Archive for July, 2019

Enjoy Rhinestone: The Songs of Glen Campbell, Saturday at El Campanil Theatre

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Andy Kahrs

RHINESTONE: The Songs of Glen Campbell performed by Andy Kahrs

Sat., Aug. 3 – 2 pm Matinee Show

www.elcampaniltheatre.com/Rhinestone.html

Contemporary Music Legend Glen Campbell

All-in-all, he has tallied 21 Top 40 hits, 6 Top 20 albums, 27 Top 10 singles, 9 No. 1 Country albums, 5 Grammy Awards, 3 Grammy Hall of Fame honors, and 3 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

He is a 15-time CMA Award nominee and 2-time winner.

In June 2011, Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – then went on to embark on a farewell tour.

In 2013, he was the subject of the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Mewhich gave him another career highlight with an Oscar Nomination and another Grammy Award for his song from this film, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.”

Campbell’s final album Adios was released June 2017.

Rising Star Andy Kahrs

Promo Video Link: https://youtu.be/dDReQe7LE6c

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA Andy has never strayed from the souful bends and warm twang of the music that sparked his desire to pick up a guitar and start writing music at age 15.

A recent move to Nashville has deepened his commitment to his Southern roots and now, at age 29, a seasoned blend of blues, country, and bluegrass can be heard in his recorded music and live performances over 200 days of the year.

His RHINESTONE show debuted at the Historic El Campanil Theatre in Antioch which kicked off his very successful 2018 Northern California Tour receiving enthusiastic raves throughout. He is currently performing his 2019 concert schedule with stops around the country.

He feels privileged to present the music and memories of Glen Campbell, and to carry on the legacy of this contemporary music legend.

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Comedians from TV peform live at the Solid Rock Cafe Saturday night, Aug. 3

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Available at www.gbofantioch.org/funnyfellowship, at the Grace Bible Fellowship church office, call (925) 522-2017, Solid Rock Café at 422 W. 2nd Street in Rivertown, Historic Downtown Antioch or at Heavenly Hair, 320 E 18th Street in Antioch.

About the performers:

Chico Will

Born and raised in Washington D.C., Chico Will never would’ve imagined that he would become a comedian, but one life altering experience changed his views of life forever. Being critically wounded and hospitalized due to a gunshot wound in early 2001, he spent a lot of time in the hospital bed contemplating his life changes and the path to take next. “I was watching an episode of Comic View on BET, and it hit me; these comics aren’t really all that, I can do that.” After recouping from his injury, he decided to put his talent to the test, and tried out comedy for the first time appearing at Washington, D.C.’s infamous Takoma Station nightclub. From then on, he knew that this was a career to embark upon.

Chico began his career, hosting Takoma Station weekly while working other gigs at various comedy venues throughout the D.C. Metro area. Within his first three years, Chico performed with D.C.’s best such as Joe Clair and Red Grant. He has blessed the stage at events and venues such as Howard University’s Homecoming Comedy Show; BET’s Coming to the Stage; Virginia House of Comedy and Richmond’s Funnybone. Chico has opened up for big music acts such as R&B singer Pleasure P (of Pretty Ricky) and soul music legends The Whispers, and the list goes on. He was also featured on BET’s 106 & Park for the Martin Luther King Memorial Tribute.

In addition to continuously hosting and performing at various comedy venues across the country, Chico also writes for fellow comedians as well as writing and producing Shows. His current projects include: Hosting a Bi-Weekly comedy spot “Up and Up Open-Mic”, Lead Writer on the Sketch show DMV COMEDY SIT – DOWN and CHICOMENTARY, consulting on the Web series Dr. J Petty and headlining on NuVo TV comedy series STAND – UP AND DELIVER.

Kenté Scott

Actor and comedian Kenté  Scott ​was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Although his father wanted him to be a doctor, Kenté was destined for a different life path as he started to appear in commercials and stage plays while attending UCLA. Upon graduation, he decided to pursue a career in acting and stand-up comedy.

Kenté started doing stand-up at the worldfamous Comedy Store in Hollywood. He has left crowds laughing all over the country, performing with such comic heavyweights as Katt Williams, Cedric The Entertainer, Melanie Camacho, Sherri Shepherd, Chris Spencer, and Rodney Perry. Kenté recently returned from co-headlining a tour of the U.S. Military bases in japan, bringing his humor to our troops.

As an actor, Kenté has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He co-starred in Denzel Washington’s directorial debut, “Antwone Fisher”, and played the lead in Showtime’s critically acclaimed movie, “They Call Me Sirr”, co-starring Michael Clarke Duncan. Kenté has been a guest star on hit shows such as “The Unit”, “ER”, “The Parkers”, “Strong Medicine”, and “Half & Half”.

Kenté draws the inspiration for his comedy routine from his seemingly never-ending life as a bachelor, being a single father of a teenage daughter, and his dysfunctional (which is the clinical word for “crazy”) parents and upbringing. He has been refining his comedy skills on stages all across the country, so watch out for more big things from his all-around talent in the very near future.

