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The City of Antioch, in partnership with the community, collected food items which are being distributed to families in our community for this Holiday season.

Below you will find the information on where you can obtain your bag of non-perishable food items:

When: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. till Noon (while supplies last)
Where: Antioch Police Department
Community Room
300 L Street
Antioch, CA 94509

Contact Sgt. Tarra Nissen at 925-779-6946 or tnissen@ci.antioch.ca.us

La Ciudad de Antioch, con la colaboracion de la comunidad, ha colectado comida para nuestra comunidad que sera distribuida en estas fechas navideñas.
Abajo encontrara la informacion en donde puede obtener su bolsa de comida enlatada.

Cuando: Domingo, 21 de Diciembre del 2014
Horario: 9:00 a.m. hasta el mediodia (comida limitada)
Lugar: Departamento de Policia de Antioch
300 L Street
Antioch, CA 94509

Contacte a Ana Cortez 925-779-6902 o acortez@ci.antioch.ca.us

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The Antioch City Council will likely authorize a resolution which will adjust the fiscal 2014/15 budget which will approve the hiring of three code enforcement officers.

According to the staff report for Tuesdays City Council Meeting, the total cost of funding three code enforcement officers is $361,020. Of this amount, $170,882 is General Fund, including Measure C. The remaining amount is charge to CBDG, Solid Waste, and Abandoned Vehicle funds.

Currently, the contract services expenses are budgeted at $387,576 annually, also split between the funding sources. Part of the requested Council action is to move the expense allocation from Contract Professional Services to Salaries/Benefits for the project six-month cost remaining in the 2014/15 fiscal year of $180,510.

Back in 2011, the City Council authorized reinstating one full-time code enforcement officer position in the budget, at that time three people were offered the position which each declined to accept. At that time, the council decided to “contract” the position.

In 2013, the City of Antioch had two contract Code Enforcement Officers working, and the Deputy Community Development Director was splitting time between Code Enforcement duties and managerial oversight of the Recreation and Building functions. With the passage of Measure C, for fiscal year 2014/15 the Council Authorized a third Code Enforcement Officer contract position and reallocated an additional twenty percent of the Deputy Directors time to Code Enforcement. Currently, there are three contract Code Enforcement Officers working.

Staff is suggesting to the Council that recruitment is warranted to transition the funded positions from contract services back to City employees.

According to the Staff Report, the contract services worked well during the economic downturn, and in response to the unsuccessful recruitment efforts. However, given the Councils stated priority of Code Enforcement activities, it seems appropriate to reinstate the funding to staff positions rather than contract services.

Staff is recommending phasing in the three requested positions in 2-3 month increments. They expect to hire all three positions within a year’s time.

Between December 1-7, the Antioch Police Department had 1,497 calls for service. The prior week they had 1,317 calls for service and before that 1,386 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.

Assault

  • 12/1 – Sycamore Dr & Manzanita Wy (243pc)
  • 12/1 – Somersville Rd & Fairview Dr (245pc)
  • 12/1 – Camby Rd & Clayburn Rd (245pc)
  • 12/1 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 12/2 – W 5th St & B St (243pc)
  • 12/2 – Diablo Av & Bryan Av (243pc)
  • 12/2 – D St & W 19th St (245pc)
  • 12/2 – Sand Creek Rd & Deer Valley Rd (245pc)
  • 12/3 – Parkgreen Cir & Valley Wy (243pc)
  • 12/3 – Deer Valley Rd & Hillcrst Av (243pc)
  • 12/4 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 12/4 – Deer Meadow Wy & Fawn Hill Wy (245pc)
  • 12/5 – D St & W 17th St (243pc)
  • 12/5 – W 10th St & A St (243pc)
  • 12/5 – J St & W 7th St (243pc)
  • 12/5 – Leitrim Wy & McFarlan Ranch Dr (243pc)
  • 12/6 – Point Sur Ct & Palomar Dr (243pc)
  • 12/6 – Lone Tree Wy & Country Hills Dr (243pc)
  • 12/6 – Birch Av & Belshaw St (245pc)
  • 12/7 – Sycamore Dr & Dogwood Dr (243pc)
  • 12/7 – W 10th St & A St (243pc)
  • 12/7 – L St & W 3rd St (243pc)
  • 12/7 – Joshua Ct & Bamboo Wy (243pc)

