By Don Martin II

Art McCarthy drove to his second Winged 360 Sprint Car 20 lap Main Event victory of the season Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. The win wasn’t enough for McCarthy to regain the point lead as Shawn Arriaga used his fourth place finish to wrap up the season championship for this division.

After winning his first heat race, Dan Gonderman had a front row start for the Main Event and set the early pace ahead of McCarthy. Gonderman was tentative as he approached a slower car, resulting in a back stretch jam up of cars on lap ten that saw Gonderman and Colby Wiesz crash. McCarthy had the lead from there and led the rest of the way to win ahead of Bobby McMahan and Jake Haulot.

Petaluma point leader Nick DeCarlo won the 15 lap IMCA Modified Main Event. As Aaron Crowell led from his front row start, DeCarlo steadily worked his way to the front from a sixth row starting spot. DeCarlo gained second on lap six, but he trailed Crowell by a straightaway. DeCarlo nearly caught Crowell, but it was a lap 12 yellow flag that gave him his opportunity. DeCarlo took the lead from Crowell on the restart and led the final three laps for a well earned victory. Shawn DeForest out dueled Oreste Gonella for a second place finish.

Anthony Giuliani won the 15 lap IMCA Sport Modified Main Event for his fourth win of the season. Giuliani made an inside pass in Turn 4 of the 12th lap to take the lead from Patti Ryland and went on to victory. Trevor Clymens led the first seven laps before being passed by point leader Fred Ryland. F. Ryland lost his hood on lap nine and was black flagged. That gave Clymens back the lead, but he was passed by P. Ryland on lap 10. P. Ryland followed Giuliani closely for a second place finish as Clymens settled for third.

Point leader Kyle Bakkie won his fourth Wingless Spec Sprint 20 lap Main Event of the season. It was his first win since flipping his car back in June. Roy Fisher set the early pace, and Bakkie gained second with the departure of Jimmy Perry III on lap 13. Bakkie beat Fisher back to the line on lap 16 and led the rest of the way. Fisher settled for second ahead of a solid third place effort for Keith Shipherd.

Mike Gustafson impressed with his third 20 lap Limited Late Model feature win of the season. Gustafson had the pole and led every lap of the race in victory. Mike Hynes came from the fifth row to finish second after making a brief challenge for the lead. Lori Brown matched her season best effort in third with John Evans the final lead lap finisher in fourth.

Kimo Oreta won a time limit shortened 13 lap Hobby Stock Main Event for his eighth win of the season. Despite several yellow flags, Oreta held off all challengers on the restarts to secure his eighth feature win of the season. Placerville visitor Jay Bryant crossed the finish line second, followed by Steven Rogers and Natalie Perry.

Two time Dwarf Car champion Danny Wagner made a triumphant return with his third 20 lap Dwarf Car Main Event win of the season. Wagner bided his time as he ran second to point leader David Teves early on and was briefly dropped to third by Mike Corsaro on lap four. Teves lost power on lap five with Corsaro gaining the lead. Wagner followed Corsaro closely until making his winning pass in Turn 4 of the 12th lap. Wagner built a straightaway advantage by the time the checkered flag fell as Corsaro settled for second. Kevin Miraglio finished third, just ahead of a season best fourth for Kurtis Craig.

Racing takes a week off, but resumes on Sunday, September 13 as Antioch Speedway will have World Of Outlaw Sprint Cars and IMCA Sport Modifieds. The next regular program is Saturday, September 19 as DIRTcar Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Modifieds, Wingless Spec Sprints, Limited Late Models and Hobby Stocks will be part of a six division program.

Race Results: August 29, 2015

IMCA Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Nick Viscusi III, Shawn DeForest. Main Event (15 Laps)-Nick DeCarlo, DeForest, Oreste Gonella, Brian Cass, Bobby Motts Jr.

Winged 360 Sprint Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Shawn Arriaga, Dan Gonderman. Main Event (20 laps)-Art McCarthy, Bobby McMahan, Jake Haulot, Arriaga, Gonderman

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Anthony Giuliani, Fred Ryland. Main Event (15 Laps)-Giuliani, Patti Ryland, Trevor Clymens, K.C. Keller, Chuck Golden.

Wingless Spec Sprints
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Alan Miranda, Kyle Bakkie. Main Event (20 laps)-Bakkie, Roy Fisher, Keith Shipherd, Miranda, Marcus Smith.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Marc Key, Russell Shearer, Jay Bryant. Main Event (13 Laps)-Kimo Oreta, Bryant, Steven Rogers, Natalie Perry, Robert Niven.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Larry Damitz, Jim Freethy. Main Event (20 Laps)-Mike Gustafson, Mike Hynes, Lori Brown, John Evans, Freethy.

Dwarf Cars
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Adam Teves, Kevin Miraglio, Curtis Kraig. Main Event (20 laps)-Danny Wagner, Mike Corsaro, Miraglio, A. Teves, Kurtis Craig.

By Ashley Castaldi

Between August 17-23, the Antioch Police Department had 1,642 calls for service.  Last week, police had 1,671 calls for service. Due to the high number of calls, we have broken down the stats to a sampling of some of the higher-priority calls.

