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Trained dogs used to search home of suspect in Jaycee Dugard case

By Mike Taugher
Contra Costa Times

ANTIOCH _ Specially trained canines sniffed around a home Sunday where convicted rapist Phillip Garrido held Jaycee Dugard captive for more than 18 years.

Cadaver dogs were used as police looked for evidence that might link Garrido to open murder cases in the area. By early evening, the search was concluded but authorities said they would return to the house on Monday to resume their search.

A neighboring house was also searched but Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee emphasized that Garrido’s neighbor, Damon Robinson, was not a suspect. Rather, Robinson’s house was being searched because of Garrido’s connection to it.

“We know Phillip Garrido had access to the property,” Lee said. “It looks like he lived in a shed on that property.” The house was vacant in 2006, but Lee said authorities did not know when Garrido might have lived there.

Meanwhile, Jaycee Lee Dugard was secluded with her mother and daughters in the Bay Area.

“They’re basically trying to make this less painful for the girls,” said Jaycee’s stepfather, Carl Probyn. “They’re just trying to bond and get it together a little bit.”

Posted on Sunday, August 30th, 2009
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Jaycee Lee Dugard, missing Tahoe girl found in Concord, tops Google Trends

Eighteen years after Jaycee Lee Dugard was abducted from a bus stop on her South Lake Tahoe street, her name has gained new prominence.

Details of the story about Dugard, 29, who re-appeared Wednesday afternoon in Concord for the first time since her kidnapping June 11, 1991, are available in our Contra Costa Times story.

The search term “jaycee lee dugard” was the top item on Google Trends at 10 a.m. today and remained there as of just a few minutes ago.

Google Trends is an hourly-updated “snapshot of what’s on the public’s collective mind by viewing the fastest-rising searches for different points of time.” The search engine has given the search term a ranking of “volcanic.”

Update, 1:40 p.m.: The search term “phillip garrido” has entered the Google Trends top-20 list at No. 20 with a ranking of “medium.” Garrido, a resident of unincorporated Antioch and a registered sex offender, was arrested in connection with the Dugard case after a Wednesday parole hearing in Concord.

Update, 5 p.m.: The search terms “jaycee lee dugard” and “phillip garrido” were briefly at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Google Trends’ top-100 “hot trends” list before their displacement this evening. Other related terms now trending include “jaycee lee dugard press conference” at No. 2, “philip garrido” at No. 3, “el dorado county sheriff” at No. 8, “kidnapped girl found years later” at No. 9, “nancy garrido” at No. 11, “god s desire” at No. 15, “1991 kidnap victim found” at No. 44, and “carl probyn” at No. 74.

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2009
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Update: Two dead in Richmond-San Rafael Bridge shooting

By Gary Klien and Jennifer Upshaw
Marin Independent Journal

Two people were shot dead – one of them a toll taker – at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Tuesday evening after the driver of a shuttle van armed with a shotgun opened fire and then fled toward Richmond.

The vehicle, described as a white van with orange and black lettering with the words “Western Shuttle” stenciled along the side, entered the toll plaza and shot the unidentified toll taker before turning around and heading east. Information about the second fatality was not immediately available.

The driver was described as a black male or female with short hair, according to police broadcasts. The van was last seen headed toward Interstate 80, the broadcasts indicated.
Domenic Toboni of San Rafael said he was about 200 yards from the shooting.

“All I saw is the guy shooting into the toll plaza,” he said. “It was a

Toboni said the gunman fired at least three times.

At the toll plaza, at least three dozen law enforcement units with officers from Richmond police, the California Highway Patrol, the Marin sheriff’s office and others secured the crime scene. One toll booth was sealed off with a body inside.

Traffic was snarled in both directions. Just before 7 p.m., five of the seven westbound lanes were closed including the two FasTrak lanes.

Contact Gary Klien at and Jennifer Upshaw at

Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
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