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POLICE LOG: the News-Ledger’s weekly roundup of crime calls and arrests

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 1, 2014 —

  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. (Editor’s note: to see this weekly report every week, you need to subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. See the special offer at bottom.)

Sept. 22
A business on Riverpoint Parkway reported that, sometime in the past two days, somebody broke a lock on the front gate, entered and took a 55-gallon barrel filled with an unknown amount of “diesel exhaust fluid.” Also gone was a 37-foot RV.

Sept. 22, 11 a.m.
Police report from a delivery service on Parkway:
“Unknown subject dropped off 38 pounds of marijuana for shipment.”
The incident was referred by police to YONET, the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Sept. 23, 4:40 p.m.
A 23-year old woman from F Street said that a laptop computer stolen from her apartment had been seen listed on the Craigslist classified ad website.

Sept. 23, 10:12 p.m.
An Oxnard woman said three subjects forced their way into her Halyard Drive motel room, and hit her on the head with a gun during a robbery. They took her wallet with $220 in cash, her ID, car keys, credit card, and a maroon hat that said “Obey” on its front.

Sept. 24, 9:32 a.m.
The employee of a Jefferson Boulevard payday loan store reported being robbed at gunpoint. About $547 was stolen.

Sept. 24, 9:10 p.m.
Domestic dispute reported in Southport:
“Male and female are married and have two kids. Argued about marital problems. Verbal only. Male left for the night.”

Sept. 25, 1:40 a.m.
At a mini-market on Harbor Boulevard:
Unknown suspect “attempted to take a display case.” The case was damaged but not removed. Suspect was “GOA”: gone on arrival of police.

Sept. 25, 3:40 a.m.
A man reported his Douglas Street residence had been burglarized while he slept. About $1,000 worth of property was gone.

Sept. 25, 7 a.m.
A resident of Haverhill Street reported that someone had spraypainted “$F” on his car door.

Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m.
A Lake Road woman found that someone had “spray painted a racial slur on her vehicle door sometime last night.”

Sept. 25, 3 p.m.
A man returned to his Bacon Island Road home after work to find that the home had been burglarized. Taken were cash, watches, gold rings, car keys and a driver’s license. The loss was around $1,100.

Sept. 25, 3:54 p.m.
A police officer stopped a Chevrolet Venture near Lighthouse and Kegle drives because it had expired registration tabs. In the car was a 31-year old woman, who was behind the wheel, and a 38-year old man, both West Sacramento residents. Also in the car were the woman’s daughters, age 14 and seven.
The man reported that he had a small amount of marijuana and was on parole.
The officer cited the driver for the registration, and advised her that the “immediate area” around the parolee passenger would be searched, as another officer arrived to assist.
“While searching the front seat area,” reported the officer, “I observed a black and gray purse, which was partially unzipped and appeared to have the butt of a gun sticking out from the purse. The purse was located in between the driver and passenger seat within arm’s reach of both (suspects). I retrieved the handgun, which was loaded and had an additional 12 rounds in the magazine. The firearm was a black Taurus 9mm handgun not registered to either suspect.”
The two adults were placed in separate patrol cars.
The woman said she understood her Miranda rights, but volunteered that “she had never seen the handgun before and stated that she did not know how it got into her purse.”
The man, after hearing his Miranda rights, said he had no statement to make.
The two went to jail.
Police took the two girls to the home of the woman’s mother.

Sept. 26
An officer stopped a man riding his bike on the sidewalk on C Street. The subject admitted he was on parole and had “crystal” on his person and a bag of “weed” near his bike after he set the bike down. He was handcuffed.
The officer reported finding 0.1 grams of methamphetamine on the man and a bag with 345 grams of marijuana (about ¾ pound) near the bike. The man was arrested.

Sept. 26, 2:38 a.m.
At Harbor Pointe, told to police by a 30-year old Elk Grove man:
“The unknown suspect opened the victim’s car while the victim was parked. Suspect pointed a gun at the victim and said ‘don’t move.’ The victim shut the door and drove away. The victim thinks the suspect intended to rob him.”

Sept. 26, 9 a.m.
A real estate professional reported that someone had stolen some tools from a vacant Hickory Way apartment now under renovation. The burglar(s) had forced open a window to enter and steal a $700 sliding compound miter saw and a bag of about $500 in other assorted tools.

Sept. 26, 9:10 a.m.
A Southport woman reported that her estranged husband had signed her name to an IRS refund check, without her permission. She wished to prosecute.

