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Suspicious characters in Southport


At least two Southport residents reported to police last week that there were suspicious people going door-to-door, claiming to have something to do with the home security business. One report came from St. John Road. Here’s the other, from tomorrow’s “Police Log” in the News-Ledger:

“An Eagle Street resident said a woman wearing a tennis visor, a black shirt and a yellow or orange safety jacket with a ‘City of Sacramento’ emblem was going door to door. She was “vague with her info and who she worked for, stating she needed to check (the resident’s) home security, (and) was unable to provide any business information or card.”

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‘POLICE LOG’ from the News-Ledger


  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, subscribe to the News-Ledger ($20/year in West Sacramento) by call (916) 371-8030.

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Aug. 16, 7:06 a.m.
A motel on Stillwater Road called, saying a guest reported that a man “just went into her room with a gun and took her property.”

Aug. 16, 7:45 a.m.
A car was burglarized on Prosser Street. Gone were a purse, laptop computer, CDs and textbooks.

Aug. 16, 7:55 a.m.
A Portsmouth Avenue resident reported an incident of ID theft.

Aug. 16, 8:34 a.m.
At 5th and D streets, a witness reported there was “a male sitting on the switch which is a point on the railroad tracks where, if it is tampered with, it will make the trains go off track.”

Aug. 16, 8:57 a.m.
An outboard motor valued at about $3,000 was discovered stolen from the stern of a boat parked on San Salvador Street.

Aug. 16, 9:34 a.m.
The catalytic converter was reported stolen from a 2006 Toyota Tundra on St. Croix Road.

Aug. 16, 10:01 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

Aug. 16, 12:46 p.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Stillwater Road.

Aug. 16, 3:13 p.m.
A gas station on the 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue reported that a “customer took $22 worth of gasoline and left in a white pickup.”

Aug. 16, noon
An outside agency served a search warrant on the residence of a 21-year old man on Fremont Blvd. who was attempting to sell a stolen boat motor. A West Sacramento officer doing a “protective sweep” of the residence saw another boat motor, described as a “Honda 15 HP four-stroke motor with a tiller handle and a unique custom-made propeller guard.” The officer “knew we had a boat motor stolen overnight (in West Sacramento) and checked the description with a community services officer. The Honda appeared to match and the victim confirmed the motor was his. The 21-year old was arrested.

Aug. 16
A woman on Kauai Road reported receiving a “teddy bear with its head severed,” but no specific threat was included with the delivery.

Aug. 16, 9:53 p.m.
A woman stopped at a Lake Road gas station and “her vehicle broke down after she left that location.” She reported that the station had unleaded fuel in a diesel pump, and wanted police to “insist that the station shut the pump down.”

Aug. 17, 4:05 a.m.
An officer pulled over a car on West Capitol that had a light out. The driver admitted having no driver’s license and appeared intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested.

Aug. 17, 12:38 a.m.
A woman reported finding a dead, mutilated cat in the gutter of an intersection near Westacre Road and Laurel Lane. The cat had “major injuries and bleeding.”

Aug. 17, 8:10 a.m.
A bowling alley on West Capitol reported being burglarized, with a thief taking 15 bottles of “high end alcohol” worth about $1,000.

Aug. 18, 12:18 a.m.
A man called from Westacre Road. He said his wife had left him today, and she took their shared computer. He wanted it back. He refused a dispatcher’s advice to talk to a lawyer on Monday morning, and appeared very drunk.

Aug. 18, 2:59 a.m.
A woman reported interrupting a vehicle burglary at a motel on the 800-block of Stillwater, with the subjects “pointing a gun in her face.” She didn’t know if the subjects were still nearby.

Aug. 18, 3:13 a.m.
A woman on 3rd Street asked for extra patrols for the rest of the night due to noises she was hearing outside. It “sounds like someone knocking rocks together, and it keeps waking her up.”

