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On Sunday, January 25, 2015, Detectives from the Walnut Creek Police Department (WCPD) set up a sting operation at the Bank of America (1200 Rossmoor Parkway) to try to identify the responsible in several “Shoulder Surfing” thefts from ATMs.

The following information is from the WCPD:

After observing multiple suspicious behaviors, Detectives contacted Ayanna Bastain (32 years old) of Pittsburg. Bastain was positively identified from surveillance photos from previous “Shoulder Surfing” thefts in Walnut Creek (in November and December 2014) and was arrested. Bastain was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on charges of ID theft and elder abuse.

She is currently being held on $270,000 bail. If you have additional information or believe you may have been victimized by Bastain, please contact Detective Godinez at 943-5872 or Godinez@walnutcreekpd.com

Shoulder Surfing refers to the practice of direct observation techniques to get someone else’s private information.

In this case, we are referring to PIN’s while at an ATM. You can protect yourself by always being aware of your surroundings and making sure the ATM has completely logged you out prior to walking away.

For more information on the topic, type in “shoulder surfing” using your favorite internet search engine.



This sign was posted in Clayton’s Dana Hill’s neighborhood.

Whoever made it, you did a nice job of getting your message across. Good job!


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.

COMMUTER: If you are heading east on Treat Boulevard, there is a left turn lane onto Bethany Lane. Going west on Treat, there is no left turn lane because there is no street – only the De La Salle football field. Yet every day, I see one or more cars heading west on Treat stop to do a U-turn.

As I mentioned, there is no left turn lane so they are just stopped in the middle of Treat to do the U-turn. Years ago there was a sign posted that said, “No U-Turn.”  Is it legal to stop in the middle of the street to do a U-turn?  I keep waiting for an accident to happen.




A third suspect in two September homicides in San Jose has been arrested, police said.

Miguel Antonio Conejoas, 20, was arrested Jan. 14 in Concord and has been charged by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office with two counts of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police responded Sept. 23 to a call of a man shot inside a residence in the 100 block of Rancho Drive and arrived on the scene, to discover two men had been shot and killed and a woman had been injured.

The two men, Brian Lang, 28, and his father Keith Lang, 61, both of San Jose, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The woman had not been shot and suffered from injuries that were not life threatening.

Previously, police had arrested Availek Hepburn-Martin, 20, and Tearri Jaquille Richard, 20, both of Pittsburg, in connection with the murders.


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:

Have you ever researched your genealogy? If so, how far back did you get, and where are your ancestors from?

Talk about it….



The Clayton Police Weekly Activity Report:

The times shown indicate when the incident was reported to the PD.


  • None reported.


  • Clayton Rd./Ayers Rd.  Drive While License Suspended for DUI.  A 43-year-old Concord male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was released on his signed promise to appear.  (01/16/15 – 0605 hrs.)
  • Nottingham Cr.  Drive While License Suspended for DUI; Probation Violation.  A 29-year-old Concord male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was released on his signed promise to appear.  (01/17/15 – 0917 hrs.)
  • 6500 Clayton Rd.  Warrant.  A 33-year-old Concord male was arrested after being contacted by officers.  He was transported to Concord Police Department for booking.  (01/22/15 – 1100 hrs.)


  • 6400 Clayton Rd.  Petty Theft.  (01/16/15 – 1936 hrs.)


  • Mitchell Canyon Ct.  (01/18/15 – 2031 hrs.)


The driver of a car that struck a 19-year-old Concord man turned himself in to police after failing to stop at the scene, the victim’s aunt and police said.

Brittany Parsons said her nephew, Jacob Engel, was in the crosswalk on Oak Grove Road in front of Ygnacio Valley High School when a car struck him between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

The impact was strong enough to tear the side mirror off of the side of the car and propel Engel into the air, Parsons said.

Engel suffered a severely broken arm, road rash and a head wound, Parsons said. She said Engel works for a tree company and a gutter company and won’t be able to work due to the extent of his injuries.

“He’s right-handed and it’s his right arm,” Parsons said. “He’s getting surgery now to repair his arm. He needs plates and pins in it.”

