Regular service on BART in the East Bay will be restored this afternoon around 3 p.m. ahead of the Golden State Warriors game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

BART officials said the regular service would help accommodate fans heading to the seventh game of the NBA Western Conference Finals, which will be held at 6 p.m. at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Service between the San Leandro and Bay Fair stations had been closed for track maintenance since Friday night and AC transit has been providing buses to take BART passengers between the stations.

Repairs along the tracks are wrapping up three weeks ahead of schedule, according to BART officials.

The work began on March 26 as part of an ongoing maintenance project, replacing miles of worn rail.

The weekend closure marked the fifth and final weekend track closure between the San Leandro and Bay Fair BART stations, BART officials said.

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A Claycordian had her artificial grass stolen from her front yard this weekend.

Her neighbor, who sent the picture said “If any of you have priced it, it is expensive. If you have it, you might want to add extra pins or tacks. Good Grief!”

Good grief is right.

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

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Bike riders and pedestrians in the Bay Area will get a treat this summer with extended bike path hours on the Bay Bridge.

The news hours of 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily went into effect Saturday and will be in effect until Labor Day.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Bike Path runs adjacent to the new east span, according the Bridge officials, allowing riders and pedestrians access to one of the Bay’s many beautiful landmarks.

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A house fire was extinguished in the 3100 block of Cowell Rd. in Concord on Sunday afternoon, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire).

The blaze, according to ConFire dispatch, was allegedly started by somebody inside the home, who then locked himself inside a room with the fire.

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Police and firefighters were able to get all people out of the home, which is a mental health care home, according to dispatch.

Two people suffered smoke inhalation, however, the extend of their injuries is unknown at this time.

No other information is available at this time.

photo credit: John Hemm

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Tesoro has approved a three‐year, $90,000 grant to support the City of Martinez’ Homeless Outreach Initiative.

Tesoro’s investment will help Martinez work with a homeless advocate experienced with assisting the homeless in Martinez. “We are most grateful to Tesoro for this substantial grant, which will enable us to continue offering direct outreach services to our homeless,” said Chief Sappal.

“Our goal is to forge positive relationships and promote the availability of services, through our own resources or those of our many partner organizations in Central Contra Costa County. This funding will help the program sustain the momentum built over the past several years thanks to the tireless efforts of Doug Stewart and others with the Contra Costa Homeless Outreach.”

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On Saturday just after 7 a.m., a BART station agent in Concord was involved in a dispute with a man after he was asked by the agent to pay his fare to enter the station.

The male became upset, walked up to the agent and grabbed the agent’s face, threatening to break his jaw, according to police.

Responding BART Police Officers contacted the suspect on the platform, where he was detained.

The suspect was escorted to a patrol car where he was put into the car without incident, but became physically resistant resulting in him having to be placed into the wrap restraint, according to police.

The suspect refused to identify himself, and he was subsequently transported and booked into the County Jail as a “John Doe” and will be issued a prohibition order once he is positively identified.

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Concord Police are investigating a theft at Sally Beauty Supply, located in the Clayton Valley Shopping Center on Ygnacio Valley Rd.

Officers were dispatched to the business at 3:55 p.m. on Saturday in regards to a female who stole cosmetics, according to police.

The suspect was described as a white female adult, mid 40’s, with long brown-reddish hair. She was last seen driving a 90’s Volvo, police said.

Police are currently following-up with video surveillance with a license plate number provided by a witness, according to police.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by Concord Police, we’re hearing the woman stole several hundred dollars worth of hair extensions.

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The Western Bluebird eggs we’ve been keeping an eye on for the past week, have hatched.

Unfortunately, only four of the six eggs hatched, but the ones who did are adorable.

Thanks to Shasta Daisy for the picture and update.

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The 27th annual Bay Area KidFest on this Memorial Day Weekend is one of the Bay Area’s longest-running family events and this year has three days of jam-packed entertainment, activities, food and fun planned in Downtown Concord.

It was recently announced that after thousands and thousands of online votes, Bay Area KidFest—for the fifth consecutive Claycord reader’s poll—was voted Best Community Event! This category covers events in Clayton, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Martinez. KidFest has won this category every time the poll has been held.

In a spacious outdoor setting at Mt. Diablo High School, KidFest features free non-stop entertainment on the Main Stage, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Michelangelo & Raphael, Olaf from “Frozen,” circus aerial and magic acts, America’s No. 1 family game show Kid’s Celebration, BMX Bike Stunt Team plus skateboard and scooter demos, Bike Rodeo (Sat. & Sun. 12 noon – 3 p.m.).

There are dozens of free kid’s activities including Kid’s Town America, face painting, balloon hats, spin art, keepsake handprints, inflatables, slides, crawls, kiddie golf and much more included in the low admission price.

Thrilling rides including zip line, pony rides, Bobble Lagoon, Zippy Pet cars, Euro-Bungy trampoline, Spider Mountain, Ferris wheel, giant slide, petting zoo, train and more rides. There’s an eclectic Food Court, arts and crafts and exhibitor booths.