Here is a look at the last 6-weeks:

  • August 10-16 – 1,671
  • No stats provided
  •  July 27-August 2 – 1,513
  • July 20-26: 1,523
  • July: 13-19: 1,502
  • July 6-12: 1,573


  • 8/17 – Bryan Av & Diablo Av
  • 8/17 – L St & W 3rd St (243pc)
  • 8/17 – W 10th St & K St (243pc)
  • 8/17 – Carmona Wy & Lopez Dr (243pc)
  • 8/17 – W 17th St & G St (245pc)
  • 8/17 – Deodar Av & Belshaw St (245pc)
  • 8/18 – Woodland Dr & Ross Av (245pc)
  • 8/18 – L St & W 3rd St (243pc)
  • 8/18 – C St & W 4th St (245pc)
  • 8/19 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (245pc)
  • 8/19 – W 19th St & G St (243pc)
  • 8/19 – Sand Creek Rd & Deer Valley Rd (245pc)
  • 8/19 – Kushner Wy & Bridle Ct (243pc)
  • 8/20 – W 19th St & D St (243pc)
  • 8/20 – Persimmon St & Redwood Dr (243pc)
  • 8/20 – E 18th ST & Hillcrest Av (245pc)
  • 8/20 – Sycamore Dr & Peppertree Wy (243pc)
  • 8/20 – Dameron Pl & Tabora Dr (243pc)
  • 8/20 – W 18th St & L St (243pc)
  • 8/21 – W 20th St & C St (243pc)
  • 8/21 – Sand Creek Rd & Deer Valley Rd (243pc)
  • 8/21 – Weston Ct & Yorkshire Dr (243pc)
  • 8/21 – E 6th St & A St (243pc)
  • 8/22 – S Francisco Wy & Rio Grande Dr (243pc)
  • 8/22 – Golf Course Rd & Cache Peak Dr (243pc)
  • 8/22 – Carey St & Lynn Av (243pc)
  • 8/22 – Point Sur Ct & Palomar Dr (245pc)
  • 8/23 – Azevedo St & Jacobsen St (243pc)
  • 8/23 – Somersville Rd & Delta Fair Bl (243pc)
  • 8/23 – Lopez Dr & Seville Cir (243pc)
  • 8/23 – Jefferson Wy & Gentrytown Dr (243pc)

Auto Burglary

  • 8/17 – Spanos St & Sycamore Dr
  • 8/18 – Oneida Wy & Navajo Wy
  • 8/20 – Golf Course Rd & Cache Peak Dr
  • 8/21 – Fairview Dr & Somersville Rd
  • 8/21 – Somersville Rd & Fairview Dr

Auto Theft

  • 8/17 – Ebbetts Wy & Mark Twain Dr
  • 8/17 – Sycamore Dr & Spanos St
  • 8/17 – Mt Hamilton Dr & Black Diamond Dr
  • 8/18 – Merced Cir & Meadow Lake St
  • 8/19 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/20 – Elkhorn Wy & Deer Meadow Wy
  • 8/20 – Wexler Peak Wy & Shavano Peak Ct
  • 8/20 – I St & W 6th St
  • 8/20 – Bluerock Dr & Brocatello Ct
  • 8/20 – Vista Grande Dr & Catanzaro Wy
  • 8/21 – Buchanan Rd & Auburn Ln
  • 8/21 – Renwick Ln & Hillcrest Av
  • 8/22 – James Donlon Bl & Contra Loma Bl
  • 8/23 – Bluebell Cir & Bluecurl Ct
  • 8/23 – Serpentine Dr & Basalt Wy
  • 8/23 – Lone Tree Wy & Muirwood Wy

Burglary – Business/Commercial

  • 8/23 – W 10th St & A St

Burglary – Residential

  • 8/17 – Ridgewood Ct & Redrock Dr
  • 8/17 – Knollcrest Ct & Sterling Hill Dr
  • 8/17 – Knollcrest Ct & Sterling Hill Dr
  • 8/17 – Paradise Peak Ct & Crater Peak Wy
  • 8/18 – Paradise Peak Ct & Crater Peak Wy
  • 8/20 – Adobe Ct & Buchanan Rd
  • 8/21 – Filbert St & Honeynut St
  • 8/21 – Rainier Ln & Sunset Ln
  • 8/22 – Badger Pass Wy & Black Diamond Dr
  • 8/23 – Bison Wy & Country Hills Dr


  • 8/19 – Stamm Dr & Shaddick Dr
  • 8/22 – Somersville Rd & Buchanan Rd


  • 8/21 – Mission Dr & Palo Verde Wy


  • 8/17 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd

Robbery & Attempts

  • 8/18 – Sunny Ln & Mahogany Wy
  • 8/19 – Glenridge Wy & Meadow View Ct
  • 8/20 – A St & E 18th St
  • 8/20 – Lone Tree Wy & Indian Hill Dr
  • 8/21 – Morgan Wy & Indian Hill Dr
  • 8/23 – Lone Tree Wy & Sagebrush Dr
  • 8/23 – E 18th St & Amber Dr
  • 8/23 – Longhorn Ct & Longhorn Wy


  • 8/17 – W 6th St & K St
  • 8/17 – C St & W 19th St
  • 8/17 – Delta Fair Bl & San Jose Dr
  • 8/19 – W 14th St & Macaulay St
  • 8/20 – Cypress St & Pecan St
  • 8/21 – Vaquero Wy & Cordoba Wy
  • 8/21 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/21 – W 9th St & K St
  • 8/21 – J St & W 9th St
  • 8/22 – Kern Mountain Wy & Mt Conness Wy
  • 8/22 – Lemontree Wy & Sycamore Dr


  • 8/17 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/17 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/18 – Manzanita Wy & Mahogany Wy
  • 8/18 – A St & W 18th St
  • 8/18 – Fitzuren Rd & G St
  • 8/19 – A St & W 20th St
  • 8/19 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/19 – A St & Railroad Av
  • 8/19 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/20 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/20 – W 4th St & K St
  • 8/20 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/20 – W 7th St & K St
  • 8/21 – H St & W 2nd St
  • 8/21 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/21 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/21 – W Tregallas Rd & Lone Tree Wy
  • 8/22 – Buchanan Rd & Barcelona Cir
  • 8/23 – L St & W 3rd St

For the full report, click here.


