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Antioch police arrest five Deer Valley High students for gambling, gun, marijuana charges, Wednesday morning

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

According to a post on the Antioch Police Department’s Facebook page on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, “around 8:30 am, Antioch police detectives conducted undercover surveillance in the area of Lone Tree Way and Deer Valley Road. At this time a group of teenagers was observed possibly engaged in illegal gambling.

When detectives attempted contact, the group scattered and five male juveniles were ultimately detained and arrested. All five were found to be current Deer Valley High School students.

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.

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.”

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Antioch police arrest two thieves, one shot by homeowner during robbery, Wednesday afternoon

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

By Lt. Aguinaga, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:40 p.m. a 53-year-old male was home alone, in the 4000 block of Via Dora Drive, 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:

1) 21 year old male; Vallejo and SF resident with a felony criminal history.

2) 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. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch police shoot at, search for suspects in Sunday morning armed robberies

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

By Corporal William Dee, Antioch Police Patrol Division

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 2:45 a.m., 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.

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Fatal Antioch car accident claims 51-year-old man, early Friday morning

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

By Lieutenant Don LaDue, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Friday, December 5, 2014 at approximately 1:42 am the Antioch Police Department responded to a report of a vehicle collision on East 18th Street near Phillips Lane

When officers arrived, they located two vehicles with major damage in the roadway. Two women in their 30’s occupied the first vehicle that was rear ended by a 51 year old male driving a second vehicle. The male complained of chest pain and was transported by ambulance to a local area hospital where he died soon after arrival. The women in the vehicle that was struck by the male had complaints of pain, but did not require medical assistance at the time.

Preliminary investigation indicates that speed may have been a factor. It is not known if alcohol or drugs were involved, pending an autopsy by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office. It is also not known if the male was experiencing a medical issue prior to the collision, which could have contributed to the cause. The names of the involved parties will not be released at this time.

Currently, officers are following up on possible leads and interviewing witnesses. This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Antioch Police Dept. at (925) 778-2441. If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Gang member arrested, guns seized during Antioch SWAT operation Monday morning

Monday, November 17th, 2014

By Lieutenant Morefield, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

This morning, Monday, November 17, 2014 at approximately 6:15 AM, the Antioch Police Department SWAT Team assisted their Gang Unit with serving a High Risk Search Warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of D Street. All occupants of the home were detained without incident. During the subsequent search of the home, gang indicia and (2) firearms were located. One subject, a 16-year-old male, was arrested on scene for threats related to gang activity.

No further information will be released at this time.

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

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Antioch welcomes four new police officers

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
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To the left of Chief Cantando (center) are Officers Matt Hirsch and Mark Moraga. To his right are Officers Jonathan Adams and Randall Gragg.  photo courtesy of Antioch Police Department

By Allen Payton

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando introduced four new Antioch police officers at their swearing-in ceremony.

He posted a photo of the new officers and him, and a brief comment on the police department’s Facebook page.

Please join us in welcoming the four newest family members of the Antioch Police Department,” Cantando stated. “Congratulations!”

 

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Antioch City Manager admits to discrepancies in police staffing numbers, not indisputable

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

By John Crowder

At the October 28 meeting of the Antioch City Council, a presentation on Measure C was given by Tammany Brooks, Field Services Division Captain of the Antioch Police Department (APD) and Michelle Fitzer, Administrative Services Director for the City of Antioch. That presentation, suggesting there has been significant improvement in police officer staffing, represented as an increase of almost 20%, has now been called into question.

In the city’s October 27 news release about the report, Mayor Wade Harper stated “There has been a lot of misinformation being spread around about what the City is doing with the funds from Measure C, so it’s nice to have the indisputable facts in this Status Report that clearly demonstrate my colleagues and I have kept the promises we made to the community.”

Then, just prior to the presentation at the meeting, Harper stated that a lot of information people had been receiving lately about Measure O were, “flat out lies,” in response to campaign mailers sent out by the No on Measure O committee.

It was presumed the presentation by Brooks and Fitzer would correct the record.

