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‘POLICE LOG’: crime calls from West Sacramento police blotter


  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. To see the ‘Police Log’ every week, make sure to subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. There’s a special offer at bottom.

June 12, 12:22 a.m.
A citizen just left a fast-food restaurant on Harbor Pointe Place. The individual “just ordered a hamburger and found a large amount of spit on the burger, and wants to file a report for food tampering.”

June 12, 2:47 a.m.
A man being treated in a Sacramento hospital “says he was stabbed somewhere in the Broderick area off of Jefferson” in West Sacramento.

June 12, 1:46 p.m.
A Kegle Drive man reported that his girlfriend “tried to hit (him) with a frying pan, but missed.”

June 12, 4:52 p.m.
An Evergreen Avenue storage unit was found burglarized: “everything was taken.”

June 12, 5:21 p.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that she and her boyfriend had stayed at a Halyard Drive motel overnight.
“She had him hold all her money, $7,000, and (her) credit cards in his wallet. He left at 10 a.m. and never returned.” The woman was “hysterical and being difficult,” reported the calltaker.

June 12, 6:43 p.m.
A woman walking her dog on Yolo Street reported that a neighbor’s German shepherd mix got loose and bit her. The attacking dog was now back in its yard, but could get out under the fence again. She didn’t need medical aid, and said the neighbor said he or she would call the county animal services department.

June 12, 7:01 p.m.
A Venice Street resident reported that a “unique-looking bird” had crashed into the home earlier. It was unknown if the bird was injured, but it appeared “dazed, and hasn’t moved in a few hours.

June 13, 1:34 a.m.
An 18-year old Elk Grove woman gave this account to a West Sacramento police officer, after she emerged from a Riverpoint Court store’s restroom asking someone to call 911:
She had entered the minivan of an unknown man in Sacramento, along with a friend named Jessica. Once they were in the van, Jessica told her “she just got into the car with a pimp.”
The trio went into the West Sacramento store where “the man made her try on clothes. She went into the women’s bathroom and went into one of the stalls. She said that the man (tried) to get into the stall, so she ran out of the bathroom and yelled for someone to call 911.”
The victim didn’t see where the man and her friend went after that. She reported that the man didn’t touch her.
“When I asked her what he wanted,” reported the officer, “she said that he wanted to pimp her out and brought her here to buy her some ‘hoe clothes.’”

June 13, 5:36 a.m.
Somebody “tore out the six-foot sign regarding the solar contractor (at a school campus) and drug the sign onto the street” on Maui Street.

June 13, 6:43 a.m.
Someone – possibly an employee – stole a $3,000 plasma cutter from an Enterprise Boulevard business.

June 13, 7:49 a.m.
A witness reported that some people in an older pickup truck were taking a mattress into an area near the Stone Lock Bridge, and the witness “does not think they are dumping it, but rather taking it to a homeless camp.”

June 13, 8:40 a.m.
A shed was reported on fire on the 1100-block of Park Boulevard.

June 13, 9:12 a.m.
On Pine Street, a woman reportedly on drugs was “being belligerent and scaring other residents. . . (and) yelling for people to call 911 because she is going to hurt someone.”

June 13, 9:47 a.m.
A West Capitol resident reported that a brother – kicked out about a month ago – was refusing to leave the property and was “knocking on the door repeatedly.”

June 13, 9:53 a.m.
Abandoned 911 call: “Oops, wrong number.”

June 13, 9:57 a.m.
A citizen reported a woman in a green Toyota was speeding and driving recklessly near Randolph Road and Marina Greens Drive.

June 13, 10:19 a.m.
Someone tried to break into a model home on Silverado Street during the night. But the “alarm scared them off and (they) left behind break-in tools.”

June 13, 11:04 a.m.
There was a trespasser in the parking lot of a West Capitol Avenue supermarket. Currently, he was “right near the ‘no loitering’ sign.’”

June 13, 11:27 a.m.
A Palomar Avenue man believed a burglar was in his home. He “found the TV was just turned off, and (he) doesn’t want to stay inside.” The man was waiting outside by his car for police.

June 13, 12:41 p.m.
A north-city woman reported her boyfriend “had become abusive.” She kicked him out, but he stole her keys.

