Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Antioch Teen Skate Night Friday, Sept. 29

Monday, September 25th, 2023

Antioch High School Band Backers to hold fundraiser Sept. 16

Monday, August 28th, 2023

Benefiting Delta Band Review Oct. 7

By Jenni Cendejas

Please help support our fundraiser. We are raising funds for this year’s marching season including the Delta Band Review in Antioch on October 7, 2023.

Tickets are $75 for both the dinner and Poker Tournament. For those who don’t want to play poker, come and enjoy a good dinner for just $20 and enjoy watching the Poker Tournament. Also enter to win other prizes.

For tickets, please visit

Teenage girl shot during attempted homicide in Antioch early Saturday

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

Suffering life-threatening injuries; suspect unknown, police investigating

Started as altercation at Antioch Marina where shots were fired

By Lt. Rick Martin, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau

On August 12, 2023, at approximately 2:58 AM, Antioch Police Dispatch center began receiving calls of shots fired in the 1000 block of W. 6th Street. At the same time, Contra Costa Sheriff’s dispatch advised they had located a victim of a shooting in Century Plaza in the City of Pittsburg who had been shot in Antioch.

During the initial investigation, it was learned an altercation had occurred between a group of subjects at the Antioch Marina where shots were fired. As the groups left the marina in their vehicles, the altercation continued to the 1000 block of W. 6th Street where more shots were fired. A 14-year-old female victim was driven to Century Plaza and a call to 9-1-1 was made. The juvenile victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

APD Detectives are actively working this investigation. Anyone with information related to this incident are encouraged to contact our non-emergency at 925-778-2441 or Detective Allen at 925-779-6923.

Antioch Council of Teens seeks members

Wednesday, August 9th, 2023

Antioch’s Split Second Response offers new approach to personal protection, growth and safety

Thursday, July 27th, 2023
Dr. Tim Calvin. Photo by Allen D. Payton

Owner changes name, focus of D1 & Only Martial Arts

By Dr. Tim Calvin, Ed.D., CEO & Founder

We live in a scary world where violent crime seems to be ever increasing, and our children are becoming the byproducts of a society of unfettered scruples and moral degradation. It is alarming as we watch our children become more self-absorbed, socially inept, and morally disconnected as they become attached to their electronic devices and social media platforms that feeds their young minds with inappropriate images and unethical messaging. As a result, our children are becoming more prone to violence, unremorseful, and ill-prepared to deal with the brutal nature of their environment, and they are continuing this trend well into adulthood.

As acts of violence and shootings become increasingly rampant and cities become more unstable, it appears that those charged with protecting and keeping residents safe are incapable of living up to their obligation. As a result, vigilance, and the ability to efficiently and effectively recognize, avoid, de-escalate, or defend oneself or others from various threats or potentially volatile situations, is more vital than ever before.

Couples’ Self Defense Class. Photo: SSR

In response to society’s growing need for an effective resolution to combat its cycle of violence and apathy, D1 & Only Martial Arts has changed and Split Second Response was formed. Located at 3385 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, Split Second Response is revolutionizing the personal protection and safety industry by providing a unique approach to private safety and security, as well as a distinct and customized method of childhood development and individual growth. Split Second Response is a state-certified training facility that provides a multitude of services that includes a modern and realistic martial arts and self-defense program, firearms training for beginners, advanced firearms courses, and Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit certification courses, as well as First Aid/CPR/AED training through the American Red Cross and the Health and Safety Institute (HSI). Moreover, Split Second Response provides BSIS state-certified security guard training courses (guard card, firearms, baton, use of force, and more), in addition to Taser and Active Shooter certification courses.

Two students participate in the Women’s Only Basic Pistol Course. Photos: SSR

Split Second Response’s martial arts and personal protection program is designed to provide its students with a real-world approach to personal protection and safety. Realizing that outdated martial arts programs are ill-suited to meet today’s threats, Split Second Response, merged several martial arts styles, including Kickboxing, Krav Maga, basic Jiujitsu, and Arnis (Philippine Stick Fighting) into one well-rounded and highly effective self-defense system. The objective of this program is to condition the individual’s mind and body to instinctively react to whatever danger or threat comes your way. Students at Split Second Response are taught situational awareness and threat assessment, how to defend themselves standing, protect themselves on the ground, defend against multiple attackers, or against assailants with various weapons.

Photos: SSR

In addition to the unique approach to self-defense, Split Second Response works diligently to develop the character and moral fortitude of our youth. By changing the mindset and perceptions of our children, Split Second Response hopes to create a safer and more productive community one child at a time. The training regimen for each student at Split Second Response is customized regarding their personal growth and development by focusing on habit formation. Split Second Response employs a four-step process for character development and improved behavior by 1.) identifying areas of concern, 2.) working with parents to establish a plan to address these concerns, 3.) implementing the plan, and 4.) rewarding success or helping students refocus and get back on track if they fall short of accomplishing their goals.

