Arrowhead Tow assists Antioch Police in pulling a vehicle out of the Marina

According to City Manager Steve Duran, the Antioch Police Department had 1,639 calls for service netting 66 arrests between September 24-30

Of those arrests, 22 were felony and 44 were misdemeanor. They also had 3 DUI arrests.


  • Due to the recent large scale fire, a Mutual Aid request was made by Lake County for assistance with police services. Several Antioch Police Officers were sent to assist on various shifts during the week. Their efforts were focused on providing high profile patrols in an effort to deter looting and provide security to residents who were being allowed to return to their homes.
  • On 10/1/2015 at 4:57 a.m., officers responded to a report from a 911 caller of hearing sounds as if someone was attempting to cut metal on the property at 725 Fulton Shipyard Rd. Officers approached on foot and found 46 year old Mitchell Lockwood was on the property. Lockwood had blue paint all over his legs and when questioned, he claimed he was on his way fishing. A check of the property and the surrounding area resulted in officers locating pipe with a blue coating that Lockwood had stolen and tossed over a perimeter fence. He was arrested and later released on a promise to appear for the charges of trespassing and theft.
  • On 9/30/2015 at 10:43 p.m., officers responded to Starbucks at 1896 “A” St. regarding a 911 caller reporting a male down on the sidewalk with his body partially in the street. Officers arrived and located 38 year old Ricky Earl. It was determined he was intoxicated. A records check revealed he was a registered sex offender out of the State of Nevada. Officers were able to establish Earl had been in California since 9/10/2015 and had not registered in this state. He was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender and being drunk in public. He was booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/30/2015 at 1:20 p.m., 38 year old Taekwondo Maxwell arrived at the police department to update his sex offender registration. A routine records check revealed he had an outstanding arrest warrant with a $65,000 bail on the charge of burglary. He was taken into custody without incident and later booked at the county jail.
  • IMG_6303On 9/30/2015 at 10:56 a.m., officers responded to several reports of a submerged vehicle at the marina boat ramp at 10 Marina Pl. The vehicle was completely submerged. Witnesses advised there was no one in the passenger compartment. A tow service responded and recovered the vehicle from the water. It was confirmed to be unoccupied. Registration checks indicated it was registered in Utah. Officers followed up with Utah authorities in an effort to determine if the vehicle was stolen or involved in other crimes. At approximately 6:20 p.m., a subject arrived at the police department and identified himself as the driver of the submerged vehicle. He explained to officers he was unfamiliar with the area and accidentally drove the vehicle down the ramp and into the river. He panicked and fled from the area.
  • On 9/30/2015 at 5:14 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious circumstance at the Sinclair Fuel Mart at 3720 Lone Tree Way. When they arrived they contacted 29 year old Jeffrey Harrison. A records check revealed Harrison had warrants for robbery and petty theft. He was arrested without incident and later booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/29/2015 at 12:37 p.m., officers responded to the Valero Gas station at 2310 “A” St. after employees reported a suspicious person yelling at people and jumping up and down on the roof of the neighboring store. Officers found Jarred McCoy, 35 years old, jumping up and down on the roof while making animal sounds. McCoy was convinced to climb down and he was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested and booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/30/2015 at 12:35 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle backed into a parking stall in the parking lot of Jack in the Box at 2505 “A” St. There was a male and a female in and about the vehicle. A check of the license plate revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen. The officer made contact with the subjects, 23 year old Jessica Mercado and her brother, 24 year old Arron Mercado. Both were arrested without incident. Jessica was also in possession of methamphetamine. Arron was later released pending further investigation. Jessica was booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/29/2015 at 11:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Hillcrest Avenue and E. 18th St. on a report of a vehicle swerving on the road. An officer saw the vehicle and performed an enforcement stop. The driver, 56 year old Lindell Abercrombie, was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. Abercrombie blew into a PAS device which indicated a blood alcohol content of .126%. Abercrombie was arrested without incident and booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/29/2015 at 7:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to Hillside Rd. and Roosevelt Ln. regarding a request for a welfare check of a man on the ground that appeared to be having difficulty standing up. The man was next to a running vehicle. Officers arrived and found 35 year old John Oliphant attempting to drive away from the area in his car. He was clearly under the influence of a controlled substance and is on felony probation for narcotics sales. He was contacted and found to be in possession of heroin in a syringe. Oliphant was arrested and booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/27/2015 at 4:29 a.m., an officer stopped an older Honda with dealer plates at W. Madill and “G” Street. The officer observed the driver, 39 year old Areill Hernandez, remove a house key from the ignition. A records check revealed that on 9/17/2015 the Honda was reported stolen in Antioch. Hernandez and two occupants were arrested without incident. Hernandez and one of the passengers, 39 year old Benjamin Jimenez, were booked at the county jail on auto theft charges. The remaining passenger, a 33 year old male, was released pending further investigation.