Aug. 18, 3:35 a.m.
A woman said there was a man in her home on A Street, refusing to leave. “She brought him home from a bar, and she has now locked herself in the bathroom after (he) made a pass at her.”

Aug. 18, 7:28 a.m.
A vehicle was found burglarized on Touchstone Place. Gone were a stereo and speaker box.

Aug. 18, 10:22 a.m.
A company on Seaport Blvd. said one of its employees had apparently been stashing products in a 53-foot company trailer during the day, and an accomplice was coming by at night to pick up the stolen goods. The night manager found the product and removed it, and staff believed the accomplice would be coming by at night in an attempt to pick up the goods from the trailer.

Aug. 18, 12:13 p.m.
A Harbor Blvd. market reported that a customer wanted police, claiming an elderly man “touched” him in the store. The pair were in a verbal dispute.

Aug. 18, 2:10 p.m.
A vehicle was reported to have been burglarized on Norfolk Avenue.

Aug. 18, 4:02 p.m.
A vehicle spun out and hit a guard rail at I-80 and Jefferson. It was blocking the onramp, and there were unknown injuries.

Aug. 18, 4:19 p.m.
An establishment on the 1200-block of West Capitol reported there was a drunk man “stumbling in the parking lot and getting ready to drive (a) white Dodge Dakota” that had a lawn service company’s name on it and was pulling a trailer.

Aug. 18, 4:27 p.m.
A woman reported a “road rage” incident that started near Seymour Avenue and Marshall Road. A white Chevy Silverado failed to yield, and when she “said something to him, he got mad and followed her home.” He was gone now, but she wished to speak to an officer.

Aug. 18, 6:24 p.m.
A woman was “possibly setting up camp”  in a burger restaurant’s parking lot on Jefferson Blvd. She was setting out “a lot of items” near a hole in the asphalt.

Aug. 18, 6:56 p.m.
A man on Kauai Road said he had been awoken by noise, and found his backyard gate open and a gold Chevy HHR driving away. The man “thinks this might have been the Peeping Tom from Natomas.”

Aug. 18, 7:09 a.m.
On Haverhill, a man said his dog had escaped from a fenced area. A neighbor had the dog and was refusing to give it back.

Aug. 18, 7:22 p.m.
A woman in Southport said her now-adult daughter had a friendship with a pedophile as a juvenile. She wanted to know if the man could now be arrested for talking to the daughter when she was a minor.

Aug. 18, 10:25 p.m.
A resident of North Bass Island Road said a neighbor had been shooting a gun, and the caller “can see the muzzle flash at the back fence.” Three rounds were heard.

Aug. 18, 4:57 p.m.
Firefighters responded to a fire at a playground on the 500-block of Poplar Road. They deemed the fire “suspicious” and found possible evidence of arson.

Aug. 18, 9:30 p.m.
A Sacramento man reported that someone stole an ATV out of the bed of a pickup truck parked on Madrone Avenue in West Sacramento.

Aug. 18, 7:42 p.m.
A 54-year old man called 911 to complain about his neighbors at a Walnut Street trailer park. Officers found him “wandering around the park yelling at everybody.” Witnesses said the man was trying to start fights. He was drunk. He went to jail.

Aug. 19, 12:54 a.m.
A 1997 white Ford Crown Victoria was found vandalized at a West Capitol bowling alley. Someone shattered a side-mounted spotlight, chipped a window and let the air out of a tire.

Aug. 19, 2:25 a.m.
A representative from an apartment complex at Douglas Street said that a male and female had moved out a couple weeks earlier. But a female resident in Section 8 housing at the complex was “violating her lease, letting them stay at her apartment,” and the couple were habitually in fights.

Aug. 19, 3:03 a.m.
On F Street, a thief struck within the past five minutes. The thief hit an unlocked vehicle and also stole watermelons form the yard.

Aug. 19, 4:12 a.m.
A resident of an apartment complex on Evergreen Avenue said there was a man outside another unit, “yelling for someone to let him back inside, saying he will never drink with her again.”

