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Car hits power pole in Antioch causing outage Tuesday morning, driver flees

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

By Sergeant Dimitri Barakos #2176, Antioch Police Community Policing Bureau

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at approximately 2:23 a.m. the Antioch Police Department received a call of a traffic collision on East 18th Street at the intersection with Parsons Lane. Officers determined that the driver of the vehicle involved in this collision was traveling west bound on East 18th Street west of Blossom Drive in the vehicle.

The vehicle veered from a direct course of travel and struck the north curb of East 18th Street and then a wooden PG&E power pole that was on the north sidewalk of East 18th Street at Parsons Lane. The power pole was snapped in two just above the base, which caused power to go out in the East 18th Street and Cavallo Road corridor. The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was not  located.

No other occupants were found in the vehicle. Local hospitals were notified of the collision in case the driver sought medical treatment. PG&E personnel responded to fix the pole and restore power.

The case is still under investigation. You may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Police explain calls to dispatch they don’t respond to, process for online reports

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

I fight crime with a little help from my friends

By Allen Payton

Recently, residents have asked questions on social media, about calls that the Antioch Police Department dispatch does not take and why. Captain Tammany Brooks offered the following explanation and information, and the process for online reporting the APD is asking residents to follow, to assist in their efforts:

“Here are certain incidents and/or crimes where dispatch will direct the caller to complete an online report.  Antioch is not unique in this aspect, as many other agencies use this service as well (including Brentwood, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek just to name a few locally).

When the citizen completes the online report, the report is reviewed and (if completed correctly) approved by a patrol supervisor.  This report is then given an Antioch case number and is routed to Records and sometimes the Investigations bureau.  If it is a Part 1 crime (i.e. theft report), it is coded appropriately to be included in the UCR report sent to the FBI.

An event generated by dispatch is generally handled by an officer who gets dispatched to make contact with the reporting party.  If a report is taken, it too is routed to Records and possibly Investigations in the same manner as the online reports.  In other words, the completed product (report) is the same and ends up in the same place regardless of whether it was generated by an officer or a citizen filing an online report.  But if an event is not generated, and an officer is not dispatched, you are correct that this incident would not show up in the weekly total calls for service.  This is the case with all online reports whether the citizen called dispatch first or not.

Now, to answer your question as to how APD would know about a crime if an officer is not dispatched and the citizen does not file an online report…we won’t.  We can only stat the crimes we know about, just like any other agency.  Understand, online reports are used in limited circumstances, designed as a convenience for our citizens and to free up officers to handle other crimes that require a response.  If for some reason a person cannot complete an online report, he/she can demand an officer and one will be dispatched.  Obviously, like every other call to be dispatched, it is placed in a queue and will be sent to an officer when one is available (which may take an extended period of time since calls are dispatched based on priority).  As I’m sure you already know, it would be MUCH quicker and easier for a citizen to just go online and complete a report than it would be to wait for an officer to come take the same report.  Heck, we even have a link to the online reporting system on our PD app so people can complete the report on their smart phone if they like.

So, to close the loop on this, every agency is faced with the “unreported crime” issue.  We cannot force people to report a crime, but obviously we need their cooperation.  I back the chief 100% in that we want people to report crimes.  Not just so we can track them, but so that if a lead is established, we can hold the people responsible for these crimes accountable for their actions.  But in today’s technologically advanced society, this may not always mean making a call into dispatch.  Documentation of certain crimes can be more quickly and efficiently handled through these online reports, and I would encourage people to take advantage of this service when the need arises.

p.s. Also, I will remind you that calls for service and crime stats are two completely separate and individually distinct measurements of different things.  Not all crime reports come from a call for service, and not all calls for service result in crime reports.”

So, be a friend to the Antioch Police Department and help them fight crime by either calling dispatch, texting an anonymous tip to to the PD by texting: 274637 (CRIMES) and including the word ANTIOCH in the body of the text, or by completing an online report. Here’s the link to the online report form or visit the APD’s webpage on the City of Antioch’s website, for the link to the online report on the left side of the page.