  • On 9/26/2015 at 6:02 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a pickup displaying Arizona license plates. He had observed the vehicle run the stop sign at W. 2nd Street and “I” Street. The vehicle yielded and the officer made contact with the driver, 47 year old Shawna Hudson-Strock. A records check revealed that the pickup was reported stolen. Later when interviewed, Hudson-Strock claimed she borrowed the vehicle and was unaware it was reported stolen. All of the vehicle decals had been removed. Hudson-Strock had prior convictions for auto theft. She was booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/26/2015 at 8:06 a.m., an Antioch Animal Control Officer observed 24 year old Nathan Freeman in the 800 block of W. 2nd St. harassing wild turkeys. The officer asked him to stop and Freeman told her that he would “blast” her and reached near his waistband as if he had a firearm. Police officers responded and attempted to detain Freeman. He was uncooperative and refused to comply with officers orders. Freeman was forced to the ground and placed under arrest. Freeman was also found to be on probation. Freeman was booked at the county jail for making threats against an animal control officer and violation of probation.
  • On 9/25/2015 at 11:52 p.m., officers responded to a call of a man with a gun in the 200 block of Wilbur Ave. A male was seen placing a gun on the hood of the SUV and was in the company of another person. When officers arrived, they saw the SUV leaving the apartment complex. Officers attempted to stop the SUV but the driver, later identified as 28 year old Andrew Yeager, failed to yield. Officers pursued the SUV until it collided with a vehicle at the intersection of SR HWY 4 and “A” Street. Yeager fled from the vehicle while a passenger, 40 year old Kavita Johnopolous, remained inside. Yeager was apprehended a short distance away and found to have numerous outstanding arrest warrants issued in Alameda County for burglary and weapons violations. An extensive search was conducted but no gun was located in the car. The driver of the vehicle struck by the SUV was transported to the hospital and later treated and released for minor injuries. Johnopolous was found to be in possession of a firearm, which was a .22 cal. pistol. He was also transported to the hospital for treatment. Yeager was booked at the county jail on his warrants, violation of probation and failing to yield for a police vehicle.
  • On 9/25/2015 at 11:07 p.m., officers responded to 1214 Sycamore Dr. regarding several calls of a vehicle striking the building. When officers arrived, they located a vehicle that had struck a PG&E box but did not actually strike the building. The vehicle was unoccupied and the collision caused a power outage in the area. Due to an exposed transformer, the area was cordoned off. Within a few minutes the transformer exploded. PG&E responded and police impounded the vehicle. The hit and run investigation identified a suspect who is still outstanding.
  • On 9/25/2015 at 11:00 p.m., 43 year old Monica Esquivel was contacted at the Valero Gas Station at 2310 “A” St. A records check revealed she had an outstanding arrest warrant with a bail of $80,000 for failing to appear on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/25/2015 at 3:04 p.m., officers contacted 31 year old Floyd Andrews during a traffic stop as he left a house on Bryan Ave. Andrews had an outstanding arrest warrant for a robbery he committed in Antioch in 2013. Andrews was arrested without incident and later booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/25/2015 at 1:02 p.m., officers responded to Deer Valley High School at 4700 Lone Tree Way to investigate the report of a student in possession of a high capacity pistol magazine. The investigation determined a 15 year old student brought the unloaded Glock pistol magazine to school. No firearm was located during the investigation. The student was issued a citation and released to his parents.
  • On 9/25/2015 at 3:46 a.m., officers responded to a solo vehicle accident at Deer Valley Road and Asilomar Drive. The investigation revealed 19 year old Jonathan Sokoya was driving southbound on Deer Valley Road when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tree in the center median. The tree was knocked down and public works personnel had to respond. Sokoya’s car sustained major damage, but he was uninjured. He was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Sokoya was arrested for DUI. He was later issued a promise to appear and released.
  • On 9/24/2015 at 6:13 p.m., an officer observed 49 year old Timothy Jones behind the Chevron gas station at 3201 Delta Fair Blvd. The officer could see him holding a spoon and placing a brown object onto it. When Jones saw the officer, he threw the substance in a nearby planter box. Jones was detained and the substance was recovered and determined to be heroin. Jones was also exhibiting symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and booked at the county jail for possession of heroin and being drunk in public.
  • On 9/24/2015 at 3:13 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Valero Gas Station at “A” Street and Rossi Ave. on the report of a male passed out in a vehicle. Upon their arrival, officers located 33 year old Paul Brennan still sitting in a car. He was in fact asleep and found to have an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI. He was booked at the county jail.
  • On 9/24/2015 at 8:10 a.m., a concerned citizen called dispatch to report a male searching through the garbage cans on Jarosite Ct. A suspect description was provided by the caller and when officers arrived they located 28 year old Jared Jeffrey searching in cans on the street. A warrant check was conducted and Jeffrey was found to have a $5,000.00 dollar arrest warrant for failure to comply with the terms of his probation. Jeffrey was arrested and booked at the county jail.
  • During the 9/24/2015 dayshift, a special detail was conducted in order to focus on traffic related issues in the city. The team issued a total of 118 traffic citations; made 6 attempts to serve DUI arrest warrants; issued 4 loitering/panhandler citations; made 1 felony DUI arrest; investigated 1 injury collision and impounded a vehicle for 30 days due to the driver having a suspended drivers’ license.


