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Orinda is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,599.

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Police: Neighbor upset about barking shoots, kills wrong dog

A man who was upset with his neighbor’s dog took out his shotgun and fatally shot the wrong dog, according to police in Bellingham, Washington.

Loyce Andrews said her 13-month-old Welsh Corgi, Molly, died in her arms in her backyard.

"He just came up to the fence and shot her in the chest," Andrews said. "I held her the whole time she was dying; she was on the grass. She was screaming and panting."

Her husband, Cary Chunyk, said he was with Molly by the fence when he saw 55-year-old David William Latham shoot his dog.

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"I couldn't believe what I just saw. He turned and just faced me and just gave me this look like, 'I just shot your dog,'" Chunyk said.

Police said the shooter was upset about dogs in the area barking continuously.

Andrews said Molly and her other Corgi, Kirby, were not barking when Latham approached her backyard.

"It's a horrible, horrible way to do die. You don’t do that. I don’t care whose dog it is, you don’t do that," Andrews said. "It's senseless, it's ridiculous, it's incomprehensible."

Appearing before a Whatcom County Superior Court judge on Monday afternoon, Latham pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty, reckless endangerment and brandishing a firearm.

Prosecutors asked for his bail to be set at $50,000 because they think he is a danger to the community. The judge pointed out he does not have a violent criminal history.

"I'm scared to death of what he's going to do. I don’t know if he's going to come over here and shoot me," Andrews said.

The judge said that he does not think Latham will be a danger to the neighborhood, but ordered him to stay away from Andrews and Chunyk, banned him from having firearms, and prohibited him from having any alcohol or drugs.

Latham's next court appearance is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:26:04 -0700

Craigslist shooting: Baby nearby as girl, 16, killed man over PS4, police say

Two people are in custody for the fatal shooting of a man during what Sandy Springs, Georgia, police said was the attempted theft of a video gaming system the victim was trying to sell on Craigslist.

According to WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the alleged shooter in the Friday night incident is a 16-year-old girl whose 16-month-old baby was only feet away at the time of the robbery and shooting, said Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon.

Daniel John Zeitz, 28, of Roswell, had listed a PS4 gaming system for sale on Craigslist, and about 9:30 p.m., he went to the parking lot of an apartment to meet a potential buyer, Momon said.

There, he met 20-year-old Nathaniel Vivian and a 16-year-old girl, whose name has not been released.

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Momon said the pair tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system.

During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him, Momon said.

Vivian and the girl were later arrested when they went to the hospital for treatment of Vivian’s gunshot wound to the hand, Momon said.

“Brookhaven police were at the hospital interviewing the injured man, who told them he was a victim of a crime in Brookhaven, but later told them he was shot while he and his girlfriend were at the Legends of Dunwoody Apartments to rob a man of his PS4 video gaming system that was advertised on Craigslist,” Momon said.

“Detectives also learned that the juvenile’s infant child, approximately 16 months [old], was in the back seat of the car during the robbery and shooting,” he said.

Vivian is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail. The girl also remains in custody, and the child was later turned over to her relatives.

The gun was recovered from the suspects’ car.

Zeitz was known by the name “Phobos” in online gaming circles, and one of his online gaming teammates set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Zeitz’s funeral expenses. By Monday afternoon, the page had raised more than $10,000.

A video about Zeitz’s killing posted by a friend Saturday on YouTube has been viewed nearly 20,000 times.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:47:14 -0700

Robin Thicke says he didn't write 'Blurred Lines,' blames drug use

Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke hit it big last year with "Blurred Lines." But now, Thicke is saying he didn't actually write the song. 

Thicke's testimony, in the form of a deposition, was revealed in court Monday as part of a legal battle between Thicke and Marvin Gaye's family, who claim Thicke ripped off Gaye's "Got to Give it Up." The testimony revealed some shocking details.

As to why he didn't write "Blurred Lines"? Well, he told the court, "I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio." In fact, he went on to say, "I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year."

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It was a pretty surprising testimony to say the least, and the 37-year-old says it was actually Pharrell who wrote the song. Thicke also went on to say he's kicked his drug and alcohol problem lately and has been sober for two months. (Video via Interscope Records / Robin Thicke

It's been a bit of a rough and interesting road for Thicke ever since "Blurred Lines" hit the top of the charts in the summer of 2013. 

Interesting mainly because of, well, you know, this from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. 

But more so rough as Thicke's been sued by Marvin Gaye's family for "stealing" the song, admitted to a drug problem, and was left by wife Paula Patton after nine years of marriage. That's all in the last year. 

In fact, Patton's been the subject of many of Thicke's recent songs. In the deposition Monday, Thicke said that Patton left him not because of cheating but because he told her "the truth," though he didn't seem to elaborate on what "the truth" was. 

In Pharrell's deposition, also released Monday, he admitted "Blurred Lines" was mostly his creation but gave credit to Thicke, saying, "It wouldn't be what it was — what it is today" if Thicke hadn't sung it.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:26:56 -0700

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