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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 13, 2013 —

  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. This feature is printed virtually every week in the News-Ledger newspaper, and we occasionally make it available online here. To see it every week, look to the bottom for a special subscription offer.

March 8, 5:35 p.m.
A woman returned to her car parked on the 1200-block of Harbor Boulevard to find a passenger-side window broken. Gone from inside were a cello, a clarinet, and a “1937 wooden bassoon,” all worth about $3300.

March 7, 6:20 a.m.
A witness reported there was a man “stumbling along Fernwood, walking into yards (and he) appeared to be weaving.”

March 7, 7:17 a.m.
A businessperson at a hotel on the 800-block of West Capitol reported someone came into the office while staff was in the other room, and stole from the change drawer.

March 7, 7:17 a.m.
A flat-screen TV was removed from a motel room on the 1900-block of West Capitol. The motel had information on a suspect.

March 7, 9:15 a.m.
Someone stole a “fish finder” device worth about $300 from a boat parked on a trailer on Merced Way.

March 7, 9:49 a.m.
A resident of Aleutian Island Street “just arrived home to find the house ransacked.” Gone were a laptop, jewelry and other items.

March 7, 11:21 a.m.
A Seaport Blvd. business reported catching an employee trying to steal food items the night before.

March 7, 12:32 p.m.
A man in Southport reported his “ex-girlfriend posed as him on Facebook in an attempt to gain information about him from friends and family.”

March 7, 1:29 p.m.
At a barber shop on Sacramento Avenue: two 20-something men “just got haircuts and ran out without paying.” They were now in a car in the parking lot.

March 7, 1:44 p.m.
A Roma Court address was reported to have been burglarized about one hour earlier. Missing were two laptop computers, video games, jewelry, an electric guitar and other items valued at over $10,000.

March 7, 2:34 p.m.
A Manzanita Way church reported someone had left graffiti there a week earlier.

March 7, 4:24 p.m.
A woman reported she had left a purse on a counter at the library on Merkley Avenue, then returned to find it gone, along with the wallet, ID and credit cards it contained.

March 7, 5:27 p.m.
A house was reported burglarized on Diane Drive.

March 7, 10:05 p.m.
A Town Center Plaza store reported that a known shoplifter “dumped merchandise while attempting to leave through the fire door.” The man left in a waiting van. The store said it had an open case against the fellow already.

March 8, 11:17 a.m.
A woman asked to speak to an officer in the police lobby, reporting she “knows who has been setting fires” in the area of Jefferson Blvd. and South River Road.

March 8, 1:34 p.m.
A caller from Walnut Street said a female had “attempted to cut (the caller’s) brother with a hacksaw.”

March 8, 2:40 p.m.
A Solano Street home was found burglarized. The back door had been pried open, and jewelry and other items were taken.

March 8, 4:33 p.m.
A car parked at a Harbor Boulevard restaurant was found burglarized. Missing were a laptop and other electronics.

March 8, 5:11 p.m.
A clinic on Industrial Boulevard reported that a patient was threatening to harm himself and said he “had no reason to live.”

March 8, 10:30 p.m.
A woman called from Sacramento Avenue to report that a male suspect just punched her boyfriend in the face and made off with her bicycle from in front of a market.

March 8, 11:16 p.m.
A caller from Jefferson in Southport reported “hearing what sounds like an alarm or some kind of beeping in the area,” adding that “when an officer gets in the area he’ll be able to hear it.”

March 9, 3:10 a.m.
A woman at a motel on Halyard Drive called police about “a male who is peeking in from her balcony.”

March 9, 4:29 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said a female suspect just stole some shoes and shirts, and fled in a car.

March 9, 12:36 p.m.
A citizen on Walnut Street reported hearing a man threaten to shoot a neighbor, and reported seeing him with gun in his hand.

March 9, 12:48 p.m.
A Yolo Street woman said she was “tired of neighbors putting trash on her sidewalk and lawn.” She asked for an officer to contact her. She couldn’t remember her phone number.

March 9, 3:48 p.m.
A witness said four homeless people were camping near the railroad tracks at the entrance to the barge canal.