by Ashley Castaldi

Between September 21-27, the Antioch Police Department had 1,627 calls for service. Last week, they had 1,656 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-weks of call volume:

  • Sept. 21-27: 1,627
  • Sept. 14-20: 1,646
  • Sept. 7-13: 1,442
  • Aug. 29 – Sept. 6 – 1,638
  • August 17-23 – 1,642
  • August 10-16 – 1,671


  • 9/21 – Sand Creek Rd & Deer Valley Rd (245pc)
  • 9/21 – Matterhorn Ct & Cache Peak Dr (243pc)
  • 9/21 – Country Hills Dr & Lone Tree Wy (243pc)
  • 9/21 – L St & Sycamore Dr (243pc)
  • 9/21 – Carla Ct & Kendree St (243pc)
  • 9/21 – Mt Silliman Wy & Tehachapi Wy (243pc)
  • 9/21 – San Juan Ct & Putnam St (243pc)
  • 9/21 – Buck Mountain Ct & Tioga Pass Wy (243pc)
  • 9/22 – Enea Wy & Greenhall Wy (245pc)
  • 9/22 – Terrace Dr & Garden Ct (245pc)
  • 9/22 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 9/23 – Hollow Ridge Wy & Hollow Ridge Ct (245pc)
  • 9/23 – Linden Wy & Dogwood Wy (245pc)
  • 9/23 – Catanzaro Wy & Willowbrook Wy (245pc)
  • 9/23 – Golf Course Rd & Lone Tree Wy (245pc)
  • 9/23 – D St & W 19th St (243pc)
  • 9/24 – W 20th St & D St (243pc)
  • 9/24 – E Tregallas Rd & Harbour Dr (243pc)
  • 9/24 – Sunset Ln & Davison Dr (243pc)
  • 9/24 – Banteer Wy & Rosscommon Wy (243pc)
  • 9/24 – Aster Dr & Crestview Dr (245pc)
  • 9/25 – Hillridge Wy & Mesa Ridge Dr (243pc)
  • 9/25 – W Tregallas Rd & Lone Tree Wy (243pc)
  • 9/25 – Dayton Ln & Buchanan Rd (243pc)
  • 9/25 – San Joaquin Av & Capistrano St (243pc)
  • 9/25 – Sunset Ln & Lone Tree Wy (243pc)
  • 9/25 – Somersville Rd & Hwy 4 Hy (243pc)
  • 9/25 – James Donlon Bl & Contra Loma Bl (243pc)
  • 9/26 – Arbol Ct & Cordoba Wy (243pc)
  • 9/26 – Eucalyptus Wy & Mahua Wy (243pc)
  • 9/26 – L St & Claudia Ct (243pc)
  • 9/26 – Lemontree Wy & Sycamore Dr (243pc)
  • 9/27 – Delta View Wy & Prewett Ranch Dr (243pc)
  • 9/27 – L St & W 3rd St (243pc)
  • 9/27 – Pitchstone Wy & Bluerock Dr (243pc)
  • 9/27 – Somersville Rd & Fairview Dr (243pc)
  • 9/27 – E 18th St & Amber Dr (245pc)


