The case against a Martinez man accused of seriously injuring a Cow Hollow bar patron after body-slamming him to the ground early Sunday has been discharged pending further investigation after the victim refused to cooperate, the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Read More
A health advisory was issued Tuesday because of flaring at the Shell refinery in Martinez, but it was canceled an hour later.
Randy Sawyer of Contra Costa Health Services said a vessel at the refinery became “overpressurized,” which activated a safety mechanism that releases pressure through flaring, which creates black smoke that contains sulfur dioxide and other combustible products.
The health advisory was issued at 1:31 p.m. and lifted about 2:45 p.m. Read More
Six defendants accused of beating and gang raping a 16-year-old girl outside of Richmond High School's homecoming dance in October 2009 pleaded not guilty Wednesday to numerous felony charges.The defendants were arraigned in a Martinez courtroom Wednesday morning, and all agreed to a tentative trial date of Sept. 4, 2012.In December, the six defendants were ordered to stand trial for the beating and gang rape, which occurred in a dark courtyard on the Richmond High campus. Read More
A man was struck and killed by a westbound Amtrak train Sunday afternoon, according to Martinez police.
The collision was reported around 1:15 p.m. Responding officers found the adult male victim dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, police said. Read More
A 3.6-magnitude earthquake rattled the Bay Area for the second time in as many days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The quake struck in the East Bay at 9:47 a.m., with its epicenter about three miles north-northeast of San Leandro and six miles east-southeast of Oakland and a depth of 5.7 miles. Read More
Luz Garcia has been unemployed for a year. The Redwood City woman and her two children live in one room that she rents for $600 a month in someone else’s home. Bernie Martinez of Foster City was making a six-figure salary at a title company. He arrived at work one day last year to find a note on the door saying the company was shutting down. He did not receive his final paychecks. Sixteen months later, he still hasn’t found a job. Read More