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‘POLICE LOG’: West Sac’s crime roundup


By News-Ledger Editor Steve Marschke

  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 West Sac’s ‘Police Log’ every week, take a look at the special offer at the bottom of this page.

Nov. 12, 4:02 a.m.
A caller from Fernwood Street told dispatchers a man was trying to steal a locked bike, but took off running when the caller interrupted by pounding on a wall. The would-be thief left behind a small bag containing bolt cutters.

Nov. 12, 4:41 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court retail store said three men stole three bags of clothing and fled in a Dodge Magnum.

Nov. 12, 12:47 p.m.
A caller from a supermarket on the 1600-block of West Capitol said a man outside “had loud music on and blew a foghorn in the (caller’s) face” before driving off. Other people provided a tentative ID for the suspect.

Nov. 12, 1:13 p.m.
A witness said there was a man walking along the street near Haverhill Street and Norfolk Avenue, trying out a remote garage door opener in front of each home he passed.

Nov. 12, 5:01 p.m.
A resident of Hobson reported there was a “kid” starting a fire in a field near the home. The kid was seen “adding branches and fuel to the fire.”

Nov. 12, 5:26 p.m.
A caller said there was a woman holding “what appeared to be a grenade” at a business complex on the 1700-block of West Capitol.

Nov. 13, 1:13 a.m.
A caller from a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol said a woman had just removed a window screen and climbed into one of the motel rooms.

Nov. 13, 1:57 a.m.
A fire was reported in a dumpster near a motel on Harbor Blvd.

Nov. 13, 5:45 a.m.
A man called from the 1700-block of West Capitol, saying he was “robbed at gunpoint a couple minutes ago” in front of a nearby motel. The man was screaming, and said he had Tourette’s Syndrome.

Nov. 13, 7:50 a.m.
A suicide threat came in from Southport.

Nov. 13, 7:57 a.m.
A citizen said a car just went through a fence on the 4500-block of Jefferson in Southport. The drive was still on scene and apparently wasn’t hurt.

Nov. 13, 8:34 a.m.
A witness said that an older man was now in the parking lot of Southport’s Town Center Plaza in a Toyota 4-Runner. The man just came out of the supermarket, where he was “walking around intoxicated, stumbling, and (he) smells.”

Nov. 13, 8:37 a.m.
A resident of Tortola Road said somebody stole packages from the front porch. The packages contained vitamins and gloves, worth about $200.

Nov. 13, 9:32 a.m.
A man reported a neighbor “drew a small revolver on him” during an argument on F Street.

Nov. 13, 11:12 a.m.
The rear license plate was stolen from a Subaru parked on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Nov. 13, 12:29 p.m.
A witness reported seeing an “elderly man” arrive on foot near Highland Drive and Lake Washington Boulevard – and then begin cutting wires and pipes from a power box.

Nov. 13, 1:08 p.m.
Riverbend Elementary requested a school police officer to remove a school from campus.

Nov. 13, 4:01 p.m.
On 5th Street: “Someone threw a shovel at another subject.”

Nov. 13, 4:13 p.m.
A fast-food restaurant on Westacre Road reported that an “extremely” drunk woman in a gold Chevy Tahoe just went through the drive-through window. The woman then drove away eastbound on West Capitol – with three or four kids in her car.

Nov. 13, 5:19 p.m.
A three-vehicle accident was reported near Jefferson & Webster. A Toyota Corolla, utility truck and Chevy Suburban were involved, but there were apparently no injuries.

Nov. 13, 5:27 p.m.
A 1998 Dodge pickup was discovered to have been stolen from a business complex on the 3200-block of West Capitol, sometime Sunday or Monday.

Nov. 13, 5:28 p.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that around Oct. 23, the clerk at a gas station on West Capitol “retained” her credit card. The card has since been used for several purchases in West Sacramento and Sacramento.

Nov. 13, 5:45 p.m.
A man said he had called police several times regarding a neighbor near Cold Springs Road and Roaring Creek Street who stores several vehicles on the street. The caller “has called many times and is not happy with the PD response.”

Nov. 13, 6:51 p.m.
The library on Merkley Avenue reported that a very intoxicated man about 65 years old just left, “saying something about going to the bus stop.” The man was “barely able to stand up.”

Nov. 13, 7:58 p.m.
A law enforcement agency asked local police units to stay clear of Harbor and West Capitol, possibly due to an undercover operation.

Nov. 13, 11:45 p.m.
A supermarket reported it had told a 56-year old West Capitol Avenue woman “approximately ten times that she is not allowed in” the store, but they just detained her for shoplifting.

Nov. 14, 1:40 a.m.
Two women were detained for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

Nov. 14, 1:23 a.m.
A citizen said there was a subject wearing black clothes and a dark beanie, with a shopping cart on Gooseberry Circle. The subject pushed the cart to a white van and drove away. The individual was suspicious due to recent burglaries in the area.

Nov. 14, 7:17 a.m.
A Honda Accord was repossessed from a Southport home.

Nov. 14, 7:57 a.m.
A domestic violence report came in from a north-area home.

Nov. 14, 8:42 a.m.
A motel manager on the 1800-block of West Capitol said someone burglarized a tenant. “An unknown suspect took his luggage from the room while he was sleeping.”

Nov. 14, 11:12 a.m.
The registration stickers were stolen from a car parked on Elder Drive.

Nov. 14, 12:17 a.m.
A hit-and-run was reported near 2900 West Capitol. The caller said a white truck just scratched his/her mother’s car and another vehicle. The suspect vehicle and second victim had left the scene.