A rape victim who made national headlines in February after being raped while delivering a pizza wanted reach out to thank the community for their support.

The Antioch female, who wished to keep her identity private, thanked the community, police officers and medical personal for assisting her after the incident. She also wanted to thank residents of the community who went out of their way and perform random acts of kindness.

She stated that people dropped off a quilt, a teddy bear, and a panda at the police department. She says small acts of kindness made a difference in her life during her time of need.

Here is her message:

“Hi everyone,

I’m the delivery driver who was raped in February of this year.

I just wanted to reach out and thank the person who left me this beautiful quilt, teddy bear and card at the police department and the person who left me this gigantic (it’s about an inch shorter than myself) stuffed panda bear at Domino’s.

While I’d love to contact you personally, I’m just not quite ready for that. I just wanted to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. I don’t think I could ever truly express how much it meant to me, and still means to me. I find so much comfort in these items, they remind me of all the wonderful and selfless people that are out there when I’m struggling to believe so. Just know that you truly made a difference in my life when I needed it most.

Also a thank you to those who left comments on the initial news articles sending your love and prayers, I was grateful and touched by all of them.

If you left any of these items for her, please email us and we can pass along your information.

On Wednesday morning just before 10:00 am, Antioch High School was evacuated after someone located a suspicious package. Students were taken to the football field and to the parking lot.

By 10:15 AM, both Antioch Police Department and Contra Costa County Fire were on scene and were investigating. The schools security company Strategic Threat Management and school site safety also worked to assist in the clearing of the campus.

No official details have been released, however, Antioch High School posted the following information in its Twitter Page:

Site currently evacuated. Will post updates as often as possible. No further info currently. Parents please do not come to campus. (Source)

Update (11:07am)

According to Donald Gill, Antioch Unified School District Superintendent, he confirmed the suspicious object was a lithium charging device and that all students are safe. He noted the students were evacuated immediately according to their school site safety plan.

As of 11:05 am, students were still evacuated as BART police had six k9 dogs going through the campus as a precaution. Students will eat lunch and then be released to go home as its a minimum day.

Update (11:45 am)

AHS-bomb-threat-2Update via Lt. Diane Aguinaga of the Antioch Police Department”:

This morning at 09:53 am the Antioch High School Principal called APD to report a suspicious device found in one of the classrooms. Because of the appearance of the device,  all efforts were made to ensure the student’s safety and the students were evacuated to a nearby location. With the assistance of the Walnut Creek PD Bomb Squad and BART PD bomb dogs,  the device was determined to be nothing of concern or danger.  The students were returned to their classrooms less than an hour after the device was found.


On Tuesday, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando reported to the City Council that Part 1 Crime is down 9.1% when comparing January-June of 2015 to 2014.

The City has seen 1 less homicide (2 total) along with 13-less robberies (135) and 19-less aggravated assaults (219) when compared to last year. Overall, violent crime is being reported as down 7.6%.

Although the Chief is reporting a drop in property crime by 9.4%, they did see an increase in auto thefts.

The chief also reported that between January-June of 2015, they have made a total of 2,426 arrests, up 398 arrests when compared to last year.

APD-Slide-3The police department is also reporting a 4.5% increase in calls for service, however, Priority 1 calls are down 0.3% while Priority 5 calls have increased 29.5%.

In total, the police have received 41,347 calls for service. At this time last year, the police had 39,554 calls.

Officer response time has also improved with an officer responding on average within 10:21 minutes when compared to 10:36 last year.


During its Crime Suppression Details, the City has held 34 operations which netted 151 cases, 175 arrests, 9 guns seized and 935 enforcement contacts.

The Chief also reported that its currently authorized to have 102 sworn positions, however, they are staffed with 88 full-time positions. He highlighted although they have 14 vacancies, two recruits began the academy in May and are set to graduate in November.


Note: All slides may be viewed in the City Council Agenda.


In what Antioch City Manager Steve Duran called a “cleanup item” Tuesday night, the Antioch City Council voted 5-0 to revoke a Local Card Room license for Mr. Anthony Keslinke on “O” Street.

On October 2, 2014, the United States Attorney’s Office issued a press release indicating that Mr. Keslinke was charged by indictment in a scheme involving mortgage fraud. The indictment also charges that Keslinke met with an undercover agent, purporting to be a drug dealer, on multiple occasions. Keslinke accepted $500,000 from the undercover agent, which he deposited into business bank accounts and then attempted to launder the money by wiring money from accounts to an account controlled by an undercover agent. Keslinke routinely kept 8 to 10% of each transaction as his fee.

Keslinke faces possible imprisonment for over 50 years and fines of over $1 million.

In November of 2013, the Antioch City Council unanimously approved Kelly’s Restaurant and Card Room which would run a 24-hour six card table operation—the license had a 24-36 month provision to get state approval.

According to the staff report:

As part of the conditions to the resolution, the city A” to the resolution contained the conditions of approval, including Section 5(a)(vi): “…(A)ny of the following occurrences is deemed evidence that (1) the applicant or any person financially interested in the business is not of good moral character…the applicant or any Key Employee having an ownership interest in the card room…is arrested for any felony, or a misdemeanor relating to loan sharking, drugs, embezzlement, extortion, theft, prostitution, money laundering, robbery or weapons violation.”

The City says since an indictment has been filed which triggers the criteria of the resolution to revoke the license. The Resolution also approved a Use Permit for operation of the restaurant in conjunction with the card and a lease agreement with the city for additional parking. Both of these matters would also be rescinded if Council adopts the recommended.

Here is the Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release:

Danville Real Estate Agent Charged In Bank Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

OAKLAND – Anthony Keslinke was charge today by superseding indictment in a scheme involving short sale mortgage fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Jay Fitzpatrick, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.

According to the superseding indictment, Keslinke used straw buyers to purchase real estate throughout Northern California. Keslinke identified properties, including his own properties, that were potential candidates for a “short sale.” A “short sale” is a sale of real estate in which the sale proceeds are less than the balance owed on the mortgage loan pertaining to the property and often occurs when a borrower cannot pay the mortgage loan. In furtherance of the scheme, Keslinke allegedly submitted offers to the financial institutions on behalf of straw buyers. In order to induce a bank to accept a short sale offer, Keslinke would draft fraudulent financial hardship letters and submit them on behalf of the seller of a property. In addition, Keslinke often altered engineering and pest reports associated with the properties in order to give the appearance to the financial institutions that the properties were worth significantly less than true fair market value. Additionally, according to the superseding indictment, Keslinke often altered bank account documents to create the appearance that the straw buyers had sufficient funds to purchase the properties in cash. Once a financial institution accepted a particular property for a short sale, Keslinke used his own funds to purchase the property in the name of the straw buyer. After a short sale was completed on a particular property, Keslinke maintained control of the property and often sold the property for a significant financial gain. Keslinke is charged in the superseding indictment with using this mortgage fraud scheme to orchestrate the short sale of properties in Danville, California; Walnut Creek, California; and Kings Beach, California.

The indictment also alleges that between August of 2013 and February of 2014, Keslinke met with an undercover agent purporting to be a drug dealer on multiple occasions. On five separate occasions, Keslinke accepted a total of $550,000 from the undercover agent. In an attempt to conceal the true source of the funds, Keslinke repeatedly deposited the money received from the undercover agent into business bank accounts under Keslinke’s control. Keslinke then attempted to launder the money by wiring it from his business bank accounts to an account controlled by the undercover agent. During the investigation, Keslinke routinely kept 8-10% of the money provided to him from the undercover agent as a fee for his services.

Upon a conviction on any of the bank fraud or wire fraud charges, alleged in counts one through six, Keslinke shall forfeit any property, real or personal, which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the offense.

Upon a conviction of any of the money laundering charges, alleged in counts seven through twelve, Keslinke shall forfeit $320,000 cash seized from Keslinke’s residence, approximately $1.4 million from bank accounts, 500 American Silver Eagle coin, and a Tiffany diamond solitaire ring, all of which allegedly constitutes or is derived from the proceeds traceable to the offenses.

The maximum statutory penalty for each count of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Bank Fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349 and 18 U.S.C. §§ 1344, is 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of Wire Fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343, is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The maximum statutory penalty for each count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering and Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h) and 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)(B), is 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Vanessa Vargas. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service. The Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and Livermore Police Department have also provided assistance during the investigation. The investigation was conducted and funded by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a multi-agency task force that coordinates long-term narcotics trafficking investigations.

Please note, an indictment contains only allegations. Therefore, as with all defendants, Anthony Keslinke must be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

(Keslinke superseding indictment )

Source: United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of California

Between August 13-19 the Antioch Police Department had 1,619 calls for service which netted 85 arrests according to Antioch City Manager Steve Duran.

Of those arrests, 37 were felony, 47 misdemeanors along with 3 DUI. Here is a recap of events provided in the City Manager weekly report.


