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Publisher @ July 26, 2016

Shootout, embezzlement, stabbings, identity theft, armed robbery among Antioch Police calls for service highlights, July 14-21, 2016

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Antioch Police highlights as published in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated July 22, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service & Arrest Data Summary:

Time Period: 07/14/16 00:00:00 – 07/20/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,702

Number of Case Reports: 295

Number of Arrests: 63

Felony: 30

Misdemeanor: 33

Arrests with DUI charge: 1

The data is based upon unaudited CAD/RMS data at time of report generation.

  • ·On 7/14/16 at 10:46 am APD was called to Sports Authority for an embezzlement case. It was discovered that on four different occasions since 6/24/16 that the store manager, 38 year old Lisa Hoglen, would void out cash transactions and make it appear that the customer returned the merchandise. These transactions were caught on video and showed that Hoglen would void out the transaction without any merchandise being returned. The total loss to the store was $3,200. Hoglen was arrested and transported to county jail.
  • ·On 7/14/16 at 8 pm officers responded to a local hospital for a 6 year old child who was attacked by a pit-bull while walking with his grandmother near the Antioch Marina. It was learned that the child was walking ahead of his grandmother on the raised wooden walkway heading towards downtown when a white pit-bull charged him and began attacking him. The child suffered several wounds to his groin and upper legs. The owner of the dog arrived and fled with the dog towards the Marina. The Grandmother took the child home and then to the hospital once she saw the severity of the injuries. The child was transferred to a hospital in San Francisco for treatment due his age and need for surgery. As of this writing, the child had been treated and was admitted for observation. The injuries were not life threatening. An extensive search was done of the downtown, marina, and surrounding areas using several officers and CCSO Helicopter Star 3 with negative results. A witness was located and she provided a description of the responsible dog and owner who appeared to be homeless. Animal Control was advised of the incident and will be following up with officers in the morning. The search was complicated by the 150+ “Pokémon GO” players at the Marina and in the downtown area.
  • ·While officers were at the hospital with the dog bite victim, a 35 year old male came into the Emergency Room with a stab wound to his left arm and elbow. He refused to provide any information other than it happened two days ago somewhere on West 10th Street and the responsible was an adult male. He was treated and released. No possible related incidents could be located in an event search
  • ·On 7/15/16 at 4:45 am a 35 year old male called after seeing his ex-girlfriend, 38 year old Christina Denisoff, in front of his house on William Reed Drive. She recently stabbed him and fled after the incident. A warrant for that incident, along with warrants for several other incidents, were issued for her arrest. She was contacted attempting to hide along the side yard and taken into custody without incident. She was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/15/16, at 0739 hours, the 32 year old male came home to his apartment on Sycamore Drive, after being gone for a few days, and found his 2 roommates overdosing on bath salts. We responded and they were transported to the hospital. At about 8:48 a.m., the 32 year old called back and reported he found numerous Social Security Numbers, CDL’s, checks and mail in a bag in the living room of the apartment. Officers responded and found 6 CDL’s with 28 year old Garrett Schwab’s photo and six separate victims’ information. There were also numerous credit cards, stolen checks, stolen mail and over 50 victims’ personal information. A records check showed that Schwab had two warrants for identity theft and one warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Schwab was taken into custody at the hospital. Since 2014 Schwab has been arrested 10 times for identity theft and was currently out on bail for the same. Schwab was booked into county jail with a bail of $625,000.
  • ·On 7/15/16 at 10:44 am 29 year old Anthony Ramirez was contacted on H Street and found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/15/16 at 3:58 pm officers responded to the report of several shots fired in the area of West 9th Street and H Street. Upon arrival, it was determined an unknown subject fired 10 rounds and then fled in a dark colored vehicle. No victims could be located.
