Concord Police are investigating an armed robbery in the Willows Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd.

The robbery occurred on Saturday night just before 9pm at The Jungle Fun & Adventure in the Willows. The business was closed at the time of the robbery, and no children were inside the building.

Police say the suspect entered the business with his face covered with a mask. The suspect displayed a handgun to the employee and demanded money from the office. The employee complied with the suspect’s demand and gave him an unknown amount of cash, police said.

The suspect then fled the business in an unknown direction, and was not located.

The suspect was described as a black male adult, 25-30 years-old, stocky build, last seen wearing all black clothing.

Anyone with information regarding this case may contact the Concord Police Department Investigative Division at 925-671-3030, or the Concord Police Department confidential “tip line” at 925-603-5836

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Major improvements are planned for the DVC Plaza Shopping Center, which is off Golf Club Rd. in Pleasant Hill.

Some of the improvements include:

  • Extensive remodel of the existing retail buildings at the DVC Shopping Plaza (excluding the former K-Mart building and McDonalds restaurant).
  • Site improvements, including new landscaping, hardscape and parking lot improvements.
  • A new dog park.
  • A new walking/bicycle trail extending from Golf Club Road to Chilpancingo Parkway adjacent to Grayson Creek.
  • A new 1,350 square foot building and a 67-foot freestanding sign located at 61 Chilpancingo Parkway

The site area is approximately 19 acres, zoned RB-Retail Business.

Planning is still in the very early stages, and once more information becomes available, including potential businesses, we will post it on Claycord.com.

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We’re getting reports of a man going door-to-door on Blarney Ave. in Concord, which is off Treat Blvd., in between Oak Grove Rd. & San Simeon.

The man, according to one witness, knocked on the door of a home at 10:30pm asking for gas money. The person told him to go away or else they would call the police. He then went to another house, according to a witness. He left on foot towards Treat Blvd. and hasn’t been seen since.

No vehicle was seen in the area. He is described as a clean shaven white male adult, around 40-year-old wearing a San Francisco 49ers hat.

 

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Two Honda Civics were stolen from the Downtown Concord BART station on Friday, according to BART Police.

The vehicles, which were both parked in the parking garage, were taken between 7am – 6pm.

The first Civic was a 1997 and the second one was a 1993 black Honda Civic.

Keep an eye on your car if you have a Honda.

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Bay Area KidFest    Memorial Day Weekend, Sat. – Mon., May 23-24-25, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closes 5 p.m. Monday).

Silver Anniversary KidFest is the East Bay’s largest annual family event with dozens of activities for kids, tweens and parents. Aussie Kingdom show and educational program with kangaroos, wallabies and other birds and animals from Down Under, Kent Family Circus, Nickelodeon superstars Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. Nonstop entertainment on community stage plus more free activities – face painting, balloon art, sports, golf, bounces and crawls, Kid’s Town America. Arts & crafts and exhibitor booths, plus food court, 20 rides and much more. Admission $6 per person with the donation of a canned good for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. $7 without can donation. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are FREE. Benefits local non-profits. Downtown Concord, 2450 Grant St.  www.KidFestConcord.co

Bay Area PetFest at KidFest     Sunday, May 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bay Area PetFest is all things dogs, cats, reptiles and other animals with exhibitions by Concord Police K9 unit and Oakland Zoo. Aussie Kingdom show and educational program with kangaroos, wallabies and other birds and animals from Down Under. Pets available for adoption plus information, goods and services of pet food, fashion and grooming. Sorry, pets can’t be brought on the grounds due to safety concerns for our thousands of young children. Part of the Silver Anniversary Bay Area KidFest. Downtown Concord, 2450 Grant St. Admission $6 per person with the donation of a canned good for the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. $7 without can donation. Babies under 24 months and seniors 65+ are FREE. www.BayAreaPetFest.com

Memorial Day:

Memorial Day Commemoration at KidFest   Monday, May 25, 12:30 p.m.

5th annual Memorial Day ceremony on the main stage at Bay Area KidFest with civic officials and featuring U.S. Navy Band veteran Deborah Del Mastro performing every armed services theme songs and the Star Spangled Banner with the Mt. Diablo High School Jr. ROTC color guard. Veterans of each branch of the service will be encouraged to take part while their respective service song is played. Del Mastro originated the role of Sr. Robert Anne in the “Nunsense” touring show and was a cast member of Beach Blanket Babylon.  Downtown Concord, 2450 Grant St.  www.KidFestConcord.com

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

This week, Concord had 13 burglaries. The week before, Concord had 12, and before that, Concord had 13 burglaries.

