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    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County officials were warning local residents to take precautions against the West Nile Virus after two people were diagnosed with the illness and infected chickens and dead birds have been discovered. So far this year, 11 groups of mosquitoes, 15 dead birds and the two sentinel chickens have tested positive for the virus in Contra Costa County. The eastern part of the county has seen most of the West Nile Virus activity thus far, but one of three dead birds found recently was in Concord, Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District officials said. “The first positive bird of the year was from Martinez. Now, with a bird from Concord, it’s an important...
    1985 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette; $1.65 million; 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in 3,078 square feet; built in 1958 on 0.33 acres; single-story home in Reliez Valley boasts a layout in which all of the bedrooms are on one side of the house, and the entertaining areas are on a separate wing; kitchen features upscale appliances; master suite has an en-suite bath with a double-sided fireplace, jetted shower and bathtub; new floors, carpet and paint throughout; yard includes a pool and patio area surrounded by mature trees. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd
    OAKLEY – Amazon will become the first tenant in the massive Contra Costa Logistics Center in Oakley, city officials announced Thursday afternoon. An Amazon fulfillment center will occupy 150,000 square feet of the new complex’s Building 1. While city officials made the announcement Thursday, a formal announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Oct. 7. Once construction of the complex is completed within the next four years, it will be home to a variety of light industrial and logistics uses in five buildings totaling 2 million square feet of space. City officials said the complex will provide nearly 2,000 jobs. Related Articles New downtown San Jose transit village comes into view Affordable housing eyed at San...
    OAKLEY (CBS SF) — Amazon will become the first tenant in the massive Contra Costa Logistics Center in Oakley, city officials announced Thursday afternoon. An Amazon fulfillment center will occupy 150,000 square feet of the new complex’s Building 1. While city officials made the announcement Thursday, a formal announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Oct. 7. Contra Costa Logistics Center (NorthPoint Development) Once construction of the complex is completed within the next four years, it will be home to a variety of light industrial and logistics uses in five buildings totaling 2 million square feet of space. City officials said the complex will provide nearly 2,000 jobs. Mayor Kevin Romick said Thursday that the center will be a major...
    OAKLAND — A Bay Point man was charged with meth distribution last May, a year after he was allegedly stopped in Bay Point with a pound of meth hidden under the seat of his car, according to a recently-unsealed criminal complaint. Luis Sanchez, who is identified in court records only as a resident of “Southern California,” was charged with possessing meth with intent to distribute it, court records show. He was freed from jail in July on $25,000 bond, court records show. Sanchez was arrested in May 2019, after the Contra Costa Sheriff’s office received a tip that a meth courier was headed up the state from Southern California, to the Bay Area. Deputies followed his black Jetta from a...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – Saying some health providers are not providing their share of COVID-19 tests, Contra Costa County’s health officer and one county supervisor said a health order mandating more testing by providers is in order, and in the works. County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano mentioned it during a presentation to the Board of Supervisors centering on the need for more COVID-19 testing to help slow the spread of the virus. He said Contra Costa health officials have been working with health care providers on this, but said a health order is needed to require both more testing and protocol changes adjusting testing limits and eliminating requirements for doctors’ referrals. Farnitano said about half of Contra Costa residents...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — With the COVID-19 pandemic remaining a public health threat, Contra Costa County health officials Wednesday advised against the usual Halloween traditions — trick-or-treating, haunted houses, big parties — to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano told the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors he is recommending families forego trick-or-treating this year, as the candy given out is typically touched by at least a few people, and that even doorbells touched by multiple people could result in greater spread of the coronavirus. “COVID-19 can easily pass from person to person through close contact, and it’s difficult to maintain a safe distance on porches and doorsteps, especially in neighborhoods where...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — As state health officials work on clarifying rules for how to do Halloween this year, Contra Costa County is recommending that residents “avoid” trick-or-treating and haunted houses and instead opt for decorations and dressing up, according to a news release from the county’s Health Services division. “COVID-19 can easily pass from person to person through close contact, and it’s difficult to maintain a safe distance on porches and doorsteps, especially in neighborhoods where trick or treating is popular,” the memo states. “Holiday parties involving close contact with people outside the household are also risky spots for catching COVID-19, especially if they involve adult beverages. Even if they begin the evening with masks (costume or otherwise), people...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – Almost three months later than the annual county budget is usually adopted, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $3.6 billion 2020-2021 budget that county officials say will likely require yet more adjustments, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressure those added expenses are putting on the county’s finances. “It’s been a very difficult year on many fronts,” County Administrator David Twa said Tuesday. “We’re still in very uncertain times, including the ongoing effects of COVID.” Adding to the cash flow problem, he said, is a significant portion of late county property tax payments related to COVID-19. The county in late March canceled penalties and interest on delinquent payments. While $131...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — In aligning its health order to match the state’s reopening blueprint, Contra Costa County will allow some businesses to reopen this week, according to county health officials. Starting Wednesday at 8 a.m., the county’s new rules will allow personal care services that involve close contact with people’s faces to operate outdoors, with the exception of tattoo and piercing, as well as nonmedical electrolysis. Racetracks and cardrooms can operate outdoors, too, in the county. Music, television and film production can begin again, as well as professional sports without a live audience. Contra Costa is still in the “purple tier” of the state’s reopening plan, meaning that COVID-19 is still widespread. According to the data most recently published...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — At least 15 suspected Sureños gang members have been charged by federal and local officials with setting up a ‘one-stop’ operation in a Concord shopping center parking lot to distribute illegal drugs including heroin and cocaine and illegal weapons used in violent crimes across Contra Costa County. Calling the operation — ‘Boulevard Blues’ — the federal and local law enforcement targeted an outdoor bazaar of illegal drugs and guns being run in a shopping center parking lot on Monument Blvd. in Concord. “The defendants peddled their drugs in broad daylight, in public places,” U.S. Attorney Dave Anderson. According to federal prosecutors, authorities served 34 search warrants across the Bay Area in recent weeks and seized...
    MARTINEZ (KPIX) – Contra Costa County Health officials have decided to align the county guidelines with the state, effectively doing away with any local restrictions. “We’re at the point where the state system is pretty good and we decided having clarity for businesses, so they can just look in one place to know what they’re allowed to do and what guidance around to follow, was really helpful,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, the Contra Costa Health Officer. Not much will change immediately. Starting Wednesday, some personal-care services that involve close contact with the face can operate outdoors. TV and movie production can resume. Professional sports without live audiences can resume (even though there are no professional sports in Contra Costa...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    PITTSBURG, Calif. -- A 52-year-old woman was charged Monday for violating Contra Costa County COVID-19 orders by keeping her Pittsburg bar open with patrons inside drinking alcohol earlier this summer, county prosecutors said.RELATED: Ohio college house party-goers cited over COVID-19 concernsKimberly Beatrice Dixon, a Pittsburg resident, is charged with violating the health order as well as operating her bar, Skorz Sports Bar at 3742 Railroad Ave., with a suspended alcohol license, according to the district attorney's office.Prosecutors said Skorz was open on June 11 with people inside even though bars are not currently allowed to be open to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control also earlier this year suspended Dixon's license for alleged...
    941 Avis Drive, El Cerrito; $1.625 million; 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in 2,429 square feet; built in 1947 on 0.14 acres; home boasts views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay; features a raised wooden walkway that leads to the private front courtyard; large windows envelop living room, dining and kitchen with natural light; kitchen has quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, gas stove, skylight and access to the front yard; main living area has 2 bedrooms (one with a bridge view) and 1 bathroom; lower level has a family room and a master suite, and it has potential for an in-law set up; level backyard is low maintenance; property overlooks nearby Cerrito Vista Park; close to El Cerrito...
    The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged a Pacheco man with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury in connection with a Lamorinda woman’s death over the Labor Day weekend, authorities said Thursday. Just before 1:15 a.m. Saturday, Contra Costa sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers responded to a report of a body found in the 5000 block of Marsh Drive in an unincorporated area north of Buchanan Field airport. Officers and deputies found a woman lying in the road, and she was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified as Shelly Stevens, 35, of Lafayette. After finding she had been struck by a vehicle, CHP officers began an investigation...
    (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County health officials are working to address elevated COVID-19 case rates in several communities, with more testing and an outreach effort to speak directly to those residents either already happening or planned. Anna Roth, the county’s health director, and county Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano, told county supervisors this week that while the county’s overall COVID-19 positive testing rate is declining (4.7 percent as of Wednesday), and that new daily cases have been declining steadily countywide since mid-July even with increased testing, there are still trouble spots. Roth said there is specific concern about the city of San Pablo in western Contra Costa (4,100 cases per 100,000 population), and the unincorporated community of Bay Point...
    SAN PABLO — America Aquino was happy to be back behind her salon chair last week, highlighting a regular customer’s hair. It had been a tough few months. Her 23-year-old daughter contracted coronavirus in May while working at an Oakland grocery store cash register. And under county health orders  Aquino’s 23rd Street salon had been closed since March, reopening only last Tuesday. Her rent was due the same day, so that meant dipping into her savings again to pay the $1,200. “I have to keep paying the bills,” she said. But much of the 23rd Street corridor running from Richmond to San Pablo was still quiet. At Portumex, a longtime 23rd Street eatery, manager Omar Gonzalez said that a handful of...
    What started as a hit-and-run investigation in Contra Costa County has been turned over to the county sheriff’s office for investigation as a possible murder, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. CHP officers received a call at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning about a pedestrian killed in a possible hit-and-run in an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County, near Marsh Drive and Solano Way just outside Concord city limits. There, officers found a body on the roadway, as well as debris scattered throughout, with the evidence indicating a possible homicide. “Due to the evidence, an investigation will now be turned over to the Contra Costa sheriff,” CHP Officer Brandon Correia said, adding that he was unable to provide any...
    418 Starview Drive, Danville; 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in 4,686 square feet; built in 2014 on 1.24 acres; custom-designed home boasts an open floor plan with a grand entryway, custom millwork, custom lighting, hardwood floors and large windows; gourmet kitchen offers a center island, granite countertops, top-of-the-line appliances and a breakfast nook; also includes master retreat, dining room, temperature-controlled 500-bottle wine room and tandem four-car garage; backyard has a pavilion, BBQ/kitchen, stone fire pit, pool, spa and waterfall feature; close to schools, hiking at Las Trampas, and downtown’s shops and restaurants. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd
    MARTINEZ — In a boisterous administrative hearing livestreamed on the internet Thursday, several Contra Costa County lawyers debated the importance of criminal justice reform, called each other liars, and shared accusations and embarrassing details about various members of their office as they testified about a reprimand of a prosecutor last year. In a remarkably public airing of the political conflicts that divided the district attorney’s office under DA Diana Becton, the six-hour appeal hearing centered on deputy district attorney Chad Mahalich, a gang prosecutor who received a reprimand for refusing to facilitate a plea deal that allowed a 15-year-old murder defendant to be sentenced as a juvenile. Mahalich had been outraged that his office did not file a writ challenging...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — The Contra Costa County coroner’s office has identified two 18-year-old women and a 47-year-old man who died in a crash off of Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek last week. Terri’nae Williams, of Oakland, and Zakiya Thomas, of Antioch, were identified as the two women, and Dimitri Washington, of Oakland, as the man killed in the crash. Contra Costa CHP Sgt. Jon Koven said calls came in around 10:44 p..m. of a car on fire along the 680 freeway at the North Main off ramp. Both CHP officers and a fire crew were responded. “It appears the car took the off-ramp, went off the road and hit a tree, which caused it to burst into...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    2168 Gold Poppy Court, Brentwood; $1.049 million; 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms in 4,642 square feet; built in 2005 on 0.33 acres; home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac; first floor features a formal living room with built-in cabinetry and fireplace, a dining room that flows into a large family room with a second fireplace, as well as an office and a three-car split garage; gourmet kitchen includes granite counters and extensive storage; second floor boasts a loft, a large master suite and all bedrooms; backyard has a built-in pool, spa, covered patio and and fruit trees. Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd
    Twenty-one Contra Costa County private schools have applied for waivers to bring their elementary-aged students back to the classroom, the county told this news organization Friday afternoon. As of Friday, Contra Costa County is designated as a “purple” county under California’s new tiered reopening system, meaning that the East Bay county still has widespread COVID-19 transmission. Purple counties — formerly the counties on the governor’s monitoring list — must keep most schools online until they’ve spent two weeks in the “red” tier, which indicates reduced transmission. The only exception? Elementary schools can still apply for a waiver in order to resume in-person learning. No waivers have yet been granted in Contra Costa County. Across the Bay Area, only Morehead School...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — Police in the East Bay on Friday released photos and details about a Wednesday night vehicle pursuit that came to a strange end with a suspect vehicle driving on top of a second car and partway up a guide wire to a PG&E power pole. In a Facebook post Friday afternoon, Concord police described the pursuit of a stolen car that came to a quick end Wednesday evening. Officers with the department’s Special Enforcement Team spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of Concord Avenue and Contra Costa Boulevard. Once the male driver saw police, he fled the scene with SET officers in pursuit and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office Starr1 helicopter following from the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersLIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from San Francisco Bay Area wildfiresHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Aug. 28, 20203p.m.SCU Lightning Complex fire updateOfficials give update on SCU Lightning Complex fires which are burning in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. CAL FIRE says the SCU Lightning Complex Fire has burned 372,971 acres and is 35 percent contained. Forty-eight structures have been destroyed. More than 1,900 firefighters are battling the blaze, but three first responders...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersLIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from San Francisco Bay Area wildfiresHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Aug. 28, 20203p.m.SCU Lightning Complex fire updateOfficials give update on SCU Lightning Complex fires which are burning in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. CAL FIRE says the SCU Lightning Complex Fire has burned 372,971 acres and is 35 percent contained. Forty eight structures have been destroyed. More than 1,900 firefighters are battling the blaze, but three first...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked hundreds of wildfires around Northern California, burning homes and prompting evacuations.BAY AREA WILDFIRES: The latest on evacuation orders, road closures, containment numbersLIVE: Track air quality levels impacted by smoke from San Francisco Bay Area wildfiresHere are the latest developments on the blazes in the Bay Area.Aug. 28, 20203p.m.SCU Lightning Complex fire updateOfficials give update on SCU Lightning Complex fires which are burning in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.11 a.m.LNU Complex Fire 35% containedCAL FIRE says the The LNU Lightning Complex burning in Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo and Lake counties are now at 371,249 and 35% contained.9:30 a.m.Woodward Fire remains 8% containedThe Woodward...
    OAKLAND — A German schoolteacher who was arrested and charged with a federal sex offense after traveling to East Contra Costa to meet a 15-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in federal prison. The sentence for Adam Soboll, 32, is a victory for the defense; prosecutors asked for a 10-year federal prison term. Soboll’s attorney, citing his client’s “extremely courteous” nature and arguing his crimes wouldn’t have been illegal in Germany, asked a judge to release Soboll without any extra jail time. U.S. District Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton handed down the sentence at a hearing Thursday, court records show. Soboll has spent the last year in Santa Rita Jail, which his parents described in a letter to Hamilton...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Citing a gradual downward trend in COVID-19 cases and positive test results, Contra Costa County health officials allowed nail salon and fitness gyms to reopen with outdoor operations on Friday. Hotels, motels and short-term rental units (like Vrbo or Airbnb) were also allowed to re-open for personal or recreational travel, not just for essential business purposes. In neighboring Alameda County, health officials also have issued a revised shelter-in-place order which allows: Opening of outdoor, shared public swimming pools and wading pools, with reduced capacities, lane limitations to allow for physical distancing, by appointment only (aquatic fitness classes allowed with restrictions) Personal services providers including hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, skin...
    Contra Costa County will allow gyms, nail salons and massage services to reopen for outside business Friday, but health officials cautioned that smoke from Northern California’s wildfires may create unhealthy air. “Based on what we are able to see, we can be cautiously optimistic that there is a gradual downward trend in county cases, testing positivity rates and hospitalizations,” Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s health officer, said Wednesday in a statement. “We need everyone to understand this is a reason to keep up what we are doing and not let down our guards.” The new order also will permit hotels and short-term rentals to reopen for personal travel, not only essential business. Farnitano said the seven-day average of the...
    MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa District Attorney has charged three people with conspiracy to commit murder, alleging that one defendant followed the victim to a San Pablo liquor store where two others opened fire at him. The victim, listed in court records as “John Doe” to protect his identity, survived the shooting but was hit in the spine, according to the charging records. The complaint doesn’t list the motive for the shooting, but alleges it was done “for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with” a San Pablo-based subset of a Northern California street gang. All three defendants have pleaded not guilty. A preliminary hearing — where a judge will review evidence and decide whether there...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Health officials in Contra Costa County said Wednesday that slight declines in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and in positive COVID-19 test results reflect progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and are prompting a slight easing of some social distancing rules. “Based on what we are able to see, we can be cautiously optimistic that there is a gradual downward trend in county cases, testing positivity rates and hospitalizations,” Dr. Chris Farnitano, the county’s health officer, said in a statement from Contra Costa Health Services. The seven-day average number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Contra Costa dropped slightly over the past three weeks, from 103 a day on Aug. 5 to 96 a day on Monday....
    Health officials in Contra Costa County gave the go-ahead Wednesday for some businesses within the county to re-open, even though it remains on the state’s COVID-19 watch list. The new order, which Contra Costa County Health Services officials said goes into effect Friday, will allow nail salons and massage studios to begin operating outdoors. Gyms and fitness centers also will be cleared to resume doing outside business. Health spokesman Karl Fischer said the new order is more of an aligning between the county’s old health order with recent tweaks to the state’s current health order. Under the county’s old order, businesses such as those that will be cleared to operate Friday, had to remain closed even though the met certain...
    MARTINEZ — Contra Costa County agreed to pay $60,000 to a diabetic man who went into a coma and nearly died, just two weeks into his stay at the county jail, court records show. Nicholas Jacobson, 30, filed the lawsuit two years ago, alleging that county staff at the jail failed to notice obvious warning signs that his condition was deteriorating, including insulin levels that were well past the threshold to hospitalize someone with diabetes. He fell into a coma for four days and his mother was told he would die, the suit says. The settlement agreement, acquired by this newspaper through a public records request, does not require the county to admit wrongdoing. Jacobson’s attorney, Glenn Katon, said his...
    Authorities have arrested two people suspected of arson in unrelated vehicle fires last week in Antioch and Martinez. Contra Costa County Fire Protection  District crews responded to a vehicle fire on Auto Center Drive in Antioch around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and determined it had been intentionally set, officials said.  Based on surveillance video, they obtained a suspect vehicle description and were later able to pull it over, they said. Police said they initially detained all four people inside, but later determined it was Lisa St. Onge, 39, who was their suspect and arrested her on suspicion of arson. That same day, around 6:30 p.m., firefighters were called to another fire involving two vehicles that were allegedly set afire on...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County Fire Protection District announced Monday the arrests of two arson suspects in unrelated vehicle fires that occurred in Antioch and Martinez late last week. Fire officials said Lisa St. Onge, 39, was being held on one count of arson while Milan Popich, 39, was in county jail on two counts of arson. According to investigators, the first fire and ensuing arrest occurred in Antioch Thursday morning and the second took place later in the early evening hours in Martinez. “Quick work of our fire investigators in close partnership with local law enforcement agencies has resulted in the removal of two dangerous arsonists from our streets,” said Fire Chief Lewis T. Broschard III, Contra...
    A diving contractor doing routine debris removal discovered a body underwater in the Contra Costa Canal, Pittsburg police said. The body was found early Friday morning near Buchanan Road and Meadows Avenue when the contractor was doing work for the Contra Costa Water District, they said. Police enlisted the Contra Cost Sheriff’s Office dive team to coordinate the recovery operation. Police later identified the person and determined he had been reported missing the night before. The victim’s identity is not being released pending notification of family. The cause of death is not known but police said an autopsy will be conducted on Monday. No additional information was released. Check back for updates.    
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The SCU Complex Fire has exploded in size, now burning at least 339,000 acres in Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.LIST: Here are all the wildfires burning in the Bay AreaFirefighters are growing concerned with more thunderstorms and lightening strikes in the forecast for Sunday evening.Officials say they will pick up extra staff and equipment to battle the blaze with potential lightning strikes. "The number one priority for us and this team is life safety," said a spokesperson from the Santa Clara Co. CAL FIRE team. "Please look at those evacuation orders or warnings and listen to those. We put those out there for a reason."The CHP is providing traffic control assistance...
    Bay City News Service Crow Canyon Road west of Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon is closed Saturday afternoon due to a collision, according to San Ramon police. The crash involves major injuries, police said in a release about 3:15 p.m., but no other information was immediately available. The collision occurred on Crow Canyon near the Contra Costa-Alameda County line, police said. Crow Canyon Road, west of Bollinger Canyon Road and near the Contra Costa/Alameda County line is closed due to a major injury collision. We will post an update when we have more information. pic.twitter.com/YlqkJ46qPW — San Ramon Police (@SanRamonPolice) August 22, 2020
    By Bay City News Service The California Highway Patrol is reporting a fatal collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian occurred Saturday morning on state Highway 24 in Contra Costa County near Orinda. The collision occurred on the highway just east of Fish Ranch Road, according to the CHP. The collision was first reported at 3:04 a.m.
    2060 Pebble Drive, Alamo; $2.18 million; 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in 5,010 square feet; built in 1981 on 0.48 acres; renovated home features an open floor-plan; gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinets, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, island and built-in refrigerator; hardwood flooring located throughout the house; master suite has a large his-and-hers walk-in closet and updated bathroom; other spaces include formal dining and living rooms, family room, office, media room, and a guest bedroom with a full bath on the first floor with separate entry; large backyard features pool, deck and kids’ play area.  Click here to view transactions from previous weeks. View this document on Scribd
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County Fire Crews made quick work of a house fire in Antioch Friday afternoon. Crews responded to a two-alarm structure fire in the 2100 block of Alpha Way around 2:30 p.m. Minutes after 3 p.m., crews reported that the fire spread to three structures.  (Photo: Contra Costa County Fire via Twitter) Crews reported having the fire knocked down within the hour, despite encountering issues with a broken water main and high heat due to the weather. https://twitter.com/ContraCostaFire/status/1296937881215225857?s=20 Around 4 p.m., the Contra Costa Fire Department reported that crews put out the fire and were cleaning up. The fire spread to the neighboring garage and fences before being extinguished. Though crews succeeded in battling the...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — Former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, who once sworn to protect the public, faces multiple consecutive life prison sentences Friday after he was ultimately unmasked as the mysterious Golden State Killer who eluded his fellow investigators for four decades. DeAngelo, 74, will die in prison after he pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges — four in Contra Costa County — stemming from crimes in the 1970s and 1980s under a plea deal that spares him the death penalty. He also publicly admitted to dozens more sexual assaults for which the statute of limitations had expired. Prosecutors called his more than decade-long spate of crimes “simply staggering,” encompassing 87 victims at...