Sept. 26, 7:06 p.m.
A man came to the police department turn in some keys he had found near Barona and La Jolla streets.

Sept. 26, 11:14 p.m.
Police were dispatched to a Vermont Avenue home for a “trespassing” call.
They found a man and woman sleeping in a shed in the back of the property. The pair “admitted to living in the backyard for several days without permission.”
A search of the shed turned up a bag with about 2.5 grams of methamphetamine in it near their mattress, as well as a digital scale of the type used in drug sales. The pair was booked.

Sept. 27, 1:30 a.m.
A 7th Street resident reported that a burglary had taken place within the past hours. Missing were about $913 of items including a 40” TV and a gaming system.

Sept. 27, 9 a.m.
A Meadowlark Circle woman reported the theft of car tires worth about $1,000.

Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m.
A burglary on Manchester Street was discovered. Thieves took a tattoo gun and ink kit, stereo, skateboard, computer and other items, for a loss of around $5,750.

Sept. 27, 6:13 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store apprehended a 50-year old homeless woman for shoplifting. She “punched the loss prevention officer in attempts to evade capture.” She was placed under citizen’s arrest and held for police.

Sept. 27, 6:26 p.m.
A man on Waterfront Place reported that “his Toyota Tundra’s catalytic converter was cut and nearly stolen off his vehicle while parked at his place of employment.”

Sept. 27, 8:30 p.m.
A 39-year old homeless man reported someone stole $775 from him. Then, he followed the three suspects along the 2800-block of West Capitol Avenue before they “displayed a gun” and drove away.

Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m.
A 55-year old Courtland man reported that a thief took his aluminum fishing boat during an incident on the 3500-block of South River Road. But he got the boat back. The suspect was gone.

Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.
An officer contacted a 45-year old Sacramento man seen riding a bike on the sidewalk near West Capitol and Poplar avenues. The man turned out to be on probation. During a search, the officer found a bag with about 0.4 grams of methamphetamine in the coin pocket of the suspect’s pants. The cyclist was arrested.

Sept. 28, 3:15 p.m.
A Metro Lane resident noticed several items missing sometime since Sept. 9. He said he believed a phone company worker had taken the items, since “no one else would have had access.”  Gone were a white gold watch with diamonds, worth $4,500, along with an $1,100 gold wedding ring set and a $6,600 gold and diamond ring.

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POLICE LOG: this week’s roundup of crime & police calls from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 17, 2014 —

  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.   ‘Police Log’ is published weekly in the News-Ledger newspaper. Want to subscribe? See the special offer at bottom.

Sept. 9, 6:30 a.m.
A department store on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Boulevard reported that someone cut the chain on an outside storage area and stole some property. The missing items appeared to be reported as large barrels for chemicals.

Sept. 10, 1:10 a.m.
From an apartment complex on the 2100-block of Evergreen Avenue: someone “threw a lit flammable object into an apartment, causing the building to catch fire.”

Sept. 10, 1:43 a.m.
A police officer contacted a man on bike at Sycamore and Evergreen avenues. The man was found in possession of a debit card belonging to someone with the first name of “Alicia.”
According to the officer:
The subject “said he found the card in the parking lot of the boat ramp. He said he had no intention of committing illegal actions with the card.”
The officer booked the card as “found property.”

Sept. 10, 5:15 a.m.
From a convenience market on Lake Road:
“Suspect is a chronic problem and stole a donation jar from the counter.”
The jar held around $60-$70 in change and currency.

Sept. 10, 5:45 a.m.
An F Street woman found her car burglarized. It had been parked in the street.
Stolen property was estimated at $1,670 in value.

Sept. 10, 8:24 a.m.
A Rogue River Court man reported to police that “he misplaced an unloaded handgun.”

Sept. 10, 10:35 a.m.
A man reported that while he was pumping gas at a 15th Street station, he went into the store for a drink. He returned to find his work laptop computer gone from the vehicle.

Sept. 10, 11:36 a.m.
A woman asked for a police report on an incident that took place on Solano Street. She had been bit by a dog while trying to break up a dog fight.

Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
At a convenience market on Jefferson Boulevard in Southport: a 41-year old man from San Carlos Street reported that a 34-year old male from Starling Lane “punched him and displayed a baseball bat.”

Sept. 10, 8 p.m.
A woman reported a burglary at her Valley Oak Lane home. Gone were about $5,100 worth of jewelry and computer equipment.

