Max Wade, the San Rafael teen accused of trying to kill two people in Mill Valley and stealing TV chef Guy Fieri's $200,000 Lamborghini in San Francisco, appeared in court under heavy security Monday as a judge set a plea hearing for Dec. 5.
The brief appearance of Wade, 18, attracted as many court bailiffs as other onlookers, with five deputies standing by to provide security. Someone tried to break into Juvenile Hall to free Wade when he was held there this summer.
Wade's lawyer, Charles Dresow, filed legal papers Monday objecting to lumping the Mill Valley attempted murder case and the car theft case into one proceeding, saying the allegations are not connected.
Judge Kelly Simmons earlier ruled there is sufficient evidence to justify holding a trial on six charges at the heart of the case, and Wade remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail.
Authorities allege Wade rode a motorcycle next to a pickup on April 13 in Mill Valley and fired a handgun at a teenage couple inside. The couple escaped with minor injuries.
The prosecution also alleges Wade stole a yellow Lamborghini in March 2011 from British Motor Cars, a luxury car dealership in San Francisco.
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Police said the Lamborghini, which belonged to restaurateur and TV chef Guy Fieri, was stolen after someone entered the building through the roof and rappelled down to the car.
The car was recovered 10 months later when Marin sheriff's investigators identified Wade as a suspect in the Mill Valley shooting. With Wade under surveillance, investigators tracked him to a storage facility in Richmond.
Investigators searched the storage container and seized the Lamborghini, a motorcycle, weapons and ammunition, fake IDs for three states, equipment to jam radio and cell signals, a replica police uniform and writings about plans for crime.
As people are allowed back into their homes in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, there are several safety issues to remember.
•Do not touch debris. Ash is a hazardous waste. Other hazards could include asbestos, heavy metals, byproducts of plastic combustion and other chemicals. Do not transport ash or debris to landfills or transfer stations. To be eligible for state-funded debris cleanup by CalRecycle, residents cannot move or spread debris. Any action by residents to remove debris may force CalRecycle to declare a site ineligible for the program.
•Wear protective clothing: closed-toed shoes, long pants, eye protection, a face mask and gloves.
•Do not rely on dust masks for protection. Paper masks found at hardware stores are designed to trap large particles like sawdust and will not protect your lungs from the smaller particles found in wildfire smoke. If you want to wear a mask, look for one with a particulate respirator, labeled NIOSH-approved, marked N95 or P100. Look for them on Amazon, Home Depot or other hardware retailers.
•Keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed.
•Avoid activities that increase indoor pollution like smoking, burning candles or using fireplaces. Vacuuming stirs up particles inside your house, contributing to indoor pollution.
•Do not turn PG&E service on. Either PG&E has been there and turned the gas on or homeowners must wait for them to do so. Customers without gas service should stay as close to home as possible so service can be restored when a PG&E representative arrives. If no one is at home, the representative will leave a notice with a number that customers can call to schedule a return visit. PG&E can be reached at 800-743-5000.
•If you see downed power lines near your home, treat them as if they are “live” or energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Call 911, then notify PG&E at 800-743-5002.