Repairs to several BART station elevator floors resumed today, according to BART officials.

BART officials said elevators at certain stations will be out for one to two days while crews work to repair and replace flooring in elevators.

The work started today and later this week at the Pleasant Hill station’s parking garage and will continue next week at the station elevators at Concord and North Concord.

For a complete list of stations and dates the elevators will be out of service, riders can go to www.bart.gov.

Riders are encouraged to call (510) 834-LIFT (5438) prior to arriving at a station to check if the elevator is in service.

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A man suspected of robbing at least eight businesses in Concord and Walnut Creek within the past month was arrested along with his wife on Friday, according to Concord police.

After releasing surveillance images of the male suspect and providing a description of him, Concord police detectives received a tip that led to the arrest of the Concord couple, police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said.

Blakely said the identities of the man and his wife, who is suspected in a robbery at a Subway in Concord, are not yet being released pending an investigation into their alleged robbery spree.

The man allegedly began the spree on Jan. 15 in Walnut Creek with an afternoon robbery, which police said was a typical time for his robberies, along with early evening hours.

The suspect targeted Leslie’s Pool Supplies at 2971 Ygnacio Valley Road, an area he returned to on Feb. 1 when he robbed Premium Cleaners at 1865 Ygnacio Valley Road.

He also hit two other Walnut Creek businesses, NorCal Swim Shop and a Casper’s Hot Dogs, Concord police said.

In Concord, the suspect robbed a Subway at 4701 Clayton Road on Jan. 19 and returned to that same location on Feb.1 for another robbery.

Between then, he hit another Subway shop on Monument Boulevard on Jan. 29, police said. His wife also allegedly robbed a Subway on Concord Boulevard.

Before his arrest Friday, he was tied to a Baskin-Robbins robbery last Wednesday night at 5100 Clayton Road.

No other details about the case were immediately available today.

RELATED STORY w/PHOTOS: UPDATE: PHOTOS: Concord, Walnut Creek Police Seek Information on Armed Serial Robbery Suspect

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Traffic Jammin’ with Janis Mara – Every Monday at 2pm on Claycord.com.

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Greetings, all! This Claycord.com column is for everyone who negotiates the highways and public transit of the Bay Area. It runs every Monday at 2pm and answers your commuting and transportation questions.

Email your questions to trafficjammin@claycord.com.

TRAFFIC JAMMER: Claycordians reacted with ire to the recent story of an SUV driver who bumped the car behind her “very lightly” while backing up with a cell phone in one hand. One of the issues that arose was the so-called 5 mph rule:

COMMUTER: Today’s bumpers are all rated for 5 mph. That means you can crash into another bumper at 5 mph and there will be no damage. Feel free to drive off. Anything 5 mph or less is not considered an accident.

–PH Resident

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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.

Today’s question:

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial yesterday?

Here are a few from yesterday, but if you have another favorite, let us know in the comment section below.

Talk about it….

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Agents from the Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort (CASE) team arrested a suspect following a months-long investigation into the illegal transfer of firearms, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff.

37-year-old Richard Poor of Martinez was arrested on Thursday following the serving of search and arrest warrants at a residence on the 100 block of Sherrod Court in Vallejo, the Office of the Sheriff said.

CASE began investigating Poor in November 2015 for allegedly trafficking guns illegally, and undercover agents were able to purchase a number of weapons from him that included .308 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a .22 caliber rifle and a sawed-off 20 gauge shotgun with a box of ammunition, according to the Office of the Sheriff.

Poor was booked into the county jail in Martinez on various charges including felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, illegal transfer of firearms, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and conspiracy, the Office of the Sheriff said.

He is being held in lieu of $710,000 bail.

The CASE Team is a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Pittsburg Police Department and Walnut Creek Police Department. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.

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Concord Police conducted saturation patrols on Super Bowl Sunday.

During the saturation patrols, extra officers are deployed on city streets to search for those breaking the law.

The results are listed below:

  • 53 Traffic stops conducted
  • 15 DUI/SFST investigations conducted
  • 0 DUI arrests
  • 1 Criminal Arrests
  • 28 Citations issued for other vehicle code violations
  • 1 Vehicle impounded

The patrol was conducted between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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ACCIDENTS:

  • Marsh Creek Rd./Regency.  (01/28/16 – 0703 hrs.)

ARRESTS:

  • 1508 Kirker Pass Rd.  Possess Controlled Substance Paraphernalia.  A 27 year old Concord male was arrested after being contacted by officers. He was released on his signed notice to appear.  (01/29/16 – 11:00 hrs.)
  • Regency Dr./Marsh Creek Rd.  DUI.  A 24 year old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to the Concord Police Department for booking.  (01/30/16 – 02:03 hrs.)
  • Keller Ridge Dr./Crow Pl.  DUI.  A 49 year old Clayton male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was transported to the Concord Police Department for booking.  (01/30/16 – 22:00 hrs.)
  • 5431 Clayton Rd.  Shoplifting.  A 34 year old Hayward male was detained after being contacted by officers and later released.  (01/31/16 – 23:08 hrs.)

BURGLARIES/THEFTS:

  • 6003 Golden Eagle Wy. Burglary.  (02/02/16 – 16:55 hrs.)

VANDALISMS:

  • None.

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Click on each link below to read the Martinez Police activity log.

The Martinez Police weekly activity log will be posted every weekend on Claycord.com.

Click on each link above to read the information for that day.

Click on each link above to read the information for that day.

