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Audrie Pott's Mother Files Domestic Violence Restraining Order, Hearing Postponed

The mother of Audrie Pott, the teen who killed herself after an alleged sexual assault at a party last year, has filed for a domestic violence restraining order against a man but neither showed at a court hearing in San Jose today.

Sheila Pott, Audrie's biological mother, filed the civil claim in Santa Clara County Superior Court against Stewart Reichardt on March 28 and a hearing was set for this morning in Family Court downtown, according to court records.

During a brief hearing at the courthouse at 170 Park Ave., court Commissioner Christine Copeland postponed the case due to lack of proof that Reichardt had been served with papers notifying him of the hearing.

The commissioner said that restraining orders may direct the personal conduct of a person, require the person to refrain from contacting the petitioner or be ordered to stay away and not come within 300 yards of them for up to five years.

The claim filed by Sheila Pott asks for a restraining order against Reichardt, according to a court clerk.

Pott's San Jose attorney, Sarah Hammerstad, could not be reached for comment this morning.

Sheila Pott, her former husband Larry Pott and his current wife Lisa Pott, filed an unrelated lawsuit April 15 against three 16-year-old boys and other defendants seven months after Audrie's suicide last September.

The wrongful death suit alleged the boys sexually assaulted the 15-year-old Audrie, wrote messages on her body while she was unconscious at a Sept. 2 party and took photos of her that they showed to students at Saratoga High School.

The suit, which claims the incident drove Audrie to suicide days later, also names two adults who owned the Saratoga home where Audrie was allegedly assaulted and dozens of other unnamed individuals.

That suit is asking for damages in excess of $25,000 from the three juveniles and other defendants for defamation, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

Mayor Lee Spending Day Volunteering In Baltimore After Losing Super Bowl Bet

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is in Baltimore today to settle a bet he made with the city's mayor on the outcome of the Super Bowl game between the 49ers and Ravens in February.

Lee agreed on a friendly wager with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ahead of the big game in New Orleans on Feb. 3, in which the 49ers fell 34-31.

As the losing mayor, Lee is visiting the winning city and started his day cooking Maryland blue crabs at Faidley's Seafood at Lexington Market.

Rawlings-Blake is then hosting Lee in a day of service.

The mayors are attending a kick-off revitalization event at a vacant lot with Baltimore-based organization Power in Dirt and AmeriCorps,  which is a federal community service agency.

Lee will then head to the city's Western District Police Station to help paint and repair the building.

Later in the afternoon, Lee is holding a tutoring session for public school students at Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School.

Lee is working with the city initiative, "Third Grade Reads," which trains volunteers to be reading tutors for first-, second-, and third-graders who are reading below grade level.

This year's Super Bowl also pitted 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh against his older brother John, the coach of the Ravens, prompting some to call the game the "Har-bowl."

Mother Gunned Down In North Oakland In Front Of 4-Year-Old Son Identified As 21-Year-Old San Leandro Woman

A woman who was fatally shot in front of her young son in North Oakland on Wednesday night has been identified as a 21-year-old San Leandro resident, according to Oakland police.

Donitra Henderson was shot near the corner of 54th Street and Shattuck Avenue around 8:40 p.m., police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

According to Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan, her 4-year-old son, Joshua, witnessed the shooting.

A receptionist at Laney College said Henderson was a student at the Oakland community college. She did not know of any memorial plans on campus being arranged to honor Henderson.

According to Henderson's LinkedIn web page she had enrolled at Laney College in 2012 and was expected to graduate in 2014.

On her Facebook page -- filled with photos of her with her son -- she listed she had attended Oakland Technical High School.

Oakland Unified School District spokesman Troy Flint said she graduated from the high school in 2010.

3-Alarm Pacific Heights House Fire Sparked By Space Heater

A three-alarm fire at a home in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood earlier this week that caused more than $1.7 million in damage was caused by a space heater, a fire spokeswoman said today.

The cause of the fire that was reported at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at a three-story home in the 2000 block of Vallejo Street has been determined to be accidental, spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The blaze that started on the second floor was electrical and connected with a space heater.

The fire was extinguished just before noon.

The two residents -- an elderly brother and sister -- were displaced from the home. The American Red Cross is assisting the siblings to find temporary housing, Talmadge said.

One of the residents was home at the time of the fire but was able to escape safely, Talmadge said.

There was an estimated $1.5 million in damage to the house and $200,000 in damage to the home's contents, Talmadge said.

A neighboring home was also affected by the fire and sustained $50,000 in damage, she said.

No injuries were reported.

