LAFAYETTE: Lunchtime Purse Dipper Nabbed - With Friends

Walnut Creek diner robbed as she lunches.Lafayette police said Monday they have identified, located, and arrested the woman who allegedly picked the purse of a woman dining at a local restaurant - leaving her victim and embarking on a pricey shopping and banking excursion on her victim's dime.

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MARTINEZ: Former CHP Officer Pleads Guilty To Phone Cracking Charges

Hijacked cell phone pictures lead to resignation of CHP officer.Former California Highway Patrol officer Sean Harrington pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felony counts of searching the cell phones of female DUI suspects and covertly forwarding intimate photos of the women to himself and other officers.

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WALNUT CREEK: Car, Handgun Recovered After Wild Chase Downtown Tuesday

Suspect eludes police.A County Sheriff's sergeant who attempted to stop a speeding car on northbound I-680 in Walnut Creek touched off a wild chain of events after the car crashed and its driver led officers on an erratic chase through the downtown area - reportedly discarding a handgun in nearby Las Trampas Creek.

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MORAGA: Citizens Group Appeals Town Center Homes Project

Signs of growth in Moraga have residents concerned.Despite official approval and benediction, Moraga's Town Center Homes project is being appealed - loudly - by a group of residents unhappy with the scope of the project. And, it seems, they may have allies... armed with hoses.

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WALNUT CREEK: Police Sting Nets ATM "Shoulder Surfer"; Elderly Targeted

Watch those PIN numbers, folks.A police sting operation netted a Pittsburg resident investigators say was "surfing" personal identification numbers from unwary victims at the Rossmoor Bank of America branch. Several unsuspecting victims were taken, police say, and they are searching for more.

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WALNUT CREEK: Freebirds World Burrito Robbed Friday

Freebirds Burritos robbed.Walnut Creek police are seeking information from the public after an armed robbery at the Freebirds World Burrito restaurant at 1512 Geary Rd. Friday night. There were no reported injuries.

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MORAGA: Resident Gets Rude "Welcome Home" From Burglars

Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Moraga crime beat.Thieves entered a Donald Drive home while the resident was away on vacation and made off with an estimated $10,000 worth of the homeowner's belongings. The theft was discovered when the unlucky resident returned home Jan. 21, police said.

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ARTS: A Sundance "Three-Fer" - Bronze, Best Of Enemies, and Sembene!

Direct from Sundance.Moragan Joan Edelsohn trundled her entourage to the wilds of Park City this week for a firsthand look at the wild goings on ($35 hamburgers? Are you kidding us?) behind the scenes as the legendary Sundance Film Festival comes to town.

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ALAMO: Home Invasion Robbery On Crest Avenue

Home invasion robbery reported in Alamo.At least three men, believed to be carrying "rifles" of unknown type, entered an Alamo home early Wednesday, threatened the occupants and demanded valuables before getting away with some of the occupant's belongings, a sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday.

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DANVILLE: Teen Cyclist Seriously Injured In Auto vs. Bike Crash Near Monte Vista High School

A young man riding his bike in Danville Wednesday was hit by a car.A medical helicopter was summoned to evacuate a young man hit while riding his bicycle near Monte Vista High School Wednesday. The 14-year-old Alamo youth was taken by CalStar aircraft to Children's Hospital in Oakland.

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