Contra Costa County, CA

Brush fire forces evacuations at Concord business park near Highway 4

CONCORD -- A brush fire burned near businesses in Concord just north of Highway 4 Friday afternoon, prompting some evacuations before firefighters brought the fire under control.The two-alarm fire burned vegetation north of the Willow Pass Road exit off Highway 4 along Evora Road next to the Willow Pass Business Park. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said some businesses in the area were evacuated.As of 1:42 p.m., the fire was 100 percent contained after burning approximately 20 acres, Con Fire said. There was no damage to any buildings that were evacuated.Con Fire said its units along with units from Cal Fire SCU would be extinguishing hot spots for another hour.The fire was fueled by high winds and dry conditions. A wind advisory was in effect for the area until 2 p.m. Smoke from the fire blanketed businesses in the area and wafted over nearby Highway 4.No injuries were reported in the fire. The cause was still under investigation.
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4 Dogs Die, Several Rescued in Fire at Brentwood Kennel

Four dogs died in a fire at a Brentwood kennel Thursday night, and several more were rescued, according to police and fire officials. Officers joined East Contra Costa Fire Protection District at 9:58 p.m. in responding to a structure fire at Derty Dog K9 Retreat at Brentwood Boulevard and Sims Road.
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Contra Costa County DA Charges Antioch Mayor for DUI

Martinez, Calif. — Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe was charged with two Misdemeanor counts of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol on April 1, 2022. The Office of the District Attorney of Contra Costa County received a referral from the California Highway Patrol on March 23, 2022, on two violations of California Vehicle Code 23152 (a) and 23152 (b) that occurred on March 19, 2022, in Pleasant Hill.

Knox Campaign Blasts Contra Costa D.A. Diana Becton’s Failure to Act on Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe’s DUI

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe has endorsed D.A. Diana Becton in her re-election campaign. MARTINEZ, CA– The Mary Knox for District Attorney campaign released a statement calling for action from District Attorney Diana Becton after more than 60 days passed with no action on a DUI case involving a Becton campaign endorser, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe.
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Firefighters Contain Brush Fire That Burned Close to Buildings Near Concord

Firefighters on Friday extinguished a wind-whipped brush fire that burned close to some businesses next to Highway 4 in the Concord area. The blaze scorched 20 acres of dry grass near Willow Pass Court before crews were able to stop its forward progress, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe hit with 2 DUI charges

ANTIOCH, Calif. - Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe was charged by the district attorney's office with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence stemming from an incident in March. The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said Friday it made the decision to charge Thorpe with the two counts of...

Homeless Concord man accused of murder during encampment dispute

CONCORD – The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has charged a homeless man in Concord with murder for allegedly intentionally firing a handgun that killed a Walnut Creek resident.                     Guadalupe Jose Robles, 29, is currently in the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of the killing of 25-year-old Shafi Kevin Qasimi, prosecutors said Wednesday.                    Robles was unhoused and camping near a creek near Diamond Boulevard and Willow Pass Road in Concord when the killing occurred May 5.          ...

WTF California: Rules for Thee Not for Me in Contra Costa, Big Cities Seek Cops and Elon Musk

On this episode of WTF California, Mary Knox campaign releases statement on why Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton has yet to take action on Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpes DUI as its now been more than 60-days. We recap a busy night in the City of Brentwood and City of Oakley. San Francisco and Los Angeles are now asking for more money for police. Some political corruption going on in Anaheim per FBI. San Diego seeks to cap vacation property rentals and Elon Musk goes Republican and now sexual misconduct accusations the next day.

BART service resumes in East Bay following brush fire

PLEASANT HILL -- BART service between the Concord and Pleasant Hill BART stations has resumed Thursday evening after service was shut down between the two stations due to a brush fire burning near the tracks.The interruption to service was announced shortly after 6:30 p.m. via the @SFBARTAlert Twitter account.Contra Costa County firefighters responded to the blaze.

Vegetation fire erupts off Highway 4 near Concord

CONCORD, Calif. - A vegetation fire sparked just off Highway 4 in Contra Costa County Friday afternoon, fire officials said. The fire has since been contained. Commercial structures that were evacuated were not damaged, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said on Twitter. The Cal Fire SCU unit said in...

Bay Area food bank takes fundraising 'Back to the Future'

CONCORD (KPIX) -- The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano held their annual fundraiser Thursday night at West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord. The movie they showed: "Back to the Future Part II." It was especiallly fitting as so many  living with food insecurity wish they could go back to a time when a trip to the grocery store wasn't so expensive."The most vulnerable in our communities are impacted even more. Most of us don't have to choose whether to put food on the table or to buy gasoline," said Joel Sjostrom, the food bank's CEO.In April, food prices...

Three Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash on Lone Tree Way in Antioch

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) was called to the scene of a motor vehicle crash on Lone Tree Way and reported that the incident left three parties injured. The car accident was said to have occurred on the morning of Wednesday, May 18, 2022, and involved three vehicles.

Motorcyclist Hospitalized After Crash on Laurel Road in Oakley

The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) reported that a motorcyclist was injured in a crash in Oakley on the afternoon of May 16, 2022. The traffic collision took place at Meadows Lane and Laurel Road around 5:50 p.m. Details on the Crash in Oakley That Left a Motorcyclist...