March 9, 7:27 p.m.
A citizen provided a tip, saying that a large party with a bonfire was being planned that night for public property in the “Honda Hills” area at Jefferson and South River Road.

March 9, 9:41 p.m.
A caller from in front of a Poplar Avenue liquor store reported that “some kids” had just stolen the caller’s bike.

March 9, 10:07 p.m.
A house on Cummins Way was found burglarized, with the “POE” (point of entry) at the rear patio door. Two shotguns (unloaded) were stolen.

March 9, 10:07 p.m.
A Coyote Road resident returned home to find the “house is completely trashed.” Missing were two laptops, jewelry and possibly more items.

March 9, 10:11 p.m.
A resident of Union Square Road reported two suspicious males had just come to the door, wearing dark clothing and hoodies. The resident “thinks they are going door to door seeing who is home, (and) is not sure of their intentions, but feels they are up to no good.”

March 10, 1:08 a.m.
A Meadowlark Circle resident reported there was a loud party going on in the complex behind the home, and someone had just tossed a vodka bottle over the fence, where it shattered.

March 10, 5:19 a.m.
A Sacramento Avenue resident reported an incident that occurred 45-60 minutes earlier: “a group of subjects pulled up to the residence and threw full cans of beer at the windows, trying to shatter them.”

March10, 9:15 a.m.
A vehicle was found damaged on Canvasback Way. It looked like someone had tried to siphon fuel from it.

March 10, 10:36 a.m.
From Douglas Street: “a neighbor saw a juvenile walk over and throw a pump through the window of this house.”

March 10, 11:23 a.m.
Someone stole clothes and tools from a Glide Avenue home. Shortly afterward, the residence reported that a dog had also been stolen from a shed. There was a suspect.

March 10, 12:45 p.m.
There was an “ill possum” in the front yard of a home on the 4300-block of South River Road.

March 10, 12:54 p.m.
Two males about 18 years old were reported to be “racing around the residential streets” near Marshall Road and Golden Gate Drive, in a white convertible Mazda Miata.

March 10, 2:52 p.m.
A caller reported that a van had been parked in a handicapped spot at Raley Field for about an hour, with a dog inside. “The windows were a little down but the dog appeared to be in distress.”

March 10, 4:57 p.m.
A resident of Sandypoint Court reported discovering that the home’s air conditioning unit, valued at about $4,000, had been stolen.

March 10, 5:20 p.m.
A Deerwood Street resident called dispatchers with questions about “Yolo County’s rules for growing marijuana.”

March 10, 5:44 p.m.
A caller from an auto shop on F Street reported that shop, and the one next to it, were filled with smoke from an unknown source.

March 10, 6:32 p.m.
Tahoe Court: “vehicle into house, driver appears injured.”

March 10, 6:43 p.m.
A resident of California Street reported that two dogs from the same address, with a history of aggression, were loose. One was a German shepherd and the other a “medium-sized” dog. They were “both barking at citizens and chasing others on bicycles.”

March 10, 12:29 a.m.
An officer reported seeing a car “recklessly exit the freeway, squealing tires.”
“I tried to follow (the) vehicle and it drove at a high rate of speed through a residential area” before stopping at a 13th Street house,” he wrote. “Suspect looked at me and fled.”
The officer detained the man, a 33-year old who lived at the home. The suspect appeared drunk but refused a field sobriety test. He was arrested.

March 11, 1:34 a.m.
An officer pulled over a car near Sunset Avenue and Lisbon Street for a headlight violation. The 47-year old driver “gave a false name and finally provided officers with his real name and stated he had a warrant.”
The man was confirmed to have an arrest warrant, and went to jail.

March 11, 1 a.m.
Residents of a Glide Avenue mobilehome reported there was a man trying to break in. Police contacted a drunk 29-year old transient outside the unit. There was a broken side-view mirror from the victims’ car on the ground next to him. The victims reported that the guy had kicked and damaged their door, then opened a window and reached in and pulled the drapes down. When police sirens drew close, the man stepped away from the trailer.
The suspect was on parole, and went to jail.

