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Police Log: Yearbook-Photo Student Arrested on Suspicion of Drug Possession

Notable incidents encountered Dec. 2 to 8.

A week after he declared victory in his ACLU-supported fight with high school administrators over his controversial yearbook photo, an Amador High senior apparently was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs.

Kenton Koos, 18, was arrested Saturday at 9:22 p.m. at the Bernal Community Park on Pleasanton Avenue, according to the Pleasanton Police Department.

Officers responded to the park, which was closed, and because someone reported smelling the odor of marijuana.

Amador Valley High School officials relented to Koos last week, agreeing to allow in the yearbook the submitted senior photo of him sporting a faux facial tattoo, nose ring and green hair.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California said the school's orginal ban on the senior portrait violated Koos' rights to free speech in the state's education code. 

Koos, an independent-study student, said in an interview that the photo get-up is not his usual look and he "wanted to do something fun." 

Koos' arraignment is scheduled for Monday at the Gale-Schenone Hall of Justice, Pleasanton, according to court records.

In other area police news:

Saturday, Dec. 8

  • Domestic battery reported 10:37 p.m. on 7000 Johnson Drive.
  • Vandalism logged 9:23 a.m. along 4900 Pleasanton Avenue.
  • Warrant arrest of female made 8:23 a.m. on the 5100 block of Hopyard Road.
  • Male arrested for suspected driving under the influence 1:15 a.m. on the 5400 block of Blackbird Drive.
  • Male, 18, arrested 9:22 p.m. for suspected marijuana/hashish possession on the 7000 block of Pleasanton Avenue.

Friday, Dec. 7

  • Vehicle reported stolen 12:16 p.m. on 4300 Rosewood Drive.
  • Death investigated 5:42 p.m. along 300 Rose Avenue.
  • Fraud thefts reported 3:35 p.m. on 4000 Nevis Street, and on 1700 Santa Rita Road at 4:33 p.m.
  • DUI arrest of female 12:39 a.m. Valley Avenue at Blackbird Drive.
  • Thefts: 6:49 p.m. on 4400 Hacienda Drive; 5:31 p.m. on 5000 Hopyard Road.
  • Drug "take-back" program sued.

Thursday, Dec. 6

  • Vehicle reported stolen 12:28 p.m. on 4800 Bernal Avenue.
  • Deaths investigated 7:44 a.m. along 2700 Willowren Way, 3:22 p.m. on the 3400 block of Stacey Court.
  • Warrant arrest of male, 9:37 p.m. along 3200 Flemington Court.
  • Thefts: 3:17 p.m. on 5500 West Las Positas Boulevard; 12:21 p.m. on 4300 Foothill Road; 2:25 p.m. on 5900 Stoneridge Mall Road.
  • Fraud reported 9:25 a.m. on the 7500 block of Maywood Drive.

Wednesday Dec. 5

  • Male arrested 7:16 p.m. for alleged domestic assault and damaging phone lines on the 4000 block of Vineyard Avenue.
  • Female arrested 9:56 p.m. for domestic battery along 4400 Valley Avenue.
  • Residential burglaries reported 10:22 a.m. and 11:13 a.m. along 3400 Andrews Drive.
  • Bicycle theft on 3600 Andrews Drive logged 3:12 p.m.
  • Car break-ins reported 11:29 a.m. on 4000 Page Court, and 9:45 a.m. on 800 Bonita Avenue.
  • Female reported $2,400 fraud theft 1:18 p.m. on the 6700 block of Bernal Avenue.
  • Warrant arrest 7:28 p.m. 4600 Denker Drive.
  • Male arrested 10:46 p.m. for alleged possession and use of controlled substances on 3700 Hopyard Road.
  • Missing person case filed 8:30 p.m. on the 4600 block of Balfour Road.
  • Morning collision eastbound I-580; big-rig slides down mountainside.
  • Thefts: 11:24 a.m. on 3700 Gettysburg Court; 6:19 p.m. on 1200 Stoneridge Mall Road.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

  • Missing-person case filed midnight on 1500 Stoneridge Mall Road.
  • Graffiti/vandalism logged 4:44 p.m. on Holly Circle at Kamp Drive, and 11:08 a.m. 6200 Stoneridge Mall Road.
  • Assault reported 12:41 p.m. on the 400 block of Main Street.
  • Car break-in 7:17 p.m. on 5100 Hopyard Road.
  • Warrants served: 7:08 p.m. Owens Drive and West Las Positas Boulevard; 9:26 p.m. 3000 Bernal Avenue.
  • Fraud reports filed: 12:41 p.m. along 5500 Springhouse Drive, and 10:07 a.m. on 4300 Valley Avenue.

