From my Saturday morning perusal of the Contra Costa Times:
(As much as many like to say that newspapers and journalism are a dying industry, where would I be without them? Stealing stories from them and all. Oh, and I'm still an old-fashioned gal. I pick up my actual print versions of the Times and the San Francisco Chronicle--which may soon close--from the driveway each morning and sit and drink my coffee and scan through them. It's a different experience than reading the news online, not necessarily superior, just different.)
Anyway, onto the crime stuff:
Thieves still $87,000 worth of solar panels from Stanley Middle School in Lafayette: This is low, very low, on several points, but we'll name two. First, stealing any equipment or causing any damage to a public school is plain rotten. And, second, stealing equipment that is designed to help the school do something good for the environment is rotten times two.
Teachers returned to the Lafayette middle school from the four-day Presidents Day weekend and soon realized that thieves had damaged the roof and stolen newly installed solar panels--before the school had the chance to turn them on. Oh, and to add insult to injury, the thieves also used a school van to cart off their haul.
Former WC employee says wife's health problems forced him to steal: Jeffrey Tarpley, 59, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading no contest to embezzling about $150,000 from the Heather Farm Park swim center, where he worked as a recreation specialist. Tarpley, a 19-year employee of the city before his 2007 arrest, was also ordered to pay restitution. Tarpley told the judge at his sentencing that he regretted stealing and was filled with remorse.
The father of two said his family began to have financial troubles in 2001 when his wife experienced heart problems and had to stop working. His home has since been foreclosed.
St. Mary's College sophomore arrested in rape: A 20-year-old student at the Moraga college was arrested Friday on suspicion of raping another student last month. The female victim identified Blake Johnson as her assailant; he was arrested and booked into County Jail in Martinez.