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Guns, drugs, stolen cars, assault, burglary, theft among Antioch Police calls, August 11-17, 2016

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Following are the Antioch Police calls for service highlights as published in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated August 19, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service & Arrest Data Summary:

Time Period: 08/11/16 00:00:00 – 08/17/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,692

Number of Case Reports: 272

Number of Arrests: 80

Felony: 36

Misdemeanor: 44

Arrests with DUI charge: 1

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

  • ·On 8/11/16 at 10:12 am an officer was on Sycamore Drive when a black Honda saw his patrol car and quickly pulled into the rear alley in the 1200 block of Sycamore Drive. The two female occupants got out and the passenger, 28 year old Nathalie Moala, fled on foot. The license plate came back clear and Moala was stopped on Sycamore Drive. Moala was found to have two warrants for her arrest. The Honda’s VIN was checked and found to be reported stolen. Officer Joannides arrived on scene and recognized the vehicle because she had seen 35 year old Dawanna Hall driving the car earlier. Hall was contacted on Manzanita Way and found to have a warrant for stolen property. Moala and Hall were sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/11/16 at 11:00 pm a male had just arrived home from work and had parked in his driveway on Prewett Ranch Drive. As he was exiting his car, four males approached him. One of the males pointed a small revolver to his head and demanded his property. The victim gave them his phone and wallet and they fled in a nearby waiting vehicle. The victim was not injured.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 1:46 am the Quickstop clerk on West Tregallas Road called to complain about 28 year old Shane Stange being on his property bothering customers. Stange has been told he was not welcome at this business and per his probation terms, he cannot solicit or loiter at or near any business that sells alcohol. This was Stange’s second time to be contacted for a similar complaint. The previous call was at Lone Tree Liquors. Stange was taken into custody without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 10:12 am officers were dispatched to Antioch Produce on A Street for 26 year old Nathan Watson who is a transient refusing to leave the parking lot. Watson has been warned numerous times not to loiter in front of the business. Watson was arrested and transported to county on likely to continue.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 1:40 pm Contra Loma Estates security guard called dispatch to report 23 year old Kawan Hardy trespassing on the property. The guard reported that Hardy has been warned numerous times not to be on the property and demanded that we take a citizen’s arrest. Hardy was arrested, transported to the Antioch Police Department, where he was issued a citation and released on his signed promise to appear in court.
  • ·On 8/12/16 at 10:12 pm officers were investigating a report of a man with a gun call at 1824 Cavallo Road. Officers parked their vehicles in the Romi’s parking lot and walked to 1824 Cavallo Road to investigate. An ambulance company was in the area and informed the officers that there was a male going crazy next to their patrol vehicles. Officers responded back to their vehicles to see 22 year old Taylor Wessman jumping on the roof to patrol vehicle 1236. When Wessman saw the officers approach, he stepped down onto the trunk and then down off the car. Wessman attempted to flee, however, he was taken to the ground by officers and a struggle ensued. Officers were able to eventually get Wessman into handcuffs. The roof and trunk to vehicle 1236 was caved in. The estimated damage to the patrol vehicle was approximately $1,000. Wessman was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 1:35 am 40 year old Derrick Lause was seen travelling on a motorcycle southbound on Deer Valley at a speed estimated over 80MPH. A short time passed and an officer spotted Lause travelling westbound on Bluerock Drive, but lost sight of him. Turns out, Lause had turned onto Rocky Point and was spotted again when he ran the red light in excess of 60 MPH and crossed Deer Valley Road. He almost collided with an officer who was northbound Deer Valley Road. Lause’s motorcycle had a very loud exhaust and it was heard most of the time during this incident. When it could not be heard anymore, officers began an area check and located Lause attempting to pull his downed motorcycle from underneath a truck. Lause had lost control of the bike attempting a turn at high speed. Lause suffered only minor injuries, but was extremely intoxicated. The truck he hit suffered no damage, but the motorcycle was extensively damaged. Lause was taken into custody and it was learned he was currently on probation for several prior DUI’s. Lause was cleared at a hospital and later booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 5:34 pm an officer was on routine patrol in the area of W. 7th St, when he observed 26 year old Todd Allen in front of a residence. The officer knew Allen had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. Allen was contacted and arrested without incident. Allen was transported to county jail on the warrant.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 9:30 am officers responded to the report that 34 year old David Thomason was in the intersection of W 9th and J Streets trying to fight everyone he saw. Officers arrived on scene and Thomason was immediately uncooperative. He was also extremely intoxicated and suffering from multiple injuries from an earlier incident. Prior to this incident, Thomason had had called APD to report that he had been robbed by subjects in the neighborhood. He refused to identify any of the responsibles that were known to him or cooperate with officers. He walked inside his apartment and closed the door. This time, he decided to take matters into his own hands and ended up getting assaulted again. He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for treatment for his facial injuries. While at the hospital he remained uncooperative to the point that medical staff sedated him. He was going to be held for an extended period and was released. As of this writing, he is still sleeping it off.
  • ·On 8/13/16 at 11:35 am an officer was providing extra patrol at Cruisers Saloon on A Street, when he saw 24 year old Thomas Costa inside the bar. The officer knew Costa to have just returned from Oregon and to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Costa was contacted inside the bar and arrested without incident. Costa was booked into county jail on the warrant.
