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Frazier introduces “Jeff Belle” bill to increase penalties for ballot statement lies

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

In a move that would take a major step forward in addressing accountability for cases of election fraud perpetrated by candidates, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Discovery Bay) announced on Thursday the introduction of AB 894, which will increase penalties in cases that determine a willful misrepresentation was made on a candidate statement.

“I introduced AB 894 in an effort to make sure voters are not deceived by candidates fabricating their accomplishments and misleading the public,” said Frazier. “We saw this occur in Contra Costa County. It is not fair and I will do everything in my power to make sure the residents I represent are protected from this injustice in the future.”

Frazier is referring to the case of Contra Costa County School Board Member Jeff Belle, who was prosecuted by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office for lying on his ballot statement during his 2014 campaign, about earning a college degree. The DA settled the case in December, with Belle agreeing to perform community service, in order to avoid facing trial and a maximum penalty of $1,000. (See related article, here).

Currently, the penalty for a candidate lying on his or her nomination papers, which are not public documents and remain within a county’s elections office, are much greater at a maximum of $1,000 and three years in prison. Frazier became aware of that fact last year, didn’t think it made sense and decided to do something about it.

AB 894 will strengthen penalties for candidates who misrepresent facts on a ballot statement, which is public and is sent out to all the voters in a district. Specifically, this bill raises penalties to include forfeiture of office and reimbursement of all costs for the election.

“Misleading the voters about a candidate’s background on ballot statements has been a problem in our county in recent years,” said Joe Canciamilla, Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar. “Assemblymember Frazier’s bill is a good start in helping to ensure transparency and accountability to the voters.”

This bill is currently awaiting assignment to policy committee in the California State Assembly.

Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Discovery Bay, Knightsen,, Oakley and portions of Pittsburg in Contra Costa County, as well as Birds Landing, Collinsville, Fairfield, Isleton, Locke, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove in Solano County.

Allen Payton contributed to this report.

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Group of state legislators from Delta Caucus release statement on alarming Oroville Dam situation

Monday, February 13th, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – On Monday, February 13, 2017, members of the Delta Caucus of the California state legislature, including three representing Contra Costa County, released the following statement regarding the hazardous situation at Oroville Dam after news reports that previous concerns about the safety of the dam’s current infrastructure were ignored:

“We are concerned that a clear alarm raised 12 years ago about the state of the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was discounted. There has been more than enough time since then for upgrades and maintenance to the structure. Instead, nearly 185,000 people have been displaced, and there are still people in harm’s way. A catastrophic failure at Oroville would result in uncontrolled releases that do considerably more harm to the surrounding communities, and threaten those further downstream, including levee-protected communities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. For now, we have a collective responsibility to ensure that people are safe and that necessary steps are taken to prevent further compromise of the entire Oroville facility.  When the immediate threats have subsided, we need to clearly assess this disaster and its causes.  We have a duty to ensure California’s existing infrastructure is maintained and upgraded, and not sacrificed in favor of conveyance projects.”

Caucus Co-Chair Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) and Assemblymembers Tim Grayson (D-Concord) and Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) are members of the Delta Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators whose districts include portions of the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. The caucus works to keep their colleagues updated on the latest scientific data, economic developments, and actions taken by the state agencies responsible for the Delta, including the State Water Resources Control Board, the Department of Water Resources, and the Delta Stewardship Council.

They and the following legislators wished to be part of this statement: Co-Chair Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa), Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Assemblymenbers  Susan Eggman (D-Stockton) and Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove).

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Following ACLU recommendations, Antioch Superintendent says district will limit cooperation with federal immigration agencies, officials

Friday, February 10th, 2017

By Allen Payton

Stepping into the national debate on illegal immigration and its possible impact on students, and following the recommendations by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Antioch Superintendent Stephanie Anello posted a letter to parents and guardians on the district’s website, recently, in an attempt to allay fears some students have been expressing to staff.

Although the AUSD Board has not declared the district a sanctuary, as the Contra Costa Community College District did, last month, Anello felt it necessary to send the message, following receipt of a letter from the ACLU sent out on December 12, to all Superintendents in California.