Emergency Response Drill To Simulate 6.6 Earthquake On Hayward Fault

More than 500 Oakland residents and emergency responders will test their disaster preparedness Saturday morning with a drill simulating a 6.6 earthquake on the Hayward Fault.

The eighth annual CORE Citywide Emergency Response Exercise is an opportunity for individuals and businesses in more than 50 city neighborhoods to practice their emergency response skills alongside ham radio operators, city employees and firefighters, city officials said today.

Participating groups will practice sizing up an emergency situation, damage assessment and radio communications, said Renee Domingo, director of Emergency Management Services Division.

Individuals, businesses and organizations are being encouraged to use the time to practice their skills or set up an emergency plan, Domingo said.

"How many people know where their utility shut off valves are?" Domingo said. "Do you know how and when you should turn off your gas meter?"

"The steps you take now to prepare can make a significant difference in how well you, your neighborhood and the city of Oakland respond to and recover from a major disaster," Domingo said.

The exercise will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

10-Day Festival Celebrating Bay Area Dance Kicks Off With Free Event At Union Square

A 10-day celebration of dance featuring hundreds of free performances throughout the Bay Area kicks off today at noon with a public participatory dance event at Union Square.

The 15th annual Bay Area Dance Week, organized by Dancers' Group, will include more than 600 free performances in San Francisco, the East Bay, the North Bay and the South Bay between April 26 and May 5.

Dance organizations will sponsor free classes, performances, open rehearsals, lectures and demonstrations as part of the festival. Last year's event drew more than 24,000 people.

Today's kickoff event, One Dance, is being led by the Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Program at Union Square. Dance groups, families and students are coming together to perform a series of dance moves and downtown shoppers, visitors and workers are invited to join in the final dance.

Dancers' Group will also present the annual Dancers Choice Award and the new Della Davidson Prize, honoring an innovative choreographer dance-maker with a prize of at least $1,500. The Davidson prize honors the memory of Della Davidson, a Bay Area choreographer and teacher who passed away in 2012.

The festival will end with Anna Halprin's Planetary Dance on May 5 at 2 p.m. at Yerba Buena Gardens.

The dance moves for today's opening event and information on festival events can be found at bayareadance.org.

Missing 80-Year-Old Burlingame Woman Found

A missing 80-year-old woman has been located in good condition in the Burlingame hills, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said this morning.

Kilsun Hart, was located this morning by a resident along the roadway in the area of Canyon Road and Tiptoe Lane in the Burlingame hills, according to deputies.

It is unclear where she spent the night, but her clothes are covered in debris from the ground, officials said.

Hart was reported missing Thursday from her Burlingame home at 3030 Canyon Road by her daughter, officials said.

When her daughter returned from work at about 3 p.m., she discovered her mother was gone, deputies said.

Hart has moderate dementia and cannot recall her address or phone number, deputies said. Hart is also a diet-controlled diabetic but does not always need medication.

Hart has been reported missing before. She was found on El Camino Real in Burlingame on that occasion.

San Ramon Campaign Rewards Kids For Walking, Biking To School

Thousands of elementary school students in the San Ramon Valley are getting an extra push to get biking and walking as the fourth annual Street Smarts Walk/Bike Challenge kicks off.

Sixteen local elementary schools are participating in the contest, which challenges kids to walk, bike, skateboard or scoot to school instead of riding in a car.

"A 2009 survey showed that in some San Ramon Valley schools, as few as 9.4 percent of elementary school students living within a quarter mile of school actually walked or biked to school," Street Smarts Program coordinator Cathy DeLuca said. "Street Smarts would like to increase this percentage, because walking and biking to school not only helps our children stay active, but it can reduce congestion on our roads."

The program, funded by federal grants and business sponsors, is a partnership between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, law enforcement and elected leaders from San Ramon, Danville and Contra Costa County.

Now in its ninth year, Street Smarts aims to get children interested in traffic safety through art, literary and computer arts contests featuring traffic safety messages.

The Walk/Bike Challenge asks students to track the number of times they walk, bike or take another non-car mode of transportation to school.

Participating students can earn raffle prizes of $50, $100 or $150 gift certificates to a local bike shop, among other prizes, according to DeLuca.

All students who log 10 or more trips will win a prize and the three schools with the highest participation will get an award, she said.

Another element of the Street Smarts campaign is the "It Happens" contest, in which high school students create ad campaigns to promote different ways of getting to school, from carpooling and driving to walking, skateboarding and biking.

San Ramon Valley middle school students are set to create 60-second public service announcements in Street Smarts' annual "Be Reel!" video contest this spring. This year's contest theme is "Model the Way," encouraging older kids to teach younger students about bike and walking safety.

