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Assault on officer with car, results in freeway chase, arrest of suspect, late Monday night

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Antioch Police investigate the suspect's car at the end of the BART Park n Ride lot access road, following the end of the chase, late Monday night/early Tuesday morning.

Antioch Police investigate the suspect’s car at the end of the BART Park n Ride lot access road, following the end of the chase, late Monday night/early Tuesday morning. photo by Allen Payton

Alfredo Ardenas, born 8/21/71

Alfredo Ardenas, born 8/21/71

By Sgt. Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police

On Monday, May 16, 2016, at approximately 11:48 p.m., Antioch Police Officers responded to the Office Depot at 5885 Lone Tree Way on a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival officers located 44-year-old Alfredo Ardanas from Pittsburg, inside the vehicle. It was learned Ardanas had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. As officers attempted to take him into custody, Ardanas backed his vehicle up, dragging an officer approximately 20 feet. Ardanas then fled in the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit continued on city streets and on Highway 4.

Ardanas exited the freeway and entered the BART Park n Ride parking lot in Antioch where he surrendered without further incident. Ardanas was arrested and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

The officer had minor injuries.

There is no further information at this time. 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.

The suspect's car with the rear passenger tire worn down to the wheel.

The suspect’s car with the rear passenger tire worn down to the wheel. photo by Allen Payton

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Police, CHP arrest four for rifle shots fired outside convenience store in Antioch, Monday afternoon

Monday, May 16th, 2016

By Lieutenant Don LaDue, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Monday, May 16, 2016 at approximately 2:50 p.m., the Antioch Police Department responded to a report of shots fired by two people in a black Jaguar near the parking lot of Quikstop at 1108 Sycamore Drive. Several rounds were fired with a rifle. There are no known injuries at this time, but there were unoccupied vehicles in the parking lot struck by gunfire. The Jaguar and a second vehicle sped away and got onto west bound Highway 4. There were reports the occupants of the two vehicles were shooting at each other on the highway, but that is not confirmed.

Antioch Police caught up with the Jaguar at the Shell gas station on Bailey Road in Bay Point and took two subjects into custody and recovered a firearm. The California Highway Patrol located and stopped the other vehicle along with Antioch Police several miles away on west bound Highway 4 where two other subjects were taken into custody. A firearm was also recovered at that location.

At this time, it is not believed there are any outstanding suspects. It is also not known at this point in the investigation if there is a connection to the recent shootings on Highway 4. The names of the involved parties will not be released at this time pending possible eyewitness identifications.

Currently, officers are following up on possible leads and interviewing witnesses. This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Antioch Police Dept. at (925) 778-2441. If you have information regarding this case you may text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.

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Antioch Police highlights: over 1,700 calls for service, 70 arrests May 5-11, 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

As published in Assistant City Manager Ron Bernal’s Weekly Report dated May 13, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando.

Calls for Service and Arrest Data Summary

Time Period: 05/05/16 00:00:00 – 05/11/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,711

