Concord

Police name suspects in Wendy's shooting

Police on Wednesday released the names of two suspects sought in a shooting outside a Wendy's restaurant on Monument Boulevard last Friday.

The shooting, which happened around 6 p.m. outside the restaurant at 1551 Monument Blvd., seriously injured one person, but police have not identified the victim or released an update on the person's condition.

Police identified the suspects as 17-year-old Concord resident Rafael Junior Zaragoza and 19-year-old Fairfield resident Gustavo Mendez.

Zaragoza is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Mendez is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The pair are considered armed and dangerous.

Police said they have arrest warrants for both suspects for suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. But searches for the suspects have led nowhere, and they remain at-large.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

PITTSBURG

Stolen keys prompt concerns at college

Los Medanos College workers have added some temporary security measures to the campus after someone stole a set of keys last month over winter break, officials said this week.

The theft, which included master keys to most of the buildings, occurred during a break-in Dec. 22, when the campus was closed for winter break, Contra Costa Community College District spokesman Tim Leong said.

A campus maintenance truck, computer and miscellaneous equipment were stolen, he said. Since then, extra security has been on the campus, and other security measures have been put in place.

Meanwhile, the district is in final discussions with a vendor to re-key locks on the campus leading outdoors, and then will work on a plan for interior locks that need to be replaced, Leong said.

The district estimates the cost could easily be thousands of dollars.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

Antioch

Fire burns up to 50 acres on Delta island

A fire that erupted on a tinder-dry Delta island Tuesday afternoon burned an estimated 50 acres before it was contained, a fire official said.

Capt. Scott Bahrenfuss of the Rio Vista Fire Department said the brush fire on Kimball Island scorched three buildings and six outbuildings. The 109-acre island directly across from the Antioch Marina in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is accessible only by boat, forcing fire crews to battle the blaze using fire boats and by dumping water from helicopters.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but Bahrenfuss said Tuesday's dry conditions helped fuel the flames. A red-flag fire warning, which is unusual for January, was issued by the National Weather Service on Tuesday and remains in effect through Thursday morning.

The Kimball Island fire began on the south part of the island around 3 p.m., sending a heavy plume of black smoke over the San Joaquin River and Antioch waterfront. It later moved westward toward an inhabited building, forcing the U.S. Coast Guard to evacuate four people. No one was injured.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Livermore

San Jose man faces hit-and-run charges

A 53-year-old San Jose man was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony hit and run in connection with a collision on Highway 84 that injured two drivers earlier this month, authorities said.

Police arrested Bert Rosenthal at his home Wednesday, and he was later charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, police said. He is being held on $100,000 bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 6, police said, Rosenthal was driving on Vallecitos Road (State Route 84) north of the main entrance of Ruby Hill gated community when his Toyota Tacoma pickup collided with a black Honda Civic, causing the driver to lose control and slide sideways into oncoming traffic.

A Jeep traveling southbound on nearby Isabel Avenue then struck the passenger side of the Honda, causing serious injuries to both drivers, police said.

The driver of the pickup did not stop. Police later located Rosenthal's vehicle, which had damage consistent with the collision.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Staff

ANTIOCH

G Street overpass to close for construction

A major city thoroughfare will be closed all day Saturday as work is completed on a bridge that crosses over Highway 4.

G Street will be closed from Minta Lane to Texas Street from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday as a contractor completes the new bridge over the freeway, according to a Contra Costa Transportation Authority news release.

Traffic will be detoured to A Street and Contra Loma Boulevard.

The final lane configuration on the G Street bridge will consist of one northbound lane, two southbound lanes, road shoulders that are 5 feet wide and sidewalks 10 feet wide on each side of the road.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

Hercules

Police seek suspect in bank ATM thefts

Police are searching for a man they believe may be responsible for stealing money from victims' bank accounts.

On Monday, a Hercules woman told police she made an ATM deposit on Jan. 11 around 2:20 p.m. at the Hercules branch of the Bank of America. When she later viewed her account online, she saw numerous fraudulent charges had taken place that day between 2:21 p.m. and 2:25 p.m.

The woman told police a man stood very close to her while she was doing her transactions and that when she left, he was still standing by the ATM.

The suspect was described as a black male, between 20 and 30 years old, more than 6 feet tall with a slim build. He had short, wavy hair and was wearing blue jeans with gold embroidery on his back pockets and a navy blue puffy jacket.

A similarly described man was seen at the Bank of America on Oct. 22. Police said it appeared as if he was trying to view the PIN numbers that customers entered and would then attempt to use his own card to access their accounts.

-- Katie Nelson, Staff

Antioch

City delays adopting new animal rules

After hearing a bevy of concerns centered around the treatment of feral cats and limits on the number of animals allowed, city leaders decided Tuesday night to delay approval of a new animal ordinance.

Antioch's animal rules have not received a major update since the early 1980s. The proposed ordinance would preserve much of the city's criteria for licensing and care for animals, clarify the penalties for violations and the appeals process, and expand the list of unlawful acts.

The new rules would also set provisions for potentially dangerous and vicious animals, including remedies for attacks on private property and requirements for keeping an animal after it has been declared vicious.

Animal advocates packed the council chambers, most taking issue with a proposed rule that feeding feral cats on public property would be prohibited. Also, a city permit would be required to keep more than five cats on a property.

The council decided that more time was needed to gather information about how much a trap and release program would cost.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

San Rafael

Woman pleads guilty in bedroom biting blitz

A San Rafael woman pleaded guilty to battery Tuesday for barging in on a married couple during sex and biting them in a scuffle.

Tara Elfenbein, 44, also pleaded guilty to vandalizing a picture frame and other items. A trespassing charge was dismissed in the negotiated plea.

Both the convictions are misdemeanors. Elfenbein will receive a 29-day jail sentence and other penalties when she is sentenced by Judge Terrence Boren.

The incident occurred in August at a residence on Greenfield Avenue. San Rafael police said Elfenbein entered the couple's bedroom while they were having sex and started taking video with her cellphone.

During the ensuing skirmish, Elfenbein allegedly pulled the wife's hair, bit her three times on the upper body and bit the man once on the upper body, police said. She left the residence before police arrived and was subsequently arrested at her residence nearby.

The conflict was "possibly over a love triangle," San Rafael police Officer Buffy Paxson wrote in a probable cause statement.

Elfenbein took the plea deal before the case reached the preliminary hearing stage, so there was no court testimony.

Elfenbein remains out of custody pending her sentencing.

-- Marin Independent Journal