60 years ago

Crop duster spots pair pursued for gas theft: Something new in the technique of law enforcement was introduced over in Sacramento County on Sunday when a crop-dusting pilot flushed two Diablo Valley youths who were hiding in a 2,000-acre field after being detected apparently trying siphon gasoline from an unattended tractor.

As a result, Edward La Course of Oakley and Robert Latimer of Brentwood were caught and lodged in the Sacramento County jail, charged with petty theft and tampering with a vehicle.

Charles Rottiers discovered the pair at his tractor. They fled into a field on Brannan Island when he yelled at them, pursued by Rottiers, two highway patrolmen and a game warden. Then Victor Sepsia, Walnut Grove crop duster, spotted the fugitives from the air and hovered over their hiding place until they were taken into custody.

25 years ago

Water districts to discuss new joint treatment plant: Directors of the Oakley and Contra Costa water districts will meet Tuesday to consider pooling resources to build new water treatment plant in East County.

The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Contra Costa Water District offices at 1331 Concord Ave. in Concord.

Each district could save millions of dollars in construction and finance costs by building a $46 million plant capable of treating 40 millions gallons of water a day, engineering consultants told directors in separate meetings last week.

The consulting team and the engineering firm of Black and Veatch recommended that a joint treatment plant be built on 50 acres at Laurel and Neroly roads rather than a second potential site next to the Contra Loma Reservoir.

The plant could be built and operating by 1992, a study of the project says, Oakley would be paying for the right to use up to 15 million gallons of the plant's capacity, with the remainder going to the Contra Costa District.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files