Aug. 19, 8:54 a.m.
A man reported an ongoing problem with another subject – who just tried to run him down while he was on bike along the 1800-block of West Capitol.

Aug. 19, 11:19 a.m.
Some subjects removed from the Honda Hills area near Jefferson and South River (a popular spot for illegal off-roading) were back, “revving engines and spinning tires.”

Aug. 19, 1:08 p.m.
A Michigan Blvd. woman reported her car and her neighbor’s worth both egged.

Aug. 19, 7:43 p.m.
A caller from a gas station on the 1700-block of West Capitol said three male subjects with guns were “trying to shoot” the caller.

Aug. 19, 8:15 p.m.
A witness called 911, reporting that a woman about 25-years old had run out of a Lake Washington Boulevard home improvement store “with boxes in her arms, and jumped into. . . a red, older Honda Civic, windshield broken with duct tape across it,” while store employees were “yelling she didn’t pay for that.”

Aug. 19, 9:41 p.m.
A witness reported four gunshots heard near Touchstone Place, and a separate caller reported five shots and screaming heard near a Lake Washington Boulevard pub.

Aug. 19, 10:28 p.m.
A tenant at a motel on the 4700-block of West Capitol said a “man from upstairs” entered the room “and tried to take a beer.”

Aug. 19, 11:31 p.m.
From Bonaire Road: “Subjects have been going door-to-door, ringing doorbells and running away.”

Aug. 19, 11:54 p.m.
A grass fire was reported near West Capitol and Garnet Street.

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2 hurt, 1 arrested in Southport: man allegedly drove Suburban into party


West Sacramento police say a man has been arrested after allegedly driving his Chevy Suburban into a yard party on Devon Avenue in Southport. The vehicle went through a fence, causing “major” leg injuries to two people.

Police were called to the corner of Devon Avenue and Kinsington Avenue at about 4 p.m. yesterday.  According to a press release from Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, 51-year old Edwin Morais “got into an argument with the resident on Devon Avenue over Stolen property.”

“One witness stated Morais had a handgun in his waistband and displayed it during the argument,” added Sockman. “After the argument, Morais got into his black Suburban and allegedly drove it through the fence at the residence and into an area where seven people were attending a party. No one was struck by the vehicle as he drove into the yard but the fence attached to the Suburban and that fencing struck two people on the legs causing what was described as major injuries.

  “A short time later, officers found the Suburban backed into the driveway of Morais’ home at the 1400 block of Lemontree Road. Officers surrounded the residence and called into the house for Morais to come out. Morais came out on the porch and acknowledged the officers but returned into his house. SWAT teams were called to the scene but were not utilized. Morais surrendered after approximately two hours without incident. Morais’ wife was at home but was not harmed. Morais was arrested and will be booked at the Yolo County Jail on charges of felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon.”

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‘Police Log’ from West Sac’s newspaper


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.

July 26, 12:57 a.m.
A woman called 911 from a payphone at a Harbor Boulevard mini-market, threatening suicide. A year  earlier, the same woman was recorded as performing a “hoax” suicide attempt using pills.

July 26, 9:09 a.m.
A business on Merkley Avenue said a homeless woman had vandalized the property. They “have her on video tearing up plants and tearing up a mailbox.”

July 26, 12:56 p.m.
A woman said three men were sitting on her fence, “staring at (her) surveillance camera and shooting a handgun at her camera.” The incident occurred on Torino Street.

July 26, 1:06 p.m.
A Harbor Boulevard business reported that someone had hacked into a computer and obtained payroll information.

July 26, 6:56 p.m.
A Southport parent had questions for police regarding “parenting two teenage boys that misbehave and don’t follow house rules.” The parent was wondering if juvenile hall should be involved.

July 27, 12:30 a.m.
A man and woman were seen trying to pry open the window of a motel room on the 1800-block of West Capitol. They damaged its screen. When confronted, they said they were “trying to find a place to sleep,” and left on foot.

