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Alleged embezzler enters not-guilty plea

A 42-year-old Ben Lomond woman accused of embezzling more than $9,000 from the San Lorenzo Valley Middle School Panther Club pleaded not guilty to a charge of grand theft embezzlement during an arraignment Feb. 29.

The woman, who served as the treasurer of the Panther Club fundraising organization for 18 months, is accused of embezzling the money between late 2010 and July 2011, when she was removed from the position. Questions about the money apparently arose within the club, leading to an investigation by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 23.

Gas station robbers apprehended in Contra Costa County

A man and a woman who were arrested during a robbery in Contra Costa County on Feb. 28 have been tied to last week’s armed robbery of Scotts Valley Gas.

After the arrest in Contra Costa County, Scotts Valley Police Department detectives interviewed Maurice Mark Jenkins, 18, of Menlo, and Ana Michelle Miwa Blander, 27, of Mill Valley, and found them to be responsible for the Feb. 27 robbery of Scotts Valley Gas. A third suspect was identified, but he is still at large, with a warrant issued for his arrest.

The gas station in Scotts Valley was robbed by two men with covered faces wearing hooded sweatshirts and brandishing handguns at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 27. They took an unidentified amount of cash and food from the store.

Whodunit to open at Peachwood’s

Elf Empire Productions will present the humorous murder mystery “Crime Comes to College” for three Sundays at Peachwood’s Steakhouse in Pasatiempo.

The dinner-theater show begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and March 18 and 25. The $50 ticket price includes dinner, the show, tax and tip.

The play is written by Rita Wadsworth and Carolyn Hyatt and features local actors Ashley Sue Moore, Charles Woods, Claire Hodgin, Davis Banta, Elizabeth Hammack, Megan Parle, Rocky Snyder, Scott Kravitz and Susan Forrest; with musical accompaniment by Richard Stauff.

Peachwood’s is at 555 Highway 17 in Pasatiempo. Reservations are encouraged.

For information: 426-6333.

Kindergarten registration open

Boulder Creek Elementary School is accepting kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 school year. Parents of children who will be 5 years old by Nov. 1 may pick up a registration packet at the school office, 400 Lomond St., in Boulder Creek through the end of May. School tours are available.

To register, proof of immunization and a birth certificate are needed.

For information: Heather Chinello, registrar, 338-6413.

Kindergarten preview in Felton

San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School will have its kindergarten registration day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the school’s multipurpose room. Children who will be 5 by Nov. 1 are eligible to enroll for the 2012-13 school year. Parents and children can tour classrooms and meet kindergarten teachers.

The school is at 7155 Highway 9 in Felton.

For information: 335-4475.

Ask-the-experts event on tap

As part of the monthly Second Saturday events in the San Lorenzo Valley, Satellite Telework center will host an “Ask the Experts” forum Saturday, March 10, in Felton.

Locals can attend and receive free expert advice about personal finance, iPad digital design, eBay selling, digital photography, sustainability and historical researching.

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Financial adviser Ted George will offer financial consultations.
  • Noon to 2 p.m.: Top-rated eBay seller Thom Carlsen will talk about selling items online.
  • Noon to 2 p.m.: Apple expert Doreen Lozano will give iPad consultations.
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Historian Randall Brown will share tips about historical research.
  • 1 to 3 p.m.: Digital media specialist Carl Uebelhart will answer questions about website photography and processing.
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Land-use consultant Patrizia Materassi will explain how to integrate sustainable choices into personal and professional decisions.
The Satellite is at 6265 Highway 9 in downtown Felton, next to Don Quixote's.

For information: or 222-2100.

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