  • ·On 7/15/16 at 8:15 pm an officer attempted to stop a white Honda after getting a computer hit for the car and it being reported as stolen. The driver, later identified as 24 year old Steven Cardoza, refused to stop and headed northbound on G Street. A pursuit was initiated for a few blocks and then terminated due to the driver’s excessive speed and reckless driving. After the pursuit, a call was received involving the stolen vehicle colliding with a truck in the Celia’s parking lot and two subjects running from the car. Any area check was made and after reviewing the video, both Steven Cardoza and his 25 year old brother Raymond Cardoza were identified as the occupants of the car. Another officer located them walking to the BonFare market on West 10th Street. Both were taken into custody and later booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/16/16 at 3:01 am Neighbors of the La Petite Academy on Shaddick Drive called to report subjects tampering with the buses in the school parking lot. On arrival, officers confronted 22 year old Savannah Vetterli and 22 year old Richard Raymundo-Wilcox as they were trying to flee on foot. Both were detained without incident. A third subject managed to flee on foot and was not located, but his truck was found nearby. It was discovered that the three had been drilling the fuel tanks from parked buses and vans in the parking lot in order to get the fuel for their vehicle. Both were booked into county jail without incident.
  • ·On 7/16/16 at 12:00pm 59 year old James Woodmancy was contacted in the field near 39 E 6th Street. Woodmancy was found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/16/16 at 4:51 pm an unknown male in a medical mask entered the Dollar General on 10th Street armed with a dark colored handgun. He ordered the clerk to stand back while he emptied the cash from the register. He fled out of the store to a waiting silver or gray Minivan on 9th Street and fled. An area check met with negative results and no one was injured.
  • ·On 7/16/16 at 9:01 pm 35 year old Jennifer Higgs was taken into custody by Wal-Mart Loss Prevention for shoplifting. She was found to have a No Cite warrant for theft and turned over to APD. She was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/17/16 at 4:11 am 22 year old Wayneisha Bridges was contacted in Waldie Plaza and found to have a warrant for her arrest. She was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/16/16 at 6:08 am an officer conducted a traffic stop on a Honda. The vehicle came back as recently stolen out of Brentwood. The driver yielded and was taken into custody without incident. The vehicle was returned to the owner and 25 year old Mychal Plew was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 7/17/16 at 5:58 pm officers were dispatched to a residence on Helmuth Lane that has been red tagged by the City as uninhabitable. There have been approx 20 calls for service at this residence for trespassing complaints in the past few weeks. Today, officers were dispatched there once again and contacted 66 [year old] Kinder inside the home. Kinder has been arrested three times in the past few weeks for trespassing at the residence. Kinder was arrested and booked into county jail on a likely to continue.
  • ·On 7/17/16 at 9:15 pm a 20 year old male was in front of the 7-11 store on Contra Loma Blvd when another adult male approached him and asked to use his cell phone. When the victim refused, the male pistol whipped him in the face causing moderate injury. The male was able to grab the cell phone from the victim and then took $10 from his front pants pocket. He then fled the area on foot.
  • ·On 7/17/15 at 10:35 pm a 27 year old male was at the 7-11 on East 18th Street, paying for his items when a 17 year old male juvenile came into the store with his family and stabbed the victim 11 times for no apparent reason. The 17 year old took the victim’s cell phone after the victim fell to the ground and then fled the store. Some members of the 17 year olds family stayed with the victim and tried to help him, but they were not very forthcoming and provided false information. Officers were able to determine that the 17 year old lived on Pinenut Way. Officers went to the address and found him asleep in a vehicle parked at the residence. The 17 year old was arrested and sent to Juvenile Hall. The victim was stabbed once in the face, twice in the torso, and eight times to his right arm. He was transported to a hospital, had surgery, and is in stable condition. This appears to be a random attack.
