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Onramp work ahead of schedule

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez motorists and others who travel California Highway 4 have been noticing barriers, signs, closures, detours and equipment along access and exit ramps. Some who are ready for the work to be done have been asking, “Are we there yet?” The …

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Traffic stop nets theft suspect

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A traffic stop by Martinez Police Wednesday at Amador Court and Tahoe Circle resulted in the arrest of a man suspected of multiple burglaries from Martinez to Berkeley, Lt. Aaron Roth said. An officer stopped a vehicle with an apparent code …

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Oakland man accused in Martinez phone store burglary

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – A 38-year-old man from Oakland has been arrested and charged Monday in connection with the theft of 10 new Apple and Samsung smart phones that were taken earlier that morning from a Verizon Wireless retailer at 1055 Arnold Drive, Martinez Police …

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Kenseth wins In Loudon, Harvick loses fuel gamble

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune Bakersfield native and current NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick gambled Sunday that he had enough fuel for the last three miles of the Sylvania 300 in Loudon, New Hampshire. He lost both the gamble and the race. Matt Kenseth sailed past Harvick’s sputtering …

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Alhambra drops DFAL opener to Miramonte 42-19

By GERARDO RECINOS Martinez Tribune The running joke in the Bulldog locker room at half time Friday night was that at least this time Miramonte spotted them five points, in reference to last year’s 34-14 deficit at the half. There weren’t many smiling faces when Miramonte came out in the …

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Tria and Nabeshima medal in Hayward

By JOEL TIMBRELL Special to the Tribune For the second meet of the 2015 cross country season, Alhambra’s distance runners met at Hayward High School for the 13th annual Farmer Invitational last Saturday. Unlike Martinez’s Ed Sias Invitational at Hidden Valley Park, which saw everyone race the two mile distance, …

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Lieutenant describes ‘walls of fire’ in NorCal inferno

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune When Sam Hoffman arrived at the Butte fire in Calaveras County earlier this month, he saw a tremendous blaze that had leaped across several highways, tearing up and down the hilly countryside. It reminded him of the Oakland Hills fire, the 1991 conflagration he …

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Chamber celebrates hallmark cocktail with Martinis on the Plaza Gala

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the city’s history as the birthplace of a popular cocktail with its sixth Martinis on the Plaza Gala Saturday at Ignacio Plaza, with live entertainment, room for dancing and a buffet of specialty foods. And …

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Martinez grandmother, granddaughter team up to create children’s book

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez author Jacque Hall was inspired to write her first book after babysitting her granddaughter’s bunny. Puzzled at the animal’s silence, she asked herself a question, then wrote about it in her children’s book, “What Does the Rabbit Say?’ Her agent …

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Fecal incident draws attention to downtown woes

Businesses affected by out-of-control transients & others, residents say By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN Martinez Tribune MARTINEZ, Calif. – Residents who told the Martinez City Council how a partially-dressed woman smeared feces on vehicles and the window of a downtown bar said the incident is one of “a long line of …

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