Toddler drowns in backyard pool
An 18-month boy died Friday afternoon after he was found in a pool at a home.
Police and paramedics were called around 3:45 p.m. to the 2700 block of Zinfandel Court. The caller told police the child had been found in a pool, though adults were present at the home and the pool was surrounded by a fence.
When officers arrived, the toddler was not breathing. Medical responders performed CPR on the child and transported him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating how the toddler ended up in the pool and speaking with everyone who was at the house when the child was found.
-- Katrina Ioffee, Staff
Man who died on BART tracks is identified
A man fatally struck by a BART train at the Pleasant Hill station was identified Friday.
Navid Ebrahim, 46, of Pleasant Hill, died after being hit about 10:10 a.m. Thursday. Police were alerted by several callers to a major medical emergency at the station and arrived to find Ebrahim on the tracks, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
BART spokesman Jim Allison said police were still investigating how Ebrahim came to be on the tracks. They were searching through video that might reveal more information, he said.
An autopsy was scheduled Friday.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Woman fatally shot by police identified
A woman shot to death Thursday night by Concord police after reportedly pointing a handgun at officers was identified Friday.
Valeri Hawkins, 57, died after being shot by police at 5:37 p.m. in the 2700 block of Pacheco Street, near downtown, authorities said.
Concord police Lt. David Hughes said officers responded after a woman called 911 and said she had a gun and wanted to kill herself. They arrived to find Hawkins in front of the home, holding a handgun, Hughes said.
Police ordered her to drop the gun, but she instead pointed it at one of the officers, who then fired at her in self-defense, Hughes said.
Police called for emergency medical aid and began CPR, but Hawkins was pronounced dead at the scene. She had a history of mental illness, police said.
The incident will be investigated by the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office, as well as the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office crime lab and Concord police.
-- Rick Hurd, Staff
Deadline to request mail ballot is May 27
Plan to vote by mail in the upcoming gubernatorial primary election? You'll need to get your ballot request in to the Contra Costa County Elections Office by 5 p.m. May 27.
The office urges voters to submit their request as soon as possible, however, to allow sufficient time to receive, fill out and submit the ballot before polls close at 8 p.m. June 3.
Any voter registered in the county may apply for a mail ballot. An application is available on the last page of the Sample Ballot booklet. Ballots also can be requested by sending an email to email@example.com, and must include the voter's name, date of birth, physical address and mailing address.
Residents can also vote in person or drop off a ballot at the Elections Office, 555 Escobar St., Martinez, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Election Day, or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. May 31.
More information is available at www.cocovote.us or by calling the Elections Office at 925-335-7800 or 877-335-7802.
-- Tom Lochner, Staff
Kennedy-King honors scholars at banquet
More than two dozen Contra Costa Community College District students received $8,000 Kennedy-King Memorial College Scholarships on Friday at an awards banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Recipients are: Jose Alvarez, Juan Azuara, Melisa Bonilla Garcia, Miranda Claggette, Gloria Duarte, Clarence Ford, Anthony Gaston, Angelica Guzman Paz, Karen Hernandez, Rodney Horne, Latasha Johnson, Maria Lara, Nancy Marquez, Carmen Martinez, Miguel Mauricio, Stephanie Ortiz, Tiffany Patterson, Fiona Pizarro, La Cretia Robinson, Carolina Roverso, Clementina Ruiz, Mauricio Saavedra, Elena Sierra, Charlene Tidwell, Melodie Williams, Renee Washington and Karen Zamora.
Founded in memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, the Kennedy-King organization provides college scholarships to minority students with financial need and who have demonstrated academic success at one of the three community colleges in Contra Costa County.
For more information, go to www.kennedyking.org.
-- Theresa Harrington, Staff
Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint
The Richmond Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night and early Sunday in the city's central district.
The checkpoint will run from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at an undisclosed intersection, according to a police news release.
DUI checkpoints held in the city in recent months are funded through a grant the department secured from the California Office of Traffic Safety, Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill said.
-- Robert Rogers, Staff
Talk will cover Sunset View Cemetery history
The Berkeley Historical Society will present a free talk, "The History of Sunset View Cemetery and Berkeley," from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.
Speaker Tom Panas will discuss the history of the cemetery, which was established in 1908 at the top of Fairmount Avenue in what is now El Cerrito.
In 1910, Berkeley prohibited cemeteries in town. As a result, Sunset View is the final resting place of many prominent Berkeleyans.
After the talk, the audience is invited to see the center's current exhibit, "Researching Your Berkeley DNA."
-- Chris Treadway, Staff