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Mill Valley is a city located in Marin County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,600. It is about 10 minutes north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. It is the hometown of rock stars Huey Lewis, Jeff Watson, Bob Weir, Sammy Hagar, Kathleen... (More Info and Source) Mill Valley Real Estate

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Hash-oil lab to blame for Walnut Creek explosion

Officials say an explosion that rocked a Walnut Creek neighborhood Friday morning was caused by a hash-oil drug lab.

The explosion destroyed one apartment unit and sent two people to the hospital with serious burns.

Police say compressed butane gas, used to cook the marijuana-based compound, leaked out causing the explosion.

The intense blow blew out windows across the street from the unit destroyed, including Sam Pura’s.

"I felt what I thought initially was an earthquake but it was a single impact greater than any earthquake or car impact that I've ever felt," says Pura.

Two roommates who live across the driveway were also startled by the boom.

“I thought a plane hit my building or something I didn't hurtle out. I did think it was an earthquake But, I knew there was some serious damage." says Vanessa Golovich.

"There was fire and there's like still little explosions going on and we just kind of ran out and across the street, try to get as far away as possible," says Niki Harrington.

They ran from their place into a burning, smoking debris field and a horrific scene. "

I saw my neighbor really badly burned all over and then I just ran out," says Golovich.

"So severe that their clothes were no longer on them.  They were burned off and they looked charred and wandering around," Pura said. 

"Basically almost naked; his whole face was bleeding, his whole face was bleeding," says Saline Hall. 

The two injured were rushed to nearby hospitals.

"One was airlifted to a burn hospital, I'm not sure which one, the other one was ground transported to John Muir Hospital," says Contra Cost Fire spokesman Captain Kent Kirby.

The damage was so great, neither rescuers nor arson investigators could get in.

"It's very unstable, so we can’t; we have to finish getting in there and searching for an more potential victims.  We have unconfirmed reports that there might be another one, another victim.  We can't get in there for a while; we have to shore up the building. A cadaver dog found no additional victim and the two known victims remain in extremely critical condition.

These “honey oil” explosions are becoming more and more common in the Bay Area as makers are cooking marijuana waste to make a new profit center.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:30:43 -0700

CHP officer charged in nude photo scandal resigns

Thirty-five-year-old Sean Harrington resigned from California's Highway Patrol Friday after prosecutors charged him with two felony counts of stealing computer data.

Harrington is expected to turn himself in Monday morning. His arraignment is scheduled Monday afternoon in Martinez.

"That's for twice stealing scandalous photos from arrestees’ phones," said Barry Grove, Assistant DA for Contra Costa County.

Grove says Harrington is accused of stealing personal photos from the phones of two young women while they were in custody. Both incidents took place in August, one in Contra Costa County, and the other in Alameda County.

Search warrants obtained by KTVU show that on one occasion, Harrington texted the nude photos of one of the young women to two other officers who made lewd comments.

Grove explained why only Harrington is charged, "We have to charge what we can prove is a crime, not what we don't like."

Danville based attorney, Rick Madsen represents one of Harrington's alleged victims. He says she is gratified by the decision to press felony theft charges, rather than misdemeanor charges.

"I think it's an affront to all women," Madsen told KTVU. "I think it's cunning, devious and abuse of power."

Prosecutors in Contra Costa and Alameda counties are now looking into all traffic stops Harrington made in the past year that involve young women. The ongoing investigation could lead to more charges.

Madsen says a potential third victim came forward this week, that alleged incident is currently under investigation.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:35:04 -0700

Website helps parents navigate Trick-or-Treating 'hot-spots'

You could call it, trick-or-treating like a techie. Some parents are trying to find ways to make trick-or-treating more efficient by using social media, so kids can focus on finding treats and not knocking on doors where no one is home

Carlee Davis, 6, of Walnut Creek tried on her costume as soon as it arrived in the mail.

"There's my wig, my dress my cape. I'm really, really excited," said the first grader, who explained she was dressed up as the vampire character "Mavis" from the animated film, Hotel Transylvania.

While Carlee's priority was her costume, her Dad, Aaron, was focused on logistics. He's mapped out the route they'll walk Halloween night, and where they stop and knock on the door will be based on which of his neighbors are in the Halloween Spirit.

"For my daughter, Carlee, it's a huge night for her," Davis said. "It's the candy, it's the friends. It's a whole experience."

He's using the neighborhood-based social media network, Nextdoor, to create a map based on which of his neighbors are giving out candy. The site has a Halloween "candy map" feature where users can register and let their neighbors know ahead of time if they plan on taking part in Halloween festivities, like giving out candy and hosting a haunted house.

"The candy corns are the people who've identified they're open for business," said Davis, who explained that when a user registers as a candy provider on the candy map, a candy-corn icon pops up on their address.

Other parents, especially those with small children, said knowing where to trick-or-treat ahead of time was a good idea.

"At this age they get kind of discouraged if they're just standing there and no one's answering," said Jessica Lisle, of Martinez.

"If we start walking down the street that doesn't have trick or treating we've sort of wasted their energy," said Addy Caballero of Alamo.

Nextdoor created a candy "heat" map of the entire Bay Area. The red zones show which neighborhoods have the most users who've signed up to give out candy this year. San Francisco's Noe Valley and Bernal Heights are hotspots, so is the Grand Lake area of Oakland. Several Neighborhoods near Santa Rita Road in Dublin and Pleasanton also had clusters of users register for the Candy Map, and based on Nextdoor's data, dozens of neighborhoods along the Peninsula and in the South Bay will be hubs of Halloween activity, too.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:52:32 -0700

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