He’s also under head trauma watch, meaning no television, no phone calls, no visitors for more than five or 10 minutes and no lights on in his room, she said.

Parsons said he’s doing well but “definitely shaken up.” “This is the first time out on his own and away from living with his mom and he’s just getting into the world, getting his first job and everything,” Parsons said. “He was shocked. His family is taking it really hard. They’re worried about him.”

Concord police said the driver realized what happened and turned himself in shortly after the collision, providing his vehicle and insurance information.

Parsons said police told her that the driver didn’t realize what happened until he got home and saw that his side mirror was missing.

“He said he’s a family man and feels horrible,” Parsons said. “He is willing to take care of everything.”

“So, that’s good news,” Parsons said.

The driver’s identity has not been released.

RELATED STORY: Aunt of Victim Pleads for Help from Claycordians Who Witnessed Major Injury Hit & Run Collision



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A relative of a victim who was seriously injured in a hit & run vehicle -vs- pedestrian collision on Oak Grove Rd. in Concord on Saturday night is pleading for the public’s help to help catch the criminal who hit her nephew.

Here are the details….

My 19-year-old nephew was hit in the crosswalk last night crossing near Ygnacio Valley High School on Oak Grove Rd.

It was a hit and run accident.

The coward did not stop! The people driving behind did. I am looking for those people.

He’s going into emergency surgery today. The people hit him so hard the mirror flew off the vehicle and they believe it was a truck that hit him. If you see a truck with only one mirror please write down the license plate number. I don’t have a description of the car but where he was hit there are a lot of cameras.

Sorry to hear about your nephew.

If you have any information on this collision, please call the number listed above.

No information has been released by the Concord Police Dept. regarding the collision.

UPDATE: The suspect has been arrested. No other information is available at this time.



There will be serious garden and landscape uncertainty this growing season. It is hard to talk about installing new plants when you don’t know how much water will be available to establish your new installations. It is time to get acquainted with perennials, shrubs and trees that are drought tolerant, water-wise installations.

This week, concerned folks have been coming in to the nursery looking for drought-tolerant plants for various applications in their landscapes. A handful of them were looking for ground covering plants for dry hillside areas. This is where we’ll begin.

There are a few go-to plants that we suggest for such an application. They have been the same plants that we have been suggesting for years. We have always been of the mindset that folks should install plants that thrived with less or infrequent watering.

Ground covers are plants that sprawl along the ground. The types of ground covers that tend to be more successful on a hillside application are the ones that grow outwards from one root-ball. These types of plants are happier growing with drip-system, or bubblier type watering.

Grevillea is an absolute favorite evergreen family of plants that comes to us from Australia. This plant family has many members. Some of them are ground covers while other can grow as large as trees. All of the members of the Grevillea family are extremely drought tolerant. The ground cover selections worth planting are Grevillea lanigera.

Three-standout selections within the lanigera category are the ‘Coastal Gem’, ‘Mount Tamboritha’, and ‘Low Form’. All of these are considered Wooly Grevilleas, meaning their leaves aren’t poky.

If you have had experience with Grevillea, you may know some of the foliage isn’t too friendly. This is not the case with the lanigera selections. Each of these selections will mound and reach as it matures to 1-2’ tall and 4-6’ wide. Grevillea begins to bloom in the autumn and flowers through spring. The blossoms are extremely hummingbird friendly. Once established, Grevillea becomes very water-wise, in-fact heavy irrigation may kill this plant in the summer. This evergreen isn’t a fan of fertilizer with high phosphorus, so avoid fertilizing. If you feel that your Grevillea lacks nutrients, work soil conditioner around the installation in the spring.

Correa is another ground cover that comes our way from Australia. This family of evergreens is commonly called Australian Fuchsia. It gets its name from the shape of the flower. Correa has become more available the past few years at nurseries and garden centers. Correa ‘Dusky Bells’ has a carmine pink flower, ‘Ivory Bells’ has an off-white bloom, and ‘Wynn’s Wonder has a pink flower on a variegated foliage. The ‘Wynn’s Wonder’ selection does appreciate more shade than the other two mentioned varieties. The Australian Fuchsia begins blooming in fall and flowers through spring. Through the years Correa can mature to 3’ tall and 5’ wide.

