Category: Contra Costa County

  • Contra Costa: Arrests Made for Pointing Laser at STARR Helicopter

    Contra Costa: Arrests Made for Pointing Laser at STARR Helicopter

    The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff STARR helicopter has been struck by a green laser pointer in three separate incidents recently during a six-week period. Discharging a laser at an aircraft is extremely dangerous. The cockpit will suddenly light-up with a bright green light. This can cause the pilot and crew members to […]

  • ECCFPD to Vote to Finalize Task Force Recommendations, Supervisor Conditions

    ECCFPD to Vote to Finalize Task Force Recommendations, Supervisor Conditions

    Monday night, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District comes full circle where they will decide whether to move forward or not with a plan to open a fourth fire station and explore a 2016 ballot initiative. The meeting will shape the future of the fire district based off a self-appointed multi-jurisdictional task force who […]

  • Dec. 7-11: Highway 4 to See Lane Closures, Hillcrest Ramp Closure

    Here is a look at the road work scheduled for Highway 4 between December 7-11 which includes a full freeway closure on State Route 160, Highway 4 lane closures and the Hillcrest Ramp Closure. FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES: State Route 4: There are no full freeway closures of State Route 4 planned for this week. State […]

  • CHP Helicopter Nearly Collides with Privately Owned Drone

    CHP Helicopter Nearly Collides with Privately Owned Drone

    A California Highway Patrol helicopter was forced to abandon a stolen vehicle search Saturday night after narrowly avoiding a mid-air collision with a drone, officers said. Around 9 p.m. Saturday the aircraft was searching for a stolen vehicle on eastbound state Highway 4 in Martinez roughly 700 to 800 feet above the ground. The flight […]

  • Bryan Scott: The Crisis in East County, Lives are at Risk

    “We have a crisis in the East County,” said Gus Vina, City Manager of Brentwood, “and we all need to work together to come up with solutions.” Vina was speaking to the CCC Board of Supervisors last month as leader of an East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) Task Force trying to come up […]

  • ECCFPD Average Response Time Hits 8-Minutes in November

    ECCFPD Average Response Time Hits 8-Minutes in November

    The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District announced that its November response time hit an average of 8:00 minutes after responding to 563 service calls. For the year, the District has average 7:21 minutes. According to the District, in the month of November, Engine 93 (Oakley) ran 39% of the calls for service rolling out […]

  • Contra Costa County to Introduce New Food Grading System Early Next Year

    Beginning early next year, Contra Costa County is hoping to start using a color-coded grading system to let you know the cleanliness of your favorite food establishment, according to Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. “After researching how a food grading system works and how it is being implemented in other jurisdictions and working with local restaurateurs to […]

  • Video: Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Orinda Burglary Suspects

    Video: Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Identifying Orinda Burglary Suspects

    The Contra Costa County Sheriffs Office released video Thursday morning of a residential burglary in City of Orinda and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects. In the video you will see a suspect approach the front door. At 23 seconds, he rings the doorbell rings and waits to see if anyone […]

  • Walnut Creek Council Votes to Skip Wedel as Mayor Pro Tem, Cites Family and Career Obligations

    Walnut Creek Council Votes to Skip Wedel as Mayor Pro Tem, Cites Family and Career Obligations

    During Tuesday night’s Walnut Creek City Council meeting, Loella Haskew was selected as the 2016 Mayor while the council bypassed Councilman Justin Wedel in favor of Rich Carlston. In a 4-1 vote, Wedel dissenting, the Council agreed to pass over Wedel claiming his family and career came before Walnut Creek. Councilman Bob Simmons noted although […]

  • San Ramon Police Seek Gas Station Robbery Suspect

    The man pictured recently robbed two gas stations in San Ramon. At roughly 3:35pm today, he robbed the gas station at Montevideo Drive and Alcosta Blvd and was last seen running west on Montevideo Drive. If you know who he is, or if you saw anything unusual in this area today, contact Detective Pelayo at […]

