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San Francisco man arrested for marijuana grow house in Antioch

Thursday, January 29th, 2015
Yaoming Li San Francisco man arrested for marijuana grow house in Antioch

Yaoming Li

By Acting Sergeant Mortimer, Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at approximately 6:20 PM, 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, a 38-year-old man from San Francisco. Li 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. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Council hears good news from Chief Cantando: crime down in Antioch in 2014

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

By John Crowder

The January 27, 2015 meeting of the Antioch City Council included a report by Chief of Police Allan Cantando detailing crime statistics for the year 2014, and a handful of residents speaking out about a proposal to create a downtown event center.

According to Cantando, the city experienced a reduced level of criminal activity in 2014 as compared to the previous year. Total reportable violent crime was down 9.7%, and total property crime was down 5.6%. Only one category of crime, rape, saw an increase. However, as Cantando explained, this increase was not due to an upsurge in the crime, but rather was a result of a new FBI definition as to what acts constitute the crime.

A highlight of the crime report was the amount of volunteer work being done. Antioch Police Department (APD) volunteers worked over 10,000 hours in 2014. Volunteers worked primarily in field services (over 8,000 hours) and records (over 1,500 hours), but also contributed time to investigations and work in professional standards. Cantando said the value of the work done by volunteers was estimated at approximately $235,000.

Discussing an area that has been somewhat contentious at council meetings over the last year, especially when it involved feral cats, Cantando said that Animal Control had received almost 2800 calls for service in 2014.

Cantando also noted that calls for service were relatively flat over the last year, with APD receiving 80,407calls in 2014, as compared to 79,939 in 2013. Response times also remained relatively flat, with response times for Priority One calls in 2014 averaging 10 minutes, 36 seconds compared to 10 minutes, 30 seconds in 2013.

With respect to the number of police officers employed by the city, Cantando said that there were currently 90 full-time positions filled, and that three recruits began the Academy on January 26, 2015. The full report can be viewed as part of the City Council Meeting Agenda, by clicking here. Annual year-to-year Antioch crime statistics and maps can be viewed by clicking here.

Downtown event center backers speak

Not on the agenda, but addressed by four members of the public, was an idea put forward repeatedly at council meetings over the past few months by a group of residents who want to create an event center by combining the downtown Senior Community Center with development of the approximately two-acre lot, known as the old Beede lumber yard property.

Joy Motts, a leader in the effort, read a letter to the council written by her brother, Kerry Motts, Vice Chair of Antioch’s Planning Commission. In the letter, Motts spoke of the historical significance of the Beede site, saying it was, “indispensable as the one site that incorporates all of Antioch’s finest assets,” referencing the views it affords of the Delta, and proximity to the water, downtown shops, and founding location of the city. Motts painted a vivid word picture of their vision for the project, calling it a great idea that meaningfully reflects, “the history and traditions of our town.” The letter concluded by saying that the idea has, “the power to bind people together and bring unity under a goal and a vision that is stronger and more lasting than any short-term gain from selling our citizens’ best asset.”

Lee Ballesteros, who, along with her husband, John, founded and operate the nonprofit Drama Factory in Antioch, also spoke in favor of the event center proposal. Ballesteros quoted mayors of two other cities recognizing the importance of open, recreational space to a community. She said that research shows that high-quality parks, “spur economic development by attracting home buyers and boosting residential property values.” Ballesteros also argued that the proposal for an event center, “written by the people and for the people,” would serve as a “green engine” to “help address nearly every critical urban need from health to housing, to education and environmental justice” and that it would also help to counter sprawl and combat crime.

Wayne Harrison, a 15-year resident of Antioch, and President of the Celebrate Antioch Foundation, also spoke in support of the event center proposal.

These citizens deserve a chance,” he said.

Alluding to complaints that their proposal has been largely ignored by city staff, he said, “I urge you to give this group the respect that they deserve.”

Event center supporters had an artist rendering of the proposed project available for members of the public to view.

The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 10. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, located at 200 H Street, next to City Hall, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, beginning at 7:00 p.m. They can be viewed live on Comcast Channel 24 or on the city’s website via live streaming, at www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/citycouncilmeetings.htm. They are also archived, there, as well.

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Woman arrested for prostitution at Antioch massage parlor, Tuesday

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Qing Mah Woman arrested for prostitution at Antioch massage parlor, Tuesday

Qing Mah

On Tuesday, January 12, 2015 at 12:30 p.m., the Antioch Police Department conducted an undercover operation at the Lilac Massage parlor which is located in the 1100 block of Buchanan Road in Antioch. During the operation, an undercover officer paid for a massage and was solicited by Qing Mah, a 42-year-old, San Lorenzo resident, during the massage to pay for sexual acts.

The undercover operation was conducted after receiving complaints about the establishment. The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Acting Sgt. Mortimer with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6941. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch police announce arrest of Oakland man, identify victim in December killing

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Michael Vickers Antioch police announce arrest of Oakland man, identify victim in December killing

Michael Vickers

On Sunday, December 21, 2014 at approximately 2:38 PM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 2100 block of Peppertree Way. The officers arrived to find an adult male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he ultimately died from his injuries.

The victim in this case has been identified as Pittsburg resident, 23-year-old Ricardo Walls. Walls was in the garage visiting friends at the location when they were approached by subjects who produced a gun and shot Walls. The investigation led to identifying the shooter as Oakland resident, 27-year-old Michael Vickers. Vickers was apprehended in Oakland on Monday, December 22, 2014 at about 5:30 PM and has been booked into Martinez County Jail on this murder.

No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective James Stenger with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6894. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Man arrested Monday morning after assaulting Antioch police officers with knife

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Gerald Delgado Man arrested Monday morning after assaulting Antioch police officers with knife

Gerald Delgado (DOB: 01/24/83)

By Lieutenant Tony Morefield, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Monday, December 29, 2014 at approximately 10:02 AM, an Antioch Police Officer on routine patrol encountered a subject (later identified as 31-year-old Gerald Delgado) acting suspiciously in the 2100 block of Dogwood Way in Antioch. When the officer tried to talk to Delgado, who was apparently trying to hide from and avoid contact with the officer, Delgado drew a can of pepper spray and threatened the officer. A brief physical altercation ensued and Delgado (after discarding the pepper spray) then drew a large fixed blade knife on the officer. The officer managed to gain some distance on this aggressive, armed suspect and challenged him at gunpoint.

Another officer quickly arrived on scene, and Delgado ultimately dropped the large knife after continued orders to comply by the officers. Delgado was only taken into custody after he further, violently resisted arrest and physically fought with the officers. These two officers showed amazing restraint in safely apprehending Delgado who had armed himself twice during the confrontation and violently resisted arrest.

One officer received minor injuries during the arrest of Delgado. Delgado had some more moderate injuries from the altercation and was treated and released from an area hospital before being transported to the County Jail in Martinez.

Delgados knife 300x224 Man arrested Monday morning after assaulting Antioch police officers with knife

Delgado’s knife.

This case was taken to the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office for review. Charges of PC 245(C) – Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer, (2 counts) PC 69 – Violently Resisting Arrest, and PC 21310 – Possession of a Dangerous Weapon were filed by the DA’s office in this case.

No further information will be released at this time.

Any further information 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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Pittsburg man shot, killed in Antioch, Sunday afternoon

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

By Lieutenant Morefield, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Sunday, December 21, 2014 at approximately 2:38 PM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a residence in the 2100 block of Peppertree Way. The officers arrived to find a 23-year-old adult male Pittsburg resident suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital where he ultimately died from his injuries.

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

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective James Stenger with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6894. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH

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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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