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On Saturday, April 26, we will be honoring citizens from the community for their contributions to the betterment of Martinez. The event will take place at the Martinez Event Center, 524 Main Street...

Lion's Club Egg Hunt in Martinez
LION’S CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT is this Saturday, April 19 at 10:00am at the Waterfront Park Grass Area. Event is for  ages 2 - 9 yars old. Enjoy face painting and bring your own camera to take picture...
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Egg Hunt and Boutique in Pleasant Hill
The "Egg"-Citing Egg Hunt in Pleasant Hill is on Saturday, April 19th at Pleasant Hill Park! Start times vary by age group! Sign up early for this spring-time tradition in beautiful Pleasant Hill P...
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PHBA'sParent Appreciation Luau!
The Pleasant Hill Baseball's Parent Appreciation Luau is Saturday, May 3 at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Doors open at 6:00pm and dinner is at 7:30pm. This is a fun filled evening with dinne...
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The San Mateo County coroner has identified the man killed in the Redwood City boating accident involving a broken mast Wednesday night as 39-year-old Yong Sun of Burlingame.

Sun was killed and two other boaters were injured Wednesday evening when a sailboat taking part in a race near Redwood City collided with a channel marker buoy, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said this evening.

The Coast Guard learned shortly before 7 p.m. that a 42-foot Catalina sailboat had collided with a marker buoy in a channel outside Redwood City, according to Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Mark Leahey.

The boat, which was involved in a race hosted by a local yacht club, had struck the buoy and become entangled, Leahey said.

Other boats in the area were having trouble reaching the damaged boat due to the shallow water, Leahey said.

The Coast Guard and Redwood City Fire Department responded to the scene, but upon arriving learned that a U.S. Geological Survey boat in the area had been able to bring two of the injured parties on board and take them to emergency personnel.

One person was in distress and receiving CPR before the Coast Guard arrived on the scene.

One person was later reported dead and two injured as a result of the accident, Leahey said.

Five people in total were on the damaged yacht. The other three who remained on board were eventually able to free the boat from the buoy, Leahey said.

Sequoia Yacht Club Commodore Winston Bumpus confirmed this evening that the incident was connected with a race staged by the club, which is located at 441 Seaport Court in Redwood City.

The club calendar shows events scheduled for Wednesday including a "Beer Can Race" starting at 5 p.m. Bumpus told KTVU no alcohol was involved in the race despite the name.

The Redwood City Fire Department was called to the area of Chesapeake Drive and Seaport Boulevard Wednesday evening near the yacht club around 6:40 p.m. to provide medical aid, according to fire officials.

Fire officials declined comment Wednesday evening, but said in statements on Twitter that the boat had sustained a broken mast in the collision.

2014-04-17 08:10:48 -0700

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

Putin expressed hope for a political and diplomatic solution of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, saying he hopes that he won't have to send Russian troops into eastern Ukraine, which has been engulfed by violent protests against the new authorities in Kiev. He poured scorn at the West, accusing it of trying to weaken and isolate Russia and made it starkly clear that he doesn't fear further Western sanctions.

Speaking in a televised call-in show with the nation, Putin harshly criticized the West for trying to pull Ukraine into its orbit and said that people in eastern Ukraine have risen against the authorities in Kiev, who ignored their rights and legitimate demands.

A wave of protests, which Ukraine and the West said was organized by Russia and involved Russian special forces, have swept eastern Ukraine over the past weeks, with gunmen seizing government offices and police stations in at least 10 cities.

"It's all nonsense, there are no Russian units, special services or instructors in the east of Ukraine," Putin said.

At the same time, he recognized for the first time that soldiers in unmarked uniforms — dubbed "little green men" — who swept Ukraine's Black Sea region of Crimea laying the ground for its annexation by Moscow last month were Russian troops.

Putin, who previously said the troops were part of local self-defense forces, said the Russian soldiers' presence was necessary to protect the local population from armed radicals and to ensure the holding of a referendum, in which an overwhelming majority of its residents voted for seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia.

But asked on Thursday who the men in unmarked uniforms were, Putin said they were Russian servicemen who "stood behind the back of Crimea's self-defense forces."

"They acted politely, but resolutely and professionally," he said. "There was no other way to hold the referendum in an open, honest and honorable way and allow the people to express their opinion."

He said part of the motives behind the annexation of Crimea was the need to counter what he said was NATO's intention to make Ukraine a member and sharply limit Russia's presence in the Black Sea region.

Putin insisted that protests in the east of Ukraine only involve locals. He denounced the Ukrainian authorities' decision to use the military to uproot the protests in the east as a "grave crime," adding that he told his Western counterparts urging him to help disarm protesters in the east that the Ukrainian government should first pull the army back.

"They are sending tanks, armored personnel carriers and cannons there!" he said. "Have they gone nuts?"

He expressed hope for the success of Thursday's talks in Geneva that bring together the United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine for the first time since the Ukrainian crisis erupted.

