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suspect in iron horse trail assault nabbed in walnut creek – the mercury news


walnut creek —  a suspect in an attempted sexual assault on the iron horse regional trail was arrested by police saturday afternoon a few blocks away from where the attack occurred two days earlier.jeremy mickens, 35, of san francisco, was arrested by walnut creek police about 12:45 p.m. saturday after an officer spotted him hanging out in front of a safeway grocery store on south broadway, east bay regional park district police reported.mickens was booked on suspicion of multiple felony charges in connection with the assault.police said a woman was ambushed from behind about 5:30 thursday as she walked on the popular regional trail just south of newell avenue in walnut creek.the woman told police the man attacked her, and she believed the man was going to sexually assault her before he ra






san ramon set to put up $2m for iron horse trail overcrossing – the mercury news


san ramon — the city council on tuesday is expected to approve putting up $2 million in general fund money as matching funds to help attract grant money to build a pedestrian/bicycle overp that would carry the iron horse trail over bollinger canyon road.the overcrossing would cost an estimated $14 million, and the city wants to land that amount by combining grants from three separate funds — the federal one bay area grant program ($4.5 million), and two contra costa county measure j funds, the pedestrian/bike trail fund ($1 million) and the transportation for livable communities fund ($ 6 million).the city is required to provide an 11.47 percent match for obag competitive funds, but a bigger match would give the city a better chance at landing the grant. a $2 million match would be 44 perc






after almost 20 years, walnut creek transit village kicks off – the mercury news


walnut creek — while some critics say almost 600 new apartments near the bart station will add to an already crowded downtown, rebecca saltzman has a different train of thought.“developments near other bart stations have reduced congestion, and walnut creek is one of the molds for bay area cities for how they’ve managed parking,” said saltzman, the bart board president who on wednesday, with other bart leaders, walnut creek officials and developers, helped kick off a long-planned “transit village” project that will include not only the added parking and apartments but 12,000 square feet of retail space.saltzman and frank arthur, a principal representing developer walnut creek lifestyle associates, agreed these market-rate rentals will mean less traffic in the big picture. fewer people will






suspect in walnut creek killing still holed up in car – the mercury news


martinez — a police standoff continued friday morning with a fatal shooting suspect in martinez, where swat teams and police had surrounded a car near a condominium complex.late thursday, police were trying to convince a man in a silver mercedes sedan to surrender. the complex is off of howe road near the interchange of center avenue and pine street, just north of the tower mart and its chevron gas station.little was known about the suspect, who could be seen in the glare of a police spotlight sitting in the driver’s seat of the car wearing a cleveland indians baseball cap, periodically pointing a gun to his head.earlier during the standoff, police detained a second man whose connection to the suspect was not known. walnut creek police drove him away from the scene in the back of a police






walnut creek marijuana survey results revealed – the mercury news


walnut creek — at its tuesday meeting, the city council is scheduled to discuss results of a local survey on marijuana in the post-proposition 64 era, and make a few adjustments to local marijuana-related laws.on april 3, the city began an online outreach survey seeking residents’ input on the implementation of proposition 64 in walnut creek. sixty-one percent of walnut creek voters last november said “yes” to prop. 64, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana by adults.more than 1,500 people responded to walnut creek’s survey. among the more notable findings:* concerning whether commercial marijuana cultivation should be banned in walnut creek, 51 percent said “yes,” 49 percent “no.”* among those who said they favor commercial marijuana cultivation, 68 percent favored allowing it






walnut creek teacher arrested, suspected of improper contact with minor – the me


walnut creek — a science teacher at walnut creek intermediate school has been arrested on suspicion of charges related to possible improper contact with a child, school officials and police said.letters sent by school district superintendents in walnut creek and martinez informed parents of the arrest of michael bartel on friday. the letter by walnut creek school district superintendent marie morgan indicated the bartel was arrested on suspicion of having illegal contact with a minor.martinez police confirmed his arrest sunday and said they will release a statement with more details monday.morgan’s email and one sent by martinez unified school district superintendent cj cammack indicated the arrests did not involve any current students at walnut creek intermediate school or at any school i






how far does $2,250 get you? – the mercury news


curious just how far your dollar goes in walnut creek? we’ve rounded up the latest rental offerings via rental site zumper to get a sense of what to expect when it comes to hunting down housing in the area if you’re on a budget of $2,250 a month.1450 creekside dr.listed at $2,250, this two-bedroom, one-bath unit spans 915 square feet, and includes air conditioning, on-site laundry and assigned parking. the diablo pointe apartments complex also has three swimming pools for residents, and the apartments are surrounded by landscaped grounds and patios, all within walking distance to downtown walnut creek. (see the complete listing.)2616 jones rd.this 900-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath is also listed for $2,250. it has air conditioning, a dishwasher, a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floo






police detail harrowing manhunt after shooting


walnut creek police lt. tom cashion says the suspect in a deadly shooting near lindsay wildlife experience and larkey park was under the influence of a controlled substance.at a news conference detailing the thursday shooting and subsequent 19-hour standoff, cashion said suspect gregory prokopowicz fled in one vehicle and later abandoned it. a few hours later, walnut creek police said they pulled over a second car that was driven by the suspect’s friend. prokopowicz was a passenger. the friend exited the car and surrendered to police, cashion said. he was later released.meanwhile, prokopowicz still in the car pulled out a gun and threatened to kill himself, said the lieutenant. that led to the standoff that lasted until friday. walnut creek police called in other agencies, the swat team an






opiate drugs stolen by robbery suspect at walnut creek pharmacy – the mercury ne


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walnut creek teacher charged with sex crimes against child


walnut creek — prosecutors charged a walnut creek science teacher on monday with multiple counts of sexual assault of a child, arranging to meet a child for sex and possession and distribution of child pornography, the contra costa district attorney’s office said.walnut creek intermediate school teacher michael bartel was charged with 16 counts, involving multiple sex offenses against a child under the age of 10, including oral copulation. he is in custody at contra costa jail in martinez on $16 million bail and is expected to appear in court tuesday.bartel was arrested friday after a week-long investigation by martinez police who learned he was talking online with others and had made statements about molesting children, according to prosecutors. bartel was arrested during a traffic stop a






doctor suspected of sexual assault on patient arrested at walnut creek outpatien


walnut creek — a physician at a john muir outpatient center was arrested monday on suspicion of sexual assault on a female patient, according to the contra costa sheriff’s office.rajesh kumar singla, 36, of milpitas, was arrested by sheriff’s special victims unit detectives on multiple counts of sexual assault.singla is a family medicine doctor who works for the john muir health outpatient office at 1450 treat blvd. in unincorporated contra costa county.rajesh kumar singla, 36, of milpitas, was arrested monday on suspicion of sexual assault at a walnut creek outpatient office. complaints from a female patient against singla were reported to the sheriff earlier this month. following an investigation, detectives arrested singla without incident at his office after receiving an arrest warrant






suspect in walnut creek killing still holed up in car


martinez — a police standoff continued friday morning with a fatal shooting suspect in martinez, where swat teams and police had surrounded a car near a condominium complex.late thursday, police were trying to convince a man in a silver mercedes sedan to surrender. the complex is off of howe road near the interchange of center avenue and pine street, just north of the tower mart and its chevron gas station.little was known about the suspect, who could be seen in the glare of a police spotlight sitting in the driver’s seat of the car wearing a cleveland indians baseball cap, periodically pointing a gun to his head.earlier during the standoff, police detained a second man whose connection to the suspect was not known. walnut creek police drove him away from the scene in the back of a police






goodwill brings new retail, jobs to the east bay with walnut creek store – the m


walnut creek — as clothing retailers across the country continue to announce widespread closures, goodwill of the greater east bay is announcing a retail opening: a new store and donation center in walnut creek.the store will open wednesday, july 12 at 2536 north main st., marking the 29th store in goodwill’s east bay territory, which covers contra costa, alameda and solano counties.it will be walnut creek’s first goodwill thrift store since 1978, when the building of a freeway prompted the closure of an existing store, said jim caponigro, president and ceo of goodwill greater east bay.the new outlet is one of goodwill’s larger stores in the region at 13,386 square feet, and it is expected to be a busy one, said linda pratt, vice president of marketing and development for goodwill greater