July 27, 6 a.m.
Several firearms were reported missing after a residential burglary on Maple Street.

July 27, 9 a.m.
A shipping company said it paid a claim for a damaged shipment, and was now left with about 20 boxes each of 1,000 ammunition primers that it could not safely store. It turned the primers over to police for destruction.

July 27, 10:53 a.m.
A suspect stole a woman’s purse from a landramat on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue and fled in a red Jeep.

July 27, 12:36 p.m.
A woman in the north of the city said she had been in a fight with her husband, and he threw a broom at her. She was not hurt.

July 27, 3:27 p.m.
Two men “ran out of the garden center with merchandise,” and fled a Riverpoint Court store parking lot in a black Lexus.

July 27, 4:16 p.m.
Near Jefferson Blvd. and US 50, a male panhandler around 50 years old was reported to be “aggressively panhandling at the corner, yelling profanities at people who didn’t contribute.”

July 27, 5:30 p.m.
A restaurant on the 1300-block of Harbor Blvd. said it had an ongoing problem with employees of a nearby shipping company who held BBQ gatherings in the restaurant’s parking lot in the mornings around 4 a.m.

July 27, 5:41 p.m.
A woman called from near Industrial Blvd. and Enterprise Blvd. to report a “road rage” incident. A woman with a female passenger and a child in the back seat had been following her for 30 minutes on the freeway.

July 27, 7:11 p.m.
A very intoxicated woman called 911 complaining that “illegal immigrants (at a Fremont Blvd. home) are causing a problem.” She yelled at the people, and was “unable to describe the problem, just kept screaming at the immigrants” before disconnecting.

July 27, 9:56 p.m.
A witness said there were foot-tall flames coming from a park along Fontana Street — possibly at a grill — and it smelled like rubber and “teens (were) seen running from the area.”

July 27, 10:24 p.m.
Two separate fires were spotted at Summerfield Park on Linden Road.

July 28, 12:01 a.m.
A man “called in irate about a dog at this location barking nonstop,” a dispatcher noted regarding a Headslane Road incident. He was not willing to be visited by an officer but “advised he is going to the location to make contact with the resident to tell him to shut the dog up.”

July 28, 12:49 a.m.
Several different witnesses complained about fireworks at a Fremont Blvd. home.

July 28, 1:05 a.m.
A woman said she just returned to her Elder Drive home, where she saw a man walk by with a handgun in his pants pocket.

July 28, 4:34 a.m.
A man in the north area reported he was now in a verbal argument with his daughter and her boyfriend, who stole his cell phone.

July 28, 5 a.m.
There was an “unknown person starting fires” at Patwin Park in Southport.

July 28, 9:02 a.m.
A witness reported there were two trucks parked on River Walk Park near 2nd Street, distributing food to the homeless. The witness wanted police to let them know they could not park up there.

July 28, 9:17 a.m.
A resident of Monte Vista Court reported that the house was egged during the night. The suspects “also used fruit.”

July 28, 11:08 a.m.
A 73-year old woman on Washington Avenue said a thief had entered her backyard and stolen some garden hoses. The thief also made off with several of her garden’s tomatoes.

July 28, 11:36 a.m.
The GPS system was stolen form a semi truck at a Harbor Blvd. business about 15 minutes earlier. The incident was caught on video.

July 28, 12:25 p.m.
A citizen reported that a man around 50 years old who was possibly drunk was now laying under a tree near Allan Avenue and Perez Court. Earlier, the man had been “winding around in the area, crying and walking in the street.”

July 28, 12:39 p.m.
A woman reported spotting her own stolen vehicle in a parking lot on the 1300-block of West Capitol. It was stolen the prior night by a male acquaintance. He had changed its license plates. She “chased the suspect down the highway, but lost him,” and believed he might be staying at a local motel.

