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Spring fever is running rapid throughout Claycord this week.  Folks have been flocking to the nursery seeking tomato starts, fertilizing advice, drought tolerant plants, container creation ideas and so much more.  It is very exciting to see so many folks motivated to make the most of their landscapes and gardens.  All the business at the nursery has made it hard for me to meet my deadline for Claycord, I am both thrilled and sorry for the delay.

Here is what’s going on this week….

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Click on the photo above to read the weekly update from the City of Pleasant Hill.

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The Clayton Police Weekly Activity Report:

The times shown indicate when the incident was reported to the PD.

ACCIDENTS:

  • None reported

ARRESTS:

  • Nottingham Pl.  Corporal Injury to Spouse/Cohab./Etc.; Exhibit Deadly Weapon Other Than Firearm.  A 20-year-old Clayton female was arrested after officers responded to a call for service.  She was transported to Martinez Detention Facility for booking.  (3/20/15 – 2224 hrs.)
  • Marsh Creek Rd./Diablo Pkwy.  DUI: Alcohol; DUI Over .08%.  A 59- year-old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to Concord Police Department for booking.  (03/25/15 – 2319 hrs.)

BURGLARIES/THEFTS:

  • El Pueblo Pl.  (03/23/15 – 0906 hrs.)

VANDALISMS:

  • None reported

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Earlier this week we told you about the theft of a few bunnies from the campus of Valle Verde Elementary School in Walnut Creek.

We then reported on the return of the bunnies.

Walnut Creek Police have another update, which includes an apology from the high school students who stole the little rabbits.

The following information is from the Walnut Creek Police:

Earlier this week, K9 Officer Duggan responded to one of our elementary schools on the report of a theft of bunnies belonging to a kindergarten class. In true character, Officer Duggan brought the kindergartners into the investigation by interviewing them and asking for descriptions of the bunnies, when they were last seen, etc. The kids were thrilled to be part of the investigation. Unbeknownst to Officer Duggan, a parent captured his interaction with the kids.

The story got better when Officer Duggan identified the responsible high school students the next day and they returned the bunnies, along with a letter of apology.

Although not quite as exciting as chasing down a bank robber, arresting a drug dealer or pursuing a stolen car, this is but another example of what great police work and community policing look like. We are very proud of Officer Duggan and the great work he does in the community.

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BART Police arrested a sex offender who tried to get through the station’s gates without paying just after 1am on Friday morning, according to BART Police.

A records/warrant check showed the male was a sex offender and was not in compliance.

The male was placed under arrest for the violation and was booked at the County Jail in Martinez.

BART Police did not release the man’s identity.

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As we previously reported, a 35-year-old Concord native named Michele Davis (Erlick) passed away, leaving behind eight children after she was murdered by her husband on Thursday night, police said.

Michele attended Mountain View Elementary, El Dorado Middle School, and was part of the Class of ’98 at Concord High.

Her husband has been arrested, and the family is now caring for all the children.

Michele’s children, who range from 3-15 years of age, were inside the home at the time of the murder, police said.

Yesterday, we posted a link to a GoFundMe account which has been set up to help support the children.

Just to reassure you, the GoFundMe account is 100% real. It was created by her family. We would never post a donation site on Claycord.com without checking it out first, and making sure it was not a scam.

To make a donation to help support the children during this very difficult time in their lives, please click ON THIS LINK, or on the photo shown above.

Thank you, Claycordians, you always come through for those in need, and thanks to those who have already donated.

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is taking steps to carry out a state Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory residency restrictions for some paroled sex offenders.

The restrictions barred paroled sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park. The measure was enacted by California voters as part of a 2006 initiative sometimes known as Jessica’s Law.

In a March 2 ruling issued in San Francisco, the state high court unanimously said the ban is unconstitutional when automatically applied to all offenders in areas where it is virtually impossible to find housing that meets the requirement.

The court said the ban did not help public safety because it increased homelessness among paroled offenders and made it more difficult for authorities to monitor, supervise and rehabilitate them. The panel said the measure infringed on the limited liberty and privacy rights of the parolees.

At the same time, the court said parole authorities retain the power to impose special conditions, including residency restrictions, on individual parolees on a case-by-case basis.

The Corrections Department began implementing the ruling in a letter sent to all parole agents, supervisors and administrators by Bobby Haase, deputy director of the department’s Division of Adult Parole Operations, on Wednesday.

The letter orders agents to cease automatically imposing the residency restrictions in cases of new parole releases or parole revocations, but says that agents can set the restrictions in cases where there is a connection between the ban and the nature of the crime committed and the criminal history of the defendant.

The restrictions barring residency within 2,000 feet of a school or park will continue to apply to defendants convicted of lewd acts on children under the age of 14, Haase wrote.

The letter says that further directions about the modification of parole conditions for paroled sex offenders who have found housing will be provided at a later time.

Although the California Supreme Court ruling was made in a case concerning San Diego County, Attorney General Kamala Harris advised the department that automatic implementation of the restrictions would be found unconstitutional in every county, according to CDCR spokesman Luis Patino.

