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In Your Town for June 29, 2018

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Man sentenced for scuffle with police

A homeless shoplifting suspect who injured two police officers in a confrontation received a three-month jail sentence.

Ryan Scott Grimes, 27, was arrested on March 27 after a theft at Lucky Supermarket on Grant Avenue. Police saw Grimes in the area, recognized him as the suspect and approached to search him, according to court filings. Grimes was on probation for a prior offense and was subject to on-the-spot searches.

Grimes refused to talk to police and kept walking, then fought officers as they tried to detain him and allegedly tried to remove an officer’s gun. Police subdued him and took him to the hospital for treatment of injuries that included a Taser strike.

One officer suffered a cut to the eye that required three stitches, and another was treated for a hand scrape.

Grimes pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge. The plea deal called for six months in jail, which amounted to three months under the state’s half-time sentencing program.

He was sentenced Wednesday in Marin Superior Court and placed on probation for three years. His public defender, Eva Bennett, said Grimes forgot he was on probation and was required to submit to a search.

“He was just having a lapse of good judgment,” Bennett said.

Grimes was released from jail Thursday with credit for time served since his arrest, and transferred to a homeless shelter program.


Panel on aging plans education forum

The Marin County Commission on Aging will hold a free community education forum “Mental Health Resources and Supports for Older Adults in Marin County” July 5.

The forum is at 10 a.m. at Alma Via of San Rafael, 515 Northgate Drive.

More information is available at

Library plans event on Constitution

The San Rafael Public Library will hold an event “Hand writing the Constitution” July 1.

Drop in between 1-4 p.m. to participate. Copies of the U.S. Constitution, paper and pens will be provided.

The library is at 1100 E St.

Whistlestop to hold patriotic luncheon

Whistlestop will host a patriotic luncheon and sing-along July 5.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.; entertainment is planned from noon-1 p.m.

Whistlestop is at 930 Tamalpais Ave.

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