East county fire officials working to solve funding shortfalls

Helmick and other district officials have been out there for months, talking about how their district is funded, and how that funding is lacking in an area that, over the past 25 years, has gone from almost entirely rural to increasingly urban.

'Gopher bomb' may have started vegetation fire in Brentwood

A vegetation fire that burned about 7 acres Friday afternoon off Deer Valley Road in unincorporated Brentwood appears to have started "due to the use of a 'goper bomb' to eradicate gophers," the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

Suspect arrested in Brentwood New Years Day stabbing

Officers found Robert Panga, 20, of Brentwood, at the scene of the stabbing at the Best Western Brentwood Inn at 8820 Brentwood Boulevard Wednesday and arrested him on suspicion of attempted murder, police said.

Two injured, one seriously, following head-on collision in Brentwood

The collision was reported at 8:32 p.m. at the intersection of Sellers Avenue and Church Road, Battalion Chief Jeff Burris said. One person needed to be extricated from a vehicle and was then airlifted to John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek. Another person was transported to a hospital via ground ambulance.

Brentwood driver dies in Sunday morning collision

One driver was killed and one was injured in a three-vehicle accident Sunday morning on Balfour Road near American Avenue by the Deer Ridge Golf Club in Brentwood, CHP - Contra Costa said. A Nissan Altima crossed the solid yellow line and attempted to pass a Mini Cooper traveling eastbound, but clipped it instead.

Students protest teacher's transfer

It was standing room only in Brentwood where students turned out to support a teacher at Brentwood's Heritage High School to protest a teacher's transfer. The district said the transfer is for a variety of reasons , but students say the teacher is being punished for taking a knee during a flag-raising ceremony. The district says he was a disruption to the students.