San Mateo Sheriff's Office Searching For Missing 8-Year-Old At-Risk Woman

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing 80-year-old at-risk woman who was last seen Thursday morning in the Burlingame Hills.

Kilsun Hart, was last seen at her Burlingame home, located at 3030 Canyon Road, by her daughter.

When her daughter returned from work at about 3 p.m., she discovered her mother was gone, deputies said.

Hart has moderate dementia and cannot recall her address or phone number, deputies said. Hart is also a diet-controlled diabetic but does not always need medication.

The Korean woman has black hair and brown eyes. She weighs about 90 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, deputies said.

She was last seen wearing black leggings, a striped shirt, and gray camouflage tennis shoes.

Hart is described as a strong walker and capable of traveling at a reasonable pace, deputies said.

Hart previously went missing and she was found on El Camino Real in Burlingame.

Anyone who sees Hart is asked to contact sheriff's deputies at (650) 363-4911.

Three Suspects Arrested In Connection With Santa Rosa Bank Robbery

A man and two women were arrested this week in connection with a bank robbery at a Chase in Santa Rosa earlier this month, according to police.

Based on a surveillance photograph from the robbery, police identified the male suspect as 34-year-old Darrick Alester, of Santa Rosa.

Police identified the two female suspects as 26-year-old Nastajia Helene Edwards, and 28-year-old Olivia Earlene Green, both of Santa Rosa, for their involvement in the robbery.

At about 11:20 a.m. on April 4, police were notified of a robbery at a Chase at 835 Fourth St.

According to the police investigation, the three suspects drove to downtown Santa Rosa and parked their vehicle. Burch exited the vehicle and entered the bank. Officers determined Burch handed the teller a note demanding cash.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the teller, the suspect fled the bank and returned to the vehicle.

Police determined Edwards and Green drove the getaway vehicle for Burch.

Edwards and Green were arrested for robbery and an arrest warrant was issued for Burch.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, an officer saw Burch walking on Mendocino Avenue near Elliot Avenue.

Burch attempted to run away from police and headed into an apartment complex.

Officers were able to locate Burch within minutes inside an apartment.

Officers took Burch into custody and booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

Photography Project Aims To Call Attention To Education Inequity In Marin County

A Dominican University of California art project debuting today aims to call attention to educational inequality in Marin County.

The "INSIDE OUT-Educational Equity in Marin" project features 3-by-5-foot portraits of Dominican students, San Rafael High School students and young mothers and their children that will be affixed to a freeway underpass at Bellam and Francisco boulevards.

Most of the black and white photos are of teen mothers with children in San Rafael's Canal district, Dominican University spokeswoman Sarah Gardner said.

The moms will be present when the 27 photos are pasted to the freeway underpass at 3 p.m. to speak about the educational equality means to them and the hopes they have for their children, Gardner said.

Marin County was recently designated the most educated county in the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and one of the most educated areas of the country, Gardner said.

Half the residents in the Canal district, however, do not have a high school education, Gardner said.

The INSIDE OUT art idea was inspired by a French street artist who called for people around the world to turn the world "inside out" by sharing a photo portrait and a statement about what they stand for, Gardner said.

Similar INSIDE OUT projects have been created in 9,500 locations in the U.S. and other countries.

The San Rafael INSIDE OUT project, the only one in the North Bay, will measure 10-by-80 feet and will be on display for six weeks.

Lynn Sondag, chair of Dominican University's Department of Art, History and Design, said the project "aims to make the faces of our invisible youth visible as well as the geographic boundaries that often divide the loses from the gains."

Prescription Drug Take Back Events Held Saturday Throughout Bay Area

Residents will be able to drop off unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at locations throughout the Bay Area on Saturday as part of the sixth annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Take back events will be held at fire stations, health centers, police and sheriff's departments, and other law enforcement offices and other city and county agencies in all Bay Area counties between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The day is an opportunity for residents to prevent pill abuse and drug theft, and dispose of the medications in an environmentally friendly way.

Participants can drop off unwanted medications at no cost and anonymously.

Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted.

Last September at the same federal Drug Enforcement Agency-sponsored events, 244 tons of prescription drugs were brought in at more than 5,200 sites nationwide.

Union City police said this is the third year the city has participated in the event. At the fall event last year, 165 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at a drop-off in the city.

On Saturday, drop-offs can be made at the Union City Police Department at 34009 Alvarado Niles Road.

For a full list of drop off locations throughout the Bay Area go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.

Paid for by Phil Ting for Assembly 2012. FPPC ID# 1343137