Martinez

Man who died in jail cell was from Alamo

A man found dead Thursday morning in his cell at County Jail has been identified as a 24-year-old Alamo resident.

The cause of death for David Bremer is still pending, according to the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office.

Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said Bremer was found unresponsive in his cell around 7:34 a.m. He had been booked into the facility about 1 a.m. after Walnut Creek police arrested him on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of resisting arrest.

During a routine medical screening, Bremer made statements about wanting to harm himself and was put into a safety cell and checked regularly by deputies, Lee said.

-- Katie Nelson and Rick Hurd, Staff

Dublin

Police: Teen phoned school bomb threats

A 14-year-old boy has been detained after he called schools in Montana several times and made bomb threats, police said.

The Helena Police Department recently notified Dublin police about bomb threats made to their schools over a period of three days, according to Dublin Lt. Herb Walters.

Walters did not say when the calls were made or to what schools.

Helena police were able to identify the suspected caller, a 14-year-old boy who lives in Dublin.

Walters said Dublin officers found the teen and took him into custody. Police did not say what criminal charges he might face.


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The identity of the boy is not being released, pending the ongoing investigation.

The two police departments worked alongside the FBI and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in the investigation.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

PLEASANT HILL

School board seeks applicants for seat

The Contra Costa County Board of Education is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy created by the death of Trustee Ellen Elster.

Trustees voted Wednesday to appoint someone to serve the rest of Elster's term, which expires in November, rather than hold a special election.

Applications will be accepted through April 28 from residents of the Central County area represented by Elster.

The board will hold public interviews and make its provisional appointment May 7.

Those interested in applying can call 925-942-3407. School district and County Office of Education employees are not eligible.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

MARTINEZ

School board, City Council meet Monday

The Mt. Diablo school board and Martinez City Council will hold a joint meeting Monday at Hidden Valley Elementary School to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the school's multiuse room at 500 Glacier Drive.

Superintendent Nellie Meyer will explain the state's new spending plan requirements, followed by a discussion between trustees and council members about district enrollment, student achievement, Common Core standards, school traffic safety, improvement projects, school staff awards and communication between the district and the council.

More information is available by calling 925-682-8000 ext. 4000 or by visiting www.mdusd.org. Click on "Special Board Meeting with Martinez City Council."

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

Concord

Speed, alcohol ruled out in injury crash

A crash between two SUVs that sent six people to the hospital Thursday afternoon was not the result of drunken driving or excessive speed, police said Friday.

The collision between a Toyota Forerunner and Chevrolet Suburban occurred about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Concord Boulevard and Landana Drive, police said.

The Toyota was exiting the Dana Plaza shopping center and the Chevy was going west on Concord Boulevard, police said. Both cars tried to swerve to avoid each other but instead turned in the same direction and the Chevy broadsided the Toyota.

Two adults and four juveniles were injured but none of them seriously, police said. All were out of the hospital by Friday afternoon, police said.

The Toyota rolled and struck a tree after the collision. Five people were inside that car but were wearing seat belts, police said.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

Berkeley

Elderly man safe after driving van into Bay

An elderly man drove his van into San Francisco Bay at the Berkeley Marina early Friday, authorities said.

The man was not hurt and was able to climb out of the vehicle before emergency crews arrived, said Berkeley Fire Department Deputy Chief Avery Webb. The man was leaving the parking lot on Sewall Drive near HS Lordships restaurant at 12:03 a.m. when he somehow ended up in the water, authorities said.

A tow truck pulled the partially submerged van out of the water.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

RICHMOND

Forum on black student achievement

The BlackBoard of West Contra Costa is hosting a free forum Saturday on black student achievement in the West Contra Costa school district, which ranks among the bottom statewide.

The forum will include presentations on equity and social justice in education and academic performance, followed by a panel discussion and brainstorming.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 Macdonald Ave. To register or get more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. Search on African American Student Achievement in the WCCUSD.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

MARTINEZ

Students advance in technical skills event

Eight Alhambra High students have qualified to compete at the state's SkillsUSA competition, which showcases career technical skills in automotive technology, cabinet making, architectural design and engineering.

Nick Rezentes, Ian de Vries, Evan Rubio, Megan Lau, Will Anderson, Jordan Morofsky, John Hise and Ryan DeMello are advancing to the state competition next month in San Diego after qualifying at a regional event in Salinas. The students are seeking community donations, along with support from their families and friends, to pay for the trip.

Those interested in donating may send a check to Alhambra High School, 150 E St., Martinez, CA 94553, and note the donation is for the school's CTE/ROP department. Contributions can also be made at http://ahs-martinez-ca.schoolloop.com. Click on Webstore, Clubs, then Skills USA Donations.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

HAYWARD

Teachers OK deal for retroactive 5.5% raise

Teachers this week overwhelmingly approved a contract that gives them a 5.5 percent raise, retroactive to July.

The Hayward Unified contract, which runs through the 2015-16 school year, passed with 99.4 percent, according to a Hayward Education Association spokeswoman.

The teachers union and the district started contract talks in May, said assistant superintendent Mark Miller. Negotiators reached an agreement March 11 and teachers voted Monday on the contract, which goes before the school board Wednesday.

Hayward teachers' annual salary ranges from $52,864 to $88,061, out of which they pay for their health benefits, Miller said.

-- Rebecca Parr, Staff