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Injuries Reported After Collision in Front of the Concord Police Station

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 00:46

A multi-vehicle collision sent two people to the hospital in Concord on Friday.

The crash occurred in front of the Concord Police Station on Galindo St.

The collision involved a Honda Civic and a large pick-up truck, and it’s still under investigation.

No life-threatening injuries were reported.

Thanks to April Natalie for the picture!

UPDATE: Concord Motorcyclist Killed in Crash on Thursday Night Identified

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 00:09

A motorcyclist killed in a crash in Concord on Thursday night has been identified as 29-year-old Kai Phillips of Concord, a Contra Costa County coroner’s deputy said today.

The crash occurred around 10:44 p.m. at the intersection of Oak Grove according to Concord police.

Police said the crash involved a 2000 Blue Nissan Sentra and a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Police said officers found Phillips in the intersection, unresponsive and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car was identified as a 58-year-old woman from Concord.

Police said the preliminary investigation indicated Phillips was speeding and may have run a red light as the car wasturning left onto Treat Blvd. from Oak Grove Rd.

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

RELATED STORY: UPDATE: Concord Man Dies During Crash at Treat Blvd. & Oak Grove Rd.

Overnight Closures of Caldecott Tunnel’s 2nd Bore Planned for Upcoming Weekends

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 22:00

Motorists can expect delays during overnight closures of an eastbound bore of the state Highway 24 Caldecott Tunnel from Oakland to Orinda over the next two weekends as crews work on the roadway, according to Caltrans.

The Caldecott Tunnel’s far-left eastbound bore will be closed on Friday & Saturday night from 8pm to noon, and again from from 8pm Sunday to 7am
Monday, Caltrans is reporting.

Closures are scheduled for the same times the weekend of Aug. 15 - Aug. 18.

During the closures workers plan to complete the realignment of the eastbound approach to the tunnel’s second bore, which no longer needs to be shifted to accommodate westbound traffic. The alignment changes will reflect the bore’s permanent eastbound direction and should make the drive leading up to the bore smoother, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans officials say the roadwork is expected to cause eastbound delays of five to 20 minutes. Westbound traffic should not be affected.

The Concord Police Weekly Arrest Report

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 20:00

Click on each photo above to view the Concord Police Arrest Report (four pages).

Names of those arrested are not included in the report.

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of any possible victim(s).

The Water Cooler – Who’s Smarter, Men or Women?

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 19:00

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

This week during a speech, Michelle Obama said women were smarter than men.

Do you agree with the First Lady?

Talk about it….

The Concord Police Weekly Burglary Report – 15 Burglaries Between Aug. 1 – Aug. 5

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 17:00

This is the Concord Police weekly burglary report. Please click on the image for a much larger view.

This week, Concord had 15 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 29, and before that, Concord had 14 burglaries.

The last two numbers in each address have been deleted to respect the privacy of the victim(s).

According to the Concord Police, the report shown above might not include burglaries that are still under investigation.

UPDATE: Concord Man Dies During Crash at Treat Blvd. & Oak Grove Rd.

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 15:05

As we previously reported, a motorcyclist died after a collision on Treat Blvd. at Oak Grove Rd. late Thursday night.

Concord Police have not released the victim’s identity at this time, but they are saying who they believed might have caused the fatal crash.

Although the exact cause of the collision is still under investigation, a preliminary investigation indicates the driver of the Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 29-year-old male resident of Concord, was traveling northbound on Oak Grove Rd. in the #2 lane of traffic at a high rate of speed and may have entered the intersection against a red light, while the driver of the Nissan Sentra, a 58-year-old female resident of Concord, was making a left turn from south bound Oak Grove Rd. onto east bound Treat Blvd., police said.

The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene by AMR/CFD personnel. The name of the deceased is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation and pending notification of the family.

Anyone with additional information to offer regarding the collision, please contact Traffic Investigator Ken Carlson at (925) 603-5931.

RELATED STORY: Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Treat Blvd. at Oak Grove Rd. in Concord.

photo credit: “ratstalker”

Man Arrives at John Muir Concord with Stab Wound on Friday Morning

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:55

A victim arrived at John Muir – Concord, with a stab wound on Friday morning.

The victim was possibly stabbed during a large fight on Madigan Ave. in Concord around 12:30am on Friday morning.

When police arrived at the fight, they found several people physically fighting, and about 100 people fleeing the scene.

At this time, the victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Fatal Motorcycle Collision on Treat Blvd. at Oak Grove Rd. in Concord.

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 06:30

A motorcyclist died during a collision on Treat Blvd. at Oak Grove Rd. in Concord on Thursday night just before 11pm.

Westbound Treat Blvd. (towards Walnut Creek) is shut down at San Simeon. The road will be shut down for several hours while police investigate the crash.

The victim’s identity has not been released at this time.

Please use caution if you’re in the area.

PICS: Walnut Creek Package Thief Arrested

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 02:20

On Wednesday we showed you a picture of a criminal stealing a package in Walnut Creek.

Today, we have happy news to report.

The following is from the Walnut Creek Police Dept.:

We are happy to report that the package thief depicted in the pictures above was arrested yesterday on unrelated charges by the Pleasant Hill Police Department. Special thanks goes to the Martinez Police Department who spotted the truck that led to the arrest.

Since the suspect has not been arrested or charged yet in connection with our case, we are not releasing his identity at this time. However, we are confident the responsible is in custody. Here is a picture of the truck he was arrested in.

Thanks to everyone who helped put the bad guy in jail!

PG&E Workers Walking the High-Wire Near Pine St. in Martinez

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:47

Those PG&E workers are high!

Craig Cannon sent us the picture and a brief description of what he saw.

Seen from Hwy, 4 and numerous areas in Martinez, these guys are walking the high wire, just off Pine St. Appears PG&E is replacing isolation coils on this well over 100′ high power tower! What a sight! The high voltage wires hang from the ceramic and other non-conductive coils, to keep the wires from energizing the tower, thus grounding the 500,000 plus volts running through these lines!

Thanks, Craig!

Anybody else see these guys working today?

Column: Creative Space with Lisa Fulmer – Festival of Latin Culture

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:00

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County began hosting its Festival of Latin Culture in 2010. The Festival has grown since then from a small block party into a downtown street fair—it provides education and outreach for the Latino community and the county at large.

​The Festival is Saturday, August 23rd at Todos Santos Plaza and admission is free. Here’s just some of what the day holds for you!

- Live Latin music and dancing
- Puro Bandido band
- 30+ vendors of art, craft, cultural wares and Latin food
- Children’s crafts, games and a piñata making contest

Photo credits: Festival of Latin Culture Facebook page

Text excerpted from FLC site


TONIGHT – Music & Market
6:30 – 8:00pm
The Rubinoos – 80s pop
Todos Santos Plaza, Concord

August 9
10:00am – 5:00pm
Scene on the Strait Art Festival
Martinez Regional Shoreline

Now through August 13
Merryl Berner Cicourel – Mixed media exhibit
Walnut Creek Boundary Oak Clubhouse

August 16
9:30am – 2:30pm
Art Show & Boutique
Concord Senior Center

August 17
10:00am – 5:00pm
Art in the Park
Plaza Ignacio, Martinez

Now through August 22
Children’s art classes
MJ Studios, Pleasant Hill

August 23
11:00am – 6:00pm
Festival of Latin Culture
Todos Santos Plaza, Concord

Now through August 30
Bay Area Artists – Summer Show
Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette

Now through August 31
Unique Art, Unique Homes exhibit
Lafayette Art Gallery

Now through August 31
Contra Costa Landscapes
Art Cottage, Concord

Visit the Arts & Culture Commission’s new events calendar for more!

Creative Space is a weekly column written by Lisa Fulmer that features local art events and performances, information about creative movers and makers, and fun how-to craft projects for you and your family. Creative Space will be on every Thursday at 2pm.

As an avid creative junkie living in Concord, Lisa wants to make it easier for our readers to find ways to embrace creativity and celebrate the local people who are making it happen. In addition to her work as a marketing consultant and a project designer for the craft industry, Lisa also offers a craft party planning service for birthdays, family reunions and other special events.

The Water Cooler – Athiests Threaten Restaurant Owner Over Prayer Discount

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:00

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

A restaurant on the East Coast recently started giving discounts to individuals or families who say a prayer before they eat their breakfast, lunch or dinner. They’ve recently stopped the discount because a group of athiests threatened to sue the restaurant.

What’s your opinion on this?

Talk about it….

Suspect in Multiple South Bay Burglaries Arrested at Walnut Creek Bar

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:46

A man suspected in connection with multiple home burglaries in Morgan Hill and San Jose was arrested in Walnut Creek on Tuesday night.

Santa Clara County sheriff’s personnel arrested David Pietrzak, 50, of San Jose at the Stadium Pub at 1420 Lincoln Avenue, according to Walnut Creek police Lt. Steve Gorski.

Authorities had been on the lookout for Pietrzak after he allegedly burglarized a home in Morgan Hill on July 29, and was suspected of involvement in several other burglaries throughout Santa Clara County, according to Morgan Hill police.

Walnut Creek police were notified on Tuesday that Santa Clara County law enforcement officers had traced Pietrzak to Walnut Creek and planned to arrest him there, Gorski said.

He was taken to Santa Clara County Jail.

The Claycord BART Crime Report – Warrants, Bike Theft in Concord, Walnut Creek

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:00

This is the Claycord BART crime report.

The information in this report is provided by the BART Police Department (BPD), and it will be posted on when it’s made available by BPD.

Warrant Arrest – Concord Station

8/6/14 1026 hours

An officer responded to the station for a report of a subject harassing a patron The officer detained the subject and discovered that he had a misdemeanor $5k warrant charging petty theft issued from the Contra Costa. The subject was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility Jail for his warrant.

Bicycle Theft – Walnut Creek Station

8/5/14 2210 hours

A victim reported his $400 gray and green Scott 21 speed men’s hybrid bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a U-lock at the bike rack between 1700-2200 hours.

Warrant Arrest – Concord Station

8/1/14 2130 hours

Officers responded to station for a report of a disturbance between two people. A record check on one person revealed and outstanding $222,000 arrest warrant out of Concord for driving under the influence. The subject was placed under arrest for the warrant. A sergeant arrived at the scene to approve the arrest.

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