The last two numbers in some of the addresses 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.

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Click on the photo above to check out what’s happening this week in beautiful Downtown Martinez!

We’ll post this every Saturday on Claycord.com.

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Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord.

This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such as an earthquake), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here.

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This post is “Talk About Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!

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This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”.

Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread.

Thank you, and be kind to each other!

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This year, Memorial Day travel is expected to mark the highest number of California travelers for this holiday since 2005, according to AAA’s latest holiday travel forecast.

AAA’s travel survey projects more than 4.4 million Californians plan on traveling 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday weekend. This represents an increase of 4.6 percent from last year’s record highs.

“A stronger economy and overall lower gas prices have boosted consumers’ disposable income,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokesperson. “This summer travel season is starting off with great potential as many Californians are eager to take that long overdue weekend getaway.”

AAA projects that more than 3.7 million Californians will drive this upcoming holiday weekend, a 5.5 percent increase from last year. Air travel will increase by 2.6 percent compared to 2014 figures, with just over 419,000 Californians intending to fly to their holiday getaways. Approximately 294,000 state residents are expected to travel by other modes of transportation, such as rail, bus and watercraft. This represents a 3.4 percent decrease compared with 2014.

Nationally, AAA estimates that more than 37 million people will journey 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend, representing a 4.7 percent increase compared to last year.

AAA’s projections are based on research conducted by IHS Global Insight. The Boston-based economic research and consulting firm teamed with AAA as part of an agreement to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades.

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

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

There are many people on the road, and some of those include rude drivers, and drivers who don’t really know how to drive.

We constantly see people run red lights, turn right from the left-hand lane (or vice versa), tailgate, cut across four lanes on the freeway to take the offramp, etc.

Why do you think driving habits have negatively changed so drastically in the past 50 years?

Talk about it….

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CLAYTON

10am-11:30am – Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Flag Pole, Oak & Main Streets

MARTINEZ

9am-10am – Ceremony, Alhambra Cemetery, 1050 George Miller Trail

WALNUT CREEK

The City of Walnut Creek will honor the memories of those who gave their lives in service to our country at a Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Civic Park.

Keynote speakers Dick DuBey and Gayle Vassar will share stories of two young men who lost their lives in Vietnam. This year is the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the ground war in Vietnam.

DuBey, a Rossmoor resident, will read excerpts from some of the dozens of letters Kenneth Hirst wrote to his family while in Vietnam. Hirst, a Marine Lance Corporal, was killed in action in May 1967. Hirst’s sister, Kathy Davison of Walnut Creek, made the letters available to honor her brother’s memory

Vassar, the City’s Communications and Outreach Manager, will talk about the loss of her uncle David Bujalski, a West Point graduate who was killed in action in 1967, and for whom Bujalski Field at Fort Huachuca, Arizona is named.

DuBey served a combined 27 years in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve, and is well known in Walnut Creek for his leadership as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer training coordinator. He served primarily as an instructor/trainer and the Command Sergeant Major of the 2nd Basic Combat Training and Combat Engineer Training Brigades in the 98th Division, located in Buffalo, NY from 1962 to 1981. He then served as the Command Sergeant Major of the 6237th USAR Training School located at Camp Parks in Pleasanton, CA. from 1982 until his voluntary separation from duty in 1987. He officially retired from the Army Reserve in March of 1998.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the Civic Park gazebo and include patriotic music performed by the Walnut Creek Concert Band. The ceremony will conclude with the laying of wreaths at the Veterans Memorial Plaza across from Civic Park.

PLEASANT HILL

The annual Memorial Day Observance will take place in Pleasant Hill at the County Veterans Monument, Boyd Road and Contra Costa Boulevard, on May 25, 2015, at 1:00 pm. All veterans as well as the general public are invited to honor our military for their contribution and service to our nation. Elected officials from the state, county and city governments are invited to speak. A firing party will be firing a salute. Recorded music will be heard throughout the program. Refreshments will be provided following the Observance. A tent and chairs are available for your comfort. Please come and reflect your recognition of the sacrifices our veterans have made.

