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Grocery stores are experiencing a shorage in organic milk products, according to a sign posted at a local Safeway store.

Have any of you had a problem finding your favorite type of organic milk?

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Did anybody see the Chinook Helicopter over Claycord on Friday afternoon?

Thanks to Jacob for the picture!

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ConFire is on scene of a vehicle collision on Pleasant Hill Rd. between Oak Park and Withers

Electrical wires are down, so please avoid the area.

No other information is currently available at this time.

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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 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 8 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 12, 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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Click on the photo above to check out what’s happening this week in beautiful Downtown Martinez!

We’ll post this every Saturday on Claycord.com.

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Claycord – Talk About Whatever

November 21, 2014 19:05 pm · 73 comments

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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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Claycord – Talk About Politics

November 21, 2014 19:01 pm · 99 comments

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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 man is in serious condition tonight after falling from the roof of an 11-story building in San Francisco this morning.

Fire crews responded at 10:03 a.m. to reports that a worker had fallen from a building at 400 Montgomery St. onto a moving car, according to the fire department and a preliminary investigation by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The window washer was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, fire officials said.

Cal/OSHA spokeswoman Julia Bernstein said the man suffered a broken arm and injuries to his side. “But, he’s alive,” Bernstein said.

The man, an employee of Concord-based Century Window Cleaning, was preparing to wash windows on the building when he fell, according to witnesses at the scene and Cal/OSHA.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for safety violations four times in 2008, including one serious violation that resulted in a $6,740 penalty, according to the agency’s website. The case was eventually settled, and the penalty was reduced to $2,720, Bernstein said.

Bianca Bahman, 31, a pre-med student at San Francisco State University, was walking to the gym when she saw the man’s shadow as he was falling and then watched him land on a Toyota Camry that was approaching the intersection.

The car’s roof caved in and there was blood everywhere, Bahman said. She ran to the man to see if he was okay and said there was blood coming from his ears. He was gasping for breath as he rolled off the car and onto the ground, she said.

A coworker remained on the roof and Bahman said she could hear him screaming.

Sam Hartwell, 56, was crossing the street when he saw a blue streak through the air and then heard a loud impact and shattering glass.

About 20 people rushed toward the man and others called 911 and directed traffic, Hartwell said.

A nurse who was walking past stopped and instructed people to put clothing around his head and body, saying he was in shock and needed to be kept warm, Hartwell said.

Initially, Hartwell said he thought it was a suicide but when he realized the man was a worker, assumed he had fallen by mistake. Bernstein said Cal/OSHA is investigating the incident and there is no information at this time as to why the man fell.

San Francisco police Sgt. Danielle Newman described the window washer as a middle-aged man and said the driver of the Camry was unharmed.

A call to Century Window Cleaning today was not returned, but the company’s website states it carries a $5 million worker compensation insurance policy and a $5 million general liability insurance policy.

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A Concord man was sentenced in Contra Costa County Superior Court today to 12 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife in their home in 2013, according to prosecutors.

David Dwiggins, 45, was sentenced following his jury conviction earlier this year on charges of attempted murder, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse and assault with a deadly weapon with enhancements for use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury, Deputy District Attorney Daniela Maldonado said.

The convictions stem from an attack Dwiggins made on his wife at their home in Concord after their four children left the house for school on March 29, 2013, the prosecutor said.

Maldonado said Dwiggins approached his wife from behind and used a mallet to hit her twice in the head, then began to strangle her after she fell to the ground.

The victim was able to fight her husband off, escape the house, call 911 and got help from a neighbor.

Dwiggins was arrested a short time later and taken to county jail.

At trial, a jury heard about a murder-suicide note found on the defendants’ computer written six days before the attack in which he described the future murder of his wife and three of their four children, Maldonado said.

Investigators also found several Google searches on Dwiggins’ computer the night before the attack seeking “how to kill” someone, the prosecutor said.

However, the jury struck down an allegation that the attempted murder was deliberate and premeditated, Maldonado said.

“This is an incredibly sad and difficult case, particularly for the victim and her children,” Maldonado said, noting that prosecutors are satisfied with the court’s sentence.

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Contra Costa Water District leaders are considering raising the fines for stealing water after a surge of thefts from fire hydrants and residential water lines, a district spokeswoman said today.

“It’s not uncommon for this to be happening — what we have seen this year is an uptick in the amount of people witnessing water theft issues,” water district spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said.

In recent months the district has had more residents call to report thefts of water from fire hydrants or water lines on residential properties, she said.

Allen said the thieves typically bypass water meters, so the district has no idea of how much water was stolen.

At their Dec. 10 meeting, the water district’s board will consider raising the fines for water theft from $25 to $250 for first-time offenders, and to $500 for any subsequent violations.

District officials are also looking into what is prompting the thefts, including residents with an unreliable water supply, especially in rural areas, Allen said.

Allen said the district wants to spread the word that residents in need of water can either rent a temporary water hydrant meter or buy a permanent one from the district.

Contra Costa County residents with questions about water access may call the water district at (925) 688-8044.

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The Water Cooler – Bill Cosby

November 21, 2014 12:00 pm · 75 comments

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 at noon!

Today’s question:

Do you believe all the rape & sexual harassment allegations against comedian Bill Cosby?

Talk about it….

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The Concord City Council encourages residents to apply for openings on the Board of Appeals, Design Review Board, Personnel Board, and Planning Commission. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 9, 2015.

The Board of Appeals is comprised of up to five members. This recruitment is for two members. The board hears appeals of decisions made by the City Building Official. Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

The Design Review Board is comprised of five members; three design professionals, one public member and one member of the Planning Commission.

This recruitment is for two design professionals. The board reviews the design of any development for which design review is required by City ordinance and any matter referred to the board by the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator or Planning Manager.

Members must be residents of Concord. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the Permit Center Conference Room located at the Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive.

The Personnel Board is comprised of five members and is recruiting for three members. The board receives and hears appeals and grievances and, as directed by Council, conducts hearings on personnel matters, gathers information and data, and provides written reports of findings. Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

The Planning Commission is comprised of five members and is recruiting for two openings. Members review developments, tentative subdivision maps, use permits, and rezoning applications as well as administering the City’s General Plan document.

Applicants must be residents of Concord. The commission meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber located at Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive.

Applications may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Offices, 1950 Parkside Drive, or requested by calling (925) 671-3495. Application forms are also available on the City’s website at www.cityofconcord.org/BCApplications.

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A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted 11 real estate investors on multiple charges of bid-rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, U.S. Department of Justice officials said.

The three indictments, filed late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Oakland, charge investors Michael Marr, Javier Sanchez, Gregory Casorso, Victor Marr, John Shiells, Miguel De Sanz, Alvin Florida Jr., Robert Rasheed, John Berry, Refugio Diaz, and Stephan Florida with participating in conspiracies to rig bids and defraud mortgage holders and others.

“Collusion at the foreclosure auctions created an unfair playing field where conspirators pocketed illegal payoffs at the expense of lenders and distressed homeowners,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney Brent Snyder. “The division will continue to investigate and prosecute local cartels that harm the competitive process.”

In one indictment, Michael Marr, Sanchez, Casorso, and Victor Marr are accused of colluding to suppress public auction prices for foreclosed homes beginning as early as June 2008 and continuing until January 2011 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, according to the complaint.

Representatives from the office would not say whether Michael Marr and Victor Marr are related.

According to the complaint, the men agreed not to compete to purchase selected properties at public auctions, designated who among them would win selected properties and then refrained from bidding on those properties.

Those who refrained from bidding received a payoff, and then the men held second, private auctions, known as “rounds,” to determine the payoff amounts and who would walk away with the selected properties, according to the complaint.

Another indictment charged Alvin Florida Jr., Rasheed, Berry, Diaz and Stephan Florida in a similar bid-rigging scheme, which allegedly took place beginning in May 2008 and continued through December 2010 in Alameda County.

The third indictment charged Shiells and De Sanz in the same scheme beginning in June 2007 and continuing until January 2011 in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties.

Each bid-rigging charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Each count of mail fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, according to representatives at the Department of Justice.

The government can also seek to forfeit the proceeds earned from participating in the mail fraud schemes. Officials said the maximum fine for the bid-rigging charges could be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims, if either amount is greater than $1 million.

To date, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office have reached plea deals with 47 people who pleaded guilty to criminal charges as a result of the office’s ongoing investigations into bid rigging and fraud at public foreclosure auctions in Northern California, federal prosecutors said.

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The Radio Shack in the Encina Grande Shopping center on Oak Grove & Ygnacio in Walnut Creek, has closed.

This is just one of many Radio Shack stores that have closed throughout the country.

Thanks to Ken for the picture.

QUESTION: When was the last time you shopped at Radio Shack?

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A woman who suffered critical burns in Pleasant Hill on Wednesday evening has died from her injuries, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District official said today.

Fire and medical crews responded around 5 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a burn injury off of Cleaveland Road near Gregory Lane and found a victim suffering from critical burns, according to Fire Marshal Robert Marshall.

The woman was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, where she later succumbed to her injuries, Marshall said. Her name is not yet being released by the Sacramento County coroner’s office.

The burns the woman suffered were not related to a structure fire, according to the fire marshal.

Marshall said he could not comment on the nature of the case but said both fire and police investigators are looking into whether the woman’s injuries were self-inflicted or accidental.

No foul play is suspected.

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