Police on alert for retaliatory shootings
Two daytime shootings in as many days -- the latest occurring near an after-school program -- have heightened police concern over possible retaliations, Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said Wednesday.
The most recent shooting happened at 5:07 p.m. Wednesday on Bell Court, in front of a home with gang ties, Gagan said. Gunfire erupted after a group in a car shot at another group standing in front of the home, who returned fire, police said. One man later showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to his foot. No arrests were made.
An after-school program at nearby Kennedy High School went into lockdown while police responded to the shooting.
On Tuesday, two men were shot at 1:15 p.m. in the 600 block of Fifth Street, police said. The city's gunshot detection system captured 24 rounds fired, according to authorities. One man was reported in serious condition; the other was critical.
The shooting in front of the Bell Court home is the second in the past six months, Gagan said. Fed-up neighbors are considering starting a neighborhood watch group, he said.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Mt. Diablo trustees OK school field lights
The Mt. Diablo school board Wednesday voted unanimously to approve stadium lighting and a public address system for Ygnacio Valley High School.
The board, after meeting with the community, revised the conditions of use for the field to lessen the possible impacts to neighbors. Some of those conditions include adding larger vegetation to better buffer the field from surrounding homes, ending nighttime sports practices no later than 8:30 p.m., and moving back the start time for community assemblies to 9 a.m. rather than 8 a.m.
-- Cecily Burt, Staff
3 massage workers suspected prostitutes
Three women were arrested on suspicion of prostitution after a series of undercover operations, Pleasant Hill police said Thursday.
San Gabriel resident Ying Wang, 31, and Pleasant Hill resident Youyan Feng were arrested just blocks apart on Oct. 3 by Pleasant Hill police officers and Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies, said Pleasant Hill police Lt. Dan Connelly.
Wang was arrested at the Happy 8 Massage Parlor, located at 52 Golf Club Road, and Feng was arrested at Healing Garden Spa, located at 200 Gregory Lane.
On Wednesday, an unidentified Asian woman was arrested at Kai's New Life Spa, located at 2624 Pleasant Hill Road.
Wang and Feng were cited for prostitution, and the woman who has yet to be identified was booked into County Jail in Martinez, according to Connelly. Police have not said what charges the woman faces.
-- Katie Nelson, Staff
Woman assaulted near UC campus
Police are looking for a man who assaulted and robbed a 57-year-old woman Thursday near the UC Berkeley campus.
The woman was grabbed from behind while walking near the intersection of Berkeley Way and Oxford Street at 5:30 a.m., police said. The man, armed with a handgun, demanded money; when she said she did not have any, he struck her either with a gun or his hand, authorities said.
The woman fell to the ground and the suspect ran off with her purse, according to UC Berkeley police. The woman was not seriously injured.
The man is described as black, 30 to 35 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, with a thin build and wearing a black jacket and dark pants, according to police. He was last seen running west on Center Street.
-- David DeBolt, Staff
Superior Court names Nash executive officer
Stephen Nash will take over as court executive officer of Contra Costa Superior Court on Dec. 1, the court announced this week.
Nash will be responsible for the administrative functions of the Superior Court, replacing Kiri Torre, who retired June 30.
He currently serves in the same role for San Bernardino Superior Court. Before moving to San Bernardino County, he was the director of finance of the Administrative Office of the Courts. He has also served as a budget analyst for the state Department of Finance and as deputy director of Administrative Services for the California Department of Youth Authority.
-- Craig Lazzeretti, Staff
Scarecrows in the Park event seeks entries
Halloween enthusiasts can get into the fall spirit by taking part in the city's Scarecrows in the Park event this month. The event allows participants to creatively decorate their own scarecrows for display in downtown City Park.
The event begins with scarecrows being set up on Oct. 18. Participants can receive ribbons in the categories of nonprofessional or design professional.
The deadline to register is today at 5 p.m., with the cost being $15 for each creation. Judging will be Oct. 19-24.
Winners will be announced Oct. 25 before the Movie in the Park event.
-- Paula King, Staff
Run to raise cash for after-school sports
Runners and walkers are invited to the United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation's annual fundraising 5K run Sunday.
The event helps raise money for after-school sports programs in the Mt. Diablo school district and at Clayton Valley Charter High. A competitive run starts at 9 a.m. followed by a fun run and walk at 9:45 a.m. in Newhall Community Park, near Turtle Creek and Ayers roads in Concord.
Preregistration before the event is $25 at www.unitedmtdiabloathletics.org. On-site registration the day of the race is $30.
The school with the most sign-ups will receive a trophy, and prizes will be awarded to top finishers in age and gender categories.
-- Theresa Harrington, Staff
New AC Transit fare structure discussed
AC Transit invites bus patrons and the public to a community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Richmond City Council chambers, 450 Civic Center Plaza, to discuss a new fare structure now under consideration.
Changes in the proposal would include introducing a local day pass and eliminating transfers; adjusting local pass prices; and offering discounts on local Clipper fares. A detailed outline of the fare proposal is online at www.actransit.org.
-- Chris Treadway, Staff