Ceanothus is a large family of California native evergreens that thrive in our sun and soil. Ground cover selections are easy to find and very successful in the landscape. Ceanothus has a sprawling growth habit. The flowers are cluster shaped arriving in spring through early summer. Selections to consider installing are ‘Yankee Point’ with medium blue flowers, ‘Carmel Creeper’ with light blue flower clusters, and ‘Squaw Carpet’, which is a very low growing selection. Ceanothus is handsome and very desirable. It’s an excellent introduction to a dry hillside. Varieties can stretch over 5’ wide, taking up serious space.

Tuecrium majoricum is a ground cover that grows tight to the ground like a mat. The gray foliage is small allowing less water evaporation. During the summer months small clusters of purple flowers cover every inch of the plant. Tuecrium majoricum is a small scale groundcover. It should be planted near the bottom of a hillside so it can be better appreciated. Tuecrium majoricum is also awesome planted on flat ground.

Myoporum parvifolium is a flat, evergreen ground cover selection. Tiny green leaves line this plants arms that reach along the soil. In the summer months simple white flowers cover the myoporum branches. This selection only grows a couple inches tall, and each plant can cover 4-5’. Myoporum parvifolium isn’t a long lived ground cover. It is great to use it to cover your ground until the other foundation plants mature.

When planting during stressful times, you’ll need to go to lengths to make sure your installation have a fighting chance. Amend each hole as you plant using a soil conditioner that is made up of natural ingredients like earthworm castings, bat guano, and mushroom compost. Avoid using soils that have too much wood or any fertilizer built into them.

Water new installations using a three week watering focus to begin to establish the plant. This means water each day the first week of installation. Don’t rely on your system this first week, rather hand or hose water to make sure your plants are thoroughly wet. The second week after installation, water the plants every other day. The third week, you should water every third day. This focus watering will help the plants get going.

Happy Gardening.

Nicole Hackett is the Garden Girl at R&M Pool, Patio and Gardens, located at 6780 Marsh Creek Road in Clayton, 925-672-0207.

Nicole writes for the Clayton Pioneer Newspaper, and Claycord.com. She is also the Clayton Valley Garden Club 2012 President.





Lindsay Wildlife Museum celebrates love in the wild with heartfelt fun for children, families and adults only. Find out how wild animals raise families and find mates during Wild Valentines, We Love Animal Families, Mini Monday and the adults-only Kiss and Tail – An Evening of Wild Romance.

Wild Valentines: Meet and greet wildlife families, pet live animals and make valentine crafts. February 11-16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in museum admission. Reservations: www.wildlife-museum.org or call 925-935-1978.

We Love Animal Families: Four week class for explorers ages 2-3 (plus adult) looks at how animals raise their babies and live together in family groups. Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25; 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. $48/person. Reservations: www.wildlife-museum.org or call 925-935-1978.

Kiss and Tail – An Evening of Wild Romance: Enjoy wine and sweet bites, meet and greet the animals and hear “tails” of wild animal romances; ages 21+. Thursday, February 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $30/person. Reservations: www.wildlife-museum.org or call 925-935-1978.

Mini Mondays – I Love Animals: Animal encounters, activities and crafts help children (with an adult), ages 2-5, connect to the natural world. Monday, February 23; 10 a.m. to Noon; $20 for first child, $6/additional child. Reservations: www.wildlife-museum.org or call 925-935-1978.

About Lindsay Wildlife Museum: Lindsay Wildlife Museum connects people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. The museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center where wild live animals are just inches away from visitors. The museum includes the first wildlife rehabilitation hospital established in the U.S. Lindsay Wildlife Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday; general admission is $8.50/adults; $6.50/children ages 2-17; $7.50/seniors age 65 and up, free for members. Free parking; www.wildlife-museum.org for hours and directions.


A Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for today due to poor air quality resulting from a buildup of suspended particulate matter, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said.

Burning wood or other solid fuels will be prohibited.

With 1.4 million fireplaces in the Bay Area, wood smoke is the region’s single largest source of air pollution during the winter months, officials said. This is the twenty-first time the district has prohibited burning so far this season.

