On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 27, 2019, the Marine Patrol Unit continued to search for a missing boater in Indian Slough. He was reported missing on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at about 2:18 AM. Two men were fishing on an inflatable raft at Indian Slough when their raft apparently had a malfunction. One of the men swam to shore, but the other person was unaccounted for.
At about 4:05 PM on Tuesday, Marine Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a floating private dock behind a residence on the 200 block of Discovery Bay Boulevard for a report of a body in the water.
Deputies arrived on scene and recovered the body. The body was turned over to the Coroner’s Division.
The Coroner’s Division later identified the recovered body as 34-year-old Efren Cruz-Rodriguez of Oakland. An autopsy was performed this morning. The cause of death is listed as drowning.
Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit at (925) 427-8507.Read More
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will begin construction on the Bay Point Utility Undergrounding Project. The work consists of undergrounding utility lines along Bailey Road from State Route 4 north to Willow Pass Road then east along Willow Pass Road to the Pittsburg City Limit just east of Crivello Avenue. This project will provide residents of Bay Point with a more aesthetic travel corridor, remove several obstructions along the sidewalk, and provide a more dependable utility infrastructure than the existing overhead lines. Contra Costa County is also installing six additional streetlights to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
Construction will begin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, with completion in December 2020, barring unforeseen circumstances. Drivers can expect delays during construction. Work may take place between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm with restrictions to minimize impacts during commute hours. There may be night and weekend work scheduled during electrical system cut-overs to minimize disruption to local residents and businesses.
Funding for Contra Costa County’s portion of this project is provided by gas tax revenues and Navy Mitigation funds, and the remainder is funded by PG&E Rule 20A funds, Comcast, and AT&T.Read More
Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) and Jerry McNerney (CA-09) will host a joint town hall at on Thursday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. in Antioch. The City of Antioch is split between the two representatives.
During the town hall, DeSaulnier and McNerney will provide an update on news of the day and will take questions.
Antioch Town Hall with Congressmen DeSaulnier & McNerney
Thursday, August 29
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Antioch Community Center
Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
This event is open to the public, press, and photographers.
Please RSVP by visiting https://desaulnier.house.gov/town-hall-rsvp or calling 925-933-2660. To request ADA accommodations, translation services, or for more information contact Representative DeSaulnier’s office in either Walnut Creek or Richmond.Read More
By CHP-Contra Costa
Monday morning at approximately 8:00 am, we responded to a collision on Highway 4 westbound, near Loveridge Road. Upon arrival, we located a motorcycle rider who had rear-ended a Toyota Camry and was ejected off of his motorcycle, as a result of that collision.
Unfortunately, following that collision, the rider was struck by a big rig and sustained fatal injuries. Both the driver of the big rig and the Toyota are cooperating with our investigation. Multiple lanes were closed until approximately 10:00 am, but the roadway is now fully open. Identification of the motorcycle rider will be made through the Contra Costa Coroner’s Office.Read More
Sunday morning at about 2:18 a.m., Delta Station Deputy Sheriffs responded to Indian Slough for a missing person detail. Two men were fishing on an inflatable raft at Indian Slough when the raft apparently had a malfunction. One of the men swam to shore, but the other person was unaccounted for.
A CHP helicopter, U.S. Coast Guard and Contra Costa Fire Protection District arrived on scene with boats and aerial support, however, the missing man was not located
Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit later arrived on scene and took over the investigation and search. Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441.Read More
This morning, at approximately 8:50 am, we responded to a collision on Balfour Road near American Way. Upon arrival, we located three vehicles which had been involved in a collision. Our investigation so far has revealed the following information:
The driver of a Nissan Altima was driving eastbound on Balfour, west of American Avenue behind a Mini Cooper. The driver of the Nissan attempted to pass the Mini Cooper over double solid yellow lines, but while attempting to overtake it, clipped the Mini Cooper and struck a white minivan head on, which was going westbound on Balfour.
