Update: Suspect Arrested for Downtown Walnut Creek Homicide


Glad the cops caught him.

Update from Walnut Creek PD:

The Walnut Creek Police Department identified the responsible for the killing of Courtney Brown as Larry Griffin, 24 years old, living in Bay Point.

Today, at approximately 1730 hours, Central County Regional SWAT Team (comprised of Walnut Creek Police, San Ramon Police, Martinez Police, Pleasant Hill Police and BART Police) conducted a search warrant on Michael Place in Bay Point and arrested Larry Griffin for homicide. Griffin was taken into custody without incident (see attached photo of Griffin). There were no injuries sustained during the operation.

Larry Griffin will be booked into the Martinez Detention Facility for homicide (PC 187). Walnut Creek Police Detectives will be requesting Griffin be held without bail.

We are hoping more persons will come forward with information regarding the shooting death of Mr. Brown. If you have information about this case please contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Leonard at 925.256.3523 or the Walnut Creek Police Departments Anonymous Tip line at 925.943.5865.


Update on Downtown Walnut Creek Homicide

Via Google maps

Previously we learned about a homicide in downtown Walnut Creek early Saturday morning. The Walnut Creek police have posted an update below.

From the Walnut Creek PD:

Early this morning at 1:28 AM our officers heard sounds of gunfire coming from Locust Street. Our Communications Center also began to receive calls of shots fired on Locust Street at Cypress Street.
Our Officers immediately responded to the location and found Courtney Brown suffering from three gunshot wounds to his back. Officers had him immediately transferred by ambulance to John Muir Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Sadly, Mr. Brown leaves behind a daughter and fiancé. Courtney Brown was 38 years old and was a resident of the Bay Area. It appears he was a patron at Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill prior to the shooting.
At the time of the shooting both Redux Lounge and Crogan’s Sports Bar and Grill were closing and patrons were coming out of the night clubs.
Witnesses reported seeing the shooting and said the responsible was an African American male in his twenties, approximately 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. The responsible was last seen running west on Cypress towards California Boulevard and then South on California Boulevard. Officers and K9’s searched the area but were unable to locate the responsible.
Walnut Creek Police Detectives are following up on multiple leads and this is an extremely active investigation. All information thus far indicates this was not a random event.
We are hoping more persons will come forward with information regarding the shooting death of Mr. Brown. If you have information about this case please contact Walnut Creek Police Detective Leonard at 925.256.3523 or the Walnut Creek Police Departments Anonymous Tip line at 925.943.5865.


Murder in Downtown Walnut Creek Late Last Night

Via Google maps

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 8/27/16 at 0128 hours, Walnut Creek Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Locust Street and Cypress Street. Officers located one male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. No other persons were injured during this incident.

Witnesses reported a black male suspect was last seen running from the scene of the shooting. At this point this appears to be an isolated incident. Walnut Creek Police Detectives are actively investigating this case.

We are not releasing the name of the victim at this time pending notification of their family. We will be releasing more information as it becomes available.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.


Looking for Tarantula Love on Mount Diablo on Sept. 3rd & 4th

Looking for Tarantula Love on Mount Diablo:

Mount Diablo State Park
96 Mitchell Canyon Road
Saturday, September 3rd & Sunday, September 4th, 2016
5:00pm – 7:30pm | $6/car (exact change)

Join MDIA naturalists Jim Holmes, Michael Marchiano and its team of docents for a talk about Tarantulas followed by a leisurely 2.5 to 3 mile walk to see the male spiders looking for a mate. These often maligned, feared spiders are completely harmless to humans. Learn why they’re only visible as the summer wanes, where they live, what they eat, how they survive. Bring water, snacks, camera, flashlight and dress for the weather. Mitchell Canyon Picnic Area at 96 Mitchell Canyon Road; $6/car with exact change only. Reserve early as the walks fill up quickly; limited to 25 people each.



Original Mels Diner Opening Sept. 7th in Concord

Photos provided by Original Mels Diner
4391 Treat Blvd, Concord

Late last year we learned that Original Mels Diner would be opening in Concord where Coco’s Bakery Restaurant used to be on Treat Ave. According to the owner it is set for a September 7th opening at 10am. “Training starts this weekend and will go on until opening.” Check out the complete menu here. They also plan on opening in the old Hurricane Grill and Wings/Chicago Unos Grill location later this year.


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Crunch Gym Opening this Fall at Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

The Orchards at Walnut Creek

We learned about two years ago that the gym Crunch would be opening at the new Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek and thanks to a reader we now know they will be opening this fall in a 26,000 square foot building with two group fitness studios and over 70 pieces of cardio equipment, “a wide variety of selectorized machines and free weights, specialty personal training and group fitness equipment.” For more details including the actual floor plan layout and pricing, check out the Walnut Creek Crunch website here.


Sustainability Awards Gala in Concord on Sept. 21st

Sustainability Awards Gala:

Hilton Concord
1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
6:00 – 9:00pm | $50

Don’t miss this special evening supporting the local sustainability movement and join our wonderful community of sustainability leaders at the 8th Annual Contra Costa Leadership in Sustainability Awards Gala.

Enjoy delicious local food and wine from our local, sustainable partners on the beautiful Hilton Concord patio, live music, a wine raffle, and much more!

We are excited to have Vice Mayor of Lafayette Mike Anderson as our Master of Ceremonies for this year’s “Inspired By Nature” themed event, celebrating our parks and open spaces. After the reception, we will present the Leadership In Sustainability and Green Building Awards, honoring those who demonstrate outstanding commitment and leadership in making Contra Costa a healthy, resilient place to live, work, and play for generations to come.
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