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News - September 15, 2010

News briefs: Menlo Park man killed by train identified

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has identified the man killed by a train in Menlo Park on Sunday (Sept. 12) as Stephen Ebaugh, 53, of Menlo Park.

Southbound train number 438 struck Mr. Ebaugh on train tracks at Glenwood Avenue, north of the Menlo Park station, at about 5:14 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Tasha Bartholomew said.

Mr. Ebaugh was on the tracks for unknown reasons, and Caltrain's official position is that he was trespassing, she added.

No further information is available yet about the accident. Ms. Bartholomew said this is the seventh fatality for Caltrain this year.

==I — Bay City News Service contributed to this report.==

Menlo Park robber rips off necklaces  

A 72-year-old woman strolling along the 300 block of El Camino Real on Saturday afternoon in Menlo Park confronted a robber intent on ripping off her necklaces.

The suspect snatched three necklaces off the woman's neck, but his victim grabbed one back, police said. She sustained minor injuries during the scuffle.

Police described the robber as a Hispanic male about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 140 pounds, and around 18 to 23 years old. The suspect, wearing a white shirt, jumped into a black Honda waiting nearby driven by an unidentified person. The car fled north on El Camino Real.

Police spokesperson Nicole Acker said the two stolen necklaces are both 18-karat gold chains, one with two charms. Their combined value is approximately $260.

Detectives continue to investigate the robbery.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the police at 330-6300 or the anonymous tip hotline at 330-6395.

Con man's trial set

Simon Gann, the con man who allegedly sweet-talked a Menlo Park woman into a relationship and out of money by pretending to be a millionaire MIT graduate named "Saleem Dutante" who could count cards "like Rainman," pleaded not guilty at his Sept. 10 arraignment in San Mateo County Superior Court.

The 29-year-old man remains in custody on $100,000 bail. Authorities tripled his initial bail after discovering Mr. Gann's multiple convictions for fraud last year in Canada. Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak scheduled a jury trial for Oct. 25.

He's charged with obtaining approximately $1,900 under false pretenses and grand theft. He also racked up a charge of resisting arrest by attempting to evade Menlo Park police by hiding in his accuser's closet.

If found guilty, Mr. Gann could serve up to four years in state prison, according to the district attorney's office.

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