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Police department offers new text/email alert system and smartphone app

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department announced this month that the department is making new ventures into “social media” and communications.

Using the “Nixie” system, citizens can sign up to receive information from police as a text message on their cell phone or by email. Citizens can also find notifications from W.S.P.D. at www.nixie.com.

“Messages may include traffic alerts, at-risk missing persons, road hazards, as well as other relevant safety and community event information,” said Steele in a press release.

The messages can target people within a quarter-mile radius of a targeted area, “giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood,” he added. “Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information.

Get information and register at www.nixie.com.

The department has also launched a new “app” for Android or iPhone smartphones.

The MYPD app, produced by Wired Blue, allows you to access all of the local police department’s social media platforms, submit crime tips including photos or GPS location, access the W.S.P.D. phone directory, provide feedback to the department, participate in surveys, and go to the W.S.P.D. web page for information such as crime statistics.

You can get download the MYPD App by Wired Blue free from the Android Marketplace or iPhone App Store.

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$1,000 reward for theft of video cameras


Just received from the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On March 8, 2012 at approximately 5:55 a.m., two unknown male subjects stole six video surveillance cameras mounted on the exterior of the Afghan Community Center located at 700 Glide Ave, West Sacramento. The two suspects’ images were caught on surveillance cameras.

REWARD for this theft suspect (surveillance video image)

“There appeared to be two male subjects responsible for the thefts.  One subject was captured on video as he stole one of the cameras.  He appears to be a Hispanic male subject wearing a light colored zip up jacket with a round shaped face and wearing a dark colored hat.  The second subject that was with him (possibly Hispanic) was taller with a goatee and was wearing light colored shorts, a light colored zip-up “hoody, sunglasses,” and carrying a dark colored backpack.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact the West Sacramento Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 916-617-4915.

From footage of suspects in theft of video cameras from Afghan Community Center in West Sacramento

“The Afghan Community Center is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.”

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Police looking for felony suspect


West Sacramento police today are looking for a felony suspect.. The man led them on a chase — which was called off for public safety when the suspect’s pickup went the wrong way on I-80. Then he left the freeway and struck another vehicle. Then the driver “bailed” near Harbor and Glide.

Here’s the police department press release from earlier today:

“On 3-21-12 at approximately 0746 hours the West Sacramento Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on White Ford F150 for a vehicle code violation.  The vehicle failed to stop for the police and a short pursuit ensued.  The pursuit which lasted approximately one minute was called off for public safety when the suspect vehicle began traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 80.

“A short time after the pursuit was called off the suspect vehicle exited the freeway and lost control striking another vehicle at the intersection of Harbor Blvd and West Capitol Avenue.  There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.

[adrotate group=”10”]  “The passenger in the vehicle Christina Rangel 30 years old was taken into custody for several felony charges.  The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was last seen in the 700 block of Glide Avenue.  An extensive search was conducted and the driver was not located.

“The driver has been positively identified as 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr.  He is currently wanted by the West Sacramento Police Department for several felony charges including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Evading Police.  Mr. Garcia also has a Felony Warrant for his arrest out of Napa County.

“Mr. Garcia was described as a Hispanic male, 5-5, 200 lbs with a shaved head and was wearing all black clothing.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474.”

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NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

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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.  

March 9, 1:58 p.m.
A Michigan Boulevard man reported selling his iPad tablet computer – and then finding out that the $400 payment he received was counterfeit.

March 9, 4:17 p.m.
A caller reported a “road rage” incident earlier at Stonegate Boulevard, where in the victim “was chased by a man in an. . . exterminator van.”

[adrotate group=”10″] March 9, 5:21 p.m.
A man on Westacre Road found that someone had taken the distributor cap and wires from his parked car.

March 9, 5:22 p.m.
A woman was detained for trying to cash a stolen check at a market on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue.

March 9, 6:34 p.m.
A man called from a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol Avenue. He said he had been called to the establishment to give a massage, then found out the call was a hoax, and “now the front office is holding his essential oils, worth about $3,000.”

March 9, 9:12 p.m.
A woman said she had been accosted by another woman on the 4700-block of West Capitol. The suspect was in a small, blue truck with a camper shell, and had displayed a small black handgun while making threats and instructing the victim to “stop seeing her husband,” an Elk Grove man.

March 10, 11:01 a.m.
A person working with Girls Scouts selling cookies in front of a Riverpoint Court store said there was a GMC Yukon with tinted windows and a car full of teen males. The males kept driving past, staring at the group. One of them got out and bought some cookies, but the subjects were continuing to circle.

March 10, 2:02 p.m.
A FedEx package was reported stolen from a Valley Oak Lane residence’s front door.