June 13, 12:46 p.m.
During the night, on Watercourse Lane, an “unknown suspect pried open the communal mailbox with a crowbar. . . all mail missing.”

June 13, 1:22 p.m.
A Swan Island Street resident said there was a possibly-abandoned, detached boat parked there. The resident asked police to check it out.

June 13, 1:24 p.m.
Near the Tower Bridge, a citizen reported being “almost attacked by three large pit bulls” belonging to several homeless people at a nearby camp.

June 13, 2:13 p.m.
A witness on the 1500-block of Parkway Boulevard reported seeing “a construction crew dumping concrete in the street drains. . . They were tapped into the fire hydrant.” The subjects, who had a white truck with turquoise lettering, had apparently been doing this over several days, and there was “visible concrete debris” at the site.

June 13, 3:47 p.m.
A citizen complained that someone had blocked the walkway to Linden Road from Claudia Court with a parked, primer-black 1980s Mercedes.

June 13, 4:44 p.m.
A staffer at Yolo High School said a couple of transients were camped under a tree. The caller was concerned they might vandalize the place after school staff went home.

June 13, 5:10 p.m.
“Two horses and a donkey are loose on Gregory Avenue.”

June 13, 6:36 p.m.
Abandoned 911 call from an alarm system at a Del Monte Street business. It was one of dozens of such calls from the business over the past few weeks.

June 13, 6:51 p.m.
At a chicken restaurant on Westacre Road: four juveniles, “all about 14 years old, have a grocery-size bag full of marijuana on the table and are rolling joints. . . (They were) asked to leave, and they refused.”

June 13, 7:14 p.m.
A citizen reported that a goat in a Chaparral Way backyard might be in distress “because it is making a lot of noise, possibly like somebody is hurting it.”

June 13, 8:15 p.m.
A communal mailbox on Iris Place was found pried open.

June 13, 9:06 p.m.
A woman reported that a female neighbor in a Madrone Avenue apartment complex “was following (the caller’s) 13-year old daughter around the complex and videotaping her. . . (The caller had) no idea who the female is, or why she is doing it.”

June 13, 9:47 p.m.
A Southport family reported that a 36-year old son was “out of control,” threatening harm to both his mother and himself.

June 13, 9:56 p.m.
At a trailer park on the 3200-block of West Capitol, a man and woman were in a fight, “throwing bottles at each other.”

June 13, 10:39 p.m.
“Two males (are) dumping couches between North Linden and South Linden” on Jefferson Boulevard.

June 13, 11:02 p.m.
A north-city woman said she had been arguing with both her husband and her 29-year old stepson after the stepson brought home a 23-year old pregnant woman and was “having her sleep outside on the side of the residence.”
“Some threats were made.”

June 13, 8:21 a.m.
Police contacted a 47-year old man biking against traffic on the 1700-block of West Capitol. The man admitted he was on parole and, when asked, said he was not carrying any drugs.
He consented to a search, said police. An officer found several baggies in a pink coin purse in the man’s pants pocket. The baggies of a crystal-like substance contained what was later identified as 2.2 grams of methamphetamine. The cyclist went to jail.

June 13, 12:15 p.m.
An officer contacted a 50-year old West Capitol Avenue man on bike for a vehicle code infraction. He consented to a search of his backpack, and the officer found a “nunchaku” weapon in it (two sticks connected by a chain, for swinging – also called “nunchuks.”). The suspect was arrested.

June 14, 9 p.m.
A 48-year old man reported that three juveniles tried to rob him near Michigan and Westacre.

June 15, 1:42 a.m.
An 18-year old man reported he was shot by unknown suspects on the 800-block of Cummins Way.

June 15, 11:15 a.m.
Officers were dispatched to the 2000-block of West Capitol, where a resident was causing a disturbance. The 20-year old man “attacked officers and resisted officers” before being arrested and booked.

