In Your Town for Dec. 15, 2023 – Marin Independent Journal


Suspected drug dealer
accused of gun threat

A suspected drug dealer was arrested after allegedly threatening a person with an AR-15 rifle, authorities said.

Richard Trieber Jr., 30, was taken into custody on Dec. 8 after Marin County sheriff’s detectives said they searched his Novato home and discovered a hidden supply of drugs including cocaine, fentanyl, ketamine and methamphetamine, according to the agency.

Investigators uncovered a loaded and unregistered AR-15 rifle that they believe was used by Trieber to threaten someone in early December, according to a Novato police case. Along with the firearm, authorities found 500 rounds of ammunition, high-capacity magazines, a ballistic vest, $500 in cash and suspected drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation began after the Marin County Specialized Investigative Unit arrested Trieber on Oct. 26 on suspicion of possessing narcotics for sales, and carrying a loaded and unregistered Glock 9 mm pistol in his waistband.

Trieber is free on $125,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10, according to court records.

He is also awaiting his Jan. 10 trial in another case after pleading not guilty to charges of firearm law violations such as being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed gun in a vehicle without being its registered owner.

Gingerbread build
set at senior center

The Margaret Todd Senior Center will host gingerbread builds on Saturday.

The events begin at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Kits include a gingerbread house, frosting, icing, candies and sprinkles, organizers said. The cost is $20.

The center is located at 1560 Hill Road.

Space is limited. Register at


Increased DUI patrols
planned for holidays

More police officers will be patrolling for impaired drivers during the holiday season, the police said this week.

The boost in law enforcement lasts Dec. 13 through New Year’s Day and is a part of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” national campaign to prevent intoxicated driving.

This traffic safety program is being grant-funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, which is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Waterfront to hold
lighted boat parade

The lighted-boat parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday along the Canal waterfront.

Decorated vessels will sail in parade on San Rafael Creek in East San Rafael.

Spectators may view the event behind the Montecito Shopping Center, along Point San Pedro Road and from Third Street, Yacht Club Drive or Pickleweed Park in the Canal neighborhood.

To register a boat, call 415-453-9366.


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