Split Second Response is unlike any personal protection and development program on the market, not just in the services provided, but also in the team of professional and elite instructors they employ. Split Second Response has an exceptional and highly skilled training staff that includes former national martial arts champions, current and former law enforcement officers with backgrounds in S.W.A.T., Undercover Narcotics, and Investigations, along with current and former members of the U.S. military. So, regardless of what your personal protection, safety, or growth and development needs may be, Split Second Response is more than capable of helping you meet and exceed your goals.

For more information and to get started today, visit

About Dr. Tim Calvin

Calvin has been in business in Antioch since January 2000, is a former Oakland and Novato Police officer for 10 years and former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Operation Desert Storm as a H.A.W.K. Missile Operator, a former board member of the Antioch Kiwanis Club, and a former board member of the Antioch Police Activities League (PAL).

He has trained in martial arts for over 28 years and has earned a 7th Degree Black Belt in CCR, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Senkotiros Arnis (Philippine Stick & Knife Fighting), a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu, is a Level II Krav Maga Instructor, a certified Kickboxing Instructor, a California Dept. of Consumer Affairs: Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Firearm and Baton Instructor, an NRA Firearms Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer (RSO), a DOJ Firearms Instructor, an NRA Refuse To Be A Victim (RTBAV) Instructor, a certified American Red Cross (ARC) and Health and Safety Institute (HSI) Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, an HSI AVERT Active Shooter Instructor and AVERT Instructor Trainer, and an Axon Taser Instructor. 

Dr. Calvin is also Executive Director of the non-profit Affiliated Martial Arts Promoter’s Association, and earlier this month earned his Doctorate in Organizational Change and Administration from California Baptist University in Riverside, CA.

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.

Brentwood: Burglary in progress leads to arrests of three including Antioch, Brentwood teens

Monday, July 24th, 2023
Brentwood Police arrested three teens during a burglary in progress on Wednesday, July 19, 2023. Photo: Brentwood PD

Two out of custody with no charges filed; Antioch teen’s father of same name has history of arrests from 2014-2023

By Brentwood Police

On Wednesday afternoon, July 19, 2023, Brentwood Police officers were called to a residence located at the 700 block of Allbrook Court for a burglary in progress. When officers arrived to the residence the suspects fled.

With the help of a citizen witness, officers were able to successfully locate the suspects, identified as 18-year-old Keoni Mikala Temple, Jr. of Antioch, 19-year-old Rashad Lewis of Brentwood, and a 16-year-old juvenile. All three were placed under arrest for burglary.

According to the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office, as of Friday, July 21, both Temple and Lewis were out of custody with no charges filed.

According to, Temple’s father, Keoni Mikala Temple, Sr. has a history of arrests dating back to 2014 including three arrests by three different agencies in March of this year.

We want to thank the alert citizen who provided us the critical information needed to ensure all involved were arrested. We always appreciate when our citizens help us out. This is a friendly reminder to our community, if you see something, say something!

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.

Walnut Creek man in Friday Brentwood shootout ID’d, arrested for attempted murder, robbery, more

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

Bail set at $2,575,000; 17-year-old Antioch suspect died from his injuries; victim is 21-year-old Antioch man

By Brentwood Police Department

The surviving suspect in Friday night’s shooting that occurred in the 800 block of Marjoram Drive in Brentwood at approximately 7:45 P.M. was identified as Antonio Barajas, a 20-year-old Walnut Creek resident. Barajas (born 12/29/2002) was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility, Saturday morning (7/15/23) for the following:

1. Attempted Murder

2. Attempted Robbery

3. Conspiracy

4. Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon

5. False Imprisonment

6. Discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle

7. Carrying a loaded firearm in public

According to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, his bail was set at $2,575,000.

As previously reported, Barajas was not injured but the 21-year-old victim from Antioch was. The 17-year-old suspect from Antioch was transported to an area hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to his injuries. (See related article)

Anyone with information related to this shooting is asked to contact Detective Inerbichler or Detective Goold at 925-809-7911. Callers may remain anonymous. 

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.

Antioch’s founding AAU basketball Dream Team Celebration: Shooting for Success July 28

Saturday, July 8th, 2023

By Jareem Gunter

Join us on Friday, July 28 for the Antioch AAU basketball Dream Team Celebration: Shooting for Success, a dynamic in-person event where we’ll celebrate achievements of our founding team!

Join us for an exciting time at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center at 213 F Street in Antioch. Get ready to be inspired and motivated as we come together to celebrate success and dream big. Whether you’re an athlete, artist, entrepreneur or simply someone with big dreams, this event is for you! These young men have worked so hard and would love for you to join us in celebrating our accomplishments.

The Dream Team aims to provide essential guidance, mentorship and educational opportunities for young boys, ages 9-11 in 4th and 5th grades. We firmly believe that by instilling positive values, life skills and a strong sense of self, we can support these young men in becoming confident, responsible, and successful community members.

Join us in celebrating them! Please sign up on eventbrite to ensure we have enough seats.

For more information about the Dream Team visit HOME | Dreamteam (

Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.