July 28, 12:52 p.m.
A caller reported ongoing problems with a female panhandler in front of a Lake Road sandwich shop. The woman was holding a sign asking for food. The store wanted her “moved along.”

July 28, 12:56 p.m.
A woman said she had been harassed by a man at a Harbor Blvd. location. The man touched her back and “said inappropriate things to her.”

July 28, 3:08 p.m.
A man was seen “stealing parts of bicycles” near the Merkley Avenue library branch.

July 28, 3:59 p.m.
According to a witness, four men got out of a Pontiac near Lake Washington Blvd. and Stonegate Drive. They then urinated, and got back in the car and left.

July 28, 4:36 p.m.
A citizen reported that there was a man “in the street on West Capitol, lifting up his shirt and motioning like he had a gun.” The citizen thought the man was trying to get cars to stop.

July 28, 5:05 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store had a shoplifter in custody, but were unable to reach the suspect’s parents.

July 28, 5:33 p.m.
An officer stopped a 28-year old man driving a Honda Accord near Evergreen and Harbor. The man appeared drunk, and was given a field sobriety test. When asked to touch his nose with his finger, the man “held his finger smashed to his nose until told to drop his hand. He also couldn’t stand on one leg for more than three seconds. He admitted drinking “five beers 1/2 hour ago” and said “I’m drunk because my girl and I are having problems.” The driver was arrested for DUI.

July 28, 5:22 p.m.
A coffee house reported there was a homeless man living under a sign’s pylons at a Lake Road parking lot, and near him was a “zebra print women’s wallet. . . that the (caller) didn’t think was his.”

July 28, 5:51 p.m.
A Limewood Road resident said a man had just come to the door claiming to be with a phone company and saying he needed to come in and check the Internet service. The resident called the phone company — which said it had no one dispatched to that address. The man left the scene.

July 28, 6:28 p.m.
At Jefferson Blvd. and North Linden Road: An “unknown subject threw a cup of ice” at the caller, who did not need medical aid.

July 28, 6:30 p.m.
From Aleutian Island Road: A man just came to the door claiming to be from a security alarm company, saying he needed to come in. When asked for ID, the man “handed (the resident) a photocopied piece of paper that didn’t seem legitimate. The man was last seen heading toward Maui Street in a white minivan.

July 28, 7:43 p.m.
A citizen complained about a family panhandling in the Southport Town Center between a coffee shop and bank. There were a man and woman with a two-year old child, “getting aggressive and stopping vehicles.”

July 28, 8:43 p.m.
A restaurant on Sacramento Avenue reported a woman just drove off from the restaurant drunk, and carrying one of the establishment’s margarita glasses.

July 28, 9:07 p.m.
A vehicle went into a tree on the 1300-block of Linden Road. Unknown injuries.

July 28, 10:53 p.m.
A very drunk man was reported at a West Capitol Avenue burger restaurant, first laying down in the drive-through lane and later sitting on a curb.

July 29, 12:47 a.m.
A citizen pumping gas at a Riverpoint Circle station said a man drove up in a yellow GMC and “appeared to be having problems walking.” The citizen helped the man put $20 worth of gas in the GMC and saw him drive off. “The RP wants PD to BOL for possible DUI.”

(Editor’s note: RP is “reporting party.” The rest, you can figure out.)

July 29, 10:06 a.m.
A bike locked to the rail of a business complex on the 2400-block of West Capitol was stolen.

July 29, 1:50 p.m.
A Glide Avenue resident reported being harassed by several people the night before. Returning to the home more recently, the home was found burglarized. Gone were two flat screen TVs, a Sony PlayStation, stereo equipment and about $120. The resident could ID the suspects, one of whom was called “Chubby.”

July 29, 5:44 p.m.
Two women just left a store on the 3000-block of West Capitol Avenue “with purses full of merchandise.” The pair fled in a newer black sports car.

July 29, 7:21 p.m.
Two subjects were seen on the bike trail near the 4300-block of Gregory Avenue, “shooting guns at unknown items.”

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