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The News-Ledger ‘Police Log,’ May 2


  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or proven by an investigation or a courtroom.  

April 24, 9:06 a.m.
A Southport parent reported that a 16-year old daughter was in a sexual relationship with a 20-year old man.

April 24, 2:52 p.m.
A resident of West Capitol Avenue visited the police lobby. The citizen said a neighbor had a cannabis card and was growing a lot of marijuana plants. The citizen wasn’t sure if this large number of plants was legal, and was also concerned about the smell of the plants.

April 24, 9:45 p.m.
A citizen said that a Russian-speaking man with white hair, a large belly and a walking street had been approaching children near Stonegate Elementary when school let out. Extra patrols were requested.

April 25, 1:08 a.m.
A man reported that he gave a $100 bill to a woman at an apartment complex on the 2400-block of West Capitol, because she said she would make change. The woman then went into her apartment and slammed the door on him, refusing to come back out. She also displayed a knife, but didn’t threaten him with it.

April 25, 7:25 a.m.
A boat was stolen during the night from a Betty Way home.

April 25, 2:59 p.m.
At a motel on western West Capitol Avenue, a woman complained of ongoing harassment from a downstairs neighbor. The other woman recently “threw tuna fish at (her) and called her satanic.”

April 25, 3:24 p.m.
A man reported a court order violation in Southport: his child’s mother had blocked his phone number so he couldn’t call the child. The woman also was in the habit of leaving the 9- and 11-year old children alone for extended periods of time.

April 25, 3:39 p.m.
Reported by a mother at the Westmore Oaks Elementary School campus: An ex-husband “went to (their) daughter’s school a short time ago, and met with (the daughter) and gave her birthday gifts, in violation of a child custody order.”

April 25, 5:16 p.m.
A resident of Molokai Road discovered damage to a garage door. The damage may have been caused in a failed burglary attempt.

April 26, 10:22 a.m.
A citizen reported that a man had been using tools to try to get into the door of a vacant home on Tahoe Street that was in foreclosure. The subject had arrived in a pickup truck with a lawnmower in it.

April 26, 11:48 a.m.
A north-area woman said her son was harassing her and taking money from her. The son also keeps visiting her at night, although he is unwelcome, makes false accusations, and is “trying to get (her) into a convalescent home.”

April 26, 1:22 p.m.
A woman reported that a vehicle may have been following her near on Tuesday near Jefferson and Southport Parkway. She said she became concerned after reading a newspaper account that someone in a car may have been impersonating a police officer (and may have “pulled over” another woman’s vehicle).

April 26, 2:26 p.m.
A man rented a room on the 900-block of West Capitol, but found “the room wasn’t up to his standards and the manager won’t refund (his) money.”

April 26, 9:03 p.m.
Police and firefighters responded to a mobilehome fire on the 1300-block of West Capitol. Firefighters called the fire “suspicious,” and said it could be the result of arson.

April 26, 11:30 p.m.
On the 1300-block of Halyard Drive, a man from Elk Grove discovered someone had broken the windshield and slashed all four tires on his vehicle.

April 27, 9:48 a.m.
The catalytic converter was reported stolen from a 1994 Toyota pickup truck parked on Maple Street.

April 27, 11:20 a.m.
A concerned citizen said there was a man on 19th Street shooting arrows from a bow. The citizen didn’t know what the archer was firing at.

April 27, 3:01 p.m.
A witness on Pine Street saw somebody take the registration sticker from a Honda’s license plate and put it on the plate of a red Mercury Cougar. The subject was still at the scene.

April 27, 4:49 p.m.
Someone took prescription medication, a backpack and an iPad from an unlocked car at Stonegate Elementary.

April 27, 6:02 p.m.
Catalytic converters were reported stolen from vehicles on Pecan Street and (shortly afterwards) on Walnut Circle.

April 27, 9:18 p.m.
A Maple Street woman said that about an hour earlier, she “heard her dog yelp and found a hole in its cheek.” She “believes it’s the neighbors” who injured the dog, “since they are the only ones she’s having problems with.” She was trying to get treatment for the dog.

April 28, 2:03 a.m.
A man called police from a pay phone on C Street. He said “someone stole his shoes about 30 minutes ago while he was sleeping.”

April 28, 7:00 a.m.
A Willow Avenue garage was found burglarized. Items missing included power tools, a bike and an iPod, worth a total of around $2,700.

April 28, 8:29 a.m.
In the north-area, a resident told a dispatcher that a sister had been given an eviction notice a month ago. The sister was refusing to leave and was “throwing household cleaners all over the house.”

