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    ( JANE TYSKA )
    Seven years after rape allegations, Michael Gressett will return to Contra Costa DA's office Monday

    In 2008, Contra Costa sex crimes prosecutor Michael Gressett was accused of raping a junior colleague in a scandal that rocked the department. The attorney will return to work for the District Attorney's Office on Monday and begin litigating cases once again, the department's top lawyer said Friday. 
    Plans to build 128 units of housing on a vacant portion of the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center will be discussed at two meetings next week. The Creekside Walk residential project is proposed for a site of about 3 acres at the southeast corner of the center near the border with Albany.  
     
    As high school students from the class of 2015 begin receiving their diplomas this month, they may help boost overall graduation rates for their schools and districts. Between 2013 and 2014, most districts improved their graduation rates and saw lower percentages of students dropping out of high school.  
     
    In what the defense attorney called the largest sex crimes sentence handed down in Contra Costa history, the attorney for Melvin Herrera cited the reduced sentence of former Concord teacher Joseph Martin as grounds to reduce his client's sentence.  
     
    Kim Swartz, who will be joined by friends at the vigil, said it is important to keep her daughter's disappearance in the public's mind "and have continued hope of solving her case."  
     
    Concord Councilman Ron Leone's house is located within 500 feet of the former military base. To avoid a potential conflict of interest, Leone has recused himself from the upcoming selection of the master developer.  
     
    The independent Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District has floated the idea of contracting with another fire agency to provide service, among other alternative service delivery models, and although the City Council has no jurisdiction over the fire district, the public safety and traffic committee wants to generate a public discussion about the issue.  
     
    About 60 students from West Contra Costa schools have formed groups this spring to come up with ways to carry out accountability goals created by the district.  
     
    Contra Costa Judge Patricia Scanlon heard arguments from both sides regarding Charles Christman's living situation in Walnut Creek and will rule on whether he can stay or must move in a couple weeks.  
     
    Originally charged with murder, one defendant gets 21 years for voluntary manslaughter plus enhancement, the other gets three years for being an accessory after the fact  
     
    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    Michael Jackson's ranch can be yours for $100 million

    'Thriller’ singer’s amusement parks rides are gone, and property now called Sycamore Valley Ranch.