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Antioch has another new police officer, hired from Modesto PD

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

New Antioch Police Officer Shane Cole with Chief Tammany Brooks following the oath of office ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017. Photo by APD

From the Antioch Police Department Facebook page

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the Antioch Chief of Police swore in lateral officer, Shane Cole.

Shane grew up in Antioch and graduated from Antioch High School in 2002. Shortly after graduating High School, Shane enlisted in the Marine Corps and left for boot camp. Shane eventually became an infantry mortarman and was deployed twice before re-enlisting to become a combat skills instructor. Shane was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant in 2010.

After returning to the Bay Area in 2014, Shane was hired by the Modesto Police Department and graduated from the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Regional Training Center in September 2015. Shane was assigned to patrol before accepting a job with the City of Antioch.

Shane has been married to his wife, Maisie, for 13 years and they have 3 children, ages 1 1/2 years old, 7 years old, and 11 years old. In his free time, Shane enjoys spending time with family and friends and enjoys the outdoors.

A fun fact about Shane is during a military deployment in Singapore, he won a hula-hoop contest by keeping 17 hula-hoops going at once.

That brings the total sworn officers on the force to 96, because the department had a reduction of six officers last year, according to Chief Tammany Brooks.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Antioch resident launches effort to raise funds to buy and train one police dog

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

As of 1:30 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2017 eight people had contributed $2,295 to the effort begun on Monday.

Dear Editor:

I understand how busy you are and appreciate the time you take to read this note, people can truly make a difference when they want to!

I know most people would want to help someone if they could, it’s who we are. I am committed to helping and I want you to hear about what I’m doing. K9 Officers (dogs) are vitally important in today’s police work. Look at some of these facts:

  • K9 officers (dogs) have been used in law enforcement for centuries! They can perform a wide range of duties and services that even their human counterparts can’t accomplish.
  • A Police K9 office has an average career of 6 to 8 years.
  • A K9 can differentiate between identical twins.
  • A dog team can search an area 50 times faster than a human and can smell up to 500,000 times better with a much-enhanced degree of certainty. A dog could smell a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water.
  • A Police Dog Can Smell A Human Buried Up To 12 Feet Underground
  • K9 Officers Keep Billions of Dollars of Drugs Off Our Streets. On June 25, 2014, IOL News reported that one of the biggest drug busts of all time was performed by a K9 Unit.
  • K9 Dog Training Takes Approximately 10 Weeks
  • K9 Officers Perform Tracking, Narcotic Detection, Explosives Detection, Cadaver Detection, And Public Enforcement
  • Recently, K9s Have Been Trained to Sniff Out Electronics Like Hard Drives, Thumb Drives, And Other Pieces of Technology to Find Illegal Data
  • Each Police Dog Costs Approximately $20,000 to Obtain and Train. This does not include security vests. (Bullet proof vests). These can cost as much as $8,000. per K9 officer.
  • These dogs are a very valuable asset to any and all police departments. Some departments have a very robust program, and some are trying to get their program up and running.
  • Funding for police departments is not enough for all the needs and for what we, the public, ask police departments to do for us.

So, what does this have to do with you? Help with these dogs is needed.  Please read this article: https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/12/31/antioch-famed-police-k9-thor-passes-away/

During my training through a condensed police academy, I became aware of how much these K9 officers help a police department to protect and serve us, the public. Increasing the amount of working K9 officers WILL make a difference.

I have committed to purchase and train a new K9 and I’m asking you to join me in making this happen. Yes, donations are needed. Large or small, all will help. YOU can, save a life. YOU can find a missing child. YOU can, arrest a dangerous criminal.

You want to help? Great! By following this link https://www.gofundme.com/k9-purchase-antioch-police-dept by donating, you can make a difference! I appreciate all of you for being willing to partner with me in this very important fundraising need. My goal is to raise $28,000. and all money received from the GoFundMe Page will be donated. PLEASE DONATE.

Tim McCall

Antioch

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Berkeley man dies while driving in Antioch, causes three-car collision Friday morning

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The car in which the driver who died and passenger were traveling, which struck the car in front at the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue, Davison Drive and Deer Valley Road, Friday, Feb. 16, 2017. Photos by Allen Payton

By Acting Lieutenant Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

Antioch Police on the scene of the accident, preparing to remove the driver’s body from the scene.

On Friday, February 16, 2018 at approximately 9:30 am Antioch Police Officers responded to the intersection of Hillcrest Avenue and Davison Drive on a report of a vehicle collision. Upon arrival, one of the drivers involved appeared to have a medical emergency. ConFire and paramedics arrived a short time later and conducted life saving measures. The 49-year-old male from Berkeley was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this case.