  • Dec. 3: Contra Costa County Creek and Watershed Symposium

    Dec. 3: Contra Costa County Creek and Watershed Symposium

    Every four years local Contra Costa County watershed groups, community members, and representatives from the public and private sectors interested in creeks and watershed health come together to learn, get inspired and network. On December 3, they will host the 2015 County Watershed Symposium at the Pleasant Hill Community Center (320 Civic Dr, Pleasant Hill). […]

  • Nov. 28 – Dec 4: Highway 4 to See Lane Closures

    Highway 4 commuters will see multiple activities this week which will result in multiple lane closures through Antioch.   FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES: State Route 4: There are no full freeway closures of State Route 4 planned for this week. State Route 160: There are no full freeway closures of State Route 160 planned for this […]

  • Danville: Police Pursuit Ends in Fatal Crash

    Danville: Police Pursuit Ends in Fatal Crash

    The Danville Police Department and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating an early morning police pursuit that ended with a serious injury crash. Police Chief Steve Simpkins said the incident began at 1:09 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 on Sycamore Valley Road near the southbound entrance ramp to I-680. A Danville […]

  • National Weather Service Issues Freeze Warning Through Sunday

    National Weather Service Issues Freeze Warning Through Sunday

    The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning that will go in effect beginning at 11:00 pm Saturday evening and go through 9:00 am Sunday. Temperatures will range from 26 to 32 degrees for many inland locations. Here is the warning: …FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM PST […]

  • Danville: Suspect in Custody for Attempted Murder

    Danville: Suspect in Custody for Attempted Murder

    On Thursday, at about 3 PM, Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a report of an unknown man with a gun in the garage of a home on the 2400 block of Marsanne Street in unincorporated Danville. The subject, later identified as 64-year-old Harry Alexander, was brandishing a gun and threatening residents. Alexander battered one of […]

  • National Weather Service Issues Freeze Warning Through Saturday

    National Weather Service Issues Freeze Warning Through Saturday

    The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for most of the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes Contra Costa from 11:00 pm Thursday through 9:00 am Saturday. Temperatures will range from 26-degrees to 32-degrees. Here is the release: …FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM PST FRIDAY… …FREEZE […]

  • Drivers to Pay Lowest Thanksgiving Gas Prices Since 2008

    According to AAA, 42 million Americans are expected to take a road trip this Thanksgiving and drivers should pay the lowest pump prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008. Retail averages have fallen for 17 consecutive days for a total savings of 15 cents per gallon, and the national average remains poised to fall below […]

  • East Bay Parks to be Free on Black Friday

    East Bay Parks to be Free on Black Friday

    Joining a nationwide movement, the East Bay Regional Park District will waive fees throughout the District on Black Friday (Nov. 27) to encourage people to hit the trails, not the malls. “We think this is a great idea, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” said East Bay Park District General Manager Robert […]

  • Weather Alert Issued for Contra Costa County

    Weather Alert Issued for Contra Costa County

    The National Weather Service has issued a Weather Alert that impacts East Contra Costa County which says a cold storm is expected to hit the Bay Area Tuesday and into Wednesday. Rain is expected to range from one-quarter of an inch to one-half inch with higher amounts possible. A winter storm watch is in effect […]

  • Nov. 23-27: Highway 4 to See Lane and Ramp Closures

    Highway 4 commuters will see multiple activities this week causing multiple lane and ramp closures through Antioch. FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES: State Route 4: There are no full freeway closures of State Route 4 planned for this week. State Route 160: There will be a full freeway closure in the southbound direction of State Route 160 […]

  • Update: Contra Costa Sheriff’s Deputies Say Kidnapping Attempt Did Not Occur

    Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people Saturday near Martinez, in connection with an alleged kidnapping. At 4:59 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s officials received a call from a person who said they saw three men force a woman into a car near Pacheco Blvd. and Vine St., Lt. Ian Herbert said. The caller wrote down the vehicle’s license […]

