ARCHIVE: Children's Theatre investigation


Stories related to the police investigation into financial crimes at the Palo Alto Children's Theatre:

JULY 2008

Briggs to retire, stay on as artistic adviser until Jan. '09 (July 21, 2008)

Council agrees to audit theater probe, policies (July 8, 2008)

Summer theater director quits to protest firings (July 8, 2008)

Richard James urges city 'to do what's right' (July 8, 2008)

JUNE 2008

Children's Theatre's Pat Briggs fired Monday (June 30, 2008)

'Magic Castle' 10th anniversary draws big crowd (June 28, 2008)

Richard Curtis to challenge theater firing (June 24, 2008)

Attorney says police report misleads, inflames (June 18, 2008)

Full text of attorney e-mail on Children's Theatre (June 18, 2008)

Litfin's replacement sought for theater (June 17, 2008)

City auditor could inherit cash-handling review (June 17, 2008)

Sweeping city audit to include 'Friends' groups (June 14, 2008)

Police probe factually flawed, 'Friends' say (June 9, 2008)

Briggs' attorney assails release of police report (June 7, 2008)

Police transcripts shed light on theater probe (June 6, 2008)

Benest may have initiated detectives' Texas trip (June 5, 2008)

TIMELINE: Children's Theatre investigation (June 5, 2008)

Theater investigation focused on 'skimming' (June 3, 2008)

MAY 2008

Williams feted at theater, but could still face discipline (May 21, 2008)

Council may investigate theater investigations (May 20, 2008)

Termination recommended for theater director Briggs (May 19, 2008)

What went wrong? DA cites gaps in theater case (May 17, 2008)

Children's Theatre's Williams can return to work, Curtis is recommended for termination (May 16, 2008)

Children's Theatre probe dropped, chief says (May 15, 2008)

Children's Theatre costume-sales probe ends (May 13, 2008)

Theater's criminal probe to be dropped? (May 8, 2008)

Enough's enough, theater supporters say (May 6, 2008)

Theater employees suspected of embezzlement (May 1, 2008)

Briggs' attorneys challenge police statements (May 1, 2008)

Trio with punk hairdos behind theater burglary? (May 1, 2008)

APRIL 2008

Who is Sgt. Michael Yore? (April 29, 2008)

Chief rebuts Daily News article on Sgt. Yore (April 25, 2008)

EPA man admits role in June Children's Theatre burglary (April 22, 2008)

MARCH 2008

Private eyes probing Children's Theatre case (March 25, 2008)

Theater supporters push for summer plans (March 11, 2008)

Theater-burglary trail leads to U-Haul vans (March 7, 2008)

Details of Children's Theatre thefts disclosed (March 7, 2008)

Theater 'defense fund' raises quick $12,000 (March 5, 2008)


Police theater probe reaches back to early 1990s (Feb. 29, 2008)

Children's Theater Defense Fund formed (Feb. 27, 2008)

Final curtain for a community theater icon (Feb. 17, 2008)

Theater 'Friends' group asks to be cleared (Feb. 12, 2008)

Mayor Klein to handle details of Litfin estate (Feb. 11, 2008)

Supporters rally to defend Children's Theatre (Feb. 11, 2008)

Briggs 'devastated and baffled' by investigation (Feb. 10, 2008)

Police chief explains Children's Theatre probe (Feb. 8, 2008)

Children's Theatre shows will go on, mostly (Feb. 6, 2008)

Litfin estate to benefit Friends of Children's Theatre (Feb. 7, 2008)

Theatre, Friends, other storage units searched (Feb. 5, 2008)

Children's Theatre fans rally for program (Feb. 5, 2008)

Michael Litfin of Children's Theatre dies at 63 (Feb. 4, 2008)

Police 'sorting through' theater evidence (Feb. 1, 2008)


Police search homes of Children's Theatre staff (Jan. 29, 2008)

Children's Theatre fans ask council, 'Why?!' (Jan. 29, 2008)

The show will go on at Children's Theatre (Jan. 28, 2008)

Theatre investigation related to thefts (Jan. 25, 2008)

City to expedite reopening Children's Theatre (Jan. 25, 2008)

'Financial crimes' probe shuts Children's Theatre (Jan. 24, 2008)

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


Like this comment
Posted by JA3+
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm

Any update on the investigation?

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Posted by jr
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I think the recent increase in armed robberies of ice cream shops and banks and gun threats at fast food joints may have taken precedence

I #$$%$% well hope it has, high school students work in those ice cream stores.

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Posted by dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 19, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Editor, Thank you for your many articles on the status of the Children's Theatre investigations. It is very important that the local media keep us informed of the events in our community.

Can you give us an up date since the last article is >3 weeks old? I'm sure all would appreciate it.

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