According to Antioch Police on the scene, the driver of the silver Mercedes (pictured), is believed to have died prior to the accident. A worker with Fernandez Towing on the scene said, “A passenger in the car said he felt bad and fell over and had a heart attack.”

The passenger said the driver “stayed up the street in Antioch, and that he “all of a sudden slumped over, his eyes rolled back. I tried to put my foot over and tried to hit the break, but it was too late. He accelerated, and we hit the car in front of us. Then I seen him move so I thought he was OK. A lady from the other car – who had a baby in there – came over. I told her my friend is sick. But he was gone.”

All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441 or Traffic Officer Robert Solari at 925-779-6900 ext.82372. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Boy struck by car in Antioch Friday morning, has non-life-threatening injuries

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The accident occurred at the intersection of Lone Tree Way and Putnam Street. Screenshot of Googlemaps.

By Acting Lieutenant Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On February 16, 2018 at approximately 7:35 am, Antioch Police Officers responded to the intersection of Lone Tree Way and Putnam Street on a report of a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located a juvenile male with injuries. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and was cooperative with the investigation. The child was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Speed does not appear to be a factor in this case.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Antioch Police at (925) 778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH

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Armed Antioch man arrested for carjacking after leading police on chase from Oakland Sunday afternoon

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Antioch Police and CHP surround the car in which an armed carjacking suspect refused to exit before being apprehended, Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2017. Photos by Allen Payton.

Apprehended by Antioch Police dog

By Acting Lieutenant Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

The suspect in custody is loaded on a gurney into an ambulance before being transported to a local hospital.

On Sunday, February 11, 2018, at approximately 2:36 pm, CHP officers notified Antioch Police Dispatch they were in pursuit of an armed carjacking vehicle out of Oakland on the city streets of Antioch. The pursuit came to an end when the suspect, a 35-year-old Antioch resident, pulled into the driveway of a residence in the 4500 block of Elkhorn Way near Deerfield Drive.

The suspect would not exit the vehicle and did not comply with commands given by officers on scene. Less than lethal rounds were fired into the vehicle, blowing out the windows and an Antioch PD canine was deployed. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident. There were no injuries to officers or residents in the area. Oakland PD came to the scene and took over the investigation.

According to witnesses the man appeared to be Hispanic. But, his identity has not yet been released.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact the Oakland Police Department. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Elderly Antioch woman found bound, beaten by family member who police arrested Saturday morning

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

By Sergeant John Fortner #3264, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau Violent Crimes Unit

On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at approximately 10:22 AM, a resident from the 1200 block of “C” Street called 911 to report that an elderly female family member had been assaulted and was possibly deceased. The caller, fearing for their safety, fled from the residence to phone the police. Several officers responded to the residence. When they arrived, officers found a 76-year-old elderly female on the living room floor bound in tape suffering from numerous serious injuries.

The caller reported that a 44-year-old white male, family member admitted to assaulting the victim over the course of several hours and was possibly under the influence of narcotics. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle as officers were responding but, was quickly located in the neighborhood. A short vehicle pursuit ensued, and the suspect led the officers to the area of “A” Street and Railroad Avenue. The chase came to an end when the officers disabled the suspect’s vehicle and took him into custody.

The victim was rushed to a local area hospital and is currently in stable, but critical condition. The suspect was also treated at a local area hospital and cleared for incarceration.

This incident is currently under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Antioch Police Detective A. Gonzalez at (925)779-6923. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch man shot by police Thursday night was person of interest in homicide case

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Lloyd Joseph Harris Jr. Photo by Antioch Police

Also wanted for felony assault, had federal warrant for his arrest

By Sergeant John Fortner #3264, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau Violent Crimes Unit

On Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, members of the Antioch Police Department saw Lloyd Joseph Harris, Jr. (age 40 of Antioch) driving a car on Golf Course Road near Lone Tree Way. The officers recognized Harris and knew that he had a federal warrant for his arrest, which listed him as “armed and dangerous.” Harris was also wanted in connection with a recent felony assault that happened in another Bay Area law enforcement jurisdiction. In addition to the above-mentioned information, Harris was known to the officers as a person of interest from a previous Antioch homicide case.

Harris was contacted by several officers in an effort to take him into custody. Harris did not comply with the officers’ commands. During this contact, one Antioch officer discharged his duty weapon striking Harris. Afterwards, lifesaving measures were immediately taken and Harris was transported to a local area hospital. While at the hospital, Harris succumbed to his injuries.

