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Week in Review: Resignations, Elections and Contracts

Some of the stories that made news this past week in Pleasant Hill

Here are some of the stories that made news this past week in Pleasant Hill.

Mail Box Explosion

Two teens were arrested after police say they used an explosive device to destroy a mail box Friday night in the Christine Court neighborhood. Officers say they found another explosive device in a truck parked at College Park High.

Another teen was arrested on an unrelated charge. Two other teens were questioned and released to the custody of their parents.

Park District Board Member Resigns

The Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District is looking for a new board member after longtime trustee Cecile Shepard resigned abruptly. Shepard said she needed to devote more time to her work as a podiatrist.

Shepard had been on the board for 16 years. The board will decide whether to appoint a new trustee or hold a special election when it meets on Dec. 19.

Homeless Man Arrested In Killing

A homeless man was arrested Wednesday night on charges he killed another transient at a homeless encampment on the Pleasant Hill/Concord border.

James Riley, 38, was booked on homicide charges and is being held on $1 million bail.

Authorities say Riley strangled to death 47-year-old Jerald Nagle during a fight at the encampment near the Interstate 680 overpass along Concord Avenue.

Council Approves Police Computer Contract

After a pointed debate, the Pleasant Hill City Council voted 3-0 Monday night to approve a new three-year contract for police department computer services.

The $248,000 contract was awarded to Data 911/Hubb Systems LLC. The company's current three-year contract runs out at the end of December.

The council also learned that Planning Commissioner Tim Flaherty won the third and final council seat open on the Nov. 6 ballot. Flaherty defeated fellow commissioner Jim Bonato by 108 votes.

DVC Officer Hit By Object

Authorities are trying to determine why a Diablo Valley College police officer had an metal object thrown at her on Monday morning.

The object struck the officer in the face. She received minor injuries. No arrests have been made.

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