Auto Burglary

  • 12/1 – Lone Tree Wy & Sagebrush Dr
  • 12/4 – Piper Wy & Bonraven Wy

Auto Theft

  • 12/1 – Madrid Ln & Madrid Pl
  • 12/1 – Azevedo St & Lipton St
  • 12/1 – Hudson Ct & Farview Dr
  • 12/1 – Union Mine Ddr & Turnbull Ct
  • 12/2 – W Madill St & D St
  • 12/2 – Plumbridge Wy & Leitrim Wy
  • 12/2 – S Francisco Wy & S Francisco Ct
  • 12/3 – A St & W 17th St
  • 12/4 – Sycamore Dr & Lemontree Wy
  • 12/6 – Plumbridge Wy & Portsalon Wy

Burglary – Business/Commercial

  • 12/1 – W 3rd St & D St
  • 12/3 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd
  • 12/3 – Boulder Dr & Bluerock Dr
  • 12/3 – Honeysuckle Cir & Dandelion Cir
  • 12/3 – Fitzuren Rd & G St

Burglary – Residential

  • 12/1 – McFarlan Ranch Dr & Monaghan Wy
  • 12/1 – Wexler Peak Wy & Cache Peak Dr
  • 12/1 – Cobblestone Dr & Flagstone Dr
  • 12/1 – Chesapeake Ct & Colonial Ct
  • 12/1 – Evergreen Av & Belshaw St
  • 12/1 – Gentrytown Dr & Dillard Wy
  • 12/2 – Pampas Cir & Elk Dr
  • 12/3 – Buchanan Rd & Entrada Cir
  • 12/3 – Baywood Cir & Sunwood Ct
  • 12/4 – Wolf Wy & Country Hills Dr
  • 12/5 – Texas St & Lindberg St
  • 12/5 – Prewett Ranch Dr & Pawnee Dr
  • 12/5 – Russell Dr & Lawrence Av
  • 12/7 – Redrock Dr & Greystone Dr
  • 12/7 – E Lake Dr & Hillcrest Av

DUI

  • 12/1 – W 14th St & F St
  • 12/1 – Lone Tree Wy & Hillcrest Av
  • 12/5 – Empire Av & Wicklow Wy
  • 12/5 – E 18th St & Phillips Ln
  • 12/6 – G St & W 8th St
  • 12/7 – Kaiser Ct & Marigold Wy

Narcotics

  • 12/3 – Sand Creek Rd & Deer Valley Rd
  • 12/3 – Auto Center Dr & Costco Wy
  • 12/4 – W 19th St
  • 12/4 – E Madill St & Diablo Av
  • 12/4 – Cavallo Rd & Sunset Dr
  • 12/4 – Sunset Dr & Hillcrest Av
  • 12/5 – Lone Tree Wy & Mokelumne Dr

Robbery & Attempts

  • 12/1 – Wildflower Dr & Hillcrest Av
  • 12/2 – Lone Tree Wy & Mokelumne Dr
  • 12/3 – Avila Pl & Gentrytown Dr
  • 12/4 – Delta Fair Bl & Fairview Dr
  • 12/7 – Delta Fair Bl & Somersville Rd
  • 12/7 – Contra Loma Bl & Fitzuren Rd