Host: Kirk McHenry

Kirk is a comic that will definitely give you a workout through laughter…

His versatility and ability to deliver gut bursting laughs to his audience sets Kirk McHenry apart from the modern day comic. Born and raised in Oakland, California; Kirk has acquired a wealth of knowledge from life in the inner city, to prep school in the suburbs, experiencing college life in the south and even a successful four-year stint in the Marine Corps.

Always viewing life through the eyes of a comic; Kirk blends all of his life experiences together into a story -telling brand of comedy that has been likened to Bill Cosby with a Richard Pryor twist; having already opened for comedic stars such as Paul Mooney, Bobby Slayton, Gary Owen, Charlie Murphy, Tommy Davidson and Eddie Griffin, as well as several musical acts including KEM, Tony Toni Tone, The Whispers, and Howard Hewitt, Kirk continues to leave audiences captivated across globe.

 Karma 777 Film Works & Productions has labeled Kirk McHenry as “One of the top 10 comics in the Bay Area.”

Drawing inspiration from everyday life his storytelling style of comedy is better than reality TV. Kirk has had numerous television appearances on BET’s Comic View, One Mic Stand hosted by Kevin Hart, and Jamie Foxx Laffapalooza; as well as several touring engagements throughout the United States and abroad.

This unforgettable comics’ voice can also be heard as the lead character of Toe Jam in the 2002 video game release of “Toe Jam & Earl III: Mission to Earth.”

Soon to be a household name, Kirk brings his dynamic side-splitting comedy style to the stage every time.

​See both Chico Wells and Kenté Scott, plus host, Kirk McHenry live in Antioch this Saturday night for some family friendly fun at the Solid Rock Café in Antioch’s historic, downtown Rivertown. Presented by Funny Fellowship Christian Entertainment.

 

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Man shoots coworker at Antioch fast food restaurant Monday night

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Antoine Waller. Photo by Antioch PD.

By Lieutenant Powell Meads #3917, Field Services, Antioch Police Department

On July 29, 2019 at approximately 5:45 PM, the Antioch Police Department began receiving several calls reporting gunshots fired inside of Popeyes, located at 5019 Lone Tree Way. As officers were responding they received additional information that the victim was an employee, and the responsible had fled on foot. When officers arrived on scene, they located the 23-year-old male victim, who was suffering from at least one gunshot wound. It was confirmed the victim was an employee of Popeyes. The victim was transported via medical helicopter to a local hospital, where he was rushed into surgery and is currently in critical condition.

Several witnesses on scene identified the suspect as 22-year-old Antoine Waller. Waller was also an employee of Popeyes and had gone home sick earlier in the day. Officers located a nearby address for Waller in the 5000 block of Catanzaro Way. Officers quickly responded to the address and established a perimeter. Efforts were made to contact Waller, and after a short period of time he exited the home and surrendered.

Evidence linking Waller to the shooting was recovered inside the residence. The firearm believed to be used in the shooting was also located and had previously been reported stolen. Waller is a convicted felon and not able to legally possess a firearm. The motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

Waller was arrested and will be booked into County Jail for a variety of felony charges including attempted murder and weapons violations.

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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Antioch Police release more details, arrest photos of father, son charged with sex crimes against foster children

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Simon Mendoza Chavez & Simon Magana Chavez. Photos by Antioch PD.

By Lt. John Fortner – Investigations, Antioch Police Department

On June 13, 2019, members of the Antioch Police Department began investigating an extensive sexual abuse case. The abuse involved several minors that were victimized by a father and son who provided foster care for the children from 2011 through 2017. (See related article)

Earlier this month, Antioch detectives from the Investigations Bureau arrested 64-year-old Simon Mendoza Chavez, and his son 31-year-old Simon Magana Chavez, in connection with these crimes. Both father and son were charged with the sexual abuse of multiple children, unlawfully having sex with a minor, and lewd acts with a child.

Currently, detectives assigned to the Investigation Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit are working with the District Attorney’s office as the case is ongoing and active. Members of the public with information about the case are asked to call Detective Kelly Inabnett at (925) 779-6932.

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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Antioch foster father and son charged with sexual abuse of multiple children

Monday, July 29th, 2019

By Scott Alonso, Public Information Office, Contra Costa District Attorney

Earlier this month, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged defendant Simon Chavez, a 64-year-old resident of Antioch, California and his son Simon Magana Chavez, 31-year-old resident of Atwater, California for the sexual abuse of multiple children and unlawfully having sex with a minor.

The elder Chavez was a foster father at his home in Antioch with Contra Costa County’s Children and Family Services. Overall, he fostered young children under his care for at least 18 years.

Simon Chavez entered a not guilty plea to the 63 felonies on July 16 in the Pittsburg Superior Court before the Honorable Leonard Marquez. Chavez is in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility and his bail is $31.5 million.

Chavez’s son, Simon Magana Chavez was arraigned this past Friday in the Pittsburg Superior Court. He pleaded not guilty to the complaint. The younger Chavez is charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors related for crimes against two children, including lewd acts against a child and unlawful sex. As recently as 2018, Simon Magana Chavez was a correctional officer with the state of California. The bail for Simon Magana Chavez is $1.23 million.

