Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 20, 2010

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Sheriff's Office investigating remains

Bones found Sunday in the hills near Pleasanton off Dublin Canyon Road may be those of a local homeless man known as John the Blanket Man or John the Plastic Man.

"It was brought to the officers' attention by the sheriff, actually," said Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson. "Before he was sheriff, he patrolled for many years in Dublin."

Nelson said the man also is known as John Brown or Thomas Brown. He often worked as a knife sharpener and was last seen six to 10 years ago. He is believed to be from Pennsylvania and may have served in the military.

The sheriff's office is trying to locate family members who can help identify him through dental records. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriffs Office at (510) 272-6878.

Green vehicle alternatives

Pleasanton's Committee on Energy and the Environment will present the second of its free lecture series focused on the topic of Green Vehicle Alternatives at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd.

The lecture will include a panel discussion about compressed natural gas vehicles, electric vehicles and other transportation options such as natural gas operated scooters and Segways. A display of alternative energy vehicles will be on display.

Hubbs remains in jail

A Livermore woman accused of 67 counts of sexual assault will remain in Santa Rita Jail until Sept. 3.

Christine Shreeve Hubbs, 42, is being held on $4.3 million bond.

Hubbs is accused of sexual assaults on two boys that started when each was 14, which police said began in December 2008 and continued until her arrest.

Among the charges Hubbs faces is a single count of forcible lewd act on a child. Unlike the other charges, this count requires "using force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury," according to California penal code.

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