In their letter, the ACLU recommends superintendents “Designate your schools as sanctuary ‘safe zones’ for students and families with irregular immigration status” and to “Send a strong message to district and school staff, students, and families in your community, affirming your district’s values of diversity and inclusion, and making clear that unlawful discrimination against students will not be tolerated.” The letter also encourages superintendents to “Take measures to ensure that district and school staff, students, and families understand that all students in your district are guaranteed equal access to school, regardless of their or their families’ immigration status.”

The ACLU further recommends superintendents “Prohibit any communications with federal agencies or officials and refuse all voluntary information-sharing with federal or immigration agents across all aspects of the district to the fullest extent possible under the law” and “Prohibit staff, campus security, or campus police from divulging any information regarding immigration status or country of birth of any student or their family members. Require federal or immigration agents seeking information or access to a school site to have a warrant signed by a federal or state judge.”

In her message Anello wrote “Our students are sharing with school staff concerns they have for themselves, their parents, and other loved ones who may have an irregular immigration status.” Further she wrote, “the AUSD will not, to the extent possible by law, share the immigration status of any student or any student’s parent/guardian with federal agencies or officials.”

However, in responding to questions about the letter, Anello said  that the district is “not required nor do we ask the immigration status of students,” and that they have “no way of knowing if a student was here illegally as immigration status is not part of the enrollment process.”

Following is Anello’s complete message:

Message from the Superintendent: An Open Letter to Parents/Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Recently, while not in our District but throughout the country and in California, there has been an increase of reported incidents and actions which are predicated on hate such as racial slurs, taunting, and intimidation of students. There has also been an increase of fears surrounding immigration and, along with it, deportation. Our students are sharing with school staff concerns they have for themselves, their parents, and other loved ones who may have an irregular immigration status. This open letter to all Antioch Unified School District (AUSD) families is intended to allay some of those fears and to reaffirm our commitment to ensure school is a safe place for all students.

AUSD values diversity and inclusion; unlawful discrimination against any student will not be tolerated. The California and federal Constitutions as well as long standing federal and state civil rights statutes affirm that every student in our state must be provided with an educational environment that is safe and welcoming regardless of the student’s race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetics, or disability. Thus, AUSD will continue to work tirelessly to prevent such discrimination and will take decisive steps against any individual who threatens that right.

Muslim and immigrant students are especially vulnerable at this time in our nation’s history. Please know that the AUSD will not, to the extent possible by law, share the immigration status of any student or any student’s parent/guardian with federal agencies or officials. Additionally, we will require that all federal immigration agents seeking access to information or access to a school site have a warrant signed by a federal or state judge.

In closing, please know that AUSD will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all of our students feel safe, valued, and appreciated.  As always, we encourage our families and those in the greater community to partner with us in this work.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Anello

Superintendent

When asked if the board authorized or directed her to write the message, Anello simply responded, “no.”

When asked why that was necessary to write if obtaining a warrant is already the legal requirement, she responded, “All warrants must be signed by a federal or state judge.”

Asked if the district had become a “sanctuary”, she said, “No, I believe PUSD (Pittsburg Unified School District) declared themselves a sanctuary district, but you might want to check. We have not.”

“My letter is meant to allay fears that students are safe while in schools,”Anello added.

Asked about educating students who are here illegally, she provided the following explanation.

“We are not required nor do we ask the immigration status of students,” Anello explained. “Additionally, undocumented students between the ages of 6-18 not only have a right to attend school in California, but are mandated to attend school pursuant to the compulsory attendance laws. (Educ. Code § 48200.) The U.S. Supreme Court has held that no state may deny access to a basic public education to any child residing within the state, whether residing in the U.S. legally or not. (Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982).) Further, all students have a right to be in a public school learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, violence, and intimidation. (Educ. Code §§ 220, 234 et seq.)”

Asked if the district risked losing federal funds by not following the law and reporting the illegal status of students, she reiterated, “We would have no way of knowing if a student was here illegally as immigration status is not part of the enrollment process.”