June 15, 11:38 a.m.
An officer contacted a motel manager on the 1400-block of West Capitol. The manager recounted some events during the night:
Two bald men “of very large size” arrived in an SUV and asked which room a 75-year old man was staying in. They then left.
Later, the manager learned that other tenants hears some screaming and the sound of fighting at about 1:30 am.
And yet later, at 11 a.m, a cleaning crew went to the 75-year old man’s room and found the door had been broken in. “Small drops of blood were located on the mattress of the room’s bed, and a broken bottle was located immediately in front of the entry door.”
The tenant, who had paid his rent through the end of the month, was gone.
The manager was not interested in pursuing the vandalism charge, but wished to report the chain of suspicious events.

June 15, 5:39 p.m.
An officer responded to a reported shoplifter at a West Capitol/Westacre location. The 26-year old male subject was found to be “speaking nonsensical gibberish” and apparently under the influence of drugs “to the point he could not safely care for himself or make sound judgment.” He was arrested.

June 16, 3:39 a.m.
A Cedar  Street woman reported a residential burglary.

June 16, 4:27 p.m.
A Hobson Avenue woman reported a burglary. Gone were jewelry and cash.


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Veterans Day Parade: marchers wanted


A West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 11, organized by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN). Groups, businesses and local veterans who wish to participate should contact Alicia Cruz, 640-3677.

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Johannessen announces Assembly run

MARK JOHANNESSEN Announcing early for the 2014 Assembly race  (News-Ledger file photo)

Announcing early for the 2014 Assembly race
(News-Ledger file photo)


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento City Councilman Mark Johannessen made it official Thursday: he will run next year for the California Assembly seat now held by fellow Democrat Roger Dickinson. Dickinson plans to run for the State Senate seat now held by Darrell Steinberg, who will step down due to term limits.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished since my election to the West Sacramento City Council in 2006. By bringing together businesses and the community, we have created a culture of governmental efficiency that is widely respected throughout the region. Together, we have promoted economic growth, improved local schools, reduced crime, and focused on senior health and transportation issues,” said Johannessen in an emailed statement.

“Even though my campaign for Assembly is just beginning,” he added, “I have already received the support of state and local leaders including (state board of education member) Betty Yee, (Yolo) County Supervisors Mike McGowan, Jim Provenza and Don Saylor, West Sacramento City Councilmember Bill Kristoff, as well as business leaders like Mark Friedman and Jeff Savage and the support of many labor organizations and neighborhood leaders.”

Johannessen’s current city council term ends in 2014.

The two-term councilman is the son of former state senator K. Maurice Johannessen, a Republican. He’s a family law attorney.

Other West Sacramento politicians have not succeeded recently in bids for state office. Yolo County Supervisor Mike McGowan (a former local city council member) ran unsuccessfully against the elder Johannessen in a state senate race in 1994, and current mayor Chistopher Cabaldon twice failed win an Assembly seat more recently.

With Mark Johannessen in the upcoming race for the District 7 Assembly seat is Democrat Kevin McCarty, a Sacramento city councilmember who will make his second bid for the seat.


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Learn more about foster parenting: workshop on Tuesday in West Sacramento

CHERIE SCHROEDER Yolo Foster Care Educator (News-Ledger file photo/2009)

Yolo Foster Care Educator
(News-Ledger file photo/2009)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — June 19, 2013 —

West Sacramentans are invited to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

“Most people have a false impression of foster children,” reported Cherie Schroeder of the Foster & Kinship Care Education Program at Woodland Community College.

“They are kids who at no fault of their own are placed into care, usually because someone in their immediate family has not been able to keep them protected and safe,” she added in a press release.  “Often, placement is related to their parent’s addiction, lack of stable housing and/or lifestyle.  Kids in care often have been hurt and neglected, many going without proper shelter, food, clothing, or medical intervention.”

“Truly, our goal is to place local foster children in the best family possible; to have several foster homes to choose from and to make a ‘best fit’” said Schroeder. “Do you have room in your home and in your heart to help a vulnerable child? Good foster families leave a lasting legacy, one that changes the course of a child’s life, and hopefully serves to break the cycle of abuse and neglect.”

Learn more at an information session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, in the community room of the Arthur F. Turner Branch Library, 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento. Or attend a workshop at 6:30 p.m. on July 9 at Woodland Community College, Building 700, Room 727.

For more information, visit or call (530) 574-1964.


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