Antioch

On January 27, at approximately 6:20PM, Antioch Police Department patrol officers responded to the 3500 block of Country Side Way in Antioch on the report of a possible marijuana, grow house.

Patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle leaving the residence where they contacted the driver Yaoming Li, 38 from San Francisco. Lee was found to be in possession of marijuana for sales and placed under arrest.

Investigators served a search warrant at a residence located in the 3500 block of Country Side Way in Antioch, as well as a storage unit located on California Street in Pittsburg related to this arrest. During the service of the search warrant, Investigators found the home had been completely converted into an illicit marijuana cultivation operation. Investigators seized approximately 755 marijuana plants from the home and located a large amount of equipment used to facilitate the cultivation.

The case is still being investigated by the Antioch Police Department’s Special Operations Unit.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Lowther with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6943.

Any further information or additional press releases will be provided by the Investigations at (925) 779-6939. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH

Antioch Police Department reported Tuesday night that overall crime in Antioch is down 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.

According to stats provided by police:

  • The City has 3 less homicides (9 in 2014 versus 12 in 2013)
  • The City had 9.1% less robbery (320 in 2014 versus 352 in 2013)
  • The City had 16.3% less aggravated assault (466 in 2014 versus 557 in 2013)

With regards to property crimes, overall, the city saw a reduction by 5.6 percent.

  • Burglaries were down 2.5% (1317 in 2014 versus 1351 in 2013)
  • Thefts were down 1.2% (1850 in 2014 versus 1872 in 2013.
  • Auto thefts were down 15.9% (1023 in 2014 versus 1217 in 2013)

Police also reported that the total arrests were up 10.6% in 2014 from 2013. Statistics highlighted police made 4,383 arrests which were up 413 from the previous year—adult arrests were up 14.2%.

The Special Operations Unit in Antioch reported the following:

  • Search Warrants: 26
  • Probation/Parole Searches: 41
  • Marijuana Grows: 13
  • Marijuana (Plants) Seized: 6,925
  • Marijuana (Processed) Seized: 16.6 lbs)
  • Meth Seized: 18.1 oz
  • Cocaine Seized: 3.2 oz
  • Heroin Seized: 0.7 oz
  • Steroids: 7 vials
  • Steroids: 9 pill bottles
  • Guns Seized: 38

Antioch Police also netted 9 operations resulting in 9 arrests of fugitives while overall calls for service increased 0.6% where in 2014, they received 80,407 calls. The average response time in 2014 was 10:36 minutes whereas in 2013, the response time averaged 10:30.

Since June, the Antioch Police have been conducting weekly crime suppression details where they held 33 operations. Those operations netted 157 cases along with 196 arrests, 28 guns seized, and 49 citations.

The Chief also reported that the department has 102 authorized sworn positions; however, just 90 are filled. He noted that 3 recruits began the academy on January 26, 2015.

Editors Note:
Comcast was down yesterday so we will further update this when the City of Antioch makes their council meeting video available.

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From 4pm to 6:00 pm Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants Trophy Tour will be in Antioch where all three of the World Series Trophy’s will be on display for photographs.

The event is located at the Antioch Community Center 4703 Lone Tree Way
Antioch, CA 94531.

Here are more details per the San Francisco Giants.

Tour begins on January 7th and concludes on Opening Day in San Francisco on April 13th

This will be the third public trophy tour held in the past four years and will feature the 2014, 2012 and 2010 trophies. The focus of the San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America is to share the trophies with Giants fans in Junior Giants communities throughout northern California.

“We saw in 2012 how powerful it was for us to create a trophy tour which not only allowed us to connect with our fans, but also with the more than 22,000 kids who participate in our Junior Giants baseball program. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to do so again,” said Larry Baer, Giants president and chief executive officer.

The organization is working in partnership with their Junior Giants leagues throughout northern California to create public viewing opportunities in the following cities throughout the months of January, February and March. Fans will have the chance to both have their photo taken with the trophies and support their local Junior Giants.

PERSONAL PHOTO POLICY

You will be allowed to take one (1) photo per person. If you come in a group, you can take a group photo or individual photo, but not both. Depending on volumes of fans and line control, personal camera use for photos with the trophies will be determined onsite. Fans will also have the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with the trophies and can purchase those prints onsite and online.