Vandalism

  • 12/1 – A St & Hwy 4 Hy
  • 12/1 – Leitrim Ct & Rosscommon Wy
  • 12/2 – Benttree Wy & Vista Grande Dr
  • 12/2 – Vista Grande Dr & Deerspring Wy
  • 12/2 – Leafwood Cir & Bellflower Dr
  • 12/3 – W 18th St & L St
  • 12/3 – Sycamore Dr & Banyan Wy
  • 12/4 – Somersville Rd & Delta Fair Bl
  • 12/4 – Badger Pass Wy & Mokelumne Dr
  • 12/4 – Rocky Point Dr & Hawk Ct
  • 12/5 – Fawn Hill Wy & Deer Meadow Wy
  • 12/5 – E 18th St & Vineyard Dr
  • 12/6 – Aster Dr & W 18th St
  • 12/7 – Rockwall Wy & Rockspring Wy

Warrant

  • 12/1 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 12/2 – E 19th St & Deodar Av
  • 12/2 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 12/3 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 12/5 – W Tregallas Rd & Alcala St
  • 12/6 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 12/7 – Deer Valley Rd & Hillcrest Av
  • 12/7 – W 9th St & I St
  • 12/7 – W 9th St & I St
  • 12/7 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 12/7 – L St & W 3rd St

For a look at the full report, click here.

Stats complied by by Ashley Castaldi

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For those of you looking for a new pet, Kristy Keusch has provided East County with photographs of available dogs and cats for adoption this weekend from the  Antioch Animal Services.

IMG_6310Antioch Animal Services is located 300 L St, Antioch and are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (adoption closes at 4:30pm)

_DSC3949Veterinary Dentists Are Bringing Shelter Pets and Adopters Together
Trying to make dogs and cats more adoptable is one of the top priorities for Contra Costa Animal Services and with help from the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry’s “Make Me Smile Shelter Project,” The non-profit group is donating time, resources, equipment and expertise to train shelter veterinarians across the country with the goal of making the animals more adoptable.

In early December, the Make Me a Smile Project visited Contra Costa Animal Services to train staff to fix animal dental problems.  Contra Costa County Animal Services was the first to receive training and equipment from Make Me Smile Shelter Project,”

_DSC3928Many shelters applied across the county but Contra Costa County Shelter was the shelter that met the highest criteria. Registered veterinary technician Andrea Carlson made it all possible by applying for the program. Now not only will this program increase the adoption rate but it will help animals leave the shelter happier and healthier than when they came in.

When it was time to make a difference Contra Costa Animal Services step up to the plate and with the help of partnerships, employees, volunteers and marketing they make a difference every day. They are stepping up their game to get these homeless animals in homes where they belong.

KUDOS to all involved

About the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry
The Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry operates exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes and was founded to educate the public about the importance of oral health in animals, and advance the understanding of the science of veterinary dentistry among all veterinarians and other veterinary professionals. For more information, visit the Foundation website at http://f4vd.com/.

Photos and information provided by Kristy Keusch

On 12/7/14 Antioch Police responded to two armed robberies which occurred in the early morning hours. The first case occurred at the Chevron Gas Station on Delta Fair Blvd. One subject entered the business and demanded cash at gunpoint. The suspects were seen leaving the scene in a Toyota Tercel station wagon.

About an hour later, the same suspects robbed the 7-11 convenience store on Contra Loma Blvd. In each case the same suspect entered the store and brandished a handgun and fled with cash. The suspects fled the area in each case in a stolen Toyota Tercel station wagon which has since been recovered. During the second robbery store security footage showed at least two other suspects waiting in the stolen car while the robbery took place.

The suspects were located by an officer within minutes of the second robbery. The officer confronted the occupants at gunpoint at which time one of the suspects brandished a machine pistol at the officer. The officer fired his duty weapon striking the car which lead to a short pursuit and collision. All of the suspects fled on foot and have not been located or identified. An extensive search was conducted and no one is in custody at this time.

Anyone who recognizes the subject depicted in these photos or who has any information on this case is encouraged to contact the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau, Detective Meads at (925)779-6884. You may also text an anonymous tip to 274637(CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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The City of Antioch welcomed Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock and Councilman Tony Tiscareno to the City Council Tuesday evening after they took the Oath of Office.

