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Embezzle Suspect Sturm: New Hearing, May 4

Alan Wald reports that accused embezzler Mark Sturm, who faces criminal charges and civil lawsuits related to his Coastside accounting businesses, failed to appear for his preliminary hearing March 29. The judge issued a bench warrant for Sturm's arrest, but Sturm turned himself in and now has a new preliminary hearing date set for Thursday, May 4 at 2 p.m.

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Pacifica Kidnap Suspect Soliman: Preliminary Hearing, May 10

Facing possible life in prison if convicted, accused Pacifica kidnapper Mark Soliman has a preliminary hearing Wednesday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in San Mateo County Superior Court (Docket No. 16NF013131A).

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Fake Social Media Posts Cause Public Panic

Police in Southern California are beginning to encourage the public to contact them first and verify whether incidents posted on social media are true. Posts include reports of attempted kidnappings at area stores and other crimes, all of which never occurred. I want to talk to someone who can speak to what if anything social media companies and others can do to get a handle on this. Contact John Scheibe, Ventura County Star, john.scheibe@vcstar.com, newspaper URL: http://www.vcstar.com/