Concord Police are investigating what appears to be a stabbing on Meadow Lane at Riley Ct.

The crime occurred just before 4 p.m. today.

Witnesses say crime tape is surrounding the area, and blood and evidence markers can be spotted at the scene.

No further information is available at this time.

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The Bay Area may get below-normal precipitation over the next week to two weeks, National Weather Service officials said this week.

Separate forecasts say there is a greater than 50 percent chance that precipitation in the Bay Area will be below normal. One forecast extends out six to 10 days while the other extends out eight to 14 days from Monday.

It’s been 20 days since it rained in the Bay Area.

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Canepa said it’s pretty typical to have a mid-winter break in the rainy season. Historically, the longest stretch has been 43 days. That’s happened twice, Canepa said, in 2014-2015 and back in February/March 1864.

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Four boys were arrested Monday evening after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase starting in east Antioch and ending in Concord.

The CHP said the pursuit started just before 6 p.m. on westbound state Highway 4 near Laurel Road. An officer observed the vehicle, a silver 2019 Kia Rio, traveling at more than 100 mph. The car failed to pull over for a traffic stop and continued on the highway.

Officers ended the pursuit near San Marco Boulevard for the safety of other motorists as the suspect was driving recklessly, according to the CHP.

As an officer exited the freeway at Willow Pass Road near Evora Road, and found the Kia had crashed into an embankment not far from the end of the off-ramp and was on fire.

A witness told CHP officers that the boys fled from the vehicle shortly after the crash. Officers surrounded the area and were able to find and successfully detain them.

Only minor injuries were reported to the boys in the vehicle. Nobody else on the roadway, including CHP officers, were injured.

The driver was taken to the Contra Costa County Juvenile Detention Center and the other boys were held in CHP custody until a parent or legal guardian arranged for their pickup.

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

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s Girl Scout cookie selling season.

What’s your favorite kind of Girl Scout cookie, and what kind of cookie do you wish they made?

Talk about it….

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Covered California officials on Tuesday will provide a snapshot of the latest insurance enrollment numbers, the officials said Monday.

Last March 276,350 Bay Area residents enrolled in Covered California, which offers discounts to some state residents on brand-name health insurance and where others can sign up for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medcaid program.

About 1.4 million people statewide enrolled in Covered California last March. The new numbers may be up 20 percent over last year, a Covered California spokesman said recently.

“We’ve seen significant interest in enrollment” in this enrollment period, which ended Jan. 31, Covered California spokesman James Scullary said.

Last year was a down year because no penalty existed for people who did not have insurance, he said.

But state legislators enacted a law that took effect Jan. 1 that requires most California residents to have insurance or face a penalty at tax time. No penalty exists at the federal level anymore.

Scullary said the penalty provides an economic “nudge” for people to get insurance.

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Fire crews have contained a 1-alarm blaze at a home in Pleasant Hill early Tuesday morning, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

The fire, first reported at 2:47 a.m. at 242 Greenwich Drive, was contained at about 3:22 a.m., Fire Captain Tracie Dutter said.

The home is uninhabitable, Dutter said.

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Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) plans to unveil new legislation Monday afternoon that would allow cities to fine short-term rental hosts who violate local property rental laws to fine those hosts up to $5,000.

The bill is intended to deter “party houses” that attract massive gatherings to short-term rentals in otherwise quiet residential neighborhoods.

In a news release Sunday, Glazer said the bill was prompted by the killing of five people at an Orinda home at a Halloween party that was illegal under Orinda’s short-term-rental ordinance.

In November, the Orinda City Council passed an emergency ordinance banning “non-hosted” rentals altogether, and placing new limits on “hosted” venues, including requiring stays of two nights or longer, designed specifically to fend off one-night party rental scenarios.

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If you’ve driven or walked near Buchanan Field Airport, and glanced at the creek, you’ve probably noticed the large amount of trash and debris in the area.

A Claycordian snapped a photo for us, and sent it with the following message.

“Just finished a nice walk near the airport and glanced down at the water. Sadly, so many people just throw trash and debris into the street drains, but they either don’t know it ends up in the ocean, or don’t care. This picture shows the result. Hopefully it can remind unknowing residents that the trash doesn’t just disappear when they throw trash in the street drains.”

Very sad to see. Thanks to Dan & Sweet Fred for the picture.

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