Man dies after single gunshot wound to head

A 30-year-old man died New Year's Eve after a gunshot wound to his head, police said.

Officers were called to an apartment complex in the 2100 block of L Street at 8:38 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

When police arrived, they found the man inside an apartment. He was declared dead by paramedics at the scene. The man's identity was not immediately released.

Police said they have spoken to witnesses who saw the shooting and that a handgun was recovered.

Police would not say what led to the shooting or if there has been an arrest.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Walnut Creek

Thieves steal farmers market van, supplies

A van containing many of the supplies needed to run the Diablo Valley Farmers Market in the Shadelands Business Park was stolen sometime Wednesday night, according to a director with the California Farmers Markets Association.

The brand new, white 2013 Nissan van -- with California vanity license plates "2MKT" -- is usually parked in the Citrus Center parking lot at Oak Grove Road and Citrus Avenue. The vehicle was found to be missing early Thursday morning, with broken glass found on the ground where it had been parked, director Gail Hayden said.

Police said some of the items stored in the van were later found in the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center parking lot at Wiget Lane and Mitchell Drive. The Diablo Valley Farmers Market takes place there each Saturday morning.

-- Sam Richards, Staff


Police make arrests in home invasion robbery

Police are looking for a fourth suspect who was involved in a home invasion robbery New Year's Day.

Brentwood officers responded about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 800 block of Greenstone Court, where a resident had reported that the perpetrators had just fled in a car.

The suspects threw a loaded .45 caliber pistol out of the 1988 Pontiac Grand Am they were driving before abandoning the vehicle in the 1500 block of Autumn Valley Way and taking off on foot.

Police initially caught up with two of them -- Anthony Tafoya, 20, and a 16-year-old, both from Pittsburg. Police nabbed a third suspect, Alvin Patterson, 18, of Brentwood, in the 2100 block of Sand Creek Road.

Detectives determined that the crime was not random: The victims knew at least two of the suspects, who recently had been guests in the home.

All three individuals were arrested on charges of armed robbery and false imprisonment.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff


26th Spare the Air alert in effect Friday

As poor air quality continues, another Spare the Air alert has been issued for Friday.

It will be the 26th such alert since the tracking season began Nov. 1, making it illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs or solid fuels for 24 hours.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued the alert for the nine Bay Area counties.

An unusually dry, windless winter is leading to the persistent buildup of particulates or soot pollution from wood smoke, which can be damaging to those with asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, air officials say.

Since new federal standards were adopted in 2006, the district has not had a winter with air quality this bad, officials say. This winter tops the record set two winters ago, in which 15 alerts were issued. The winter Spare the Air season ends Feb. 28.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff