Week in Review: Pedestrian killed in downtown crash; 'Cotton Ball Bandit' avoids plea

A round-up of major news stories from the past week.

Monday, Dec. 30

An alleged serial bank robber known as the "Cotton Ball Bandit" who led police on a wild chase earlier last month avoided issuing a plea during a Dec. 27 court appearance in which prosecutors told a Marin County superior court judge they're considering more charges against him.

Tuesday, Dec. 31

A 52-year-old bicyclist was injured in a head-on collision with a vehicle on Mount Tamalpais on New Year's Eve.


Wednesday, Jan. 1

A driver who was killed on New Year's Eve after his car went off of state Highway 1 and plunged into a creek near the community of Marshall had apparently crossed the double yellow lines to pass other cars.


Thursday, Jan. 2

Five refugees of different faiths who escaped the war-torn Balkans two decades ago have found a new life in Marin County at the at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.


Friday, Jan. 3

One pedestrian was killed and another seriously injuredwhen a couple was run over by a loaded dump truck early Friday afternoon near the San Rafael Transit Center at Third and Hetherton streets.

Olga Rodriguez, 67 of Novato, was identified as the fatal crash victim.

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