April 28, 11:27 a.m.
Someone broke the rear window of a Prius parked on Savannah Lane during the night.

April 28, 1:11 p.m.
A vehicle on Aruba Street was reported burglarized. A window was broken and unspecified items were missing.

April 28, 1:19 p.m.
An owner visited a property on Evergreen Avenue and found that two men and two women were “squatting” in the residence.

April 28, 3:38 p.m.
A woman asked for advice. She said a possibly-known suspect had hijacked her Facebook account and was posting links to videos that claimed she is a prostitute and urged people to report her to Child Protective Services.

April 28, 5:40 p.m.
A woman called police to report a disturbance involving a 16-year old brother. The caller’s mother and caller’s three-year old were now locked in a bedroom, while the caller and her two-year old were in another. The brother had punched  a wall.

April 28, 5:45 p.m.
A 30-year old Arthur Drive woman was detained for shoplifting a $9 pair of brown house slippers at a Riverpoint Circle store. An employee signed a citizen’s arrest and she was cited and released by police.

April 28, 6:20 p.m.
A woman on Harriett Street reported an incident that ended up something like this: she hired a homeless man to help her move. The man went upstairs to use a bathroom, and she then gave him $40 and he took a lunch break. She then discovered a wallet gone from upstairs. The man’s sleeping bag and cell phone were found in her garage.
A camera belonging to her was located stuffed inside a bush out front.
When police responded, an officer contacted the man as he returned, carrying a laptop computer missing from the residence.
The man explained to the officer that “another person gave him the computer while he was walking back to the residence.” He was arrested.

April 28, 7:14 p.m.
A citizen said three boys and two girls – all under age 16 – were “carrying bottles of vodka” as they walked near Ash and Evergreen avenues, and they were “extremely intoxicated.”

April 28, 7:24 p.m.
A fight was reported among members of a wedding party near West Capitol and Poplar.

April 28, 10:36 p.m.
A witness said there was a group of people stealing steel from a property on the 3400-block of Industrial Blvd.

April 28, 12:51 a.m.
A resident of 13th Street called 911 after he or she “heard someone trying to get in the bedroom window.”

April 28, 1:18 a.m.
On the 1600-block of West Capitol, a man with a guitar case was reported “bothering females who are walking up and down the street.”

April 29, 12:24 a.m.
Two men were reported running out of a mobilehome park “after shooting at. . . mobilehomes.”

April 29, 12:28 a.m.
On Holly Street, “someone is tapping on (the caller’s) bedroom window.”

April 29, 12:30 a.m.
A woman said she got out of her car at her Simon Terrace apartment complex, and two subjects robbed her of her purse.

April 29, 12:51 a.m.
A man called from a pay phone on 3rd Street, telling a dispatcher he “wanted to step in front of a train.”

April 29, 6:22 a.m.
Multiple vehicles were found burglarized on Pecan Street. Gone were some baby-shower presents.

April 29, 7:53 a.m.
A woman called from a motel on the 2700-block of West Capitol. She said her boyfriend had taken her belongings, including her car keys – and her cell phone, to try to keep her from calling police.

April 29, 11:01 a.m.
The catalytic converter was reported missing from a vehicle on North Hobson.

April 29, 12:37 p.m.
In an Ikea Court parking lot, there was a man “in a referee-type shirt” seen trying to pick the locks of some cars.

April 29, 1:08 p.m.
A resident said there were about 10 bicyclists on the lawn of a business complex on 3rd Street. The cyclists were refusing to leave and were riding on the lawn.

April 29, 4:21 p.m.
A gas station on the 1700-block of West Capitol reported that the driver of a green Toyota Camry had just driven away with the pump nozzle still in the car. The pump was now damaged. The car was last seen going southbound on Westacre.

April 29, 5:07 p.m.
Two vehicles were in a collision on Promenade Street. The driver of a Dodge Nito said the driver of the other vehicle, a blue Honda Odyssey, was refusing to exchange information and denying involvement in the collision. But the Dodge’s driver said the damage on the Honda was consistent with the accident, and asked for an officer to respond.

April 29, 10:09 p.m.
A Columbus Road resident said someone took a camera from an unlocked vehicle during Thursday night. The neighborhood had experienced problems with petty theft lately.

April 29, 10:45 p.m.
At a market on the 1600-block of West Capitol, there was a man wearing a beanie and a trenchcoat, with an orange jumpsuit underneath, who was “stumbling around and seems to have a hard time walking.”