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Big kids helping little kids

Volunteers Lily He and Jessica Ngo showed up for the ‘Reading Buddy’ program held at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

Volunteers Lily He and Jessica Ngo showed up for the ‘Reading Buddy’ program held at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 6, 2013 —

 The volunteers’ mission was to listen to second-grader Abby Saechin (center) practice her reading skills.

The program runs Fridays 4-5 p.m., courtesy of the River City High School Interact Club and a local Rotary Club chapter.

For information, or to sign up a youngster, call 375-6465.

(Courtesy of Charyl Silva, West Sacramento Rotary Club)

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Weekend book sale in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Friends of the Library invite you to their spring book sale, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 16, and 10-3 on Sun., March 17. Hardbacks will go for $1, paperbacks 50 cents, children’s books 10-25 cents, and some items will be specially priced. It will be at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue.

On Sunday, books are only $3 per bag. For information or to volunteer, call 375-6465 Ext. 4 or email wsfol99@yahoo.com.

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UPDATE: Feb. 27 crime sweep

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

The West Sacramento Police Department just announced an operation this morning in which about a dozen warrants were served — all but one of them in West Sacramento — after an investigation into a string of vehicle and residential burglaries in town.

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department talks about a sweep done in response to a local wave in car and home burglaries (News-Ledger photo)

Lt. David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department talks about a sweep done in response to a local wave in car and home burglaries (News-Ledger photo)

Lieutenant David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department said about $20,000 in illegal drugs — including methamphetamine and marijuana — were seized, along with cash, an assault rifle and other guns.

“Any time we take guns off the street and drugs off the street, that’s a victory for us,” Delaini told a press conference at about noon today. “You can see the weapons with lights (mounted) on them and you seem some stabbing weapons,” he said, referring to a table of seized items spread out for the press.

A department press release described the operation:

“The California Department of Justice, Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) and The West Sacramento Police Department conducted a collaborative investigation into a burglary ring, stemming from over 80 residential burglaries and 51 vehicle burglaries from December 2012 to present.   These burglaries extended throughout the city and outlying regions.  One state arrest warrant and 12 state search warrants were executed today in an attempt to recover stolen property.”

“The investigation has resulted in 13 arrests, three assault rifles, four handguns, (several of which had been stolen), an active honey oil lab (used to create marijuana extract) , five pounds of marijuana, a quarter pound methamphetamine, ammunition, and body armor.  Additionally, three locations contained children who were removed by CPS due to their access and proximity to the firearms and drugs.  Everyone arrested will be booked into the Yolo County Jail and juvenile hall.”

“The operation in West Sacramento was named ‘Operation Red Bandits’ because the members of this burglary ring have been identified as active members of the Norteno criminal street gang,” said police.

  The operation aimed for young perpetrators responsible for robberies, home burglaries, carjackings, and shootings in and around the Sacramento region.

“These gang members and associates have supported their gang life style through illegal sales of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as stolen property,” said the police press release. “These street level gang members have been identified and range in age from 16-20 years old.”

Those arrested face charges including possession of narcotics, narcotics sales and distribution, conspiracy, property crimes (burglaries, possession of stolen property), and violent crimes against persons (such as robberies, carjackings, and firearms charges.

Guns seized in the West Sacramento-based operation -- some were stolen and at least one was an illegal assault weapon, according to WSPD. (News-Ledger photo)

Guns seized in the West Sacramento-based operation — some were stolen and at least one was an illegal assault weapon, according to WSPD. (News-Ledger photo)

Wrist-mounted slashing weapon with three blades, seized in the raids (News-Ledger photo)

Wrist-mounted slashing weapon with three blades, seized in the raids (News-Ledger photo)

Bags of marijuana, and seized cash (News-Ledger photo)

Bags of marijuana, and seized cash (News-Ledger photo)

 

 

Assistance in the operation came from the CHP, Department of Justice Task Forces (Placer SIU, MAVMIT), Davis Police Department SWAT, FBI SAFE Streets Task Force, Woodland Police Department SWAT, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Yolo County Gang Task Force, said local police.

