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Bay Briefs

Monday August 06, 2001

Boy dies after freak motorcycle accident 

SAN ARDO – An 11-year-old San Ardo boy was killed after driving a motorcycle through a cord strung across a road, the Monterey County coroner’s office says. 

Uri Cervantes was riding a 1993 Yamaha motorcycle on a dirt farm road Saturday when he drove into a 4-foot-high nylon cord that was being used as a gate. 

Authorities had received complains by neighbors of the woman that she was allowing neighborhood children to ride her motorcycle without any supervision, said Sgt. David Norum of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department. 

Police are investigating whether negligence was involved in the accident, Norum said. 


Man linked to missing woman gives DNA sample 

LOS GATOS – Los Gatos police have taken a DNA sample from a man who was seen leaving a Campbell-area bar with a woman who’s been missing for a week. 

Police searched the man’s car and home looking for clues regarding the disappearance of Jeanine Harms. 

Police would not say what items were seized. They also have not released the man’s name. 

Forty-two-year-old Harms was last seen leaving the Rock Bottom Brewery with the man. He says she appeared fine when he left her duplex about 1 a.m. 

Los Gatos Police Sgt. Kerry Harris says Harms may have been the victim of foul play based on evidence found in her home. 

Bankrupt wine company to sell 80,000 bottles 

NAPA – Connoisseurs, collectors and anyone else who enjoys sipping wines will get a chance next month to take home whatever taste tickles their palates 

Former online Napa wine retailer is expected to auction off more than 80,000 cases of wine left after the retailer filed for bankruptcy in May. 

The auction is expected to draw collectors and professional buyers from casinos to cruise ships. About $1 million in rare wines will be auctioned by Realm Connect. 

Auction organizers say the event will be the largest ever of its kind, but state alcohol regulators are checking to make sure the sale complies with licensing laws.