Auto Burglary

  • 9/21 – Vista Grande Dr & Deerspring Wy
  • 9/25 – W 18th St & C St
  • 9/27 – Yosemite Dr & Calaveras Cir
  • 9/27 – Southwood Wy & Prewett Ranch Dr


Auto Theft

  • 9/21 – Cache Peak Dr & Golf Course Rd
  • 9/21 – Lone Tree Wy & Davison Dr
  • 9/21 – Chestnut Av & Belshaw St
  • 9/21 – Vista Grande Dr & Deerspring Wy
  • 9/21 – L St & Lemontree Wy
  • 9/21 – Larch Ct & Bamboo Wy
  • 9/22 – Redrock Dr & Greystone Dr
  • 9/22 – El Capitan Ln & Sunset Ln
  • 9/22 – W 10th St & Crestview Dr
  • 9/24 – Horizon Ln & Mahogany Wy
  • 9/25 – Greencastle Wy & Cushendall Wy
  • 9/25 – Greencastle Wy & Cushendall Wy
  • 9/26 – Putnam St & Madison Ct
  • 9/26 – Somersville Rd & Buchanan Rd
  • 9/26 – Putnam St & Madison Ct
  • 9/27 – Horseshoe Cir & Mare Ct
  • 9/27 – Merrill Dr & Almond St
  • 9/27 – Sequoia Dr & Melon Ct


Burglary – Business/Commercial

  • 9/21 – W 10th St & O St
  • 9/22 – Lone Tree Wy & Lone Tree Landing
  • 9/23 – Buchanan Rd & Gentrytown Dr
  • 9/24 – W 18th St & L St
  • 9/24 – Somersville Rd & Buchanan Rd
  • 9/25 – W 10th St & A St
  • 9/25 – Lone Tree Wy & Hillcrest Av
  • 9/25 – Lone Tree Wy & Empire Av
  • 9/26 – E 18th St & Viera Av
  • 9/27 – Buchanan Rd & Gentrytown Dr
  • 9/27 – Sycamore Dr & L St


Burglary – Residential

  • 9/22 – W 5th St & K St
  • 9/22 – Parkgreen Cir & Valley Wy
  • 9/23 – Watkings Wy & Judsonville Dr
  • 9/24 – Norton St & W Madill St
  • 9/24 – Wilbur Av & Cavallo Rd
  • 9/24 – Wilbur Av & Cavallo Rd
  • 9/24 – Koala Ct & Wolverine Wy
  • 9/25 – Union Mine Dr & Turnbull Ct
  • 9/26 – Mellissa Cir & Paul Ct
  • 9/26 – Bridle Wy & Kushner Wy
  • 9/26 – Trail Ridge Ct & Prewett Ranch Dr
  • 9/26 – Cache Peak Dr & Wexler Peak Wy
  • 9/26 – Folsom Dr & Berryessa Ct
  • 9/27 – Mokelumne Dr & Dallas Ranch Rd



  • 9/23 – W 10th St & L St
  • 9/23 – James Donlon Bl & G St
  • 9/23 – Wilbur Av & Marie Av
  • 9/25 – Deer Valley Rd & Asilomar Dr
  • 9/25 – Bluerock Dr & Lone Tree Wy


  • 9/24 – Sunset Ln & Danridge Ct


  • 9/23 – W Madill St & Campbell Av
  • 9/24 – A St & W 20th St
  • 9/24 – Delta Fair Bl & Somersville Rd