The event activated the Law Enforcement Involved Fatal Incident (LEIFI) protocol. Members of the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office responded to the City of Antioch to begin an investigation assisted by Antioch detectives. Technicians from the Contra Costa County Crime Lab also responded to process the scene. A realistic looking, full-sized firearm was recovered from the ground where Harris was removed. Upon later examination, the item was determined to be a BB gun. The firearm fell to the ground from Harris’ waist when he was removed from the vehicle.

No officers were injured during this incident. The officer who discharged his firearm is a ten-year veteran of the Antioch Police Department and is currently assigned to the Investigations Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925)778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Man shot by police Thursday night has died, identified by girlfriend as Lloyd Joseph “Bucky Joe” Harris of Antioch

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Photos of Lloyd Joseph “Joe” Harris from his Facebook page.

Had a criminal record, released from jail last year, was selling real estate but relapsed on drugs, committing “white collar crimes”, wanted by federal marshals

By Allen Payton

The man an Antioch Police officer shot Thursday night has died and was identified Friday morning by his girlfriend of 10 years, Antioch resident Jennifer Crackel, as Lloyd Joseph “Joe” Harris of Antioch. He was also known as “Bucky Joe” and “Buck” having been given those nicknames for his bucked teeth he had as a child.

She shared what she knew of Harris and what transpired, as she choked back tears.

“What the Antioch police did was really wrong,” Crackel said. “They didn’t say he was resisting arrest or pulled a gun. I was with him, yesterday morning. It was an airsoft gun. He would not have pulled it. I know this man. He was scared they were going to kill him. They straight up killed him in cold blood.”

She shared about Harris’ criminal past and current activities.

“He got out of jail, last year,” Crackel stated. “He was in jail in Solano County for three years and some change. I was with him (when he was arrested). He got into a high-speed chase, we never hit any other cars or any cops. No one ever got hurt. A Vallejo cop said Joe tried to ram him, but that wasn’t true.” (See related article by CBSLocal).

“His parents were finally able to make bail of $995,000, last year and he was still trying to fight his case,” she continued.”

“For about a year he was really doing well. He’s very smart,” said Crackel. “In September he relapsed on methamphetamines. He was definitely going the wrong direction. The police were already looking for him.”

“He didn’t sell drugs. He does real estate. He owns homes. He liked money. He wasn’t doing anything to harm anyone,” she continued. “He wasn’t robbing. He was doing, you know white collar crimes. Identity theft he was definitely involved with. He wasn’t doing it. He was orchestrating it. He had people doing it for him.”

Crackel then shared other reasons he was wanted by multiple agencies, as stated in the press release by Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks, following the shooting.

“He violated his probation. He didn’t show up for testing. He had a couple domestic violence abuse cases, with me. A couple bad ones,” she stated. “The federal marshals were looking for him. There was a federal warrant out for his arrest for selling large amounts of drugs across state lines. That was about 10 to 12 years ago.”

“I don’t know exactly why the Antioch Police were looking for him so hard.  He didn’t deserve death,” Crackel said.

“One of the officers said to me, some time ago, ‘Tell Buck what I always tell him, the time limit on my murder charge never goes away.’”

Asked if he was wanted for murder, Crackel responded, “They were trying to say that. But it was b…s… It was going on for years. They had a vendetta against him. They straight up killed.”

“What was the reason for them to open fire on him, like that?” she asked. “One shot. They were aiming to kill him. He was dead before he got to the hospital.”

When asked how she knew that, Crackel replied, “I called the hospital and I could just tell by the way they talked. They couldn’t tell me anything.”

Asked if she has spoken to the police, she said, “I haven’t. But, his parents have. The District Attorney and Chief of Police came to their house about 10 or 11 last night in Antioch…they’ve been living here in Antioch their entire life. They’re good people. The best I’ve ever met in my life.”

“They started asking Joe’s parents, if he was violent, if he was carrying around a gun. Interrogating them,” Crackel continued. “They (his parents) started getting offended. They wanted to know if he was still alive. His dad got really mad. He said ‘I want to know what’s going on.’ They said, ‘he’s dead. He’s gone.’ So cold hearted.”

Asked if she was there at the time, she replied, “No, I was not there. I called his dad and he told me right after. He was so p—ed off about it. They know how much I loved him.”

“His mother is just beside herself. That was her only child,” Crackel shared. “He would have been 41 in April.”

However, when asked about Crackel’s claims, Chief Brooks responded, While I cannot at this time confirm the name of the person involved in the incident last night, I can assure you neither myself or the district attorney are directly involved in the investigation, and neither of us were part of, or present at, any interviews.

Harris had also been arrested by Pittsburg Police in 2010 for evading police and attempting three carjackings during a chase. See related article by the Contra Costa Times.

Please check back later for any updates and more details.

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