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Officer Dirk Miller named Martinez’s Officer of the Year

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 14-year veteran of Martinez Police Department (MPD) has been named Officer of the Year by Police Chief Manjit Sappal. Officer Dirk Miller received his chief’s praise for his communication skills, among other abilities. “Officer Miller has been an asset to …

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Martinez fans expected to line up for ‘Star Wars VII’

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Star Wars fans have been camped out at Los Angeles theaters for nearly two weeks. Martinez fans may be more restrained, but the local movie theater and the nearby drive-in expected patrons in costume to arrive early for local screenings of the “The Force …

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Bulldog grapplers fall short in DFAL opener

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Bulldog wrestling team opened their Diablo Foothill Athletic League campaign with a shock loss to Acalanes on Thursday, Dec. 10. Coach Pep Roa said before the match that he and his athletes were still scouring the school to fill out their roster. The unfortunate …

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Dogs look to youth as an advantage

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Coach Rory Gentry’s possession-based attacking style of soccer has what he calls “checks and balances” that players must make to perform smart passes. Much like a government, the structure of his team’s style of play is also reflected in the style of leadership his captains …

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Martinez woman, Walnut Creek man accused in mail thefts

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune A 19-year-old Martinez woman and a 34-year-old Walnut Creek man have been arrested after a Walnut Creek resident allegedly saw them sitting in a truck opening packages Wednesday, Walnut Creek Police Sgt. Bruce Jower said. Jower said the caller, a Walnut Creek woman who …

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Diaz preserves draw with man of the match effort

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune There is perhaps no better way to open the Diablo Foothill Athletic League’s last boys soccer campaign for Alhambra than by securing a draw and keeping a clean sheet against a tough opponent in Miramonte. With a superhuman effort from senior Jose Diaz in goal, …

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Injury-plagued Dogs fade late against Panthers

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The Bulldogs are banged up right now. They’re missing three players to injuries, they lost a player who left the team, and they’re heading into a stretch where they’ll play six games in two weeks before league play. It’s going to get interesting. Their 70-52 …

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Alhambra capitalizes in road victory

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune Blustery conditions don’t make for very attractive soccer games, but while the weather in the air was bitter cold Monday night, the temperature on the field was always rising. It was a classic case of a referee who had lost control of the game, but …

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Martinez businessman charged in illegal alcohol operation

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune A months-long investigation of an illegal alcohol operation at a Concord business led to the arrest of a Martinez businessman and the confiscation of more than 40 illegal unregistered firearms as well as two stills, John Carr, spokesperson for the California Department of Alcoholic …

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