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A 39-year-old Bay Point man, who authorities say had contact with children in churches throughout central and east Contra Costa County, was arrested on Sep.9 on multiple counts of child molestation.

The alleged acts of molestation were brought to the attention of the Office of the Sheriff in August. Detectives immediately launched an investigation and confirmed them. During the investigation two additional victims were located. A search warrant was served on the Bay Point home of the suspect, Ronald DeGuzman.

On September 9, 2014, DeGuzman surrendered at the Office of the Sheriff Field Operations Bureau. He was later booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on numerous child molestation charges.

The Contra Costa D.A.’s Office has formally charged DeGuzman with 17 counts.

DeGuzman is being held in lieu of $4,250,000 bail.

All of his known victims were boys. Detectives believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with any information is asked to call (925) 313-2623.

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Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson announced the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, filed a Complaint and Stipulated Judgment in the Monterey Superior Court, against Debt Free Associates, LLC, a California Limited Liability Company, for numerous law violations involving the business of debt relief and settlement.

The following information is from D.A. Mark Peterson:

Over the past several years, both offices received numerous consumer complaints alleging that Debt Free Associates, LLC, would take their fees upfront and fail to resolve the consumer’s debt. The fees usually ranged in the thousands of dollars. Additionally, Debt Free Associates, LLC, failed to give the required notice to consumers of the consumer’s three day right to cancel as required by the law surrounding home solicitation contracts.

As a result of lengthy negotiations, the parties agreed to resolve the matter by, inter alia, requiring Debt Free Associates, LLC to offer and pay full refunds to all eligible consumers in California. Additionally, Debt Free Associates, LLC was enjoined from engaging in similar practices in the future and is to pay a total of $40,000.00 in civil penalties and costs.

Refund eligible clients of Debt Free Associates, LLC, will be receiving a letter in the mail, and an email if the email address is known, advising the client of his/her right to a refund. The burden will then be on the client to fill out the required application form which will be included in the letter or attached to the email. A “refund eligible client” is defined as people who entered into an agreement for debt settlement services with Debt Free Associates, LLC, during the period of December 20, 2008 through May 21, 2013 and were residents of California during that time. Excluded from this definition are people who successfully completed Debt Free Associates, LLC’s program or who previously received a full refund. We urge all eligible consumers to take advantage of this refund provision.

“Businesses should not profit by preying on people struggling with consumer debt”, said Mark Peterson, District Attorney of Contra Costa County. “When a business entices consumers by promising to save them thousands of dollars by signing up with their company, takes their fees up front and fails to resolve any of the consumer’s debts, these unconscionable practices must be put to an end. We cannot allow these unscrupulous businesses to prey upon the poor indebted members of our community.”

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BART service between Concord and Pittsburg/Bay Point is running on time this morning following delays caused by an equipment problem on the tracks, officials said.

BART officials announced major delays between Pittsburg/Bay Point and Pleasant Hill in the Pittsburg/Bay Point, SFO and Millbrae directions due to the equipment problem at about 6:30 a.m.

Normal service had resumed by about 8 a.m., BART officials said.

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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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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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Sweet Tomatoes on Crescent Dr. in Pleasant Hill was struck by a car today.

The restaurant suffered damage to the front window and frame.

The driver was injured, but fortunately, the injuries were not life-threatening.

Thanks to Angel Leonel Figueroa for the picture!

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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 21 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 23, and before that, Concord had 17 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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Lily Mei has placed her election signs around Concord, and is officially in the running for a seat on the city council.

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But as we first told you earlier this week, she’s not a candidate in Concord, she’s running for a spot on the Fremont City Council.

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Yes, Fremont! 40 miles away from Concord.

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The first signs were spotted on Treat Blvd. & Cowell Rd. earlier this week, and now her signs have popped up all over Concord, including several spots on Claycord Rd. (pictured above).

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Thanks to everybody for all the pictures.

Let Lily know: lily@lilymei.org

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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.

Do you have a gardener or house cleaner (or both)?

If so, how much do you pay for each, and what made you take the first step to hire a little extra help around the house?

Talk about it….

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Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla’s AB 1147, the Massage Therapy Act, was signed into law this week by Governor Brown.

The following is from the office of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla:

This monumental measure, which is joint-authored by Assemblymembers Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), overhauls California’s existing massage therapy laws to give local governments more power to shut down illegal businesses, while reforming the oversight of certified massage professionals and enacting greater protections for consumers who utilize massage.

“Communities across the state have been plagued by illegal operations engaged in human trafficking and prostitution, and masquerading as legitimate massage establishments,” said Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). “As a result, many local governments and law enforcement agencies have been overwhelmed by the burden of trying to police and shut down these bad actors, while community members have had to endure the blight and reduced quality of life that follows. AB 1147 addresses these problems and allows local governments to take back control of their own communities.”

Assembly Bill 1147 returns important land use authority to cities and counties; reconstitutes the board of the California Massage Therapy Council to make it more responsive to illicit activities and enhance its disciplinary authority; raises standards for massage professionals and protects those professionals from duplicative and unnecessary regulations; and imposes new safety and privacy protections for individuals who use professional massage services.

