Inc. in Walnut Creek.

According to a new release from U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Meyer embezzled funds by using company checks to pay her credit card bills and then destroying copies of the checks. She also made deposits of company funds into personal online gambling accounts. Meyer would make fake accounting entries to cover up the funds.

Meyer was indicted on Thursday and is expected back in court on Aug. 20.

Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2012
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Orinda murder suspect pleads not guilty

James Collin, 62, of Orinda, pleaded not guilty today to the murder charges against him in the killing of his  girlfriend, Evangeline Cumbe Devera, on June 26 in their Orinda home. The prosecutor also added a count of torture to the charges against Collin, which he also pleaded not guilty to. If Collin is convicted of the charges against him, he could face the death penalty.

An interesting turn in the case came today when the prosecutor entered into evidence the Nov. 1, 1986 police report of the accidental killing of Tim Mark Collin by his brother James Collin in the same home that James Collin allegedly killed Devera in. Police at the time ruled it as an accidental shooting, citing an unplanned gun discharge, but those close to the Collins are speaking out now that they don’t believe the 1986 shooting was an accident.

Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
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