Bay briefs

Monday May 07, 2001

Cops suspect foul play in disappearance 

SAN JOSE – Detectives looking for a missing San Jose woman since April 1 now suspect foul play in her disappearance. 

Early Friday, Santa Cruz County sheriff’s detectives executed a search warrant at the Capitola home where authorities say Kelly Ann Reber, 21, was last seen. 

Reber was staying at the home of friends when she reportedly told them she was going for a walk, but she never returned. 

Santa Cruz County sheriff’s spokesman Kim Allyn said detectives might suspect harm had come to Reber, but the department continued to work hard to find her. 

Reber’s relatives also suspect foul play because many of her friends were allegedly involved in drug sales and use. 

“Because of the people involved, it’s been difficult gathering information on her,” detective Jim Johnson said. 


Racial tension eased at Aptos school 

APTOS – Aptos High School had a mellow Cinco de Mayo celebration Friday, one year after racial tensions caused 1,000 students to skip school that day. 

Only 206 students missed school Friday, which is average for that day of the week according to school officials. 

”(Students) are respecting each other’s individual rights to be proud of who they are,” she said. Gustavo Fernandez, a junior who stood with friends listening to a mariachi band. 

Students said they were embarrassed by last year’s attendance when many parents kept their children home to avoid any racial confrontations. 


10-year-old arrested for terrorists threats 

LOS ALTOS–Los Altos police arrested and charged a ten-year-old with making terrorist threats this week after he allegedly said he would get a gun  

and “bring down the whole school.” 

Sgt. Tom Connelly said police were contacted on Wednesday afternoon by authorities at Pinewood School after the fourth grade student allegedly uttered the threat in a classroom during an argument with other students. The other students were reportedly picking on him during a reading class. 

The child's teacher removed him from the class, and school authorities contacted his parents and suspended him from classes for two days pending a review of the incident.  

Police arrested and charged him the next day, and released him into his parent's custody pending action by the Juvenile Probation Department.