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Q&A with West Sac police on Tuesday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN) will host the public and members of the West Sacramento Police Department at 6 p.m. on July 10 at the River Bend Manor, 664 Cummins Way.

  Police will provide updates and answer questions on topics such as code enforcement, neighborhood watch, traffic, and “Problem Oriented Policing” (POP). Refreshments. For more information, visit www.bryteandbroderick.org.

The public is welcome to this event on Tuesday.

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Possible child abduction attempt

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JULY 7, 2012 —

West Sacramento police this afternoon are investigating a possible child abduction attempt that may have taken place outside a home on the 500-block of Maple Street.

SERGEANT NATHAN STEELE of the W.S.P.D. addresses reporters concerning a possible child abduction attempt on the 500-block of Maple Street in West Sacramento (News-Ledger photo)

“(The investigation) is ongoing, and we’re not quite sure what happened,” said Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “Today at approximately 3:13 in the afternoon, West Sacramento Police Department received a phone call about a possible abduction attempt.”

A couple of girls were outside on the block, when a suspect drove up in a dark SUV. The man is so far described only as a black male of average height and build, age 30-40. He may have temporarily kidnapped one of the girls, a seven-year old.

“Apparently, he got her into a vehicle and left the area with her,” said Steele. “The information we’ve got is that the juvenile was able to get away.”

The girl made it the short distance home and reported the incident. Witness accounts aren’t entirely consistent, said Steele.

“Our officers are canvassing the area and outside agencies have been notified.”

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Popular ‘Police Log’ feature from June 13

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 13, 2012 —

  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.  

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June 6, 4:42 a.m.
Employees at a not-yet-open supermarket on West Capitol said there was a man outside “scratching and knocking on the front windows and looking through the windows at the girls working, in a creepy way.”

June 6, 9:49 a.m.
A Rockrose Road resident reported the home had been burglarized the day before. The caller’s nephew had walked in on the crime, scaring off three suspects. The nephew recognized one of the thieves. Gone were an iPod Touch music player, a cell phone and other items.

June 6, 10:30 a.m.
A caller from Westmore Oaks Elementary School said a cell phone had been stolen earlier that day. The phone had a GPS feature, which showed it was currently at a home on Willow Avenue.

June 6, 1:34 p.m.
A man started a grass fire on Marshall Road while mowing some brush or grass, and called 911.

June 6, 8:11 p.m.
A River Crest Drive man said a neighbor had seen three or four strangers in the man’s pool earlier that afternoon. The caller didn’t see them himself, but noted “they did move his backyard furniture around.”

June 7, 2:40 a.m.
An attempted carjacking was reported on the 1200-block of Carrie Street: Two men, one armed with a shotgun, tried to steal a car being driven by an 18-year old Jasmine Avenue man. The victim kept the car and the suspects fled before police arrived.

June 7, 12:07 p.m.
A store on the 1600-block of West Capitol said there was “a male in the parking lot asking for money and growling at people when they didn’t give him anything.”

June 8, 10:40 a.m.
An adult day care center on Merkley Avenue reported that someone had set fire to a paper invoice tucked into an exterior door jamb during the night. There was minor damage to the door.

June 8, 3:08 p.m.
A big rig driver said he had just made a delivery to a Channel Drive business. But a group of 7-10 picketers was in the driveway, blocking his exit.

June 8, 5:45 p.m.
A domestic violence call was received from Southport.

June 8, 7:29 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said that two people “known to steal and run” were back in the store, and employees requested police assistance in removing them.

June 8, 7:32 p.m.
Police received a tip that a 29-year old wanted parolee was now getting into a tan Chevy pickup on Evergreen Circle. Officers responded and saw her, conducting a “high risk stop” of the pickup truck. The woman was identified and arrested without incident. In her purse was found a half gram of methamphetamine.

June 9, 12:16 a.m.
Four or five trees were reported to have been cut down or removed from a Summerfield Drive site.

June 9, 12:55 a.m.
On the 2400-block of West Capitol Avenue: A woman “says she let a male come over and now he is asleep in her chair and won’t leave.”

