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Former school official facing new charges

WOODSIDE . (AP) — A former school official in San Mateo County accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in public funds is now facing additional charges that he billed a school district for remodeling work done on his home.

Prosecutors say Timothy Hanretty charged the Portola Valley School District nearly $101,000 for the work. The 55-year-old Hanretty was superintendent of the district at the time of the alleged embezzlement.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday on the new charges as well as the earlier charges.

Those earlier charges stem from allegations that Hanretty spent millions of dollars on school projects that were not approved by the school board while he was working for the Woodside Elementary School District. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

His attorney, Mike Markowitz, declined to comment on the new charges to the San Mateo County Times (

Strava website sued over bicyclist's death

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a man who died while speeding down a Berkeley hill on his bicycle is suing a website that allows bikers and runners to compare their times on routes.

KGO-TV says the family of 41-year-old William Flint sued the Strava website for negligence on Monday in San Francisco, alleging it encouraged him to speed.

Flint was doing at least 10 miles above the 30-mph limit on a hill in Berkeley's Tilden Park two years ago when he braked to avoid a car and his bike flipped over. The Oakland man reportedly had learned someone else on the Strava site had clocked a better time.

A spokesman for the San Francisco-based website, Mark Riedy, says Flint's death was tragic but the suit is without merit.

2 held for allegedly trying to run down bicyclists

SAN MATEO (AP) — Police in San Mateo have arrested two men on suspicion of trying to run down two boys riding bicycles.

The San Francisco Chronicle says witnesses reported Sunday afternoon that a gold-colored pickup truck was trying to run over the boys.

Sgt. Dave Norris says one youth jumped off his bike to avoid being hit and the truck ran over it and onto the sidewalk.

The boys weren't hurt.

The truck was tracked to a home about three miles away and two men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon.

2 charged in drug-lab death had drug-making video

PLEASANTON (AP) — Authorities say a Livermore couple charged with murder after an alleged drug-lab explosion had downloaded a how-to video from the Internet.

The Contra Costa Times says 22-year-old Evan Aviles and 23-year-old Lexie Hutson made their first court appearance in Alameda County on Monday. They didn't enter pleas to charges of murder and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Court records say police found a how-to video about hashish oil on a computer in their apartment.

Prosecutors contend the three were making hashish oil when butane exploded and fatally burned their partner, 35-year-old Paul Lom, in May of last year.

Aviles and Hutson lost parts of their fingers and were severely burned.