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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any updates on former Bay Area principal,woman charged with drug offenses?

Q: Have there been any recent developments in the case involving the 2014 drug-related arrests of Brittney Hall and the former principal of an upscale Bay Area high school?

Kev, Tracy

A: Brittney Hall and Thomas Woodrow Price were arrested on drug charges in October 2014 after Rancho Cordova police received a call from a man asking that they check on his girlfriend, who was in a room at the Hyatt Place hotel with a man.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, officers knocked on the door of the room and were told to wait by a man inside. After a minute or two, the man, identified as Price, opened the door and officers found the then 21-year-old Hall passed out on the bed.

Officers eventually were able to rouse her. They reported finding prescription medication and illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in the room.

Price, who had celebrated his 54th birthday the night before his arrest, quickly resigned as principal of the Branson School in the Marin County community of Ross.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Price pleaded no contest in April to two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to three years probation. In May, he presented the court with proof of enrollment in a drug diversion program under Proposition 36, California’s Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act. But records show that his probation was revoked June 12 after he failed to appear for a progress report.

Hall faces four misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance. Her next court date, for a trial readiness conference, is Jan. 22. Her trial is set for Jan. 28.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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