Law and Order

Arrest Log: Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, 2016

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. • Wyatt Barber, 26, was arrested Feb. 1 on DUI alcohol/drugs charges. • Edward Garafalo, 28, was arrested Jan. 31 …

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Police Blotter: Feb. 5-11, 2016

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune Wednesday, Jan. 27 One Martinez citizen reported to have received over 70 unwanted phone calls from unknown people. The single-person hotline claimed her former best friend had been giving away her phone number. Just before noon, it was dicovered a Martinez Junior High student had …

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School district faces lawsuit

By TASHINA MANYAK Martinez Tribune The Mount Diablo Unified School District is embroiled in a lawsuit for allegedly failing to protect its students from the sexual abuse of a fourth grade teacher who was identified by an internal investigation as a potential threat in 2006. Despite the decade-old investigative report …

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Arrest Log: Jan. 21-25, 2016

By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune 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. Nathin Mikesell, 22, was arrested Jan. 21 for alleged possession of a controlled substance/paraphernalia. Edward …

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Police Blotter: Jan. 22-25, 2016

Bag with $16,000 left at Luigi’s Deli By DANNY YOEONO Martinez Tribune Friday, Jan. 22 At approximately 2:08 a.m. Friday morning, a traffic stop turned into a chase after the occupants of a red Buick fled the vehicle after being pulled over. Police believe the car may have been stolen. …

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Martinez resident allegedly commits suicide at local jail

Steven Payne found ‘unresponsive’ in cell; later perishes By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Two investigations into a death stemming from an incident at the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department’s main detention center in Martinez are in their early stages. At approximately 4 p.m. Dec. 30, 2015, jail …

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Cold case still under investigation

Jan. 24 marks anniversary of death of 9-year-old Martinez boy By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – The wet, sloppy conditions descending on the area in recent days are an eerie reminder of the brutal murder of a child nearly 30 years ago, that left a dark cloud over …

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Police continue search for Wing Stop robbery suspects

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Police continue to search for two suspects involved in an armed robbery at Martinez Wingstop. The two suspects allegedly entered the Wingstop restaurant on Arnold Drive around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14. Armed with knives, they allegedly went behind the counter and demanded money from the …

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Man shot; suspect on the lam

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – An investigation continues in a weekend shooting that left one person with non-life-threatening injuries. Martinez Police Det. Gerardo Espinoza declined to go into specifics about the investigation, but said a “person of interest’’ is being sought in connection with the case. The …

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Police arrest armed robbery suspect

By DAVID SCHOLZ Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A gun-toting parolee allegedly made off with a large sum of money from the Martinez Wal-Mart store Tuesday afternoon after forcing a clerk to remove cash from a store register. Michael Garcia, 24, who is currently on parole and suspected in another …

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