Ogorchock and Tiscareno will join Mayor Wade Harper, Mary Rocha and Monica Wilson on the council.

Ogorchock, who was the top vote getter in the November 2014 election, received 23.34% of the vote (6,410) while Tiscareno won his seat with 21.99% of the vote (6,041).

Tuesday evening, Mayor Wade Harper administered the Oath of Office to Tiscareno while Supervisor Mary Piepho administered the oath to Ogorchock.

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Tiscareno stated he was thankful he was no longer appointed, and could now say he is elected.

“I can finally say elected councilmember Tony Tiscareno,” joked Tiscareno. “This has been a long grueling campaign and this has been tough. I want to thank my wife Olivia for being by my side. She was there by my side and never complained. I could not have done it without her.”

Tiscareno went on to thank all of his volunteers saying you do not win an election by yourself; it takes a lot of people.

“I am not going to get into agenda items tonight, you know what my platform items were when I ran but my primary purpose is public safety, when I first came in it was economic development and recreation but the way the city has been going, where I think we are as a city council is we are trying to make this a better place. One of the things I do appreciate about this city council is you have not seen any infighting. We have our discussions, we do our due diligence, we talk policy and we get our work done and I am hoping and believe we will be able to continue to do so.

IMG_6615Ogorchock highlighted her agenda and stated she was here to work for the people of Antioch and be their voice.

“Thank you to the citizens of Antioch for electing me to the city council and those who voted for me and those who didn’t. I am here to represent you and work to improve this city for all of our benefit,” stated Ogorchock.

“My top priority is community safety and as we the council move forward working on the budget, I will be looking for ways to redirect funds to our police department with increasing the number of sworn police officers as well as adding more community service officers and adding more code enforcement officers,” stated Ogorchock. “Anything we can do to get more officers on the streets must be done.”

Ogorchock also stated that the City of Antioch must adopt a mutli-housing crime prevention program and work hand-in-hand with the apartment complex owners and tenants. She also said the city must work with the District Attorney Mark Peterson to establish and incorporate programs.

“Those who commit the crimes within the city have to give back both financially and physically,” stated Ogorchock.

She also explained how Antioch needs to work harder to bring “well paying” jobs to the city. She also encouraged Antioch to be “fair” with businesses and work to restore and revitalize downtown Antioch. She also highlighted the need to work with the seniors.

“Antiochians have spoken and I have listened,” stated Ogorchock. “We must stand up together and work for a united Antioch. I will work very hard and do my very best to make you proud. I am very enthusiastic about being your new council and mayor pro tem and working together with my fellow councilmembers to fulfill our cities vision of making Antioch a better community where we can all live, learn, work, workship and play in a safe and stimulating environment. Thank you for your support and confidence, I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

During his closing comments of the meeting, Mayor Harper proclaimed the campaigning is over and that councilmembers were already working within the community. He stated his hope the council will host a team-building session.

“My advice to this council is to continue to have a listening ear to what the community is saying and continue to be out there in the community talking to people. Always put the city first, not our personal philosophy or political ideas. Always be prepared to make decisions by studying the materials and get out there into the community and talking to people. Getting to talk to staff and ask questions. Staff is always available,” explained Harper. “It’s helpful that when we make informed decisions we give the community insight to help them understand why we did something.”

Harper thanked the community for the continued support of the council to improve Antioch by passing two ballot measures. He also thanked the City Manager, the Police Chief and all department heads to work to improve the city, as well as the staff at every level.

“Let’s make Antioch together as a City Council a safe and prosperous city. Lets put aside any personal philosophies, personal agenda and lets always put the city first. That is my wish, my goal, and my request of this council,” said Harper.

On Wednesday Dec. 10 at roughly 12:40 pm, a homeowner confronted two people inside his home at gunpoint on the 4000 Block of Via Dora Drive and fired several shots at the suspects.