LINE POLICY

The Trophies will be on display for two hours during each stop. The Giants intend to accommodate as many fans as possible during the viewing time period. Fans are advised to arrive early as the line will be cut off, if needed, to allow the trophies to leave at the designated end time. A Giants representative will assess and determine a cutoff point in line. A fan who arrives during the designated viewing time is NOT automatically guaranteed a photo with the trophies. Fans are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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For the second time, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper has responded to a recall notice where he explains what he has done to help reduce crime and hire more police.

Harper, who is limited to just 200 words, discussed what steps have been done to hire more police and highlighted proactive details which are netting arrests.

On January 13, after a failed first recall attempt led by Rich Buongiorno, Harper was served during the City Council meeting in public comments.

Buongiorno has noted the mayor’s lack of effort to reduce crime saying nothing has changed while more than 150 businesses have moved out of Antioch in the last two years.

Supporters of a recall will now prepare the petition for circulation and to hold a recall election the

A first recall attempt, also spearheaded by Rich Buongiorno, failed when proponents narrowly missed a November deadline for publishing a legal notice providing a copy of the notice of intent to circulate a recall petition. This time they served Harper at the Jan. 13 council meeting.

The next step in the process requires them to prepare the format of the petition for circulation, which elections officials must approve. After that, they will need to collect 8,845 signatures.

Mayor Harper Responds to Recall

As your Mayor and a retired Police Lieutenant, reducing crime continues to be my top priority. Our families deserve to feel safe, that’s why I led the effort to approve Measure C-so Antioch would have funds to hire more police officers. Our community united and we hired 10 new officers, which I personally swore in (Officer Mike Perez, Kyle Smith, J.B. Hulleman, Marcos Torres, Kenneth Krein, Scott Duggar, Amel Sahnic, Trak Keo-Vann, Ben Padilla, and Matt Allendorph). We take pride in hiring the finest crime fighting officers. Aggressive hiring will continue. The cost of this recall may be up to $198,994.50 which could fund another 2 police officers. Under my leadership, Antioch has secured another $625,000 to hire 5 additional officers and our Police Department conducts weekly crime suppression operations – one of which resulted in 87-arrests in just a five-day period. Nothing is more important than keeping our neighborhoods and children safe. But to achieve that goal, its going to take all of us working together. We ended work furloughs city-wide and I believe great days are ahead. I respectfully ask that we unite as one community, to reject this recall, so we can continue the fight together.

Wade Harper.

Here is a brief timeline of what had transpired in the first attempt which was halted over a missed deadline.

  • September 23, 2014: Residents threaten a recall to Mayor Wade Harper at the city council meeting. They accused Mayor Harper of being “missing in action” and instead, first in line to take photographs with the media. One resident, simply asked the Mayor to step down. Residents also accuse the City of not fixing crime and state crime is not getting any better, but instead getting worse.
  • October 14, 2014: Mayor Harper officially served with recall paperwork. Harper responding during council meeting with list of accomplishments.
  • October 24, 2014, written response to the recall by Mayor Harper urges Community to come together and reject Recall effort highlighting crime is a top priority and the progress that was being made.
  • November 4, 2014: The recall was halted over a missed deadline in the process. Rich Buongiorno accused the City Clerk and City Attorney of providing misinformation to the recall proponents.Simonsen explained that the Mayor responded to the Petition on October 22 and on October 23 sent a copy certified mail to Mr. Buongiorno on October 23. The 10-day clock started on October 23.“It’s 10 calendar days and the exception to the rule is if the 10th day is on a weekend, it goes to the next Monday,” explained Simonsen. “A copy of the election code was provided to Mr. Buongiorno where it clearly states he has to publish notice of intention served in October. All he had to do was take that to local newspaper and publish it.”Antioch City Manager Steve Duran stated there is not much they can do.

    “I don’t think that the City Clerk can do anything but follow the rules as the State wrote them,” said Duran.

    Meanwhile, Mayor Wade Harper explained there was no confusion on his part about the timeline stating he followed the rules.