Anello responded to a further question asking if the district has no way of knowing the legal status of a student, why she didn’t simply write that in her letter.

“The letter was meant to allay fears that somehow immigration or other law enforcement branch could come on campus without a warrant signed by a federal or state judge to retrieve information about a student’s immigration status, etc.,” she stated. “We are bound by federal and state law to ensure that all students attend school feeling safe. When students and families continued to share their fears about the issues outlined in the letter, we have a duty to respond in my opinion. The letter is, in short, an attempt to ensure students are feeling safe at school.”

Trustee Crystal Sawyer-White was the first board member to respond when asked if she had seen Anello’s letter.

“Yes,” Sawyer-White responded. “I agree with our superintendent in regards to our children’s safety pertaining to immigration status. Based on a recent Deer Valley HS video, produced by the students, one can only empathize [with] the anxiety each student experiences.”

Board President Walter Ruehlig responded to the same questions asked of Anello.

“As has been previously noted by Superintendent Anello, the Board neither approved, nor even pre-read, the letter she put out on the school website. We simply do not edit the website,” he said. “I take the Superintendent’s word that she was reacting first and foremost not to the ACLU but to concerns of parents and students, many who are super anxious. I wouldn’t know where to begin on the reasons for the troubled climate, founded or unfounded.”

“I can only wish that both sides would start by lowering the volume,” Ruehlig continued. “Then maybe we can separate fact from unfact. Administration supporters and detractors, alike, can agree that we live in hyper-volatile times with disquieting misinformation running rampant. If the Superintendent was able to quell at least some of the hysteria, then I say it is for the good.”

As for echoing the language ‘irregular’ immigration, personally I would not have used that word. I don’t like double talk and the plain-speaking terms undocumented or illegal are fine by me,” he stated. “As for tacitly endorsing doing anything against the law, I didn’t see that in the Superintendent’s letter.  It certainly won’t happen on my watch.”

“Hopefully we can move from rumor and hysteria to dialogue and constructive action and that people of good faith on both political sides can get sweeping immigration reform to finally become reality,” Ruehlig added.

An email was also sent to Board Vice President Debra Vinson asking for her responses to the questions and their thoughts on the letter. Please check back later for any responses from her.

 

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County road closure update: Morgan Territory Road expected to reopen Tuesday, Feb. 14

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Morgan Territory Road is closed between Marsh Creek Road and Manning Road. The road is open to local traffic and emergency vehicles only and is anticipated to reopen to through traffic on Tuesday, February 14.

Alhambra Valley Road west of Ferndale Road is restricted to one lane with stop signs installed due to the erosion of the road shoulder.

Alhambra Valley Road between Bear Creek Road and Castro Ranch Road remains closed indefinitely. Signs and message boards alert drivers of the closure. There is not an estimated time frame for reopening Alhambra Valley Road at this time.

The amount of rain received has saturated the soil which makes it more difficult to remove the mudslides and clean the roadways. Crews are monitoring County roads during the storms and additional closures may be necessary for public safety. The County will continue to provide updates as conditions change.

If you’re concerned about flooding at your home or business, it’s not too late to visit one of the free sandbag stations located throughout the county.  Please note that you’ll need to bring a shovel, but bags and sand are available for free.   Find out details regarding County sandbag sites at www.cccounty.us/sandbags.

County Public Works Maintenance road crews maintain the storm drain inlets through a program of annual inspection and cleaning. To report a clogged catch basin or drainage inlet please call the Public Works Maintenance Division at 925-313-7000 during work hours and after hours call Sheriff’s Dispatch at 925-646-2441.

 

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County road closure update: Morgan Territory Road expected to reopen Thursday

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Morgan Territory Road is closed between Marsh Creek Road and Manning Road. The road is open to local traffic and emergency vehicles only and is anticipated to reopen to through traffic on Thursday, February 9.

