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Rubber Bullets Fired At Youth In Bolinas
Marin Sheriff's Deputies fired rubber bullets to disable and subdue a 20-year-old male who was in violation of a court order to stay out of town. Michael Lorne ran from Sheriff Deputies on Sunday two weeks ago, when they attempted to make a vehicle stop on the car he was driving. Before the melee was over, a second deputy was shot with a rubber bullet and Lorne was shot three times. The downtown was full of people including children. The deputy was taken to Marin General for injuries, including a wrenched arm.
The use of rubber bullets is an increasingly common method of behavior modification and incapacitation practiced by police and security forces around the world. Rubber bullets are reasonably effective within their optimum range but they are the subject of concern due to a significant incidence of severe injury to vulnerable body regions which can lead to substantial injury and sometimes death.
House Sales Go Down, Rents Go Up
As Marin housing sales have slowed down in the last six months, rents have gone up. People are not moving out of rentals to buy housing and rental occupancy rates have gone up from 95.7% to 96.8%. Rents have gone up almost 5%. In the rest of the state rents have increased 8%. Average rents for a studio are now $1,050. The average monthly cost for a three-bedroom, two bath apartments $2,224.
Town Zeroing In On Drugs
The first of a series of meetings in Bolinas about drugs saw sixty people turn out at the community center Friday before Halloween. Initial conclusions: Methamphetamine (speed) is the drug which has the highest risk and generates the most concern; more activities and recreation needs to part of the community for 15 to 20 year-olds; known drug dealers should to be confronted and turned into law enforcement; more information about drugs needs to be available to kids and adults in the schools and the community. Prescription drugs and the lethargic effects of marijuana use were also discussed. Permissive community attitudes about drugs and alcohol were mentioned. Methamphetamine is the most pervasive and dangerous drug issue facing the nation. Next meeting, December 1, 7-9 p.m.
House Votes Random Drug Searches In Schools
In a voice vote Tuesday night, October 18, the US House of Representatives voted to approve a measure that would force school districts across the country to adopt policies allowing teachers and school officials to conduct random, warrantless searches of all students at any time based on the "reasonable suspicion" that one student may be carrying drugs or weapons. Sponsored by Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY), the Student Safety Act of 2006 (H.R. 5295) had no committee hearings and was fast-tracked to the House floor. (see the rest of the story at coastalpost.com
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