    “There certainly was no confusion on my part. The instructions are clear,” said Harper. “I filed my response in a timely manner. I am open to meeting with the applicant of the intent to recall to listen to his ideas about how to make our city better. I have no hard feelings.”

  • January 13, 2015: Mayor Harper served with recall paperwork for the second time.

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At 6:55 pm Sunday, Contra Costa County Firefighters responded to a residential fire at 110 W 20th Street at C Street in Antioch.

Firefighters arrived on scene to smoke and flames showing from the alpha side of the home and began fire attack. By 7:10pm, the fire was under control per radio traffic.

According to CONFIRE, no one was home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire was not yet determined Sunday evening.

Firefighters Respond to Fully Involved Vehicle Fire

Shortly after the residential fire, firefighters responded to a report of fully involved vehilce fire on W. 7th Street at 8:01pm . Antioch Police arrived on scene to a vehicle smoking with flames coming from underneath the vehilce. Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the flames.

Photo by Charles Blum

Between January 12-18, the Antioch Police Department had 1,468 calls. The previous week, they received 1,380 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

  • 1/12 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 1/12 – D St & W 19th St (243pc)
  • 1/12 – Sycamore Dr & Peppertree Wy (243pc)
  • 1/12 – Roosevelt Ln & Worrell Rd (243pc)
  • 1/12 – W 18th St & L St (243pc)
  • 1/13 – Los Altos Wy & Mission Dr (243pc)
  • 1/13 – W 8th St & K St (245pc)
  • 1/13 – D St & W 19th St (243pc)
  • 1/14 – Lone Tree Wy & Sagebrush Dr (243pc)
  • 1/14 – Mission Dr & Palo Verde Wy (243pc)
  • 1/14 – Miller St & Jacobsen St (243pc)
  • 1/14 – Wilbur Av & Cavallo Rd (245pc)
  • 1/15 – A St & Bryan Av (245pc)
  • 1/15 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 1/15 – W 6th St & L St (243pc)
  • 1/15 – L St & W 3rd St (243pc)
  • 1/16 – E 18th St & Crestwood Dr (243pc)
  • 1/16 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (245pc)
  • 1/16 – Parsons Ln & Lela Wy (243pc)
  • 1/16 – Sanger Peak Wy & Observation Wy (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Mt Silliman Wy & Tehachapi Wy (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Deer Valley Rd & Hillcrest Av (243pc)
  • 1/17 – E 18th St & Cavallo Rd (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Marie Av & Grangnelli Av (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Deer Meadow Wy & Sterling Hill Dr (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Sunny Ln & Mahogany Wy (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Folsom Dr & Chabot St (243pc)
  • 1/17 – Mahogany Wy & Starlight Ln (245pc)
  • 1/18 – E 18th St & Amber Dr (245pc)
  • 1/18 – Lone Tree Wy & Ridgerock Dr (243pc)
  • 1/18 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln (243pc)
  • 1/18 – Hillcrest Av & E Tregallas Rd (243pc)
  • 1/18 – W 11th St & H St (243pc)
  • 1/18 – W 5th St & E St (243pc)
  • 1/18 – Rubye Dr & Sidney Av (243pc)

Auto Burglary

  • 1/12 – Crown Peak Wy & Mt Conness Wy
  • 1/14 – Shannondale Dr & Country Hills Dr
  • 1/15 – Rodeo Cir & Bronco Ct
  • 1/15 – W 7th St & E St
  • 1/18 – Lone Tree Wy & Muirwood Wy

Auto Theft

  • 1/12 – Hillcrest Av & Hwy 4 Hy
  • 1/12 – G St & W 4th St
  • 1/12 – Mahogany Wy & Dogwood Wy
  • 1/13 – Silvercrest Wy & Sterling Hill Dr
  • 1/13 – Sycamore Dr & Spanos St
  • 1/14 – San Jose Dr & Delta Fair Bl
  • 1/14 – Hudson Ct & Fairview Dr
  • 1/14 – Observation Wy & Colosseum Wy
  • 1/14 – W 10th St & Auto Center Dr
  • 1/14 – Donatello Ct
  • 1/15 – Longview Rd & Matsqui Rd
  • 1/15 – Rockford Dr & Alumrock Dr
  • 1/16 – Arroyo Wy & Candlewood Wy
  • 1/16 – Carob St & Cashew St
  • 1/16 – Sanger Peak Wy & Observation Wy
  • 1/16 – Kern St & Chabot St
  • 1/16 – E Lake Dr & E Lake Pl
  • 1/16 – W 2nd St & J St
  • 1/17 – W 19th St & G St
  • 1/18 – Ashley Wy & Ashburton Dr