    The Contra Costa County Community Warning System has changed the Caller ID that’s used to issue alerts and residents are urged to add the new number as an emergency contact. The old Caller ID was 000-000-0000, and the new Caller ID is 925-655-0195. Residents are urged to make the new number as a contact on the mobile device and label it “Community Warning System.” Assign or add the new contact to your favorites or emergency bypass. Taking these steps should stop calls from being identified as spam or silenced by the do not disturb feature on the mobile phone, according to a release from the county Community Warning System. The number was changed at a time when the CWS is critical because...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Starting Wednesday, public and private elementary schools in Contra Costa County can submit applications to allow in-person teaching on their campuses by obtaining a public health waiver from Contra Costa Health Services, the county announced Tuesday. State guidelines issued in July by Gov. Gavin Newsom say such waivers may be granted when requested by a local superintendent, or by a charter school or private school equivalent administrator, in consultation with labor, parent and community organizations. Local health officers must review local community epidemiological data, consider other public health intervention and consult with the state Department of Public Health when considering a waiver request, Contra Costa health officials said. “We feel like we’ve reached a...
    A tiny bit of light in the long darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic may finally be showing itself for elementary school students in Contra Costa County — not to mention their teachers and the staffs and families who support them. On Wednesday, public and private school elementary schools within the county can submit applications for a waiver that would allow in-person instruction at their respective campuses, officials from the Contra Costa County Health Office said Tuesday. Superintendents in their respective districts will oversee the application process, and all K-6 schools are eligible. Schools within the county have already started their respective school years with distance learning. “We feel like we’ve reached a point where it makes sense to consider requests...
    Remnants of this weekend’s rare lightning storm remained around the Bay Area in the form of dozens of small fires — and a handful of concerning blazes — burning around the region and evacuation orders in parts of multiple counties. Firefighters on Tuesday were working to keep them that way: small. But there was zero containment on any of the blazes burning Tuesday morning, from the 25,000 acres burning in and around Santa Clara County, to the 12,000-plus acres ablaze in Napa County. CalFire information officer Robert Foxworthy said the lack of containment was likely a result of how recently the blazes broke out. Fire agencies have been stretched thin since Sunday dousing upstart fires from lightning strikes on the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A record-breaking heat wave combined with thousands of lightning strikes has sparked several wildfires around the Bay Area.Here's what you need to know about the fires burning right now:Deer Zone FiresContra Costa CountyFour fires are burning southwest of Brentwood, near Deer Valley Road and Marsh Creek Road. The fires started Sunday amid a lightning storm. A change in wind direction fanned the flames and prompted evacuations. Acres burned: 1,161 Containment: 0% Mandatory evacuations: Along Marsh Creek Road between Bragdon Way and Deer Valley Road; along Morgan Territory Road south of Marsh Creek in Brentwood. VIDEO: Time lapse of Deer Complex Fires burning in Contra Costa CountyEMBED More News VideosTimelapse video captured smoke billowing from...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Firefighters worked overnight to tackle the four wildfires that make up the Deer Complex Fire burning near Brentwood."We still have homes threatened over the Morgan Territory Road and the Marsh Creek Road area," explains Fire Marshal Steve Aubert of the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.That threat forced mandatory evacuations on Sunday night along Marsh Creek Road between Bragdon Way and Deer Valley Road. And, along Morgan Territory Road south of Marsh Creek in Brentwood.VIDEO: Timelapse video shows Deer Zone fire burning in East BayEMBED More News Videos Timelapse video captured smoke billowing from the Deer Complex burning in the East Bay. "It's a scary process. Did you bring enough stuff? Get you get the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Deer Zone Fire burning southwest of Brentwood in Contra Costa County quickly exploded to 1,100 acres overnight.Mandatory evacuations for all residents on Marsh Creek Road and Morgan Territory Road are still in place.The Clayton library evacuation center is being closed Monday. People who are here were given vouchers to stay at a hotel. Anybody who shows up going forward will see a phone number posted on the door for where to call to get a hotel voucher. Update:MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR ALL OF MORGAN TERRITORY ROAD AS WELL AS ALL OF MARSH CREEK ROAD (on both sides) FROM THE INTERSECTION WITH MORGAN TERRITORY ROAD GOING EAST TO THE ROUND VALLEY REGIONAL PRESERVE PARKING LOT. Please evacuate...
    In a turnabout Sunday night, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters said residents near the Deer Zone fire must evacuate. In a social-media post, the district said residents west of Brentwood along Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek roads from Round Valley northwest to Deer Valley Road should leave, and said a change in fire behavior was the reason. In a community-warning system, the county’s alert system passed along word from CalFire urging residents on Marsh Creek between Bragdon Way and Deer Valley Road to leave their homes. CalFire had described the fire as three separate blazes that had grown during the day to about 325 acres late Sunday afternoon, and East County Fire staff had responded to social-media questions...
    CONTRA COSTA (CBS13) – Good news: PG&E customers in the Contra Costa area can finish their evening routine with the lights on tonight. California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) announced that, based on current forecasts for electricity supply and demand, PG&E does not need to employ rotating power outages in the early to late evening Sunday, according to a statement from PG&E. All customers in Contra Costa County who were previously notified via automated calls, will not be impacted by rotating power outages, the utility says. PG&E has been on standby throughout the day, opening its Emergency Operations Center. PG&E teams will continue to coordinate with the Cal ISO as the heatwave extends into next week. These outages are not...