"I think the start of today's talks is very important, as it's very important now to think together about how to overcome this situation and offer a real dialogue to the people," Putin said.

Russia has demanded that the new government in Kiev, which replaced the ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia following protests over his decision to spike a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia, move to transform the country into a loose federation. Ukraine has rejected the demand, but promised to give the regions more powers.

Putin repeated his argument that regions in eastern Ukraine historically had been part of the Russian empire and called Novorossiya before they were handed over to Ukraine by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s.

"God knows why," he said.

But he also seemed to keep the door open for Russia to recognize Ukraine's presidential election set for May 25, softening his previous demand that it must be postponed until the fall and preceded by a referendum on broader powers for the regions. He added that the primary goal is to ensure that people in the east should be offered clear guarantees of the protection of their rights.

Putin maintained a tough stance on the gas price to Ukraine, which Russia has hiked 80 percent since Yanukovych's ouster and warned that Moscow will start requesting advance payments for gas shipped to Ukraine in one month if it fails to reach agreement on settling its debts.

Putin also urged Ukraine to reopen trade and transportation routes into Moldova's separatist province of Trans-Dniester. Russia and the Trans-Dniester authorities say that the Ukrainians have blocked transport routes to the region. Moldova has frozen ties with Trans-Dniester since the 1992 war.

Putin has dodged a question about whether Moscow could accept Trans-Dniester's request for the recognition of its independence.

Facing questions about more Western penalties to follow the first rounds of sanctions over the annexation of Crimea, Putin sought to assuage fears they could cripple Russia's vital energy sector. He said that the EU will be unable to do without Russian natural gas supplies, and it would be hard for the U.S. to hurt Russia by encouraging a drop in oil prices.

"They badly want to bite us, but their opportunities are limited," Putin said.

He also took a video question from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, whom Russia granted asylum last year. Asked by Snowden about Russia's surveillance programs, Putin said that Russian special services also tap on communications in their fight against terrorism, but don't do it on such a massive scale as the U.S.

He said that Russia will further develop ties with China, a natural ally which he said is set to become the world's No. 1 economic power.

While offering scathing criticism of the West, Putin said that Russia hopes that ties will eventually normalize and insisted that Moscow has no intention to draw a new Iron Curtain.

He even tried to infuse a bit of warmth to the chill over Ukraine, picking up a question from a six-year old girl who asked if he thinks President Barack Obama will come to rescue him if he was drowning.

"He's a decent and brave man, he would do it," Putin said.

2014-04-17 08:05:04 -0700

Police in Antioch on Thursday were continuing their investigation into the fatal shooting of a teenage boy in a normally quiet neighborhood Wednesday evening.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 4900 block of Country Hills Drive at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

When officers arrived, they found a boy incapacitated from multiple apparent gunshot wounds, according to police.

After hearing more than six shots, many residents in the usually quiet area came outside to find the teenage boy lying on the sidewalk on Country Hills Drive.  

Neighbors told KTVU Thursday saw a small motorcycle, the type commonly referred to as a pocket bike, next to the victim.

Authorities attempted to resuscitate the boy but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbor Roger Hutson told KTVU as a fellow parent he's heartbroken over this homicide.

"It's just sad to hear," said Hutson. "It is not a good sign."

The incident was the third deadly shooting in Antioch in roughly the last week.

First a man was gunned down outside a liquor store last Tuesday. On Friday, a jewelry store owner shot and killed a suspected armed robber.

Police said the death is being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to call Antioch police at (925) 779-6884.

2014-04-17 07:38:21 -0700

A crook got much more than he bargained for when he tried to rob a CVS Pharmacy in Sarasota.

Surveillance video captured the crook walking into the store with his face covered and threatening the clerk.

The man then demanded pain pills from the pharmacist.

But, one customer, Janus Jurisoo, sneaked up on the crook, put him in a choke hold and tackled him.

That's not all.

Jurisoo held Freddie Johnson down until the police arrived and arrested him.

"Then, I see he is threatening the ladies at the pharmacy and the girls are all scared. He was begging me to let the choke go because he can't breathe," said Jurisoo.

Jurisoo said Johnson threatened to pull out a knife, but never did.

Jurisoo also said he has a background in self-defense.

2014-04-17 07:20:11 -0700

A man is in critical condition Thursday morning in a collision on Almaden Expressway in San Jose that police believe was influenced by alcohol, according to police.

Officers responded to a report of a collision in the area of Almaden Expressway and Coleman Avenue at about 12:05 a.m., Sgt. Heather Randol said.

When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries. Police initially reported he was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead, but authorities later announced the man was in extremely critical condition.

Randol said the driver of a second vehicle was also transported to a hospital to be treated for serious injuries suffered in the collision.

The name of the deceased has not yet been released. The condition of the second driver was not immediately available.

Randol said alcohol is suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

2014-04-17 06:54:16 -0700
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