 

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Ever since the recent closure of Fresh & Easy in Concord’s Clayton Valley shopping center and Walnut Creek’s Ygnacio Plaza shopping center, rumors have been swirling that Wal-Mart might be interested in one or both of the buildings.

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, which is Wal-Mart’s version of a grocery store, has been opening in many vacant Fresh & Easy locations throughout the country.

“Fresh & Easy still has possession of the space until the end of September 2015. They are able to assign their lease to another entity, as long as it meets the requirements in the lease. We are not sure of their plans yet. If they do not have a plan by the end of September, we can take possession of the space”, according to Jenny Hess with Regency Centers, which manages the Clayton Valley shopping center and the Ygnacio Plaza shopping center.

Currently, the closest Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is in San Ramon.

QUESTION: Would you like to see a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market come to Concord or Walnut Creek?

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Batter up!

The 3rd season of the Concord/Monument Junior Giants League will be starting in June, and registration is now open to the public.

The league is a free, noncompetitive, coed summer baseball league for youth ages 7-13. Together with parents and volunteers, Junior Giants reaches into communities and offers youth a chance to learn the basics of baseball during the summer while also discovering the importance of education, self-esteem, team work, and respect.

Registrations close June 5. The league will run from June 13 to August 15, with practices 3 times a week and games on Saturdays. The league offers youth an opportunity to stay active and busy this summer.

If you would like to register your child or become a coach or assistant coach, please visit the registration page for more information at https://sfrg-monument.sportssignup.com/site.

In-person registrations are Thursdays from 9am to 12pm at 2699 Monument Blvd., Ste. G in Concord. You can also call our center at 925-682-8248 ext. 2300.

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Three Antioch residents were arrested after a theft, police pursuit, and crash in the City of Pleasant Hill on Thursday afternoon, according to the Pleasant Hill Police Department.

Police say just before 4pm, three suspects entered the AT&T store, located at 1300 Contra Costa Blvd., while another remained outside waiting in a vehicle.

The suspects inside the store stole several items and fled the store to the waiting vehicle, police said.

As the suspects were driving away, a Pleasant Hill Police Officer spotted the vehicle.

The suspects fled in their vehicle and a short pursuit was initiated, police said.  At one point, two of the suspects fled from the car while the other two remained in the car.  One of the suspects that fled from the car was captured after he ran into nearby home, according to police.

The suspects in the vehicle continued to try and evade the pursuing officer and ultimately crashed into the garage of a nearby residence, and were taken into custody, according to police.

Police identified the suspects who were arrested as 23-year-old Adolfo Bobino, 25-year-old Wesley Martin and 30-year-old Demarcus Whitner.

The suspect who was not captured is described as a Hispanic male adult.

The investigation also determined that Whitner was also responsible for a similar cell phone theft in Pleasant Hill that occurred on May 18th.

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A Bay Area man was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison today for operating an online market for sex workers, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Eric “Red” Omuro, 53, pleaded guilty last year to using a facility of interstate commerce to facilitate prostitution for operating the websites myRedBook.com and sfRedBook.com. In addition to the prison sentence, Omuro was ordered to surrender both sites’ domain names to the federal government and $1.28 million in cash and assets.

In pleading guilty, Omuro admitted to operating the websites between April 2010 and June 25 of last year. Posters on the websites advertised services such as massage, stripping, domination and prostitution to potential clients throughout the West Coast, including in Canada, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors had alleged that the websites had generated as much as $5.4 million in revenue for Omuro, which he moved into several bank accounts.

Omuro was arrested along with a co-defendant in the case, Annmarie Lanoce, 40, of Rocklin, on June 25 as federal investigators seized both websites. Lanoce reached a plea deal with prosecutors last November and was scheduled to be sentenced today, but her sentencing was continued to a later date, according to prosecutors.

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We’re getting reports that Pleasant Hill Police were just involved in a pursuit, which ended with a crash near Woodsworth Lane.

According to sources, the chase was possibly related to some kind of theft at 1300 Contra Costa Blvd.

We’ll post more information when it becomes available.

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geese

This family of Canadian Geese was recently spotted in Claycord, and as you can see, they have one little guy who is having a hard time keeping up with the rest of the group.

Click on the photo for a much larger view.

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