June 9, 9:03 a.m.
“Racial statements” were found written in ink on a fountain at a park, next to Gateway Drive and Sansome Street.

June 9, 9:44 a.m.
A real estate agent said he went to a Coffeeberry Road residence to show it to a potential buyer, but found the front door kicked in and backpacks and clothes in a room on the second floor. He wasn’t sure if anything had been taken or if the trespassers were still in the home. He said he would wait outside for police.

June 9, 10:43 a.m.
Some mailboxes were found to have been pried open during the night on Independence Avenue.

June 9, 2:09 p.m.
A witness said there was a vehicle – now unoccupied – crashed in a driveway at the Industrial Boulevard postal center. Its air bags were deployed and its front axle had fallen off.

June 9, 2:46 p.m.
A caller said there was a man walking near the Merkley Avenue library and a nearby restaurant, “with his pants down around his ankles.”

June 9, 3:30 p.m.
A woman who had been assisted on a medical call earlier at a Harbor Boulevard taco restaurant now claimed that her purse was missing and she wished to file a police report. The store said the woman never had a purse with her – she paid with money pulled from her bra.

June 9, 3:34 p.m.
Two male subjects tried to steal an 18-pack of beer from a market on 3rd Street – but the store owner got the beer back.

June 9, 5:57 p.m.
A caller complained of “aggressive union members” picketing at a supermarket at Town Center Plaza.

June 9, 9:19 p.m.
Police received several reports of fireworks being used over a couple of hours near streets including Michigan Blvd., Hobson Avenue and Cummins Way.

June 9, 9:37 a.m.
A Southport woman said her daughter-in-law had pawned a 22 carat gold family necklace. The suspect told her mother-in-law that she would have to pay the pawnbroker if she wanted it back.

June 10, 12:05 a.m.
A resident near Long Island Street and Fraser Island Road complained of a loud party, saying one of the partiers had just urinated on the caller’s lawn.

June 10, 2 a.m.
An officer conducted a “business check” of a gas station on the 1000-block of Jefferson. The officer found a baggie with 0.7 grams of cocaine on the floor.

June 10, 7:51 a.m.
A Norfolk Avenue resident reported that someone had thrown oranges at the front door, damaging the screen.

June 10, 8:36 a.m.
A man at a mobilehome park on the 2000-block of West Capitol said that someone had come inside while he was out, and “put some kind of dirt” on the hallway carpet.

June 10, 11:44 a.m.
A witness reported that there were a couple of juveniles, around age 11-14, on the roof of a building at Bridgeway Lakes Community Park.

June 10, 12 p.m.
A grass fire was reported near Burrows Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, just inside the southern city limits.

June 10, 12:37 p.m.
A woman was in the lobby of a Halyard Drive hotel, causing a disturbance with employees. “Another guest paid her to stay one night,” a dispatcher was told. The woman was wearing a blonde wig and a red dress with flowers.

June 10, 1:40 p.m.
A bank on West Capitol reported that there was a woman inside, irate. The woman was trying to get money out of an account but had no ID, and she was refusing to leave. The suspect was wearing a blonde wig and a red dress with flowers.

June 10, 7:42 p.m.
A burglary was reported on Higgins Road. Gone were a $700 bike, a chain saw and a garage door opener.

June 10, 10:04 p.m.
A 1993 Buick Sentry was stolen from a 5th Street location the prior Friday.

June 10, 10:05 p.m.
A motel on the 900-block of West Capitol said that a friend of a tenant hadn’t paid for a room, was refusing to leave, and “got aggressive with the manager and went after another tenant with a stick.”

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Suspect in copper thefts arrested

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Thieves have been ripping copper wiring and pipes from cell phone towers, businesses, and even power lines in the region, turning the copper in for its cash value.

  But on Thursday, West Sacramento police say they believe they caught one of the thieves.

Shortly after receiving a report of copper pipe theft from a local business, officers stopped 61-year old Robert Joyce of West Sacrament for a traffic enforcement issue.

“They noted that he was in possession of copper pipe and power tools,” said a press statement from Sergeant Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D. “A subsequent investigation determined that the suspect was in possession of stolen property from two recent commercial burglaries where copper piping and other items were stolen. The loss and damage to the businesses was estimated at over $20,000.”