    CLAYTON (KPIX) — Sunday’s surprising thunderstorm lit up the foothills beneath Mount Diablo in Contra Costa County and with it came the fires. Lightning strikes in the area began about 3 a.m. Sunday and continued for hours — each strike followed by rumbling thunder that lasted 10-15 seconds and shook the houses below. Susanna Thompson and Tony Adams were directly under the storm in their home on Marsh Creek Road. They were close enough to actually hear and feel the lightning bolts. “Sort of like a Tesla coil like you see in the movies,” Tony Adams said. “You hear the ‘Zzzzz” as it’s coming through and then the hair on your arm stands up because the whole air is energized.”...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A series of brushfires ignited by lightning early Sunday had quickly grown to 100 acres and triggered a warning of possible evacuations of homes along Marsh Creek Road. The fires were burning in the tinder-dry brush in the area of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek roads near Mt. Diablo State Park. By 10 a.m. the Deer Valley Complex fires had grown to a total of 100 acres with zero containment. “No evacuation has been ordered at this time, however it is possible one may become necessary,” Cal Fire officials said. “Gather any essential items you could carry with you, including medications, baby supplies, money, important papers, photos. Locate any pets and be prepared to...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — Mosquitoes trapped earlier this week near Byron have tested positive for West Nile virus, Contra Costa County vector control officials said. The infected mosquitoes are the first sign of the virus so far this year in the county, where August and September are usually the peak months of West Nile cases in humans, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. Residents were urged to prevent the insects from breeding by dumping and draining any standing water on their property and to report neighborhood mosquito issues including neglected swimming pools. Using repellents during peak mosquito activity – dawn and dusk – is also recommended. Officials are asking residents to report sightings of dead...
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    A group of mosquitoes in Contra Costa County tested positive for West Nile virus, the first signal of the virus in the county this year, officials said Friday. The mosquitoes were caught in a trap near Byron, about 30 miles away from where a dead bird tested positive for West Nile last week, just across the Alameda County border, in Dublin. August and September are peak season for mosquito-to-human transmission of the West Nile virus, said Steve Schutz, the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District’s scientific programs manager. Already, there have been cases detected in Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties this August. Further east, there have been dozens of cases detected around Stockton, Modesto and Sacramento. Around...
    Despite pleas from dozens of residents and activists to cut the Sheriff’s Office budget, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided to add 25 new positions to the department and renovate the county jail in Martinez. Money for the new positions will come from the federal CARES Act and the $16 million for jail work from the county’s general fund. Of the new positions, 23 deputies and a lieutenant will staff the Martinez Detention Facility and one deputy will join a “mental health evaluation team” that responds to people experiencing mental health crises in the county, Sheriff David Livingston told the supervisors last week — the first of two board hearings on the sheriff’s budget. The mental...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    By Sam Richards MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — With area laboratories overwhelmed by a growing volume of COVID-19 coronavirus testing, resulting in “significant delays” in test result returns, Contra Costa Health Services is beefing up its lab capacity and  opening up two new testing centers this week in West County, health officials said Tuesday. The news came as the spread of the coronavirus continues, especially in Contra Costa County’s communities of color, according to Dr. Erika Jenssen of Contra Costa Health Services. Both Jenssen and Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa’s health officer, spoke Tuesday morning to the county Board of Supervisors as part of Health Services’ regular COVID-19 update to the board.  Farnitano said high testing volumes have resulted in delays...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    PLEASANT HILL (CBS SF) – A six-story, 284-unit apartment building just north of the Pleasant Hill-Contra Costa Centre BART station could be approved Tuesday, as the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is poised to reject two appeals of the project. The Del Hombre Apartments, proposed by the Houston-based Hanover Company, would be built on a 2.4-acre parcel on Del Hombre Lane between Roble Road and Honey Trail just northwest of the station. The property is in unincorporated Contra Costa Centre, just outside both Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. The two appeals to the project were filed in June, contending the apartment project wouldn’t fit in with surrounding land uses, would cause traffic problems, would be an anti-environmental development, doesn’t...
    MARTINEZ — The Contra Costa District Attorney is now requiring that prosecutors review all available body camera footage and seek supervisor approval before filing a charge of resisting or attacking police, a policy shift that came days after the office dropped a controversial resisting arrest case following the publication of body camera footage. The policy change, announced through an internal memo acquired by this newspaper, says moving forward prosecutors “must review all available and material body worn camera footage” and have a supervisor sign-off when reviewing “allegations of force, threats or violence against a law enforcement officer or when reviewing allegations of resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer.” Venus Johnson, who serves as Chief Deputy of the Contra Costa...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A Contra Costa County couple has been charged with criminal labor trafficking, extortion and conspiracy for allegedly recruiting a nanny from overseas and forcing her work as a virtual slave in their home, authorities said Monday. Ijeoma Chukwunyelu and Nnamdi Onwuzulike of Brentwood made their first court appearance last month and entered pleas of not guilty in the county’s first criminal labor trafficking case, the district attorney’s office said. The couple allegedly recruited a woman from outside the United States to be a nanny for their children, instructing the victim to obtain her passport and visa fraudulently and claim she was coming to California for three weeks as a tourist to attend the wedding of her...
    MARTINEZ — A Brentwood couple, including a woman who worked for Contra Costa County as a project manager, have been charged with conspiracy, extortion, and labor trafficking of their in-house nanny, the District Attorney’s office announced Monday. Police say that Ijeoma Chukwunyelu and Nnamdi Onwuzulike recruited the victim from out of the United States, seized her passport upon her arrival, and forced her to sleep on the floor of their children’s room so she could care for them around the clock. The woman was required to do extra work, underpaid, and disallowed from taking breaks or days off, prosecutors said in a news release. “The experience of this domestic worker represents countless more who are preyed upon because of economic...
    ANTIOCH — A man is dead after he went off the road on Highway 4 and plowed into a guardrail and a freeway sign post near Brentwood Friday night. Contra Costa County California Highway Patrol were called to the eastbound lane of Highway 4 near Sand Creek Road on reports of a solo vehicle crash at about 10:40 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival emergency crews and CHOp found two occupants in a green Dodge Challenger and transpired both to a local hospital via air ambulance. The passenger, a 26-year-old man from Antioch, died after succumbing to his injuries. Contra County Sheriff’s Coroners Office will be handling the release of identity of the deceased passenger. The driver’s injury status is unknown at...
