On May 14 between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., several unnamed culprits snuck into Pleasanton Middle School and vandalized the campus, causing heavy damage, according to school administrators. A "similar display of vandalism" also took place on May 11 on campus.
A crime report was filed with the Pleasanton Police Department, but school officials took the lead in handling the investigation.
School officials said the vandals "destroyed custodian tools, overturned and cracked our cement garbage receptacles, smashed announcement speakers, and caused heavy damage to our beloved school garden," including tearing up plants and drip irrigation systems from the ground, slashing shade umbrellas and ruining student artwork.
Photos on social media also showed items thrown up on the roof of one of the buildings, a damaged fan and PA speaker, overturned picnic tables, and piles of paper strewn outside. "This disturbing behavior is unacceptable and truly disheartening," said the Pleasanton Middle School PTSA.
"A number of individuals did come forward" in the following days about the vandalism, according to district spokesperson Patrick Gannon, who added that "the school and Pleasanton Middle School PTSA has had an outpouring of support from the school and community, which has been wonderful."
The PTSA is currently organizing a fundraiser to assist with the repairs; an announcement about the event will be made soon.
In other news
* Taking the term food fight to a whole new level, an executive at Danville-based Choicelunch, a company that prepares and serves meals to schools throughout the state, has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into a competitor's website, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.
Keith Wesley Cosbey, the chief financial officer at Choicelunch, was arrested in his Danville home on April 18 on charges of unauthorized computer access for illegally hacking one of his company's regional competitors, San Carlos-based LunchMaster, according to sheriff's spokesperson Det. Rosemerry Blankswade.
Blankswade explained that investigators were able to identify 40-year-old Cosbey by tracking the source of the cyberattack back to Danville, and while she was hesitant to speculate on a motive, the detective did say, "I think if it's (their) competitor, it certainly begs the question if that was the motive."
Cosbey is currently out on $125,000 bail and his next court appearance was set for Wednesday in Redwood City. It was not immediately clear whether he is represented by a criminal defense attorney.
The story of Cosbey's arrest on hacking allegations generated headlines across the nation and world after outlets like VICE picked up the San Francisco Chronicle's original article on the Danville man's case.
* Three teenagers robbed an employee at a Livermore ampm convenience store at gunpoint last week, according to police.
The three male suspects, believed to be Hispanic in their mid-to-late teens, entered the store at 899 Rincon Ave. at 10:50 p.m. May 14 carrying handguns, police said. They demanded money, stole tobacco products and the clerk's cellular phone, then fled in a black, older-model Toyota Corolla four-door sedan onto Pine Street.
Detectives have publicly released photos obtained from the store's surveillance cameras in hopes that someone will recognize any or all of the suspects.
Anyone with information on the case can contact Det. Tony Esquivel at 371-4756 or email email@example.com.
* An Alameda County sheriff's deputy was arrested in Livermore early in May on suspicion of drunk driving and assault, a sheriff's spokesman confirmed last week.
Gael Paredes, 27, was arrested around 2 a.m. May 4 in the 500 block of Jeannie Way following a crash, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
Kelly confirmed that Paredes is an Alameda County sheriff's deputy and said Paredes is on leave.
"We are aware of the DUI arrest of our employee," Kelly said. "The criminal allegations are serious and being handled by the judicial system. This is a personnel matter and we will not comment further. However, we encourage all people with substance abuse problems to seek treatment."
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