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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The annual “Clayton Cleans Up” was held in the City of Clayton this morning.

Dozens of bags of trash were collected by several dozen volunteers, who worked hard during the three hour event.

Trash was collected on the city’s streets, trails and in the local creeks.

“Clayton Cleans Up” takes place every year at the end of April, rain or shine.

Click on each picture for a much larger view.

photos: Jenny Wood Pierce – Claycord.com

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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 14 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 13, and before that, Concord had 13 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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At about 1:30 on Saturday morning, a woman crashed her vehicle into a BMW & Mercedes Service Shop on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Walnut Creek.

She was pinned in her car, alive, for over an hour while rescuers tried to get her out of the vehicle, and get the vehicle out of the building, according to photographer Craig Cannon.

A tow truck had to drag the woman’s Volkswagon Beetle from the destroyed building in order to get her out.

Crews from ConFire held her hand the whole way through as she struggled through the ordeal, Cannon said.

The woman was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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

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An early morning fire that started during a “teen party” burned a home off La Casa Via in Walnut Creek on Saturday, according to ConFire.

The house, which was on Deborah Lane, behind John Muir Medical Center, was completely destroyed.

No injuries were reported.

The blaze was the second house fire in the area in the past three days.

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ConFire is requesting that if anybody has any information on the party or the fire, to please call 866-50-ARSON.

photo credit: top photos: Craig Cannon – for use only on Claycord.com
bottom photo: @ContraCostaFire on Twitter

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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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The Virginia-based corporation that owns the Dollar Tree franchise has agreed to pay $2.72 million to settle a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court for routinely disposing of hazardous waste in an illegal fashion at their 480 retail locations in California.

The lawsuit filed by 45 California counties, including Alameda and Monterey, as well as two city attorney offices, alleged that Dollar Tree stores sent toxic materials, e-waste, corrosive or ignitable liquids and other hazardous waste to local landfills rather than authorized hazardous waste facilities.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said in a statement that disposing of hazardous materials in landfills can contaminate groundwater and could pose a long-term risk for future generations.

The lawsuit was filed after a statewide investigation in which inspections of Dollar Tree dumpsters revealed that retail locations around the state were systematically disposing of hazardous waste in an illegal fashion, according to prosecutors.

Dollar Tree cooperated with the investigation, prosecutors said, and they’ve implemented new training and procedures to dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate fashion.

Spokesman Randy Guiler said in a statement that Dollar Tree, Inc., has worked closely with the State of California to develop a comprehensive program to ensure that employees are properly trained to handle and dispose of hazardous wastes in compliance with state law.

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A fire was extinguished inside a home at 11 Newman Ct., which is in the area of Pine Hollow Rd. & Tiffin Dr. in Clayton, according to ConFire.

No injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished within 10-minutes.

The cause of the blaze, which started at about 9:20pm on Friday, is under investigation.

Thanks to Travis for the picture.

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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 fire burned several palm trees along Clayton Rd., behind PetSmart in Concord on Friday night.

No injuries were reported, and no buildings were damaged.

The fire is under investigation.

Thanks to Jake & Jessica for the pictures shown above.

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On average, Americans drive 29.2 miles a day or 10,658 miles a year, according to a ground-breaking study underway by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Urban Institute.

The Foundation’s new American Driving Survey offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive look at how much Americans drive on a daily and yearly basis. The first year data, collected from May, 2013 through May, 2014 is now available from the ongoing study. This study sets the benchmark for future data and will ultimately reveal trends in Americans’ driving habits.

“This is the first ongoing study that provides a look at when and how much Americans are driving,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Existing federal data with this level of detail was last released in 2009, eight years after the previous release. This substantially limits the extent to which we can use existing data to draw conclusions about Americans’ current driving practices.”

“The information from these ongoing studies will allow states to make more informed choices when looking at traffic trends,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson.

The first-year results of the American Driving Survey revealed that:

  • Motorists in the South drive the most (11,826 miles annually), while those in the Northeast drive the least (8,468 miles annually). Drivers in the West drive the second most (11,279 miles annually).
  • Motorists age 16 years and older drive, on average, 29.2 miles per day or 10,658 miles per year.
  • Women take more driving trips, but men spend 25 percent more time behind the wheel and drive 35 percent more miles than women.
  • Both teenagers and seniors over the age of 75 drive fewer miles than any other age group; motorists 30-49 years drive an average 13,140 miles annually, more than any other age group.
  • The average distance and time spent driving increase in relation to higher levels of education. A driver with a grade school or some high school education drives an average of 19.9 miles and 32 minutes daily. Drive time and distance correlate to higher levels of education.
  • Drivers who reported living “in the country” or “a small town” drive greater distances (12,264 miles annually) and spend a greater amount of time driving than people who described living in a “medium sized town” or city (9,709 miles annually).
  • On average, Americans drive fewer miles on weekends than on weekdays.
  • Americans drive, on average, the least during the winter months (January through March) at 27.5 miles daily, they drive the most during the summer months (July through September) at 30.6 miles daily. Interestingly, Western drivers drove the most in January through March at 35.2 miles daily and second most in October through December at 33.5 miles daily.