Burglary – Business/Commercial

  • 1/12 – A St & W Madill St
  • 1/12 – Deer Valley Rd & Wildflower Dr
  • 1/15 – Sycamore Dr & Somersville Rd
  • 1/16 – A St & W 17th St

Burglary – Residential

  • 1/12 – Sycamore Dr & Dogwood Wy
  • 1/13 – Honeysuckle Cir & Dandelion Cir
  • 1/13 – Carpinteria Dr & Molera Ct
  • 1/13 – Buchanan Rd & Entrada Cir
  • 1/13 – Watkings Wy & Domengine Wy
  • 1/14 – Seville Cir & Lopez Dr
  • 1/14 – Cobblestone Dr & Flagstone Dr
  • 1/14 – Almondridge Dr & Cashew Ct
  • 1/14 – Eastview Wy & Stonecrest Dr
  • 1/15 – Wagon Wheel Wy & Brookhaven Wy
  • 1/15 – Kaiser Wy & Incline Ct
  • 1/15 – Stonegate Wy & Rockspring Wy
  • 1/16 – Silverado Dr & Silver Creek Cir
  • 1/16 – Ledgewood Ct & Deerspring Wy
  • 1/16 – Country Hills Dr & Wolverine Wy
  • 1/16 – Hill Dr & Yosemite Dr
  • 1/16 – Washington Wy & Jefferson Wy
  • 1/17 – W Madill St & Norton St
  • 1/17 – Woodhall Wy & San Jose Dr
  • 1/17 – Buchanan Rd & Somersville Rd
  • 1/17 – Fawn Hill Ct & Fawn Hill Wy
  • 1/18 – Baywood Cir & Sunwood Ct

DUI

  • 1/13 – Lone Tree Wy & Golf Course Rd
  • 1/14 – Delta Fair Bl & Buchanan Rd

Narcotics

  • 1/13 – Sycamore Dr & Dogwood Wy
  • 1/13 – Marina Pl
  • 1/15 – Century Bl & Auto Center Dr
  • 1/15 – Sycamore Dr & L St
  • 1/15 – Beasley Av & Bryan Av
  • 1/16 – Marina Pl
  • 1/16 – W Madill St & Norton St

Robbery & Attempts

  • 1/13 – E 6th St & A St
  • 1/15 – E 18th St & Hillcrest Av
  • 1/15 – Winding Ln & San Gregorio Dr

Vandalism

  • 1/12 – Gary Av & Cavallo Rd
  • 1/14 – Merrill Dr & Orchard Ln
  • 1/14 – W 6th St & K St
  • 1/15 – N Francisco Wy & Cajon Ct
  • 1/16 – W 6th St & K St
  • 1/18 – W 6th St & L St
  • 1/18 – W Lake Dr & E 13th St

Warrant

  • 1/12 – H St & W 2nd St
  • 1/12 – Somersville Rd & Bradley Ln
  • 1/13 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 1/13 – W 10th St & Diamond St
  • 1/14 – W 6th St & H St
  • 1/14 – Buchanan Rd & Auburn Ln
  • 1/14 – W 19th St & D St
  • 1/14 – E 18th St & Phillips Ln
  • 1/15 – Delta Fair Bl & Buchanan Rd
  • 1/15 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 1/15 – A St & Hwy 4 Hy
  • 1/15 – L St & W 10th St
  • 1/15 – F St & W 6th St
  • 1/16 – Peppertree Wy & Lemontree Wy
  • 1/16 – Apollo Ct & Wilbur Av
  • 1/16 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 1/17 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 1/17 – Longview Rd & Contra Loma Bl
  • 1/17 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 1/18 – Johns Wy & Johns Ct
  • 1/18 – L St & W 3rd St
  • 1/18 – Lone Tree Wy & Mokelumne Dr
  • 1/18 – D St & W 19th St

Stats compiled by Ashley Castaldi

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A local barber was injured recently in a motorcycle crash after hitting black ice and now cannot work until he is healed from his injuries. Big Luka broke his elbow and sustained several other injuries as a result of the crash.

