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West Sacramento ‘Police Log’

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

  The ‘Police Log’ feature appears weekly exclusively in the News-Ledger. See the subscription offer at bottom to see it every week.

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.

Sept. 12, 3:12 p.m.
A private investigator informed police he would be conducting surveillance on Topaz Road.

Sept. 12, 3:20 p.m.
A clinic on the 2700-block of West Capitol reported that a patient said she had been raped two weeks earlier. She said the crime was committed by a man who “said he was a massage student who made house calls.”

Sept. 13, 9:41 a.m.
A woman at a Lisbon Avenue apartment said she had been arguing with her 26-year old son, who was angry she wouldn’t let him smoke in the house. The man “aimed a BB gun at (her) face, but missed,” so he “shot clothes in the closet.” The woman was uncooperative with further information, saying she “didn’t want to get her son in trouble.”

Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.
A 4th Street resident reported that someone stole a $2,000 titanium bicycle at about 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 13, 7:17 p.m.
A supermarket on West Capitol told dispatchers that a male suspect about 20 years old just came in, stole some liquor and ran out the door. It was the second such shopping trip for this suspect on that day.

Sept. 13, 7:27 p.m.
The Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (YONET) informed police it would be conducting an operation at a motel on the 1500-block of West Capitol, and asked patrol cars to steer clear.

Sept. 14, 12:01 a.m.
A male subject knocked on the door of a Poplar Avenue resident and “yelled that he found God.” The fellow, wearing shorts and carrying a Bible, was now knocking on neighbors’ doors.

Sept. 14, 2:37 a.m.
A neighbor complained that people were swimming and being loud in the yard of an Oakland Bay Road residence.

Sept. 14, 2:56 a.m.
A man called dispatchers, requesting anonymity. He said he had received a text message from a woman saying she was being beat up. He went to the Bridge Place location and saw a pickup truck belonging to the suspect parked out front. The caller told a CHP dispatcher that if police didn’t respond, “he was going inside and it will get physical.”

Sept. 14, 10:33 a.m.
A Pennsylvania Avenue resident told police that while he was in the hospital, some friends watching his house took some of his property and sold it.

Sept. 14, 11:46 a.m.
A man reported that he was at Lake Road to help with some repairs. But when he “climbed into the back of a truck to get something, (the driver) stepped on the gas, then braked hard. Then, when (he) fell out, the suspect sped away.”

Sept. 14, 2:36 p.m.
A man from Hemlock Street called from his workplace to report having heard second-hand that his home had been burglarized. It turned out someone entered through a garage and stole the family dog.

Sept. 14, 10:54 a.m.
A Sacramento man found a box with a pair of shoes (carrying a $16.99 price tag) in West Sacramento. He turned it into police, requesting to receive the merchandise if it wasn’t claimed in 90 days.

[adrotate group=”7″] Sept. 14, 11:40 a.m.
Police arrested a 41-year old West Capitol Avenue woman for prostitution after she agreed to perform a sex act for money with an undercover officer. She was picked up at West Capitol and Merkley.

Sept. 14, 3:11 p.m.
Be on the lookout, after this incident at a home improvement store on Lake Washington Boulevard: “A female just took off in the store’s electric wheelchair/shopping cart.” The subject was wearing a pink shirt and scootering away southbound on Jefferson.

Sept. 14, 6:06 p.m.
A caller from a boat on the river reported seeing about six male subjects near Riverbank Road. He reported hearing one gunshot, and could see through binoculars that one of the men was carrying a semi-automatic pistol in his right rear pants pocket. Officers responded. They contacted a 19-year old Bryte Avenue man, who “immediately produced a firearm and admitted to discharging a single shot.” The man was arrested.

Sept. 14, 6:23 p.m.
A witness outside a West Capitol supermarket was upset to see a man put a bottle of liquor into a stroller alongside an infant.

Sept. 14, 6:58 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store caught a woman trying to steal a lamp, bedsheets, and possibly other merchandise. The woman was “uncooperative” and refusing to give her name or other information.

Sept. 15, 1:47 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court retailer reported having a pair of female shoplifting suspects, age 29 and 28, in their loss prevention office. The pair were “cooperative.”

Sept. 15, 5:23 a.m.
Two men tried to use a credit card to buy $470 worth of electronics from a Riverpoint Court store. The card was declined. The men left, but left behind a wallet and credit card not belonging to them.

Sept. 15,4:26 p.m.
A 20-year old theft suspect fought with store personnel at a Riverpoint Court store before running off toward a nearby fast food restaurant.

