60 years ago

Tavern row trial ends with fine, jail threat: A fine of $150 plus a 60-day term in the county jail was the sentence handed down by Justice Ted Ohmstede Tuesday for Zerma Lunsford charged with disorderly conduct and assault with intent to cause bodily harm. Arrested Spt. 25 on a complaint signed by Laverne Roberts, Miss Lunsford pleaded not guilty when arraigned before Judge Joe Silva in the Brentwood Judicial District Court, and asked for another Judge. Justice Ohmstede sat for Judge Silva.

After pronouncing sentence, Justice Ohmstede suspended the jail term for six months, but warned that if she was involved in any further trouble, she would have to serve out the sentence. After disposing of the case, Justice Ohmstede also warned Miss Roberts, the complaining witness, not to become involved in similar trouble in the future.

25 years ago

Court rules Pittsburg man's lottery winnings are income: Divorced or separated parents about to play the lottery, take note: If you hit the jackpot, a chunk of your winnings may go to child support, under a state appeals court ruling Friday.

In the case of Contra Costa County man who won $100,000 in the state lottery in 1986, the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that lottery winnings are income, which is used to determine the level of child support.

Under state law, the minimum child support level for a couple with one child is 18 percent of net income a year until the child turns 18. In Saturday's $55 million-plus Lotto Jackpot, which would pay after-tax income of $2 million a year for 20 years, was won by a parent who owed child support, the tab would be at least $360,00 a year under Friday's ruling.


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Deputy Attorney General Linda James, who represented the county in case, said that although other winners in the lottery game have probably owed child support, this appears to be the first time the issue has been raised in court.

-- Brentwood News and Daily-Ledger Post Dispatch

Apparently "people just never reported it (lottery winnings) and it never came to the attention of the county," she said.

-- Brentwood News and Daily-Ledger Post Dispatch