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Convicted of abusing 7-year old


A West Sacramento man was convicted last week of sexually abusing his seven-year old daughter. Part of the evidence included 20 videos on the man’s cell phone showing him engaging in sexual acts with the girl.

  After police received a report that Michael Martinez had been abusing the girl, they teamed with the FBI in a search of his house. The search turned up the cell phone videos.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, Martinez initially confessed, but during the trial he denied his guilt. The girl testified.

  In the courtroom of Yolo County Judge Janet Gaard, a jury on Wednesday found Martinez guilty of 47 counts of child molestation and five counts of “possessing matter depicting sexual acts by a minor.” He will be sentenced on June 25, and faces life in prison.

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River City High dancers offer recital

RCHS dancers in rehearsal. (Photo courtesy of Memories for Generations by De’Onna Jack)


The dance class at River City High School taught by Constance Anderson offers recital performances tonight, Thursday and Friday (May 9, 10, 11) at 7 p.m. in the school gym.

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Can you bike to work or school?


May is “Bike Month,” with officials throughout the region encouraging people to use their bicycles for commuting, errands and recreation.

The target is 1 million miles of pedaling for residents of the six-county region in May. Events include “Bike to School Day” on May 9, “Capitol BikeFest” on May 10, and “Bike to Work Day” on May 17.

For information, activities, clinics, events and more, visit Or call (916) 340-6229.

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$5,000 reward in cat-burning case

This stray cat was euthanized after UC Davis vets first tried to save it. Someone doused it with an accelerant and set it on fire near Circle Park in central West Sacramento (photo courtesy of Yolo Animal Services)


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

What looked like a “ball of fire” moving through Circle Park late Wednesday night turned out to be somebody’s idea of a very cruel prank. A cat had been lit ablaze and turned loose.

Witnesses walking near Circle Street and Alabama Street at about 11:15 p.m. reported seeing the flaming cat. They investigated and found it badly burned, but alive, reported Vicky Fletcher of the county sheriff’s department animal services division.

The citizens stayed with the cat until an animal services officer arrived.

“The cat, a stray with no owner, described as a domestic short hair brown tabby female, was transported by Animal Services to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for emergency care,” added Fletcher in a press release. “Veterinary staff first hoped this very friendly cat would survived this horrible act of animal cruelty, but sadly, the cat had to be euthanized (May 3) as the pain became unmanageable and there were clinical signs the animal would lose its limbs due to the extent of the burns.”

“It was determined the cat was burned by being doused with accelerant and then intentionally lit on fire,” she added.

  As of yesterday, there was $5,000 in reward money waiting for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. The money comes from RedRover, a national animal-protection organization based in Sacramento, and from the Yolo County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Anyone with information is asked to call Yolo’s Animal Services section at (530) 668-5287, or West Sacramento police at (916) 617-4900.

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Cash for local scholarships

River City High School “Interact Club” members Joelle Panugaling, Stacy Saelee, Denise Au, Marina Whitaker, Jessica Ngo and Judy Au (Photo courtesy of Tim Kwong)


On April 20, the West Sacramento Rotary Club held its Foundation Dinner at the D.O. Mills building in Sacramento.  The RCHS Interact students served appetizers on the rooftop garden.  The students also bused tables for over 120 diners in the grand ballroom for this event.

  Rotary Club members pitched in for the fundraiser: Jerome Daigre provided guitar music in the reception area, Jeb Burton provided the wine, Luan Christ organized the event, Jim Cahill was the Master of Ceremonies, Tim Kwong was the photographer, and Michael Finney, a childhood friend of the Engstrom family, provided the comedy and magic show.

Community Business Bank donated $5,000 towards the event.

The West Sacramento Rotary Foundation has issued $125,000 in local scholarships since 2006.  Next year the WS Rotary Foundation plans to provide $25,000 in scholarships — its largest one-year amount yet.

The WS Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon at Club Pheasant.  The RCHS Interact Club meets every Monday lunch at the RCHS Black Box Theater.

(From Charyl Silva, Rotary Interact Advisor, and Brandon Duff, RCHS Interact Club teacher/advisers)

About Riverbank Elementary School…


The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) invites you to their community meeting on Tuesday, May 8, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Riverbank Elementary School, 1100 Carrie Street.

The meeting will focus on education, with guest speakers including the Riverbank principal and vice principal (Mike Woodcock and Shamryn Cole, respectively) and Superintendent Dayton Gilleland. They will talk about modifications to the campus and K-3 preparation at the school.