goodwill brings new retail, jobs to the east bay with walnut creek store – the m


walnut creek — as clothing retailers across the country continue to announce widespread closures, goodwill of the greater east bay is announcing a retail opening: a new store and donation center in walnut creek.the store will open wednesday, july 12 at 2536 north main st., marking the 29th store in goodwill’s east bay territory, which covers contra costa, alameda and solano counties.it will be walnut creek’s first goodwill thrift store since 1978, when the building of a freeway prompted the closure of an existing store, said jim caponigro, president and ceo of goodwill greater east bay.the new outlet is one of goodwill’s larger stores in the region at 13,386 square feet, and it is expected to be a busy one, said linda pratt, vice president of marketing and development for goodwill greater






meet climate change’s newest ambassador — santa claus – the mercury news


walnut creek — as part of the public comment portion of one segment of the city council meeting dec. 19, a familiar figure approached the audience podium and microphone.familiar on two counts, actually — it was ralph hoffman, a regular walnut creek city council commenter, dressed as another familiar personage, good ol’ st. nick. not so familiar, though, was santa claus — or at least someone speaking for him — encouraging action against climate change.“santa really asked me to urge everyone to think about ‘dumping the pump,’ ” hoffman said. he noted santa doesn’t need a car, and that he instead uses a sleigh “with eight tiny reindeer and, because of population growth, he had to add rudolph with his bright, shiny nose,” he said. “but he’s got problems; the north pole, and the south pole, are






walnut creek’s borges ranch a journey back in time – the mercury news


walnut creek — it’s only a few miles from the city’s booming downtown, but borges ranch could just as well be in another world.the stillness that greets visitors at the former cattle ranch tucked in the mount diablo foothills is broken only by the sound of wheeling hawks, or the wind moving through the trees. then you notice the chickens pecking away at the grass beyond the metal gate, and the stout pygmy goats peering at you with curious but gentle eyes.ashley dawson leans over as her daughter paige dawson, 2, pets “lucky” the rabbit as tiffany day with pleasant hill 4h smiles during the old borges ranch day in walnut creek. (jose carlos fajardo/bay area news group) walnut creek grows and expands, but life at borges ranch continues at a slow, languorous pace.its full-time inhabitants — th






walnut creek victim 'shot four times,' per dispatch


walnut creek — she “was shot four times in the face and the body,” a chp dispatcher reported to officers shortly after the fatal 1:30 p.m. shooting of a woman thursday outside the lindsay wildlife museum.audio from contra costa dispatchers offered a glimpse into a rare shooting in the walnut creek neighborhood near popular larkey park.another person alerted firefighters at a nearby fire station of the shooting and they responded to the scene, waiting for the scene to be declared safe by police.






golf: holes-in-one


holes-in-oneh.j. kim, coyote creek gc, valley course, no. 13, 141 yards, 5-iron.vinh tran, coyote creek gc, valley course, no. 17, 125 yards, pitching wedge.don atwater, diablo creek gc, no. 4, 88 yards, 7-iron.sue barkley, mission hills of hayward gc, no. 4, 92 yards, 9-iron.earl wilson, pleasanton gc, no. 9, 155 yards, 5-hybridkevin jonhson, poplar creek gc, no. 17, 145 yards, pitching wedge.daniel durkan, poplar creek gc, no. 12, 178 yards, 4-iron.mark klemczak, san jose cc, no. 14, 136 yards, pitching wedge.terry williams, spring valley cc, no. 4, 158 yards, 5-hybrid.submit holes-in-one to [email protected]






