Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 13, 2010

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Party attackers guilty

Two men have been found guilty of misdemeanor charges in an attack in Pleasanton last year that left the victim beaten and unconscious.

Devon Fergusson and Devin Kettle were convicted in a jury trial Aug. 5 of a single count each of battery resulting in serious bodily injury. The charges stem from a high school house party in which Dublin high schooler Brandon Tahtaras was beaten after a dispute over a broken beer bottle.

Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick said five men jumped and beat Tahtaras; information about the other three allegedly involved in the beating was not available. Sentencing for Fergusson and Kettle is set for Aug. 23.

Swim season a success

The city's summer Learn-To-Swim program at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center had 2,642 children enrolled, overseen and taught by 89 lifeguards. The swim center also had 24 junior lifeguards who took a preparatory course to learn about first aid and lifesaving skills, and worked under the guidance of certified life guards to learn more about the responsibilities of the job.

This evening Pleasanton will ends its 2010 swim season with the annual Splash Day Event, a carnival-type celebration at the Aquatic Center. Dozens of swimmers and their families join swim instructors from 6-9 p.m. for open swim, decorations, games and skits. Staff will wear costumes with a Super Hero theme.

Interim president for Las Positas

The Board of Trustees of the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has named Dr. Guy F. Lease as interim president for Las Positas College. Lease replaces Dr. DeRionne Pollard who accepted a position in Maryland, until a permanent president is selected.

Lease served as superintendent/president at Lake Tahoe Community College District for 18 years and later as interim president at Fresno City College. He received his Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of Southern California and his masters degree in business administration from the University of Utah. He has chaired six California community college accreditation teams, and served for 10 years on the board for the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges.

The trustees will launch a nationwide search in the fall for a new president.

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