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GoFundMe launched for fallen security guard, Dubs beat Clippers in L.A., thefts up in Piedmont and more

Refugio Garcia

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Longtime friend of slain security guard launches GoFundMe for trust fund

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A GofundMe has been started by a longtime friend of Kevin Nishita, a security guard and former Bay Area police officer who succumbed to his injuries Saturday after he was shot during an attempted armed robbery earlier last week, East Bay Times reports.

The fundraiser was started by Scott Lawry and has received over 160 donations totaling over $13,000 as of Sunday.

Nishita was a veteran officer who served in the cities of Oakland, San Jose, Colma and Hayward. He was employed by Star Protection Agency and was assigned to accompany a KRON4 news crew who were attacked Wednesday in the 300 block of 14th Street in Oakland. The assailants attempted to steal the news crew’s equipment when Neshita suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so by sending money to the Metropolitan Bank at 381 8th Street, Oakland, CA, 94607 with “Kevin Nishita Trust Fund” as the recipient.

A $32,000 reward is being offered for information about the attack. Tips can be submitted by contacting the Oakland police homicide section at (510) 238-3821.

Dubs unleash flurry to seal the deal against Clippers

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The Warriors put the icing on the win against the Clippers with a little help from Jordan Poole who added 12 points in the final 2:35 of the third, ultimately extending their win 105-90 by the conclusion of Sunday’s matchup in Los Angeles, East Bay Times reports.

The Warriors’ record was bumped up to 18-2 after beating Los Angeles and will now face Phoenix at home Tuesday. Phoenix has won 16 in a row and sits just behind Golden State in the Western Conference.

“It was a chippy game, very physical,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr following the game. “The Clippers have a great defense. They play really hard. They make it difficult on you. We obviously have a great defensive team, too, so it was a very physical game. There was some frustration, as there often is in a physical game.”

The Warriors outscored the Clippers 45-31 over the final 14:35 of the game beginning with Poole’s eruption in the third.

Curry unleashed three 3-pointers in a matter of 75 seconds after getting fired up over a non-call during a drive to the basket halfway through the fourth quarter. Curry added 33 points to the final score and racked up seven rebounds, six assists and six steals.

“All that led into where I felt I got fouled, so I let my emotions go,” said Curry. “It definitely fired me up, fired our team up. You’ve got to just be able to direct that energy into putting the ball in the basket after that.”

However, Sunday’s final score was near a season low for the Dubs who shot 44.2% from the field while going 12 for 22 at the foul line. Golden State managed to turn the tide by forcing 25 turn-overs, 19 from steals, erasing the deficit in the second half of the game.

Piedmont PD chief reports more thefts, fewer stolen cars

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Piedmont police Chief Jeremy Bowers reported that the department has logged 59 thefts during the third quarter during a recent City Council meeting East Bay Times reports.

Bowers noted the increase from 45 thefts reported in 2020 but said that auto thefts were down to 14, compared to the 24 reported car thefts during the third quarter of 2020.

“The increase in larceny/thefts is very concerning,” Bowers said, noting that much of the spike is correlated to the increase of catalytic converter thefts where thieves tear the components out from parked cars.

“Livermore and Pleasanton created a task force and discovered an organized ring operating out of Stockton. Unfortunately, many of these individuals were booked, then bailed out to go back to doing crime,” Bowers said during the meeting, taking time to remind the council that citizens should call police if they see or hear suspicious activity.

Bowers also reported that other categories of crime, including robberies and assaults, have remained flat with three robberies reported during the third quarter this year and in 2020.

In addition to the reported crime stats, Bowers also pointed to the concerning number of traffic collisions, with 55 reported through the third quarter, with 36 reported over the same period last year.

Enchanted Cottage Kitchen opens as first legal home-based kitchen in Solano County

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Vallejo native and resident Melissa Edwards opened Enchanted Cottage Kitchen on Nov. 6, becoming Solano County’s first legal home-based kitchen, offering “classic comfort foods,” DailyRepublic reports.

Edwards said diners can expect lighter fare in the spring and summer but is currently serving up chicken pot pies, sloppy joes, Swedish meatballs with a vegan option, as well.

To those familiar with Edwards and her family, the restaurant’s name, Enchanted Cottage Kitchen, makes perfect sense as her kitchen is housed in a fairytale-looking Tudor-style home, which was selected by the Sustainable Solano to maintain a pollinator garden, food forest and wildlife habitat where Edwards sources many of her ingredients.

She says that she came across the opportunity to start a home-based kitchen, provided through Assembly Bill 626, known as the The Homemade Food Operations Act which was passed in 2019.

“I saw something about a class on Facebook, and I’d been thinking of doing a cottage business for jams and stuff, but when I saw about this opportunity, I thought, ‘This is great for me,’ ” she said. “I can cook for people without the overhead of a brick and mortar restaurant, and that’s what I like to do, so this is made for me.”

However, the bill stipulates that counties are required to opt in, which Solano County did in March, according to the Solano Small Business Development Center.

Vallejo Supervisor, Erin Hannigan, said she believes that the bill will be a boon for local businesses in Solano County.

“Melissa has completed the Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operation requirements through Solano County Environmental Health Division. Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operation (MEHKOs) are administered through the county and not the cities, per the California statute that regulates them,” Hannigan said.

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