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UC Berkeley officers to be honored by City Council

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Two campus officers at the University of California, Berkeley, whose actions led to the discovery of kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard, will appear at the Oct. 6 City Council meeting.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will honor UC Berkeley Officer Ally Jacobs and Lisa Campbell, manager of the UC Police Department’s special-events unit.

The recognition was the idea of Mayor Jerry Birdwell, who spoke with the women’s supervisors to arrange the visit.

“I felt that they needed some type of recognition for what they did for our community,” Birdwell said.

Birdwell said the women would receive a plaque or some similar sort of recognition during their attendance at the meeting.

Authorities last month discovered that Dugard, who had been kidnapped on the way to her South Lake Tahoe bus stop on June 10, 1991, at the age of 11, had been allegedly held captive in the backyard of an Antioch, Calif., home.

Campbell is the officer who initially had suspicions about Dugard’s alleged captor, Phillip Garrido, when he visited the UC Berkeley campus on Aug. 24.

Garrido, 58, was seeking information on holding an event on campus related to the group “God’s Desire.” He had two young girls with him whom Campbell described as “sullen and submissive,” according to an article by the UC Berkeley News Center.

Jacobs also met with Garrido and the girls, and said her mother’s intuition along with her police intuition told her something was wrong, according to the the News Center article.

Jacobs ran a background check on Garrido and discovered that he was a registered sex offender on federal parole for kidnapping and rape.

The officers contacted Garrido’s parole agent, who then met with Garrido and allegedly sparked a confession from him regarding the kidnapping of Dugard 18 years earlier. The two young girls are allegedly children he fathered with Dugard.

Two fundraisers are scheduled at the South Shore this weekend to benefit Jaycee Lee Dugard and her family.

* A “Freedom Party” in honor Dugard’s discovery will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, outside the Tudor Pub, 1041 Fremont Ave.

Three bands will perform at the free event – Lavish Green, the Cash Only Band and the Dave Medina Band.

More than 20 raffle prizes will be offered, including a new, pink Electra Beach Cruiser.

Everyone who attends the Freedom Party will be asked to sign an open letter to Dugard.

Food and drink specials will be offered by the Tudor Pub.

* A “Building New Bridges” fundraiser for Dugard will take place Sunday, Sept. 20, from 2-7 p.m. in the Horizon Casino Resort convention center. The event will include an appearance by Dugard’s stepfather, Carl Probyn, according to organizers.

The benefit concert will include music from The Movers, The Garcia Brothers, Big Red Band, Turquoise and more. The Movers, who played in a fundraiser event shortly after Dugard’s disappearance in 1991, are scheduled to perform at 4:45 p.m. There will also be food, a cash bar and a silent auction item.

Tickets for the event are $25 (free for children 11 and younger) and may be purchased through Tickmaster or at the door.

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