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County CASE Team investigation nets arrests of nine East County suspects

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Guns and drugs seized by the CASE team during a recent investigation in East County. Photo courtesy of CCCSheriff

After a months-long investigation into a gang in East Contra Costa County that was allegedly transferring firearms illegally, law enforcement officers on Wednesday executed eight search warrants in Pittsburg, Antioch, and Bay Point.

The investigation was led by CASE (Contra Costa County Anti-Violence Support Effort). During the operation, CASE was assisted by Special Agents from the California Department of Justice (Burea…u of Firearms), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, Pittsburg Police Department, Walnut Creek Police Department, Richmond Police Department and Probation Officers from the Contra Costa County Probation Department.

A total of nine people were arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. They are being held on numerous charges that include conspiracy, gang and narcotics violations, and weapons’ charges including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an assault rife, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and illegal transfer of a firearm.

During searches of the locations, law enforcement officers seized one AK-47 style assault rifle, three handguns, high capacity magazines, cocaine, marijuana, and pills.

The CASE Team is a joint effort by the Office of the Sheriff, California Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, Pittsburg Police Department and Walnut Creek Police Department. CASE was created in November 2011 as a collaborative effort to reduce violent crimes in Contra Costa, especially those related to illegal firearms.

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High-speed police pursuit on Hwy 4 Sunday night ends near Oakley where car was stolen Saturday night

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

By Allen Payton

According to eyewitnesses about 10 or 12 police vehicles had another car stopped on Laurel Road near the Highway 4 offramp at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday night. It turned to be the end of a high-speed police pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

“It was a vehicle that got carjacked last night in Oakley,” said Oakley Police Sgt. Rick Grubaugh,

“Today he was driving through Pittsburg on Highway 4 eastbound,” he continued. “Pittsburg PD began pursuing it. The vehicle took the Laurel Road offramp and that’s where the vehicle pursuit ended, and we took the guy into custody.”

It was a high-speed pursuit on Hwy 4, Grubaugh confirmed.

Oakley PD was there near the Laurel Road offramp waiting for the driver, he explained.

The “30-year-old black male” is “from somewhere on the west end of the county” and “is fine and in custody,” Grubaugh added.

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Antioch woman among three arrested for Thursday armed bank robbery in Brentwood

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Armed robbery of BAC Bank branch; Antioch Police assist in arrests.

From Brentwood Police Facebook page

On November 9, 2017, at approximately 12:57 p.m., Brentwood officers responded to a “hold up” alarm at BAC Community Bank located at 740 First Street. The suspect, described as a light skinned male, in his 30’s, 6-foot, 180 lbs., produced a dark colored handgun and demanded cash, receiving an undisclosed amount. The suspect fled the bank on foot last seen running westbound across First Street towards Diablo Alley. Nobody was injured during the robbery.

During the course of the investigation, Brentwood officers and investigators quickly developed a solid lead that ultimately led to the arrest of three suspects.

Surveillance footage and good witness statements confirmed there was more than one suspect involved. The surveillance footage and statements offered a detailed description of the suspects and their getaway vehicle.

Approximately three hours after the robbery, Antioch patrol officers located the vehicle on a surface street and detained all three suspects without incident. Evidence from the robbery was recovered during the investigation including an amount of cash taken during the robbery.

The suspects were identified as:

  1. Donte Davis, 35-year old, male, Clearlake, CA resident – This suspect entered the bank and committed the robbery.
  2. Eddie Starks, 29-year old, Pittsburg resident.
  3. Maquetta Sanders, 39-year-old, Antioch resident.

Davis, Starks and Sanders were booked into the Martinez Detention Facility charged with First Degree armed robbery and Conspiracy. Starks and Sanders were also charged with being Accessories in the robbery, all felony charges.

The Brentwood Police Department would like to extend a special thanks to the witnesses involved in this case as well as the Antioch officers involved in the apprehension.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Head at 925-809-7734 during regular business hours or 925-809-7911 after 5 p.m. Callers can remain anonymous.

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UPDATE: Antioch Police identify Oakley man arrested for drugs, stolen checks, stolen loaded gun discovered during Friday traffic stop

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Stolen gun, bullets, drugs and body armor found on the suspect and in his car by Antioch Police 11-3-17. Herald file photo from APD

Kelsey Jackson age 25

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Antioch Police released the name and photo of the man they arrested on Friday, November 3, 2017, during a traffic stop on Texas St. for vehicle code violations. The 25-year-old Oakley resident was identified as Kelsey Jackson.

They contacted the driver, a 25-year-old Oakley resident, and a subsequent search of the occupant and his vehicle revealed methamphetamine, cocaine base, drug paraphernalia, stolen checks, a fully loaded 10mm pistol that had been reported as stolen, and body armor. The subject was arrested and sent to County Jail.

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During Halloween traffic enforcement Antioch Police K9 helps nab felon on the run with 12″ dagger

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

12″ dagger and sheath found on felon who ran and was arrested with the assistance of APD K9 unit Donna on 10-31-17.

Driver stopped by APD traffic enforcement officers on Lone Tree Way near Davison 10-31-17.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 several Antioch Police officers conducted a proactive traffic enforcement detail in various areas of the city. They focused primarily on violations that are some of the most common causes of traffic collisions we respond to in the City of Antioch.

Officers issued 38 citations for moving violations, 1 parking citation, and handled a non-injury collision that was observed while in the area of Lone Tree Way and Davison Drive.

In addition to the traffic enforcement, officers also made three arrests for various offenses, one of which included an assist from Cpl. Harger and his K-9 partner, “Donna,” for a subject that fled with a felony warrant, and was found to be armed with a concealed 12” dagger.

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Antioch Police Captain Aguinaga speaks on successful Antioch partnership, program at national DOJ conference in D.C.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Antioch Police Captain Diane Aguinaga at the DOJ conference.

Successful program in Antioch reduces failures to appear in court

Captain Diane Aguinaga recently had the honor of speaking at the Right 2 Counsel conference held by the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. She highlighted the unique partnership between the Antioch Police Department, Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender and the county Office of Reentry and Justice.

APD entered into this program in July 2016 with the goal of reducing failures to appear (FTA’s) in court. Since then, the FTA percentage has dropped from 57% to 27% in Antioch on low level misdemeanors. The program’s success has been expanded to West Contra Costa County, and is soon to be expanded to Central County.

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Oakley man arrested in Antioch for drugs, stolen checks, stolen loaded gun discovered during Friday traffic stop

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Stolen gun, bullets, drugs and body armor found on the suspect and in his car by Antioch Police 11-3-17.

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Antioch Police officers made a traffic stop on Texas St. for vehicle code violations. They contacted the driver, a 25-year-old Oakley resident, and a subsequent search of the occupant and his vehicle revealed methamphetamine, cocaine base, drug paraphernalia, stolen checks, a fully loaded 10mm pistol that had been reported as stolen, and body armor. The subject was arrested and sent to County Jail.

 

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24 Hour Fitness to pay $1.2 million penalty for consumer protection violations

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Settlement will also include costs and restitution for misleading customers by falsely promising guaranteed annual renewal rates to obtain up-front fees

MARTINEZ, California — Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton, in conjunction with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, announced that on November 1, 2017, the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Divisions reached a consumer protection settlement of $1.2 million in civil penalties against 24 Hour Fitness, Inc. The company must also pay $100,000 in costs to the County of Orange and Contra Costa, as well as pay restitution to the members who were misled by the promises of a low lifetime annual renewal rate in exchange for large up-front membership fees.

24 Hour Fitness is headquartered in San Ramon, Contra Costa County, California and has 400+ membership fitness gyms in 18 states, of which 140 are located in California. The allegations against 24 Hour Fitness state that between 2006 and 2009, 24 Hour sold pre-paid memberships in a false and misleading manner when 24 Hour sales representatives took large up-front fees for an initial 2 or 3-year membership period, with the promise that members would be guaranteed a low life-time annual renewal rate for life, as long as the member remained in good standing by paying their annual renewal fee on time. The up-front fees ranged from $600 to over $1400 with a promise of a fixed annual renewal rate between $29-$199 a year.

In 2006, 24 Hour made changes to the language of their pre-paid membership contracts that allowed for annual rate increases, but the District Attorneys alleged that 24 Hour sales representatives continued to sell these post-April 2006 memberships with verbal promises that their annual renewal rates would be guaranteed fixed for life. Consumers also believed they were misled by the verbal representations and in 2015, when 24 Hour began increasing annual renewal rates, they complained to the Company and the Better Business Bureau. They also started an on-line petition protesting the company’s broken promises.

The complaint alleges that 24 Hour refused to honor the verbal guarantees, so members who refused to pay the increased annual rate had their memberships terminated after having paid the large up-front fees or forced members to pay the increased rates.

The Settlement requires that 24 Hour Fitness allow pre-paid members to renew their memberships at the promised low annual lifetime renewal rate, if the member submits a claim form and declaration that they were told by a 24 Hour sales representative that their annual rate was guaranteed to remain the same for life.  All past and present 24 Hour Fitness members, who purchased post 2006 pre-paid membership contracts, or were updated to these contracts, and either paid the increase or were terminated for failure to pay the increase, will be sent a notice with instructions on how, where and when to submit their forms and declarations.

The District Attorney’s Offices want to make it clear that, if you receive a notice, it means you have one of the new contracts that allows for the increase, even if your rate has not yet been increased. It is important, that if you were promised a lifetime guaranteed annual renewal rate you must fill out the claim form and declaration to preserve or reinstate your guaranteed annual renewal rate. The restitution provisions of this settlement extend to qualifying pre-paid members nationwide.

24 Hour Fitness admitted no wrong-doing in the Settlement Agreement.

Deputy District Attorney Michelle Cipolletti from the Orange County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit and Deputy District Attorney Dodie Katague from the Contra Costa Consumer Protection Unit prosecuted this case.

For further information, please contact DDA Dodie Katague at 925-957-8604.

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