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Search for hit and run killer of Antioch woman, Susan Valenzuela, in 1996, continues

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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Susan Valenzuela

April 25, 1955-January 18, 1996

To our beloved daughter, sister, and mother, Susan Valenzuela. We miss you dearly. We miss your sense of humor, your jokes, your laughter, your silly ways and most of all, your love.

It’s been 19 years since your life was taken so suddenly by a hit and run driver in Antioch, CA while you crossed the street with a friend. He took your life so senselessly and callously drove on. We all hope he lives with the pain and guilt every day for what he’s done. One day, some how, some way, he will pay.

VEHICLE-1971-1973 Buick Riviera or similar make. Light in color, possibly cream or white. Beveled rear window and tapered dolphin tail rear end.

SUSPECT-Hispanic or African American male with medium build, 25 to 30 years old (19 years ago) with corn row like hair style.

LOCATION-10th Street in Antioch, CA approximately 10 pm.

After this coward hit Susan with excessive speed, throwing her 120 feet, he got out of his vehicle and looked at what he had done to her. Shamelessly, he refused to help and fled from the scene, avoiding all responsibility and consequence.

If anyone has any information regarding this horrific incident, please call the Antioch Police Department or the Antioch Herald. A $10,000 reward is being offered by Susan’s family for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

Publisher’s Note: The Herald first posted this from her family in 2012 and will continue to post it near the anniversary of her death, each year, until her killer is found.

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Sheriff’s Department identifies deputy and Antioch man he fatally shot on Tuesday

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Detectives from the Contra Costa D.A.’s Office, Office of the Sheriff and Antioch Police Department continue to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred on Tuesday in Antioch.

At about 1240 PM, Deputy Sheriffs from the Civil Unit went to an apartment complex on the one thousand block of Claudia Ct. in Antioch to carry out a Domestic Violence Restraining Order/Criminal Protective Order, which included a move out order.

Deputies contacted the occupant, 29-year-old Dewayne Ward, who had prior law enforcement contacts. Ward had a no bail probation warrant. During the contact, Ward did not obey verbal commands from the deputies and resisted. Deputies then deployed force options that included pepper spray, a police K-9 and a Taser. They did not appear to have any effect on him. Ward continued to resist and charged at a deputy with a knife (see attached photo). The deputy fired his duty weapon striking the armed man. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deputy sheriff that shot Ward is Scott Pliler, who has been with the Office of the Sheriff for 13 years. He is currently a K-9 Deputy assigned to Patrol Division.

The autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday).

If anyone has any information on this case, Detectives can be reached at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, please email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

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Antioch man shot, killed by Deputy Sheriff, Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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County Sheriff and Antioch Police personnel investigate the fatal shooting of a man in an apartment on Claudia Court, in Antioch, Tuesday afternoon. By Allen Payton

By Allen Payton

According to Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Jimmy Lee at a brief press conference and via news releases on Tuesday, “At about 1240 PM, Deputy Sheriffs from the Civil Unit went to an apartment complex on the 1000 block of Claudia Court in Antioch to carry out a Domestic Violence Restraining Order/Criminal Protective Order, which included a move out order.

Deputies contacted the occupant, who also had a no bail warrant. During the contact, the occupant resisted and charged at a deputy with a knife. The deputy fired his duty weapon striking the armed man. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The 29-year-old man is not being identified at this time.

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Sheriff and police vehicles line the street on Claudia Court, following the fatal shooting, Tuesday afternoon.

Per the county officer involved fatal incident protocol, this officer involved shooting will be investigated by the DA’s Office, Office of the Sheriff and Antioch Police Department.”

No Antioch Police officers were involved in either the serving of the orders or the shooting, but are involved in the investigation, since it occurred in their jurisdiction, Lee stated in response to this reporter’s question.

Around 4:15 p.m., part of the street was still cordoned off, as well as parts of the apartment complex. Residents on the scene, at that time, said police and sheriff department personnel had told them they couldn’t get back into their apartments until as late as 9:00 p.m. and that the man’s body had not yet been removed from the scene.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact Detectives at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message or email: tips@so.cccounty.us.

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Concord man arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Hui Lo Concord man arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch

Hui Lo

By Acting Sergeant Mortimer, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., the Antioch Police Department Special Operations Unit served a search warrant at a residence located in the 5000 block of Union Mine Drive related to the cultivation of marijuana. When detectives arrived Hui Luo, a 30-year-old Concord resident, was arrested while attempting to flee from the residence.

During the service of the search warrant detectives found the home had been completely converted into an illicit marijuana cultivation operation. Investigators seized approximately 1,414 marijuana plants from the home and located a large amount of equipment used to facilitate the cultivation. Along with the cultivation, Detectives also observed the electricity used to facilitate the cultivation was being stolen. The marijuana cultivation at this home was in various stages of producing an estimated 3.1 million dollars worth of marijuana. 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 Koch with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6895. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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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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