  • ·On 7/18/16 at 3:15 pm the 62 year old victim was in the parking lot of Fallas Discount Store and preparing to get into her vehicle. She was approached by an adult male who ripped her purse from her grasp. She chased after the responsible to which he responded by brandishing a chrome handgun from his waistband. She stopped chasing him and watched as he got into the passenger seat of a white SUV. The vehicle fled west on Delta Fair Blvd toward Pittsburg. An area check for the vehicle was met with negative results. The victim was not injured and the loss was her purse.
  • ·On 7/18/16 at 4:09 pm officers responded to the Riverview Motel on East 18th Street for the report of a wanted person hiding out. Officers arrived and found 42 year old Christina Palominos who had a no bail warrant out of the US Marshall’s office for smuggling aliens. She was arrested and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 7/18/16 at 5:02 pm officers were dispatched to Sutter Delta Memorial Hospital for the report of a 1 day old baby who tested positive for cocaine. The 35 year old mother admitted to using cocaine during her pregnancy. The baby was placed on a hold and given to Children and Family Services.
  • ·On 7/18/16 at 6:40 pm a 14 year old juvenile was riding his bike near Prewett Ranch Drive playing Pokémon GO. While looking for Pokémons using his cell phone, two adult males approached him, brandished handguns, and demanded that he empty his pockets. When it was discovered that he had nothing in his pockets, they took his iPhone. The juvenile was not injured.
  • ·On 7/19/16 at 9:58 am officers were dispatched to the above listed parking lot for a complaint regarding subjects sleeping in a motor home. 44 year old David Bledsoe was contacted inside the motor home during a probation search. A name check revealed Bledsoe had a PAL warrant out of CDC. He was arrested without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 7/19/16 at 10:11 am an officer was on Somersville Road and saw 33 year old Michael Woodruff in a parking lot. The officer knew Woodruff had an outstanding warrant from CDC parole and conducted a pedestrian stop. Woodruff was arrested without incident and transported to county jail.
  • ·On 7/20/16 at 9:39 am a 17 year old female was walking on Hillcrest Avenue near Laurel Road when a white vehicle pulled up next to her. Three black male juveniles exited the vehicle and demanded her money at knifepoint. The victim gave the suspects her Apple 6S+ cellular phone. The suspects fled in the white vehicle westbound on Hillcrest Avenue. The suspects were not located.
  • ·On 7/20/16 at 5:25 pm officers located a stolen Honda driving on Mahogany Way near Spanos St. The vehicle pulled to the curb and all occupants were detained without incident. 19 year old Karina Morrow was found to be the driver of the car. She was booked at APD and later sent to county jail. All other occupants were released from the scene.
  • ·On 7/21/16 at 2:21 am an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for CVC violations. When he provided the plate to dispatch, it was learned the vehicle had been reported stolen. The driver, 20 year old Elijah Reynante refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. Reynante drove into Jade Court and lost control of the vehicle. He sideswiped a parked car and then drove onto the front side yard of a house before becoming stuck on a large rock. Reynante and the passenger were taken into custody without incident. Reynante was booked into county jail and the passenger was released.
  • ·On 7/21/16 at 2:37 am APD dispatch received a call of a subject being dropped off in the Ambulance Bay of a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. It was learned that the 20 year old male victim was near downtown Antioch when he was approached by an unknown person and shot with a shotgun. He was driven to the hospital for treatment and refused to provide any other details. He had been shot with birdshot and had no life threatening injuries. An extensive area check of the downtown area located the scene on G Street between West 3rd and 4th Streets. Just prior to this call, APD dispatch had received multiple calls of shots fired somewhere near West 10th Street and G Street. It appears there was some type of shoot out on G Street with multiple businesses struck. Various casings of differing calibers were located in the street. No witnesses could be located. Due to the number of rounds fired, area hospitals were notified.
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Antioch man struck, killed by train Monday, July 11th identified

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By Allen Payton

According to a report by the Antioch Police Department, on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm, a freight train was east bound on the BNSF railroad tracks, that run along the Antioch waterfront, at approximately 40-45 MPH approaching the trestle near the A Street extension, where it turns to become West Second Street.

The victim was walking the tracks but did not hear the train or the blowing horn. The victim was struck by the train, which the force of the impact launched him approximately 150 feet and he landed in the Delta just off the shore. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. BNSF railroad police were called and took over the investigation. According to witnesses, the victim was simply not paying attention.

According to Lena Kent, Director of Public Affairs for Arizona and California for BNSF Railway, the victim was a man.

The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as Santos Cervantes, age 50 of Antioch.

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Publisher @ July 21, 2016

Pokémon Go brings players of all ages to the Antioch waterfront

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A variety of residents play Pokémon Go near the Veterans Memorial at the entrance to the Antioch Marina in downtown Rivertown, Thursday evening, July 21st. photo by Vanessa Hellman

A variety of residents play Pokémon Go near the Veterans Memorial at the entrance to the Antioch Marina in downtown Rivertown, Thursday evening, July 21st. photo by Vanessa Hellman

By Allen Payton

A report by the Antioch Police on Wednesday, July 13 stated they responded to a call from security at 10:45 pm “regarding a large number of teens (100+) in and around the Antioch Marina. Upon arrival, it was learned they had gathered playing on the Pokémon Go APP. All of the kids remained calm and peaceful. They left a short time later.”

In an email message on Thursday, July 21st, Antioch business owner and resident Vanessa Hellman stated, “I think it’s really great how this Pokémon Go app is bringing people out and and about. I saw so many people down at the marina this evening from kids to older people all laughing together and sharing what they’ve ‘caught’ on Pokémon. I know it’s just a game but in a way I feel it’s bringing the community together.”

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Highway 4 cameras possible among $1.5 million in community benefits from Keller Canyon Landfill fund

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After a rigorous review of 117 applications, Supervisor Federal Glover announced the recipients of the $1.5 million in grants from the Keller Canyon Landfill Mitigation Fund. The Board of Supervisors approved the expenditures on Tuesday morning, July 19, 2016 at their meeting in Martinez.

Among the Keller grants this year was $100,000 for electronic surveillance of Highway 4 from Bay Point to Antioch where gang-related shootings have occurred the past year. It will be shared with the law enforcement agencies that line that roadway segment.

In all, the grants for the fiscal year 2016-2017 were awarded to 82 recipients providing a wide range of activities from a Christmas party for Bay Point’s children to a full-time resident deputy to crossing guards for Bay Point schools.

“The allocation set aside for to monitor Highway 4 – possibly including cameras and license plate readers – will be used by law enforcement to keep our residents safe,” says Glover.

The amount of available funding varies from year to year because the Keller fund is based on the tonnage delivered to the Keller Canyon Landfill located in the hills off of Bailey Road south of Pittsburg and Bay Point.

The county supervisors created the mitigation fund when voters in the early1990s approved the location of a landfill site in the hills south of Bay Point and Pittsburg. Since the landfill was located in District 5, the district 5 supervisor was given the responsibility of administering the fund. The fund helps alleviate some of the landfill’s impacts to the neighboring community.

In 2011, at the recommendation of the Auditor, Supervisor Glover reformed the distribution of the funds by limiting its use to the impacted area and instituting a fully transparent system for determining who is granted the awards and to ensure that the money is used for what it is intended.

The grants will be awarded August 18 after the recipients sign their contracts with the county. The programs or events that will benefit from the grants include:

•Bay Point holiday celebrations

•Field trips from Bay Point teenagers

•Antioch Rivertown Jamboree and Delta Thunder Boat Race

•A full-time deputy as a school resource officer in Bay Point schools.

•Bay Point Spring Derby Memorial Day Parade and Festival

•World Music and Arts Festival for Bay Point and Pittsburg elementary school students

•RotaCare Pittsburg Free Medical Clinic

•Ambrose Park Aquatic Center Project.

This year’s fund of $1,507,000 is based on the anticipated tonnage that will be delivered to the landfill for the fiscal year 2016-2017.

This is the second year in a row that the Keller fund has shown an increase, which might be an indication of an improving economy, said Glover.

“The grant awards are always difficult decisions because there are so many good services being provided by local agencies,” he added.

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Sean Wright is first to file to run for Mayor of Antioch in November election

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Sean Wright, with his wife Lani, submits his filing papers to run for Mayor of Antioch, to Antioch City Clerk Arne Simonsen on Tuesday, July 19.

Sean Wright, with his wife Lani, submits his filing papers to run for Mayor of Antioch, to Antioch City Clerk Arne Simonsen on Tuesday, July 19.

Will share his vision and message for Antioch over the next few months

Dr. Sean Wright, chiropractor and CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, officially turned in his candidate nomination papers Tuesday morning, July 19th, becoming the first candidate to file for Mayor of the City of Antioch for the November 8th election.

“I’m excited to share my vision and message for Antioch over the next few months,” Wright said. “I’m tired of watching friends move away.  I want to utilize my leadership and communication skills to focus Antioch on Public Safety, Jobs and supporting our schools so that Antioch becomes the place where our friends want to live.”

Wright’s platform consists of three planks: Leadership, Public Safety, and Jobs.

Leadership: We elect leaders to make difficult decisions and fight for us. Antioch is challenged and needs a new direction: a leader who listens, collaborates, communicates and unifies behind a common vision. My experience and passion are best suited to help Antioch succeed.

Public Safety: Measure C funds are meant to reduce escalating crime and they are being misspent. 100 percent of Measure C money needs to hire police and code enforcement officers, immediately. We’ve heard the talk, now we need the results.

Jobs: Antioch has expanded Highway 4, will extend E-BART, has access to multiple railroad lines, and a deep water port but no plan to create permanent high paying jobs. It must be easier for businesses to open in Antioch so people can live, work, play and worship in our community.

A few of his supporters shared their thoughts about Wright and his campaign.

“I’m so excited to sign today and support Sean Wright for his run for Mayor of Antioch,” said Antioch resident Susan Martinez. “He is just the type of hardworking and smart leader our city so badly needs!”

“Sean is not a politician, he is a just a resident who cares about Antioch,” said Antioch resident Jose Solario. “The job he has done in transforming the Chamber of Commerce can only be described as amazing. With a track record for getting positive results, he is the ONLY choice for Antioch.”

“I support Sean Wright and his approach to serving in local Government,” said Antioch community advocate and business owner Terry Ramus. “Voters who desire responsive, problem-solving government would be wise to support Sean also. His candidacy for Mayor is about the people who live and work in Antioch. Finally.”

For more information on Sean Wright, and his Vision for 1 Antioch, visit

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Grandparents assist grandchildren in Antioch math program

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Instructors for the Math Intensive Program, currently operating a summer session in Antioch, are used to working with students of different ages and grade levels.  But, unique to their classes, students attending are sometimes separated by generations.

Grandmothers, eager to assist their grandchildren with their math homework once school begins, are working alongside their grandchildren learning the same concepts, techniques, and procedures that the instructors use to help the elementary, middle, and high school students who take the class in order to rapidly increase their math skills.

Pam Thomas, grandmother of Khaaliq, who just finished his 6th grade year at Black Diamond Middle School, has been attending the program since the summer session began in early June.  Since then, she has attended almost daily…even on days when her grandson is absent.  Progressing rapidly through the program, she now assists other students, as well as her grandchild.

“I am happy to have my grandson in this program,” Thomas stated. “There is nothing more important than his education.  It’s not always easy, but it is definitely worth it.  I also get to learn as he is leaning, so I can be more effective at teaching him, as well as the other students.  Education is at the very top of the list of priorities for me.”

Angel Luevano, the Administrative Director for Math Intensive, is proud of all the students that are attending, but he’s especially pleased with the grandparents taking the class.

“I’m very happy to see these grandparents sitting in on our classes, and learning alongside their grandchildren,” he said. “This is evidence of the importance they place on the value of a good education and the level of commitment they are willing to make to ensure their students’ success.  Intergenerational programs such as this add tremendous value to our entire community.”

The Math Intensive Program will continue every week day through August 12 at Delta Bay Church of Christ, 913 Sunset Drive, in Antioch.  There are two sessions a day, one from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and another from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The cost for attendance is $30 per 3-hour session.  For more information, contact John Crowder at 925-628-4033, or stop by Delta Bay Church during one of their sessions.

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Meals on Wheels, Senior Outreach Services seeks volunteers, hosts breakfast July 29

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