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Leading local news coverage on the Peninsula
Thursday
 June 12,2014
Vol XIII,Edition 256
650.588.0388
601 El Camino RealSan Bruno, CA 94066Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pmSun. Noon to 6pm
WIDESPREADABUSE
NATION PAGE 7
 
LEMON GEMNICEFORTHEGARDEN
SUBURBAN LIVING PAGE 17
GROUPS ALLEGE ABUSE OF CHILD IMMIGRANTS AT BORDER
REUTERS
Iraqi security forces and people stand at the site of a car bomb attack near Basra.
By Sameer N. Yacoub and Adam Schreck 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BAGHDAD Al-Qaida-inspired mili-tants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heart-land Wednesday, swiftly conquering SaddamHussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiersand security forces abandoned their postsand yielded ground once controlled by U.S.forces.
Iraq under fire
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Redwood City may reopen its downtownfire station which has been browned out fornearly four years due to previous budget cuts.Fire Chief Jim Skinner is asking the CityCouncil to allocate a couple hundred-thou-sand dollars in its upcoming budget to rein-state Engine No. 9 by hiring one additionalfull-time firefighter/engineer and allowingovertime hours equivalent to three otherfull-time employees. Bringing the engineback online will “increase reliability andavailability for truck nine” and providewater for District Nine which is downtown
Downtown fire station may reopen
Redwood City budget balanced now,looking to the future
Bridge studycontinues,citymay lose grant
By Samantha Weigel
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
Astudy of the Main Street Bridge’s struc-tural integrity is moving forward after aJune 3 vote restricted the Half Moon BayCity Council’s ability to replace it, whichcould force the forfeiture of federal funds.City staff is preparing a scope of workagreement outlining what testing needs tobe done to evaluate repair options, saidCommunity Development Director DanteHall. The council will review it as early asits June 17 meeting before initiating arequest for proposals, Hall said.“Testing is part of the [CaliforniaEnvironmental Quality Act] process and thedesign option process,” Hall said. “This ispart of just the process of getting to a feasi-ble option for City Council to consider. Andthe election is another step in deciding what
DA charges judge with DUI
Half Moon Bay officials takenext steps after ballot loss
 
Islamic gunmen pushinto Sunni heartland
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The San Mateo County Superior Courtassistant presiding judge pulled over forweaving on Highway 101over Memorial Day week-end was chargedWednesday with misde-meanor driving whileunder the influence.Judge Joseph Scott,63, had a blood alcohollevel of .12 when he waspulled over around 12:30a.m. May 23 drivingnorth near Woodside Road. He was taken tothe First Chance sobering station ratherthan jail where he was cited and later
DAILY JOURNAL FILE PHOTO
Prior to Measure F,Half Moon Bay could havebeen reimbursed for testing costs,however,it may now need to front the money.
 Joseph Scott
By Lara Jakes
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON The United States ispreparing to send new aid to Iraq to helpslow a violent insurgent march that isthreatening to take over the nation’snorth, officials said Wednesday. But theObama administration offered only tepidsupport for Iraq’s beleaguered prime minis-ter, and U.S. lawmakers openly questionedwhether he should remain in power.
U.S.eyes new aid to Iraqto curb insurgent march
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SPORTS PAGE 11
 
