So This Happened…Week of Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, 2023

So This Happened...Week of Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, 2023
Clockwise from Left: Suspect arrested in 29 year old cold case killing of Terrie Ladwig. More student athletes make their college commitments. Mt. Diablo Education Foundation raising money to help kids.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 5, 2023) — Concord police have arrested a suspect in the 1994 killing of Terrie Ladwig in her Concord apartment. Salt Lake City’s Safe Streets Task Force assisted in the arrest for the death of the transgender woman. James William Grimsley, who is currently in jail in Salt Lake City, is expected to be extradited to Contra Costa County. For more on local crime, check out the latest reports from the Concord and Clayton police departments.

In our schools: The county Office of Education will host its Spring Job Fair on Feb. 26 in Martinez. “We continue to face teacher and substitute teacher shortages throughout the nation and state of California,” notes county Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey. In a nod to the importance of education, Pacific Service Credit Union will donate $25 to the Mt. Diablo Education Foundation for each account opened through Feb. 28. And in the world of sports, six local football players and a gymnast recently made college commitments.

Giving children a boost: Contra Costa County is looking for resources families – also known as foster families – to help care for the more than 500 children in foster care. Officials are especially in need of foster parents who can accommodate teens, LGBTQIA+ youth, and children with developmental and medical needs. Meanwhile, the county Board of Supervisors is accepting nominations until Feb. 17 for the annual Youth Hall of Fame Awards for those 12 to 18.

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Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.