  • On 8/19/15 at 5: 30pm Officers were dispatched to a report of a male walking into traffic at Lone Tree Way and W. Tregallas Rd. They contacted 38 year old Richard Kearnes at the location as he was walking on the west sidewalk. He was stumbling and having difficulty walking straight. Kearnes almost walked into the roadway and was detained. Kearnes had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. Kearnes could not stand straight and denied consuming any alcoholic beverages. Kearnes was found to be severely over the legal limit of .08 Blood Alcohol level. Due to his extreme intoxication, he was sent to County jail for a sobering period then cite released.
  • On 8/19/15 at 4:40pm while conducting extra patrol on Somersville Road, 44 year old Marlan Pitre and 24 year old James Yingling were contacted to the rear of the CVS store. Officers noticed Yingling was in possession of a glass pipe and placed him under arrest. Yingling was on searchable probation and no further illegal items were located. Pitre submitted to a search of his backpack where another glass pipe was located. Both subjects have extensive criminal histories and were cite released from the scene.
  • IMG_4778On 8/19/15 at 12:15 pm APD dispatch received several calls of shots fired in the area of Rodeo Court. Upon arrival, 30 year old Russell Fernando was contacted in front of his residence and claimed to be the victim of a shooting. Fernando stated that when he arrived home he found an old associate in his garage. Fernando said the man pointed a gun in his direction so he fired in self-defense. There were several bullet holes in Fernando’s garage and his vehicle, but there was no evidence of anybody being struck by the gunfire. Fernando was not very forthcoming. The firearm that Fernando used in the shooting was located inside his residence along with items used to manufacture hash oil. Numerous stolen checks, ID cards, and Passports were located in Fernando’s vehicle. Fernando had an arrest warrant for burglary and was sent to county jail on the listed charges.
  • On 8/19/15 at 11:28 am 33 year old Thomas Salazar was contacted driving a stolen vehicle on Auto Center Drive. Salazar was also in possession of methamphetamine and is on probation. Salazar was arrested and sent to County Jail.
  • On 8/19/15 at 3: 20 am, 37 year old Lionell White was intoxicated and causing a disturbance at Gas City on Lone Tree Way. He was arrested and sent to County Jail.
  • On 8/18/18 at 9:30pm a local hospital called to report that a 16 year old male had been assaulted and was seeking treatment for his injuries. He told officers that he was riding his bike at Cavallo Road near Sunset when three subjects assaulted him for no reason. He had been punched, kicked and hit with a metal object. The responsible fled on foot and were not located. The victim sustained mile abrasions and lacerations from the assault.
  • On 8/18/15 at 8: 09 pm in the 4000 block of Meadow Lake Street, several residents in the area called to report shots fired. Upon arrival Officers contacted a victim who’s front room window was struck by gunfire. Additional calls were coming in of subjects in the hills firing guns nearby. We attempted to locate the suspects but were unsuccessful. One expended round was located and collected for evidence, there were no injuries.
  • On 8/18/15 at 5:19pm Officers were working a proactive detail and responded to a call of subjects selling narcotics in front of the Smoke Shop on Sycamore Drive. Officers contacted a 16 year old male who was acting suspiciously and loitering around the business. When Officers tried to detain him he resisted and was taken to the ground where he continued to actively resist and was eventually handcuffed. The 16 year old provided a false name and was in possession of marijuana. He was later cite-released to his parent.
  • On 8/18/2015 at 2:44 am, officer contacted 24 year old Michael Stafford in the 1900 block of Woodland Dr. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and booked at the police department and later released pending lab results.
  • On 8/17/2015 at 11:38 pm, officers contacted 57 year old Walter Parmenter at W.10th and “L” streets. A records checked revealed he had an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested without incident and booked at the county jail.
  • On 8/17/2015 at 11:24 pm, officers responded to Wagon Ct. regarding a suspicious vehicle call. Officers located the suspicious vehicle and were preparing to tow it for having registration expired over 6 months. While doing so, 47 year old Thomas Bacigalupi approached officers and claimed to own the vehicle. Officers continued with towing the vehicle and conducted an inventory search. A loaded .45 ca. semi automatic handgun was located inside the vehicle along with several fake identifications with Bacigalupi’s image and other evidence of identity theft. Bacigalupi is a convicted felon and was taken into custody for the violation. Bacigalupi denied knowledge of the firearm being in the vehicle or owning the weapon. He was arrested without incident and booked at the county jail.
  • On 8/17/2015 at 1:13 am, officer responded to a traffic accident at Hillcrest Ave near Wildhorse Dr. When officers arrived they found a vehicle had left the roadway and struck a tree. It was determined 19 year old Joel Villalobos was driving north bound on Hillcrest Drive approaching Wildhorse Drive. He had been drinking alcohol and stuck his head out of the window to get some air. In doing so, he left the roadway and struck a tree causing a large branch to fall and block the roadway. Villalobos was not injured and was arrested for DUI. Public Works responded and removed the tree branch from the road. After a sobering period, Villalobos was released on a citation.
  • On 8/16/2015 at 6:00 pm, officers were dispatched to Yosemite Dr. and Hill Dr. regarding subjects going through a vehicle. Officers arrived and saw 27 year old James Ramey and 26 year old Bianca Sorci walking away from the car. Officers made contact with Ramey and Sorci. A records check did not indicate the vehicle was stolen, however, officers requested Pittsburg PD make contact with the registered owner. The registered owner reported to them the vehicle had been stolen. Ramey and Sorci were arrested and upon being searched, a shaved key which started the stolen car was located on Sorci and drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine was discovered on Ramey. During a subsequent interview, Ramey admitted he had driven the stolen car. Sorci was booked for vehicle theft, possession of the shaved key and violation of probation. Ramey was booked for vehicle theft and drug related charges. They were both transported to the county jail.
  • On 8/16/2015 at 5:09 pm, officers responded to W.4th and “K” streets regarding approximately a dozen subjects fighting. Upon officers arrivals, they detained contacted a 14 year old female who was on top of a 13 year old female pulling her hair. A search of the 14 year old girl’s purse revealed that she was in possession of two concealed knives and an air soft gun. The 14 year old was issued a citation and released to her parent. No significant injuries were reported sustained by either girl.
  • On 8/16/2015 at 7:41 am, the owners of Jalisco De Antojitos restaurant at 3040 Delta Fair Blvd. reported a burglary. Officers determined during their investigation that the cash registers were forced open and several food items were taken. Also during the investigation, the video surveillance was reviewed and the burglary was captured and recorded. At approximately 12:08 pm, the officer who reviewed the video saw the suspect from the burglary on Fitzuren Rd. The officer made contact with the suspect, 24 year old Brandon Rowlette, and confirmed he was the same person she had observed commit the burglary. He was arrested and booked at the county jail.
  • On 8/15/2015 at 11:51 pm, officers responded to King Ct. regarding a “911” call of a suspicious vehicle. When the officers arrived, they observed a parked BMW with tinted windows. The officers approached the car and found it was occupied by two males. An officer contacted the person in the driver’s position, 23 year old Lorenzo Salazar, and asked if he had any weapons in the car. Salazar replied that he had a Glock .40 cal in the door next to his leg. A search of the car produced a loaded Glock .40 cal pistol in the storage area of the driver’s door. A ten round magazine was in the weapon but the chamber was clear. The weapon was legally registered to Salazar. Salazar was arrested due to the weapon being loaded. He was later released with a citation to appear on the charge. The passenger, a 19 year old male, was released from the scene.
  • On 8/15/2015 at 10:07 pm, an officer was patrolling the shopping center at 2511 Somersville Rd and observed 66 year old James Wedding loitering next to the building near the car wash. Wedding was found to be on probation and he was searched per those conditions. Wedding had a syringe in his sock and a baggie of methamphetamine pant pocket. He was arrested and booked at the county jail for trespassing, drug charges and violation of probation.
  • On 8/15/2015 at 3:01 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Mission Dr. on the report of a male with a gun attempting to break into the residence. The suspect was the estranged husband of the reporting party. Officers had been to the home the previous day when the estranged husband, 42 year old Alfredo Deniz made threats to kill everyone in the house. Deniz was wanted on charges related to that incident. When officers arrived, Deniz had already fled the scene on his motorcycle. No one was injured at the home and according to the witnesses no one actually had seen a gun. Within a few minutes, an officer observed Deniz on his motorcycle near Mission Street and Putnam Rd. and initiated an enforcement stop. Deniz led officers on a short pursuit where he eventually lost control and crashed less than a mile away. Deniz suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Once medically cleared, he was booked at the county jail on charges of threats, vandalism and failing to yield to a police vehicle.
  • On 8/15/2015 at 10:53 am, officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 1900 block of Colosseum Way. A resident reported he had arrived home and found a car parked in his driveway and the front door of his residence forced open. He heard a subject inside and then called police. While officers were en route, the resident observed 23 year old Mazett Parker exit his home and attempt to leave. The resident had removed the keys from the suspect’s vehicle and blocked it in his driveway with his own vehicle. When Parker realized he could not leave in his own vehicle, he fled on foot towards Sanger Peak Way. Arriving officers established a perimeter and Parker was found hiding in a front yard of a nearby home. He was taken into custody without incident. Witnesses had watched Parker approach the victim’s house and kick the front door open just prior to the victim arriving home. Parker was in the process of trying to remove property when the victim arrived interrupted him. Parker was found to have outstanding arrest warrants issued out of San Francisco County for possession of stolen property and theft. Parker was booked at the county jail on his warrants and residential burglary.
  • On 8/14/2015 at 12:32 pm, officers were in the area of the Bonfare Market on West 10th Street when they spotted a vehicle trying to avoid them. The driver, a 17 year old male, made several turns down streets trying to lose the officers. Eventually, he pulled into the Bonfare lot and he and the lone passenger, 18 year old Mathew Pittman, exited and started to walk away from the car. A records check revealed the car was reported stolen and both were quickly detained without incident. Pittman was later booked at the county jail and the 17 year old was sent to juvenile hall.
  • On 8/14/2015 at 1:32 pm, officers responded to a reported Hit & Run collision at “G” St. and Newberry Ave. A 17 year old female driver who was involved in the collision reportedly fled the scene and on Newberry Avenue towards John Gildi Drive. A Code Enforcement Officer was in the area and advised officers of the suspect’s whereabouts. Officers stopped and detained her near John Gildi and West Madill Drives. She was attempting to convince residents to drive her from the area. The 17 year old juvenile was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and wearing an ankle monitor as a condition of release from juvenile hall. Witnesses identified her as the driver who fled the collision. The juvenile was issued a citation and turned over to the jurisdiction of juvenile hall.
  • On 8/14/2015 at 12:09 am, an officer was conducting extra patrol at the Big Lots store at 2521 Somersville Rd. The officer contacted 36 year old Lee Rivers, who was standing near the store building. A warrant check revealed Rivers had several outstanding arrest warrants charging possession of a controlled substance and attempted theft. He was sent arrested and later booked at county jail.
  • On 8/13/2015 at 10:10 pm, officers were stopped at the intersection of Hillcrest Ave. and Lone Tree Way when they heard several shots coming from Williamson Ranch Park. The officers observed a vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed and got into position for a high risk stop. The vehicle finally stopped on Ridgeline Drive and was occupied by 22 year old Douglas Martinez, and a 16 and 17 year old male. Each of the subjects were taken out at gunpoint and the 17 year old male was found to have a Colt revolver in his waistband. He admitted to firing rounds in the air from the backseat and to being a Norteno Gang member. Martinez, who was the driver, had another loaded revolver under the drivers’ seat and claimed no knowledge of it. All three subjects were arrested. The juveniles were taken to Juvenile Hall while Martinez was booked at the county jail. There were no reported injuries or victims as a result of the gun shots.
  • On 8/13/2015 at 9:14 am, officers were dispatched to a home on Excelsior Court regarding a report of a possible residential burglary in progress. The reporting party observed several subjects standing in the driveway and they appeared to have forced the garage door open. Upon the officers arrivals, 33 year old Michael Scott was contacted in the driveway along with a motorcycle which was reported stolen during a recent residential burglary in Pittsburg. Several subjects could be heard in the residence and they refused to come to the door. Officers entered the house and detained 22 year old Brian Gentry and 20 year old Dakota Cayou. It was determined these subjects were residing at the location but had no permission to do so. Scott, who was on probation, was found to have a room at the house. A probation search was conducted on his room and stolen additional items stolen during the Pittsburg burglary, including the keys to the motorcycle. Gentry and Cayou were contacted and found to have outstanding arrest warrants for auto theft and drug related charges. Code Enforcement responded and determined the lock to the water service had been cut. Corporation Yard personnel responded and removed the meter and Code Enforcement red tagged the house. Several neighbors reported since the subjects moved in, there has been a rise in thefts and foot traffic at night.


The Antioch Police Department arrested Russell Fernando, 30 of Antioch, after receiving several calls of shots fired in the area of Rodeo Court on August 19.

According to Police, Fernando was contacted in front of his residence and claimed to be the victim of a shooting. Fernando stated that when he arrived home he found an old associate in his garage.

Fernando said the man pointed a gun in his direction so he fired in self-defense. There were several bullet holes in Fernando’s garage and his vehicle, but there was no evidence of anybody being struck by the gunfire.

Police say Fernando was not very forthcoming.

The firearm that Fernando used in the shooting was located inside his residence along with items used to manufacture hash oil. Numerous stolen checks, ID cards, and Passports were located in Fernando’s vehicle.

Fernando had an arrest warrant for burglary and was sent to county jail on the listed charges.

Here are photographs from the incident:


The Antioch Police Activities League hosted its first “Lego’s and the Law” event on Saturday where kids and officers had an opportunity to connect through lego’s.

The event was open to twenty-five boys and girls who wanted to spend the morning with police

Chief Allan Cantando stated the idea came about because of he and his son who like lego’s and wanted to provide an event for young people who do not get a chance to have a lot of activities with police. He stated this was a family event aimed to have fun and to help see police in a positive way.

He called the event a success and future events will be held due to the response of the event filling up in less than two-days.

APD-Legos-IMG_4967“The event was a huge success. We all had a wonderful time,” said Chief  Allan Cantando.  “The highlights for me was watching the positive interaction between the kids and officers and seeing the kids creativity and enthusiasm. I think the kids had the enjoyable experience we were hoping for. Who knows, in 12 to 15 years we may get a few of them to be Officers with the Antioch Police Department.”


Chief Cantando posted the following message on social media.

Today was the first “Legos and the Law” event sponsored by the Antioch Police Activities League. I would like to thank the Moms and Dads that brought your kids to the event…the Cops had a blast! We hope your kids did too!

I would like to thank Cpl. Dean Pfeiffer and Officer Randall Gragg for making this event successful.

I would also like to thank Antioch PAL board members Bill Cook and Tom Hartrick for their participation. Lastly, thanks to Antioch PAL program coordinator Dineen Burdick for all your help!


Chief Allan Cantando

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By Ashley Castaldi

Antioch Police on scene of a water rescue

Between August 10-16, the Antioch Police Department had 1,671 calls for service.  Due to the high number of calls, we have broken down the stats to a sampling of some of the higher-priority calls.

Here is a look at the last 11-weeks:

  • August 10-16 – 1,671
  • No stats provided
  •  July 27-August 2 – 1,513
  • July 20-26: 1,523
  • July: 13-19: 1,502
  • July 6-12: 1,573
  • June 29-July 5: 1,823
  • June 22-28: 1,610
  • June 15-21: 1,656
  • June 8-14: 1,677
  • June 1-7: 1,687


  • 8/10 – W 9th St & L St (245pc)
  • 8/10 – Somersville Rd & Delta Fair Bl (245pc)
  • 8/10 – Mt Powell Ct & Crater Peak Wy (243pc)
  • 8/10 – W 9th St & L St (245pc)
  • 8/10 – Winterglen Ct & Pineview Wy (243pc)
  • 8/10 – Dogwood Wy & Magnolia Wy (245pc)
  • 8/11 – Sunset Ln & Davison Dr (245pc)
  • 8/11 – Lone Tree Wy & Hillcrest Av (243pc)
  • 8/11 – W 19th ST & G St (243pc)
  • 8/11 – Patricia Av & Shaddick Dr (243pc)
  • 8/12 – W Tregallas Rd & Lone Tree Wy (243pc)
  • 8/12 – Sycamore Dr & Dogwood Wy (243pc)
  • 8/12 – Pear St & Sequoia Dr (243pc)
  • 8/13 – Sycamore Dr & Manzanita Wy (243pc)
  • 8/13 – Doolittle Wy & Lemay Wy (245pc)
  • 8/13 – Hollow Ridge Wy & Hollow Ridge Ct (245pc)
  • 8/14 – Aster Dr & Tulip Dr (243pc)
  • 8/14 – Lone Tree Wy & Sagebrush Dr (243pc)
  • 8/14 – Simmons St & Jacobsen St (243pc)
  • 8/15 – W 7th St & K St (243pc)
  • 8/15 – L St & Sycamore Dr (243pc)
  • 8/15 – E Tregallas Rd & Lone Tree Wy (243pc)
  • 8/15 – Mokelumne Dr & Table Mountain Wy (243pc)
  • 8/15 – Santa Barbara Wy & St James Pl (243pc)
  • 8/15 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 8/15 – Bishop Ln & Buchanan Rd (243pc)
  • 8/15 – Hollow Ridge Wy & Hollow Ridge Ct (245pc)
  • 8/16 – Lone Tree Wy & Mokelumne Dr (243pc)
  • 8/16 – W 4th St & J St (243pc)
  • 8/16 – Hereford Ct & Angus Wy (243pc)
  • 8/16 – W 6th St & I St (245pc)