March 10, 3:21 p.m.
A property owner said four subjects riding quads were using the owner’s empty lots at a 6th Street restaurant site, and were refusing to leave.

March 10, 4:04 p.m.
At a Maple Street boat storage yard: someone “broke into the locked storage yard, killed the yard owner’s dog and broke into several vessels.” It was not yet known what was stolen. The burglar was sought for both burglary and cruelty to animals.

March 10, 6:52 p.m.
A tree was reported to be on fire in the backyard of a home near Letterman Street and Union Square Road.

March 10, 7:13 p.m.
“Dine and dash”: A woman tried to use a debit card that was apparently not hers to pay a $4.30 bill at a Harbor Boulevard diner. It didn’t work. She left on foot without paying.

March 10, 7:37 p.m.
From a Riverpoint Court store: A man “stole $200 worth of merchandise and is fleeing on a bike, going toward Reed.” The man was wearing a windbreaker and a backpack.

March 10, 9:17 p.m.
A caller from an Ikea Court retail store said a group of drivers with about 30-40 Ford Mustangs was gathering in a corner of the parking lot. The caller was unaware of any authorized car shows, and asked police to move the group along.

March 10, 9:46 p.m.
On Nichols Court: A “group of about 25 peole is inside the garage at this location singing loudly.”

March 10, 10:03 p.m.
A woman at a mobilehome park on West Capitol said she overheard a neighbor “talking about testing her security system by shooting a BB gun at the residence and throwing firecrackers on the roof.”

March 10, 9:18 a.m.
A man on B Street said he had been vacuuming his residence when a female roommate told him to stop. The pair argued, and she tried to use a Taser on him. No one was hurt and the parties were now separated.

March 11, 12:49 a.m.
A neighbor complained that there was a party near Anna Street with loud music, lights and a disco ball.

March 11, 3:25 a.m.
At a fast food restaurant on Harbor: a silver pickup truck backed into someone’s car in the parking lot. The victim said the driver appeared to be under the influence of something, and refused to give his name. The suspect gave the victim a cell phone number “to take care of it in the morning,” and drove away.

March 11, 3:57 a.m.
Through a Russian translator, a man on Water Street said his Toyota 4-Runner had just been stolen.

March 11, 4:17 a.m.
Four males were seen setting of fireworks in the street on 4th Street.

[adrotate group=”9″] March 11, 10:48 a.m.
A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported stolen on Willow Avenue. The keys may have been left in it.

March 11, 11:12 a.m.
A possible domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento. A witness said a man assaulted a woman. They both left on bike, and the victim was bleeding from the face.

March 11, 12:21 p.m.
Someone broke into a vacant Oakmont Way apartment and flooded it.

March 11, 1:56 p.m.
About $8,000 worth of electronics equipment was reported stolen from Raley Field during the night. There was possible surveillance video of the crime.

March 11, 2:23 p.m.
Security cameras were reported stolen from a Glide Avenue location during the night.

March 11, 2:53 p.m.
A man at a Sacramento Avenue mobilehome park told a dispatcher his social security check had been stolen on Sutter Buttes Street in Sacramento. The dispatcher referred him to Sacramento police. Then, “he changed his story” to say the theft happened in West Sacramento.

March 11, 5:46 p.m.
A witness reported a white Land Rover and white Acura were “doing donuts” behind a Riverpoint Court retail store.

March 11, 7:25 p.m.
A woman on the 1700-block of West Capitol said that about 15-20 minutes ago, she “stepped out for a minute, and now her purse and $300 in rent (are) missing.” She suspected a female roommate, who had denied being responsible for the theft.

March 11, 9:28 p.m.
A woman on Teal Drive said she was home alone with two children, and there was an unknown person in her backyard.

March 11, 10:07 p.m.
A witness said there were two men and two women near the witness’s 7th Street house, drinking vodka in a car. “They set a piece of garbage on fire (it is out) and drove away” in a Red Ford Focus with broken taillights.

March 11, 11:09 p.m.
A “wrong way” driver hit a center divider and railroad crossing arms while going northbound on Jefferson near Triangle Court. An officer contacted the 21-year old Sacramento man in his Toyota Corolla, and determined he had bee driving drunk. The man was arrested and released to be transported by ambulance for medical treatment after the accident.

March 11, 5 p.m.
A woman in the “state street” area found a “Sten/Mk II” assault rifle while cleaning out the closet of her deceased husband. She said she had no knowledge of the weapon, and asked police to destroy it.

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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot


District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 27, a Yolo County jury convicted three members of the Norteno street gang of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

According to the D.A.:

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran (20, of Sacramento), Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr. (20, of Sacramento) and Joseph Vincent Sisneros (21, of Sacramento) saw the victim eating his Taco Bell dinner in his car.  The man was in a nearly empty lot on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport, just after 10 p.m..

