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Contra Costa County Mayors' Healthy Cookoff
by Mayor Tim Flaherty
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The 6th Annual Contra Costa County Mayors’ Healthy Cookoff competition will be held at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord on Thursday, July 31st . Nineteen Contra Costa County cities were invited to bri...


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A 20-year-old San Bruno man has been arrested for a San Francisco shooting spree in early July that left one victim dead and three others wounded, police announced Friday.

San Francisco police said Marckys Mendez was taken into custody without incident in San Bruno early Friday.

He was booked into San Francisco County jail on one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition and a probation violation.

Investigators said Mendez was suspected of shooting two men on July 6th in the 1700 block of La Salle St.

One of the victims died of their wounds a short time later at San Francisco General while a second victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries and expected to recover.

Earlier in the day, investigators said Mendez shot two other victims on Cameron Way. Both victims were treated for their wounds at San Francisco General.

Investigators did not disclose the motive for the shooting spree.

Investigators are asking for anyone with information on the shootings to contact the San Francisco Police anonymously at 415-575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the start of the message. They may also contact the Homicide Unit at (415) 553-1145.

2014-07-25 09:42:44 -0700

A bomb threat forced the closure of BART’s Coliseum Station early Friday, triggering lengthy delays throughout the system for much of the morning commute, authorities said.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said a 911 caller reported hearing someone make a bomb threat involving the station at around 7:40 a.m. The station was immediately evacuated and closed.

"The caller did not make the threat, they reported hearing the threat," he told KTVU.

Bomb sniffing dogs were brought in and by 8:40 a.m. trains began to move through the station once again.

However, while commuters were being allowed to board the trains at the Coliseum, they could not exit them as a safety precaution.

During the threat, trains were turned around at both the Bayfair and Fruitvale stations on the Fremont and Dublin lines. Allision said there were lengthy delays throughout the system.

2014-07-25 08:03:27 -0700

It’s the dog days of summer and it's only going to get hotter.

With temperatures expected to hover near 100 degrees, Jack England who is visiting Gilroy for the Gilroy Garlic Festival is monitoring the weather given all the dry grass.

“It’s bearable but for me it's barely bearable,” said England. “You take a spark and this would go up in a half hour. This would be toast.”

CalFire is also on alert given the hot temperatures coupled with low humidity could mean increased fire activity. This year's drought is not helping.

“As the drier conditions come through this weekend,” said CalFire Battalion Chief Brandon Leitzke. “Everyone is little more attune to what's going on and a little more active as to how the weather is going to affect the fire conditions themselves.”

Fully staffed this weekend, it's been a long and active fire season for CalFire so far. The Santa Clara unit alone dealt with three dozen fires. Some of those fires started by unintentional carelessness.

“Vehicle exhaust and the dry grass could easily start a fire,” said Leitzke. “Cigarettes in the dry grass could also start a fire.”

Back at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, preparations are underway to make sure the more than 100,000 attendees stay cool. Half a dozen large shade canopies and even rain rooms are set up. Two first aid tents are also up should anyone need it.

“We always try to encourage people to drink as much as they can,” said Brian Bowe of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. “We even have a couple of free water stations should they start to get dehydrated. We will take care of them as quickly as we can."

Emergency personnel will be on hand at the festival and the children’s area will also be shaded.

2014-07-25 07:40:25 -0700

The California Highway Patrol officers and local police launched a search early Friday for four suspects who abandoned their vehicle after a hit-and-run accident on the San Mateo Bridge.

Authorities said the collision was reported around 5:15 a.m. when a Toyota struck a Porsche in a westbound lane on the bridge and fled.

CHP Officer Eric Anderson said the Toyota had been found abandoned off of the freeway in Foster City. The Porsche was eventually removed from the bridge but not before it created a minor commute traffic backup.

A search for four Latino males – one who may be armed -- had been launched near the marina and around hotels in the area.

The driver of the Porsche complained of pain from the collision, Anderson said.

No other details were immediately available.

2014-07-25 07:17:13 -0700

A minor league baseball general manager took Prostate Cancer Awareness Night seriously, showing the standing room only crowd how fast one can undergo a prostate exam.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans general manager and vice president Andy Milovich sang his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” Thursday night while getting his exam bent over with his head out the press box window.

The exam was broadcast via live feed to the crowd of 6,599 at TicketRetrun.com field. Thursday night was Prostate Cancer Awareness Night.

Milovich had the exam as part of a challenge with a 10-year-old girl suffering from brain cancer who has a Facebook page about her fight. Milovich agreed to the exam if the page got 10,000 "likes," a number reached Monday.

Milovich said it was an odd night in minor league baseball but also was one of the most important.

WATCH HERE:

http://youtu.be/Eg70nQanlag

—The Associated Press and WPXI-TV contributed

2014-07-25 06:50:21 -0700
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