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Alleged serial burglar arrested for third time this month

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The third try isn’t the charm for one Martinez resident. Nineteen-year-old Antonio Neely of Martinez was arrested for the third time this month, on auto theft and burglary charges. According to a release by the Martinez Police Department (MPD), a resident in the 4900 block of Alhambra …

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City says sixteen buildings still unreinforced

Two demolition permit applications turned into city thus far MARTINEZ, Calif. – The deadline to retrofit unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in Martinez has come and gone, and according to City officials, 16 properties stand in non-compliance of the Seismic Hazard Retrofit Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 2009, gave owners of …

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Smoke but no fire – locally, at least

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents and visitors in Martinez and surrounding areas may have noticed a grey curtain partially obscuring sunny skies this past week. After a weekend where daytime temperatures soared in the high 90s and even touched triple digits on more than one occasion, …

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Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputy drowns during off-duty rescue

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Flags are being flown at half mast in Martinez after a sheriff’s deputy that served the community perished during an off-duty water rescue at Lake Tahoe today. The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff was informed on Thursday by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department that …

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‘Ricki and The Flash’ one bipolar picture

By JAMIE JOBB Special to the Martinez Tribune Those of us who knew Jonathan Demme in high school recall his undaunted enthusiasm, his fierce concentration, his persistent predisposition toward compelling sounds and sights – traits that over the next half century would fuel his development as one of the world’s …

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Local organization helps keep cat population down

By JULIE LINFORD Special to the Tribune As anyone who has worked with or volunteered for a small nonprofit organization knows, it takes a lot of work to be successful! In our first eight years, our organization, Outcast Cat Help, Trapped-Neutered-Returned (TNR) over 1,500 cats in Contra Costa County. TNR …

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Manjit Sappal selected as top candidate for Martinez Police Chief

At the Aug. 19 meeting of the Martinez City Council, the Council is set to approve an employment agreement with Manjit Sappal to be the next City of Martinez Police Chief. Sappal has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, starting his career with the Pittsburg Police Department as a …

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John Muir Land Trust to host star gazing event Tuesday

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The stars are aligned for another stellar Star Gazing event on Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at John Muir Land Trust’s Fernandez Ranch, a permanently protected 702-acre natural area. This popular event, sponsored by John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) in partnership with the Mt. Diablo …

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