According to Antioch Police, a 53 year old male was home alone working in his home office. His wife, who had just left the home, was notified of a motion alert on her phone from their home alarm system. This alarm was for the back of the house, downstairs from the home office.

She called her husband who armed himself and went to check on the motion alert.

The homeowner found two people inside his home, going through his belongings. He confronted the two subjects at gunpoint, and fearing for his life, fired several rounds from his firearm.

The two subjects fled from his house, still carrying some of his property. A few minutes later the subjects showed up at a local hospital, one of them suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

At the time of this writing it appears this suspect’s injuries are not life threatening.

Those arrested are:

  • 21 year old male; Vallejo and SF resident with a felony criminal history.
  • 19 year old female; Vallejo and SF resident.

The homeowner (victim) was not injured, although he is obviously quite shaken up by the incident. He is fully cooperative with the police investigation.

This information is preliminary as the investigation is still unfolding. No further information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Investigations Bureau with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6926.

The Antioch Police Department announced that at 8:30 am Wednesday that they arrested five Deer Valley High School students for illegal gambling and located a firearm.

According to Captain T. Brooks, officers observed a group of teenagers who possibly engaged in illegal gambling at Lone Tree Way and Deer Valley at the Burger King and Chevron. When detectives attempted contact, the group scattered and five male juveniles were ultimately detained and arrested.

Police stated one was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm, one was arrested for possession of marijuana and probation violation, two were arrested for gambling, and the last was arrested for loitering.

According to Brooks, the subject with the loaded firearm was 15-years old. Two subjects were 16, and another was 17.

Brooks stated the surveillance was in response to several complaints in recent weeks about students engaged in illegal activity.  Operations such as this are part of our continuing effort to increase the safety in and around Deer Valley High School and Deer Valley Plaza.

On Sunday December 7, Antioch Police responded to two armed robberies which occurred in the early morning hours.

The first case occurred at the Chevron Gas Station on Delta Fair. One subject entered the business and demanded cash at gunpoint. The suspects were seen leaving the scene in a Toyota Tercel station wagon.

About an hour later, the same suspects robbed the 7-11 convenience store on Contra Loma Blvd. In each case, the same suspect entered the store and brandished a handgun and fled with cash. The suspects fled the area in each case in a stolen Toyota Tercel station wagon (which has since been recovered).

During the second robbery, store security footage showed at least two other suspects waiting in the stolen car while the robbery took place.

The suspects were located by an officer within minutes of the second robbery. The officer confronted the occupants at gunpoint at which time one of the suspects brandished a machine pistol at the officer.

The officer fired his duty weapon striking the car which lead to a short pursuit and collision. All of the suspects fled on foot. An extensive search was conducted, but the suspects were not located. The officer was not injured, and it is unknown if any of the suspects were injured at this time.

These cases are currently being investigated by the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau.

No further information will be released at this time.

Anybody with information related to these incidents are asked to contact the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau, Detective Meads at (925)779-6884. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH

Notes:

  • INCIDENT: Armed Robbery/Shots Fired
  • DATE OF INCIDENT: 12/07/14 @ 2:45 a.m.
  • LOCATION: 7-11 Contra Loma Drive / Chevron Delta Fair Blvd

At 11:40 pm Saturday, Antioch Police responded to the 1900 block of Birch Avenue off E. 19th Street for a report of gun shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located three people who were struck by gunfire.

The incident occurred in a converted garage where a subject reportedly walked up the home and began firing his firearm. The incident left two adults and one juvenile shot with non-life threatening injuries.

A medical helicopter was requested, but later cancelled and opted for ground transport to local hospitals.

According to Lt. John Vanderklugt of the Antioch Police Department, they are working little information and the victims are not sure why they were targeted.

If you have any information about this shooting, please contact the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6900. You may also Text a Tip Anonymously by texting: 274637(CRIMES) and including the word ANTIOCH in the body of the text.