  • Nov. 22-24: Night Work To Cause State Route 4 Detour at Balfour

    Nov. 22-24: Night Work To Cause State Route 4 Detour at Balfour

    SR4 between Balfour Road and Marsh Creek Road will be closed November 22, 23 and 24, 2015 between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. to allow PG&E, Comcast and AT&T to install temporary overhead power lines across SR4 as part of the upcoming Balfour Road Interchange Project. Traffic will be detoured along Balfour Road, Walnut Boulevard […]

  • Vasco Police Tale Gone Viral Likely Fabricated, Could Not be Verified by CHP

    Vasco Police Tale Gone Viral Likely Fabricated, Could Not be Verified by CHP

    The California Highway Patrol–Contra Costa County confirmed Saturday that a Facebook post alleging a female was being followed by a “fake” police officer on Vasco Road could not be verified. According to CHP–Contra Costa, issued a statement saying the veracity of this particular incident cannot be verified, however, they said they will continue to investigate […]

  • Keusch: Consider Adopting an Abandoned Senior Dog This Holiday Season

    Keusch: Consider Adopting an Abandoned Senior Dog This Holiday Season

    The holidays are upon us. At home, we are sipping hot chocolate and planning family get togethers, our hearts warm with joy, anticipating the people we haven’t seen for months. In the shelters across the U.S., there is a different kind of feeling that takes over when one realizes, it’s that time of year. There […]

  • Board of Supervisors Approve Task Force Fire Recommendation, Add Series of Conditions

    Board of Supervisors Approve Task Force Fire Recommendation, Add Series of Conditions

    On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved a plan by a local Task Force to assist the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. After a short presentation by Brentwood City Manager Gus Vina and ECCFPD Chief Hugh Henderson, the Board approved a resolution while simultaneously adding a series of conditions for the […]

  • Update: State Route 160 Full Freeway Closure Set for Nov 21

    Update: State Route 160 Full Freeway Closure Set for Nov 21

    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) are widening State Route 4 (SR-4) through Pittsburg and Antioch. As part of this construction work, the contractor will be closing a segment of State Route 160 (SR-160) to install new traffic delineation interfacing with the newly completed […]

  • Supervisor Piepho’s Fix for Discovery Bay Taxpayers Passed By Contra Costa County Supervisors

    Supervisor Piepho’s Fix for Discovery Bay Taxpayers Passed By Contra Costa County Supervisors

    Removal of Boundary Overlap to Redirect Revenues to Struggling Agencies Providing Services (Brentwood, CA) – In a unanimous decision on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho’s proposed fix aimed at correcting decades long siphoning by the Byron Bethany Irrigation District (BBID) of tax revenue from […]

  • Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs Endorse Task Force Recommendation

    Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs Endorse Task Force Recommendation

    Ahead of the Board of Supervisor meeting today, the Contra Costa County Executive Fire Chiefs submitted a letter encouraging  support of the recommendation by the Task Force for fire and medical services in East Contra Costa County. The letter of support, submitted by Paige Meyer, Fire Chief of San Ramon Fire Protection District, is not […]

  • Nov. 16-20: Highway 4 to See Full Freeway Closure, Lane and Ramp Closures

    Here is a look at this weeks construction schedule on Highway 4 as there are multiple activities causing a full freeway closure, lane closures, and  ramp closures throughout parts of the week. FULL FREEWAY CLOSURES: State Route 4: There are no full freeway closures of State Route 4 planned for this week. State Route 160: […]

  • National Weather Service Issues Wind Advisory Alert

    National Weather Service Issues Wind Advisory Alert

    The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather alert for most of the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday beginning at 10:00 am and expected to end by 10:00 pm. According to the alert, winds could reach as high as 40-mph. HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN FRANCISCO CA 602 AM PST SUN NOV 15 […]