Richmond

Stockton woman charged in fatal crash

A suspected drunken driver is facing several felony charges after a crash that left one passenger dead and two young children hurt, authorities said Tuesday.

Chanetta Flanagan, 36, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing great bodily injury, driving with a suspended license with a prior DUI and two counts of child endangerment. All of the charges are felonies.

Flanagan, of Stockton, veered off the road and struck a tree on San Pablo Avenue between Hilltop Drive and Stanton Avenue around 11:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. The crash crushed the roof of the car, killing her friend, Harold Mason Jr., of Richmond.

Two girls, ages 3 and 5, in the back seat were also injured. Police said the 3-year-old -- Flanagan's daughter -- was in a child safety seat, but the 5-year-old, Flanagan's niece, was not.

The 5-year-old girl remains in serious condition while the 3-year-old girl is stable.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

SAN PABLO

Two men arrested on suspicion of homicide

Two men have been arrested and police are seeking a third suspect in a homicide they believe stemmed from a drug deal gone wrong, authorities said Tuesday.

Police arrested San Pablo resident Hector Paul Nava-Martinez, 20, on Feb. 13 and Richard Contreras Barajas, 24, of Richmond, on Feb. 20 in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Franklin Lopez. Both men have been charged with homicide.

Lopez was fatally shot Feb. 6 in the 2100 block of Dover Avenue after a marijuana deal went bad, Cmdr. Jeff Palmieri said. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The homicide was the city's first in 2014.

Police are still searching for a third suspect, 19-year-old Alexis Alvarez of San Pablo, who is considered armed and dangerous.

-- David DeBolt, Staff

Richmond

Trustees may seek $270M school bond

The West Contra Costa school board expects to vote Wednesday on a proposal to place a $270 million construction bond measure on the June ballot.

If approved by 55 percent of voters, the new bond proceeds would qualify the district for an additional $40 million in state matching funds, according to a staff report.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at Lovonya DeJean Middle School, 3400 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

More information about the meeting is available by calling 510-231-1101 or by visiting www.wccusd.net. Click on Feb. 26 agenda.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

LIVERMORE

Acting city attorney hired on permanently

Mayor John Marchand has announced the appointment of acting City Attorney Jason Alcala to the permanent position, effective immediately.

Alcala was first employed in Livermore as assistant city attorney in 2004 and was promoted to senior assistant attorney in 2011. He served as the Planning Commission's primary legal counsel, where he worked on projects such as the downtown First Street streetscape improvements, the Livermore Premium Outlets infrastructure, and the State Route 84/Isabel Avenue interchange.

Alcala, who lives in Tracy, has served as acting city attorney since the retirement of John Pomidor in July. He will make an annual salary of $190,000. His appointment was announced Monday.

-- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

Bay Area

3 East Bay schools honored for programs

Two dozen campuses throughout California have been designated "Model Continuation High Schools" and recognized for their exemplary programs that help at-risk students flourish.

Six of the schools are located in the Bay Area, including three in the East Bay and three in the South Bay, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday.

The schools offer students ages 16 and older alternative high school diploma programs that help them make up credits and focuses on preparing them for careers, according to a news release. The programs also provide students with individualized instruction, guidance and counseling.

The three East Bay schools recognized were: Del Valle High in Livermore; Valley Continuation High in Dublin; and Vicente Martinez High in Martinez.

-- Theresa Harrington, Staff

PITTSBURG

Covered California workshop Saturday

The Pittsburg branch of the Contra Costa Library will hold a free information and enrollment workshop Saturday for Covered California, the health insurance program offered under the federal health care law officially known as the Affordable Care Act.

Several one-hour sessions will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the library, 80 Power Ave.

Registration is required. To register, call 925-427-8390 or go to http://ccclib.org/locations/pittsburg.html, scroll down to "Things to Do" and click on Get Covered, CA.

-- Eve Mitchell, Staff

Pleasant Hill

Pedestrian strikes car near BART station

A man on foot near the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART station was injured Tuesday morning after he ran into a car, the California Highway Patrol said.

The man was walking on Jones Road at Treat Boulevard around 6:35 a.m. when he crossed the intersection in the crosswalk against the traffic signal, according to the CHP.

The man ran into a Mazda that was going through a green light about 5 mph, the CHP said. The man went by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek with moderate injuries.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff