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Recently the Antioch Police Department has received reports of fraud involving the use of Green Dot cards. Victims have been contacted by telephone under various rouses: receiving calls from subjects representing themselves as family members who are in trouble and need assistance or by persons presenting themselves as agents of the court or a government agency.

Specifically offenders have called victims representing themselves as family members who have been arrested and need bail money, or have represented themselves as agents with the IRS who have knowledge of or claim the victim owes back taxes.

The offenders provide the victim with a dollar amount needed to pay a debt or to help the family member. Victims are instructed to purchase and load Green Dot cards with moneys to pay the fraudulent fee. Once the cards are loaded, the victim is instructed to call the offender and provide the Green Dot card number. When the offender receives the Green Dot card number they are able to withdraw monies virtually undetected.

The offender sometimes provides the victim with a telephone number for contact. Often the number does not have a local area code. The telephone numbers are active, but many times are computer generated telephone numbers or “burner” phones. This means these numbers are untraceable.

If you receive any calls where a person poses as a family member in trouble, you should immediately end the call and recontact the represented family member to verify they made the call. Remember if a person is arrested and needs bail posted, you must seek the aid of a Bail Bond service. Further, most local and federal authorities will not have citizens load Green Dot cards to pay bills.

If you receive such a call, seek additional information such as the office address, full name of person you’re speaking with, his/her supervisor’s name and office telephone number. You should further attempt to verify this information via internet search and/or by calling the agency directly.

Lastly, DO NOT provide personal information over the telephone, even if you’re asked to verify personal information.

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On Tuesday, October 21, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a residential structure fire on Golden Hills Court where three people were injured.

Firefighters arrived on scene and found the two-story home engulfed and immediately called a two-alarm fire which triggered assistance from the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

According to Steven Aubert, CONFIRE PIO, three people were treated in total where two were treated for smoke inhalation and another for anxiety. The home had an estimated $400,000 in damages and another $25,000 for items inside the home.

The fire started in the kitchen from cooking where it broke out just after 12:30 pm and was contained within 15-minutes. In the time, the first story was involved and the second story was burning.

The quick decision to go to a two-alarm response helped prevent damage to neighboring homes said Aubert.

 

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At 3:58 pm, southbound Hillcrest Road at E. Tregallas was shut down after a bicyclist was hit by a vehilce near the Shell Gas Station in Antioch.

The incident required response from Antioch Police, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CONFIRE) and American Medical Response (AMR).

According to radio traffic, Police immediately requested Code 3 response and shut down of Southbound Hillcrest for a possible fatality. While on scene, emergency responders were providing CPR on the bicyclist while the driver/or passenger of the vehicle was heard crying.

According to a witness, the bicyclist was crossing Hillcrest outside of a cross walk and the vehilce hit the bicyclist causing the male victim to hit the windshield before falling to the ground. The bicyclist also appears to be a transiet.

No information was provided by Antioch Police on scene.

Antioch Police Press Release 9:17 pm

On 10/21/14 at approximately 3:57 pm the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road for a report of an Auto vs Bicyclist collision.

Upon arrival officers located the injured bicyclist and began to administer first aid. The male bicyclist, a 51 year old Antioch resident, was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he was in surgery and listed in critical condition.

The adult female driver of the vehicle was un-injured, remained on scene and is cooperating fully with this investigation.

Preliminary information obtained from both the driver and witnesses suggest that the injured bicyclist was riding his bicycle along the center median of Hillcrest Avenue into opposing traffic. As he approached to within approximately 200 feet of the intersection with East Tregallas Road he abruptly veered across the three lanes of traffic and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

Based on obtained statements and evidence at the scene, it appears as if the driver of the vehicle was obeying all traffic laws at the time of the collision. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in this collision as it relates to the driver of the vehicle. The level of impairment on the part of the bicyclist is unknown at this time.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

CAUTION – photographs may not be age appropriate and blood is shown

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After serving Mayor Wade Harper with recall papers last Tuesday during the Antioch City Council Meeting, Antioch resident Rich Buongiorno is all business as he moves forward with his recall attempt.

Buongiorno, a 66-year Antioch resident, told the Mayor that he was given the opportunity to resign and did not so he was being recalled. After his statements, nine people spoke in support of Mayor Harper and his accomplishments as Mayor.

Buongiorno called the comments following his appeared to be a dog and pony show orchestrated by the Mayor that distracted from the issue at hand which the mayor was not doing his job or providing solutions to the crime taking place in Antioch or on Deer Valley Plaza.

He admits he could have had multiple people speak that supported the recall but it was unneeded at this point in time.

“The only thing that needed to be done that night was to serve him with the petition,” said Buongiorno. “Did I say more? Yes, but not much.”

For now, Buongiorno is focused on strategy of collecting enough signatures to get a recall onto the ballot by next year. He says organization and collecting manpower to assist in signature collections are his focus.

That process officially started Tuesday when the Mayor was served. On Thursday Oct. 16, the Recall Petition paperwork was filed with the Antioch City Clerk and the signatures were later verified by the Contra Costa County Elections Office. With the approval of the petition approved, the process can move forward.

“It’s been crazy since Tuesday night. I’ve been getting a lot of attention, but that was step one,” declared Buongiorno. “Now we are proceeding to step two and three—step one, Mayor Harper has been served. Step two is getting all the forms ready and prepared while step three is collecting signatures.”

For a recall vote to move forward, supporters must now gather signatures from 20% of registered voters in Antioch—approximately 8,772 voters over the next 180-days to send the recall to voters on the ballot.

According to Buongiorno, as of this week, he has 200 people who are willing to help collect signatures. He said there would be more as the effort gets wheels, but volunteers must be Antioch residents and registered to vote. He notes that each volunteer would only need to collect 45-valid signatures.

The decision to recall the mayor came after Buongiorno wrote an opinion piece and emailed it to the mayor and city council. The public provided him with 1,500 responses. The Mayor and Council did not even respond. (Note – we published the letter on Sept. 18)

“There was no response, there was nothing,” said Buongiorno.“I am only one person, but it has everything to do with the 1,500 people who feel the same. In that letter it tells you what he is not doing right. What did it is (for the recall to begin) was the non-response.”

He also accuses the mayor of being first in line for photo opportunities and speaking at “positive” events. He is very visible explained Buongiorno at those events. However, he is invisible when it comes to negative happenings around Antioch such as crime and refuses to speak to the media.

“When its photo opportunities, he is visible. When it comes to bad, he is not there,” explained Buongiorno. “I may not like Oakland Mayor Jean Quan or San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, but who do you see in the news supporting and communicating with the citizens? They are visible. By his own admission, Wade Harper does a lot of work in the background. It hasn’t worked. Whatever he does in the background is not working so he needs to do something else.”

According to Buongiorno, he has received a ton of emails and mail about Wade Harper. He said a lot of it is slanderous which he says he won’t use because he wants to stick to the issue at hand which is the job he is not doing as Mayor.

In fact, Buongiorno admits he voted for Mayor Harper in the last election because of what he campaigned on. Since election, he has not kept his campaign promises.

“I voted for Harper because I believed what he said which was he was a cop. To me in my mind, that meant he should have some knowledge of the crime and violence going on in the city,” explained Boungiorno. “I though with his background he could reach some of the folks committing crimes and violence. I thought he could pull them in and tell them this is not the way to go and change the atmosphere in Antioch. That did not happen. He was on the city council and did nothing.”

He also noted that Mayor Harper said his term as Mayor would become a full-time job that he had to quit his job. Now the Mayor is teaching classes at Antioch High School which is taking away from his duties as mayor.

While Buongiorno may be taking the lead in the recall, he says many people are ready to go out and get signatures which will likely begin in November—they are just waiting for the final okay to move forward.

Buongiorno was tight lipped about who was working with him in coordinating the efforts because its early in the process, but says a few candidates have emerged to replace Harper if he is actually recalled. After a vote next November, the potential candidates can announce their intention to run.

For the mayor to be recalled, in a recall election, it would take 50%+1 in support of the recall for Harper to be removed from office.

People have expressed interest to more than willing to assist in the process to recall the mayor both financially and with blood sweat and tears says Buongiorno.

“This is David vs. Goliath. I am just one guy who loves my city and wants to take it back from the riff-raff and make it a place where people want to come, open businesses, and feel safe walking down the street,” said Buongiorno.

 Below are comments from Buongiorno to Mayor Harper during the October 14 City Council meeting:

I didn’t get everything said in 3-minutes last time, basically 3-weeks ago. So consequently I am here again. I have a bit of an issue, a problem, it’s that if we ran the council and you ran in that council a department in private industry, you would be fired by now.

You sir have not done anything for your position and for this city. Not based on what your commitment to us was. Unfortunately this is an at will state, you are not at an at will position. Even if you are a business and had invested in you, our return on investment is non-existent, we would get rid of you.

So you aren’t part of an at will, you are not part of an investment, you are there for one reason and one reason only and that is because we the voters put you there. Sir, based on everything that you have done for the past two years and the two years prior to that and the two years prior to that associated with the City of Antioch has been questioned.

Mr. Turnage gave you the opportunity to resign and I believe your response was something similar to that is not going to happen. Fine, I certainly understand that, but we the voters. We have the last word and remember that.

Mr. Mayor you are being recalled. (Paperwork handed to the Mayor). I know that is not pleasant and I certainly understand that and I know right now you are probably ready to lash out. I know you are more of a man than that. I think you really should do what is good for the city of Antioch. And that is to step down.

At 12:08 pm Sunday, Antioch Police responded to San Jose Drive and Delta Fair for reports of shots fired and a rollover vehicle accident.

Upon arriving on scene in front of the Mira Vista Apartments, officers located an unoccupied parked vehicle struck after another vehicle was traveling in the westbound direction of San Jose Drive. Police located a second vehicle where Dominique Deonte Watkins, 23 of Antioch, was still inside his vehicle. His mom was outside the vehicle.

Watkins suffered from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso and emergency personnel treated him on scene before transporting him via ground ambulance to a local hospital.

When officers approached Watkins in the hospital, he was talking and could tell offers who he was and that he had been shot. Watkins refused to provide officers any details or assist police in the investigation of the shooting.

According to police, Watkins mother said they recently moved from Oakland to Antioch where Watkins was recently shot and still is recovering from a previous shooting. She was with her son moments before the shooting occurred when she heard the sounds of gunshots being fired.

Police also said Watkins has an extensive police record which includes outstanding warrants for weapons and narcotics.

Police are working with limited information and are seeking the public’s assistance regarding this shooting. You are encouraged to contact the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6900 or Text a Tip Anonymously to the PD by texting: 274637(CRIMES) and including the word ANTIOCH in the body of the text.

 Update 10/20 — Antioch Police Press Release

On 10/19/14 at approximately 12:08 pm, Officers from the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of San Jose Drive and Delta Fair Boulevard on a report of shots fired and a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, Officers observed that an unoccupied parked vehicle had been struck by a vehicle traveling west bound on San Jose Drive.

Officers located the victim, Dominique Deonte Watkins, a 23 year old Antioch resident, still inside the second vehicle. A female, later identified as Watkins’ mother, was standing next to the vehicle upon Officer’s arrival. Watkins was found to be suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Emergency medical personnel arrived and began treating Watkins. Watkins was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he remains in critical condition.

When Officers initially contacted Watkins he was able to speak and converse coherently. He was able to identify himself and relay that he had in fact been shot. However, when asked for specifics about the incident, he refused to provide any information or detail to assist in this investigation.

Watkins’ mother informed officers that both she and her son had previously lived in Oakland and recently moved to Antioch. She said that in the later part of September Watkins had been shot in Oakland and was still recovering from that incident. When asked about today’s event she said she had been with her son moments before the shooting and that as she drove away she heard the sound of, what she believed to be, gun shots. Watkins’ mother was noticeably upset and could only provide limited information at the scene.

The preliminary investigation into this incident has revealed that Watkins has an extensive criminal history to include outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants for narcotics and weapons violations.

Due to the limited information available at the scene, Police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have witnessed this shooting and ask that they contact the Antioch Police Department. If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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At roughly 5:30 pm Sunday, a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed hit a pole on Lone Tree Way and Tregallas in Antioch which shut down a lane of traffic.

The vehicle reportedly was seen traveling from Davison going towards Highway 4 at speeds estimated of 60-mph according to a witness when he crashed into the pole.  Medical or fire was not required.

Police were still on scene around 8:00 pm and no information has been provided.

Here are photographs:

A woman was arrested Saturday after a short vehicle pursuit between the 1400-1500 block of Sycamore in Antioch which left damage to two vehicles and an apartment structure.

Around 2:30 Saturday, Antioch Police responded to the 1400 block of Sycamore for a report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, officers located the vehicle who immediately tried to flee the area.

As police pulled into the driveway of the apartments, the stolen vehicle went an estimated 30-40 mph in reverse before crashing into a park car at the 1500 block Sycamore. The crash pushed the parked car into the building causing damage to the laundry room.

Police did say the pursuit lasted under a minute.

A male suspect fled the scene on foot and they were unable to locate. The female was arrested.

The vehicle was confirmed stolen out of Concord. Police did not provide any details on scene and did not confirm who stole the car or who was driving at the time of the crash.

 

For the second week in a row, the Antioch Police Department responded to less than 1,500 calls in a week. Between October 6-12, the police department responded to 1,485 calls. Between Sept. 29-Oct 5, they responded to 1,489 calls.

Due to the high number of calls, we have broken down the stats to a sampling of some of the higher-priority calls.

Arson

  • 10/9 – Lone Tree Way & Terranova Dr.

Assault

  • 10/6 – Sand Creek & Deer Valley (245PC)
  • 10/6 – Lawton St. & Russell Dr. (245PC)
  • 10/6 – Mt. Hamilton Dr. & Golf Course
  • 10/6 – E. 18th & Cavallo
  • 10/7 – D St. & W. 19th St.
  • 10/7 – W. 4th & K St.
  • 10/7 – Jacobsen & Botelho St.
  • 10/7 – Lone Tree Way & Deer Valley Rd.
  • 10/7 – Edward Ln & Auburn (245PC)
  • 10/7 – Golf Course Rd. & Lone Tree Way
  • 10/8 – L St. & Lemontree
  • 10/8 – Lone Tree & Ridgerock
  • 10/8 – Alpha Way & E. 18th
  • 10/8 – L St. & W. 3rd St.
  • 10/8 – S. Apple Ct. & Sequoia Dr.
  • 10/8 – E. 18th & Cavallo
  • 10/8 – Gentrytown & Redwood
  • 10/9 – Spartan & Putnam
  • 10/9 – W. 15th & F St. (245PC)
  • 10/10 – L St & W. 3rd
  • 10/10 – McFarlan Ranch & Plumridge (245PC)
  • 10/10 – Woodside & Waterford
  • 10/10 – Longview & G St.
  • 10/10 – Prewett Ranch & Pawnee Dr.
  • 10/11 – Carob St. & Carob Ct.
  • 10/11 – Domengine Way & Judsonville
  • 10/12 – Lone Tree & Mokelumne Dr.
  • 10/12 – Claudia Ct. & L St.
  • 10/12 – Sycamore & Lemontree

 

Auto Theft

  • 10/6 – Ponderosa & Rio Grande Dr.
  • 10/6 – Botelho St. & Jacobsen St.
  • 10/6 – Elk Dr. & Buckskin Dr.
  • 10/6 – W. 10th & Verne Roberts Cir.
  • 10/6 – Ferngrove & Bellflower Dr.
  • 10/6 – Botelho St. & Jacobsen St.
  • 10/6 – Hemingway & Dana
  • 10/6 – Vender Ct. & Crater Peak Way
  • 10/7 – Auto Center Dr. & W. 18th
  • 10/7 – Filbert & Phillips
  • 10/7 – Auto Center & W. 18th
  • 10/7 – Wagon Wheel & Brookhaven
  • 10/7 – E. 7th & A St.
  • 10/7 – O St. & W. 6th St.
  • 10/7 – W. 10th & O St.
  • 10/7 – W. 10th & Crestview
  • 10/7 – Rainier Ln & Sunset
  • 10/8 – Lynn & Carey
  • 10/9 – Deer Valley Rd. & Hillcrest Ave
  • 10/9 – Pearlite & Galenez Way
  • 10/10 – James Donlon & Contra Loma
  • 10/10 – Sycamore & Banyan
  • 10/10 – Sycamore & Dogwood
  • 10/10 – Delta Fair & Buchanan
  • 10/10 – Sycamore & Banyan
  • 10/11 – Sycamore & Dogwood
  • 10/11 – Longview Ct. & Longview Rd.
  • 10/11 – Wheeler & Hamlin
  • 10/11 – Aster & Tulip
  • 10/11 – Banbury & Carpinteria
  • 10/11 – G St. & W. 6th
  • 10/11 – Buchanan & Barcelona Cir.
  • 10/12 – Mahogany Way & Starlight Ln
  • 10/12 – G St. & W. 17th
  • 10/12 – D St. & W. 4th
  • 10/12 – G St. & Dewitt Ct.
  • 10/12 – Shadow & Mahogany
  • 10/12 – Hudson & Fairview
  • 10/12 – S. Lake Dr. & S. Lake Pl
  • 10/12 – Almondwood & Countrywood

 

Burglary – Business

  • 10/6 – Hillcrest & Wildflower
  • 10/11 – W. 10th & Verne Roberts Cir.

 

Burglary – Residential

  • 10/6 – Spaulding & E. Larkspur
  • 10/6 – Putnam & Adams Ct.
  • 10/6 – Koala Ct. & Wolverine Way
  • 10/7 – Goldpine & Bamboo
  • 10/7 – Gentrytown & Avila Pl.
  • 10/7 – Rogers Canyon & Honeydew Ct.
  • 10/7 – Bluebell Cir. & Buckthorn Ct.
  • 10/8 – Putnam St. & El Rey St.
  • 10/8 – Aspen Way & Eagleridge Dr.
  • 10/8 – Gentrytown & Meredith Way
  • 10/8 – Koala Ct. & Wolverine
  • 10/8 – Putnam & Lone Tree
  • 10/9 – Bucksin & Deer
  • 10/9 – Parker Ln & Cavallo
  • 10/9 – E. Tregallas Rd. & Sunset
  • 10/9 – Asilomar & Eagleridge
  • 10/10 – Valencia & Madrid
  • 10/10 – Enea & St. Frances Dr.
  • 10/10 – Prairie & Brookhaven
  • 10/11 – D St. & Putnam St.
  • 10/12 – Lone Tree & Empire
  • 10/12 – Minaker & Wilbur

 

DUI

  • 10/10 – W. 18th & G St.
  • 10/10 – Hillcrest & Williamson Ranch
  • 10/12 – Somersville & Century
  • 10/12 – Cavallo & E. 13th St.

 

Embezzlement

  • 10/6 – Lone Tree & Ridgerock

 

Grand Theft

  • 10/7 – Sycamore & Dogwood
  • 10/9 – Madill Ct. & E. Madill St.
  • 10/12 – Deer Valley & Hillcrest Ave.

 

Narcotics Violation

  • 10/9 – Parker Lane & Cavallo
  • 10/9 – Wilbur & Marie
  • 10/10 – W. 16th & A St.
  • 10/10 – E. 18th & Evergreen
  • 10/11 – W. 18th & C St.

 

Possession of Marijuana

  • 10/7 – W. 18th & L St.

 

Robbery & Attempts

  • 10/6 – E. 18th & Evergreen Ave. (Strongarm)
  • 10/11 – Buchanan & Delta Fair
  • 10/12 – W. 10t & G St.
  • 10/12 – Hillcrest & Larkspur Dr.

 

Vandalism

  • 10/6 – Country Hills & Wolverine Way
  • 10/6 – W. 11th St. & H St.
  • 10/7 – Sycamore & Dogwood
  • 10/7 – Sycamore & Dogwood
  • 10/7 – Cavallo & Amber
  • 10/9 – Hailstone & Caldera
  • 10/12 – L St. & Sycamore

 

Vehicle Theft

  • 10/6 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/6 – San Jose & Alamo Ct.
  • 10/7 – Sycamore & Dogwood

 

Warrant

  • 10/6 – L St. & W. 3rd St.
  • 10/6 – Lone Tree Way & Indian Hill Dr.
  • 10/6 – Davison & Sunset
  • 10/6 – Enea Way & Putnam St.
  • 10/6 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/7 – Bryan & Diablo Ave.
  • 10/7 – W. 6th & E St
  • 10/7 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/7 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/8 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/9 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/9 – Texas & D St.
  • 10/10 – L St. & W. 3rd St.
  • 10/10 – Verne Roberts Cir & Costco Way
  • 10/11 – Fitzuren & G St.
  • 10/11 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/11 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/11 – D St. & Putnam
  • 10/11 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/11 – L St. & W 3rd
  • 10/12 – L St. & W. 3rd
  • 10/12 – L St. & W. 3rd

 

Weapons Violations

  • 10/8 – E. 7th & A St.

For the full Calls For Service Report, click here

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According to Matthias Gafni of the Contra Costa Times, the quiet race for the Contra Costa Board of Education seat has taken a turn as information became public into the criminal, educational and medical background of candidate Jeffery Belle.