West Sacramento Police Department’s Lt. DeAnna Stevens provided the News-Ledger with a list of the West Sacramento locations raided on Wednesday:
540 Arthur Dr.; 614 Andrew St.; 829 Elm St.; 300 4th St.; 430 Maple St. #120; 510 Maple St. #1; 2120 Evergreen Ave. #A; 1809 Proctor Ave.; 2131 Hickory St.; 1020 Haverhill St.; and 1705 Westwood Circle.

Also on the list was an Elk Grove address.

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A new generation takes the field, joins Little League tradition

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

BY DARYL FISHER, News-Ledger Features Editor

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 6, 2013 —

Well, spring is already here, or at least it sure feels like it. The sun has been out for weeks, birds are chirping, and I’ve already had my first mosquito bite. Actually, the way I have always known that spring has finally arrived in Northern California is that major league baseball players have reported to their spring training camps in warm places like Arizona and Florida, and our own West Sacramento Little League is beginning to hum with activity. Teams are being picked, fundraisers have begun, Picture Day has been scheduled, and best of all, Opening Day will be here before we know it (March 16th this year), complete with the only Annual Little League Parade in the whole Sacramento area.

When I was growing up in West Sacramento back in the 1950s and 1960s, there was simply nothing more important than the start of the Little League baseball season. It seemed like the whole town was full of men and boys who loved the sport of baseball and many of the former had worked tirelessly to create one of the best Little Leagues in the greater Sacramento region. Men like James Cameron, Jack Dunlap, Clyde Burt, Carl Youngblood, Joe Bottino, Herb Hoskins, John Kimbrough, Leroy McReynolds, Red McKinnon, Bob Lukins, Bob Domasky, Bill Havey, and many, many others whose names I no longer recall had used determination and lots of hard work to bring Little League baseball to West Sacramento, and by 1959 they had built baseball diamonds at Memorial Park considered so good that they were used to host that year’s Little League Western Regionals.

Back in those early years of Little League baseball in West Sacramento, it seemed like every mom and pop business in town was a proud sponsor of one of the teams, and you can still walk into places like Havey’s Barbershop and Crest Jewelers and see framed photos of long ago WSLL teams.

  Anyway, back when I was nine years old and convinced that I would someday be the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees or the Milwaukee Braves (I wasn’t quite sure yet if I wanted to play in the American or National leagues) I knew that the first real step to baseball fame and glory started with getting chosen to play on one of the teams in the West Sacramento Little League. So off I eagerly went to my first tryout where I did pretty good in the field, but not so good with a bat in my hands. But the manager of the major league Braves, Bill Havey, decided to take a chance on me and selected me to be on his team.

West Sacramento Little League’s “Braves,” around 1960. The author is standing, third kid from the right

West Sacramento Little League’s “Braves,” around 1960. The author is standing, third kid from the right

I can still remember my excitement when I was given my first West Sacramento Little League uniform to wear. It had “Braves” written boldly across the front of the jersey exactly as the real Milwaukee Braves logo looked and best of all I had been assigned uniform #10, which for some reason long forgotten I had actually prayed would be given to me. Since only numbers 1 through 15 were handed out back in those days, no one wanted to get #11 or #13 or some other really uncool number, so I was beyond thrilled knowing that I would be wearing #10 throughout my Little League career.

Nowadays, you can start playing Little League at a much younger age than when I was a Brave. Back then there were only two divisions, the majors and minors. The minor league teams had wonderful names taken from some of the old Pacific Coast League teams like the Solons, Stars, Padres, Oaks, Angels and Rainiers, and 9 and 10 year olds mostly played on those teams. Then when you got to be 11 or 12 years old, you usually went up to the majors and played on teams like the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs and Braves. But now young boys and girls can start playing pee-wee baseball as early as the age of four or five, which finally brings me to my little story:

The other day my son-in-law showed up at my house as excited as I had seen him in some time.

“What’s Dallas so happy about?” I asked my daughter.

“Oh, he was out playing baseball with Will (my five-year old grandson) this morning and I guess Will hit a couple of home runs or something,” answered my daughter matter-of-factly, having never been much of a baseball fan herself.

“You should have seen him,” said Dallas with genuine pride and excitement. “For some reason he turned around all on his own and started hitting left-handed instead of right-handed and bingo, he was just crushing the ball!”