    CROCKETT (CBS SF) — Fire crews are at the scene of a brush fire burning in the area of Crockett in Regional Shoreline Park Friday afternoon, according to authorities. Calfire SCU unit first posted on Twitter about the fire burning in the area of Carquinez Scenic Drive shortly after 5 p.m. Firefighters are battling a 3 to 5 acre fire in the area of Carquinez Scenic Dr and Regional Shoreline Park in the Crockett area (Contra Costa County). #ShorelineFire @ContraCostaFire pic.twitter.com/0fLgookyhj — CAL FIRE SCU (@calfireSCU) August 8, 2020 The fire was initially about 3-5 acres. Calfire and Contra Costa Fire units responded to the brush fire. #ShorelineFire [update] in the area of Carquinez Scenic Dr and Regional Shoreline...
    Voters in Contra Costa who previously have not cast their ballots by mail will get that chance in November, and they don’t need to take any steps to make it happen. Every registered voter in the county will have a ballot sent to them before Nov. 3, according to a statement sent out Wednesday by Debi Cooper, the county clerk-recorder and registrar of voters. Direct mail to residents who have not voted by mail previously will arrive starting this week informing those residents of their option to vote by mail, Cooper said. Cooper said all but about 25% of county voters already have cast their ballots by mail in previous elections. They will not be receiving a notification in the...
    It’s the basketball courts that symbolize the difference in environments between the Orrin Allen Youth Rehabilitation Facility in unincorporated Byron — commonly called ‘the boys ranch’ — and the more traditional juvenile detention facility that sits near the Sheriff’s office in Martinez, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said during a 12-hour budget hearing that prompted a long discussion on the county’s juvenile justice system and whether to keep either institution open in the future. At the ranch, the basketball court is open and unguarded. If not for the perimeter fence around the entire facility, it might just be the court at a neighborhood park. At the Martinez facility, he noted, there is a cage all around the court —...
    It’s essential that voters along the northern Contra Costa waterfront from Pinole to Antioch pay close attention when they mark their ballots in the Nov. 3 race for county supervisor. Federal Glover deserves reelection in the District 5 runoff. His opponent, county Assessor Gus Kramer, doesn’t deserve to hold any public office — not his current one nor the one he’s seeking. It’s that simple. In March, Glover garnered 49.87% of the vote in the three-way race, falling just shy of the majority he needed to avoid a runoff. The rest of the ballots were nearly evenly split between two challengers with Kramer eking out the second spot for November. First elected in 2000, Glover has been a solid, soft-spoken...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (KPIX 5) — With the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in the Bay Area and California, it is clear that young people are not as resistant to the virus as thought earlier. So now, one Bay Area county is reaching out to youth influencers to pass on the message of prevention in their own words. When it comes to young people, it is often the case that where the message comes from is as important as the message itself. One look at the  Instagram feed of Ellie Ramos shows there is no shortage of COVID-19 messages. “We need a young generation that’s willing to take action,” said one video. But with that message coming from a man with...
    PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — Fire crews extinguished a blaze that ignited inside a massive pile of debris at the Transfer Station in Pittsburg early Monday morning, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. The fire was reported at about 3:20 a.m. at the facility at 1300 Loveridge Road, adjacent to the Mt. Diablo Recycling Center, fire officials said. Battalion 8 crews working to extinguish a fire at the #Pittsburg transfer station. Cause under investigation. #LoveridgeIC pic.twitter.com/2hoBFrZRl0 — Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) August 3, 2020 Sprinklers in the transfer station initially prevented the fire from spreading until fire crews arrived to fully extinguished the blaze. Firefighters were remaining on scene to watch and extinguish hot spots...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. -- The Marathon Petroleum Co. will "indefinitely idle" its refinery in unincorporated Contra Costa County and convert the site to a terminal facility, the company announced on its website Friday night.On Sunday, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier made the following statement in response to the announcement by Marathon Petroleum Corporation that it will "indefinitely idle" its Martinez refinery and convert it to a terminal facility.He writes: "This move is a big loss for our workforce and potentially the economy. That is why, before the pandemic hit and had a drastic impact on energy production, I started convening labor unions, environmental groups, and local governments to talk about how we prepare for a shift to sustainable energy and renewables in Contra...
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    SAN PABLO — County leaders called for more effort from residents on the final day of what’s been the worst month in California during the coronavirus pandemic. The state has seen 15 days with more than 100 deaths from COVID-19, according to data compiled by this news organization. Before July, only 100 or more deaths in a day were recorded only six times. “If we don’t get serious now, ashes, ashes, we all fall down,” said Dr. Desmond Carson, a hospital doctor who said he has seen the repercussions of folks being too casual with social-distancing guidelines. Carson questioned why — if the National Guard was deployed for protests — they weren’t responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The National Guard...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    A Contra Costa County resident who struck a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy with the door of a vehicle at Cache Creek Casino before leading officers on a 50-mile pursuit will remain behind bars. The District Attorney’s Office reported that 56-year-old Phillip Arasa appeared before a two-commissioner panel of the Board of Parole Hearings for his first lifer parole hearing on Thursday. Arasa was sentenced to 29 years-to-life in state prison in 2007. Arasa is serving his sentence at Mule Creek State Prison. At the time of the crime, Arasa was a resident of Contra Costa County. The hearing commissioners were Michele Minor and Thomas Sparks. According to the DA’s Office, on Dec.13, 2001, deputies were called to the Cache Creek...
    Contra Costa County officials are warning residents that if they should get some seeds in the mail unexpectedly, they should not plant them,. They’re … well, seedy. “They could be weeds,” said Matt Slattengren, the agricultural commissioner and weights-and-measures director for Contra Costa County. “They could be diseases, they could be viruses. We just don’t know yet.” The strange seeds began arriving throughout the United States in recent weeks, and the packages appear to be from China, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though the Chinese foreign ministry has said the postmarks are forged. The labels often indicate the packages contain jewelry. All 50 states have issued warnings about the seeds, concerned that they could be an invasive plant...