Number of Case Reports: 298

Number of Arrests: 70

Felony: 27

Misdemeanor: 42

Infraction: 1

Arrests with DUI charge: 2

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

  • ·On 5/5/16 at 3pm, 44 year old Louie Gamboa was loitering in front of 7 Eleven on Buchanan Road when a 59 year old female arrived in her vehicle and parked in front of the store. For no apparent reason, Gamboa produced a knife and charged towards the woman as she exited her vehicle. Gamboa threatened her with the knife and threatened to kill her. Gamboa proceeded to chase the victim around her vehicle while swinging the knife in a stabbing type motion at her. The victim was able to lock herself back inside her vehicle. Gamboa then began stabbing at her closed window (no damage). Gamboa was located by responding officers and later identified by the victim as the responsible. Gamboa was found in possession of a silver steak knife, which the victim also identified as the weapon used. Gamboa was arrested and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 5/5/16 at 7:54 pm, officers responded to the area of Sunny Lane and Mahogany Way for the report of shots fired with a possible subject down. On arrival, shell casings were located on the sidewalk near the corner of Mahogany Way and Banyan Way. No subjects were struck and the subject that was on the ground was with a group of soccer players in the park and had gone to the ground when he heard the shots. He was not the target of the shooter. The only info obtained was a silver Mercedes stopped near Sunny Lane and an occupant fired multiple .45 cal rounds at another subject near the corner of Banyan Way and Mahogany Way. All parties fled and descriptions were limited. An SUV parked in a driveway was struck 3 times. No other leads could be developed in regards to the suspect or intended victim.
  • ·On 5/6/16 at 2:56 am 52 year old Ronald Rector was contacted at City Park and found to be a parolee at large. He was arrested and then booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/6/16 at 5:23 am 31 year old Jennifer Carter was contacted during a vehicle stop on East Lake Drive and found to have a warrant for identity theft. She was arrested and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/6/16 at 3:31 pm officers were dispatched to the Quik Stop on West Tregallas Road for the report of a male who matched the description of a responsible for an assault that occurred in San Francisco which was reported on the news. Upon arrival, officers contacted 33 year old Gary Kennedy who matched the description provided. Kennedy was found to be in possession of a concealed dirk or dagger. Kennedy is also on felony probation for auto theft. Kennedy was arrested without incident and transported to county jail.
  • ·On 5/6/16 at 8:59 pm officers were on routine patrol in the area of 85 S. Lake when they saw several subjects in front of the residence. Officers contacted 38 year old Francisco Crow, who was found to have an outstanding warrant for narcotics. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to county jail.
  • ·On 5/6/16 at 11:40 pm 54 year old Mary Moore and 50 year old Scott Moore were spotted driving in the area of A Street and Bryan Avenue. A vehicle stop was conducted knowing they both had Ramey warrants for their arrest. Both were taken into custody without incident and booked into county.
  • ·On 5/7/16 at 2:25 am a 47 year old male went to his car parked in the lot near Raley’s after leaving Legends on Lone Tree Way. He saw that two of his car’s tires had been slashed and were flat. He looked around and saw 5 other vehicles also had their tires slashed. He did not know who would do this. Attempts to contact the other R/O’s met with negative results. Notes were left for each of them with the case number. This area of the lot has no surveillance coverage.
  • ·On 5/7/16 at 1:26 am officers contacted 28 year old Jerry Combs and 52 year old Eric Tatro during a traffic stop. Combs was found to be on probation and in possession of a small amountof methamphetamine. He was arrested without incident. Tatro initially lied about his name and when his real name was obtained through a fingerprint reader, he was found to have an active warrant for his arrest. They were booked into county jail.
  • ·On 5/7/16 at 7:15 am a 54 year old male checked himself into the Sutter ER with a gunshot wound to the lower leg. The male was uncooperative with the investigation. He said went to the Spanos Alleyway to buy drugs from a known drug dealer and was jumped and shot. He fled on-foot abandoning his vehicle there. The male refused to identify the drug dealer who jumped him, and when asked if he shot himself he refused to answer. His injury was not life threatening.
  • ·On 5/7/16 at 9:35 am it was reported that during the night 3 vehicles parked in the back lot of 1111 James Donlon were struck by gunfire. There is no suspect information and no physical injuries were reported.
  • ·On 5/7/16 at 1 pm 45 year old David Bledsoe was driving recklessly in the area of East 6th and A Streets. He was spinning donuts, hit a car and fled. Bledsoe was contacted in the area and identified as the responsible. He was arrested for the hit-and-run and the California Department of Corrections declined to violate his parole. He was booked at APD and released on a citation.
  • ·On 5/7/16 at 5:43 pm officers responded to West Tregallas Road for the report of an occupied suspicious vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted 37 year old Noorulah Tarin. Tarin is on probation with a search clause. A search of Tarin’s vehicle revealed seven fraudulent $100 bills in the dashboard vent. Tarin was arrested without incident and taken to county jail.
  • ·On 5/8/16 at 12:30 am officers responded to the report of shots fired on West 3rd Street. Upon arrival, it was discovered there had been a large party at this address. All parties were uncooperative and several left prior to sufficient officers arriving to secure the scene. Several spent casings were found outside the apartment. A 25 year old and a 31 year old were contacted and found to have graze wounds. Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment and later released. A short time later, a man arrived at the hospital with his 31 year old wife. The 31 year old had been shot in the left upper arm and chest. She was later admitted with non-life threatening injuries. Based on limited information obtained, unknown parties had left the party after some type of dispute and then returned a short time later and fired several rounds randomly at the apartment. A sweep of the apartment located no other victims or physical evidence. Area hospitals were notified due to the number of rounds fired and possible victims who fled prior to APD arrival. None of the involved parties would provide any further information.