son of walnut creek shooting victim asks for justice in mother’s slaying – the m


walnut creek — the son of a woman who was gunned down outside a walnut creek park on thursday is seeking justice in his mother’s slaying.angelo policarpio posted on his public facebook page that his mother, roselyn, did not merely die.“she was murdered,” he said.police arrested gregory prokopowicz in martinez on friday after a standoff that lasted a full 19 hours. police believe the martinez resident shot roselyn policarpio near the lindsay wildlife experience at around 1:30 p.m. thursday. police arrived in roughly two minutes and found other first responders already trying to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.“it was too late,” angelo policarpio said.the family has not yet been able to see her body, he said, nor do they have any more information about the shooting.accor






bart station closed, patron threatens to jump – the mercury news


walnut creek — a patron who became unstable forced the closure of the walnut creek bart station wednesday afternoon, the agency said.police were called to the scene around 1:30 p.m., after bart officials were notified that the patron was threatening to jump off the ledge and apparently onto the cement, bart spokesman taylor huckaby said.bart shut down the station “out of an abundance of caution,” huckaby said, and trains did not move through in either direction. bart was using buses to take riders from pleasant hill to lafayette and vice versa.train commuters were delayed by at least 20 minutes, a figure that could go up as police use negotiators to try to talk the patron down.check back for updates.






golf: holes-in-one


golfholes-in-onewill littlefield: cinnabar hills gc, lake course, no. 8, 147 yards, 7-iron.chriss carson: deer ridge gc, no. 7, 145 yards, 6-iron.ronald robinson: los lagos gc, no. 3, 109 yards, 9-iron.daniel garcia: los lagos gc, no. 3, 132 yards, 8-iron.long-zuu liu: los lagos gc, no. 12, 148 yards, 7-iron.daniel pietsch: metropolitan gc, no. 12, 128 yards, 9-iron.earl smith: pleasanton gc, no. 9, 155 yards, 5-hybrid.paul breen: ridgemark gc, no. 8, 190 yards, 5-wood.eduardo tan: san geronimo gc, no. 13, 121 yards, 8-iron.alex maske: santa teresa gc, no. 12, 397 yards, driver.dhurv singh: santa teresa gc, no. 8, 84 yards, 9-iron.jim baker: silver creek cc, no. 18, 157 yards, 7-iron.debbi miller: silver creek cc, no. 7, 107 yards, 7-wood.glenn lynch: spring hills gc, no. 13, 106 yards, pi






man arrested for trying to force himself into woman’s car in bart garage – the m


walnut creek — a man was arrested for allegedly trying to force his way into a woman’s car as she drove through the bart parking garage early this morning, according to police.bart police said the woman was driving through the parking structure when lowell ligon, a 27-year-old berkeley man, tried to enter her car at about 1:51 a.m. officers with bart and from the walnut creek police department found him a short while after the incident near the garage. according to bart police, ligon resisted arrest and had to be forcibly taken into custody. ligon was treated at a hospital for a minor injury. he was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and booked at the martinez detention facility.






san ramon agrees to put $2m toward iron horse trail bridge grants – the mercury


san ramon — the city council on tuesday approved putting up $2 million in matching funds toward construction of a $14 million pedestrian/bicycle overpass that would carry the iron horse trail over busy bollinger canyon road.the $2 million will, in turn, make it more likely the city would obtain grants from three separate funds — the federal one bay area grant program ($4.5 million), and two contra costa county measure j funds — the pedestrian/bike trail fund ($1 million) and the transportation for livable communities fund ($ 6 million).to have any chance at those obag grant funds, the city has to put up at least an 11.47 percent match. the city’s match is about 44 percent of the $4.5 million desired obag grant, increasing the odds the grant will come.even in a best-case scenario, construct






woman killed by lightning strike while riding horse


sedalia, colo. — a 37-year-old woman was killed by a lightning strike as she rode her horse on a trail.the douglas county sheriff's office says the woman was riding along the trail along rainbow creek road with a 15-year-old girl when lightning hit them at 3:24 p.m. sunday. they were one their way to meet the woman's mother.the office says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene along with her horse. the girl was taken in serious condition to a nearby hospital.the office did not release the names of the woman or the girl. it says both were residents or the neighborhood and experienced horseback riders.






