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Moraga robbery story turns out to be fake

The robbery at knifepoint that was reported to have taken place in the Rheem Valley Shopping Center on Feb. 28 has turned out to be a false report by the alleged victim.

According to police, the alleged victim who reported the crime made the story up as a way of seeing how police would react to a report of a crime.

The report led to a manhunt throughout Lamorinda by all three local law enforcement agencies, a sketch artist working with the victim to create a sketch of the robber, and hours of investigation into the crime.

Yang Chen, 25, of Walnut Creek, who made the false report is being charged with filing a false police report.

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Lafayette schools to get surveillance

The Lafayette School District board has approved the installation of four surveillance cameras at Lafayette Elementary School and Stanley Middle School.

The school district hopes that the installation of these cameras will deter some potential crime and vandalism from occurring.

Despite insurance covering the cost of much of the recent vandalism and crime at the schools, the school district has still had to spend $14,000 on insurance deductibles to cover the incidents.

The Lafayette School District has allocated $30,000 of the budget to surveillance equipment, although the system they are likely to put in to place will cost $16, 542.

Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2012
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Sexual crime in Acalanes parking lot

Acalanes High School Principal Aida Glimme sent out a message to parents about a sexual crime committed in the school’s parking lot shortly after school was out on Friday.

A man was seen by students masturbating while watching one of Acalanes’ female students.

The man was described as Caucasian, middle-aged with greying dark hair. Witnesses reported the man leaving in the passenger seat of a white Toyota Camry, while another man drove the vehicle.

The Lafayette Police Department is asking that anyone with additional information about the crime, or who witnesses a similar crime, call their dispatch number immediately at 925-284-5010.

Posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2012
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Merrick takes plea, going to prison

Former Stanley Middle School teacher Michael Merrick has put an end to an ordeal that has caused grief throughout the Stanley community. Merrick took a plea deal, pleading guilty to six of the felony counts against him for the molestation of a student he was tutoring in 2010.

Merrick was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for his crimes.

As part of the plea deal, Merrick had to admit that he had in fact committed the crimes he was charged with. Merrick admitted in court that he had in fact molested the student.

The case was set to go to trial on Monday.

Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012
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Man arrested for Lafayette burglary

Stephen Walker, 44, of Walnut Creek, was arrested Wednesday in connection with the burglary of the Lafayette thrift store Nifty Thrift.

Walker was arrested after stolen property from a burglary at Nifty Thrift was found in his home during a police search. Walker’s home was subject to search as part of his probation for an unrelated drug charge.

According to police, Walker was in possession of stolen jewelry from the store whose proceeds benefit the charity Futures Explored.

For more information on Nifty Thrift or the Futures Explored, visit

Walnut Creek Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the burglary, call 925-943-5844.

Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012
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Former JM teacher gets eight years

Julie Gay Correa, a former P.E. teacher and coach at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School in Moraga, was sentenced to eight years in prison today for sex crimes she committed on a former student.

Correa could have received more than 100 years in prison, but she accepted a plea deal with the Attorney General’s Office, in which she pleaded no contest to four of the felony charges against her.

Correa had been living in Utah with her family at the time of her arrest.

The victim, Kristen Cunnane, who currently works as an associate head coach for the Cal women’s swim team, has been very active in the case, serving as a role model for other victims of sexual abuse who are afraid to come forward.

Get the full story on the Contra Costa Times website.

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011
Under: Crime, Moraga, Schools | 1 Comment »

Springhill aide arrested

Lafayette School District Superintendent Fred Brill sent out an announcement via email to parents Friday informing them that an instructional aide at Springhill Elementary School was arrested at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning.

As news of the arrest spread, worried parents began wondering what crimes had been committed and if their children were safe; however, according to the email, the Lafayette Police Department shared with the school district that the arrest was unrelated to children or any criminal activities at the school.

The name of the person arrested and the crime committed have not yet been released.

Posted on Saturday, December 10th, 2011
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Saint Mary’s student arrested at Occupy Cal

UPDATE 9:30 a.m. 11/12: Slaughter has been released from jail, according to Occupy SMC and he is no longer listed in the Alameda County database. The case is listed as closed on the UC police logs.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m. 11/11: UC police spokesman Alex Yao confirmed Slaughter was arrested for the charges listed below and was banned from the Berkeley campus for a week.

A Saint Mary’s College student is among several people who were arrested Wednesday night as part of the Occupy Cal protests in Berkeley.

Robert Slaughter was arrested in Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $15,000 bail, according to Alameda County’s online inmate database.  He has been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, and unlawful assembly.

Slaughter is a senior at Saint Mary’s and is from Berkeley, according to the group Occupy SMC.

I left voicemail and email messages with UC police spokesman Alex Yao earlier today, who has not yet responded to either. I called the UC Police Department’s main line as well and was told I needed to speak with Yao.

Occupy SMC, which organized last week’s teach-in at the Moraga campus, has been trying to raise money for Slaughter’s bail, said student Karina Acosta. She also emailed me a link to this video, posted by YouTube user ryanfrietas, which appears to show police hitting a protester with a baton and pushing the protestor to the ground. The video is dark and it’s impossible to see who exactly police are detaining, but Acosta says it is Slaughter.

Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2011
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Former Moraga teacher going to prison on molestation charges

Former Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School teacher, Julie Gay Correa, officially took a plea deal Wednesday that will send her to prison for her involvement in the molestation of a student in the 1990s.

Correa was faced with 12 felony counts and plead no contest to four counts as part of the plea deal. Those were one count of forcible sexual penetration of a minor and three counts of lewd acts on a child over age 14.

If Correa receives the maximum sentence, she could spend eight years in prison. She will also be a registered sex offender for the rest of her life.

Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2011
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Suspicious activity in Lafayette

On Tuesday, between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., Lafayette Police received reports that a man in his 30s driving a white BMW approached a juvenile and her babysitter and asked them where they lived. A second report came in that the same man had approached another juvenile, asking if they needed a ride home.

Police were able to track down the man to his residence, but police determined that no actual crime had been committed, so they could not bring the man into custody.

The Lafayette School District is asking all parents to discuss proper safety precautions with their children. The Lafayette Police Department is asking that any similar incidents be reported to them immediately.

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011
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