  • ·On 5/8/16 at 8:31 am an officer conducted a traffic stop on a white Honda Prelude driven by 24 year old Michael Hamner on Sycamore Drive. The officer knew Hamner from previous contacts and knew he had a history of stealing cars. Hamner was found to have a warrant for his arrest. Officers had Concord PD contact the registered owner of the vehicle and the car was confirmed to be stolen. Hamner was arrested without incident on his warrant and auto theft charges. He was booked in county jail.
  • ·On 5/8/16 at 8:59 am officers were dispatched to 615 W. 19th Street regarding a dispute and contacted 41 year old Victor Mendoza. He was found to have a warrant for his arrest and booked in county jail.
  • ·On 5/8/16 at 2:39 pm officers were dispatched to Sequoia Drive for the report of an argument between relatives. 54 year old Donald Anderson and a 45 year old male were drinking beer together in the 45 year old man’s garage. An argument started that led to Anderson being asked to leave. Anderson walked to his car while continuing to argue with the victim. The victim also walked out to the street and stood at Anderson’s driver’s side window while they argued. As the victim walked in front of the vehicle back towards his garage, Anderson accelerated towards him and intentionally hit him with his vehicle. The victim fell to the ground and Anderson ran over his legs with the front tires of the vehicle. Anderson stopped and backed up, again running over the victim’s legs, and then fled the scene. The victim did not realize how badly he was injured until he woke up today, so he decided to call the police. He had abrasions on both knees, hips, and hands. He complained of pain to both legs and walked with a significant limp, but refused medical. Anderson is a transient and frequently sleeps in his vehicle on N Apple Ct. Anderson was located there today and arrested without incident.
  • ·On 5/9/16 at 3:40 am 26 year old Michael Roe backed his vehicle into his neighbor’s retaining wall on Curtis Drive near Arthur Way. Roe was found to be driving while intoxicated. Roe was arrested without incident and later cite released.
  • ·On 5/9/16 at 2:11 pm 54 year old Joseph Jackson arrived at APD for his sex offender transient registration. Jackson was out of compliance with the 30 day window. He was arrested and released with a citation after being registered.
  • ·On 5/9/16 at 10:33 pm 50 year old Santos Cervantes was contacted at West 18th and A Streets, and found to have a warrant for drug charges. Cervantes was issued a new court date.
  • ·On 5/6/16 at 11:07 pm 48 year old Jesus Sandoval entered his neighbor’s backyard on West 7th Street and moved a window mounted air conditioning unit so that he could covertly view a 27 year old female in her bedroom. The female’s boyfriend, heard a noise outside and he confronted Sandoval in the backyard. The boyfriend physically assaulted Sandoval. Sandoval was arrested and admitted to “peeping” on three occasions today. Sandoval was transported to county hospital for medical treatment for his swollen face that he sustained from the assault and then transferred to MDF.
  • ·On 5/10/16 at 5:47 pm employees of Georgia Pacific called to report that a male (50 year old Donald Marzette) covered in blood swam up to the shore behind the company off Minaker Drive. Marzette said he was being chased by the FBI and acting strange. Officers arrived and located Marzette as he was walking into the Antioch Dunes wildlife area. Marzette fell down a large embankment and continued walking deep into the dunes before officers could catch up to him. Marzette had various cuts on his hands and arms from climbing various fences around Georgia Pacific and complained of pain from his fall. He had 3 cite-releasable warrants for his arrest. He was issued new court dates and transported to a hospital for his injuries.
  • ·On 5/10/16 at 6:38 pm investigators were working a proactive detail in the city when they learned that 33 year old Sean Rosevear was staying in a room at the Days Inn on Auto Center Drive. Rosevear was wanted on $720,000 worth of warrants for vehicle pursuits and stolen vehicles. As detectives entered the room, Rosevear jumped out of the 3rd story window in an attempt to avoid arrest. He sustained major injuries, but was still able to flee on foot. The investigators caught up to him a few hundred yards away where he fought with them but was taken into custody. Rosevear was taken to an area hospital where he was admitted for injuries sustained from jumping from the window.
  • ·On 5/10/16 at 10:37 pm 39 year old Felipe Pollard was intoxicated and causing a disturbance on Spur Way. Pollard was arrested and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 5/11/16 at 1:47 am a traffic enforcement stop was conducted on a vehicle on Gentrytown Drive. An occupant of the car, 35 year old Lisa St. Onge, had a parolee at large warrant for her arrest. St. Onge was arrested without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 5/11/16 at 3:06 pm a 24 year old male was dropped off at Sutter Delta Hospital with a superficial gunshot wound to his head. The male is a known Norteno gang member and was uncooperative with the investigation. The only information he would give is that he was shot near E. 18th and A Street. No evidence was located and no suspect information was developed.
  • ·On 5/11/16 at 4:37 pm FRI (fugitive recovery) Bounty Hunters called APD to report they had 41 year old Ryan Peters detained on outstanding warrants from Sacramento. The Bounty Hunters requested APD due to the fact Peters was in a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, Officers located approximately 10 plus California drivers’ licenses with Peters picture on them all, however, each CDL had a different name. Peters altered the CDLs to give him various identities. The officers also located stolen SSN cards and other credit cards to various victims. The victims ranged from Discovery Bay, Martinez, Walnut Creek, San Jose, Sonoma, and Antioch. Officers were able to track down 4 of the 11 victims as of this writing and confirmed the items were in fact stolen. The stolen rental car Peters was stopped and detained in was rented under one of the victim’s identities. Peters was later transported to county jail.
  • ·On 5/11/16 at 8:18 pm an officer attempted to catch up to a motorcycle on W. 10th Street, however the motorcycle fled from him at a high rate of speed. The officer did not pursue after him. During an area check of 2545 W. 10th Street, the officer located the motorcycle being driven by 28 year old Manual Hook. Hook dropped the motorcycle and fled to the open field on the north side of W. 10th Street. A check on the motorcycle showed it to be stolen out of Walnut Creek. Another officer and his K-9 began to do a track, ultimately locating him near a ravine where K-9 Donna took Hook into custody. Hook was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and later sent to county jail.
  • ·On 5/11/16 during the afternoon and early evening several reports came in of a gold vehicle occupied by 4 to 5 males stopping residents walking alone and demanding their property in the Deer Valley corridor. The investigation is continuing.
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Shooting injures young man in Antioch, Sunday night

Monday, May 16th, 2016

By Sgt. Rick Martin #3343, Antioch Police

On Sunday, May 15, 2016, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Antioch Police Officers responded to the intersection of L St. and Highway 4 on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a 22-year-old male victim from Antioch who was suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is receiving treatment for his injuries.

There is no further information at this time. 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.

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Highway 4 construction lane closures and traffic information for May 16-20, 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

HIGHWAY LANE CLOSURES:

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between Contra Loma Boulevard and Railroad Avenue on Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between Bailey Road and Contra Loma Boulevard on Monday through Friday from 4:30 am to 12:00 pm.

There will be highway lane closures in the westbound direction of State Route 4 between the State Route 160 / State Route 4 connector ramp and A Street / Lone Tree Way on Monday through Thursday evenings from 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between Cavallo Road and the State Route 160 / State Route 4 connector ramp on Monday through Thursday evenings from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be highway lane closures in the eastbound direction of State Route 4 between the Hillcrest Ave on and off ramps on Monday from 6:00 am to 11:00 am.

LOCAL STREET CLOSURES:

There will be lane closures in the eastbound and westbound directions of Larkspur Drive between Hillcrest Avenue and Wildflower Drive on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be lane closures in the eastbound and westbound directions of Sunset Drive between Hillcrest Avenue and Devpar Court on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of Hillcrest Avenue between Larkspur Drive and Sunset Drive on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

There will be lane closures in the northbound and southbound directions of A Street between State Route 4 and Rossi Avenue on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the northbound direction and 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the southbound direction.

For questions or comments please send e-mail to info@4eastcounty.org.

 

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Parents plead for safe return of Antioch teen missing since March 29

Monday, May 9th, 2016
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Rebecca Boyer

Antioch 16-year-old Rebecca Boyer has been missing from home since March 29th. According to her parents, she may be with her boyfriend who is over age 18. She has experienced two head traumas in the past three years, from a pool diving accident and an amusement park ride, which also caused a heart murmur.

If you know who and her whereabouts, please contact Antioch Police at (925) 779-6900 or her parents Johnny & Bonnie, who are offering a cash reward for information that leads to her safe return, at (415) 990-7319.

Her parents say “We love her and just want her to come home. Whatever she’s going through we can work it out.”

Please see and download the flyer, here: Rebecca Boyer

 

 

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Congressman DeSaulnier announces he has leukemia, will continue to serve in office

Saturday, May 7th, 2016
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Rep. DeSaulnier

On Thursday, U.S. Representative Mark DeSaulnier, (D-CA11)  issued the following statement about his personal health.

“Last summer, I was diagnosed with the most common leukemia in the world, a cancer named Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). I recently completed aggressive chemotherapy. I feel fortunate that I had a positive response to this treatment, and that neither CLL nor the treatment impacted my professional work.

CLL is a chronic disorder many Americans face, which doctors liken to diabetes and hypertension. While CLL cannot currently be completely cured, incredible breakthroughs, medical advancements and cutting edge therapies are allowing it to be managed over a lifetime.  As a result of these developments, there are approximately 1.2 million Americans, like myself, living long, full lives with blood cancer.

Before sharing my diagnosis, I had much to consider personally and professionally. My doctors assured me that people with CLL, myself included, could continue to work and function at a high level. The medical professionals were right; I have been able to go home every weekend, except one, logging over 170,000 miles flown, held 14 town halls, had meetings with thousands of constituents, and maintained a 99.1% voting average in my first session of Congress.

By publicly sharing my story, I hope to add my voice to the growing number of people fighting cancer and the other chronic conditions so many families confront. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of our district, and do so stronger and with a better understanding having faced this experience.”

DeSaulnier represents most of Contra Costa County including a portion of Antioch in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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New lanes opened as Highway 4 Widening Project nears completion

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The Highway 4 Widening Project continues to achieve notable progress thanks to the opening of new lanes of traffic on eastbound and westbound Highway 4 at Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch. The eastbound lanes at Hillcrest Avenue were opened to traffic on Sunday, May 1, with the westbound lanes opening Thursday, May 5.

These lane openings are a significant milestone in the Highway 4 Widening Project as now all westbound highway lanes for the entire corridor are open to traffic.

“Now, instead of people spending their time on Highway 4, they’ll be spending it at home with their families,” said Doug Hardcastle, Chair of Transplan, the East County transportation advisory board. “Thanks to the taxpayers who supported Measure J to help fund the widening project. We look forward to getting the rest of it finished in the next year.”

The purpose of the $1 billion overall project is to improve traffic flow and motorist safety along a 10-mile stretch of freeway between Pittsburg and Antioch. Work at Hillcrest Avenue also includes the construction of a new BART station in Antioch.

“We want to thank the public for their patience. The Highway 4 Widening Project is vitally important to East County and the greater Bay Area in terms of mobility, economic revitalization, and, in the longer term, multi-modal options for 250,000 East County residents,” said Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Executive Director Randy Iwasaki. “Because we have been carefully staging the work to occur at night, and opening each section of the widening project as it is completed, we have also been able to provide incremental congestion relief on this heavily used corridor, without any loss of capacity.”

See images of these newest lanes at the Highway 4 Widening Project’s website: http://4eastcounty.org/media/hillcrest-avenue-may-2016/.

“The improvements to Highway 4 that are brought about with this project and through this partnership are a benefit to every driver that has experienced the traffic congestion on this corridor,” said Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi. “We look forward to crossing the finish line later this summer and giving the new and improved Highway 4 back to the residents of East Contra Costa County and all motorists.”

For additional information about the new lanes at Hillcrest, and other work on Highway 4, please visit the Highway 4 website at www.4eastcounty.org.

About the Highway 4 Projects

The Highway 4 projects include improvements that will help modernize eastern Contra Costa County. The projects expand Highway 4 from four to eight lanes between Loveridge Road in Pittsburg to just west of State Route 160 in Antioch, from two to four lanes from Lone Tree Way to Sand Creek Road in Brentwood, add missing connector ramps at the State Route 160/Highway 4 interchange, and add a BART extension from Pittsburg to Antioch. This will greatly improve transit accessibility for the region, help reduce traffic congestion, and enhance the quality of life for the more than 250,000 residents of eastern Contra Costa County. The projects have been carefully staged to keep 130,000 vehicles per day moving as major construction and demolition work continue. These projects, plus previously constructed projects in the region, bring the total investment in East County to $1.3 billion, including State, Federal, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Measures C and J, regional bridge tolls, and other funds.

About CCTA

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee countywide transportation planning efforts. CCTA is responsible for planning, funding and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. CCTA also serves as the county’s designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable. More information about CCTA can be found online at ccta.net.

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