Sept. 10, 10:04 p.m.
A woman working at a pizza place on the 1600-block of West Capitol reported that a male suspect about 25 years old stole her iPhone 4s, valued at $400.

Sept. 11
A Bryte Avenue man reported that his library card was stolen sometime around June. Since then, the thief “used the card to charge $905.77 to the victim’s library account.”

Sept. 11, 9:45
A loss prevention officer saw a suspect (gender unclear in the report) steal a blade for a circular saw, worth $69.99. During the struggle to get away from the employee at the Riverpoint Court store, the suspect dropped his or her cell phone.

Sept. 11, 4:59 p.m.
An officer contacted a 52-year old man matching the description of a suspect causing a disturbance on Riverpoint Court. The man smelled of alcohol and “could not stand up straight,” and there was a half-full can of beer in a bag next to him. He was arrested for public drunkenness.
“While en route to (jail,),” reported the officer, “subject began spitting and a spit mask was placed on him.”

Sept. 12, 10:49 a.m.
A Clicker Court man phoned his mother.
While this is usually commendable, in this case it was a violation of a restraining order. The probation department obtained an arrest warrant for the son.

Sept. 12, 1:26 p.m.
A residential burglary was reported on the 1800-block of Merkley Avenue.

Sept. 12, 7:37 p.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from Alvin Street.

Sept. 12, 3:35 p.m.
Police assisted parole agents in serving a warrant on a woman wanted for a parole violation. The 36-year old was found hiding in the bathroom of her 4th Street apartment. Police had to kick the bathroom door down to arrest her.

Sept. 13, 3:22 a.m.
A police officer saw a car on the side of the road at Southport Parkway and Promenade.
“One of the car’s occupants was lying on the sidewalk. The driver stated that (this person) was very drunk.” The subject admitted being drunk and was booked “for his safety.”

Sept. 13, 7:16 a.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from McKinley Way.

Sept. 13, 11:43 a.m.
A “door to door” solicitor drew a complaint from near Cypress Road and Portola.

Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store watched a 30-year old Sacramento woman enter the store with a shopping cart and an empty computer box, then put $130 worth of merchandise (a flashlight, air mattress, bed sheet, window blinds and backpack) into the box, pretend to pay at a self checkout register, and then leave the store.
The woman was detained, placed under citizen’s arrest, and held for police.

Sept. 14
At Jefferson Blvd. and Gateway Drive:
“Unknown person spraypainted a campaign sign” along the roadway.
The city’s mayor was named in the resulting report as an “involved party” other than a suspect or victim.

Sept. 14, 9:35 a.m.
A “theft in progress” was reported from a coffee house on Lake Road.

Sept. 14, 11:21 a.m.
A residential burglary was reported from F Street.

Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
A woman on Cummins Way reported someone stole a couple of chainsaws and a weedeater (total value: $420) from her unlocked garage.

Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store reported placing a 25-year old woman from Park Circle under citizen’s arrest after the woman put $163.42 worth of merchandise into her purse and try to leave without paying. The merchandise was comprised of women’s clothing and underwear.

Sept. 14, 8 p.m.
Police were dispatched for the report of a man possibly carrying a concealed handgun on the 1200-block of West Capitol Avenue.
One responding officer reports contacting a man in front of a hotel, wearing a black coat with no obvious gun on his person. The officer said he asked the subject if he was carrying a gun. The 58-year old transient said he was. The officer detained him and found an unloaded Glock with a 15-round magazine tucked under the man’s waistband.
The man was handcuffed and arrested. One of the gun’s serial numbers had been filed off, but another was visible.

Sept. 14, 10 p.m.
Two officers in a patrol car saw a car enter a driveway on the 1200-block of West Capitol, They checked the license plates on the gray Nissan, and found it to be stolen.
They saw a man and woman get out of the car, with the woman carrying the keys. The pair headed up some stairs and the officers ordered them to stop.
The man ran up the stairs and one of the officers followed, finding him stepping back from a dead end with an open window. He was detained. Searching the area below the open window, police found a bag with a gram of methamphetamine.
The car’s registered owner told police that the female subject had taken her keys and her car without permission.
The female suspect said the male suspect was her boyfriend, and that he had taken “her” car.
Both the 25-year old male transient and the 33-year old Carmichael woman went to jail.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Police & crime in Broderick & Bridgeway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