Nov. 14, 12:30 a.m.
A man was reported “wandering around” a school and church on Todhunter Avenue, and was “last seen around the convent area.”

Nov. 14, 1:33 p.m.
A woman said she had previously reported her bike stolen. Now, the bike and a rider were in front of a store on the 3000-block of West Capitol.

Nov. 14, 3:05 p.m.
A woman reported an incident that occurred a couple hours earlier in a store parking lot:
She had been backing out of a parking place when she heard a man yelling. She stopped her car, and the man claimed that she had “hit his wheelchair-bound wife.” The wife wasn’t hurt and wheelchair didn’t appear to be damaged. The “victim” didn’t want police summoned, she just demanded $50.

Nov. 14, 5:14 p.m.
A man reported that sometime in the last ten minutes, somebody stole an outboard motor out of the back of his pickup truck while it was parked on Harbor Blvd.

Nov. 14, 5:20 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said there was a drunk man “sitting by the front door in the food center in row five.” The man was “very belligerent and violent.”

Nov. 14, 11:54 p.m.
A man said his Solano Street neighbors were involved in drug activity. The man said he had installed an alarm with a sensor beam that went across the neighbor’s driveway, an d”it has gone off four times already due to all the in-and-out foot traffic.”

Nov. 14, 3:38 p.m.
A mobile home resident on Sacramento Avenue reported he was cutting some bushes next to his home when he found a Taser and holster. He turned them in to police.

Nov. 14, 10:02 p.m.
A police officer stopped a vehicle at 5th and E streets. The 19-year old Lighthouse Drive woman driving the car had no license, and had outstanding warrants for charges including theft.

Nov. 14, 10:28 a.m.
An officer contacted a 39-year old homeless woman who had a store’s shopping cart at a bus stop at West Capitol and Pecan. In the cart were empty cans and trash, as well as a half-full 32-ounce bottle of beer and the woman’s wallet and ID. There were several warrants for her arrest, and she was jailed.

Nov. 14, 7:36 p.m.
A 41-year old homeless woman was arrested after she was found sleeping in a vacant trailer that didn’t belong to her on the 3200-block of West Capitol. There were also arrest warrants for charges including burglary and a drug offense.

Nov. 18, 12:03 a.m.
An officer saw a 22-year old Touchstone Place woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a stranded car on the road near Harbor and Evergreen. She showed symptoms of intoxication, and was arrested for DUI.

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Guilty of hammer attack at park


Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on Friday, a Yolo County jury convicted 21-year old Christopher Lee Castillo of West Sacramento for his participation in a gang assault of two juvenile victims in the Memorial Park area of West Sacramento on March 19, 2010.

The two victims and their family had been harassed by the gang members during the two months before the assault, said the D.A.’s office.

“When the two victims, who were brothers, went to confront members of the gang, they were ambushed by numerous gang members armed with weapons, and a pit bull,” according to the D.A.’s statement. “Defendant Castillo struck one of the victims in the head with a hammer, creating a deep gash.  After the assault the gang members continued to threaten and harass the family causing the family to move twice. Since the incident nine other defendants had entered pleas to various charges.”

  The jury deliberated for less than four hours before returning guilty verdicts on all counts, including conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and criminal street gang activity.  The defendant will be sentenced on December 14, before Judge Stephen L. Mock.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig credited the efforts of Officer Labin Wilson and the West Sacramento Police Department in investigating the case.  “The juveniles in this case were victimized for standing up to a gang of bullies,” commented Reisig in a press statement.

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Helicopter, K9 search for suspect


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Police tried but failed to find a fleeing suspect Friday night after a pair of men in a car allegedly tossed a loaded handgun out the door during a traffic stop. The search led police to “set up a perimeter” near downtown West Sacramento and use a loudspeaker to warn citizens to remain indoors.

The incident started at about 11 p.m. when an officer tried to pull over the suspects’ car near West Capitol Avenue and Sycamore Avenue.

“It slowed down, and the gun was tossed out the window,” reported Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department. “It went forward a couple more blocks before stopping.”

But as the car stopped, a male passenger in the front seat “bailed” from the car and took off on foot. The driver, 20-year old Santiago Herrera Valois of West Sacramento, was taken into custody without incident.

Backtracking, police found a loaded 9 mm Luger handgun in a storm drain. The gun was confirmed as stolen. Valois, a felon, faces several charges including possession of a firearm.

A Sacramento County helicopter and a K-9 unit joined in the search for the missing passenger, with one witness reporting that the search area included the neighborhood near Merkley Avenue and Evergreen Avenue.

They did not find or ID him, reports Sockman.

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D.A.’s office gets identity theft grant


Last month, the California Attorney General’s Office awarded the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office $56,805 from the Attorney General’s “Privacy and Piracy Fund.”

This program provides funding to District Attorneys’ offices throughout the state.  The funding must be used to investigate and prosecute identity theft and intellectual property theft.  Intellectual property theft is also known as piracy.

According to Lt. Pete Martin, who supervises the District Attorney’s High Tech Unit, the Unit investigates numerous identity theft cases and counterfeiting cases every year. Funding from this grant is used to train digital forensic investigators and purchase forensic equipment for the High Technology lab.

  One example, reports the Yolo D.A.’s office, is a recent elder abuse case in which the bookkeeper embezzled over a half a million dollars from an elderly woman. The high tech investigator was able to prove that the bookkeeper fraudulently created and back dated documents on her computer, which eventually led to her conviction.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig expressed his gratitude for the state funding.  “These kinds of cases are becoming more common,” he said in a press release. “This grant will allow the District Attorney’s Office to continue our efforts to protect our community from identity theft and intellectual property theft.”

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