The three gang members took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys, then continued beating the victim, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for the men to stop.

[adrotate group=”10″]   Four Lowe’s employees who walked into the lot after their shifts ended interrupted the attack.  The four —  all of whom testified at the trial — saw the three defendants taking turns punching the victim while shouting “Norte!” and laughing.

One of the suspects, Salvador Vasquez pretended to hold a gun under his shirt and repeatedly threatened to shoot the Lowe’s employee who was calling 911.  The employee escaped by running to nearby Lake Washington Boulevard, but the second employee was caught by Duran and Sisneros.  The second employee held up his hands in surrender, but the two defendants brutally attacked him, kicking him in the eye and breaking his nose.

The trial took two weeks and included testimony from a Sacramento Police Gang Detective who told a jury the Norteno street gang thrives on a reputation for violence and that the assault furthered those interests.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig thanked the Sacramento Police Department for offering their assistance, and thanked the citizens who were brave enough to intervene in the assault and to come forward to testify at the trial.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 13.

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Arrested for vandalizing state capitol:

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 29, 2012 —

A West Sacramento man went to jail Sunday night after allegedly vandalizing California’s state capitol building, the treasurer’s office and Sacramento city hall.

[adrotate group=”9″]   According to the San Jose Mercury News, the suspect is 21-year old Michael Dopkins, who allegedly threw rocks and concrete at several sides of the Capitol building, damaging doors and windows. He then moved on to the treasurer’s building and city hall, causing more damage.

A CHP spokesperson said Dopkins told police he was trying to get attention because “he had a lot of solutions the government needed to know about.”

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POLICE LOG for West Sacramento

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 8, 2012 —

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

This police log comes from our Feb. 8 print edition. To see the log every week, make sure to subscribe! See the special offer beneath this article.

Feb. 1, 8:17 a.m.
A 17-year old boy was caught shoplifting at a Southport supermarket. He was “cooperative.” The boy’s parent asked that he be cited for the offense.

Feb. 1, 1:23 p.m.
A business on Commerce Drive reported the theft of about $20,000 worth of construction equipment.

Feb. 2, 7:35 a.m.
A caller from at or near Westmore Oaks Elementary School reported an ongoing problem with school parents double-parking on the street, or parking across driveways. The caller asked for extra patrols of the area.

Feb. 2, 1:23 a.m.
Vandalism was reported at a home on Kaui Road. Somebody “put weed killer on the lawn and spray-painted the house.”

Feb. 2, 11:36 a.m.
Wheelchair hit & run: A citizen reported that a woman pushing a wheelchair hit him or her in the leg with it, in an incident near West Capitol Avenue and Poplar. The victim believed the woman may have mental issues, and may have struck him on purpose. Police were asked to look for her.

Feb. 2, 12:31 p.m.
A real estate company reported that somebody took a heating & air conditioning unit from a vacant house on Chinook Road. The unit was worth about $3,000.

Feb. 2, 2:24 p.m.
A parent reported getting off the bus with a four-year old son at the 2100-block of West Capitol, when a woman at the bus stop spit on the boy. The woman was still there, drinking alcohol.

Feb. 2, 4:35 p.m.
A Maple Street resident said someone took some rings worth about $16,000 from the residence during the past two months. There was a suspect.

Feb. 2, 6:28 p.m.
A woman called dispatchers after a near-miss: She had just driven across the railroad tracks at Stone Blvd. and Jefferson, with a green light and the crossing guard arms up. But as she crossed, a train almost hit her car. “She is in tears and upset, but not injured,” noted a dispatcher. Railroad officials were notified that the crossing arms had malfunctioned.

Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Security personnel at a Riverpoint Court store saw a 23-year old male transient pick up some receipts in the parking lot, and then go inside, pick up some merchandise, and attempt to use a receipt to return the item for store credit. The man was detained and arrested.

Feb. 3, 9:43 a.m.
A man told dispatcher he had been putting gas in his car at a station on the 2800-block of West Capitol, when a man in a city uniform started yelling at him because gas was leaking from the pump. There was about a half-gallon of gas spilled in the parking lot.

Feb. 3, 10:50 a.m.
A teacher at Yolo High asked for an officer. The teacher wanted to file a complaint against a student.

Feb. 3, 4:29 p.m.
A 27-year old Brannan Way woman was in custody for attempting to shoplift about $59 in “cosmetics and lighters” from a Southport supermarket. The woman was “cooperative.”

