(Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail)
East Bay man on probation for trying to kill his wife legally changes name

On Halloween night 2004, after failing to find a hit man to kill his estranged wife, Virginia prosecutors said Kurt William Kroboth wore a vampire mask, severed phone and electric wires, sneaked into the sleeping woman's house with a bottle of chloroform and attempted to knock her out to stage a bathtub suicide, prosecutors said. Kroboth now lives in Hercules and in May changed his name in Contra Costa Superior Court. 
The 4.5-acre new park, formerly a brownfield, will feature three synthetic turf youth playing fields with lighting, 62 parking spaces, a picnic area, tot lot and food vendor kiosks.  
 
The number of homicides in Richmond has hit 12 this year, double what it was the same time in 2014. Police blame the increase on a gang dispute and other crimes on realignment, which transferred nonviolent offenders to local prisons.  
 
The project calls for demolishing an existing five-story, 440-space parking structure with 1,600 square feet of commercial floor area and an arts display space at 2025 Center St. and to construct in its stead a new eight-story, 711-space, 248,000-square foot parking structure with ground-floor garage operations office, arts display space and two commercial tenant spaces.  
 
Police hauled four guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, drugs and a press to make pills from a West Macdonald Avenue home in Richmond this week, a raid connected to a San Francisco narcotics investigation.  
 
Packard and the graphic art she created for the shipyards during the war are the focus of a new exhibit opening Sept. 5 at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South. The "Emmy Lou Packard: Drawing New Conclusions in the Kaiser Shipyards" exhibit will open with an illustrated talk by Lincoln Cushing from Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources at 11 a.m. Sept 5 at the center.  
 
A hazardous materials team this afternoon is investigating liquid waste, metal and discarded vehicle batteries found at a commercial building within a residential neighborhood in Richmond.  
 
The next free quarterly concert featuring local musicians at Hope Lutheran Church, 2830 May Road, will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. While admission is free, donations are welcome and will go toward a charitable cause.  
 
The Richmond Main Post Office at 1025 Nevin Ave. is closed for repairs after mold was found in the basement, the U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday.  
 
The Portola Junior High History Celebration is 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 26 at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane. Volunteers are also organizing memorabilia to display at the new Fred T. Korematsu Middle School campus  
 
(Lee Jin-man/Associated Press)
'Star Wars': 15 biggest celebrity fans

From Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey to Megan Fox, some of the biggest names in Hollywood were inspired by the George Lucas movies of their youth. 
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Chris Brown owns 14 Burger Kings

Peyton Manning, Kanye West, Magic Johnson, Rick Ross, Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Aaron also own fast food joints.