Alhambra Valley Road between Bear Creek Road and Castro Ranch Roadremains closed indefinitely. Signs and message boards alert drivers of the closure. There is not an estimated timeframe for reopening Alhambra Valley Road at this time.

The amount of rain received has saturated the soil which makes it more difficult to remove the mudslides and clean the roadways. Crews are monitoring County roads during the storms and additional closures may be necessary for public safety. The County will continue to provide updates as conditions change.

If you’re concerned about flooding at your home or business, it’s not too late to visit one of the free sandbag stations located throughout the county.  Please note that you’ll need to bring a shovel, but bags and sand are available for free.   Find out details regarding County sandbag sites at www.cccounty.us/sandbags.

County Public Works Maintenance road crews maintain the storm drain inlets through a program of annual inspection and cleaning. To report a clogged catch basin or drainage inlet please call the Public Works Maintenance Division at 925-313-7000 during work hours and after hours call Sheriff’s Dispatch at 925-646-2441.

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Richmond man shot multiple times in Antioch, Tuesday night, police investigate

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

By Corporal Ted Chang #4362, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm, Antioch Police officers on an unrelated call heard numerous gunshots nearby. They responded and located a 27-year-old Richmond man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds lying in the street in the 1200 block of W. 8th Street. Officers rendered first aid until medical personnel arrived and transported him to an area hospital. The victim is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.

There were numerous bullet casings located, along with several parked vehicles struck by gunfire. Witnesses at the scene were not cooperative with the investigation.

No further information will be released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441. You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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Tow truck driver assaulted while repossessing car, man steals forklift, student arrested for BB gun at school among Antioch Police calls for service for Jan. 26 – Feb 1, 2017

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Antioch Police calls for service highlights as published in Assistant City Manager Ron Bernal’s Weekly Report dated February 3, 2017 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Time Period: 01/26/17 00:00:00 – 02/01/17 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,726

Number of Case Reports: 301

Number of Arrests: 87

Felony: 33

Misdemeanor: 54

Arrests with DUI charge: 7

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

  • ·2/1/17 at 9:33 pm, an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a newer model Toyota Camry with paper plates. The vehicle was heading westbound on Rossi Ave. and rolled through the stop sign at the intersection of Lindberg St. The officer contacted the driver, 28 year old Gregory Banks, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The officer conducted a VIN check on the vehicle and found it to be reported stolen out of San Rafael. Banks denied knowing the vehicle was stolen and provided officers with a false name. After Banks was taken to County Jail, his true name was learned. Banks was booked into County Jail for vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and giving false information to a peace officer.
  • ·2/1/17 at 7:57 pm, an officer was driving eastbound on W. 18th St. approaching the four-way stop at D St. He observed a black colored Isuzu Amigo driving northbound in reverse on D St. The vehicle continued driving in reverse and turned westbound onto W. 18th St. without signaling. The officer made a u-turn in the intersection and got behind the vehicle, which was still facing the wrong way. An enforcement stop was conducted and the driver, 30 year old Vernon Smith, was contacted. Smith advised the vehicle was having mechanical problems and could only drive in reverse. Smith verbally advised his license was suspended and that he was on searchable probation. The only other occupant in the vehicle was 38 year old Kimberly Saunders. Saunders verbally advised she was on searchable, felony probation. A search was conducted of the vehicle and both occupants. Saunders advised the officer she had 2 “large” knives on each side of her hips. Upon searching Saunders, officers located two daggers, both with approximately 8 inch blades. Both daggers were in sheathes and were fully concealed under her shirt and two jackets. The daggers were located on the inside portion of her waistband. She was arrested and sent to County Jail for the weapons violations. Smith was issued citations for the vehicle code violations and released at the scene.
  • ·2/1/17 at 6:46 pm, officers were dispatched to a report of a person lying in the roadway at Black Diamond Dr. and Crater Peak Wy. Passersby were concerned he may have been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found 40 year old Felipe Ramirez-Estrella lying in the roadway with only his feet on the sidewalk. There were several empty bottles of alcohol next to him. While speaking with Felipe, he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. According to Ramirez-Estrella, he had been released by County Jail and driven to Antioch. His first stop was to purchase alcohol, and he ended up in the street where officers contacted him. He was arrested and sent back to County Jail for being drunk in public.
  • ·2/1/17 at 4:48 pm, an officer was flagged down by a citizen who pointed out a subject in the area that had possibly stolen the citizen’s car keys. The officer made contact with 23 year old Richard Bridges and 24 year old Marshawn Roland near 10th St. and I St. During a search of Bridges, he was found to be in possession of a loaded .22 caliber revolver and a small amount of heroin. Bridges also had a warrant for his arrest. Bridges was arrested without incident and later booked into County Jail.
  • ·1/31/17 at 8:37 pm, an officer recognized 36 year old Jason Sanborn standing in front of a residence on Rossi Ave. The officer knew Sanborn had an outstanding warrant and placed him under arrest without incident. Sanborn was issued a Promise to Appear with a new court date and released at the scene.
  • ·1/31/17 at 3:38 pm, officers were dispatched to a residence on W. 8th St. for a civil matter. Officers contacted 57 year old Raymond Fregosi who had an outstanding warrant. He was placed under arrest, issued a Promise to Appear with a new court date and released at the scene.
  • ·1/31/17 at 1:06 pm, a 56 year old female victim called to report she had been robbed in the parking lot of 1806 A St. Upon the officer’s arrival, it was discovered an unknown female grabbed the victim’s purse from her shoulder. In the process, the victim fell to the ground and the responsible stole the purse, which contained the victim’s credit cards and cash. The female responsible fled in an awaiting white sedan with paper plates westbound on W. 18th Street. The victim declined medical attention. The suspect was not located.
  • ·1/31/17 at 12:53 pm, officers investigated an injury accident on Cavallo Rd. near Kean Ave. During the investigation, it was discovered one of the involved drivers, 41 year old Aaron Libbey, had an outstanding felony warrant for grand theft. Libbey was taken into custody without incident and was later booked into County Jail.
  • ·1/31/17 at 10:35 am, an officer was on routine patrol and made consensual contact with 33 year old Randy Belmont on Fitzuren Rd. near Contra Loma Blvd. During a routine name check, it was discovered Belmont had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest related to his work alternative program. Belmont was taken into custody and later booked into County Jail.
  • ·1/30/17 at 10:30 pm, officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival they met with 35 year old Shayna Ramirez. Ramirez was intoxicated and uncooperative. Ramirez tried to push past an officer several times and was eventually placed under arrest for obstructing the officers. Ramirez was sent to County Jail.
  • ·1/30/17 at 7:00 pm, Kmart loss prevention on E. 18th St. detained a shoplifting suspect without identification. An officer responded and determined the suspect was 33 year old Layla Luschen. The stolen merchandise was returned and she was placed under citizen’s arrest. She was issued a citation and released at the scene.
  • ·1/30/17 at 5:26 pm, an officer saw 29 year old Elver Deleonovalle attempting to climb over the sound wall into a residential backyard on Lone Tree Way. When contacted, Deleonovalle admitted to shoplifting merchandise from Rite Aid across the street and was attempting to flee from loss prevention. A manager from Rite Aid responded and confirmed the theft, placing Deleonovalle under citizen’s arrest. The merchandise was returned and Deleonovalle was released on a citation.
  • ·1/30/17 at 3:30 pm, the bank manager at Wells Fargo Bank on A St. advised 57 year old Harold Smith and 20 year old Johnetta Williams were attempting to cash fraudulent checks. Officers arrived and detained the two suspects. Bank employees confirmed with the businesses listed on the checks that they were indeed fraudulent. Smith and Williams were arrested and sent to County Jail on fraud charges.
  • ·1/30/17 at 12:45 pm, several citizens reported a male acting erratic and yelling in the parking lot of Taco Bell on Deer Valley Rd. Upon the officers’ arrival, they contacted 30 year old Christopher Wilson. Wilson displayed objective symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Wilson was also on felony probation for possession of a stolen vehicle. Wilson was taken into custody without incident for being under the influence. Wilson was later transported to County Jail on the charges of probation violation and for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • ·1/30/17 at 12:09 pm, officers were dispatched to the US Post Office on a report of a female harassing customers in the parking lot. Upon the officers’ arrival, they contacted 52 year old Kari Foster in the parking lot. Foster displayed objective symptoms of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Foster was taken into custody without incident. She was transported to County Jail for public intoxication.
  • ·1/30/17 at 9:48 am, Dallas Ranch Middle School staff reported a 14 year old male student was detained in the school office for possession of a BB gun on school grounds. The officer arrived on scene and contacted the student who admitted to possessing the gun. The student was arrested for being in possession of a weapon on school grounds and later released to his parents with a juvenile citation.
  • ·1/30/17 at 12:41 am, an officer was on patrol when he located a stolen car parked in front of a residence in the 2100 block of Banyan Way, blocking the driveway. The officer went to the home and spoke to the resident, who advised that 21 year old Sydney Frachon had driven the vehicle to the residence and was currently in the garage. Frachon was arrested without incident and sent to County Jail for the stolen vehicle.
  • ·1/29/17 at 11:43 pm, an officer observed 29 year old Daryl Robinson walking on Plymouth Lane. The officer conducted a records check on Robinson, which showed an outstanding warrant. Robinson was arrested without incident. He was issued a Promise to Appear with a new court date and released at the scene.
  • ·1/29/17 at 11:29 pm, an officer was on patrol when he located a stolen car parked across the street from a home on Eaker Way. When the officer approached the car, he saw 30 year old Antione Rice lying on the ground by the rear tire working on the car. Rice was arrested without incident and sent to County Jail for the stolen vehicle.
  • ·1/29/17 at 11:20 pm, officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on Fitzuren Rd. Citizens reported a vehicle collided into two parked cars in front of the complex, and the suspect was attempting to leave the scene. Officers arrived and contacted 42 year old Dennis Geurts.Geurts stated he swerved into the parked cars to avoid hitting a kitten in the roadway. Officers immediately noticed that Geurts displayed objective symptoms of being intoxicated. Field sobriety tests were administered, and he was determined to be under the influence while driving. He was transported to an area hospital with complaints of pain from the collision. Geurts was issued a citation for DUI and released at the hospital.
  • ·1/29/17 at 11:08 pm, officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance at the Goodwill located on W. 10th St. Officers located 44 year old Nicole Costa and dispatch advised she had a warrant for her arrest. Costa was issued a Promise to Appear with a new court date and released at the scene.
  • ·1/29/17 at 10:52 pm, a car was doing donuts at the entrance to Black Diamond Mines. The driver of the car, 35 year old Jessika Green, lost control of the car. The car flipped and landed on its roof. Green was transported to an area hospital for a complaint of pain. Green was found to be driving under the influence and arrested for DUI. She was later released from the hospital per PC 849(b).
  • ·1/29/17 at 9:46 pm, an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Hwy 4 and L St. and was advised by dispatch that the 28 year old driver of the car, Justin Claussen, had a warrant for his arrest. Claussen was arrested without incident and sent to County Jail.
  • ·1/29/17 at 9:11 pm, an officer saw 36 year old Melody Brown loitering at the Somersville Carwash. There is a trespass letter on file and there are no trespassing signs attached to the business. Brown was arrested and released on a citation for trespassing.
  • ·1/29/17 at 6:15 pm, 32 year old Charles Kemokai was parked on the elevated handicap ramp in front of the Bonfare Market on W. 10th St. An officer pulled in behind Kemokai and initiated an enforcement stop as he attempted to back out. Kemokai had a suspended license and displayed objective symptoms of intoxication. Kemokai performed a series of field sobriety tests, and officers determined Kemokai was under the influence while driving. He was arrested and sent to County Jail for DUI.
  • ·1/29/17 at 5:24 pm, an officer observed 35 year old Michael Kyle standing next to an occupied parked car on W. 10th St. When Kyle saw the officer, he immediately ran around the block onto W. 9th St. The officer contacted the occupants of the vehicle who stated they did not know Kyle or why he ran. While officers were still in the area, several citizens advised Kyle was running through their backyards. Several citizens chased Kyle out onto the street. Kyle was placed under arrest and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary tools. He was issued a citation and released at the scene.
  • ·1/29/17 at 3:48 pm, a repossession truck driver attempted to recover a 2011 Infiniti G37, parked in front of a home in the 400 block of W. Tregallas Road. Once the vehicle was up on the tow truck, 25 year old Daniel Esquibell exited the residence armed with a shotgun. The victim started to unload the vehicle in fear of getting shot. Esquibell then struck the victim in the back of the head two times with the butt stock of the shotgun. The victim had complaint of pain to the back of his head and refused medical attention. Upon the officers’ arrival, Esquibell had already fled the area. Esquibell later returned to the scene where he was taken into custody without incident. Esquibell stated the shotgun and vehicle were left at his father’s house in Oakley at an unknown address. Esquibell was transported to County Jail where he was booked on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon.
  • ·1/28/17 at 3:43 pm, 33 year old Jacob Jacobsen was driving eastbound in the 3500 block of Wilbur Ave. when he drove off the roadway. Jacobsen hit a wooden telephone pole and metal fence causing major damage to both. He fled on foot and was apprehended at the Antioch Pier. Jacobsen was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run. Jacobsen was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and was issued a citation and released.
  • ·1/28/17 at 11:06 am, officers responded to a theft call at JC Penney’s on Slatten Ranch Rd. During the theft, two men entered the store and took almost $2,000 in team apparel. Officers followed up on leads, which led them to the home of 49 year old Paul Nofrey. He was arrested for the theft at JC Penny’s. Officers followed up on more leads and located 43 year old Robert Morton at the County Fair Ground Flea Market. Morton was in the process of selling the stolen apparel. Morton was also arrested and found to have several warrants for his arrest. Both men were booked in the County Jail. Morton also had probable cause for his arrest in a burglary case from 1/26/17.
  • ·1/28/17 at 9:11 am, an officer observed a vehicle on Hwy 4 travelling at a high speed. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted 20 year old Jessi Arellano. Arellano was found to have a suspended driver’s license. During a search of the car, officers located a loaded .357 handgun in the glove box. During the officer’s investigation, he found the firearm to be stolen. Arellano was arrested and booked in the County Jail for weapons charges.
  • ·1/27/17 at 5:27 pm, 28 year old male Alfredo Martinez was contacted at a home on Rossi Ave. during a trespassing complaint. He was found to have a warrant for his arrest. Martinez was arrested and booked into County Jail.
  • ·1/27/17 at 10:22 am, 32 year old Nathan Hendrickson had been causing problems at the Shell Gas Station on Auto Center Dr. and had been admonished several times that he was no longer allowed on the property. He was contacted by officers on two occasions while on the property. During the second contact, he was arrested and sent to County Jail as his behavior was likely to continue.
  • ·1/27/17 at 7:53 am, 40 year old Raheem Coe was contacted by officers at the Shell Gas Station for trespassing. Coe had been arrested numerous times for trespassing at this location and refused to stay off the property. He was arrested and sent to County Jail.
  • ·1/26/17 at 11:55 pm, 47 year old Anita Mendez was contacted during a vehicle enforcement stop. She was found to have a warrant for her arrest out of San Francisco. She was taken into custody without incident and booked into County Jail.
  • ·1/26/17 at 11:03 pm, officers contacted 55 year old Kevin Hollins on W. 10th St. and Crestview Dr.Officers discovered he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and sent to County Jail.
  • ·1/26/17 at 10:54 pm, officers conducted a traffic stop on 62 year old Jess Quesada for traffic violations. Quesada was the sole occupant and driver of the vehicle. Upon contact with Quesada, he displayed symptoms of being under the influence. Quesada refused to provide a breath sample for the preliminary alcohol screening test, so a search warrant was sought and approved. Quesada was sent to County Jail where he was later given a citation for DUI and released after a sobering period.
  • ·1/26/17 at 3:02 pm, officers were dispatched to a theft that had occurred at the Smart and Final located in the Somersville Town Center. The officers learned 35 year old Melvin Russell was seen in the early morning hours stealing a forklift from behind the business. Mall security was able to recover the forklift, but Russell fled the scene. Russell returned to the scene, and security was able to detain him until officers arrived. Russell was arrested for grand theft and booked in County Jail.
  • ·1/26/17 at 11:33 am, an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by 55 year old Donald Anderson in the area of Blue Rock Drive and Lone Tree Way. A records check revealed Anderson had a warrant for his arrest. Anderson was arrested and booked into County Jail.
  • ·1/26/17 at 10:16 am, officers were dispatched to Starbucks on A St. for a subject possibly smoking drugs in the bathroom. Officers made contact with 25 year old Rashida Hardy who was found to be under the influence of drugs and in possession of drug paraphernalia. Hardy was arrested and booked in the County Jail for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
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Deer Valley High retains Mayor’s Cup after tying Antioch High in annual soccer match

Friday, February 3rd, 2017
Deer Valley High boys soccer team celebrates retaining the Mayor's Cup following the match with Antioch High, Tuesday night, Jan. 31, 2017. photo by Jesus Cano

Deer Valley High boys soccer team celebrates retaining the Mayor’s Cup following the match with Antioch High, Tuesday night, Jan. 31, 2017. photo by Jesus Cano

By Jesus Cano

The City of Antioch Mayor’s Cup means a lot for crosstown rivals Deer Valley High and Antioch High, and Tuesday night’s soccer match painted the picture for everyone as they ended up tying 5-5 in a wild shootout.

The Deer Valley Wolverines started off strong by scoring three consecutive goals. The first, coming from Diego Ruiz, after converting a penalty kick just two minutes into the match. Isaiah Moreira followed, right after as his teammate Rudy Saucedo sent him a pass sharp as a blade. The third goal found the back of the net on a header from Luke Fernandes, and was crossed to him by Edgard Morazan, setting Deer Valley to a comfortable 3-0 lead.

“Even after scoring the first three goals we still wanted more,” Deer Valley JV coach John Delaney said, who was filling in for the absence of head coach Juan Tannus. “Antioch is a great team so you never know what to expect with them.”

Antioch pounded the net on multiple occasions to end the half. Carlos Lopez began it all for the Panthers, as the senior perfectly executed a free kick. 10 minutes later, Abraham Torres took a corner kick that had Bernardo Mendoza’s name written all over it, as Mendoza got a head on the a ball that cut their deficit to 3-2. With less than one minute remaining, Josue Lopez tied up the game at 3-3, that sent the Antioch crowd into a frenzy.

“Our motto is to never give up,” said Antioch head coach Conrad Diaz. “We have to play every minute like it’s 0-0.”

The second half was no different from the first, as in identical fashion Ruiz once again claimed a goal that originated from a penalty kick.

Sophomore Omar Curiel finished a strike from a very difficult angle to tie up the game at 4-4.

After assisting earlier in the match, Morazan came up this time to finish the ball that was just out of the reach of the Antioch goalkeeper. With only seven minutes left in the match, the Wolverines preserved a 5-4 lead.

“Anytime I can help my team improve it’s a blessing,” Ruiz said. “This game is totally different from any other because you only get it once in our lifetime.”

They were had the taste of victory in their mouths with the game coming to a close, but Torres stole a ball and dribble it through defenders before hitting a right foot shot that put the game into a tie.

“Being back on the pitch was a blessing,” Torres explained, after missing most of the season due to personal issue.”Scoring the tying goal was just even better,”

While the game ended in a tie, the cup remains at Deer Valley, as a result of the Wolverines having possession of the award for the last two years.

“Keeping the Cup in my last year here means the world to me,” senior defender Fabian Wence said. “I really hope it (The Cup) never heads to the other side of town.”

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