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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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Coroner's office ID's men found dead in Marin County backyards

The Marin County coroner's office has identified the men who were found dead in two backyards in Mill Valley this week as Theodore Charles Rodden, 61, of Mill Valley and Andreas Kreiden, 41, of Calistoga.

Rodden was found Wednesday evening in the backyard of a shared lot for 154 and 152 Carlotta Circle, and Kreiden was found Thursday morning in the backyard of 152 Carlotta Circle, coroner's office Lt. Keith Boyd said.

The Marin County Sheriff's Office believes the deaths are related to each other and there is no ongoing threat or danger to the community, Boyd said.

 The sheriff's office has been investigating what it believes was a murder-suicide. A rifle was found beside Kreiden's body, the sheriff's office said.

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:07:29 -0700

Couple allegedly tries using dolls to enter maternity ward

A California couple brought life-like dolls into the ER for supposed treatment in an attempt to sneak into the maternity ward— that's according to hospital security. The couple reportedly attempted this not once, but twice. 

"Merced security staff said the couple was so keen on their fake children, they even got them to pose for pictures, " KFSN reported.

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The woman even wore nurse's scrubs. The man would reportedly wait in a main room with the doll, while the woman tried to gain access to the OB unit. 

Their attempts were blocked by security both times. A spokesman for the hospital spoke with the Merced Sun-Star, saying he's never heard of people using dolls in this manner. "We do not [know] why they were in the hospital."

Although there's relief the hospital's security was effective, the story is frightening for new parents.

KFSN quoted a new mother who said, "I just had my son like a year ago, and that was my main concern was ... always wanting to make sure who had my baby."

No arrests have been made because police are still investigating whether a crime was ever technically committed. Some who commented on media outlets' websites suspect the couple was trying to swap a doll for a real child, but the hospital hasn't speculated on this. 

In May, a woman dressed like a nurse gained access to a Canadian maternity ward and stole a baby born 16 hours earlier.  

But thanks to an Amber alert and social media posts by the police, two friends spotted the alleged abductor's vehicle and returned the baby to her family within hours of disappearing. 

Soon afterwards, the hospital in Canada announced plans to upgrade surveillance systems and use electronic bracelets that would alert security if a baby was taken out of the maternity ward. 

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Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:06:20 -0700

BART train evacuated by caustic smell aboard train at West Oakland station

BART trains were delayed briefly at the West Oakland station Friday morning because of a caustic odor aboard a train that forced its evacuation, BART officials said.

The smell was reported in the lead car of a San Francisco-bound train at 10:28 a.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

The smell was irritating passengers' noses and throats, BART police said. By the time officers arrived, the smell was gone but the train was evacuated as a precaution.

BART police found the air clear and could find no residue of the odor. The train was taken out of service to be checked out at the yard, police said.

The passengers boarded the next train and left at 10:40 a.m., BART officials said.

The incident caused residual delays getting into San Francisco Friday morning.


Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:55:12 -0700

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