Cigarette Sparks Fire At East Bay Marijuana Grow House, Officials Say – Patch.com

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — A fire in a boarded-up Antioch home where marijuana was found growing Sunday started when someone discarded a cigarette into a planter box, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.A neighbor called firefighters at 1:55 p.m. Sunday to report smoke coming from the front of a two-story, single-family home in the 2000 block of …

Cigarette Sparks Fire At East Bay Marijuana Grow House, Officials … – Patch.com

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — A fire in a boarded-up Antioch home where marijuana was found growing Sunday started when someone discarded a cigarette into a planter box, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District officials said.A neighbor called firefighters at 1:55 p.m. Sunday to report smoke coming from the front of a two-story, single-family home in the 2000 block of …

Fire breaks out at marijuana grow house in Antioch – SFGate

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Photo: Ron Chapple, Getty Image Image 1of/1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 As smoke billowed from the garage, the firefighters almost immediately discovered the structure was a grow house, fire officials said. As smoke billowed from the garage, the firefighters almost immediately discovered the structure was a grow house, fire officials said. Photo: Ron Chapple, Getty Image Fire breaks …

Fire breaks out at marijuana grow house in Antioch – SFGate – SFGate

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Photo: Courtesy Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Image 1of/2 Caption Close Image 1 of 2 As smoke billowed from the garage, firefighters almost immediately discovered the structure was a grow house, fire officials said. Contra Costa County Fire Protection District sent out these photos via social media Sunday. less As smoke billowed from the garage, firefighters almost immediately discovered the …

Butane explosions, cyberattacks, and Xavier Becerra on Jeff Sessions' drug war – Sacramento Bee

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Good morning. On behalf of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board, welcome to The Take, your opinion-politics newsletter. Please sign up for it here. Jack Ohman says Vladimir Putin’s only the piano player in the Syrian parlor. Click here to hear the music. Our take Editorials When death isn’t a big enough deterrent to making this marijuana: California voters have decided …

Vanier taps into outrage over incumbent in bid for Contra Costa DA seat – East Bay Times

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SAN RAMON — Santa Clara county Prosecutor Patrick Vanier announced his bid for the Contra Costa District Attorney’s seat Thursday with a pledge to fight crime not just in the court, but in the community. Vanier will face Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson, who has announced his candidacy for re-election in 2018. At the campaign kickoff party at the Amador Rancho Community …

Quick guilty verdict returned in 2015 Oakland shooting – East Bay Times

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OAKLAND — An Alameda County jury deliberated for about four hours before finding an Oakland man guilty as charged in connection with a 2015 East Oakland shooting that injured three people. Mykolay McGowen was convicted of three counts of attempted murder, including two premeditated and deliberate counts for the April 13, 2015 shooting that targeted a pair of brothers who …

Suspected guns-for-weed deals net Merritt College basketball player – East Bay Times

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UKIAH — A Merritt College basketball player and another man have been charged in Mendocino County in a case involving trading guns for marijuana, officials said Tuesday. The so-called marijuana dealers were actually undercover law enforcement officers, authorities said. During an investigation spanning several months, which ended with the two men being arrested April 25 in Oakland, undercover officers with the …

2 killed in apparent robbery at Northern California marijuana house – East Bay Times

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SACRAMENTO — Police in Northern California say two people were found dead in the middle of a street in an apparent robbery at a home where officials found an illegal marijuana grow. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2prkXsM) officers on Sunday found the two bodies lying in the road. Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Officer Linda Matthew says that at around the …

In Bay Area, six-figure salaries are "low income" – The Mercury News

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In the high-priced Bay Area, even some households that bring in six figures a year can now be considered “low income.” That’s according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently released its 2017 income limits — a threshold that determines who can qualify for affordable and subsidized housing programs such as Section 8 vouchers. San Francisco and San …

Oakland traffic stop yields cash, drugs, loaded gun – East Bay Times

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OAKLAND — A man was taken to jail after his arrest last week for violating probation after a search of his vehicle yielded a loaded gun, various drugs and more than $20,000 cash, police said Wednesday. According to a statement and city records, officers patrolling the city’s Fitchburg neighborhood stopped a vehicle in the 7500 block of Hamilton Street around 9 p.m. …

San Ramon makes few concessions to Prop. 64 marijuana law – East Bay Times

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SAN RAMON — Going for a more restrictive approach than many other East Bay cities have taken in the Prop. 64 era, San Ramon has rejected any sort of marijuana dispensary  — medical or otherwise — from operating within city limits. Some cities are opting to keep as much marijuana outside of their boundaries as possible, while others are embracing the …

Cell phone stop in Castro Valley leads to millions in marijuana, cash – East Bay Times

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CASTRO VALLEY — A cell phone violation Saturday led to the seizure of 320 pounds of marijuana, more than $1 million in cash and the arrest of two men, authorities said Monday. Both the pot confiscation, worth an estimated $1 million plus in street value, and the cash seized, are among the largest ever made by the Alameda County Narcotics …