60 years ago

Citizenship lecture added to heavy fines: Blunt advice about good citizenship, plus a heavy fine and suspended jail sentence were handed out to Esquiel Rea when he appeared in the Brentwood judicial district court Tuesday to stand trial on charge of assault and battery.

Oakley Justice Ted Ohmstede sat for Judge Joe Silva after Rea had asked for of change of judges. Rea was arrested Oct. 2 on complaints of assault and battery and resisting an officer. The latter charge was reduced, and Rea pleaded not guilty to the other two.

When he appeared in court this week he stated this witnessed were not available and he wished to change his plea to guilty.

Justice Ohmstede explained that in this country every one is expected to have respect for the law and its enforcing officers. Rea broke in to say that he was born in the United States, and Ohmstede replied that his conduct was then even less excusable.

He fined Rea $150 each on the assault and battery charges, and imposed a 60-day jail sentence, which he suspended pending good conduct for sixth months. Rea paid the fine.

25 years ago

Pink water pours from some W. Pittsburg taps: A sight chemical over dose at the California Cities water treatment plant on Hill Street caused pink water to run from the faucets in about 200 homes Tuesday. Dan Saddoris, northern division manager for the company, said a computer foul-up sent too much of an algae-controlling chemical into the treated water that was routed to a small percentage of customers in West Pittsburg.


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About 40 or 50 complaints were called in to the office this morning, Saddoris said, but the problem was corrected by 9:30 a.m.

Saddoris said the chemical is similar to chlorine and is used to remove taste and odor from the water. The pink water is safe to drink, he said.

The remainder of California Cities' 4,500 customers in the areas were not affected by the strange colored water, according to Saddoris.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files