 Yosemite National Park rescue caught on video
YOSEMITE NATIONALPARK — Parkofficials say a backpacker who narrowlyavoided plunging to his death from awaterfall at Yosemite National Park washoisted to safety by a helicopter rescuecrew in an operation that was capturedon video.Video of the May 28 rescue shows thehelicopter hovering over a gorge at thebase of Upper Yosemite Fall. The videowas released last week. The backpacker is on a boulder thatpark officials say he was able to scram-ble onto after slipping and falling intothe rapids.Arescuer who was lowered down tothe boulder is seen attaching a line. Heand the backpacker are then hoisted up.The backpacker was treated forhypothermia. Park officials say hewould have died if he had not been ableto get onto the boulder.
Mayor in tiff over tossed bag of dog waste
SAN MARINO — The mayor of SanMarino, California, admits tossing abag of dog waste onto a neighborhoodresident’s property and has apologized,saying he should have disposed of itproperly.Mayor Dennis Kneier tells thePasadena Star-News he was walkinghome from a park with his wife Saturdaynight in the upscale Los Angeles suburbwhen they found the bag on a parkway.He says he picked it up and tossed itonto a walkway at the property.Resident Philip Lao says he recog-nized Kneier on surveillance video andcalled police. They photographed thebag.There is no police record of problemsbetween the men, although Lao doesoppose a dog park in the city.The original owner of the waste hasnot been identified.
Wildfire sparks amazing wedding photo in Oregon
BEND, Ore. — Awildfire that disrupt-ed an Oregon couple’s wedding alsogave them the photograph of a lifetime.Afire truck rolled up at Rock SpringRanch near Bend with sirens blaringSaturday and the wedding party was toldto evacuate, The Oregonian reported.The minister conducted an abbreviat-ed ceremony. Everyone cheered andbegan to evacuate to downtown Bend’sDrake Park for the reception.As guests headed for the cars, weddingphotographer Josh Newton took somephotos of the couple with the wildfireraging in the background.Michael Wolber called it “the mostbeautiful ceremony either of us couldhave ever imagined.” He and his wife,April Hartley, live in Aloha and bothwork at Nike Inc.“It’s terrible to be evacuated fromyour own wedding,” said Lisa Clark, afire information officer with the CentralOregon Interagency Dispatch Center.“But it’s a story for the rest of their livesand nothing that could be duplicated.”
Water woes force big brewers to tighten the tap
FORTWORTH, Texas — Some of thelargest brewers in the U.S. are tryingto reduce their water-to-beer ratio asdrought and wildfire threaten the water-sheds where they draw billions of gal-lons every year.No independent group tracks beer-makers’water usage, but MillerCoorsand Anheuser-Busch both say theyhave made reductions. MillerCoorsreleased a sustainability reportWednesday that shows it has cut itswater use by 9.2 percent from 2012. “Water is just critical to us,” KimMarotta, the Chicago-based compa-ny’s sustainability chief, told TheAssociated Press in a telephone inter-view. “Looking ahead, we needed tofind a way to brew more beer but useless water.”MillerCoors’water-saving effort —focused in Texas, California andColorado — involves using sensors torelease just enough water for irriga-tion, planting native grass to reduceerosion and runoff and keeping a closeeye on leaky machinery in its brew-eries.
FOR THE RECORD2
Thursday
 June 12,2014
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Actor JasonMewes is 40.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
1939
The National Baseball Hall of Fameand Museum was dedicated inCooperstown, New York.
“A man without ambition is dead.A man withambition but no love is dead.A man with ambitionand love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.” 
— Pearl Bailey,American entertainer (1918-1990)
Former PresidentGeorge H.W.Bushis 90.Actor Dave Francois 29.
Birthdays
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Greek pole vaulter Ekaterini Stefanidi clears the bar in a promotional Pole Vaulting event in Herald Square in Manhattan,N.Y.
Thursday
: Cloudy. Patchy fog in themorning. Highs around 60. West winds 5to 15 mph.
Thursday night:
Mostly cloudy.Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around50. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.
Friday
: Cloudy in the morning thenbecoming partly cloudy. Patchy fog inthe morning. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 10to 20 mph.
Friday night
: Partly cloudy in the evening then becomingcloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows around 50.Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday
: Cloudy in the morning then becoming sunny.Patchy fog. Highs in the mid 60s.
Saturday night through Monday:
Mostly cloudy.
Local Weather Forecast
In 1776, 
Virginia’s colonial legislature became the first toadopt a Bill of Rights.
In 1898
, Philippine nationalists declared independencefrom Spain.
In 1920
, the Republican national convention, meeting inChicago, nominated Warren G. Harding for president on thetenth ballot; Calvin Coolidge was nominated for vice pres-ident.
In 1924, 
President Calvin Coolidge was nominated for aterm of office in his own right at the Republican nationalconvention in Cleveland. (Coolidge had become presidentin 1923 upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding.)
In 1942
, Anne Frank, a German-born Jewish girl living inAmsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday, less thana month before she and her family went into hiding from theNazis.
In 1956
, the Flag of the United States Army was officiallyadopted under an executive order signed by President DwightD. Eisenhower.
In 1963, 
civil rights leader Medgar Evers, 37, was shotand killed outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. (In
1994,
Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murderingEvers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.) Oneof Hollywood’s most notoriously expensive productions,“Cleopatra,” starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton andRex Harrison, opened in New York.
In 1964, 
South African black nationalist Nelson Mandelawas sentenced to life in prison along with seven other peo-ple, including Walter Sisulu, for committing sabotageagainst the apartheid regime (all were eventually released,Mandela in 1990).
In 1967, 
the Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, struckdown state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
In other news ...
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Banker/philanthropist David Rockefeller is 99. Singer VicDamone is 86. Songwriter Richard Sherman is 86. Actor-singer Jim Nabors is 84. Jazz musician Chick Corea is 73.Sportscaster Marv Albert is 73. Singer Roy Harper is 73. Popsinger Len Barry is 72. Rock singer-musician John Wetton(Asia, King Crimson) is 65. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos(Cheap Trick) is 63. Country singer-musician Junior Brown is62. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 61. Actor TimothyBusfield is 57. Singer Meredith Brooks is 56. Actress JenileeHarrison is 56. Rock musician John Linnell (They Might BeGiants) is 55. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 52.
 
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SAN CARLOS
Burglary.
Avehicle was burglarized on thefirst block of El Camino Real before 2:40p.m. Tuesday, June 10.
Vandalism
. Vandalism was reported on the1100 block of Old County Road before 9:27a.m. Tuesday, June 10.
Arrest
. Aman was arrested for drivingunder the influence at El Camino Real andHolly Street before 2:46 a.m. Tuesday, June10.
Burglary
. Police responded to a report of avehicle burglary on the 1100 block of Industrial Road before 6 p.m. Wednesday,June 4.
Burglary
. Aman was arrested for attemptedburglary and committing a felony while onbail before 3:27 p.m. Wednesday, June 4.
REDWOOD CITY
Burglary
. Cash and other items werereported stolen from a garage on HooverStreet before 6:19 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
Burglary
. Alaptop, a hard drive and otheritems were reportedly stolen from a vehicleon Rockport Avenue before 12:14 p.m.Saturday, June 7.
Petty theft
. Atile cutting machine wasreportedly stolen from a truck on HellerStreet before 9:36 a.m. Saturday, June 7.
Police reports
Shhh.Be vewy vewy quiet,I'm hunting wabbits
Aman was reported for running aroundwith a rifle and a small dog at RadioRoad and Redwood Shores Parkway inRedwood City before 4:28 p.m.Saturday, June 7.
By Michelle Durand
DAILY JOURNAL STAFF
The woman whose criminal to-do listhelped convict her of attempting to killher estranged husband in the couple’sRedwood City business was sane at thetime she lured him to the office with a fakeclient, dressed herself in bubble wrap andstabbed him twice, a jury decided.Jurors on Wednesday afternoon rejectedLaura Jean Wenke’s insanity plea whichmeans the 53-year-old Los Altos womanwill be imprisoned rather than treated at astate mental facility for at least 180 days.The same jury deliberated four hoursbefore convicting Wenke June 3 of pre-meditated attempted murder, assault with adeadly weapon, assault with a stun gun,domestic violence and inflicting greatbodily injury. She is facing 14 to 15 yearsto life in prison when sentenced Aug. 1 forthe Sept. 15, 2011, attack on her husband,Randy Wenke.“We are very gratefulto the jury for seeingthrough the defendant’sdual effort both in theguilt phase and the sani-ty phase to use a psychi-atric defense that waswithout foundation,”said District AttorneySteve Wagstaffe.Wenke drew her husband to the LaurelStreet office by setting up a meetingbetween him and a fake potential client.She drove a truck to the business, parkingit in front of the windows, and inside askedher husband to look at a computer screenostensibly to be in a better position toattack.Wenke stabbed her husband twice, slic-ing a 4-inch gash across the back of hisneck and puncturing his lung. Astun gunwas at the scene but it is unclear if sheactually used it. After her arrest, Wenkewas found to have bubble wrap underneathher mechanic’s jumpsuit and in her purse ahandwritten to-do list with items related toremoving batteries from the smoke alarmsso that she could burn down the building,disposing of evidence and framing some-one else. Inside her vehicle were three gal-lons of highly flammable linseed oil and abucket of rags.Prosecutor Tricia Povah said that Wenkemight have some anxiety and bipolar dis-order but that she was motivated by a $2million life insurance policy and hatred of her husband with whom she was in themidst of an acrimonious divorce and cus-tody battle.During trial, defense attorney Geoff Carrdid not dispute Wenke stabbed her husbandbut said it is unproven if the act was pre-meditated and argued that she would be bet-ter financially by his living because thecouple’s business pulled in $6 million to$8 million annually at peak times.Carr argued that his client had mental ill-ness issues including post-traumatic stressdisorder exacerbated by misdiagnosis andwrong medication that left her with boutsof amnesia among other symptoms.Carr could not be reached for commenton the verdict.Wenke remains in custody without bail.
michelle@smdailyjournal.com(650) 344-5200 ext. 102
 Jury says woman who stabbed husband sane
Estranged wife facing life prison for September 2011 attack in Redwood City
Laura Wenke

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