Robbery & Attempts

  • 9/25 – Owl Ct & Eagleridge Dr
  • 9/25 – Hillcrest Av & Larkspur Dr



  • 9/21 – Spanos St & Magnolia Wy
  • 9/21 – Pioneer Wy & Prewett Ranch Dr
  • 9/21 – W Madill St & Norton St
  • 9/22 – Noia Av & E 18th St
  • 9/22 – Hooftrail Wy & Whitehoof Wy
  • 9/24 – Valencia Ln & Madrid Ln
  • 9/25 – Buchanan Rd & Stapleton Dr
  • 9/25 – E 16th St & A St
  • 9/25 – Morro Dr & Kodiak St
  • 9/26 – Springcrest Ct & Stonecrest Dr
  • 9/26 – Crow Ct & Verne Roberts Cir
  • 9/26 – Mayflower Dr & Dandelion Cir
  • 9/26 – E 18th St & Hillcrest Av
  • 9/26 – Canada Hills Dr & Arabian Wy
  • 9/27 – Mt Hamilton Dr & Golf Course Rd
  • 9/27 – Lone Tree Wy & Indian Hill Dr
  • 9/27 – Leitrim Wy & Rosscommon Wy



  • 9/21 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd
  • 9/21 – Hudson Ct & Fairview Dr
  • 9/21 – Hillcrest Av & Larkspur Dr
  • 9/22 – Lone Tree Wy & Sagebrush Dr
  • 9/22 – A St & E 8th St
  • 9/22 – W 7th St & G St
  • 9/22 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/22 – Beechwood Wy & Beechwood Ct
  • 9/22 – C St & W 19th St
  • 9/23 – W 18th St & L St
  • 9/23 – Sycamore Dr & Peppertree Wy
  • 9/23 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/23 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/23 – Cavallo Rd & E 18th St
  • 9/24 – Jarosite Ct & Rocky Point Dr
  • 9/24 – A St & Rossi Av
  • 9/25 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/25 – Spanos St & Magnolia Wy
  • 9/25 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd
  • 9/25 – A St & Rossi Av
  • 9/25 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/25 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/25 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/26 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/26 – S Francisco Wy & Hacienda Wy
  • 9/26 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 9/26 – Wagon Wheel Wy & Brookhaven Wy
  • 9/27 – Lone Tree Wy & Indian Hill Dr
  • 9/27 – Fairside Wy & Lone Tree Wy



On September 24, the Antioch Police Department responded to Aster Drive and Crestview Drive for a fight that left one female with a stab wound to her knee.

Antioch Police later arrested Apraill Tanksley for assault with a deadly weapon and child cruelty.

The incident started over a road rage incident that turned into a fight between Tanksley and an unidentified woman. The is when a camera began filming the fight.

Tanksley then turned on her “friend” who rather than assist her, instead recorded the incident. Tanksley then pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed her friend in the knee resulting in a minor injury which also was recorded.

The incident occurred at an apartment complex on the 1400 block of Aster Drive at around 9 p.m. on Sept. 24, when police say Tanksley got into a fistfight with a woman who happened to be in the area. That’s when the 22-year-old victim decided to pull out a camera and film the fight.

It was determined the female had a 6-year-old child with her at the time of the incident which is why child cruelty charges were filed.

Below is her arrest information:

AGE: 25
Eyes: BRO
Hair: BLK
Height: 5-02
Weight: 140 lbs

Arrest Street: CRESTVIEW DR
Status: F
Case Number: 15009506
Arrest Date: 9/24/15 21:16
Book Date: 9/24/15 21:16

Photo by Martinez PD

On October 3 at approximately 1230 am, Martinez Police officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 3500 block of Pacheco Boulevard.

During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm with the serial number removed, over 6 grams of methamphetamine and $1,500.

The driver, Troy Matthews of Antioch, was booked into the Martinez Detention facility for multiple felony charges with a bail of $240,000.


On Friday, the Oakland Police Department Ceasefire Team, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served multiple search warrants in Oakland and the neighboring cities of Vallejo, Antioch, and Sacramento in connection with “Ghost Town” gang members who are responsible for multiple violent crimes in Oakland.

Officers serving a search warrant 2800 block of Filbert Street in Oakland recovered three rifles, one replica gun, a 100-round drum, a 50-round magazine with ammunition, a pound and a half of marijuana, and cash. (Attached photos are from the search warrant served at 2800 block of Filbert Street.)

According to police this time, at least five people have been arrested. A total of four firearms have been recovered. More arrests are expected to be made.