The driver of the Nissan was pronounced deceased on scene, the driver of the Toyota minivan was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, and the driver of the Mini Cooper was unharmed. At this time (10:30 am), Balfour remains closed as we complete our investigation and clear the scene. We do not have an estimated time to re-open the roadway. We are still investigating whether drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in this collision.Read More
WHAT: Join our celebration of Black Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 25-31 at the Chocolate Milk Lounge, a free health education event to help black moms and families meet each other and learn about the importance of breastfeeding their infants.
The Lounge includes certified lactation consultants and information about community resources to support breastfeeding mothers, along with prizes, gift bags, snacks and more. The lounge is sponsored by Contra Costa Health Services, Black Infant Health and First 5 Contra Costa.
For more information, call Pam Moore at 925-313-6128, Marlene Ceballo at 925-646-5200 or Lonnie Watkins at 925-313-6254.
WHO: All are welcome. Registration is required – links below.
WHEN: 12-2pm Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Antioch First 5 Center, 300 H Street – register
11am-2pm Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Road – register
10am-12pm Thursday, Aug. 29 at LifeLong Brookside San Pablo Health Center, 2023 Vale Road, San Pablo – register
8:30am-12pm Friday, Aug. 30 at West County Health Center, 501 Gateway Avenue, San Pablo – registerRead More
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) will host a town hall to discuss climate change and the environment on Monday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Congressman DeSaulnier will discuss the critical role the government plays in protecting our environment and the Trump Administration’s rollback of major environmental regulations that protect our air, water, wildlife, and open spaces.
This will be Congressman DeSaulnier’s 91st town hall and mobile district office hour since coming to Congress four years ago.
Climate Change & the Environment Town Hall
Monday, August 26, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Campolindo High School Multipurpose Room
300 Moraga Road, Moraga
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
This event is open to the public, press, and photographers.
To confirm your attendance, please RSVP online at https://desaulnier.house.gov/town-hall-rsvp or call 925-933-2660. To request ADA accommodations or for more information contact one of Congressman DeSaulnier’s offices in either Walnut Creek or Richmond.Read More
Last week, defendant Curtis Hill, a 59-year-old Concord resident, was convicted, by a Contra Costa County jury, of first degree residential burglary. On August 16, 2019, the jury returned findings that the Defendant had been convicted of three prior strike offenses – two prior residential robberies and a residential burglary. In his prior residential robbery conviction, he committed great bodily injury on a person over the age of 60.
The charges stem from the evening of August 3, 2018, when Hill entered the victim’s Concord home. He selected jewelry from a bedroom in the home and then fled the scene. Later that same evening, he was arrested by the Concord Police Department.
Hill has a long history of theft, violence, and disorderly conduct in the downtown Concord area. His behavior has made him a longstanding nuisance and danger to the residents of Concord and law enforcement in the area.
This conviction constitutes a third strike for the defendant. He is next in court on September 27, 2019, to set a sentencing before Judge Christopher Bowen.
Deputy District Attorney Chris Sansoe prosecuted the case on behalf of the People. DDA Sansoe is assigned to our Office’s Victims of Violent Crime Unit. The trial lasted 14 days in Department 40 before Judge Bowen.
Case information: People v. Curtis Lee Hill, Docket Number 05-181909-3Read More
By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
At approximately 8:30 PM yesterday evening, August 21, 2019, the Office of the Sheriff’s Dive Team located the body of missing person 53-year-old Ching “Ping” Chen submerged in the water behind a residence on the 5500 block of Beaver Lane in Discovery Bay. They recovered Chen and turned her over to the Coroner’s Division.
She was last seen at her home, also on the 5500 block of Beaver Lane at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
Deputies launched a search using K-9s, a drone and a Search and Rescue Team, but have not been able to locate her. The search is continuing with Deputy Sheriffs and Marine Patrol Unit.
Chen was described as an Asian female, 4′,11″, 88 pounds, brown hair with blonde highlights, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a light green tank top, green shorts and pink sandals.
The investigation is ongoing and the cause of death has yet to be determined. Anyone with any information on Chen is asked to call the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441.Read More