Three people arrested in Sunday homicide

Three Bay Point residents have been arrested in connection with a shooting that left one person dead and another injured on Sunday.

Bay Point residents Melquiades Garza, 33, Miguel Alejo Rico, 26, and Gerardo Hinojosa, 25, were booked into the County Jail in Martinez and are being held on approximately $1.5 million bail each. A spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office did not say when or where they were arrested.

Garza faces charges of murder in connection with the shooting death of a still-unidentified man around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Rico faces charges of conspiracy, being an accessory to murder and a drug violation. Hinojosa faces charges of conspiracy, being an accessory to murder and receiving stolen property.

On Sunday, Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies responded to Mountain View Avenue for an "unknown problem."

When they arrived on scene, they found two shooting victims. A man was pronounced dead at the scene. A 25-year-old woman was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where she is listed in stable condition, according to sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at 925-313-2600, email or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff


Three arrests after shooting at complex

Police are investigating a shooting incident that left residents on edge after several shootings in the past five days left two people dead and one seriously injured.

Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said three male suspects, who have not been identified, began firing at two other men around 11:35 a.m. at the Crescent Park Apartments complex located at 4701 Hartnett Ave.

Hill said one of the men who was shot at had been robbed earlier by one of the suspects and had confronted him about incident, sparking the gunfire.

Hill added that the gunfire was not believed to be related to any of three shooting incidents since Thursday.

No one was hit by the gunfire. The three suspects did try to hide inside three separate apartment units, Hill said, but they were arrested without incident shortly after police arrived on scene. Police did not say what charges the men might face.

Police served search warrants at the three units the suspects hid in prior to their arrests and found three guns, which they collected as evidence.

The gunfire came after several shootings in the last several days in Richmond.

A man was seriously wounded after being hit several times by gunfire on Monday. A man and woman were killed by gunfire late last week, marking the city's first two homicides of the year and igniting violence that had not been seen in the city for several months.

-- David DeBolt and Katie Nelson, Staff


Police offer training about social media

In the wake of a "sexting" case earlier this month involving a handful of middle schoolers, Brentwood police are offering another training seminar to help parents become savvier about what their child is up to online.

The Brentwood Police Department in conjunction with Brentwood Union School District will hold a presentation on the do's and don'ts of using social media from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 3 in the theater at Edna Hill Middle School, 140 Birch St., Brentwood.

The talk is for adults only because some of the content is of a sensitive nature.

A police officer will discuss topics related to protecting young people from cyberbullying and Internet predators including "sexting," access to account passwords, the effects of misusing social media and state law.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff


School board may revise hiring policies

The West Contra Costa school board on Wednesday expects to revise district hiring policies, approve a new technology plan and discuss a spending plan for the next three years.

New hiring policies would require the district to check references for all new hires and returning employees.

Trustees also expect to offer classroom space to two charter schools, approve the district's 2013-14 interim budget report and accept a 2012-13 audit of the district's bond program.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 MacDonald Ave.

More information about the meeting is available by calling 510-231-1101 or by visiting on Board of Education agenda.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff


Teachers pact before Mt. Diablo board

The Mt. Diablo school board on Wednesday expects to approve a new teachers' contract that includes raises and higher district contributions to medical benefits.

The board also expects to approve a plan to spend nearly $6.4 million on technology, instructional materials and professional development to implement new Common Core standards Trustees also expect to approve an agreement with the Antioch district for "linked learning" instructional programs focused on career paths and to approve a $14.7 million lease contract agreement with Taber Construction for heating and air conditioning at eight schools.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Diablo school district office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord. More information is available by calling 925-682-8000 ext. 4000 or by visiting

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff