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  1. An Antioch Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant was destroyed early Wednesday in a two-alarm fire.Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday | Inside Bay Area

    People hoping to have the colonel's chicken and other favorites at the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on Mahogany Way will have to go elsewhere after the restaurant was destroyed by a two-alarm fire early Wednesday, officials said. The restaurant was not open when the fire started about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday and no firefighters were injured.


  2. In brief: Walk to End Alzheimer's in Walnut Creek Oct. 20Read the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Oct 14 | Inside Bay Area

    The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's - the East Bay's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research - is set for Oct. 20. The Walk to End Alzheimer's unites the community in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. KRON anchor Grant Lodes will host.


  3. Park It: Wear your dude duds to Sunol's Cowboy HootenannyRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Oct 14 | Inside Bay Area

    One of the more down-home special events in the East Bay Regional Park District is the Cowboy Hootenanny, which will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 this year in southern Alameda County's Sunol Regional Wilderness. Bring your family and a picnic and help to celebrate the pioneers and cowboys who settled Sunol.


  4. Trial begins for Walnut Creek man accused of ramming Concord police carsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | Inside Bay Area

    Opening arguments began Friday in the trial of a Walnut Creek man accused of ramming three Concord police patrol cars while trying to escape officers. Joseph Cormier, 64, has been charged with four counts of assault upon a police officer or firefighter for his alleged actions March 2. According to authorities, Cormier used a van to ram into three Concord patrol cars while trying to drive away from a traffic stop.


  5. Curtain Calls: 'Clybourne Park,' at Alameda's...Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 8 | Contra Costa Times

    Director Daren A.C. Carollo has crafted a finely tuned, sumptuously acted production of "Clybourne Park," playing through Nov. 11 at Alameda's Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High St. Bruce Norris' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, written as a spin-off to Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," portrays fictional events set before and after the Hansberry play and is loosely based on historical events in Chicago. Act I takes place in 1959, when a family tragedy has Bev and Ross selling their home and moving away.


  6. Construction began on a new 11-mile express lane expected to be completed by 2021.Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 4 | Contra Costa Times

    Traffic flows along Southbound Interstate 680 in this view from Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. Transportation officials held an event to commemorate the start of construction on an 11-mile express lane along the interstate from Martinez to Walnut Creek.


  7. John Muir Land Trust asks Animal Life readers for helpRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Oct 1 | Inside Bay Area

    The trust is halfway to its $4 million goal to purchase Almond Ranch, described as an environmental missing piece crucial to wildlife. John Muir Land Trust will be officially announcing its next campaign to acquire and permanently protect Almond Ranch, a stunning 281-acre property next to Mount Wanda in Martinez.


  8. Time Is Ripe: Pumpkins, squash October farmers markets' top cropsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 30 | Contra Costa Times

    Leaves are beginning to fall. Big orange pumpkins and gourds will begin to appear on front porches.


  9. Curtain Calls: a Revolutionistsa fits moment in gender relationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 30 | Inside Bay Area

    With exquisite timing, Town Hall Theatre Company began its run of "The Revolutionists" on Sept. 27. On that date, one could listen to the excruciating testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh and comments from the Senate Judiciary committee by day and, by night, attend this marvelous comedy about four strong women trying to find their place in life and history during the French Revolution.


  10. Man on probation arrested on suspicion of assault after Hwy. 24 chaseRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 27 | Inside Bay Area

    A 22-year-old Antioch man on probation is in custody after fleeing a warrant arrest, striking a police officer with a vehicle door and leading a chase along Highway 24, authorities said Thursday. In a statement by Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee, a Lafayette police officer stopped a Nissan just before 6:15 a.m. on Mount Diablo Boulevard after finding its driver had a warrant.


  11. Editorial: Voters, here's where your sales tax money goesRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 27 | Contra Costa Times

    You just bought that fancy $1,000 computer and had to fork over about $90 more in sales tax. Ever wonder where that money goes? Now's a good time to ask, especially if you vote in one of four East Bay cities with sales tax measures on the Nov. 6 ballot.


  12. Three arrested after Alamo bank robberyRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 26 | Contra Costa Times

    Three people were arrested on suspicion of robbery Tuesday after a heist at a bank in Alamo Plaza, a Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Jesus Aguilar, 31, of Walnut Creek; Ryan Pritchett, 26, of Martinez; and Susan Martin, 40, of Auburn, all were arrested after deputies armed with license-plate information from a witness pulled them over near a Pleasant Hill freeway onramp shortly after the 4:08 p.m. dispatch call, spokesman Jimmy Lee said.


  13. Worker at Walnut Creek private school arrested in child molestation caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 25 | Inside Bay Area

    A 71-year-old Walnut Creek man was arrested Monday on suspicion of seven felony counts of child molestation, authorities said. Enrique Pina was taken into custody at his home and booked into Martinez county jail, where he was held on $12 million bail.


  14. Firefighters extinguish Hwy. 4 grass fires in Concord, PittsburgRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 23 | Inside Bay Area

    Firefighters from local and regional agencies have controlled three grass fires that erupted near lanes of Highway 4, authorities said. Around 1:50 p.m. Sunday, firefighters responded to reports of flames and smoke near the eastbound Willow Pass Road on-ramp, and initially arrived to find a vegetation fire with moderate slope and spread running uphill from the on-ramp.


  15. In brief: Meet Orinda, Moraga council and fire district candidatesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Sep 23 | Inside Bay Area

    The Orinda Association, in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley, will host a live forum with candidates for the Orinda City Council from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3. The forum will be held at the Orinda Library Auditorium, 2 Orinda Way. The five candidates will answer questions prepared by the Orinda Association and by the audience in attendance.


  16. Martinez council leery about letting pot business operate in same...Read the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 21 | Inside Bay Area

    Though most City Council members said Wednesday they're OK with having a medical marijuana dispensary in town, they noted that putting one next to a gym visited primarily by children and teens may not be a great idea. The council postponed deciding whether to grant operating permits to the Firefly Cannabis dispensary until the city finishes drafting its marijuana ordinance, likely before the end of the year.


  17. Letter: Did public defender's actions lead to killing?Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 19 | Inside Bay Area

    Public Defender Robin Lipetzky hired an ex-con who'd gunned down a witness in a murder case to work in the PD's office. On the steps of Wakefield Taylor Courthouse, Contra Costa County public defenders including Chief Public Defender Robin Lipetzky, center, hold their hands up at a demonstration, in conjunction with other public defenders offices in the Bay Area, to spotlight recent police violence against African Americans across the country in Martinez, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.


  18. Man arrested, guns confiscated after search of Oakley houseRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 18 | Contra Costa Times

    An Oakley man is in a Contra Costa County jail after being arrested on suspicion of multiple firearm-related charges last week, authorities said Tuesday. Several guns were recovered during a Friday, Sept.


  19. East Bay murder defendant, out on bail, disappears hours before verdict is readRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 18 | Inside Bay Area

    A murder defendant who was out on bail is presumed to be a fugitive from justice after he failed to show up in court the day the verdict came in. Sherill Lynn Smothers , 56, of Granite Bay, was due in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear the verdict in his murder case.


  20. A deputy found Dunn unresponsive during a cell check Saturday, authorities said.Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2018 | Inside Bay Area

    An inmate found dead in a cell at the county jail on Saturday afternoon has been identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner's Office. Authorities said they believe 61-year-old Dwight Dunn died of a health-related issue, though his exact cause of death is pending.


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