San Ramon

Pastor accused of sex with teen runaway

A pastor at Contra Costa Korean Presbyterian Church has been charged with having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 17-year-old runaway, police said.

San Ramon resident Hyo Bin Im, 33, also known as Pastor John Hyobin and Pastor John Im, was charged by the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office on Tuesday with unlawful sexual intercourse, child concealment and animal cruelty, according to San Ramon police.

Authorities said Wednesday that Im had been hiding two female juvenile runaways at the church in San Ramon as well as at his home in San Ramon.

Calls to the church were not answered.

After Im was arrested, detectives found evidence they said showed that not only did he have a romantic relationship with one of the girls, but that he was responsible for severe animal cruelty that led to the death of a small dog.

Im was arrested and booked into the County Jail in Martinez on Jan. 29, but the jail's automated system did not list him as being in custody Wednesday evening.

Police said Im describes himself as the founder of The Living Well Ministries, a nonprofit organization that Im says assists emancipated orphans, the homeless and widows. Police said he met at least one of the girls at the Salvation Army Korean Corps in San Francisco.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff


Residents urged to cut their use of water

The City Council is asking residents to voluntarily cut their water use 20 percent, becoming the latest Northern California water agency to push for conservation in the drought.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously declared a stage 1 local water emergency to pave the way for voluntary reductions. A 20 percent cut would lower the average Pleasanton household's use by 46 gallons a day, from 229 to 183 gallons per day, according to a city report. The council asked the city's 70,000 residents to limit outdoor watering to once a week or less, water landscaping at night, fix leaks, take shorter showers and turn off the water when brushing teeth or shaving.

Pleasanton's primary wholesale water supplier, the Zone 7 Water Agency, has been told it will get none of its water allocation this year from the State Water Project.

Pleasanton has set up a water conservation hot line at 925-931-5504 for residents to call to get advice or answers to questions about saving water. For conservation information and free low-flow shower heads, Pleasanton residents may visit

-- Denis Cuff, Staff


Land acquisition to improve park access

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park will expand by 232 acres with a $2.2 million land purchase that will improve access to the popular park.

The East Bay Regional Park District board gave final approval Tuesday to buy the land in western Pleasanton from the Castleridge Property company.

Most of the land has steep hills with oak trees, but the property also has lower and flatter areas likely suitable for a new entrance to the 8,000-acre-plus Pleasanton Ridge Park, district officials said.

The site off Old Foothill Road is just southwest of the city of Pleasanton's Alviso Adobe Community Park. To view a map, visit and scroll to page 92.

The park district's Measure WW park bond will provide at least $1.2 million for the purchase. The park agency is applying to get the other $1 million from an Alameda County open space fund financed by a surcharge collected on trash dumped at the Altamont Landfill near Livermore.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

San Ramon

Two arrested after break-in at school

Two men who allegedly used bolt cutters and crowbars to break into an elementary school and tried to steal more than 50 computers and tablets were arrested Wednesday morning, police said.

Officers responding to an alarm at Walt Disney Elementary School interrupted the burglary in progress and arrested Malik Bailey, 18, of Suisun, and Emanuel Salinas, 21, of San Francisco, according to Lt. Tom LaRocque.

Officers arrived at the campus at 3250 Pine Valley Road about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday and spotted flashlight beams moving around the entrance to the school. Police found one man, later identified as Bailey, hiding behind a pillar near the school cafeteria and detained him.

Salinas ran to the rear of the school and a police dog was called in to track him. He was located about half-mile away on Pebble Place, a residential neighborhood.

While police were tracking Salinas, officers found three duffel bags filled with 32 Apple iPads, 19 MacBooks and a Mac mini. They also recovered three crowbars and a set of bolt cutters around the perimeter of the school. Officers believe the duo used the crowbars to force their way into the school's technology center through an outside door.

Both were booked at the County Jail in Martinez. Police are investigating whether the suspects were involved in similar burglaries.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff


Pair may be related to theft of war relics

A man and woman arrested last week may have ties to a burglary last year during which memorabilia from World War II and the Civil War was stolen, police said.

Eric Nolan, 35, and Rikki Raxter, 24, were arrested Friday on suspicion of possessing stolen property and identity theft after police doing a probation search found paperwork and other items linked to the burglary of a home in the 600 block of Kern Avenue on Dec. 14, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The house belonged to an elderly woman once married to a deceased World War II veteran, and among the items missing were an Army uniform decorated with medals from the war and a Civil War coin collection. Those items have not yet been recovered, police said.

The woman has since moved to a care facility, but a caregiver who worked at the home while the woman still lived there had noticed credit card applications as well as other financial information that had been mailed to the address in Nolan's name, Abetkov said.

Police are still trying to determine whether they have enough evidence to arrest Nolan and Raxter on suspicion of the burglary.

An American flag belonging to the man for his service during the war also was stolen in the December burglary, as was a flat-screen TV and jewelry, Abetkov said. A notebook that contained passwords to the woman's online financial information was taken from an outside table.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff


Free presentation will look at city's history

Learn about some of the quirkier folk who called Pinole home in its early days at a free program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

"Bars, Barbers, and Characters of Early Pinole" is the topic of speaker George Vincent, who will have "great photos and great stories" to share at the free quarterly meeting of the Pinole Historical Society in Conference Rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, 1301 Pinole Valley Road.

Refreshments will be served.

-- Chris Treadway, Staff