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Click on each link below to read the Walnut Creek Police activity log.

The Walnut Creek Police activity log will be posted weekly on Claycord.com.

Click on each link above to read the information for that day.

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A 31-year-old Martinez resident has been arrested after a vehicle stop on Sunday morning, according to the Martinez Police Dept.

At 10:51 a.m. today, Martinez Police Officers conducted a vehicle stop for equipment violations in the 2500 block of Alhambra Ave. The officer detected the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle, police said.

The driver, and sole occupant, identified as 31-year-old Nicholas Paras, admitted to being a marijuana smoker and refused a lawful order to exit the vehicle so officers could conduct a search for marijuana, according to police.

A brief struggle ensued and Paras was taken into custody, police said.

During a search of Paras’ vehicle, officers recovered approximately 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine, according to police.

Paras was booked into the Contra Costa Detention Facility for Possession of Controlled Substance for Sales.

No injuries were reported.

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BART ridership hit a new record high on Saturday and is expected to spike again today, the transit agency said.

Marking the busiest weekend day ever, preliminary numbers were around 419,162, BART officials said.

Various Super Bowl 50 events happening throughout San Francisco and other Bay Area cities contributed to the spike in numbers, as well as the Metallica concert in San Francisco, and the Golden State Warriors game in Oakland.

The busiest weekend before that was in October 2012 when 319,000 people rode BART, BART officials said.

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A fire was extinguished after midnight this morning on Boyd Rd. in Pleasant Hill.

The blaze started around 12:30 a.m. in the kitchen of a third floor unit at the Pleasant Hill Village apartment complex.

Firefighters were able to contain the blaze within minutes, according to residents.

No injuries were reported. The building was evacuated, and all residents were allowed to go back into their apartments at about 2 a.m.

photo credit: “ratstalker”

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Wind gusts on the summit of Mt. Diablo today are reaching over 70-mph, according to MesoWest, which records weather conditions across the United States.

The largest was recorded this morning at 8:55, 9:00, and again at 9:15, when gusts reached 73-mph.

Be careful if you plan to visit the summit today.

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More than 1,500 public workers in Contra Costa County decided to switch to a union whose officials cite better results in labor negotiations, but the former union’s officials say these members were misled.

County workers in health services, general maintenance and licensed vocational nurse units joined the Teamsters Local 856 as the result of a decisive vote, according to Teamsters officials.

Eighty-five percent of the votes favored joining Teamsters Local 856 over remaining with Public Employees Union Local 1. Two-thirds of eligible employees participated in the vote, which came about due to petitions filed by the union in October.

“The high participation level in the election and overwhelming vote in favor of the Teamsters is a loud statement that things need to change at the county,” said Peter Finn, Teamsters Local 856’s principal officer.

Founded as the Contra Costa County Employees Association, Public Employees Union Local 1 has also had members leave for Teamsters in cities such as Orinda and Concord as well as the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, according to Teamsters officials.

“In each of those examples, we ended up delivering results at the bargaining table,” Finn said. Richard Boyd, director of field operations with Public Employees Union Local 1, lamented the Teamsters Local 856 is focusing efforts away from a union’s traditional mission to organize unorganized laborers.

“Teamsters decided to cannibalize another union, knowing full well there’s no way that they’ll be able to fulfill the promises they’ve made to these members,” Boyd said.

“So now these workers will be traumatized not only by their employer, but also their union,” he added.

Boyd said he believed the situation was indicative of shortcomings in organized labor today.

As for the vote’s result, Boyd expressed that “it was not unexpected.”

“(But) it was saddening,” Boyd said. “However, we’re going to move forward with a new sense of organization and commitment.”

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elections

There’s a need for civic-minded citizens in Contra Costa County to help the elections division in June and November.

No prior experience is necessary and training is provided.

Poll workers receive a stipend for their service, which includes attending mandatory training and being present from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

In an effort to make it as easy as possible for Contra Costans to volunteer, the Elections Division now allows applicants to email eo@vote.cccounty.us if they are interested.

There are two chances for Contra Costa residents to work in 2016, which will be an historic year, as a new President and U.S. Senator are elected.

Participants are awarded special election pin denoting their service.

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Click on each photo above to view the Concord Police Arrest Report.

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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Sunday, February 7, is National Black HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day.

Contra Costa Health Services’ HIV/AIDS & STD Program is urging all county residents, especially African Americans, to get tested for HIV.  HIV infection can progress to an AIDS diagnosis if an HIV-infected individual is not treated to reduce viral load and support the immune system.

“In Contra Costa County, African Americans comprise about 30% of the all new HIV diagnoses. The majority of the new cases are men and most were infected by having sex with another man,” said Obiel Leyva, Manager of Education, Prevention and Testing with the HIV/AIDS & STD Program. “National Black HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day is an important reminder to act.”

The national theme for the day is “I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14%) are unaware of their infection. The CDC recommends that everyone be tested at least once in their lifetime, and those at higher risk (e.g. intravenous drug users who share needles; people with multiple partners or HIV positive partners) should be tested at least annually.

Getting an HIV test is easy. HIV testing is a covered service by most health insurance plans. Ask your primary care physician for more information and a test. For those without health insurance coverage, Contra Costa Health Services HIV/AIDS and STD Program offers free rapid HIV testing and outreach. For list of testing locations and times, visit the health department’s website.

In Contra Costa, services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS are available. Please call 1-800-287-0200 for more information.

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burglary

This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view.

This week, Concord had 13 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 23, and before that, Concord had 19 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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