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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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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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Police search for suspect in restaurant robbery

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Police are searching for an armed suspect who robbed a McDonald’s Restaurant, 1185 Arnold Drive, late Tuesday, Sgt. Tyson Muncher said. The robbery began about 9:08 p.m. Tuesday when someone walked up to the restaurant’s drive-through window and demanded money …

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Marina ‘sideshows’ don’t compare to Franklin Canyon roundup

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Martinez has been getting its share of “sideshow” drivers, but nothing that compares to the Oct. 24-25 impoundment of 17 vehicles and the citing of their drivers for engaging in speed contests in a parking lot near Franklin Golf Course off California State Highway …

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Seventeen ‘sideshow’ cars impounded near Franklin Canyon Golf Course

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – California Highway Patrol has impounded 17 vehicles, mostly sports cars, and has cited their drivers after officers converged on a “sideshow” late Saturday near Franklin Canyon Golf Course west of Martinez, CHP Officer John Fransen said. “Sideshows” is a term for …

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Chief proposes changes to municipal code changes

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal is proposing changes to the Martinez Municipal Code that could give his officers clarification about what homeless people and others can and cannot do within city limits. He presented his suggestions to the Martinez Public Safety …

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Cpl. Mike Estanol receives downtown assignment

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Cpl. Mike Estanol, newly assigned to the city downtown beat by Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal, already is a familiar face to local merchants and shoppers. He’s on a first-name basis with most of them. He’s also active on pertinent social …

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