Richmond: DNA evidence leads to arrest in 2013 rape case

A DNA match has allowed police to arrest a man already in custody for a sexual assault in a 2013 rape case, authorities said Friday.  
Plans to build 128 units of housing on a vacant portion of the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center will be discussed at two meetings next week. The Creekside Walk residential project is proposed for a site of about 3 acres at the southeast corner of the center near the border with Albany.  
 
Kim Swartz, who will be joined by friends at the vigil, said it is important to keep her daughter's disappearance in the public's mind "and have continued hope of solving her case."  
 
The June 4 panel, to include city and schools officials, will discuss nutrition issues, program funding, parent involvement, and the impact of the recently enacted city tax on the distribution of sodas and other sweetened beverages on school district nutrition programs.  
 
Citing growing spending and reduced revenues, the bond-rating agency Moody's has downgraded Richmond's issuer rating, meaning the city may have to pay higher interest rates if it wants to borrow money in the future.  
 
The independent Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District has floated the idea of contracting with another fire agency to provide service, among other alternative service delivery models, and although the City Council has no jurisdiction over the fire district, the public safety and traffic committee wants to generate a public discussion about the issue.  
 
Fed up with hundreds of boarded-up properties, the city is readying to sell $3 million worth of social impact bonds to acquire and rehabilitate neglected homes.  
 
About 60 students from West Contra Costa schools have formed groups this spring to come up with ways to carry out accountability goals created by the district.  
 
A 22-year-old carjacking suspect was arrested on Thursday in Richmond after a brief high-speed pursuit, authorities said.  
 
The EMS Unit will be staffed by an emergency medical technician and a paramedic and will supplement the fire engine company at Station 70 under a five-year, $6.6 million joint operating agreement between San Pablo and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District partially financed by Measure K, a quarter-cent city sales tax increase approved by voters last year.  
 
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
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