For the sixth year KidFest presents a special Memorial Day ceremony at noon Monday with the Concord Blue Devils C Drum and Bugle Corps, Mt. Diablo High School Jr. ROTC color guard and music honoring America’s service people past and present sung by Janelle Feraro.

Admission is just $6 with a donation of canned food to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano or $7 without donation to the Food Bank. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are free. On Saturday attendees can double the deal by bringing two canned goods to get $2 off an admission.

Proceeds from Bay Area KidFest benefit local educational, health and sports groups. KidFest continues for the 21st year as one of the major annual donor events for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.

KidFest is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Memorial Day Monday. KidFest is held at Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St. in downtown Concord just off Highway 242.

Bike Concord will provide free bike valet parking every day. On-site vehicle parking is $5 with plenty of free street parking around the site also available.

For more information visit www.KidFestConcord.com.

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Click on each photo listed above to view the weekly Concord Police arrest report.

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to protect any victims associated with the arrests.

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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 16 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 11, and before that, Concord had 8 burglaries.

The last number in some of the addresses has been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above only includes approved reports. Some burglary reports might not be written or completely approved, which is why they are not included in this post.

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Five contenders for a Contra Costa County supervisor seat are hoping to win over voters in a race that includes an incumbent who has spent 16 years in the role.

The four non-incumbent candidates have expressed various criticisms of Supervisor Federal Glover as the long-entrenched supervisor makes his bid for a fifth term of representing District 5.

The district includes the cities of Hercules, Martinez, Pittsburg and portions of Pinole and Antioch as well as Bay Point, Rodeo, Pacheco, Crockett and other unincorporated communities.

Glover, who spent some of last year recovering from a heart and kidney transplant, argues that significant progress has been made during his time as supervisor.

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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 a shooting, earthquake, etc.), 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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Solano County and Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies are searching the Willow Creek Road area of Jenner this afternoon for the missing Vallejo teen Pearl Pinson, a Solano County sheriff’s deputy said this afternoon.

The search is in response to information the Solano County Sheriff’s Office received during its investigation of the kidnapping of the 15-year-old from the Vallejo area on Thursday, Deputy Christine Castillo said.

Earlier today, the Santa Barbara County coroner’s office confirmed that abduction suspect Fernando Castro, 19, of Vallejo was the man who was killed in a shooting with deputies in Santa Barbara County Thursday.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials said there is no indication Pinson is in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities have been searching for Pinson between Santa Barbara and Solano counties.

Castro was suspected of assaulting and abducting Pinson around 7 a.m. Wednesday and leaving in a gold 1997 Saturn.

A witness reported seeing a man with a gun pulling a female, who was bleeding and yelling for help, on the over-crossing of Interstate Highway 780 in the area of Home acres and Taylor avenues in Vallejo.

Deputies found Pinson’s cellphone in the over-crossing area, which led to her identity as the abduction victim, Castillo said.

The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert Thursday afternoon.

Solano County sheriff’s officials said the Saturn was spotted in San Luis Obispo County and the suspect fled, leading to a pursuit that ended in the Los Alamos area of Santa Barbara County.

Castro drove into a residential area, got out of the car and ran into a nearby mobile home. A woman was inside at the time but was able to run to safety, sheriff’s officials said.

Castro then stole a truck and soon afterward fired at law enforcement officers, who returned fire and killed him.

Surveillance cameras captured the Saturn in the area of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in Marin County around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Solano County sheriff’s officials said.

Pinson, a student at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo, and Castro knew each other but authorities do not believe Pinson willingly went with Castro.

Pinson is white, 5 feet 3 inches with brown hair dyed green and green eyes. She has a metallic piercing below her left lower lip and was last seen wearing a gray sweater and black leggings.

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Fire officials said crews extinguished two grass fires that started when a vehicle hit a utility pole this morning in Martinez.

Firefighters responded to the fires at 11:53 a.m. near 1340 Arnold Drive, which is adjacent to state Highway 4.

The sizes of the fires were roughly 50 feet by 50 feet and about 100 feet by 50 feet, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman Ryan Bain said.

The crash also knocked power lines down and caused power to go out at 11:56 a.m. to 1,302 customers in the area, PG&E Tamar Sarkissian said.

As of 12:48 p.m. 140 customers were still without power and crews expected to have power back on this afternoon, Sarkissian said.

Martinez police Cpl. Michael Espanol, who responded to the crash, said as of 1:54 p.m. both directions of Arnold Drive are closed and probably will be until 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. as crews make repairs.

Espanol said the crash knocked down one pole and knocked two off kilter.

The driver of the vehicle complained of pain but she declined to be taken to a hospital, Espanol said.

He said it appears that she lost control of the vehicle when she took her eyes off the road and that she was not under the influence of alcohol.

RELATED STORY: Crash, Downed Power Lines Starts Fire in Martinez

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