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Fire sparks near Rankin Park

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A brush fire broke out Wednesday afternoon near Rankin Park in downtown Martinez, threatening several residences. The fire was first reported at 3:51 p.m. in the 100 block of Buckley Street, and climbed its way up the Alhambra Hills for several hours, …

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Doug Stewart passing on torch for Homeless Outreach

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Like a postal carrier, Doug Stewart has ventured out on the coldest, hottest and wettest nights to make his rounds around Martinez and 16 other communities that dot Contra Costa County. His customers don’t have addresses. They are the homeless. Some have …

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Martinez Soroptimist club elects new 2016-2017 officers

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Spirits were high as the Soroptimists recently gathered at Haute Stuff restaurant in downtown Martinez to install their new officers for the 2016-2017 year. Installed as President was Judy Moon; Vice-President Kendra McKeen; Treasurer June Rogers; Secretary Sara Lawson; and, Club Director Ann Stanley. Soroptimist International is …

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Congressmen visit Martinez, present $4.5 million check

MARTINEZ, Calif. – U.S. Reps. Mike Thompson (CA-5) and Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) visited the Martinez Early Childhood Center on Monday to present a check totaling $4.5 million of federal grant money to support Head Start services throughout Contra Costa County. Specifically, the funding will be used to increase the number …

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Arrest made in Shell Avenue shooting, stabbing

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – One arrest and the seizure of multiple weapons was made after gunfire broke out at a Shell Avenue residence in unincorporated Martinez. The gunfire came moments before local law enforcement was preparing to serve a warrant at the home. An investigation followed …

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Arrest log: June 7-14

Those appearing in the following listings have only been arrested on suspicion of the crimes indicated and are presumed innocent. Arrests listed may not necessarily have taken place in Martinez. • David Barnes, 32, was arrested June 14 on charges of brandishing a deadly weapon. • Cody Lawrence, 32, was arrested June …

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Police blotter: June 12-14, 2016

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune The crime blotter is compiled from public record and is not confirmed by Martinez Police or any other party unless otherwise stated. Some accounts may be unfounded. Sunday, June 12 Around 4 p.m., a mother and her daughter exchanged hits in a fight that occurred …

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JoJo to the rescue!

JoJo (pictured) will swoop in with Mary Pickett June 28 to Martinez Library as part of its continuing Lunch at the Library summer program. Pickett is an investigator from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Investigation Unit, while JoJo provides emotional comfort to children and adults who are being interviewed …

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