ANTIOCH

Police host Coffee with Cops event Saturday

Police officials will host a meeting this weekend allowing residents to discuss public safety in a relaxed atmosphere.

The meeting -- called Coffee with the Cops -- will be held 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the police station's community room, 300 L St.

Police Chief Allan Cantando will give an update on the crime statistics in the city for the first six months of 2013, followed by answering questions from residents about safety and other contemporary issues.

Crime prevention commissioners also will be there to answer questions about the Neighborhood Watch program.

For more information, visit the Antioch Police's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AntiochPolice.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff

ANTIOCH

Driver in speedway crash suffered traumatic brain injury

A driver injured over the weekend in what one Antioch Speedway official described as the most serious sprint-car wreck at the dirt track in several years suffered a traumatic brain injury and compressed vertebrae, according to the organization that runs the race series.

An updated Facebook page for the Golden State King of the West Series posted that driver Peter Murphy was diagnosed initially with a concussion, but his body began to show more severe symptoms than just a concussion later Saturday night.

A nursing supervisor at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where Murphy was taken after the Saturday night wreck, said he remained in "stable but serious condition" Tuesday morning.

Doctors also found severe stretching and swelling in Murphy's tendons around his neck, according to the post.

-- Rick Hurd, Staff

BAY POINT

Free program gives seniors tips on falls

A free program offering tips for seniors on preventing falls will begin July 31 at the Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road.

"Stepping On" is a program that offers simple and fun balance, strength training, ways to stay safe when out and about in your community, safe footwear and other ways to prevent falls.

The program is open to seniors 60 years and older. This workshop begins Wednesday and continues through Sept. 11. The hours are from 10 a.m. to noon and sign-ups are under way by calling Gennifer Mountain at 954-8637.

For more information, call the park district at 925-458-1601.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

ANTIOCH

Celebration of pets and their people set

Antioch Animal Services will host a celebration of pets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Animal Services, 300 L St.

Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets to the PetFest and meet all the local rescue groups and adoptable pet at Antioch Animal Services. Pets can also be entered itn the Project runaway pet costume contest, which has serval categories and prizes.

There will also be games and kids' activities and the police K-9 will give demonstrations and do agility runs. Food vendors and music also will be offered.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

ANTIOCH

Road detours expected on Highway 4

Drivers headed through Pittsburg and Antioch on Highway 4 in the overnight hours later this week may want to give themselves a few more minutes to account for road detours.

All westbound lanes of the freeway will be closed between the Lone Tree Way/A Street and Contra Loma Boulevard/L Street exits -- from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday morning, as crews remove formwork from the G Street overcrossing, according to a Caltrans news release..

That same stretch in the eastbound direction will be closed from 2 to 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Westbound motorists will be detoured down A Street, and west on East 18th Street to L Street and back on the freeway.

Eastbound drivers Saturday morning will be directed off at Contra Loma to Fitzuren Road, and up Putnam Street to Lone Tree.

For current information on all Highway 4 closures, visit http://4eastcounty.org.

-- Paul Burgarino, Staff