Latest Robert Salonga Stories

2008-10-14 06:00:36

By Robert Salonga CONCORD -- Richmond police will lead a procession today that will span much of the county on their way to a memorial at Sleep Train Pavilion for Officer Brad Moody, who died after a car crash earlier this month. Motorists can expect rolling closures among the processional route, expected to begin at 7:30 a.m., along eastbound Interstate 80 to a funeral home in Vacaville. Afterward, the procession will head back onto westbound I-80, south on Interstate 680, east on...

2008-09-15 21:00:14

By Robert Salonga MARTINEZ -- A sulfur spill early this morning on the Marina Vista on-ramp to southbound Interstate 680 did not pose a health hazard and was left to dissipate, the California Highway Patrol and a county hazardous materials official said. The spill, reported at the Marina Vista Avenue on-ramp about 6:40 a.m., came from a truck operated by Silva Trucking, of French Camp. The chemical involved was molten sulfur, which solidified on the roadway. Shell Oil contracted with...

2008-07-31 12:00:47

By Robert Salonga, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 31--CONCORD -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Concord man repeatedly flew his small plane over his ex-girlfriend's neighborhood in violation of FAA rules. FAA spokesman Mike Fergus said his office does not comment on active investigations, but he confirmed that the Beech single-engine fixed-wing plane under scrutiny belongs to 50-year-old Thomas Mark Huey. Over a two-week period in July,...

2008-07-11 18:00:15

By Robert Salonga, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jul. 11--ORINDA -- A monthlong investigation into the burglary of a local Greek restaurant may have been solved Thursday when a man was arrested with some of the stolen goods in his home, police said. Orinda police arrested 42-year-old Quintin Thompson at his Martinez home after investigators connected him to the June 21 burglary of Alekos Cafe where $2,000 of food and alcohol were stolen, said Orinda police Detective Nate...

2008-06-24 21:02:21

By Robert Salonga, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 24--MARTINEZ -- An oil pipeline burst and caused a minor spill on a city street Tuesday but no other damage, county hazardous materials staff members said. The break sprayed about a barrel's worth of oil onto Marina Vista Avenue, closing a segment of the street toward downtown Martinez for several hours. Hazardous materials personnel were called to the scene of the spill at 2000 Marina Vista Ave. about 10:45 a.m., said...

Word of the Day
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).