60 years ago

Stoneman closing report "misinformation: Reports early in the week that Camp Stoneman was to be closed May 1, were found later to be premature, but left the situation in a highly uncertain state. Meanwhile, the possibility that the installation might be closed was received here with apprehension. While the closing would have little direct effect on local business, there are a number of residents of the area who have are employed at Stoneman.

The May 1 closing report came when Sen. Thomas H. Kuchel was informed by Robert T. Ross, assistant defense secretary, that was the definite date. The Stoneman closing is linked with the decision to transfer the U.S. Navy's main troopship operations from San Francisco to Seattle.

Gov. Knight, Mayor Elmer Robinson of San Francisco, business leaders and civic leaders in California have joined in heated protest of the plan.

25 years ago

Murder rate for East County soars in '88: Rapidly growing East County suffered a record number of murders and auto thefts in 1988, but fewer residents had their homes burglarized, local police say. Overall, incidents of crime rose only slightly in Antioch, Pittsburg and Brentwood and unincorporated communities despite the of hundreds of new homes and thousands of new residents, according to separate reports completed by each city and county.

Each report lists how many homicides, rapes, robberies, assaults, thefts and burglaries occurred within each community in 1988. The statistics, which cover the so-called Part I crimes, also must be sent to the state Attorney General's Office.

Of the Part I crimes, only burglaries declined in every community.

The total number of murders, 21, is seven more than in 1987. Unincorporated areas -- West Pittsburg and far East County -- saw the biggest jump.

-- Brentwood and Ledger Post Dispatch new files