Both cases are assigned to Deputy District Attorney Diana Weiss with our Office’s Sexual Assault Unit.

Our Office does not release how a victim may know a defendant in a sexual assault case as well as the age or name of a victim to protect their confidentiality.

The investigation is ongoing and active. Members of the public with information about the case should call Antioch Police Detective Kelly Inabnett at 925-779-6932.

Case information: People v. Simon Chavez, Docket Number 04-197245-4; People v. Simon Magana Chavez, Docket Number 04-197264-5.

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Motorcyclist in critical condition following collision with hit-and-run driver Thursday night

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

By Sergeant Rick Hoffman #4515, Antioch Police Field Services Bureau

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, at approximately 10:30 pm, Antioch Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of East 18th Street and Phillips Lane for a report of a major injury motorcycle collision. Upon arrival, officers located the motorcycle at the north curb line of East 18th Street just west of Phillips Lane with extensive damage. Officers located an unoccupied passenger vehicle in a nearby parking lot. The passenger vehicle also had extensive damage, which appeared to be as a result of a collision with the motorcycle. Officers found the motorcycle rider had been ejected from the motorcycle and was suffering from serious injuries. The 34-year-old motorcycle rider was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the passenger vehicle was not located.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Antioch Police Department non-emergency line at (925) 778-2441 or You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH.

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DA charges two with murder in beating death of Bay Point man

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Suspects from Antioch, Bay Point

By Jimmy Lee, Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff

Two suspects involved in a homicide and assault with a deadly weapon case in Bay Point that occurred on Thursday, July 18, 2019 have been formally charged with murder by the Contra Costa D.A.’s Office. Detectives from the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division presented their case to the D.A.’s Office on Thursday, July 25, 2019.

Both suspects remain in custody at the Martinez Detention Facility. 20-year-old Abel Garcia of Antioch, who was arrested on July 18, 2019, is held being held on murder, conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon, and robbery charges. 24-year-old Erick Ruiz of Bay Point was arrested Friday, July 19, 2019. He is being held on the same charges. Both are being held without bail.

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, at about 9:09 PM, Muir Station Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance in the area of Riverside Drive and Mariners Cove in Bay Point. The caller stated that there was a man who appeared to be beaten in the street. Deputies arrived and found an unresponsive man in front of a home on the 200 block of Riverside Drive. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. He is identified as 38-year-old Johnny Burns of Bay Point. Later at about 9:21 PM, Deputy Sheriffs responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon on the 2700 block of Willow Pass Road in Bay Point. The victim was later treated and released from a local hospital.

The suspect vehicle and suspect descriptions were broadcast to law enforcement agencies in the area. The Concord Police Department later located the vehicle. Deputies responded to that location and took custody of Abel. An arrest warrant was issued for the Ruiz, who was arrested the next day.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this case is asked to contact the Office of the Sheriff at (925) 646-2441 or Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.

 

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Supervisors seek members for Independent Oversight Committee for the Regional Measure 3 bridge toll increase

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

In 2018, voters passed Regional Measure 3 (RM3) which increased bridge tolls in the Bay Area and also established an Independent Oversight Committee. Each of 9 Bay Area counties appoint two members to the Committee. The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is seeking two members of the public to serve.

The RM3 Independent Oversight Committee (oversight committee) will be established by the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) pursuant to Senate Bill 595 (which placed RM 3 on the ballot). The purpose of the Oversight Committee is to ensure that any toll revenues generated pursuant to the RM3 toll increase are expended consistent with the applicable requirements of the RM3 expenditure plan set forth in Streets and Highways Code Section 30914.7. The Oversight Committee shall annually review the expenditure of funds by BATA for the projects and programs specified in Section 30914.7 and prepare and submit a report to the transportation committee of each house of the Legislature summarizing its findings.

An individual interested in serving on the Committee must be a resident of Contra Costa County and meet the Streets and Highways Code Section 30923 (h) (3) restrictions below:

  • A representative appointed to the oversight committee shall not be a member, former member, staff, or former staff of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) or BATA.
  • A representative appointed to the oversight committee shall not be employed by any organization or person that has received or is receiving funding from MTC or BATA.
  • A representative appointed to the oversight committee shall not be a former employee or a person who has contracted with any organization or person that has received or is receiving funding from MTC or BATA within one year of having worked for or contracted with that organization or person.

The RM3 Oversight Committee is subject to open public meetings (The Brown Act). Meeting dates, frequency, and length of meetings will be established by the members of the committee. The location of meetings will be in San Francisco at the Bay Area Metro Center. BATA anticipates a stipend to members for meeting attendance. The term length for representatives is four years, and each representative is limited to two terms.

Applications are available online at https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/3418 or by contacting the Clerk of the Board’s Office at (925) 335-1900 or clerkoftheboard@cob.cccounty.us. Completed applications are due by 5 PM on August 9, 2019, and may be completed and submitted online, emailed to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, mailed or submitted to 651 Pine Street, Room 106, Martinez, CA 94553.

 

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