Executive officer Jack Broadbent said today in a prepared statement that this has been a dry, windless January and the absence of a strong winter weather system is leading to unhealthy levels of air pollution.

Light surface winds have not been enough to clear polluted air out of sheltered valleys, officials said, and the jet stream is deflecting storms north into Oregon, Washington and Canada.

During a Winter Spare the Air Alert it is illegal to use fireplaces, woodstoves, pellet stoves, outdoor fire pits or other wood burning devices. Residents that do not have permanently installed gas or electric heaters can apply for an exemption.

First time violators can expect a $100 fine. They may also have the option of taking a wood smoke awareness class online or by mail in lieu of payment. Fines for subsequent offenses start at $500 and go up for each additional offense.

For more information call (877) 4-NO-BURN, go to www.sparetheair.org or www.baaqmd.gov, or find out more via the Spare the Air apps for iPhone and Android.


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



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

This week, Concord had 28 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 23, and before that, Concord had 14 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.


City of Concord

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 10 and 11, three firms interested in being considered to serve as master developer for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station will make presentations in public meetings before the Concord City Council.

On Nov. 20, 2014 the Concord Local Reuse Authority received proposals from the three firms for initial phases of the reuse of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.  Proposals were received from Catellus Development Company, Lennar Urban, and SunCal Development Company.  Staff has completed an initial review of the proposals and sought clarifications from each of the firms regarding their submittals.

Catellus will make its presentation at the regular City Council meeting on Feb. 10 starting at 6:30 p.m. Lennar Urban and SunCal will present at a special City Council meeting on Feb. 11 beginning at 6 p.m. The presentations will provide a public introduction to the concept and vision that each firm proposes for implementation of the adopted Concord Reuse Project Area Plan.  The general format of the meetings will include a 45-minute presentation by the proposer and then an hour and fifteen minutes for public and City Council initial observations and questions.  This is the beginning of the formal selection process; no decisions or staff recommendations will occur at these meetings.

Both meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers at Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive. The meetings will also be televised live on Concord Cable TV channels 28 (Comcast), 29 (Astound), and 99 (AT&T), and streamed on the City’s website, www.cityofconcord.org. Videos of the meetings will also be available for viewing the next day from the website.

Copies of the proposals can be downloaded from the project library at www.concordreuseproject.org after February 2.  The summary of staff clarifications and written answers to questions raised at the February 10 and 11 presentations will be available to download on or about February 18.  Electronic copies of the various materials can be picked up at the Concord Civic Center in Building A within the same time frames noted above.  A printed copy of all materials can be viewed at the Concord Public Library, 2900 Salvio St.

For more information, contact the Concord Reuse Project office, (925) 671-3001.


Turtle Creek residents in Concord, be aware, there’s a thief in your neighborhood.

This message came from a Claycordian who was the victim of a burglary.

Turtle Creek residents be aware – Our house on Sussex Way in Turtle Creek was broken into yesterday. Luckily only a couple small jewelry items were taken, but it’s very strange being that a laptop and iPad were in clear view but not taken. Other stuff was left as well. It looked like they were trying to keep it clean, didn’t make a mess but we could tell things were out of place. I don’t know if they got spooked and their theft got cut short or they’re planning on coming back, but we’d like the thieves to know we are aware they were here and are now fully prepared to prevent a future break-in.

Sorry to hear about the burglary, and thank you for the note.


Police this morning are investigating a Friday night armed robbery in Walnut Creek.

Officers responded at 10:26 p.m. to Freebirds World Burrito at 1512 Geary Road in response to an armed robbery and learned a suspect had robbed the business after pulling a handgun on employees, police said.

The suspect, described as a black male in his 20s and with a small build, then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, police said.

There were no reported injuries during the incident.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call the Walnut Creek Police Department at (925) 943-5844.


A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on Friday night in Concord.

The collision occurred on Clayton Rd., near Ellis St. in Downtown Concord just before 7pm.

The victim was transported to John Muir – Walnut Creek, with serious injuries.

The victim’s current condition hasn’t been released at this time.