Man may serve jail time in fatal crash
A man who served a young woman alcohol just before she crashed her car and killed a father on his way to work last year may spend up to a year in jail.
The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office has issued an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Eric Clapton Dresser, of Danville, for being partially responsible for the May 3, 2013, death of a Pittsburg man who died after being hit by the drunken driver.
Annelise French McKay, the 20-year-old Brentwood woman Dresser provided alcohol to, was so intoxicated that she drove in the wrong direction on Highway 24, colliding head-on with Santos Cruz and killing him on the spot. The 51-year-old was on his way to work at a South San Francisco bakery.
McKay is now serving a six-year prison sentence and has described herself as a stupid kid on a self-destructive path who never anticipated that her actions would claim someone's life.
McKay has said she plans to use her experience to discourage others from drunken driving.
Dresser faces up to one year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine or both. He is scheduled to appear in Contra Costa County Superior Court on June 13.
-- Karina Ioffee, Staff
Rave leads to overdose, false alarm calls
Richmond firefighters were kept busy Friday night responding to overdose and false alarm calls on the first night of a three-day rave at Craneway Pavilion.
Firefighters responded to four medical calls due to overdoses at Audio on the Bay, an electronic dance music festival continuing through Sunday, said Battalion Chief Merlin Turner.
In addition, firefighters responded to two false alarm calls to the venue, one from a fire alarm being pulled and another when smoke from the performances set off an alarm, he said.
About 5,000 participants attended Friday night's rave, headlined by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
It's the first time the East Bay event has been organized, according to the Craneway Pavilion website.
The event takes place each night from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., according to the organizers' website.
-- Matthias Gafni, Staff
Contra Costa County
Mail-in ballots only need one first-class stamp
Contra Costa County mail-in ballots for the June 3 primary will be delivered with one first-class 49-cent stamp, according to County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar Joe Canciamilla.
Several voters have expressed concern that the ballot requires additional postage due to its weight.
But Canciamilla said the county has an arrangement with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver ballots that have at least one "Forever" stamp attached.
Postal clerks reportedly have advised some voters that the ballots need as much as 70 cents postage.
"We've been getting ballots in now for three weeks and we check with the post office on an almost daily basis to do a postal check," Canciamilla said Saturday. "No ballot will get delayed, no ballot will not get delivered because of postage."
-- Lisa P. White, Staff
Man airlifted after fall on Mt. Diablo
A 24-year-old man was airlifted Saturday after falling from a rock at Mt. Diablo State Park.
The man was in Rock City, a popular spot for day-trippers and climbers, when he lost balance while sitting on a rock and fell approximately 20 feet, according to Dan Stefanisko, a supervising ranger at Mt. Diablo.
The man suffered injuries to his head, face and arm and was initially treated by paramedics, then airlifted to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek. His condition was not immediately known.
-- Karina Ioffee, Staff