Auto Burglary

  • 8/11 – G St & W 17th St
  • 8/13 – Auto Center Dr & Costco Wy
  • 8/13 – Clayburn Rd & Longview Rd
  • 8/14 – Somersville Rd & Hwy 4 Hy

Auto Theft

  • 8/10 – Lone Tree Wy & Indian Hill Dr
  • 8/10 – Sycamore Dr & Dogwood Wy
  • 8/11 – Galenez Wy & Crystal Ct
  • 8/11 – Wilbur Av & Cavallo Rd
  • 8/11 – Lemontree Ct & Lemontree Wy
  • 8/11 – Willowbrook Wy & Catanzaro Wy
  • 8/11 – Rockford Dr & Rocky Point Dr
  • 8/11 – Verne Roberts Cir & Costco Wy
  • 8/12 – Lone Tree Wy & Davison Dr
  • 8/13 – Buchanan Rd & Somersville Rd
  • 8/13 – L St & Lemontree Wy
  • 8/13 – Somersville Rd & Buchanan Rd
  • 8/14 – Belle Dr & Eisenhower Wy
  • 8/14 – Lemontree Wy & Lemontree Ct
  • 8/15 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/16 – Willow Av & Roca St
  • 8/16 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/16 – Comanche Ct & Indian Hill Dr
  • 8/16 – Wilbur Av & Orchard Ln

Burglary – Business/Commercial

  • 8/10 – Sycamore Dr & L St
  • 8/12 – A ST & E 16th St
  • 8/16 – Delta Fair Bl & Buchanan Rd

Burglary – Residential

  • 8/10 – Markley Creek Dr & Wind Chime St
  • 8/10 – W 9th St & L St
  • 8/11 – Nortonville Wy & Southport Ct
  • 8/11 – Spruce Wy & Eagleridge Dr
  • 8/12 – Sycamore Dr & Dogwood Wy
  • 8/13 – Amargosa Dr & Meadow Lake St
  • 8/15 – Colosseum Wy & Sanger Peak Wy


  • 8/10 – Deer Valley Rd & Hillcrest AV
  • 8/10 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd
  • 8/11 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd
  • 8/12 – Railroad Av & D St
  • 8/12 – Hillcrest Av & Country Hills Dr
  • 8/12 – Lone Tree Wy & Eagleridge Dr
  • 8/14 – Empire Av & Wicklow Wy
  • 8/14 – Newbury Av & G St
  • 8/15 – Somersville Rd & Hwy 4 Hy
  • 8/16 – Hillcrest Av & Deerfield Dr


  • 8/10 – Arata Wy & Silva St
  • 8/10 – Texas St & Batacao Ln
  • 8/11 – W 1st St & I St
  • 8/11 – A St & E 13th St
  • 8/16 – Mt Silliman Wy & Tehachapi Wy

Robbery & Attempts

  • 8/10 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/10 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln
  • 8/10 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln
  • 8/12 – Lone Tree Wy & Empire Av
  • 8/12 – Mt Stakes Ct & Mokelumne Dr
  • 8/13 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln
  • 8/14 – A St & Bryan Av
  • 8/15 – W Tregallas Rd & Lone Tree Wy
  • 8/15 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/15 – Somersville Rd & Delta Fair Bl


  • 8/10 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln
  • 8/10 – Provence Ct & Barmouth Dr
  • 8/10 – W 9th St & K St
  • 8/10 – Eagleridge Dr & Greystone Ct
  • 8/11 – Kangaroo t & Wolverine Wy
  • 8/11 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/12 – Half Dome St & Nopah St
  • 8/12 – Delta Fair Bl & Fairview Dr
  • 8/12 – St James Pl & Rio Grande Dr
  • 8/12 – G St & W 1st St
  • 8/12 – Somersville Rd & Buchanan Rd
  • 8/14 – W Madill St & Russell Dr
  • 8/15 – Lone Tree Wy & Robert St
  • 8/15 – Lone Tree Wy & Robert St


  • 8/10 – Manzanita Wy & Sycamore Dr
  • 8/10 – Somersville Rd & Delta Fair Bl
  • 8/10 – Sycamore Dr & L St
  • 8/10 – Rockspring Wy & Glenhollow Wy
  • 8/10 – Crestwood Dr & Ross Av
  • 8/10 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/10 – Sycamore Dr & Banyan Wy
  • 8/11 – Lone Tree Wy & Mokelumne Dr
  • 8/11 – Lone Tree Wy & Hillcrest Av
  • 8/11 – Manzanita Wy & Mahogany Wy
  • 8/11 – Lemontree Wy & Sycamore Dr
  • 8/12 – Hobart Ct & Dillard Wy
  • 8/12 – Sycamore Dr & Spanos St
  • 8/13 – W 10th St & Diamond St
  • 8/14 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln
  • 8/14 – Lone Tree Wy & Canada Valley Rd
  • 8/14 – Silva St & Field St
  • 8/14 – Buchanan Rd & Stapleton Dr
  • 8/16 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 8/16 – G St & W 18th St
  • 8/16 – Nandina Wy & Crater Peak Wy