Sept. 15, 4:54 p.m.
There was a “boat fire, fully involved” reported just north of the Bryte Bend Bridge. Two hours later, Fire Station 41 reported that the boat would still be “smoldering for a while.”

Sept. 15, 7:06 p.m.
A resident returned home to Merritt Island Court to find graffiti chalked in the driveway. “Last week, a gnome statue was left in the driveway.”

Sept. 15, 8:05 p.m.
A bus driver “just saw a van. . . go into the ditch on the right side of the road” at West Capitol Avenue and Garnet Street.

Sept. 16, 12:01 a.m.
A small trash can fire was reported in front of a house on Cummins Way.

Sept. 16, 12:27 a.m.
On Bali Road, there was a “social event here with excess noise.”

Sept. 16, 2 a.m.
Furniture, appliances and a TV (all worth around $2,100) were reported stolen from an Oxford Street home.

Sept. 16, 7:58 a.m.
A man said his 50-year old female roommate was “tearing up the house” at their Welland Way location. The prior night, he said, she threatened him with a knife.

[adrotate group=”10″] Sept. 16, 9:48 a.m.
Somebody stole a 1983 Volvo station wagon from Rich Street during the night. The car’s owner feared he had left the keys inside.

Sept. 16, 1:29 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

Sept. 16, 2:47 p.m.
A witness reported that three kids were “setting of strings of firecrackers” near Santa Cruz Road and San Miguel Street.

Sept. 16, 4:54 p.m.
A retail store on the 1200-block of West Capitol said a woman just walked out with a bag of merchandise, “yelling and screaming.”

Sept. 16, 7:39 p.m.
A man said he was in a vehicle near a restaurant at Harbor and West Capitol when a woman and man approached him. The woman “flashed…a badge and told (him) she was a police.” The male subject told him to get out of the vehicle, then frisked him. They took his cell phone and $500.

Sept. 16, 8:24 p.m.
Over about a ten-minute period, police received four calls from people reporting the sound of vehicles screeching their tires or “doing donuts” in Southport. Callers estimated that the sounds were coming from near Bridgeway Elementary School, near Linden Road and Allan Avenue, near Ramco Street and Summerfield Park.

Sept. 16, 9:05 a.m.
A 41-year old Madrone Avenue man was seen “running in traffic without shoes on and causing a traffic hazard. He ran into the police parking lot. He thought people were chasing him.” There was a warrant for the man’s arrest, so he was taken into custody.

Sept. 16, 5 p.m.
A $350 mountain bike was reported stolen from a Glide Avenue mobilehome park.

Sept. 16, 10:14 p.m.
In Southport, a man and wife argued after he found an email she had sent to a co-worker. She said he was now inside with their kids, telling her that either she had to leave or else he would leave with the kids.

Sept. 16, 11:05 p.m.
A suicide threat came in from a Clarendon Street school campus.

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Food truck rodeo in West Sac:

The ‘Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen’ food truck may be on hand at ‘Trucktoberfest’ in West Sacramento next week (courtesy of SactoMoFo.com)

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

“Foodies,” take note:

West Sacramento will see its first food truck rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 29, as more than 20 mobile food vendors descend on River Walk Park near the ziggurat from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be the last event of the year for “SactoMoFo,” which organizes the Sacramento mobile food fests.

[adrotate group=”9″]   There will also be a beer and wine garden at this event, which is billed as “Trucktoberfest.” And live music is scheduled from noon to 6. Parking is available at the Department of General Services (the ‘ziggurat’ building’ at 707 3rd St) for a fee.

Typical mobile food vendors include Krush Burger, Chando’s Tacos, Coast to Coast Sandwiches, Mama Kin on the Go, Payton’s Cupcake Place, Smoothie Patrol & Coffee, and others.

For more information, visit www.sactomofo.com.

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West Sac photo contest returns

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

The City of West Sacramento’s popular photo contest returns in October after an absence of three years, reports city spokesman Art Schroeder.

There will be $250 prizes in each of five entry divisions, and you may enter your image of “progress in West Sacramento during the past 25 years” anytime in October.

This year’s edition of the contest celebrates the city’s 25th anniversary.

For more information, visit www.cityofwestsacramento.org/PhotoContest or call 617-4500.

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Can you sing? Are you funny?

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Theater Company is holding open auditions for “The Great American Western,” written by Bruce Gueldon. Auditions will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the Black Box Theater in the community center, 1075 W. Capitol Ave., second floor. The production is a musical parody with speaking roles for five men and four women.

