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Elliot Karlan / FOR THE ARK
Tiburon police Sgt. Steve Hahn holds one of the clip-on, body-worn cameras.
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Tiburon police look to link body cameras to
the court system
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Department, which began using devices in 2010, wants network
to more easily share case videos with DA, defense
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By Nicole Jones
njones@thearknewspaper.com
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The Tiburon Police Department's body-worn cameras are getting an upgrade, with plans to seamlessly share videos with the Marin District Attorney's Office for use in court, making it a first for the county.

"It's a much more effective way to communicate," says Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin, who's drafting plans with information technology staff to build a network where the district attorney — and potentially other agencies — could receive a digital desk report from the department and view all of the video interviews associated with a case.

It's a maneuver that would connect the Police Department to the courtroom by providing continuous access to prosecutors and court administrators for locating video footage.

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FBI arrests Strawberry developer in $30 mil bank fraud scheme
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njones@thearknewspaper.com

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FBI agents raided a Strawberry man's home April 9 after he was arrested on federal charges of embezzling $30 million from Sonoma Valley Bank, reportedly leading to its collapse in 2010.
Real estate developer Bijan Madjlessi, 58, of Sky Road was arrested along with his lawyer, David Lonich, 59, of Santa Rosa, and two former executives of the now-closed Sonoma Valley Bank, CEO Sean Cutting, 44, and Chief Loan Officer Brian Melland, 45.
All four defendants made first appearances in federal court in San Francisco on April 9 and were released on $250,000 bail.
After an investigation that spanned more than three years, Madjlessi and Lonich are facing 29 counts, Cutting 28 counts and Melland 23 counts, which include conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, false statements to a bank, false bank entries and attempted obstruction of justice.
They could also be slapped with a fine of more than $17 million and serve up to 30 years in prison per count. The defendants are ordered to return to court April 18.

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Schools ask to extend, increase parcel tax

By Emily Lavin
elavin@theark
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Ballots are arriving at Tiburon Peninsula homes as the Reed Union School District, facing steady enrollment growth, is asking voters to renew and increase an education tax that district officials say is crucial in funding its three schools.

Measure B is up for approval in a May 6 mail-in election that will test how strongly district voters feel about maintaining class sizes that average about 24 students and preventing potential cutbacks at Reed and Bel Aire elementary schools and at Del Mar Middle School.

The parcel tax was first approved in 1990 and most recently renewed in 2007, when it started at a rate of $319 per parcel before increasing 3 percent each year.

If the current measure is approved by a two-thirds majority of voters, the tax, otherwise set to expire in 2016, would renew for eight additional years. Starting July 1, the tax would increase $138, from $370 to $508 per parcel of land, then 3 percent per year through 2022, with a final rate of $624.72.

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