Get your costume and running shoes on and and run or walk to support our community theater.  This is the Drama Factory’s inaugural 5k fun run.  Registrants have 31 days in which to complete the challenge.  Run anytime, anywhere.  Run solo, with a partner, or organize a group run.
Registration fees include a unisex event t-shirt designed by local artist Dan Kaufeldt and finisher’s medal designed by John Ballesteros of Indigo Skin Design.
Costumes are encouraged, but optional. There will also be an award for best costume.

Registrants have from October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015 to complete the 5k (3.1 miles) challange.  Once you have completed your run, you will post your own timed results and a photo of yourself in costume at:

T-shirts and medals will be mailed via U.S.P.S. between November 2nd and November 7th.


What is a virtual run?

A virtual race is a race that can be run at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. You can run your race at your pace wherever you like. You can run solo, with a buddy, or organize a group run.

Recently, virtual races have become popular among charities and organizations wishing to raise funds. They usually have a theme and the participants dress up accordingly.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You may contact Roxanna at (925) 331-7970, or email us at:

What is the refund policy?

Registration fees are non-refundable.

Eventbrite Signup:


Antioch’s Toree McGee announced last night that her debut EP Album, including the hit “Amen”, is now available for download on iTunes.

McGee-ItunesThe album was released after the March 31 release of the hit song “Amen” which shot up the charts on local Country Station KRTY in San Jose.

It’s available for the price of $5.99 which includes six songs (click here)

McGee, who describes her music as a blend of “Woodstock Rock ‘n’ Noll, and sparkly country” recorded her EP in Nashville last year.

Earlier this year, McGeee explained the song Amen made it onto the radio by a case of perfect timing through a relationship with her manager producer Gary Tackett, a guitarist and tour manager for Billy Currington. KRTY listened to her album and suggested a few changes to the song. After internal discussions, changes were made to Amen. During the second listen, McGee says KRTY loved it.

In an interview earlier this year with ECT, McGees says her musical journey began before she could even talk. She explained how when she was little, her parents told her before she could talk, she could sing.

“I started with row-row-your boat and although I did not sing the words, I was told I could sing in tune. I didn’t talk in full sentences, but I could sing,” explained McGee.” My dad was a singer in a garage band and his parents were a touring gospel quartet. It runs in the family.”

McGee performs at Waldie Plaza in Antioch in July 2015.
McGee performs at Waldie Plaza in Antioch in July 2015.

McGee admits she always wanted to be a singer with influences from her all-time favorite in Janis Joplin stating she loves the gravely tone that you don’t always hear or many can perfect—McGee says she like to think she can let it rip like Joplin. LeAnn Rimes was another big influence because she was a young singer on the radio when McGee figured out what she wanted to do for a living.

Other in influences include: Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Creedence Clearwater, Jimmy Hendrix to Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and AC-DC.

“Listening to things influences how you sing and perform. You watch and hear everything you can and study. You do what works for you and touches you,” explained McGee.

To download the album, click here:


The Antioch School Board will soon announce its’ application procedure for appointment to the Trusteeship position generated by Barbara Cowan’s move to Oregon. The Board, as a whole, will decide on the tactical selection process particulars. Speaking, then, only for myself, kindly allow for some ruminations on a Trustee’s ideal constitution.

I’ve been asked how much an educational background benefits a Board Trustee. Truth be, it sometimes helps, often hurts. One can know too much, which can lead to micro-managing. By contrast, an enlightened trustee hires the best Superintendent possible, sets a clear vision with accountable benchmarks, and then gets out of the way.

The best Trustees simply have strong communication and bridge-building skills, and a seasoned touch. They can seamlessly switch from publically praising to, when needed, privately and diplomatically prodding. Being transparent, accountable , fiscally sober and hard-working can not be overrstated, as well.

For my two cents, Trustees also need good-old fashioned common sense, with an appreciation of tough love. Yes, we need adopt creative, positive behavioral interventions but we can’t abandon fair but strict, no-nonsense, behavioral standards if our schools and society are not going to go to hell in a hand basket. If we don’t curb systemic behavioral outbursts, and all the attendant distraction, we will continually spin our wheel on attaining academic improvement.

School Board is the retail world of politics and governance; it’s up close and personal. As such, it’s not for the thin-skinned or faint of heart. It calls for unending give and take with the sometimes clashing interests of students, parents, teachers, Superintendent, administrators, community leaders and colleagues.