Feb. 3, 5:21 p.m.
A disabled man riding a Paratransit bus called police from on the bus. It had stopped at the man’s Peachtree Road home, but the man refused to get off until the driver unloaded his groceries. The driver had refused. The pair were in an argument.

[adrotate group=”10″] Feb. 3, 7:07 p.m.
A bomb threat was reported at an Industrial Boulevard workplace. A laid-off employee sent a text message saying there were two pipe bombs hidden on the site. The 43-year old Folsom man later admitted it was a hoax.

Feb. 3, 7:35 p.m.
A caller told a dispatcher that he or she was waiting near the River City High School gym, with a student and a bicycle. The student said the bicycle had been stolen on Tuesday (but not reported to police). Another person had just shown up at the campus with it. The suspect was possibly in the school gym.

Feb. 3, 8:41 p.m.
A citizen reported a “strong smell of marijuana” coming from the Bridgeway Elementary School. Nobody was visible at the scene.

Feb. 3, 1:50 p.m.
A cell phone company on Shore Street reported the theft of about $2,000 in copper wire from several cell towers.

Feb. 3, 2:15 p.m.
A 50-year old woman from Upland was detained by security at a Riverpoint Court store. She had apparently tried to steal $236 worth of Eveready batteries in different sizes. The woman was arrested and released with a notice to appear in court.

Feb. 4, 1:18 p.m.
A witness said a Chevy Tahoe was going fast, eastbound on Rice Avenue, and a single gunshot had been heard. A minute after this report, a resident of Michigan Blvd. reported hearing one, possibly “smaller” caliber, gunshot.

Feb. 4, 3:04 a.m.
A man said he was trying to get his belongings out of a motel room on the 900-block of West Capitol. But a female acquaintance at the room had refused him entry while holding a pocket knife with a 2-3″ blade. The man felt he had been threatened.

Feb. 4, 8 a.m.
A citizen reported that a gray Ford Tempo had been parked at a corner at 15th Street and Maryland for three days. Police checked it out and found the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Feb. 4, 2:52 p.m.
A caller at a Lisbon Avenue market said some tenants had reported that four or five homeless men had set up camp across the street. The tenants were uncomfortable with these neighbors, and asked that police move the men along.

Feb. 4, 4:09 p.m.
A citizen called police, saying that a brother was schizophrenic and off his medication. The brother was “going up and down Meadow Road throwing toilet paper.”

Feb. 4, 8:32 p.m.
In the northern city, a woman reported that her 22-year old daughter was “out of control and punching holes in the walls.”

Feb. 4, 10:48 p.m.
From a guest at a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol: “the occupant inside the next room had his bed pushed up against the (caller’s) adjacent wall. The occupant is playing ‘Stack Attack’ (evidently a video or smartphone game) and tends to get excited, and jumps up and down, causing the headboard to bang against the (caller’s) wall, waking him up.”

Feb. 4, 11 a.m.
An officer responded to the report that there was a man in a dark area at a closed business on Northport Drive. The officer found a man there, and also found a two-foot tall marijuana plant in a black pot in the bushes nearby. The subject denied owning or knowing about the plant. The officer booked the plant for destruction.

Feb. 5, 12:19 a.m.
Near Norfolk Avenue, a resident reported hearing shots or fireworks.

Feb. 5, 8:05 a.m.
A woman on Todhunter Avenue reported, through a Russian translator, that her car tires had been slashed in the apartment parking lot. It wasn’t the only car, and it wasn’t the first time.

Feb. 5, 9 a.m.
A caller said someone had parked a Dodge Caravan in a church parking lot on Linden Road. The van had been there at least three days, and there were “several cats locked inside.” No one had been seen coming or going from it.

Feb. 5, 9:03 a.m.
A 2011 Freightliner truck was reported stolen from a Ramco Street business, sometime since 11 p.m. on Friday.

Feb. 5, 9:49 a.m.
A man was reported to be “aggressively panhandling” at an ATM in front of a West Capitol bank.

Feb. 5, 12:12 p.m.
A citizen on Crown Street said a teenage male had just stolen a bike from the front yard. The youth was last seen heading toward Manchester, riding it.

Feb. 5, 12:53 p.m.
In central West Sacramento, a husband reported that a “childhood friend of (his) wife is leaving notes and presents” at their home, and he is concerned the friend “might be dangerous.”

Feb. 5, 2:57 p.m.
A neighbor complained of loud music at a home on Snapdragon Circle.

Feb. 5, 8:50 p.m.
A woman returned to her 6th Street apartment to find that somebody had evidently broken in by getting through the pet door. A TV was missing.

Feb. 5, 9:31 p.m.
Police were notified that a team of four bail bondsmen in a Cadillac were on Savannah Lane in an attempt to pick up a wanted man.

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