60 years ago

Wild west holdup: Sheriff's deputies were searching this week for three youths who apparently are unaware that the rip-snortin lawless days of the Old West belong only in fiction and horse operas. The trio, with their handkerchiefs over their faces and armed with rifles, walked into the bunkhouse on the Ralph Emerson ranch Sunday and robbed Josea Pantoja of $20, two jackets and a suitcase.

25 years ago

Antioch City Council bans beer from public property: Antioch residents might want to think twice before enjoying a can of beer at the City Park in the future. The City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would make it a violation of the Municipal Code to drink alcoholic beverages at city parks, school grounds and other public property.

Final approval is expected at the next council meeting.

Councilwoman Mary Rocha voted against the ordinance, saying the public should have a chance to hear about it first.

The ordinance was added to Tuesday's agenda during the afternoon portion of the meeting, at Mayor Joel Keller's request.

Targeted by Tuesday's action are people repeatedly arrested for public drunkenness.

"People are reluctant to take their children to City Park (at 10th and A streets)" said Keller. "I've received letters about this and have spoken with neighbors of the park."

He said the city has an obligation to families wanting "good, wholesome activities."

Councilwoman Cathryn Freitas, who lives near City Park, agreed. "I've received numerous complaints," she said." "There is drinking all day, starting at 7, 8 or 9 a.m."

If the ordinance is approved, it will take effect in 30 days.

City manager Lee Walton indicated the ordinance, and all its enforcement, would be flexible. People who plan to drink in the parks during picnics or barbecues, for example, can get permits to do so, he explained. He said permits would be free and could be obtained over the phone or by mail.

Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files