As you can guess, though nobody has to go along, in this hurly-burly arena it helps to get along. Pure ideology simply counts for naught if nothing tangible gets done in the crucible of compromise and pursuit of the Golden Mean.

Superintendents, administrators, union leaders and fellow trustees come and go with elections, retirements and moves. By freely adapting to each new configuration you can maximize complimentary strengths and leverage mutual goals. We quickly learn that there are no permanent alliances, just permanent interests. It’s inevitable that we fall to the short end of some 3-2 or 4-1 votes, but we endure. Cycles come and go and even a dissenting voice has some resounding long-term value.

Fact is, not everyone will be on our preferred dance card, philosophically or temperamentally. We must, though, tango with the partners we have.

I, for one, wish we could harken back to a more civil political climate typified by Democrat Majority Whip Hubert Humphrey and Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen retiring from a day’s vigorous debates to congenially tipping a few cold beers together.

Contrast this to the bitter enmity and hardened partisan divisiveness choking the corridors of power today.

Of late, the word loyalty surfaced. I welcome the discussion because loyalty is one of the enduring themes of man’s perennial philosophy. Nevertheless, I caution against blind loyalty at the expense of overarching principle or managing the collective good.

The three dictums of wise governance remain; balance, balance, balance. School Board cries for the amicable, not angry; the consensus builder, not partisan; the results-driven principled, not ideologue.

Granted, a tall order, but it can’t hurt to hope we get King Solomon, or an aspiring Solomon, to, pray tell, apply for the appointment.

Walter Ruehlig
A.U.S.D. Trustee


Last week, the City of Antioch’s Facebook Page encouraged its citizens to not to read “troll blogs” and go to the “source” for information. The post was then shared immediately on city manager Steve Duran’s own personal page.

The social media post by the City of Antioch came less than 15-minutes after we interviewed Joy Motts regarding the residents continuing their fight to turn the Beede Historic Lumber Yard into a park-event center.

In an email dated September 22, City Manager Steve Duran stated the post was not meant for EastCountyToday, however, he never clarified who or what group the city’s comment was directed at. The Antioch Herald stated they also received a similar email.

City Manager Duran was given two opportunities to apologize in email form, he replied to neither email.

Wade HarperIn speaking with Mayor Wade Harper on Tuesday over the phone, he defended the city’s post saying under the definition of “troll” in the dictionary, the city was correct in the usage.

He explained that the information that was put out was good information on where to get correct information, but that it was poorly executed.

He proceeded to ask if we were offended by the definition and if we knew what the meaning of “troll was.”

Harper proceeded to read the definition of a “troll” which he said he looked up in the dictionary:

1. to post inflammatory or inappropriate messages or comments on (the Internet, especially a message board) for the purpose of upsetting other users and provoking a response. (source)

The Mayor then defended the city’s usage of the term “troll blogs”. He pointed out that the city was informing the public where they could get the correct information.  He also said both he and the city manager met over the issue, but would not provide details of that conversation.

“In light of that definition it’s an opinion by the city manager. He has since removed the post” said Harper. “I am not going to discuss a personnel matter of what he and I talked about in our meeting.”

When asked if the city manager’s opinion reflected the City of Antioch’s opinion since “troll blogs” were posted on the city’ account, Harper simply stated the post was removed.

When asked if City Manager Steve Duran would issue an apology to the residents of Antioch and anyone who perceived the post directed at them, Harper replied “I cannot force an employee to apologize.”

When asked if the Mayor would apologize on behalf of the City of Antioch’s staff using the term, he said he had no reason to apologize.

“I don’t have a reason to apologize. I was out of the country,” said Harper. “I will wait to apologize when I do something wrong.”

Harper was given a second chance to apologize and choose not to, saying we should use Councilwoman Monica Wilson’s comments at the City Council meeting as a form of an apology and should include it in an article.

In contrast, Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchuck called for immediate removal of the post. In a phone interview she called the post inappropriate and degrading to residents of Antioch. She stated she had asked several times for it to be removed by the city which took more than 48-hours.

Monica Wilson
Antioch City Councilwoman Monica Wilson

During the Sept. 22 Antioch City Council meeting, Councilwoman Monica Wilson called on city staff to take the high road while during her speech even called out the city manager for not looking at the council when they were talking.

