RODEO

Man shot to death while sitting in car

A 25-year-old man died early Saturday after being shot multiple times while sitting in a car in a residential area, a Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

Deputies responded to a 1 a.m. call reporting gunshots in the 1000 block of Viewpoint Boulevard, near Seascape Circle and Interstate 80, spokesman Jimmy Lee said.

There, deputies found the victim lying in the front yard of a home with several gunshot wounds, Lee said. Deputies performed CPR on the man, but he later died.

The victim's name is being withheld because his family has not yet been notified.

Police said he was sitting in a car with another person when three people they did not know approached them and opened fire. Lee would not reveal whether the second person in the car was struck by a bullet, saying only that, "the other person was not seriously injured."

Police did not provide a suspect description. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the slaying can call the sheriff's office at 925-646-2441 or the anonymous hotline at 866-846-3592, or by sending an email to tips@so.cccounty.us.

-- Chris De Benedetti, Staff

BYRON

Sky diver injured in fall

An experienced, competitive sky diver suffered moderate injuries after he crash-landed during a jump at Byron Airport on Saturday, said the owner of the sky diving business.

The sky diver, who has done thousands of jumps and had been sky diving for more than 10 years, miscalculated his landing around 1:23 p.m., said Clay Bonavito with Bay Area Skydiving. Bonavito said the sky diver, who has not been identified, skidded and tumbled before coming to a stop. He was solo jumping at the time of the incident.

"You are off (in your landing) by just a fraction and these guys can get roughed up," Bonavito said.

Chief Hugh Henderson with the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District said the sky diver suffered "moderate" injuries when he was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Bonavito said the sky diver was awake and talking when he left, and that the transport to the hospital was a precaution.

"He seemed OK when he left," Bonavito said.

The sky diving outfit was temporarily shut down while fire and paramedic crews were at the airport, Henderson said, but has since resumed.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Bay Area

Record 8th straight Spare the Air day

A Winter Spare the Air alert has been issued for Sunday, prohibiting the burning of wood in fireplaces and all other devices because officials are forecasting unhealthy air quality throughout the Bay Area.

It will be the record eighth consecutive day the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued the alert.

The wood-burning ban will be in effect both indoors and outdoors, in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara. The alert also is being issued for southern Sonoma County and southwestern Solano County, officials said.

Consecutive days of chilly, still winter weather has produced stagnant, unhealthy air in the Bay Area, prompting the high number of recent alerts, district officials said.

Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to asthma and other illnesses, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly, authorities said.

-- Chris De Benedetti, Staff

Antioch

Travel trailer fire displaces family

A family was displaced after their travel trailer was destroyed in a fire late Thursday night, according to a Contra Costa Fire Protection District spokesman.

No one was injured.

Spokesman Lewis Broschard said crews responded to a structure fire about 11:27 p.m. in the 400 block of Minner Avenue.

When crews arrived, a travel trailer on one side of the home was engulfed in flames and smoke.

The fire had also extended into the attic of the home and onto the fence that surrounded the property, Broschard said.

Though the home suffered only some fire damage, Broschard said the travel trailer was a total loss

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The residents were displaced, but were able to make their own arrangements for a place to stay, Broschard added.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

PITTSBURG

Crash injures five including toddler

A multicar crash on Highway 4 early Saturday morning injured five people, including a 2-year-old, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The accident occurred on the highway's eastbound lanes around 1:10 a.m., when a speeding vehicle hit another car from behind, pushing it into three other vehicles, authorities said.

Two adults were hurt, including one with major injuries, while the young child suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries, officer Ron Simmons said. All were transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Officers closed all but one eastbound lane for more than an hour after the accident, while westbound lanes were unaffected. All lanes are now open.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the accident and it is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a role, Simmons said.

-- Chris De Benedetti, Staff