Joyce was arrested.

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Man shot, seriously injured

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 1, 2012 —

West Sacramento police are looking for help from the public in solving a shooting that occurred late last night on the 1100-block of Hobson Avenue.

  Police responded to a report of a shooting at about 11:40 p.m., said Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. They found a 25-year old man with “numerous” gunshot wounds. He was taken to an area hospital and is reported to be in serious condition.

The suspect vehicle is a white sedan last seen going westbound on Hobson.

Anyone with possible information on the incident is asked to call Detective Michelle Tate, (916) 617-4958, or police dispatch at 375-6474.

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Arrest for lighting cat on fire

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 30, 2012

The West Sacramento Police Department has just announced that it has arrested a 17-year old local boy for “felony cruelty to animals,” after a cat was set on fire on May 2.

The police did not identify the juvenile.

  Witness saw a “ball of fire” moving near Circle Park in West Sacramento the night of May 2 — and it turned out that someone had used an accelerant to set a friendly local stray cat on fire. The cat was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment, but was euthanized.

“A detective from the West Sacramento police was assigned the case and was able to establish leads which led to the arrest this morning,” said Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department in a press release today.

The News-Ledger’s original report, with a photo of the cat, is here.

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POLICE LOG:

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012 —

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May 16, 10:03 a.m.
A trade school on Riverside Parkway said a dismissed employee had stolen over $12,000 worth of tools. The theft was on security video.

May 16, 11:34 a.m.
A caller from Elkhorn Elementary asked for police advice: a student had been found with some plastic baggies, and staff wanted to know if that was considered to be drug paraphernalia.

May 16, 7:03 p.m.
A caller reported an ongoing problem of juveniles harassing the ducks in a pond near Linden Road and Summerfield Drive. The caller had just driven by the pond, and saw three youngsters trying to catch a duck.

May 17, 7:03 a.m.
A citizen reported a reckless driver going northbound on Park Boulevard. The citizen gave the driver’s first name, address, and a description of the car, saying this was an ongoing problem.

May 17, 8:26 a.m.
A car on Touchstone Place was found “tagged” with graffiti, and with its windows broken. Nothing was missing.

May 17, 8:56 a.m.
A work vehicle parked at city hall was found burglarized.

May 17, 9:40 a.m.
A two-vehicle collision was reported on Riverside Parkway. An airbag had deployed, and one car was “totaled.” Injuries were unknown.

May 17, 12:12 p.m.
A resident of Sherman Island Road reported “loud, vulgar” music coming from a neighbor’s place. This was a “constant problem.”

May 17, 12:54 p.m.
A female caller said her brother (16 years old and 200 pounds) had just damaged her car with a scooter, and the two were now in a dispute.

May 17, 1:21 p.m.
A man on 11th Street called police to report that his sister was plotting to harm him.

May 17, 2:08 p.m.
A woman on 7th Street said she had a video of an adult neighbor taking pictures of the woman’s daughter sunbathing.

May 17
Copper wire and cables were stolen from a cell phone tower on Linden Road.

May 17, 6:32 p.m.
A Southport man listed a cell phone for sale on the Craigslist website. A subject made a deal to buy it, and the two met at the 2400-block of West Capitol. Then the subject stole the phone and drove away.

May 17, 11 p.m.
A woman on Jefferson Boulevard in Southport reported hearing from a sister-in-law, who reported that there was an unknown subject outside yelling, “I killed Harold!” The caller asked police to check the area.

May 17, 11:10 p.m.
A Water Street resident said an intoxicated neighbor had spit through the fence at him or her.

May 18, 4:10 a.m.
From a Pine Street apartment complex: “2-3 males are outside of the apartment having a party and appear to be very intoxicated. One of the males is holding a shotgun and shot off three rounds. . . not aimed at anybody.”

May 18, 5:17 a.m.
A resident of a Touchstone Place condo complained about a neighbor: “A resident here has his TV on very loud and it’s shaking the bed.”

May 18, 9 a.m.
A trailer on Channel Drive was burglarized. A generator was stolen.