The data from this study will be especially useful when combined with crash data. For the first time, researchers will be able to conduct unique, timely studies of crash rates.

The results for the American Driver Survey are based on telephone interviews with drivers living in a random sample of households nationwide. The drivers reported detailed information about all their driving trips taken the day before the interview. Data collection is ongoing. The information reported in the first-year results was collected between May 21, 2013 and May 31, 2014. The full results from the inaugural American Driver Survey are available online at aaafoundation.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.

Where was your first place of employment, and how much money did you make?

Talk about it….

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Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol are working together to increase the awareness of their litter pickup and litter enforcement efforts, according to Caltrans.

CHP is also be educating drivers to cover loads to keep materials from leaving their trucks.

The Bay Area work is just one of the events in the state in conjunction with Wednesday’s Earth Day 2015.

Caltrans spokesman Marcus Wagner said crews will be putting the litter in orange bags and piling them along roadways.

“It tends to create a little bit of perspective,” Wagner said. Caltrans crews collected about 3,000 cubic yards of litter during last year’s Earth Day event, equivalent to filling 190 garbage trucks with litter.

In Contra Costa County, crews will be working in Walnut Creek, along Interstate Highway 680 between North Main Street and Treat Boulevard.

Fines for littering, such as throwing something out of a car window, can be up to $1,000 in any county in California, Officer and CHP spokesman Daniel Hill said. Hill said a motorist could be charged with a misdemeanor if the motorist fails to secure an item that falls from the vehicle and causes an injury to another person.

Charges against a motorist who doesn’t secure an item that causes a death are different, Hill said.

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Thanks to “Man-in-Brown” for sending these photos of the wildlife at the Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek.

It’s amazing what you see when you spend a few hours roaming our local open space.

Thanks again for sharing the pictures.

Please click on each photo for a much larger view.

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Friends and family of four Clayton Valley Charter High School students packed a Martinez courtroom where the teens pleaded not guilty to armed robbery and criminal conspiracy charges today.

Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox said the four teens — Miles Harrison, Drew Crabbe, Lucas Ostolaza and James Dempsey, all 17 — are being charged as adults in connection with an alleged armed robbery of a reported marijuana dealer in Concord on April 9.

Knox said the defendants are all just a few months away from turning 18 and the seriousness of the crime, coupled with the allegation that they used masks and conspired together to commit the robbery, indicated a “level of sophistication” that made it appropriate to move the case out of juvenile court.

Over a dozen friends and supporters stood outside the courtroom, which was closed due to capacity constraints. Several said they were there to support their friends.

Roger Cortes, 18, also a senior at Clayton Valley Charter, said he played football up until this year with several of the defendants.

He was “sad” to hear they had been arrested, he said.

“It’s hard to hear something like that about your classmates,” Cortes said. “It’s a tough spot, a tough situation.”

On April 9, police said two of the defendants entered through a side yard and confronted an 18-year-old reported drug dealer, who was at home in the 1000 block of Rolling Woods Way in Concord, just after 2 p.m.

The suspects, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun, stole marijuana and a cell phone from the victim before getting into a car and driving away, police said.

Officers found the car and the four teens inside, along with the gun, cell phone and marijuana.

The gun turned out to be unloaded, police said.

Cortes declined to say whether he thought their friends are innocent. Cortes said he just wants them to know they aren’t alone.

“I just want them to know I’m here for them and that they aren’t alone in it,” Cortes said. “We’re all here to support them.”

The four teens are due back in court on May 4.

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A suspect was captured after an armed robbery on Port Chicago Hwy. in Concord.

The suspect was tased and detained on Olivera Rd.

The suspect was armed with a handgun during the robbery, and demanded money at about 8:40 on Thursday night.

The suspect fled, and was captured about 10 minutes later.

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The Concord Police Officers’ Association has a strong commitment to the youth in our community, and because of that, they are excited to announce their inaugural Scholarship Award Program.

This program targets outstanding college-bound graduating high school seniors, as well as community college transfer students and continuing college students who are either from the Concord community or dependents of active or retired Concord POA members.

The scholarships are competitive, merit-based and intended to help the leaders of tomorrow defray their costs of continuing their quest for higher education.

The Concord Police Officers’ Association encourages all graduating seniors, full-time community college transfer students, and full-time continuing college students from high schools in the Concord community bound for a four year college or university to apply.  Dependents of active or retired Concord POA members are also eligible to apply.

Applications and Scholarship Guidelines may downloaded by clicking on the “IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS” links shown below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Det. Sgt. Steve Chiabotti, at 925-671-5074 or via e-mail at stevec@cpd.ci.concord.ca.us.

The deadline for application submission is Friday, May 8, 2015.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:

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