Bay Area Briefs

Wednesday October 09, 2002

Pot sold at drive-through 

SAN RAFAEL – A Vallejo man accused of selling marijuana from a KFC drive-through window appeared briefly in Marin County Superior Court. 

Carlos Lionel Ayala was arrested last month on suspicion of selling marijuana at a Mill Valley restaurant. When a customer ordered extra biscuits, he received two bags of pot, instead. The customer returned the bags, got his biscuits and called police. 

A restaurant manager said Monday that Ayala no longer works there. 

Ayala, 26, showed up for a felony arraignment, but Commissioner Greg Jilka informed him that no charges have been filed yet. 

Deputy District Attorney Judith Brown said she’s reviewing a report by the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force before making a decision. 


San Jose murder motive unknown 

SAN JOSE — Police are still unsure of the motive, but they now believe a San Jose man shot his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself. 

Luis Silveira, 40, his wife Sandra, 32, and their two children ages 1 and 2 were found shot to death in their East San Jose home Monday, San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Steve Dixon said Tuesday. 

Investigators are still interviewing family members and friends to determine what could have prompted the slayings. 

A gun found on the scene is being processed at the crime lab, Dixon said. 

Authorities believe the bodies had been there for at least 24 hours before being found. The two adults were found on the floor, and the boys were found in a crib and on a bed. 


Damages in South Bay fire greater than expected 


SAN JOSE — Losses at a shopping and apartment complex that suffered a disastrous fire two months ago could hit $90 million, the developer told investments analysts. 

Officials with Federal Realty Investment Trust, the firm building Santana Row, expect to file an insurance claim for $70 million to $90 million to cover the damage, lost revenue and other unspecified costs from the Aug. 19 blaze. 

The nine-building project has already received $1 million from insurance claims and expects an additional $15 million to $20 million in the next few weeks to help cover expenses. 

The total number of shops and restaurants expected to open next month is still unclear.