  • ·On 8/14/16 at 11:14 am an officer conducted a traffic stop on Cavallo Road and contacted 34 year old Glenn Hopson and 30 year old Chase Yancey. The officer obtained a consent to search the vehicle. During the search officers located two pill bottles containing heroin in the front compartment of the car and tar heroin in a backpack in the trunk of the vehicle. Indicia was located linking the narcotics to both Hopson and Yancey. Both admitted having possession of the heroin. Both were cited and released in the field.
  • ·On 8/14/16 at 3:30 pm officers responded to a video alarm at Jim’s Auto Body on W. 10th Street for a subject seen inside the fenced yard of the business. Arriving officers located 33 year old Moises Sanchez inside the yard in the process of burglarizing vehicles that were there for repairs. Sanchez was arrested without incident and booked at county jail.
  • ·On 8/14/16 at 11:38 pm 39 year old Bobby Brown was causing a disturbance on San Gregorio Court and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. Brown was arrested without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/15/16 at 2:24 pm officers were dispatched to Sylvia’s Restaurant on Lone Tree Way for the report of an unwanted guest who damaged the window by throwing a rock through it. 36 year old Trent Albright then walked across the street to an open space behind the Quick Stop on W. Tregallas and lit dry grass on fire. Witnesses observed Albright start the fire and followed him as he fled the area. Officers contacted Albright a short distance away and he was positively identified as starting the quarter acre grass fire. There were no injuries or any structures damaged. Fire Investigators arrived and assisted with the investigation. Albright was arrested without incident and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/15/16 at 5:30 pm a 32 year old transient male took a bicycle that he said had been abandoned at Heidorn Park for a few days. The bicycle belonged to 20 year old Travon Jackson, who began looking for his bike with several other people. 38 year old Lavenia Holmes drove Jackson and three other males around the area as they looked for the bike. They located the transient and the bike near the 7-11 on Lone Tree Way. All of the subjects confronted the transient who returned the bike to Jackson and told them that an unknown person had sold him the bike. Jackson and the unknown males demanded the transient come with them in their car to help find whoever sold him the bike. The transient refused and began running away from them. Holmes drove their car in pursuit of the transient up Hillcrest Avenue. Once they caught up with him, all of the males jumped out of the car and assaulted him. The victim sustained a large laceration to his head, as well as various small cuts and abrasions to his upper body. Jackson and Holmes were located in the responsible vehicle nearby. Both were identified by the victim and placed under arrest. The other responsibles were not located.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 2:03 am 49 year old Zolton Scott was contacted during a traffic enforcement stop on West 10th Street. A probation search of Scott’s vehicle revealed 3.3 grams of meth. Scott was issued a citation.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 7:57 am officers contacted 53 year old Jose Sansen in the area of the Quick Stop on Sycamore Drive. A computer check showed he is on probation for drugs and is a sex registrant. Sansen had listed his address at 15 S. Lake Dr. #B over the past two years on his 290 PC registration forms. While he was being detained, Officers went to the S. Lake address to conduct a compliance check and verify his residency. The homeowner was contacted and advised he knows Sansen and knows that he is a sex registrant, but has never allowed him to live at the address. Sansen was ultimately arrested and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 12:20 pm an officer was driving through the Delta Fair Food Maxx lot when he noticed 29 year old Felipe Gonzalez standing near the Super Wine and Liquor store. The officer recognized Gonzalez and knew he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As the officer attempted to contact Gonzalez, he fled out of the parking lot and into the Elderwinds apartment complex. A perimeter was quickly set up and Officer McDonald and his K9 conducted a track. The K9 tracked right to where Gonzalez was hiding. Gonzalez did not comply and was apprehended (bit) by the K9. Gonzalez was taken into custody without further incident. Gonzalez was medically cleared and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 8/16/16 at 2:26 pm Sears Security noticed 39 year old Steven Davenport inside Sears today and detained him as he attempted to steal approximately $124 in clothing. Davenport is on probation for theft related charges and was booked at county jail.
  • ·On 8/17/16 at 8:23 am officers were dispatched to 510 W. 10th Street because a neighbor was reporting that someone from 510 W. 10th Street was stealing water. It was determined that 510 W. 10th Street was a vacant building that 25 year old Jesse Perry and a 17 year old male were squatting in. Perry was found to have three warrants for his arrest. The 17 year old originally used his cousin’s name but was identified through fingerprints and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The building was searched and over 70 debit/credit cards, multiple stolen checks, driver licenses, multiple laptops, cell phones, tablets, a credit card reader were located. They also located a filing cabinet stolen during a burglary in Brentwood from DDS Jeffery Haug. It was determined that Bingham and the 17 year old were involved in a large scale identity theft ring. They were both arrested on numerous fraud charges and for the warrants. Perry was sent to county jail and the 17 year old was sent to juvenile hall.
  • ·On 8/17/16 at 9:49 pm an officer attempted a car stop for a vehicle with incorrect plates on Manzanita Way. When he activated his lights the vehicle fled towards Century Blvd. The vehicle continued back into Antioch on Delta Fair and the pursuit was terminated near Gentrytown Drive due to it becoming a hazard. The vehicle had two stolen plates and was occupied by one male who is still outstanding.
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Water theft leads to arrest of two in Antioch following discovery of large scale indentify theft ring

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

According to the Antioch Police calls for service summary in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report, dated August 19, 2016 – On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:23 am officers were dispatched to 510 W. 10th Street because a neighbor was reporting that someone from 510 W. 10th Street was stealing water. It was determined that 510 W. 10th Street was a vacant building that 25 year old Jesse Perry and a 17 year old male were squatting in. Perry was found to have three warrants for his arrest.

The 17 year old originally used his cousin’s name but was identified through fingerprints and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. The building was searched and over 70 debit/credit cards, multiple stolen checks, driver licenses, multiple laptops, cell phones, tablets, a credit card reader were located. They also located a filing cabinet stolen during a burglary in Brentwood from DDS Jeffery Haug.

It was determined that Bingham and the 17 year old were involved in a large scale identity theft ring. They were both arrested on numerous fraud charges and for the warrants. Perry was sent to county jail and the 17 year old was sent to juvenile hall.

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County school board member Belle denied diversion program, continues to fight DA prosecution for ballot statement lie

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Jeff Belle, source Contra Costa County Board of Education

Jeff Belle, source Contra Costa County Board of Education

By Allen Payton

County School Board Member Jeff Belle, who has been charged and is being prosecuted for lying on his ballot statement during his 2014 campaign, was denied a request for participation in a diversion program in July.

In his 2014 campaign ballot statement, Belle claimed to have a college degree, but he didn’t at the time.

In July, he filed a motion to compel diversion. Belled wanted to enter a new Contra Costa District Attorney program designed to divert people from the criminal justice system. However, the DA’s office filed a response and turned him down.

Belle then requested the court to demand that the DA comply with his request, but it was also declined.

A pre-trial conference to discuss a resolution of the case was scheduled, but Belle’s attorney was unable to attend. So, it was postponed eight weeks at Belle’s request, until sometime in late September or early October.

He continues to fight the charge over which he has plead not guilty and faces trial. The maximum penalty Belle faces is a $1,000 fine and no jail time. It’s a fine only misdemeanor.

Attempts to reach Belle for this article were unsuccessful.

For more information about this case, please see the articles here and here.

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Antioch man arrested, Wednesday for two armed robberies

Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Raymond Greene

Raymond Greene

By Acting Sergeant McManus, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:51 PM, APD Officers responded to a “Hold-Up” alarm at the 7-Eleven store at 3701 Sunset Lane, Antioch. Upon arrival, Officers contacted the clerk, an 18-year-old Brentwood man, who had just been robbed at gunpoint. The responsible stole money from the cash register and cigarettes. The responsible came behind the counter and searched the clerk, taking personal items from his pockets as well.

During the investigation, Officers identified a name and address of a possible responsible as 21 year old Raymond Greene of Antioch. Greene was later positively identified as the person who robbed the 7/11.

Then, on Wednesday, August 17, an APD Officer was dispatched to a reported armed robbery that had occurred on 8/16/16 at 8:30 PM. The victim was walking on Bellflower Drive when he was approached by Greene. Greene pointed a handgun at the victim and robbed him of his money. The victim, a 43-year-old Antioch man, knew Greene from prior contacts and positively identified him as the person who robbed him.

Greene was taken into custody without incident at his scheduled meeting with his probation officer. Greene is currently on probation for a prior robbery conviction. A search warrant was executed at Greene’s residence on Baywood Circle and evidence was recovered linking Greene to the robberies. Greene was booked into the County Jail on Robbery Charges.

No other information will be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Ted Chang with the Antioch Police Department at (925) 779-6876. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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80-year-old Antioch man injured in serious traffic collision, Tuesday morning

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

By Sergeant Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police Department

On August 16, 2016, at approximately 9:56 a.m., Antioch Police Officers responded to the intersection of A Street and W. 17th Street on a report of a vehicle collision with injuries. Upon arrival, officers located a truck and an SUV with major damage to both.

The driver of the truck, an 80-year-old male from Antioch, and sole occupant of the vehicle, had sustained major injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The other driver was treated and released at the scene.

Speed was a factor in this collision. Alcohol and/or drugs were ruled out. The collision is still under investigation by our Traffic Division.

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

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Homeless Antioch man arrested for arson, Monday

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Trent Albright

Trent Albright

By Sergeant Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police Patrol Division

On Monday, August 15, 2016, at approximately 2:24 p.m., Trent Albright, a 36-year-old homeless Antioch man, got into a verbal altercation with employees at Sylvia’s Country Kitchen, located at 2799 Lone Tree Way. During the altercation, Albright vandalized the front glass window. Albright then walked across the street to an open field space and was seen lighting the dry grass on fire.

Once the fire started, Albright fled the scene and was followed by citizens who witnessed the arson. Albright was detained a short distance away and positively identified. Contra Costa County Fire Inspector arrived on scene and assisted with the investigation.

Approximately one quarter acre of dry land was burned. There were no reported injuries and no damage to any nearby structures. Albright was arrested and booked into MDF for arson.

Albright is homeless and is known to have mental problems, for which he’s taken medication, in the past.

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.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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