bank held up at gunpoint by masked robbers, walnut creek police say – the mercur


walnut creek — a wells fargo bank was robbed at gunpoint monday morning by three masked suspects who fled in a stolen pickup, police said.no injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the bank, 1920 tice valley boulevard, in the rossmoor shopping center, authorities said.the trio entered the bank, brandished handguns and took an undisclosed amount of money. the suspects, all male, were last seen driving away in a black pick-up truck northbound on tice valley.wcpd officers arrived four minutes after the robbery was reported, and the suspect’s truck was located in the area of rolling hills drive. the pickup was determined to be a stolen vehicle. a concord police dog assisted in the search, but no suspects were found, police saidlanyone with information a






man arrested for punching minneapolis police horse during bar close


minneapolis police arrested a 22-year-old northeast man they say assaulted a police horse during bar close over the weekend.according to police, several horse-mounted police officers were patrolling along n. 4th street, between 1st and 2nd avenues, shortly after 2 a.m. saturday when they were approached by the suspect. without provocation, the suspect ran up to one of the horses and punched it, according to police spokesperson sgt. catherine michal. he was quickly caught by officers on foot who were in the area."this extremely dangerous for the horse, the rider and the person that is assaulting the horse," michal said on tuesday.it wasn't immediately clear whether the animal was injured.before he was handcuffed, the suspect struggled with officers, who used force to subdue him, according t






man arrested for punching mpls. police horse during bar close


minneapolis police arrested a 22-year-old man they say assaulted a police horse during bar close over the weekend.according to police, several horse-mounted police officers were patrolling along n. 4th street, between 1st and 2nd avenues, shortly after 2 a.m. saturday when they were approached by the suspect. without provocation, the suspect ran up to one of the horses and punched it, according to police spokesperson sgt. catherine michal. he was quickly caught by officers on foot who were in the area.“this was extremely dangerous for the horse, the rider and the person that is assaulting the horse,” michal said on tuesday.it wasn’t immediately clear whether the animal was injured.before he was handcuffed, the suspect struggled with officers, who used force to subdue him, according to the






electrical fire shuts down bart service between rockridge, pleasant hill – the m


walnut creek — a large fire at an electrical substation halted bart service on the pittsburg/bay point line saturday, trapping 400 passengers on a train.the fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m., bart officials said. as of 6:30 p.m. the passengers were being evacuated, according to the contra costa fire department. no injuries were reported.about 400 passengers were evacuated from walnut creek bart after an electrical fire saturday evening. (contra costa fire) service between the rockridge station in oakland and pleasant hill was halted and there is no estimate of when service will be restored.a bus bridge has been requested.check back for updates.bay city news contributed to this story.






bart service on pittsburg/bay point line restored after electrical fire – the me


walnut creek — service has been restored on bart’s pittsburg/bay point line after an electrical fire halted service and trapped 250-300 passengers on a train saturday evening, according to bart.the fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. the passengers were evacuated and no injuries were reported.about 400 passengers were evacuated from walnut creek bart after an electrical fire saturday evening. (contra costa fire) trains between the rockridge station in oakland and pleasant hill were halted until 7:20 p.m., when service was restored. trains will be moving at reduced speeds, and riders should expect delays, according to bart.check back for updates.bay city news contributed to this story.






chp investigating fatal crash on interstate 680 in walnut creek – the mercury ne


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man arrested over punching mpls. police horse during bar close


minneapolis police arrested a 22-year-old man they say assaulted a police horse during bar close over the weekend.according to police, several officers on horseback were patrolling along n. 4th street, between 1st and 2nd avenues, shortly after 2 a.m. saturday. without provocation, the suspect ran up to one of the horses and punched it, according to police spokeswoman sgt. catherine michal. he was quickly caught by officers on foot."this was extremely dangerous for the horse, the rider and the person that is assaulting the horse," michal said on tuesday.it wasn't immediately clear whether the animal was injured.before he was handcuffed, the suspect struggled with officers, who used force to subdue him, according to the arrest report.attacks on the department's horses are rare. michal said






