Contra Costa County

Hazmat crews on the scene after a Pittsburg neighborhood was evacuated on January 7, 2015. (CBS)

Evacuation Order In Pittsburg Neighborhood Lifted, Railcar Not Leaking Propane

An evacuation order in Pittsburg has been lifted Wednesday evening after a leak on a railcar at a Union Pacific Railroad yard that was initially thought to be flammable propane turned out to be lubricating oil, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District official.

01/07/2015

(Automated external defibrillators) on display at the 7th Annual American Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet press conference. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Teen Basketball Player Saved On The Court After Collapsing During Game In Walnut Creek

A 14-year-old basketball player’s life was saved over the weekend by an Automated external defibrillator (AED) after an apparent heart attack during halftime at a game. The medical device has become standard in all Walnut Creek facilities.

01/05/2015

(CBS SF)

Coalition Collects 39,000 Signatures To Block 33% Pay Raise For Contra Costa County Supervisors

Petitions with thousands of signatures aimed at blocking a huge raise for Contra Costa County Supervisors have been delivered.

01/02/2015

A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

New Laws In 2015 Could Fix Issues Facing Covered California

From too few doctors, to state regulators who weren’t enforcing the law, the set backs and successes of the state’s health care exchange have been the topic of many ConsumerWatch reports this year. Now, the new laws in the New Year could fix some of the most significant issues facing Covered California. Julie Watts reports.

12/30/2014

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez, hospital

Martinez Hospital Briefly Locked Down After Gunfire Reported, Police Give All Clear

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez and the Martinez Health Center remain was reported to have been briefly locked down on Tuesday.

12/30/2014

Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson (Contra Costa County)

Contra Costa County DA Fires Back At Public Defenders’ Racist Accusations: ‘All Lives Matter’

In the latest chapter of the ongoing Bay Area reaction to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson has fired back at the public defenders, who accused him last week of racially biased prosecutions.

12/23/2014

(CBS)

Woman Killed, Man Injured In Martinez Shooting

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a shooting in Martinez on Friday night, a police sergeant said.

12/20/2014

(Bay Area News Group)

‘Christmas Miracle’ Kitten Rescued After Spending 10 Days Stuck In An Antioch Storm Drain

The mewing pleas of a frightened kitten were answered Thursday after volunteers safely coaxed the feline from out a storm drain it spent over a week trapped in.

12/19/2014

Blue and Gold ferry fleet (Credit, Randy Yagi)

Golden Gate Ferry Service Will Run During Storm While Officials Keep An Eye On Bridge Commute

The Bay Area is hunkering down for a major storm expected to hit on Thursday. Officials are warning of high winds and rain that could cause hazardous driving conditions, but Golden Gate ferry service will still be running during the commute.

12/10/2014

A foreclosure sign hangs on a fence in front of a foreclosed home on April 6, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

5 Real Estate Investors Indicted For Fraud, Bid Rigging At East Bay Foreclosure Auctions

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder referred to the brokers as “an elite group conspiring together for their own profit.”

12/05/2014

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