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Pittsburg man shot, killed in drive-by near Antioch health club at mall, Wednesday morning

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

By Tom Fuhrmann, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau Sergeant

On Thursday, November 6, 2014 at approximately 11:33 AM, Antioch Police Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of the Somersville Towne Center, in front of the 24 Hour Fitness at 2632 Somersville Road. The officers arrived to find the 33-year-old adult male victim from Pittsburg, incapacitated from apparent gunshot wounds.

According to other news reports, the man was shopping in the mall with his brother. As they were leaving the mall, near the health club, a blue car drove by and multiple rounds were fired.

Life saving measures were implemented at the scene, but paramedics were unable to revive the victim and he subsequently died at the scene.

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

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Det. McManus with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6940. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

It was the third shooting in four days in Antioch and the city’s seventh homicide this year, according to statistics on the Antioch Police Department’s website, which can be viewed here.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.


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Security guard shot near A Street Starbucks, Wednesday afternoon

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
Shooting at Starbucks on A Street Wed Nov 5 by Bill Olson Security guard shot near A Street Starbucks, Wednesday afternoon

Police were on the scene of the shooting of a security guard in the Grocery Outlet center, Wednesday afternoon.

By Allen Payton

According to witnesses, a security guard was shot, today, near the Starbucks in the Grocery Outlet shopping center, located at A and 18th Streets.

According to one business owner in the center, who prefered to remain anonymous, the security guard, Linzy Gordon, got caught in cross fire between two gangs shooting at each other. He was hit in the back of the arm and shoulder and was in surgery at about 4:35 p.m.

UPDATE: According to a press release by Corporal William Dee, Patrol Division of the Antioch Police Department, received by the Herald, Wednesday evening:

At 2:09 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, officers were dispatched to the area of A Street and W. 18th Street for a report of shots fired with at least one person shot. As officers arrived, witnesses provided descriptions of the suspect. The suspect was soon detained a short distance away and was found to be in possession of a firearm. That suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Officers at the scene also found a security guard had been struck once by gunfire. Based on information obtained during the investigation, it appears an argument at a nearby bus stop preceded the gunfire. An armed security guard observed this, drew his own weapon, and began to fire at the suspect.

During the exchange, the security guard was struck once and pulled into a nearby business. The security guard was taken to an area hospital and expected to make a full recovery. No other injuries were reported.

The case is under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Antioch Police Department.

You may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

 

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Woman shot by stray bullet, three teens arrested in Antioch, Sunday morning

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

By Acting Sergeant John Fortner, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Sunday, November 2, 2014, at 11:43 AM, Antioch Police responded to the intersection of West 18th and A Streets on the report of several gunshots heard in the area. Upon arrival officers located an adult female who had in fact been shot.

Witnesses reported to officers that a group of males were seen shooting at another group of males at the southeast corner of the intersection. A female victim who was standing across the intersection from the group was struck by a single gunshot. The female victim did not appear to be a part of either group.

Witnesses reported that a group of males ran eastbound on East 18th Street as the other group ran southbound on A Street. An area search was conducted and officers contacted a group of male subjects a short distance away from the scene. This group was determined to be the targets of the suspects who fled eastbound on East 18th Street, and they did not sustain any injuries.

The investigation led officers to make a vehicle stop in the area of Sunset Lane and Davison Drive. Consequently, one 17-year-old juvenile and two adult male suspects, 19-year-old Daniel Washington of Bay Point and 18-year-old Karmani Ely of Antioch, were taken into custody.

The female victim was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The investigation into this incident is on-going.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Vanderpool at (925) 779-6988. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Two San Jose men arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch Monday

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Acting Sergeant Mortimer, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Monday, October 27, 2014 at approximately 3:00 PM, Antioch Police Department patrol officers responded to a residence in the 4600 block of Imperial Street on a report of a possible marijuana grow house. While on scene, patrol officers

Lam Doan Two San Jose men arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch Monday

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found 39-year-old Lam Doan and 41-year-old Phong Ly, both San Jose residents, fleeing from the residence. Officers arrested Doan and Ly nearby and found the house was completely converted into an illicit, marijuana cultivation operation. Investigators were called and ultimately seized approximately 590 marijuana plants from the home.

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 Colley with the Antioch Police Department at (925)779-6922. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

Phong Ly Two San Jose men arrested for marijuana cultivation in Antioch Monday

Phong Ly

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Antioch woman arrested for prostitution at massage parlor Wednesday

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Shuping Gao Antioch woman arrested for prostitution at massage parlor Wednesday

Shuping Gao

By Acting Sgt. Mortimer Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM, the Antioch Police Department conducted an undercover operation at the Massage Center massage parlor in the 2400 block of Sycamore Drive. During the operation, an undercover officer paid for a massage and was solicited by 49-year-old Antioch resident Shuping Gao, during the massage, to pay for sexual acts. Gao was arrested on the prostitution charge and was sent to the Contra Costa County jail.

The undercover operation was conducted after receiving complaints regarding the suspicious activity at the business as well as advertisements from the business on local internet escort sites.

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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City of Antioch provides status report on use of Measure C funds

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The City of Antioch has released a Status Report on the use of funds the City has received from Measure C, the half-cent sales tax passed by Antioch voters a year ago on November 5th. The Status Report is being mailed to all Antioch residents and a summary will be presented to the City Council by staff at the October 28th City Council Meeting.

Collection of Measure C funds began in April of 2014 and, as of October 15th, $1,706,336 of Measure C funds have been received. The Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee has been meeting regularly with the City’s Finance Director to ensure that Measure C funds are being spent as promised. Measure C sunsets in seven years.

City Manager Steve Duran said “Measure C has been a Godsend for the City of Antioch’s efforts to have a safer and cleaner community.” With approval of the 2014/15 budget, the Antioch City Council directed 100% of the projected $4,300,847 Measure C annual revenues to hiring and equipping more Police Officers, which is well in progress, and augmenting Code Enforcement services. The City allocated $4,111,947 to the Police Department and $188,900 to Code Enforcement for Fiscal year 2014-2015.

Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando noted “The passage of Measure C in November 2013 has enabled the Antioch Police Department to significantly increase our staffing and effectiveness. This is only possible because Measure C was passed by the citizens of Antioch.” Since October 31, 2013, the Antioch Police Department has expanded from 97 employees to 116 employees, a net increase of 19.6% (as of October 13, 2014). Sworn Personnel increased from 76 to 91, a net increase of 19.7%, in the same time period. Chief Cantando further stated “Our goal is to reach 97 sworn personnel by June 30, 2015 and 104 sworn personnel by June 30, 2016. That’s an increase of 28 sworn officers. We plan to bring on five new Police Officers in November, so we are well on our way to reaching our staffing goals.” Antioch’s crime statistics through September 30, 2014, show a 9.8% reduction in violent crime when compared to the same period last year.

Mayor Wade Harper stated “There has been a lot of misinformation being spread around about what the City is doing with the funds from Measure C, so it’s nice to have the indisputable facts in this Status Report that clearly demonstrate my colleagues and I have kept the promises we made to the community.”

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Bicyclist struck by car in Antioch on Tuesday, dies on Saturday

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

By Lieutenant Don LaDue, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, The Antioch Police Department was notified that the bicyclist struck by a car on Tuesday, at Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road, has died as a result of his injuries. The investigation is ongoing and no new information is being released at this time.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Antioch Police Dept. at (925)778-2441. You may also text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Car strikes Antioch man on bicycle Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

By Lt. John VanderKlugt, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau Commander

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at approximately 3:57 pm the Antioch Police Department responded to the area of Hillcrest Avenue and East Tregallas Road for a report of an auto vs. bicyclist collision.

Upon arrival officers located the injured bicyclist and began to administer first aid. The male bicyclist, a 51-year-old Antioch resident, was transported to a local area hospital where at the time of this writing he was in surgery and listed in critical condition.

The adult female driver of the vehicle was un-injured, remained on scene and is cooperating fully with this investigation.

Preliminary information obtained from both the driver and witnesses suggest that the injured bicyclist was riding his bicycle along the center median of Hillcrest Avenue into opposing traffic. As he approached to within approximately 200 feet of the intersection with East Tregallas Road he abruptly veered across the three lanes of traffic and was struck by the oncoming vehicle.

Based on obtained statements and evidence at the scene, it appears as if the driver of the vehicle was obeying all traffic laws at the time of the collision. There is no indication that alcohol was a factor in this collision as it relates to the driver of the vehicle. The level of impairment on the part of the bicyclist is unknown at this time.

If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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