    SAN RAMON (KPIX) – Residents in Contra Costa County now have to mask up pay up. County supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance, on Tuesday, that allows city and county officials to cite people who don’t wear masks, or don’t keep a distance of at least 6 feet. Group gatherings can also be cited. Lawmakers said the emergency ordinance was necessary to encourage compliance with public health orders to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people in San Ramon were already abiding by the mask ordinance at a shopping mall. “I don’t mind wearing it. I don’t want to be the bad guy,“ said one shopper. The fines will cost an individual $100 dollars for a first offense,...
    MARTINEZ — A new federal lawsuit filed against Contra Costa County alleges that three sheriff’s deputies working inside county jail beat an inmate so badly it broke the man’s nose and caused two black eyes, injuries that were treated at a local hospital. The suit, filed by Deandre Bolden, 30, alleges that Contra Costa deputies severely beat Bolden last November, after he ignored an order to return to his cell at the end of a free time period in the Martinez Detention Facility. Bolden, the suit says, suffers from mental illnesses “including, but not limited to, schizophrenia, delusional disorder, (and) psychosis.” The deputies have been identified in the suit as Alfonso Acosta, Nathaniel Cope, and one who is referred to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Two years after ending a contract to detain immigrants in the West County Detention Facility, Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston confirmed Tuesday his office is still notifying ICE when it lets out some arrested immigrants and publicizing release dates online. Livingston disclosed that during a Truth Act Forum, which the county is required to hold annually to inform the public of how it cooperates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And as they’ve done before, civil rights advocates urged Livingston to stop notifying ICE and posting release dates, which has the same effect. Under state law, sheriff’s deputies aren’t supposed to contact, arrest or detain anyone based on their immigration status or detain anyone on behalf of ICE, Livingston explained. But...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday used its emergency powers under state law to pass a new ordinance that establishes fines for violations of COVID-19 public health orders including the wearing of face coverings. Violations of coronavirus pandemic public health orders can also pertain to inadequate social distancing and group gatherings. The Board unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2020-21 effective immediately after determining it was necessary to provide an alternative to criminal enforcement of public health orders that will augment the ability of Contra Costa County and other local agencies to ensure compliance with public health orders and slow the spread of COVID-19. “Many people are following the Health Orders, but we need to...
    MARTINEZ — The owner of a Point Richmond construction company must pay more than $2 million in restitution and fees, and serve a year of home detention, as part of a plea deal to settle a criminal case involving charges of insurance and payroll tax fraud. Maurosan Milhomem, the owner of Viking Pavers Inc., agreed to the plea deal Monday. He was formally sentenced to 364 days in jail, though he is eligible to serve the term on house arrest, prosecutors said. Milhomem was charged with six felonies alleging he evaded more than $2 million in insurance premiums and taxes over seven years. A news release from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s office says Milhomem used a “complex” scheme to...
    People violating public health orders in Contra Costa County could now be fined for violating public health orders, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. The Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the ordinance Tuesday, which give city and county officials the ability to cite those who do not follow public health orders, such as the ban on hosting large gatherings. The fines would be as small as $100 for individuals’ first viiolations, increasing to $200 for a second violation and $500 for each additional violation thereafter, within one year of the first violation. For businesses, the initial fine for a first infraction would be $250, then $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for violations after that. “We’re not doing it...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors Sunnyvale Charity Hands Out Backpacks With School Supplies To Needy Children SUNNYVALE — While most kids will be learning remotely when they go back to school, some children in need are still lacking essential supplies. On Monday at Sunnyvale Community Services, things were especially busy this year. Thanks to the pandemic, income equality has gone from bad to worse. When the facility opened up Monday morning...
    PLEASANTON (KPIX 5) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is preparing to consider an ordinance that would establish fines for violating public health orders involving wearing face coverings, social distancing and gatherings. The ordinance that the board is scheduled to vote on Tuesday would formally allow infraction citations to be given to those who violate COVID-19-related county health orders. The ordinance would give city and county officials the ability to fine anyone for not wearing a mask in public. The fine could range from $100 for individuals to as much as $1,000 for businesses for each violation. While there is no shortage of masks available in the stores, there are still bound to be moments when you encounter...
    MARTINEZ — Former Contra Costa County elections chief Joseph Canciamilla pleaded not guilty Monday to 34 felony charges for illegally spending campaign funds for several years. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office had charged Canciamilla in June with 30 counts of perjury involving campaign disclosure statements and four counts of personal grand theft of campaign funds spent on a vacation in Asia, airfare, restaurants and other personal expenses. According to the complaint, Canciamilla illegally spent $261,800.68 of his campaign funds in all. Canciamilla, who remains free on his own recognizance, did not appear in court on Monday. His attorney Michael Rains entered the plea on his behalf. Canciamilla’s next court date — in Contra Costa County Superior Court —...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Former Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla pleaded not guilty Monday morning to 34 felony counts of grand theft and perjury related to allegations he illegally used nearly $262,000 from election campaign accounts to pay off a personal loan and for travel and other luxuries. Canciamilla did not appear at Monday’s brief arraignment in Contra Costa County Superior Court. His attorney, Michael Rains, said Canciamilla is out of state, and remains free on his own recognizance. Rains entered the pleas in front of Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Laurel Brady. The district attorney’s office in June had charged Canciamilla, 65, with 30 counts of felony perjury for allegedly making misstatements on 30 separate campaign...
    Contra Costa could soon become the third Bay Area county to authorize administrative citations for anyone violating public health orders. A vote on the proposed ordinance, which is similar to those in Marin and Napa counties, is on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for their meeting Tuesday. It would give city and county officials the ability to cite social distancing scofflaws with fines starting at $100 for individuals and as high as $1,000 for businesses for each violation. Staff members began putting together the proposal following their meeting two weeks ago, July 14. In the time since, the Boards of Supervisors in Napa and Marin counties approved similar orders, though there are some differences. The Napa County order, the first...