[adrotate group=”9″] Prepare a song and brief (two minute) comedic monologue. Bring a headshot and resume if you have them. For information, visit www.WestSacTheater.com.

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Endeavor passes over Tower Bridge

Space Shuttle Endeavor above its transport vehicle (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

[adrotate group=”9″]  NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 21, 2012 —

The space shuttle Endeavor kept its appointment with the Sacramento area this morning, passing over the Tower Bridge area as part of a tour that will put it in a museum in Los Angeles. This shot was snapped by the News-Ledger’s Eric Harding — who actually got the photo by using a telephoto lens from his home in Southport.

If you have a nice photo of the shuttle’s Sacramento visit (or a video link) you would like to share with News-Ledger readers, please email it to steve@news-ledger.com. Please send only your own photo, and include your name for photo credit and your permission for us to publish the photo. It may also be helpful to mention where you took the photo from.

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Space shuttle low & slow flyby

FROM THE WEST SACRAMENTO NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 19, 2012 —

Find yourself someplace with a clear view of the sky on Friday – preferably near the state capitol building in Sacramento – and you will get a treat.

The retired space shuttle Endeavor is due to make a pass over Sacramento’s capitol building, riding piggyback on its transport jet, a converted airliner. The flyby will be at relatively low altitude (around 1,500 feet) and low speed.

The exact time of the flyover hasn’t been announced, but is planned for morning on Friday. The shuttle is scheduled to visit a number of Northern California landmarks on Sept. 21 before arriving in Los Angeles at about 11 a.m. The time and date may change due to weather or other considerations.

If the News-Ledger receives advance notice of the exact time of the Sacramento flyover, we’ll mention it on our Facebook page and at our websites, www.WestSac.com and www.news-ledger.com. Readers who are following the shuttle’s progress through NASA or other sources are also invited to share schedule information with us at the News-Ledger’s Facebook page.

Social media users may share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags #spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s orbiter vehicle designation, said a NASA spokesperson.

After arriving at Los Angeles International Airport, the shuttle will be removed from its ferry transport for a few weeks of preparation. Then Endeavour then will travel through Inglewood  and Los Angeles city streets on a 12-mile journey from the airport to
the California Science Center, arriving in the evening on Oct. 13.

Beginning Oct. 30, the shuttle will be on display in the science center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion.

(EDITOR’S UPDATE: The News-Ledger will invite readers to help keep track of the space shuttle’s arrival on our Facebook page here.)

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Pepper spray: no criminal charges

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 19, 2012 —

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig has just released a statement saying that it will not press charges against the UC Davis police officers involved in a notorious use of pepper spray against peaceful protesters last November.

The statement doesn’t condone the officers’ actions (and makes no judgment on whether they would win if sued in civil court) but it concludes that criminal guilt probably wouldn’t be easy to prove. The D.A. report relies on information from the “Kroll Report,” commissioned earlier by the University of California.

Here’s the D.A.’s statement in its entirety:

No criminal charges will be filed against University of California, Davis officers involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying of students on the University Quad. A 13 page District Attorney report outlines the reasons for the determination. The report concludes “viewing the incident through the totality of the circumstances, there is insufficient evidence to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying was unlawful and therefore warrants the filing of criminal charges.”

[adrotate group=”7″] The report defines the legal role of a prosecutor in investigating officer involved misconduct, “The review by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office does not involve an evaluation of administrative, civil or Internal Affairs liability for the participants and it does not involve a review of whether policies and procedures were appropriately followed. In addition, our review does not encompass recommendations concerning how policies and procedures might be altered to minimize potential future risks. The scope of the District Attorney’s review is solely an evaluation of whether the filing of criminal charges is warranted by the events of November 18, 2011.”

The report relies heavily on the factual determinations of the Kroll Report and cites numerous facts and evidence contained within the Kroll Report. Although the Kroll Report concluded that the conduct of Lieutenant Pike was not objectively reasonable, the report acknowledges that the officers in general, “and Lieutenant Pike specifically, believed that they and their prisoners were surrounded by a hostile ‘mob,’ and that the pepper spraying was necessary to clear the pathway so that the officers and their prisoners could leave the Quad safely” and that “a detailed review of the events provides some support for their [the officers] position.” The District Attorney’s report concludes that in light of these conclusions from the Kroll Report and the additional evidence obtained during the District Attorney’s review of the evidence that there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges.

— END OF YOLO COUNTY D.A. STATEMENT —

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