walnut creek shooting suspect ‘obsessed’ with victim, physically abusive, family


stockton — don policarpio and his mom, roselyn, had made plans to get together thursday. but when he called her phone in the afternoon, policarpio said, her husband, gregory prokopwicz, answered and delivered a chilling message:“you’ll never be able to speak to your mom again,” prokopowicz calmly said. “i killed her.”that was sometime around 1:40 p.m., policarpio said, about 10 minutes after police were called to first avenue in walnut creek, where a woman, later identified as roselyn, had been shot multiple times. medical personnel could not save her life.prokopowicz drove away before officers could arrive, police said. roughly five hours later, they found him in martinez, initiating what would become a 19-hour standoff with police before he was finally taken into custody.at first, her so






man arrested, accused of punching minneapolis police horse during bar close


minneapolis police arrested a 22-year-old man they say punched a police horse during bar close over the weekend.according to police, several officers on horseback were patrolling along n. 4th street, between 1st and 2nd avenues, shortly after 2 a.m. saturday. without provocation, the suspect ran up to one of the horses and punched it, according to police spokeswoman sgt. catherine michal. he was quickly caught by officers on foot.“this was extremely dangerous for the horse, the rider and the person that is assaulting the horse,” michal said on tuesday.police later tweeted that neither the rider nor the animal, named indigo, were injured.before he was handcuffed, the suspect struggled with officers, who used force to subdue him, according to the arrest report.attacks on the department’s hor






cause of fire at walnut creek bart station saturday undetermined – the mercury n


walnut creek — officials are still investigating the cause of a fire at an electrical substation at the walnut creek bart station saturday that halted service and forced the evacuation of some 400 passengers.the fire was first reported around 5:40 p.m. at the station, located at 200 ygnacio valley road, according to the contra costa county fire protection district.bart spokeswoman alicia trost said equipment failed and caught fire inside the substation, which is located at the north end of the station and below the station’s elevated tracks, though it’s unclear exactly what prompted the failure. staff does know that a 1000-volt dc breaker in the substation tripped, causing associated breakers to also trip.workers in the control center tried several times to close the breakers, but each tim






white horse, brown mule run wild on california interstate – the denver post


walnut creek, calif. — that mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a northern california highway — followed by a mule.commuters east of san francisco on monday were stunned to see a white horse and a brown mule running across interstate 680.steve burdo with contra costa county animal services says the animals broke through a fence about a mile away.the pair adhered to the vehicle code and used an on-ramp to enter the highway.authorities shut down lanes shortly before 7:30 a.m. as motorists shot cellphone video and officers rounded up the four-legged fugitives.burdo says the horse, a gelding named striker, appears to have led the breakout. he says hank the mule is more of a follower.






son of walnut creek shooting victim asks for justice in mother’s slaying – the m


walnut creek — the son of a woman who was gunned down outside a walnut creek park on thursday is seeking justice in his mother’s slaying.angelo policarpio posted on his public facebook page that his mother, roselyn, did not merely die.“she was murdered,” he said.police arrested gregory prokopowicz in martinez on friday after a standoff that lasted a full 19 hours. police believe the martinez resident shot roselyn policarpio near the lindsay wildlife experience at around 1:30 p.m. thursday. police arrived in roughly two minutes and found other first responders already trying to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.“it was too late,” angelo policarpio said.roselyn policarpio, who is originally from the philippines, previously worked as a human resources coordinator. she worke






small-town history museum in michigan was born from revenge


closeskip in skipxembedxshare korean war veteran carm drain discusses the old fence rider historical center museum in edmore, mich. ryan garza/detroit free pressbuy p o"my first run in with barbed wire was up in north korea in the korean war. i had to vacate my area in which i was caught in and i dove through barbed wire, our own defensive wire. you might say i was deeply impressed with it. you might say in more ways than one," said carm drain, who runs the old fence rider historical center and museum in edmore. drain collects and gives presentations on the history of barbed wire. "there's an upside and a downside to barbed wire. i'm just fascinated by it."(p o: ryan garza, detroit free press)buy p oedmore, mich. — there’s a kind, elderly man named carm drain who lives in the small town wh