Less than two days after the article about the city council meeting was posted online on the Antioch Herald website, however, resident Rich Buongiorno commented on it, providing statistics which cast doubt on the veracity of the statements made during the meeting.

Buongiorno has been leading a recall effort against Harper, specifically for what he considers Harper’s lack of action to adequately address the city’s crime problem.

In his on-line comments, which can be viewed here, Buongiorno stated that the Contra Costa Times reported APD sworn staffing in the latter part of 2013 was 83 in an August 16 article, 85 in an October 15 article, and 84 in a November 27 article. Brooks and Fitzer said during their presentation that the number was 76 in October of 2013. Buongiorno contends that the presentation given at the council meeting provided a lower starting number in order to mislead the public into believing the percentage increase in sworn officers was much greater than has actually occurred.

The November, 2013 Chief’s report, which can be viewed, here, under Current Staffing Levels Sworn Positions it shows a figure of “73 Full-Duty Officers,” as compared to 74 full-duty officers in July, 2013.

A look at the reports provided to the Antioch City Council by the APD regarding staffing levels over the last two years lends support to the claims made by Buongiorno. Indeed, they could be read as even more damning than he suggests.

Quarterly reports given by APD to the city council, which can all be found on the city’s website by looking at the agenda for the meetings at which reports were given, state that the sworn staffing levels were as follows:

11/13/2012 86

2/12/2013 88

4/23/2013 92

7/30/2013 84 sworn, 74 full-duty

11/26/2013 84 sworn, 73 full-duty

1/28/2014 81

4/22/2014 86

7/22/2014 88

10/21/2014 91

Based on the numbers given during the presentations, APD sworn staff has still not returned to the high of 92 shown for April 23, 2013. Even the most generous interpretation of the number given, from January to October of this year, only shows an increase of 12.3%, not the 19.6% touted by city staff.

In an interview conducted on November 3, Buongiorno said that, since commenting on the Herald article, “I delved even further into the mystery numbers provided by the City of Antioch.” He also said that he has now incorporated data from the city manager reports into his analysis.

What is significant,” he said, “is that if they are indicating a sworn staffing level of 88, the ‘boots on the street’ level is far below that. With anywhere from 10-15 officers on leave, for whatever reason, that only leaves somewhere between 73 and 78 sworn officers on the street.”

We simply don’t have enough people fighting crime,” Buongiorno concluded.

The Herald contacted city staff, including Fitzer and City Manager Steve Duran, along with APD Chief Allan Cantando and Mayor Harper on Monday night, via email, asking for an explanation of the discrepancy. Fitzer responded on Tuesday morning stating “We will research your questions and get back to you.”

When no response was received, Herald staff contacted them again on Thursday afternoon. Duran responded, about an hour later, that Fitzer was working on it.

Michelle is trying to reconcile discrepancies between the payroll system number, which was lower than another number that had been previously reported. Logically, at least one of the numbers was incorrect,” he said, “and we want to make certain that we have the correct number before giving it out.”

We will get you a number as soon as it is certain,” he added.

When asked about his previous comments about the “indisputable facts” on police staffing and if he had checked their numbers, Harper responded, “I leave the details up to staff to present to us. My goal is to make sure all the money goes to police and code enforcement, so we can be a safer city. The numbers continue to be a moving target. But, I trust staff to do their best to provide accurate information.”

For now the discrepancy remains unresolved. However, Harper confirmed that Cantando is expected to make a presentation to the City Council at their next meeting on Thursday, November 13, about the use of the Measure C funds and police staffing.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Police find man shot to death in Antioch, Saturday morning

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

By Sergeant Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

This morning, (11/8/14) at approximately 2:25 AM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a request for a welfare check of a male possibly sleeping on the sidewalk on the corner of Grassland Way and Whitehoof Way. The officers arrived to find the adult male victim unresponsive with an apparent gunshot wound. The 36-year-old victim was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical responders.

This case is being investigated as a shooting homicide by the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau. We are in the preliminary stages of the investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Det. Meads with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6884. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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