Seen and Heard

Ovation for a good guy

Got a robber on your BART train? It helps when your car also has an off-duty cop skilled in mixed martial arts.

San Jose Police Sgt. Fredrick Kotto and his fiancee were traveling from Dublin to San Francisco to get a marriage certificate Feb. 11 when a struggle erupted between passengers and a suspected thief trying to escape with a stolen cell phone, police said.

Kotto flashed his badge. The suspect ignored him. Kotto, a martial arts expert and former college running back, wrestled her to the ground and talked her into calming down until BART police arrived to take her into custody at the West Oakland station. When the couple finally exited the train, fellow passengers gave them rousing cheers.

Kotto is the son of actor Yaphet Kotto, who played a villain in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" and crusty police Lt. Al Giardello in "Homicide: Life on the Streets."

After the dust-up, BART police permitted Kotto to give his formal statement later, allowing him to arrive at his prepaid marriage certificate appointment with four minutes to spare.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

Past times

March 7, 1978 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

Headline: "Dublin makes register"

The Dublin Historical Preservation Association (DHPA) was successful in its goal to have Dublin buildings, a cemetery and a vacant lot, approved for recommendation for the National Register of historical buildings.


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The state historical resources commission made the recommendation with only one dissenting vote. The single dissenting commissioner agreed with protesters that the old Murray school that has been moved several times since its construction and modified architecturally to some degree may not be pure enough to qualify for the registry.

Also included in the recommendation for distinction were the old St. Raymond's church, old Green Store (which now serves the community as the Village Tavern) and the old St. Raymond's cemetery on a 7.8-acre lot across from St. Raymond's Church.

Inclusion of the vacant lot and the Village Tavern had been protested by the owners, J. M. Weightman and James Cox, they believe the designation would be an inducement for future governmental architectural controls on anything they might wish to do with their property.

DHPA sees the group of buildings as one historical complex, something bitterly resented by some in the Amador Livermore Valley Historical Society. ALVHS owns St. Raymond's Church and is proud of its restoration, which they feel is genuinely authentic. They think DHPA is bringing in other buildings that are not authentic and building a kind of "Knott's Berry Farm."

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Groceries: Lucky's. Corned beef round, $1.28 a pound; broccoli, 29 cents a bunch; and green cabbage, 19 cents a pound.

Trivia Question: It's March 15, 1954 and the new "CBS Morning Show" premieres. Who are the co-hosts?

Answer to last week's question: Dallas.

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