Latest Antioch, California Stories

2009-10-05 12:25:00

In the aftermath of more infamous cases of child abductions, many parents are turning to technology in an effort to protect their children. The case of Jaycee Dugard, which was uncovered in August, found that Dugard had allegedly been held captive in a Northern California backyard for almost 20 years. The Associated Press cited information from Ernie Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, to show that there are currently about 800,000 missing children in...

2009-09-14 10:58:00

SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that 800,000 children under the age of 18 go missing every year. According to Damian Ross, CEO, The Self Defense Company, with schools back in session, it's more important than ever for parents to review crime prevention tips with their children to keep them safe from predators roaming the streets. Ross announces the availability of the "Family Safe Program," a 45-minute...

2009-09-10 09:55:00

Oprah Winfrey says she is trying to land the first interview with Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a child in California and held for 18 years. Now the 29-year-old mother of two daughters fathered by one of her alleged captors, Dugard was released last month and returned to her family. She has not yet spoken to the media about her ordeal. A married couple have been arrested in connection with the case, but have pleaded innocent to the charges. I want that interview, the New York Post said...

2009-08-31 16:45:50

Philip Garrido's first wife says the suspect in California's Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case was a manipulator and monster when she knew him years ago. Garrido, 58, is accused of kidnapping Dugard when she was 11, keeping her imprisoned for 18 years, raping her and fathering two daughters with her. Police also say they are looking into whether he may be responsible for a series of prostitute slayings in the 1990s, as well. His wife, Nancy, 55, whom he reportedly married in 1981, was arrested...

2008-08-28 21:00:29

By Hilary Costa Antioch bocce ball players have been left in the dark this week - - literally -- after thieves stole the copper wiring from the light fixtures that surround the courts at Chichibu Park. "Without any power we couldn't play past 8 p.m.," said bocce aficionado Dick Straub, who had planned a large bocce tournament and potluck dinner Wednesday night. The group had to speed up the games and break into smaller teams in order to finish before the sun went down. "We got to play...

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