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OBIT: Patricia Perry just another Murder Suicide?

Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 9:36 pm

Danville police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Crow Canyon

Former San Ramon poet laureate allegedly killed by husband, who then shot himself

Danville police chief Steve Simpkins speaks about the apparent murder-suicide during a press conference early Monday evening. (Photo by Jeremy Walsh)
Town police are investigating the deaths of a Danville couple in a suspected murder-suicide in the Crow Canyon Country Club community Monday morning, according to department officials. 

The preliminary investigation indicates 77-year-old Edward Perry shot and killed his wife, Patricia "Pat" Perry, and then killed himself, Danville police chief Steve Simpkins said during a press conference early Monday evening. 

Pat Perry, 67, was a retired San Ramon city employee and served as the city's first-ever poet laureate. 

"Patricia Perry's willingness to provide exemplary, prompt and efficient assistance to internal and external customers earned her the title 'GOA' -- Goddess of All. She will be missed greatly by those she touched in the city family," San Ramon assistant city manager Eric Figueroa said in a statement.
The San Ramon city flag will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in remembrance of Pat Perry, according to Figueroa. 

The incident inside the Perrys' home in the 700 block of Glen Eagle Court was discovered soon after Danville police arrived at the residence within the Crow Canyon Country Club gates around 7:45 a.m. Monday, according to Simpkins. 

Emergency dispatch had received a 9-1-1 hangup call several minutes earlier, he said. 

After arriving on scene, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot, and after deeming it safe to enter, they made their way into the home, Simpkins said.
Once inside, officers found Edward Perry dead in the front doorway from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Simpkins. 

Police carried on their search of the home and discovered Pat Perry deceased in the kitchen, having sustained two gunshots, the police chief said. No other people were found in the home and there were no signs forced entry, Simpkins added. 

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case but have not yet found a potential cause for the apparent murder-suicide, according to Simpkins. 

"It was obvious to us when we did our investigation that it was a murder and then a suicide, but we don't know what the factors leading up to that are," the police chief said. 

Danville police had responded to a domestic disturbance call at the residence in 2011, but no arrests were made, Simpkins said, noting that investigators will review that case. 

Pat Perry's death has been deemed the town's first murder since 2009, according to Simpkins.
"This is certainly a tragedy. It's not something we often respond to. And our hearts go out to all the involved families and the city employees of our neighbors to the south," Simpkins added,
Pat Perry worked for more than two decades as a San Ramon city employee, according to Figueroa.
She started in 1989 as city clerk/redevelopment secretary and over her career was promoted various times, ending her career as a division manager in 2010. In retirement, Pat Perry continued to support San Ramon as a special project consultant for four years for the city manager and executive team. 

She also held the distinction of being named San Ramon's first poet laureate in 2006, serving in that position for three years. She contributed more than 40 poems for civic events such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Sept. 11, Figueroa noted. 

It was not immediately clear what Edward Perry's profession was, according to Simpkins

"Dirty DUI" Cop Convicted Of Extortion And Honest Services Fraud

"Dirty DUI" Cop Convicted Of Extortion And Honest Services Fraud


September 3, 2013

Stephen Tanabe, a former deputy with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, was convicted today by a federal jury in San Francisco, United States Attorney Melinda Haag announced. The jury found Tanabe guilty of two counts of extortion under color of official right, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951; three counts of wire fraud on a deprivation of honest services theory, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 1346; and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349. Tanabe was acquitted on one extortion count.

According to evidence presented at trial, Tanabe conspired to and engaged in a scheme to take bribes in exchange for his services as a deputy sheriff, thereby depriving the people of Contra Costa County of their right to his honest services. Specifically, the evidence showed that Christopher Butler, a former Antioch Police Officer turned private investigator, was hired by wives and ex-wives engaged in divorce and child custody proceedings to arrange "stings" against their spouses, whom they told Butler had a propensity to drive under the influence of alcohol. Butler used "decoys" to entice the sting targets to bars in downtown Danville, where Tanabe was assigned to patrol, and encourage them to drink.

For one sting, Tanabe joined Butler in a bar while off-duty, watching two attractive young women working for Butler drink with a sting target. Evidence showed that, in exchange for a promise of cocaine, Tanabe notified an on-duty Deputy that the sting target was about to drive away, having been lured by the prospect of a hot tub with the two women. For two other stings, the evidence showed that Tanabe, then on-duty, waited outside the Vine Bar in Danville and then arrested the targets in exchange for a Glock handgun.

"This conviction confirms that Stephen Tanabe did not serve his community with honor or integrity, but instead set up unsuspecting citizens and abused the public trust," said United States Attorney, Melinda Haag. "Law enforcement officers are hard-working, honorable men and women who work selflessly every day to keep us safe. Stephen Tanabe is the exception, and he does not deserve the badge he was wearing."

The maximum statutory penalties for honest services wire fraud under 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 and 1346, conspiracy to commit same under 18 U.S.C. § 1349, and extortion under color of official right under 18 U.S.C. § 1951, are 20 years imprisonment; $250,000 fine; and five years of supervised release. However, any sentence following this conviction will be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Butler entered into a cooperation plea agreement with the government on May 7, 2012, and was sentenced on September 25, 2012, to 96 months in prison.

Tanabe, 50, was originally indicted on December 15, 2011. The Superseding Information on which he was tried filed June 12, 2013. Sentencing is scheduled for December 11, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., before U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer.

The U.S. Attorney specifically thanks Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson for his invaluable assistance and leadership into the investigation and prosecution of this case. The District Attorney and his office are vital partners in the federal efforts to address public safety in Contra Costa County.

Hartley M. K. West and Philip J. Kearney are the Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted the case with the assistance of Alycee Lane, Rosario Calderon, and Harriet Marmah. The prosecution is the result of a lengthy investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice.

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