Monday, Dec. 3

  • Vehicle reported stolen, gold 1998 Saturn, 5:30 p.m. on 6100 Stoneridge Mall Road
  • Vandalism/graffiti: 7:31 a.m. on 400 Adams Way; 8:42 a.m. on 7300 Johnson Drive; 12:34 p.m. on the 600 block of Junipero Street.
  • Burglaries logged 8:12 a.m. on 3900 Stoneridge Drive, and along 4000 Payne Road 11:49 a.m., a residential break-in with jewelry taken.
  • Car break-ins: 7:26 a.m. on 7500 Ivy Court; 7:18 a.m. on 7600 Canyon Meadows Circle.
  • Thefts logged: 6:55 p.m. on 2300 Stoneridge Mall Road; 4:17 p.m. along 3000 Staples Ranch Drive.
  • Male and female arrested for alleged theft and warrants 7:58 p.m.  1500 Stoneridge Mall Road.
  • DUI arrest, male, 9:44 p.m. on Tassajara Road at Dublin Boulevard.
  • Former BART officer and wife dead in North Carolina suspected murder-suicide.
  • Male arrested 11:18 p.m. on 4500 Rosewood Drive for suspected kidnapping, criminal threats, resisting police, possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and metal knuckles.
  • I-580 police chase 3:20 a.m.; CHP flips patrol car.

Sunday, Dec. 2

  • Property destruction logged 3 p.m. on 3000 Tonapah Circle.
  • Burglary reported 3:47 a.m. at Radio Shack, 4500 Rosewood Drive; five sets of headphones and $271 from the cash register listed missing.
  • Drunk-and-disorderly arrests 9:37 a.m. on West Las Positas Boulevard at Muirwood Drive, and 2:38 p.m. along 5500 West Las Positas.
  • Warrant served to male 7:50 p.m. along 3800 Vineyard Avenue.
  • Battery reported on the 3500 block of Touriga Drive 7:11 p.m.
  • Male arrested for suspected assault 3:24 p.m. on the 4200 block of Rosewood Drive.
Connie C. Quince December 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Yes, what this kid needs is our love and forgiveness. In a way, isn't it really OUR fault that he has made so many poor choices? He's far too young to be held responsible for his actions, and what kind of lesson would we be teaching him if we showed him that his actions have consequences? Felony possession of hashish could accidentally happen to any innocent, peace-loving, hard-working and humble youth. Remember, even though he's an adult, this is still someone's child, unlike real criminals.
Pleasanton Mom December 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Sorry, but he brought all of this in himself. He begged for media attention while setting out to "test the limits" of authority at school. Many of the students and faculty that devote the year to publishing a yearbook that all students can be proud of and he chose to go to the media and the ACLU all so he could make a point which could have come with hundreds of thousands in legal fees whereas his would have been covered by the ACLU. He pleaded for the attention and then posted very arrogant and nasty comments directed at those that disagreed. He can take himself out of the spotlight by backing off on the yearbook issue at which time many if us will likely discontinue following this case concluding he looks to have learned the downside of his need for attention. Yeah, it's definitely not my fault that he had hash to the extent he was charged with a FELONY. He's far from the victim he is being made out to be. I feel compassion for those deserving of it and who aren't attention seeking delinquents like what I see here and with the vomit being posted by his friends.
Pleasanton Mom December 13, 2012 at 05:32 AM
"can we just stop?" I have a feeling this is what Mr. Sira asked him to do when he kept insisting on posting a photo where he was dressed in costume mocking others' religious and cultural practices . So when the school asked that he submit a different photo, he responded by going to the ACLU and media, yet now there's a suggestion we should extend to him what he wasn't willing to offer the AVHS community.
Mitch December 13, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Little more mothering, less opinions and judgement imo. Luckily you post under an alias, otherwise people would find out just how petty and vindictive you are.
Megan December 20, 2012 at 06:05 AM
anyone know the death of the woman on rose avenue on Dec 7? on the driveway?

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