May 18, 12:50 p.m.
A witness said that the owner of a store near West Capitol and Poplar was “chasing another subject and swinging at him with a baseball bat.”

May 18, 1:06 p.m.
A frequent trespasser at a West Capitol supermarket was reported to be “inside the store and attempting to put alcohol down his pants, and also ate produce he hasn’t paid for.”

May 18, 1:13 p.m.
A .40 caliber Smith and Wesson and a 9 m.m. Glock handgun were reported stolen, probably from a moving van that had been parked on Cummins Way with its door open.

May 18, 6:41 p.m.
A citizen called from a motel on the 1800-block of West Capitol. The caller said a man keeps breaking into a room rented by a woman. The woman then spoke to the dispatcher, reporting that the man was currently laying in her bed, and she wanted police to remove him.

May 18, 10:22 p.m.
A witness saw two men carrying a “no parking” sign on a pole eastbound across the Tower Bridge. The sign may have been taken from the Raley Field area.

May 19, 1:25 a.m.
Regarding an incident on the 800-block of Riverpoint Court: “About midnight, (the caller) was at the gas station when a van approached and the driver said he was selling home theater systems. . . (The caller) purchased one for $100, but when he got home and tried to hook it up, he noticed there was no way to hook it up to anything, it was just a box.” The man did a web search for home theater systems under that brand name, and learned there was a common scam going on with them.

May 19, 2:55 a.m.
A man and his girlfriend argued in a north-area residence. The woman threatened to use Mace, but did not deploy it.

May 19, 7:36 a.m.
A vehicle was burglarized during the night on Randolph Road.

May 19, 11:54 a.m.
Dispatchers received a suicide threat from Southport.

May 19, 12:44 p.m.
A “cultural conflict”: A female reported that her parents “are yelling at her and following her around because they don’t want her to move out. . . until she marries.”

May 19, 3:29 p.m.
The levee was reported to be smoldering near Burrows Avenue and South River Road. There were possible “hot spots” from a fire the day before.

May 19, 6:27 p.m.
Two men were fighting near Hardy Drive and Cummins Way – and one had a knife in his hand.

May 19, 8:02 p.m.
A caller complained that the arms were down at a railroad crossing near F Street, and this had been “going on all day.” Dispatchers notified the railroad.

May 19, 4:52 p.m.
A 30-year old Sacramento woman was detained after trying to shoplift $200 worth of goods from a Riverpoint Court store. She also had a no-bail arrest warrant, and was arrested.

May 20, 1:06 a.m.
A loud party was reported near Rogue River Drive and Mojave Drive. There were several drunk juveniles in the street.

May 20, 2:09 a.m.
A resident of Martis Street reported that someone had just kicked the front door, and was now walking behind the residence.

May 20, 2:43 a.m.
A caller from a motel on the 1800-block of West Capitol said an unknown female had just knocked at the door, and was now trying to get into the caller’s vehicle outside.

May 20, 2:47 a.m.
A man wearing a baseball cap was walking northbound on Poplar, “screaming profanity and playing his guitar.”

May 20, 7:45 a.m.
A one-car accident was reported on the I Street Bridge. Someone was injured.

May 20, 8:29 a.m.
A resident complained of an ongoing problem regarding loud music from  Princeton Road home, and the caller wanted to make a formal complaint.

May 20, 11:47 a.m.
A Mojave Drive resident found a pile of partly-burned newspapers next to his garage.

May 20, 11:12 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported on Kegle Drive.

May 20, 4:39 p.m.
A citizen reported that his wallet was stolen at a Tyler Way garage sale. Gone were about $50 in cash, along with credit cards and a driver’s license.

May 20, 4:58 p.m.
A Southport man said his ex-girlfriend was outside, refusing to leave, and he asked police to move her along. The man said he was “a bit buzzed,” and didn’t want to go out.

May 20, 6:17 p.m.
A Southport woman said her boyfriend’s ex-wife had bought a cell phone for a child belonging to the boyfriend and ex-wife. When the caller took the phone away, the ex-wife threatened to report it as theft.

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