Livermore

Couple suspected of selling meth at home

A couple suspected of selling methamphetamine out of their Livermore home were arrested Wednesday on various drug and weapons charges, police said.

Brett Rollins, 45, and Taunia Rollins, 48, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after the Livermore Police Department's Special Operations Unit served a search warrant on their home in the 5200 block of Windflower Street, Officer John Hurd said.

When authorities entered the house about 2:45 p.m., they found approximately seven ounces of methamphetamine worth about $20,000, drug sales paraphernalia and a shotgun.

The pair were arrested on charges of methamphetamine sales and a weapons violation, Hurd said. Brett Rollins received an additional citation for obstructing officers during their search.

-- Erin Ivie, Staff

Vallejo

Six Flags to open year-round in 2014

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo announced Thursday that -- for the first time in 16 years -- the park will return to year-round operation in 2014.

The theme park, which normally shuts down in early January each year and reopens before spring break, will stay open for all weekends in 2014, plus all January and February holidays.


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For spring break, Six Flags will stay open daily from April 11-27, spokeswoman Nancy Chan said.

"With the region's mild temperatures, being open all year means guests have even more opportunity to enjoy Discovery Kingdom's wildlife and wilder rides," Don McCoy, park president, said in a statement.

Six Flags also gave a heads up Thursday as to the signature ride opening in 2014: It will be the Tsunami Soaker, an interactive boat ride for families that will equip each rider with a giant water pistol -- ensuring that everyone on board and nearby gets soaked.

For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/discoverykingdom.

-- Linda Zavoral, Staff

Richmond

DUI checkpoints planned for Saturday

The Richmond Police Department will conduct a DUI sobriety checkpoint in the city's North and East Neighborhood on Saturday night.

The checkpoint will run from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at undisclosed intersections, said Lt. Andre Hill.

DUI checkpoints held in the city in recent months are funded by California Office of Traffic Safety grants.

Volunteers from the Bay Area chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will be on location with police patrol units, Hill said.

-- Robert Rogers, Staff

SAN FRANCISCO

Deliberations continue in 'dirty DUI' trial

Jury deliberations continue Friday at the trial of a former Danville officer charged with accepting cocaine and a handgun for arresting drunken drivers at the direction of a former Concord private investigator.

Deliberations in the trial of Stephen Tanabe were suspended Thursday morning after U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer excused a juror who spoke English as a second language and was having trouble fully comprehending jury instructions as a result.

An alternate juror was substituted in midday, and the panel began anew in its deliberations.

Tanabe, 50, of Alamo, is charged with seven conspiracy and extortion counts on suspicion of taking bribes to facilitate three drunken-driving arrests in late 2010 and early 2011. His defense attorney says he never accepted any kind of payment and that he has been set up by Christopher Butler, a now-incarcerated private investigator who set up men for "dirty DUIs" so that their estranged spouses could have leverage in family law court.

Deliberations resume at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

-- Malaika Fraley, Staff

LIVERMORE

Free entrepreneurship tour at Las Positas

Some of America's top entrepreneurs will visit Las Positas College on Wednesday for the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour.

The free event features keynote speakers Ahmed Khattak, the founder of wireless retail company GSM Nation, and Benji Rabhan, who heads three companies under his MorrisCore brand of web and marketing services. Both have been honored as the country's best young entrepreneurs.

Area entrepreneurs scheduled as panelists include Peter Gardner, co-founder of Wavepoint Ventures; Andra Keay, founder of Robot Launchpad; and Doug Allen and Dave Haberman, founders of Pleasanton-based KlabLab.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school's Mertes Center for the Arts. Parking is $2. On-site registration begins at 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The college is at 3033 Collier Canyon Rd.

Early online registration is encouraged at http://extremetour.org/laspositas.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff