Archive for January, 2016

Retired CHP Officer Dick August of Antioch to be honored, Friday for heroism in 1977

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Dick Augusta, left with fellow co-founder Andy O'Hara of the Badge of Life Police Suicide Group.

Dick Augusta, left with fellow co-founder Andy O’Hara of the Badge of Life Police Suicide Group.

Assemblyman Jim Frazier and members of the California Highway Patrol, and Warriors Watch Riders will be honoring Officer Augusta during a ceremony in Martinez, on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Contra Costa Area Office. Other riders are invited to participate in the escort.

Following is the incident that led to him being honored:

On May 29, 1977 at 1:30 a.m., CHP Officer Dick Augusta was on routine patrol in Contra Costa County, on Sellers Avenue, near Cypress Road when a car began weaving across the center line past his patrol vehicle.  Officer Augusta made a U-turn and followed the vehicle to conduct an enforcement stop, when the suspect vehicle suddenly turned onto a side street and came to an abrupt stop.  Augusta and his partner, Officer Darrell Todd, exited their police cruiser and approached the car.  As Officer Augusta walked to meet the female driver of the vehicle, the woman exited her vehicle and walked toward him, and returned back to her car to obtain her driver license.  Augusta followed behind.  It was at that moment he noticed the vehicle had two male passengers still inside.  Officer Todd stood at the passenger side of the vehicle as Officer Augusta talked with the driver.

As Officer Augusta spoke with the woman, one of the men exited the back of the vehicle and rested a handgun on the door ledge.  The gunman cursed at Officer Augusta and fired two shots from close range at him.  One shot missed completely; however, the other hit Officer Augusta’s left side and he fell onto the pavement. Bullet proof vests were not worn by CHP officers in those days and the bullet punctured his left kidney and struck near his spinal cord.

On the ground Officer Augusta struggled.  His uniform was torn in the knee and his hand was badly cut.  When he fell to the ground he landed just behind the gunman, who ignored the wounded officer and began firing at Officer Todd.

Officer Todd and the gunman exchanged a few shots and then the gunman got back into the vehicle. Officer Augusta fired three shots at the vehicle striking it in

the rear door where the gunman had reentered the vehicle.  The driver got back in the vehicle and accelerated forward.  Officer Augusta fired a shot toward the driver side and one toward the front of the vehicle as it sped off.

The exchange of gunfire lasted only 15 seconds.  Officer Augusta realized he was in bad shape and pulled himself into the patrol car and propped up his feet on the door in an effort to keep himself from going into shock.  Officer Todd radioed for emergency assistance and Officer Augusta was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Antioch, where a Catholic Priest administered last rites prior to surgery.

The last rites turned out to be premature.  Officer Augusta recovered; however, was forced to medically retire due to his permanent injuries.  The suspects were eventually caught after committing a bank robbery in Bakersfield, California.   The gunman was found guilty of attempted murder on a police officer and he served 15 years in prison as a result of his conviction.

Dick Augusta is also a co-founder of the Badge of Life non-profit organization.  The cornerstone of the Badge of Life program is an entirely new approach to suicide prevention, called the “Emotional Self-Care Program” (ESC). They are a group of active and retired police officers, medical professionals, and surviving families of suicides from the United States and Canada. He served as a member of the Antioch Police Crime Prevention Commission.

It’s been nearly 40 years since that incident and Officer Augusta is finally going to receive some long overdue recognition for his service and sacrifice to our State and our community.

The Warriors’ Watch Riders have been invited to help escort Officer Augusta from his home to a long overdue recognition of his sacrifice in the name of our community by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, and would like extend an invitation to all Military Support Organizations and their members to attend the above mission.

When: Friday January 29th, 2016

Staging Time: 1145 ( 11:45 AM)

Staging Area: Starbucks 1896 A St, Antioch, CA 94531

Briefing: 1200 ( 12:00 PM)

KSU: 1215 ( 12:15 PM)

Destination: Pickup and Recognition Ceremony

Road Captain: Matthew Boggs, 925-765-0785, mboggswwr@gmail.com

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Oakley Mayor Kevin Romick endorses Hardcastle for County Supervisor

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Kevin Romick, Mayor of Oakley

Kevin Romick, Mayor of Oakley

Today, Mayor of Oakley, Kevin Romick endorsed fellow Oakley Council Member and small business owner Doug Hardcastle for County Supervisor in District 3.

“Possessed with the values inherited from his family and those he picked up being a long time Oakley and East Contra Costa resident Doug Hardcastle will bring with him a straight talking, tell it as it is approach to the Board of Supervisors,” Romick stated. “The job requires a commitment to purpose that Doug has demonstrated in his current and previous elected positions.”

“I am sure that Doug will serve the citizens of District III with distinction,” he continued. “I am proud to endorse Doug Hardcastle for Supervisor.”

Romick is the Data Center Manager at USS Posco in Pittsburg where he has worked for nearly 28 years. He serves as a Member of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and was Oakley Citizen of the Year in 2007.

“I appreciate the support of my colleague on the Oakley City Council, Kevin Romick,” Hardcastle shared. “I’m committed to continuing to work with him on solutions for our county, especially on transportation issues, creating local, well-paying jobs, and the safety and well being of all we represent.”

Romick’s endorsement adds to the growing list of community leaders supporting Doug Hardcastle for County Supervisor.

Doug Hardcastle was elected to the Oakley City Council in 2012 and just completed a year as Mayor. From 2000 to 2012 he served as a Director on the Ironhouse Sanitary District Board, for which he served as President in 2010-2011. He currently serves on both the Transplan Committee and the Tri Delta Transit Board of Directors. Doug and his wife Lyn own Hardcastle’s RV in Oakley. Doug was selected Oakley Business Person of the Year in 2006. He’s a life-long resident of Contra Costa County. For more information visit www.doughardcastle.com.

Supervisor District 3 includes Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Blackhawk, Diablo, Camino Tassajara, Bethel Island, Byron, Knightsen and part of Antioch. The election is on June 7, 2016.

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New Southern Cafe in downtown Antioch to celebrate Grand Opening, Friday

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Antioch’s newest restaurant, Southern Cafe, in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown, will celebrate their Grand Opening and hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, this Friday, January 29th, 2016 from 12:00pm until 3:00pm.

They will then open for dinner from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm. If you would like to attend the event RSVP to southerncafe2000@yahoo.com or call (925) 754-1172, (510) 708-2013 or just stop on by.

Then on Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th, join them for their first Super Bowl party, starting at 12:00 noon. They have 17 TV’s for your viewing pleasure and two full bars available and a full size kitchen complete with the Bay Area’s best Chefs capable of satisfying hungry football fans.

Weather permitting we also have a large outside patio complete with full bar and sound.

Southern Cafe is located at 400 G Street in the former Bases Loaded restaurant location. For more information on their menu, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here,  visit their website at www.southerncafe2000.com and see their article in the February issue of the Antioch Herald.

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Antioch Police Citizens Academy applications now available

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

By Lieutenant D. Bittner #3252, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

The Antioch Police Department will be accepting applications for its second Citizen’s Academy. The Citizen’s Academy begins March 16thand applications will be accepted now until February 22nd.

You must be at least age 18 without any misdemeanor violations within one year of applying and no felony convictions. Space is limited to 20 students and you must commit to attending all academy sessions.

Applications can be located at the City of Antioch Police Department web site (www.ci.antioch.ca.us) or at the front counter of the Antioch Police Department (300 L Street). Please contact Lieutenant Desmond Bittner with any questions at (925-779-6999). Please see the informational flyer here: Citizens Academy Flyer 2016.

To learn more about the experiences of those in the last Antioch Police Citizens Academy, click here.

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Los Medanos College welding program growing to meet industry needs, gets full-time instructor

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
New LMC welding instructor Dann Gesink.

New LMC welding instructor Dann Gesink.

Los Medanos College (LMC) has a thriving welding technology program, with hundreds of students of all ages learning a trade in demand by a wide array of industries. The program has been very popular, so popular that classes fill extremely quickly.

Recently the College has taken steps to help move the LMC Welding Technology Program forward. A new full-time, tenure track instructor (Dann Gesink) was hired this past fall. New cutting-edge equipment was purchased which allows students to be more precise and efficient in their work.

Dann Gesink has been teaching for LMC since 2011 as a part-time instructor. He comes to the college with years of training and experience. He holds an Associate of Arts in Welding Technology from Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo, MI), and a Certificate in Mechanical Drafting from Diablo Valley College. He also attended the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (Troy, OH) for his certified welding inspector/educator test preparation. Dann has worked in the welding industry his entire career. The last four and a half years, he was employed as a welding inspector/testing technician, working on a wide range of projects, including the Hetch Hetchy water pipeline at the Hayward Fault, the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, the SLAC National Accelerator Lab, Kaiser Oakland, Google and Facebook.

When asked why he began teaching, Dann replied, “I knew from my experiences training others on the job that I liked teaching welding, and when the opportunity to apply at LMC arose, I was excited to pursue it. My first week of teaching confirmed for me that teaching was something I want to do full time, and by hook or by crook, I was going to make that happen. I love the trade and enjoy passing my knowledge on. I’ve benefitted from a handful of generous mentors and co-workers who gave me a chance, a listening ear and a kind suggestion. It’s time for me to inspire others.”

Joe Meyer, LMC’s Welding Department faculty lead, is enthusiastic to have another fulltime faculty member in Welding. He explains, “With another fulltime professor, our evening courses become dramatically stabilized. Students now have the ability to take the same instructor for both theory and lab courses. This develops a much deeper relationship and stability for the students. It also gives the instructor more opportunity to work with the students and educate them to their full potential.”

“And then there’s the fact that our new fulltime professor is Dann,” he continues. “Dann is an exemplary performer. His industry experience and knowledge is an asset to our program. From the time he started here as an adjunct instructor, he has consistently exhibited a high degree of professionalism, commitment and competence as a welding instructor. He incorporates a positive attitude in performing his duties and towards instructing his students. He is very knowledgeable in demonstrating the different welding processes we offer, assisting students with the techniques, and critiquing their progress.  Lastly, his soft skills are what we all desire, someone who is easy to talk to, very approachable, and always passionate in teaching welding to students.”

The new equipment is also very exciting for the Welding Department. Joe explains, “Our new welding equipment will not only help our students succeed in class, but help them develop skill using the type of equipment they most likely will use on the job. This equipment includes shielded-metal arc welding inverter power supplies where students can set their amperage precisely and weld with very smooth arc characteristics. In addition, we have new flux-core arc welding power supplies with digital readouts so students can set their wire feed speed and arc voltage exactly to create quality welds. Our previous equipment was not as precise so it took longer to find the optimum settings. ”

Additional plans include acquiring equipment and tooling to create a “Fabrication Techniques” course where students will learn how to measure, cut, bend, drill, tap, rivet, metal items using hand and power tools. Joe feels this important because “”This would make the students more valuable to employers and lessen their learning curve and oversight in using tools, working to a drawing, and become more productive in their work. Overall, we strive to offer the latest welding equipment and technology thus providing students with the best educational experience.”

Natalie Hannum, Dean of Career Technical Education and Social Sciences, fully supports the efforts to optimize LMC’s Welding Technology Program. She explains, “This is an example of government systems working collaboratively:  Industry indicated it needed more welders; a TAACCCT grant provided funds to expand the lab and obtain state of the art equipment; and the college added capacity by hiring additional faculty to meet the need. It is a win for industry by providing a skilled workforce, and it is a win for students by providing more access to courses by offering night and weekend classes.  Welding is a high wage and high demand job and encompasses numerous industries, so there are a lot of opportunities for students.  It is an admirable career, and today’s welders are key to the California economy.”

As LMC’s Welding Program continues to improve and thrive, courses fill early, students accomplish their goals with the program, and many get jobs quickly once they have earned a certificate and/or degree. Interested in exploring a career in welding? Check out our Welding Technology Program at www.losmedanos.edu/welding.

Los Medanos College (LMC) is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District. LMC prepares students to excel and succeed economically, socially and intellectually in an innovative, engaging and supportive learning environment. It provides quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities to serve the needs of a rapidly growing and changing East County while enhancing the quality of life of the diverse communities it serves. LMC is located on 120 acres between Pittsburg and Antioch, with an additional education center in Brentwood.

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Antioch High Class of 1956 seeks classmates for 60th reunion in August

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Re-nionEveryone is invited. Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. at the Lone Tree Golf & Event Center.

Dinner and no host bar. Tickets are $50.00 per person.

Contact Sue Carris Siino at 925-325-9559.

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Tri Delta Transit to distribute 1,000 umbrellas for El Niño

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The Eastern Contra Costa County Transit Authority, better known as Tri Delta Transit, will be handing out over 1,000 umbrellas to East County residents in anticipation of El Niño rains.

“The rain has already begun and more is expected to fall in the coming months. We want our customers to stay dry while waiting for the bus,” said Mike Furnary, Director of Marketing and Customer Service. “While we have a number of shelters located throughout our service area, many bus stops don’t offer protection from the elements. An umbrella is a great way to provide personal protection from the rain, and sun, and can be put to use anywhere.”

Every winter, Tri Delta Transit receives an increase in the number of requests to install shelters at bus stops where there is no overhead protection. Unfortunately, funding and space requirements limit their ability to add shelters. The umbrellas will provide immediate protection to over a thousand Tri Delta Transit customers.

“Plus, the shelter provided by the umbrellas will be available to our customers wherever they go. We refer to them as ‘mobile bus shelters’,” Furnary added.

Back in 2008, Tri Delta Transit provided umbrellas to bus patrons during the summer months as a means to escape the brutal heat of the Eastern Contra Costa sun. “Revising this giveaway seemed like the right thing to do given the forecast for such a wet winter” said Furnary.

The umbrellas are both a customer appreciation gift and useful tool for Tri Delta Transit customers. Patrons are encouraged to bring the umbrellas with them every time they ride the bus. They are light and compact so they’ll easily fit in a purse or back pack. Having one handy will provide protection on a moment’s notice in both sunny and rainy conditions. “It’s just a practical tool to have with you if you ride the bus. We’re very happy to be providing them,” said Furnary.

Tri Delta Transit staff will be canvassing East County over the next couple of weeks distributing umbrellas on buses, at bus stops, park and ride lots and at BART. Bus drivers will be handing them to customers as they board their bus, and riders can pick one up at Tri Delta Transit’s administrative offices on Wilbur Avenue in Antioch while supplies last.

So if you see an abundance of blue and white umbrellas on a rainy el Niño day this winter, you’re sure to find some very happy and much more comfortable people underneath them, compliments of Tri Delta Transit.

Tri Delta Transit was named small bus operator of the year in 2014. They provide over 3,000,000 trips each year to a population of over 250,000 residents in the 225 square miles of Eastern Contra Costa County. They operate 13 local bus routes Monday – Friday, 4 local bus routes on weekends, door-to-door bus service for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and shuttle services to community events.

For additional information about Tri Delta Transit, please visit www.trideltatransit.com.

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Serious crimes in Antioch Police calls for service highlights, Jan. 14-20, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

As published in City Manager Steve Duran’s Weekly Report dated January 23, 2016 and provided by Chief of Police Allan Cantando. More serious or interesting crimes highlighted in bold.

Calls for Service & Arrest Summary:

Time Period: 01/14/16 00:00:00–01/20/16 23:59:59

Number of Calls for Service: 1,635

Number of Case Reports: 265

Number of Arrests: 90

Felony: 33

Misdemeanor: 55

Infraction: 2

Arrests with DUI charge: 3

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

  • ·On 1/20/16 at 7:28 pm, the victim arrived home and found her apartment on Lawton Street burglarized. She spoke with neighbors and based on their statements and seeing a transient around the complex, she provided a description of a possible suspect. An officer completed an area check and located 25 year old Nathan Watson, who matched the description, to the rear of the closed “Dutch Pride” on West Madill / A St. During the contact, the victim’s stolen property was found in Watson’s possession. The rest of her property was located near a dumpster next to Watson. The victim responded and identified Watson as the subject she had seen in her complex earlier and all of her missing property was recovered. Watson was booked into county jail.
  • ·On 1/20/16 at 11:42 am, officers saw Deon Slaughter age 39 in the area of 2121 L St and knew he had a warrant for his arrest. Slaughter was detained trying to walk away and lied about his name. His identity was confirmed and he was transported to the county jail.
  • ·On 1/20/16 at 5:08 am, officers responded to numerous calls of shots fired in the area Roosevelt Lane and Worrell Dr. Officers arrived and located 5 spent 9mm shell casing in the middle of the intersection. No witnesses, damage or victims were located. There is no suspect information at this time.
  • ·1/19/16 10:08 pm, an officer noticed Richard McDonald age 27 lurking around the Dollar General store’s front door at 20 W 10th St as if he was about to burglarize the business. The officer contacted McDonald and learned he had a no bail warrant for his arrest. McDonald was arrested without incident and booked into county jail.
  • ·On 1/19/16 at 6:54 pm, officers were dispatched to the 4000 block of Banbury Way for subjects screaming and loud noises being heard. Arriving officers contacted Loc Ly age 41 at the front door. Ly didn’t appear to understand English and therefore provided no information. Officers entered the residence for a welfare check and located a marijuana grow consisting of approximately 500 plants in various stages of growth. Officers located forced entry to a rear door of the residence and interior doors that were forced. The house was a mess and it appeared as though there was some sort of struggle and someone had removed or attempted to remove several marijuana plants. Officers on scene could still not obtain any information from Ly. APD Investigations responded for the marijuana grow. Ly was arrested and transported to APD. Ly was interviewed by detectives who determined that he did in fact speak some English. He told investigators that 4 adult males armed with handguns broke into his residence and robbed him of marijuana plants and other items.
  • ·On 1/19/16 at 1:23 pm, officers were dispatched to Auto Center Dr and Century Blvd on reports of a man with a gun. Officers located Anthony Barela age 32 on Sycamore Dr. He matched the description of the suspect given by the reporting party. Barela did not have a firearm; however he was arrested on his outstanding parole violation warrant. Barela’s identification was confirmed using the mobile fingerprint reader. He was sent to county jail without incident.
  • ·On 1/19/16 at 11:03 am, while checking the area for the stolen green Honda from the next entry, an officer observed a different suspicious vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on C Street. The vehicle pulled over before officer could make a traffic stop. The officer contacted the two occupants of the car anyway. Upon further investigation, the officer found the ignition was damaged and the vehicle had false registration tabs. During a search of the car, officers located metal knuckles. The driver, Carlos Morales age 34 was arrested and the vehicle was towed. The passenger was released on scene. An officer attempted to contact the registered owner to see if the car was stolen but could not reach her. Morales was transported to APD for booking. A short time later, the victim called dispatch to report the vehicle as stolen. The vehicle theft report was taken and the charges were added to Morales’ booking paperwork. He was transported to county jail.
  • ·On 1/19/16 at 10:54 am, officers observed a green Honda in the parking lot of Quik Stop on Sycamore Dr. They noticed the vehicle did not have license plates and matched the description of a green Honda that was stolen earlier in the day. They conducted an enforcement stop but the vehicle fled. The Honda fled on eastbound Hwy 4 from L Street. The officers terminated the short pursuit due to the suspect’s erratic driving. The Honda was last seen taking the A Street off-ramp. Officers circulated the area with negative results.
  • ·On 1/18/16 at 6:40 pm, citizens called to report a DUI driver in a blue Toyota Camry missing the front driver’s side tire. The vehicle was located in front of 5123 Brookcrest Ct. in the middle of the street on fire. The vehicle appeared to have been in a collision and was registered to Loreyna Ruiz, age 24. She was contacted by officers exhibited signs of being under the influence. She tried to go into her house despite orders not to do so. When officers stopped her from leaving she became combative and had to be handcuffed as she was kicking officers. Ruiz was then placed in a patrol car and she began kicking the door and window. She was identified as the driver by two witnesses. Ruiz was sent to a local hospital for medical clearance. Ruiz was released pending further investigation after a blood draw.
  • ·On 1/18/16 at 5:53 pm, a citizen called to report Esther Rowlett age 57 was going through the trash cans at Jack’s Car Wash on Fitzuren Road and making a mess. Officers arrived and contacted Rowlett who had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody without incident and sent to county jail.
  • ·On 1/18/16 at 2:57 pm, officers observed Adrian Morales age 21 driving a vehicle with no license plates and a defective windshield. Officers conducted an enforcement stop. Officers found Morales was on searchable probation and was driving without a license. During a search of the car, officers located .4 grams of tar heroin and a glass pipe. Morales was arrested without incident and sent to county jail on drug charges and a probation violation.
  • ·On 1/17/16 at 10:48 am, officers were dispatched to the parking lot of Delta Breeze Laundromat at 1092 Sycamore Dr on the report of subjects in front of the business smoking and selling narcotics. Upon arrival, Adam Carpenter age 25 was contacted while seated in his vehicle. In plain sight, officers located marijuana packaged for sales. A search was conducted and more evidence of marijuana sales was located. Carpenter made some admissions to selling narcotics and was sent to county jail.
  • ·On 1/17/16 at 9:27 am, Damien Mendez age 22 and Jose Gonzalez-Soto age 19 were seen by mall security and an independent witness breaking into a parked vehicle at Somersville Town Center. Gonzalez-Soto used a hammer to break the vehicle’s window. A license plate was obtained and the vehicle came back to an address in Pittsburg. APD Officers drove to the address and located the responsible vehicle leaving the neighborhood. A traffic stop was conducted and Mendez and Gonzalez-Soto were detained. They were both positively identified as being involved. Stolen property was recovered from inside the vehicle. A third unknown female was with them during the burglary but was not in the vehicle at the time of the stop. A search was conducted at Mendez’ house and more stolen property was located that was taken from a Concord burglary. Both were booked into county jail.
  • ·On 1/17/16 at 4:55 am, officers responded to an alarm to the rear yard of Goodwill at 2701 W 10th St. with the security company advising of a subject walking around. An officer spotted a vehicle leaving the area blacked out. A vehicle stop was made and Brian Sarmento age 30 was contacted. He was found to be in possession of property from Goodwill and matched the description given by the security company of the subject they had seen. He was also driving a car reported stolen out of Stockton. Sarmento admitted to stealing the car and taking items from the Goodwill lot. He was arrested without incident and booked into county jail. While this was occurring, a silver Dodge truck pulled into the business complex adjacent to Goodwill blacked out with the occupants covering their faces with hoods. When they saw one of the officers, they quickly fled the area in the truck. It is not known if they are associated with Sarmento. The truck was located turning into the Days Inn on Auto Center Drive. When officers arrived, Niela Wiley age 35 was entering the motel lobby and was detained without incident. Hotel staff was contacted and provided information that the truck occupants had gone into room 218. As officers were walking to the room to make contact, Danielle Gobert age 34 was at the door knocking trying to get in. She consented to a search of the room. Two large plastic totes full of merchandise believed to belong to Goodwill were located in the room on the floor near the door. Both Wiley and Gobert denied any knowledge of the property and totes. All property was logged into evidence, including a small locked safe from the bed of the truck. Both Gobert and Wiley were released pending further investigation.
  • ·On 1/16/16 at 10:00 am, Makineti Sanft age 24 was detained at K Mart on E 18th St for shoplifting over $1000.00 in goods. The officer who responded recalled that Sanft was a suspect in a recent robbery at Lucky’s on E 18th St. In that case, Sanft drove a stolen vehicle to Lucky’s, committed a strong armed robbery of liquor, and tried to flee in the vehicle. The vehicle wouldn’t start so she fled on foot. Coincidentally…today… Sanft did the same thing, arriving in a stolen vehicle that she stole 3 days ago in Pittsburg. Sanft admitted to today’s theft and to stealing the vehicle she was in. Afterwards, the officer drove her to Lucky’s and she was positively identified there by the employee/victim. Sanft again admitted to everything involving this incident. She was arrested on both cases and sent to the county jail.
  • ·On 1/16/16 at 8:03 am, Julius Edwards age 26 stole a bag of coffee from the Starbucks on A St. Officers detained Edwards just down the street and identified him. Starbucks did not wish to press charges so we gave him a trespass notice, and arrested him for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Edwards was transported to the county jail.
  • ·On 1/16/16 at 3:07 am, officers responded to the area of Badger Pass Way and Mount Hamilton after we received several calls regarding shots being fired in the area. A witness was contacted and pointed out the garage door of 1903 Badger Pass Way which had been driven through. They also provided the description of a Toyota Minivan. An officer recalled seeing a van matching the description in the area of Mount Conness Ct and began an area check. He located the van and conducted a traffic stop. The two occupants Jianhong Li age 37 and Chun Mu Li age 34 spoke only Chinese and the driver had a minor head injury from being struck by an unknown object. Neither provided any information and their identification could not be confirmed. Approximately 10lbs of freshly cut marijuana was in the minivan. The van was also found to have several bullet holes in it. Officers returned to Badger Pass Way and found the house fortified and the roll-up garage door driven through. Shell casings were found in the driveway. A security sweep was made of the residence and a large working marijuana grow was discovered. The meter had been bypassed and no one else was found in the residence. PG&E responded and disconnected the power. APD Investigations responded and took over the cultivation investigation. Both subjects were arrested and booked into county jail for possession for sale of marijuana.
  • ·On 1/15/16 at 9:51 pm, Kenneth Goodman age 38 was stopped for traffic violations on E 18th St and Cavallo Rd. During the stop, the Honda was found to have incorrect plates and the VIN was altered. An alternate VIN was located and the vehicle was found to be stolen out of Pittsburg. Goodman was arrested without incident and later transported to county jail.
  • ·On 1/15/16 at 8:00 pm, officers were dispatched to 2201 San Jose Dr on a report of subjects inside a vacant apartment. Upon arrival, Officers made contact with Jamal McClinton age 33 and Marlin Pitre age 43 in front of the vacant apartment. Officers knew Pitre had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. When the officers called to Pitre, he fled into the vacant apartment and locked the door. Officers kicked the front door open and took Pitre into custody without incident. McClinton was found to be in possession of a glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine. McClinton was cited and released from the scene. Pitre was later transported to county jail. Property maintenance responded to the scene and secured the residence.
  • ·On 1/15/15 at 3:48 pm, an officer located a stolen Honda Civic on E. Tregallas Rd at Harbour Drive. The vehicle being driven by an unknown adult male. The officer followed the vehicle while waiting for cover units to arrive. Once the Honda reached Davison Dr, it took off at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the vehicle to Sunset Dr, where the pursuit was terminated. The Honda was not located.
  • ·On 1/15/16 at 5:47 am, an adult female entered Quickstop in the 2700 block of W Tregallas Rd and brandished a large caliber semi-auto handgun while demanding money and cigarettes. The female fled in a waiting newer white 4 door vehicle southbound on Lone Tree Way. The exact amount of the loss was unknown at this time. An area check was done with negative results.
  • ·On 1/14/16 at 6:40 pm, dispatch received a call of a found 18 month old at the gate to Riverstone Apartments in the 2200 block of Sycamore Dr. The reporting party held the child until we arrived. While en route, dispatch received a second call from the grandmother of the child stating someone had taken her granddaughter from her home. Upon arrival we discovered the grandmother had come home from a two hour drive with her granddaughter who was asleep. She was placed on the couch while her grandmother quickly used the restroom. When she returned the child had slipped out of the house. It appears the door was slightly ajar. There was no evidence of abuse or neglect.
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