Patino said, “We believe the changes will reduce the alarming number of homeless sex-offender paroles, reduce their risk of reoffending and increase community safety.”

But “Californians can be assured that the monitoring of sex offenders, particularly dangerous ones, remains a top priority for CDCR,” Patino said.

Patino said there are about 6,000 sex offender parolees in the state, of whom about 1,400 are transients without established housing.

The co-authors of the 2006 initiative, George and Sharon Runner, said in a statement, “We’re disappointed by the Corrections Department’s sweeping decision to stop enforcing the people’s will as expressed in Jessica’s Law.”

George Runner, now a member of the state Board of Equalization, was a Republican state senator from Antelope Valley when he co-authored the initiative. Sharon Runner, who now holds a state senate seat, was a state Assembly member at the time.

The Runners said they plan to support legislation that would give local governments more flexibility to set residency requirements for sex offender parolees.

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Click on each photo above to view the Concord Police Arrest Report (four pages).

Names of those arrested are not included in the report

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of any possible victim(s).

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This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view.

This week, Concord had 17 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 7, and before that, Concord had 9 burglaries.

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above might not include burglaries that are still under investigation.

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A male pedestrian was killed in a collision with a vehicle in Martinez this evening, according to police.

The collision on Morello Avenue near the state Highway 4 intersection was reported at 8:20 p.m., according to Sgt. Steve Gaul.

Police and medical personnel arriving on the scene found a male pedestrian who was declared dead at the scene.

The driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with investigators. There were no immediately obvious signs of intoxication, Gaul said.

There were no witnesses other than the driver and investigators are still working to determine the cause of the collision or whether the pedestrian was in a crosswalk when it occurred, Gaul said.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on Claycord.com

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Martinez police confirm that officers are at the scene of a fatal collision this evening involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

A statement on the department’s Twitter page indicates the collision occurred in the area of Morello Avenue at state Hwy.4.

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Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord.

This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such as an earthquake), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.

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This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!

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A superior court judge sentenced a former Concord elementary school teacher today to 12 years in state prison in what his defense attorney called a “rare” ruling to reduce the statutory minimum sentence.

Joseph Martin, 46, a longtime teacher at Woodside Elementary School, was convicted Jan. 27 on 19 counts of child molestation for touching his male students’ bare chests in his classes and other inappropriate touching.

Martin will have to register as a sex offender as part of the sentence, according to his defense attorney, Patrick Clancy of the Innocence Legal Team. But it’s a much more lenient sentence than the 25 years to life that is required by statute as the minimum sentence.

“It’s not every day you can get a judge to hold that the statutory sentence is cruel and unusual,” Clancy said.

Clancy said there are two ways to look at cruel and unusual punishment. The first is to look at the statute itself and whether the minimum sentence is unconstitutional.

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A Concord native and mother of eight was murdered in Goodyear, Arizona on Thursday night, according to police.

35-year-old Michele Davis (Erlick) was stabbed multiple times, allegedly by her husband, 37-year-old John Davis Jr., police said.

Michele’s children, who range from 3-15 years of age, were inside the home at the time of the murder, police said.

She attended Mountain View Elementary, El Dorado Middle School, and was part of the Class of ’98 at Concord High.

A GoFundMe page, which was started by Michele’s family, has been set up to support Michele’s eight children. Please click HERE to visit the page and make a donation.

Any donation amount would be greatly appreciated.

photo: taken from the GoFundMe page

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The “Water Cooler Chat” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you will talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

Today’s question:

A child in Tennessee got a military-style haircut in order to look like his older brother, who’s a Soldier in the U.S. Army.

When the child went to school the following day, they told him he had to change his haircut because it was too distracting.

The public school says they have rules about haircuts, but the school district doesn’t, according to reports. The district claims they leave it up to each school to enforce a haircut code of conduct.

What’s your opinion….do you think the school overreacted, or do you think the kid should get another haircut?

(here’s the link to the story in case you want to read more)

Talk about it….

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The Concord Police Department Code Enforcement Unit will host crime prevention classes for homeowners, property owners, and business owners on Wednesday evenings, April 22 and 29 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road.

The classes will teach participants how to make sure that their properties are not an easy target for criminals. Using a strategy called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), participants will learn how to maintain their property to improve quality of life, and reduce crime and the fear of crime in their neighborhoods.

Each two-hour class is limited to 80 people per session, and attendance is free. If there is enough interest, more classes will be scheduled in the future. To register for April 22, visit http://whoozin.com/TFA-JV3-GWFJ; for April 29, visit http://whoozin.com/GER-79D-YTPR .

For more information, contact Sgt. Russ Norris, Concord PD, (925) 671-3075.

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A resident who had his/her home burglarized this week in the area of Ayers Rd. off Clayton Rd. in Concord is asking for your help.

The video above is a surveillance video, and shows a man walking to the home, then running away.

If you know the man shown in the video, please contact the Concord Police.

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