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POSTED March 20, 2013 6:09 p.m.

PAROLEE CHARGED IN BERKELEY DANCE CLUB SHOOTING: BERKELEY . (AP) — A parolee is facing attempted murder, robbery and other charges in a shooting at a crowded Berkeley dance club that left two employees wounded.

Alameda County prosecutors filed the charges against 25-year-old Christopher James Washington on Tuesday. They say Washington and a second man stormed the Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center around 12:05 a.m. Saturday, stole cash and fired shots.

Manager Larry Chin and bartender Stanley Ellis were hit although their wounds were not considered life-threatening.

Washington hads previously been convicted of robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property and vandalism.

ACLU SUES SAN FRANCISCO PD OVER CELL PHONE SEARCH: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging a search by San Francisco police of an activist's cellphone without a warrant.

In the suit filed Wednesday against the city, the ACLU says such warrantless searches violate the state's right to privacy, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure and freedom of speech.

The suit claims that two San Francisco police officers last year violated activist Bob Offer-Westort's privacy after his cellphone was searched after he was arrested for protesting a proposed city ordinance he felt was targeting homeless people.

Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Wednesday the department has no comment on pending litigation.

The California Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that police can search arrestees' cellphones without a warrant, saying defendants lose their privacy rights for any items they're carrying when taken into custody.

SF TRANSIT AGENCY APPROVES SETTLEMENT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The widow of a veteran Oakland Tribune journalist who was struck and killed by a San Francisco Muni train four years ago has been awarded a $900,000 wrongful death settlement.

The Municipal Transportation Agency's board of directors met in a closed door session Tuesday and approved the settlement for Daryl Brand, the widow of William "Bill" Brand.

The 70-year-old Brand was critically injured after being struck by a streetcar in Feb. 2009. He later died at a hospital.

Brand worked at the Tribune for 27 years before retiring in late 2008. He continued to write a beer blog called "What's on Tap."

The newspaper says the settlement is one of the largest in recent years for Muni.

 

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