His family and friends are stepping in to help raise funds by selling limited editions t-shirts and sweatshirts of the Delta Barber Shop, Antioch with proceeds going to Luka.

Shirts are $20 and sweatshirts are $30. The goal is to sell 50-items, currently, 17 have been sold.

For more information, visit http://teespring.com/support-big-luka

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The California Highway Patrol has announced that Street Smarts Smart Start Driving Safety program has booked a date at Antioch High School for May 7, 2015.

Start Smart is a two-hour driving safety education class given by the California Highway Patrol. The class targets new and future licensed teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians.

The event will be held between 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Beede Auditorium located at 700 W. 18th Street, Antioch CA.

The event is free and open to all Antioch students and parents, but registration is requested: http://streetsmartantioch.eventbrite.com For more information, visit www.streetsmartsdiablo.com or contact (925) 969-1083 / kerri@511contracosta.org

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The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch is proud to present artworks from Antioch High School students at the 10th Annual Art4Schools Exhibits at the Lynn House Gallery. There are many talented students in Antioch and this an opportunity to showcase their art like a professional artist in a local gallery.

Antioch High School Art Instructors have selected the artworks which will be on exhibit from February 4th – February 21st, with an opening reception on February 4th from 4-6 PM.

The gallery is open every Wednesday and Saturday from Saturday February 7th – 21st.

The Art4Schools program has an second exhibit featuring student artworks from Antioch Middle School, Black Diamond Middle School, Dallas Ranch Middle School and Park Middle School from March 11th – March 28th. The opening reception will be held March 11th, from 4-6 PM.

The Arts4Schools Program is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the City of Antioch and a Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund Grant from Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover.

In addition to sponsoring the gallery exhibit, Supervisor Glover through the Keller Canyon Mitigation Grant, provides $500 to each participating school to be used for art and cultural supplies and educational endeavors. For more information about each exhibit call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or email Diane@Art4Antioch.org.

The Lynn House Gallery is located in the Rivertown District at 809 W. 1st Street, Antioch (across from the AMTRAK Train Station) and is open from 1 – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits and admission is free.

Arts-for-Antioch-2February – March Art Exhibit at Umpqua Bank
The Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch’s continues their partnership with Antioch’s Umpqua Bank and features seven artists in their upcoming exhibit. The bank is a perfect venue for local artists to showcase their work, which changes every two months. The featured artists for the February and March are: Jeanette Ahern, Lori Cook, Robin Mayoff, Beverly Knight, Bernice Lucerno, Denise Press and Andre’ Salvador. The new exhibit begins December 1st and continues through January 30th.  The free artist reception is Wednesday, February 4th, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM.  Please attend the reception to show your support for these outstanding artists. Umpqua Bank is located at 3700 Lone Tree Way and is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM, excluding bank holidays.

For more information or if you are an artist who would like to participate in future exhibits visit www.art4antioch.org or call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897.

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At 2:11 pm Sunday, Antioch Police responded to a report of an argument between two adult male family members in the 1200 block of Buchanan in Antioch.

According to Antioch Police, the two males were separated. After police left, one of the males went over to the other subjects house and the argument continued. Upon allegations being made, the male fired a gun at the other male.

Police immediately responded and upon descriptions of the subject and the vehicle, they found the shooter in a vehicle on Claudia Ct where the subject in custody attempted to resist arrest.

According to police, three total were detained around 2:49 pm, however, two juvenile females were released at the scene. The adult male was a positive ID for the shooting and was being detained for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

While in custody, as a precaution, Antioch Police requested medical treatment for an unrelated medical condition.

The incident had no injuries and no gun was located.