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Antioch mayor Lamar Thorpe faces 2 DUI charges

ANTIOCH, Calif (KRON) — Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe faces two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence after an arrest on March 19. He was charged with driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving with a .08% blood alcohol content. Thorpe was driving a gray Volvo when he was pulled over around […]
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Contra Costa County DA Charges Antioch Mayor for DUI

Martinez, Calif. — Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe was charged with two Misdemeanor counts of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol on April 1, 2022. The Office of the District Attorney of Contra Costa County received a referral from the California Highway Patrol on March 23, 2022, on two violations of California Vehicle Code 23152 (a) and 23152 (b) that occurred on March 19, 2022, in Pleasant Hill.
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COVID: Berkeley Unified reinstates indoor mask mandate through end of school year

BERKELEY – Officials with the Berkeley Unified School District announced Friday that masks would again be required in all indoor spaces starting Monday, May 23 through the end of the school year, due to rising COVID-19 case levels.In a letter to school families, Superintendent Brent Stephens said the mask mandate comes following a recommendation from city's health officer Dr. Lisa Hernandez."Our collective goal in the final weeks of school is to ensure the last two weeks and accompanying celebrations can be attended by as many of our students and families as possible. We are experiencing high levels of COVID in...
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Oakley Woman Fatally Shoots Man in Self-Defense: Police

A woman shot and killed a man in Oakley early Friday in a case that police are treating as self-defense. Officers responded at 12:39 a.m. to a report of a 51-year-old man shot in the 200 block of West Cypress Road. The man was found in the driveway of a...

Antioch mayor charged with 2 counts of DUI following incident in March

ANTIOCH – Prosecutors on Friday announced drunk driving charges against Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe after he was stopped by officers in March.According to the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office, Thorpe faces one count of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and one count of driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.8%. Both counts are misdemeanors.On March 19, around 1:15 a.m., Thorpe was driving a gray Volvo northbound on Interstate 680 near the Monument Boulevard exit when he was pulled over, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and...

Injury crash on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge backs up westbound I-580 traffic

RICHMOND -- A crash involving injuries blocked traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Thursday morning.The California Highway Patrol reported the crash just after 7 a.m. on the westbound lanes. The left lane was blocked and traffic was at a standstill from just west of the toll plaza at the incline all the way past the Regatta Blvd. exit from Interstate Highway 580.The roadway was cleared just after 8 a.m., according to KCBS Radio, but residual traffic delays remained. There was no immediate information on the circumstances surrounding the crash or how many people were injured.This is a breaking news update. More information to be added as available.

Homeless Concord man accused of murder during encampment dispute

CONCORD – The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office has charged a homeless man in Concord with murder for allegedly intentionally firing a handgun that killed a Walnut Creek resident.                     Guadalupe Jose Robles, 29, is currently in the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of the killing of 25-year-old Shafi Kevin Qasimi, prosecutors said Wednesday.                    Robles was unhoused and camping near a creek near Diamond Boulevard and Willow Pass Road in Concord when the killing occurred May 5.          ...

They’re Back — Indoor Mask Mandates Return to Berkeley Schools, In What May Be the Shape of Things to Come

Hoping to just make it through the rest of the school year without further COVID catastrophes, Berkeley Unified School District puts the indoor mask mandate back on. We hope you are aware that we are amidst another massive COVID-19 infection surge in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Though you wouldn't know it based on our leaders’ and public health officials’ complete lack of alarm, attention, or reaction to the matter. But at least one set of Bay Area officials is acknowledging the reality of the current situation, as the Chronicle reports that Berkeley Unified School District is reinstating the indoor mask mandate, effective this coming Monday.

Evacuation exercises planned in Sonoma Valley and Cazadero neighborhoods

The Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, in partnership with community preparedness groups, will be holding two evacuation exercises in the coming weeks. May 22 at 9 a.m. - Diamond A and Grove Street neighborhoods of Sonoma (evacuation zone 6D1) Evacuate to: Sonoma Valley High School, 20000 Broadway in Sonoma.

Christopher Nolan filming latest movie on UC Berkeley campus: photos

(KRON) — Director Christopher Nolan has brought his latest production to the East Bay. The director behind mega-hits like “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” and “Dunkirk” is shooting his current film on the campus of UC Berkeley. “Oppenheimer” tells “the story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic […]

8 Amazing Things To Do In And Near Beautiful Danville, California

Venture a short distance from San Francisco to find Tuscan-like scenery and vibrant small towns for a relaxing and interesting vacation. The Tri-Valley sits about 20 miles east of the Bay Area and consists of the towns of Danville, Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin. When I first learned about a travel writing retreat in this area, I had no idea that it boasted high-quality wineries and diverse restaurants. Visit TriValley hosted a small group of writers and introduced us to the local treasures.

Walnut Creek extends outdoor dining program, seeks to make spaces permanent

WALNUT CREEK – The Walnut Creek City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to extend its pandemic-era outdoor dining program into the summer while city officials continue developing a permanent program.The city launched the Walnut Creek Rebound program in May 2020 in an effort to support local businesses in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when indoor dining was still prohibited. Since then, the city has extended the program in six-month increments, allowing restaurants to maintain their outdoor dining spaces in areas like former street parking spaces.The council last approved a Rebound extension in November, which would keep the program in...

California man pleads guilty for scam targeting a New Orleans resident & others

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that RICHARD YUAN LI, age 21, a resident of Hercules, California, pleaded guilty on May 17, 2022 before United States District Judge Greg G. Guidry to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1349 and 1343, for his role in a SIM Swap scam that targeted at least forty people, including a New Orleans-area physician (Victim A).

2 18-year-olds arrested after shooting in American Canyon

AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. (KRON) — Two 18-year-old Napa residents were arrested after a shooting Thursday night in American Canyon, police announced in a press release. The shooting happened around 9:50 p.m. in the area of Rio Del Mar and Carolyn Drive where witnesses then saw the suspect car drive away at a high rate of […]