So This Happened… Week of March 21 through 27, 2022

So This Happened… Week of March 21 through 27, 2022

So This Happened… Week of March 21 through 27, 2022
Clockwise from Left: Concord Police located a missing boy Saturday using one of their new drones. Mt. Diablo High’s Yasmine Garett became the school’s first female basketball player to sign a letter of intent to play college basketball. East Bay Regional Parks reports that our wildflower season has reached its peak.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 27, 2022) — The Concord Police Department dispatched its new drone technology to find a 6-year-old boy who went missing Saturday night in the Monument.

After about 20 minutes, the drone operator spotted the juvenile in an adjacent apartment complex. Officers driving by could not see into that area from the street.

Warning about computer hacks: Given the current political climate in Russia, the Pioneer’s tech writer Will Claney recommends staying away from any Russian-made or -influenced software.

“Personally, I am not taking any chances, and you shouldn’t either,” he notes, advising users to check their anti-virus software and stay away from Kaspersky, Eset Nod32, AVG, Dr. Web and TrustPort.

Arson arrests: The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) apprehended suspects last week in two sets of intentional fires.

On March 21, a ConFire investigator identified at transient who was seen near a blaze along the soundwall in Antioch and at a previous fire. The next day, officers found another transient near two vegetation fires along Highway Four in Bay Point.

Solving homelessness issues: Four candidates for the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors offered their action plans for tackling the county’s homeless population. The race is for the District 4 seat currently held by Karen Mitchoff.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

Delving into the new Statewide Housing Plan.

New funding for Concord Smart Signals, Iron Horse Trail, other county projects.

Two Mt. Diablo High teachers named MDUSD 2022-’23 Teachers of the Year.

Mt. Diablo High basketball standout signs first-ever college commitment.

Concord Druids’ Circle helps variety of community groups.

The stalk market: Where has all the California asparagus gone?

Clayton announces summer Concerts in The Grove schedule.

East Bay Parks introduces bicycle bells at Briones as wildflower season peaks.

Training your pet to enjoy bubbles and brushes.

ARF adoption stars Betty and Dapsy looking for forever homes.

Concord Police Association announces annual college scholarship award program.

Concord Police arrest report.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened…” If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

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.