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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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Lafayette School Board Forum

The Lafayette School PTA has organized an event for the public to hear from the candidates for the Lafayette School Board.

The Lafayette School Board Candidates’ Forum will be held this Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:00 p.m., in the Stanley Middle School Library.

All four candidates for the Lafayette School Board are expected to be in attendance at the forum. The four candidates are Jean Follmer, Quinlan Tom, Nancy Wallace and Don Wolff.

The event will start with each candidate having an opening statement. That will be followed with a question and answer session.

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 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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Lafayette Reservoir Run

The 20th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run will take place on Sunday, Oct. 28, featuring three different runs.

A 2 mile fun run/walk will start at 8:00 a.m. Dogs on leash and baby strollers are ok for this.

A 5K certified, timed run will start at 8:30 a.m. for serious runners only.

A 10K certified, timed run will start at 8:45 a.m. Those wishing to do this distance for fun and/or with dogs or baby strollers are also allowed to participate. The 10K is the only run that goes around the Lafayette Reservoir.

Elementary school registration fees are $22 in advance or $27 on the day of the race. Adult registration fees are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the race.

For more information about the run or to register, visit

Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2012
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Lafayette’s Haunted House

The Lafayette Youth Commission will be putting together their annual haunted house again this year. This year’s haunted house is called “Camp WannaScareYa.

The haunted house will take place at the Lafayette Community Center on Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 28.

The “not too scary” version of the haunted house will be available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for younger children. Admission to this version is $3 per person.

The “very scary” version of the haunted house will be available from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night. Admission to the “very scary” version is $5 per person.

For more information or if you have questions, call 925-248-2232.

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2012
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Fatal crash in Lafayette

Lafayette Police received reports of reckless driving on Pleasant Hill Road around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. When police responded, they found that the vehicle had crashed into a tree and a utility pole, sparking a fire.

The driver of the vehicle, Charles Silverman, 28, of Concord, was rushed to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office.

Southbound Pleasant Hill Road was closed down to traffic while police investigated the crash. According to PG&E, 651 customers lost power when the vehicle crashed into the utility pole.

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 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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Brett Olson death ruled accidental

According to the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, the autopsy report for Brett Olson’s death reported that the cause of death was accidental. The report stated that Olson had drowned with alcohol and cocaine in his system.

Olson’s blood alcohol content registered as .28 percent, but it was noted that it could have been closer to .23 percent at the time of his death. The legal limit is .08 percent.

According to the report, there were no signs of trauma on the body or any other indications that would make the death anything other than an accident.

Olson, a 2010 graduated of Acalanes, went missing over Labor Day weekend during a river float near Chico State University. He was found a week later by fishermen.

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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Relive the Giants World Series title and history in Lafayette

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is hosting the event, “Game of My Life, SF Giants Remember,” this Sunday, Sept. 30, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Community Hall.

Matt Johanson, the author of a book that shares the name of the event, will be on hand to share some of the stories from his book, as well as a photographic history of the Giants.

For those A’s fans out there, the A’s stadium announcer, Dick Callahan, will also be in attendance at the event.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children. To reserve a spot, call 925-283-6513 x101 or email

Johanson will be signing copies of his book that will be available for purchase at the event.

Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012
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