Jeffery Belle is challenging Cynthia Ruehlig for the Contra Costa County Area 5 seat. After the accusations were published in the Times last night, we reached out to the Ruehligs who denied involvement about the information being presented about Mr. Belles history.

Instead, they have been threatened by Mr. Belle both in an email and in the Antioch City Hall Parking lot.

Cynthia Ruehlig provided the following statement:

I am not responsible for Mr. Belle’s problems.  I also cannot control what people google or post on Facebook or social media.  Chatter on his personal woes is a result of people doing due diligence on the candidates.  Mr. Belle should stop making me his scapegoat and own up to his actions. 

Mr. Belle’s ex-wife emailed me on Oct.14 at 7:46 am after two reporters contacted her.  Ms. Casey Jones initiated contact with me and not the other way around.

Anyone who wants to run for public office should remember that if you can’t take the heat then stay out of the kitchen. 

I will continue to focus on the issues as California is at the crux of major innovations to education.

Cynthia Ruehlig

Walter Ruehlig’s further provided an email which threatened them with a negative and dirty campaign.

We, too have done opposition research on both of you and will have a few surprises. We have not attack you or your wife, nor have we stooped so low as to solicit dirt from Ex’s.
I tried to stick to the issue, but you guys have gone to personal attacks.
We all have a past. In my case, my past does not define me; only Christ can do that. My past has prepared me for Times as these.
You are getting ready to see a Frontal Assault like you have not seen since Reagan and Carter in 1980.
God is with me and He has made me a fortified City, an Iron Pillar and Bronze Walls.
Brace up, my friend- you just crossed the line and entered into “Big League” politics.
Good day,Jeff

Here is a screen shot of the email, click to enlarge.

Jeffe Belle

Walter Ruehlig also claims that Mr. Belle came after him in the City Hall Parking lot Tuesday night accusing him and his wife of smearing him.  Ruehlig says he and his wife are taking the high road because most of the information about Mr. Belle is available on the internet.

“He only wants to blame us so that he has a scapegoat and can go dirty and justify it,” said Ruehlig.

While a few of the items mentioned in the Times piece are on the internet, Gafni went deeper so kudos to him.

Per his article, here is a rundown of what he found:

  • In June, a state agency cited and fined Belle, who has long lectured about nicotine addiction on the medical college circuit, for practicing respiratory care without a license.
  • In 1992 and 1997, while living in Oklahoma, Belle was charged with felony bogus check cashing, pleading guilty in one case, according to court records. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but he wasn’t caught until Santa Fe Police arrested him on New Year’s Eve 2007, a police spokeswoman from the New Mexico department said.
  • He also was charged with a similar misdemeanor cashing bogus checks in Marion County, Florida, in 2000.
  • Belle has had more than 10 civil judgments against him, and federal and state tax liens from his time in Oklahoma and California totaling almost $20,000.
  • Belle claims he has a degree from American University in Washington DC, a masters degree from Oklahoma City University and a doctoral degree from Harrington University in London–but the details are switched around at different times per Gafni. He also claims he has a bachelors degree on his official statement appearing on the Contra Costa County election material–however, Belle has no college degree.
  • Belle was fined $8,200 on June 20 by the Respiratory Care Board of California for “misrepresenting himself as a respiratory care practitioner and was engaging in the practice of respiratory care without a current and valid license in California.
  • In 2009, Belles landlord evicted him from his Pleasant Hill office for failure to pay $3,400 in rent.
  • In 2010, Belle and his wife were evicted from a Walnut Creek address for failure to pay $2,500 in rent.

For the full Contra Costa Times article, click here which also included s documents associated with the claims.

On Wednesday October 15, the Antioch Police Department and the Contra Costa County J-team were working a proactive detail in our city. The results of their efforts netted a total of 11 arrests. The arrest violations included drugs, warrants, stolen property, and stolen vehicles.

As to be expected some of these arrestees did not go quietly, meaning some of the arrests involved foot pursuits through neighborhoods and backyards. Despite attempts to flee, these individuals were caught because of the dedication, physical ability of these officers, and their team work.

I would like to thank Sheriff David O. Livingston for providing us the resources of the J-team as well as the professional men and women that took criminals off OUR streets last night.

Sincerely,

Chief Allan Cantando

Below are a few photographs we previously posted from the arrests on Hobart Court.