“But Will is right-handed,” my daughter reminded her husband. “Maybe you shouldn’t be trying to teach him to hit a ball left-handed? Maybe it will confuse him or screw something up? His little brain is still not completely formed yet you know.”

“Are you kidding?” said Dallas. “Do you know how much better your chances are of making the big leagues if you can throw right-handed and bat left-handed? Who knows, maybe I can even make him into a switch-hitter down the road? Wow, a switch-hitting shortstop. Now that really could be his ticket to the Big Show! I can hardly wait for Little League to start this year!

“Dallas,” pleaded my daughter, “don’t forget, he’s only five years old. He’s not exactly ready for the major leagues yet.”

“You can never get them started too young when it comes to baseball, right Daryl?” asked Dallas.

“Not in West Sacramento!” I answered.

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What are those gizmos? Are you on camera at local traffic intersections?

ABOVE: Optical detection camera to sense approaching vehicles (white) and optical sensor to pick up the white strobe lights of a police car or fire truck (black). Photo taken on Jefferson Blvd.

ABOVE: Optical detection camera to sense approaching vehicles (white) and optical sensor to pick up the white strobe lights of a police car or fire truck (black). Photo taken on Jefferson Blvd.

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 6, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Have you ever seen those gizmos mounted on West Sacramento traffic poles, and wondered if they’re cameras? And, if so, who’s watching you?

There are at least three types of pole-mounted sensors around town at different street intersections. And Peter Hanson, an engineering assistant with the City of West Sacramento’s Public Works Department, reminds us that none of them is a “red light” camera. The city doesn’t currently have a “red light camera” program to catch red light runners.

So what, exactly, are these devices?

At the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Stone Boulevard, near the railroad tracks, you may see a thing that looks like a hanging bulb. It’s one of several security cameras operated out of the Port of West Sacramento, which is serviced by the railroad.

“These cameras have a dual purpose,” reported Hanson. “’A,’, to observe the intersection (for security), and ‘B,’ to observe the traffic at the intersection.”

Aside from monitoring security, the camera’s view can be used by city staff to see how traffic light timing changes are affecting the flow of traffic, for example.

ABOVE: The all-seeing eye of a port ecurity camera near the railroad tracks and Jefferson Boulevard, north of Stone Boulevard (photos by Thomas Farley and the News-Ledger)

ABOVE: The all-seeing eye of a port ecurity camera near the railroad tracks and Jefferson Boulevard, north of Stone Boulevard (photos by Thomas Farley and the News-Ledger)

Another type of “camera” seen at some traffic-light controlled intersections is a long, white cylindrical device. Those are directly linked to the traffic light controls.

“Those are video detection systems,” explained Hanson. “It knows if a car is coming or not. It actually sees cars, and changes the light for them. It ‘sees’ through algorithms, and it looks at the differences in contrast” in its field of view.

Then there are the more numerous little black items mounted on many a local traffic light pole.

“That’s a detector for emergency vehicles,” said Hanson. “If you look at an emergency vehicles, you will see a light bar on the roof, and in the center, there is a white strobe light. In our city, the fire and police vehicles each have one.”

Those strobes on top of fire trucks and police cars can, when turned on, put out a pattern of white flashes – which is picked up by the traffic pole sensor, and earns a “green light” for that Code 3 emergency vehicle.

Ambulances serving the town can’t do this trick, said Hanson.

There’s at least one other smart gizmo on the street – or under it, to be precise.  An “induction loop” can be buried in the pavement to sense the magnetic presence of a car that has pulled up to a red light, signaling the traffic lights that they need to change.

   But none of these gadgets does what a “red light camera” would do, said Hanson. If you find yourself entering an intersection illegally after a light has turned red, the “sensor” that gives you a ticket needs to be an actual police officer.

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Practice for college entrance tests

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Students can practice for the SAT/ACT tests and get an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses. The event will be held at the library, 1212 Merkley Avenue, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sat., April 6, with results available at a session from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. Stop by the library, call it at 375-6465, or visit www.kaptest.com/college.

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