9/10/2014 —

Trouble in Broderick
  (Open letter to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the West Sacramento City Council)
I have been a resident of Broderick since before 1968 moving here with my parents and brother after my Father retired from the USAF.  I am a graduate of Washington High School.
I subsequently bought a home in the Broderick area in 1983 where being a single parent I wanted my daughter to have a house to grow up in rather than an apartment.
I love my little house but the Broderick area has rapidly gone downhill.  I would consider moving to another area but I am a Senior and on a fixed income and it would be difficult for me to leave my home.
I realize that some income levels may be lower in the Broderick area.  But there are people such as myself that have worked for many years to support their families and loved ones.  I worked at a large telecommunications company for forty years.
There are people like myself and others who take pride in their homes.  Why should we be penalized for those that don’t.
Why don’t you and the council members take a ride over to Beardsley and see the house that has trash all the way from the back to the front.  You could take a ride down almost any street here and see at least one house in this type of condition.
Why should I have to call Code Enforcement?  Don’t they see this?  What about the Fire Department?  The house on Beardsley is definitely a fire hazard.
There are issues going on here that would never be tolerated in South-port or South of the Barge. When we incorporated I hoped we would become one city.  But that isn’t the case.  We’re still considered Broderick.  Were are our improvements?
Perhaps we should take a hint from the Oak Park Triangle and work on areas other than South-port and South of the Barge.
I have written before this but received no response.  I would hope I would receive one now.
JANET WALKER
West Sacramento

_________________________

9/17/14

The police & Southport
I have been a Bridgeway Island resident since 2001.
I have noticed over the years that West Sac Police Department officers patrol Southport Parkway frequently to catch speeders. This occurs, from my experience, during daylight/commute hours such that those who may be caught speeding  are working adults or students commuting to and from daily responsibilities. The safety of the residents doesn’t appear to be at risk during these hours.
There are those that believe the officers patrol during periods where residents who can afford to pay the fines for the distributed tickets are traveling on this stretch of roadway. Still others state that the police department has to make money in some fashion so this is the easiest and fastest method in which to accomplish this.
My issue is this: officers would be better served, as would the residents of both Bridgeway Island and Bridgeway Lakes, if they were patrolling these areas after-hours. This is when the street racing, the “peeling-out,” tagging with graffiti and accidents where vehicles have crossed the center divide on Southport Parkway ripping out the established trees has occurred over the years.
Many nights, as I lay in bed, I can hear cars screeching around the neighborhood. I would like to be able to report them to the Police Department, however, such activities are hard to pin point as the sounds travel making it difficult to identify from where they may be coming.
Just recently, there was graffiti on the retaining walls of a Bridgeway Island community. One wonders if this would have occurred had the officers been patrolling during the late night hours. I realize there are other areas in West Sacramento in the late night hours which require almost constant patrol. There is no question that there should be focus in these areas.
I don’t agree with the mindset that the police department is only patrolling these areas to make money, but I do take issue with the timing of some of the patrols. As a longtime resident of the Bridgeway Island community, I would hope the West Sacramento Police Department would, in the best interest of the residents, review such practices and determine how best to improve the safety of these residents.
S. SHEETS
West Sacramento

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A ‘Night Out’ on the town

‘McGruff the Crime Dog’ is joined by humans (from left) Robin Courtright, Sydney and Lauren Ormand. They met at the “Night Out” block party hosted by Courtright on Redding Road in Southport on Tuesday, Aug. 5. (photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

‘McGruff the Crime Dog’ is joined by humans (from left) Robin Courtright, Sydney and Lauren Ormand. They met at the “Night Out” block party hosted by Courtright on Redding Road in Southport on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
(photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 — WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOS —

Just about two dozen block parties sprang up in different parts of West Sacramento on the evening of Tuesday, August 5. They were part of the “National Night Out” tradition in which local police departments join with residents in a move to band together against crime.

Residents are encouraged to leave their porch lights on, lock their doors, and go out and meet their neighbors in these block parties. This year’s “featured” site, with extra numbers of special guests, was at Redding Road.

The Redding Road block party crowd gives a wave. Click to enlarge to fit your screen. (photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

The Redding Road block party crowd gives a wave.
(photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

Police & residents at the Redding Road block party. Click to enlarge. (photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

Police & residents at the Redding Road block party.
(photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

A group of girls enjoyed the 'bounce house' at a 'Night Out" block party at Las Casitas on Lighthouse Drive (courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey)

A group of girls enjoyed the ‘bounce house’ at a ‘Night Out” block party at Las Casitas on Lighthouse Drive (courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey)

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