“I thank my colleagues for passing this critical piece of legislation. AB 1147 allows local jurisdictions to shut down the bad actors and ensure that the trained and certified therapists can continue to play a vital healing role in our communities,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Today marks the day that we give the cities and counties back the control they need to prevent crime in their communities, while taking steps to restore the image of the legitimate massage profession, which is an established and valuable healing art that has had its reputation unfairly tarnished by criminals.”

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Just when you think you’ve seen it all, this happens.

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According to several witnesses, this person, who was described as a “child”, was hanging out of the vehicle pictured above from Cowell & Ygnacio to Pine Hollow Rd. in Concord on Thursday afternoon.

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Witnesses told Claycord.com people were honking at the vehicle to try and get the person back inside the car, but nobody acknowledged those who were worried.

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Thanks to the anonymous Claycordian for the pictures.

Concord Police were notified, but it’s unknown if the driver was contacted.

Claycordians, DON’T EVER DO THIS!

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On Thursday night around 11:40, a BART train operator in N. Concord reported seeing a person under the lip of the platform as the train arrived.

Arriving officers stated the person was unconscious but did not appear to have been struck by the train. The subject regained consciousness and was able to speak to the officers.

Medical personnel arrived and stated the subject had no visible injuries. It was determined the subject had been sleeping under the platform overhang and showed signs of intoxication. The subject was transported to the County Hospital for psychiatric evaluation and charges will be sought for trespassing.

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Many people use the local trails around Claycord, and at one time or another, you’ve probably seen a dog who wasn’t on a leash.

Here’s a note from a Claycordian who is fed up….

I ride my bike on the local Canal Trails in Walnut Creek…People continually allow their dogs to walk/run “off leash.” I have been bitten by those gentle dogs who…don’t bite.

This morning a man was walking a huge red Doberman Pincher (off leach) on the canal trail near John Muir Hospital …The dog was down trail about 50 feet from him…The man was talking on a cell phone while the dog seemed to be ‘at attention’…about 10ft behind the man was a women pushing two infants in a double stroller…I informed the lady pushing the babies that there was a big dog ahead of her ‘off leash.’

I’m not sure how to enforce the rule. And it’s likely that people feel that their dogs deserve to run free. But, after being bitten, I can’t understand why people are compelled to allow their dogs to go off leash…Especially intimidating breeds like Dobermans. The city has created really nice dog parks, so why not utilize them vs. jeopardizing innocent citizens.

Agreed.

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Coming Up: California Conservation Corps at the Concord Library

The California Conservation Corps is a state agency linking young people with California’s natural resources, to the benefit of both. The young women and men of the Corps work hard protecting and restoring California’s environment and responding to disasters, becoming stronger workers, citizens and individuals through their service. Come to this informational session to learn about the California Conservation Corps, a program for men and women ages 18-25 (and veteran’s up to ages 29).

The Concord Library is located at 2900 Salvio Street.  This program will take place in the meeting room of the Concord Library at 4:00pm on Tuesday October 7th. The Library is open: Monday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For further information, phone the Library at 925-646-5455.

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Earlier this year, the top jazz group at Northgate High School – Northgate Jazz Band 1 – won first place in the high school division at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey. Out of 140 jazz bands who sent in recorded auditions, only 12 are selected to compete for the high school division.

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Starting today, customers at Walnut Creek retailers will have to bring a reusable bag or pay 10 cents for a paper bag to carry their purchases as the city’s plastic bag ban takes effect.

The city is one of the latest in the Bay Area and the state to ban single-use carryout plastic bags at all retail stores. A ban on plastic bags at restaurants in the city will go into effect on Dec. 18.

The City Council voted 4 to 1 for the ordinance banning plastic bags in March, about four years after city leaders first considered a plastic bag ban and directed city staff to draft a law aimed at retailers.

City officials say plastic bags have long been a leading source of pollution in Walnut Creek’s streets, parks and creek beds, which is not only an eyesore but also affects local water quality.

Under the new plastic bag ordinance, stores must sell recycled paper bags for no more than $0.25. Retailers are also required to sell reusable bags and are encouraged to educate employees and customers about the ban.

Stores that do not comply with the ban can be fined $100 for a first violation, $200 for a second violation and $500 for a third and any additional violations.

Walnut Creek follows more than 90 cities throughout the Bay Area and California that have banned plastic bans.

Anyone with questions about the new ordinance is encouraged to call the City of Walnut Creek at (925) 256-3503 or email bringyourbag@walnut-creek.org

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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 at noon!

In Weaverville (Northern California), an 8th grade student was given detention for sharing his school lunch with another student.

The student says he shared his chicken burrito with a friend who bought a cheese sandwich from the cafeteria, but didn’t like it. The school then gave the student who shared the burrito detention, because the school has a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals because of safety & liability.

What’s your opinion on this?

Talk about it….

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