“I know we have items that come up on the agenda that we will have disagreements with that we will not see eye to eye on which is the beauty of the system we are in. But council, city, staff, and especially those of us on dais, do respect the people that come up here and have something to say. It takes a lot of courage to come up here and voice your opinion,” said Wilson. “Yes, Mr. City Manager, we need to look at them, look at me as well. We need to give them the respect. We may not agree with what they are saying, but we need to give them the respect. We need to set the example not to do name calling on Facebook or social media. If somebody lashes out and disagrees, let them lash out and disagree, let us take the high road. Let us as human beings take the high road and not be disrespectful.”

Wilson further stated that its time to do away with the name calling, be respectful, and stop being rude while taking the high road.


By Don Martin II

Bobby Hogge IV returned to Antioch Speedway Saturday night and impressed with his second straight IMCA Modified Main Event victory, Hogge’s win in the 30 lap race paid $2000. Hogge started back in the third row and was quickly up to third. Hogge followed Brian Cass into second on lap 7 when early leader Shawn DeForest pushed high in Turn 3. Hogge followed closely behind Cass when his opportunity presented itself on lap 13.

The caution flag had flown, and Cass surprised by choosing the inside on the leader’s restart option. Hogge raced by for the lead and was not challenged from there. Cass held second until Paul Stone made an inside pass in Turn 4 on the 20th lap to take the spot. Cass had a flat tire and pitted. Hogge led the rest of the way for the impressive victory with Stone a comfortable second. Ninth row starter Duane Cleveland beat Ryan McDaniel back to the checkered flag for the third place finish.

Larry Damitz won a wild 20 lap Limited Late Model Main Event for his eighth victory of the season. The win solidified his fourth championship season in the last five years, and he had to come from the fifth row to do it. Jim Freethy and Merced visitor Roy Hart Jr. battled for the lead for most of the race. Freethy led the first ten laps before Hart finally made a high move in Turn 4 to grab the lead on lap 11. Their battle came to an abrupt end when contact between the two sent Hart into the front wall for a lap 16 yellow flag. Freethy then lost the lead to Damitz on the restart and pitted a lap later. As Damitz came home with the win, Ryan Cherezian was a career best second ahead of Jay Bryant.

Newly crowned IMCA Sport Modified champion Fred Ryland collected his eighth win of the season in the 25 lap Main Event. Ryland worked his way up from the fourth row into second by lap eight and took the lead from Anthony Giuliani with an inside pass in Turn 4 of the 16th lap. Giuliani had led from the start, but his race ended in a hard crash on the back stretch on lap 20. F. Ryland led the rest of the way for the impressive victory ahead of newly crowned Watsonville champion Matt Hagio and Al Johnson.

Chico star Brian Cooper appeared to win the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event, but Jordan Swank was awarded the win after post race tech. Cooper grabbed the lead on lap three and led through a series of restarts to score the apparent victory. Danny Jones made a desperation last turn pass attempt, but he came up short as he crossed the line second. Swank made a last turn pass on Robert Niven to cross the line third. However, post race tech saw both Cooper and Jones disqualified. Swank ended up winning ahead of Niven and Tony Jennings Sr. With eight wins this season, Kimo Oreta had wrapped up the championship prior to this race.

A race has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 24th. The DIRTcar Late Models will headline the race along with Hobby Stocks and Dwarf Cars. You can go to the track’s official website at for further information.

Race Results: September 26, 2015

IMCA Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Shawn DeForest, Mike Salazar, Brian Cass. Main Event (30 Laps)-Bobby Hogge IV, Paul Stone, Duane Cleveland, Ryan McDaniel, Troy Foulger.

IMCA Sport Modifieds
Heat Winners (8 Laps)-Patti Ryland, Matt Hagio. Main Event (25 Laps)-Fred Ryland, Hagio, Al Johnson, Jimmy Ford, Mike Merritt.

Hobby Stocks
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Joey Ridgeway, Brad Myers, Robert Niven. Main Event (20 Laps)-Jordan Swank, Niven, Tony Jennings Sr., Lindsey Buirch, Natalie Perry.

Limited Late Models
Heat Winners (6 Laps)-Larry Damitz, Mike Gustafson. Main Event (20 Laps)-Damitz, Ryan Cherezian, Jay Bryant, Mark Garner, Cecil Henry.