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Latest News-Ledger ‘Police Log’

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 6, 2013 —

  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. The News-Ledger publishes this feature weekly in our print edition. Look for the special offer at the bottom to subscribe.

Jan., 30, 5:09 a.m.
Staff at a Woodland crisis shelter said a man who told them he lived at a particular West Capitol Avenue motel had phoned them several times, becoming upset. The man said “he had a gun and was going to go to Woodland and shoot (the caller).”

Jan. 30, 6:01 a.m.
A woman said her boyfriend had left his ’69 Chevy pickup truck warming up in her Madrone Avenue driveway with the keys in it. The pickup left without him.

Jan. 30, 11:55 a.m.
Copper parts were stolen from two air conditioning units at Alyce Norman Elementary School. The loss was valued at $6,000.

Jan. 30, 12:16 p.m.
A resident of West Capitol discovered the theft of “hundreds worth of old records” from a backyard shed. It was unknown when the theft occurred.

Jan. 30, 12:58 p.m.
A witness reported a beating happening at a Stone Blvd. park: “a subject with a metal bat or pipe in the parking lot (was) beating on on somebody in the lot. . . the subject was down.”

Jan. 30, 3:31 p.m.
During a vehicle burglary on Jan., 15, someone took a checkbook and some shoes – leaving behind a laptop and other valuables, during an incident at a Harbor Blvd. restaurant parking lot. The victim has learned that a stolen check made out for $60 had since been digitally altered and cashed for $2,500. The person whose name was on the check was not currently on scene.

Jan. 30, 4:11 p.m.
A two-vehicle accident was reported at Jefferson and Lake Washington boulevards. A baby was injured.

Jan. 30, 4:20 a.m.
A car parked on Summerfield Drive was found burglarized and ransacked.

Jan. 31, 4:55 a.m.
A woman reported she was in an argument with a Cummins Way neighbor. The argument was sparked after the second woman’s dog was found chasing the first woman’s chickens, which were roaming loose outside.

Jan. 31, 8:31 a.m.
A parent came to the police lobby. A son’s bike had been stolen from the River City High School campus, and the suspect was caught on video.

Jan. 31, 8:43 a.m.
The police school resource officer was requested by a parent whose son was being bullied at Westmore Oaks.

Jan. 31, 9:16 a.m.
A car on Teal Drive was found burglarized. Gone was $5,000 worth of jewelry donated toward a fundraising walk against cancer.

Jan. 31, 9:19 a.m.
Gas was discovered stolen from a car on Clarendon Street.

Jan. 31, 9:52 a.m.
A citizen came to the police lobby to ask “how to legally put up campaign signs.”

Jan. 31, 10:21 a.m.
A witness said a man was now hiding in some bushes near a Riverpoint Court store. The suspect “was trying to open car doors earlier, and pretended to be on the phone when (the caller) asked him to leave.”

Jan. 31, 6:51 p.m.
A caller reported a case of road rage. The caller “was cut off, and followed home by a man in an unknown-color sedan.”

Feb. 1, 2:46 a.m.
A drunk driver drove up onto a sidewalk on Topaz Road.

Feb. 1, 4:16 a.m.
A man and a woman just walked out of a Harbor Boulevard restaurant without paying their $30 tab. The caller “is the only one at the restaurant, and can’t leave” to follow them on foot.

Feb. 1, 5:20 a.m.
An injured kitten was found near the staff entrance to an Embarcadero Drive business. The county animal services division was requested.

Feb. 1, 8:23 a.m.
An auto parts store on Jefferson Boulevard reported that a man in his 20s, possibly homeless, had tried to buy merchandise with a counterfeit $20 bill. He left on bike.

Feb. 1, 9:03 a.m.
A car was found burglarized on Janet Drive. Gone were a GPS system and registration papers.

Feb. 1, 10:13 a.m.
A man in his 30s was reported to have tried to pass a fake $20 bill at a store on the 3000-block of West Capitol. The suspect was now standing outside the establishment.

Feb. 1, 3:50 p.m.
A citizen said there were “100 juveniles in a standoff” that might turn into a fight near Glide and West Capitol.

Feb. 1, 5:49 p.m.
A Tortola Road man said he was in an argument with his landlady. He “is moving out in the morning and has paid his rent in full, (but) the landlady wants him out tonight and has put his belongings in the trunk of her car.” An officer was requested to mediate.

Feb. 1, 6:54 p.m.
A witness said there men were taking things from a Sandypoint Court construction lot, and putting them into the trunk of a beige Chevy Malibu.

Feb. 1, 11:09 p.m.
A citizen reported that a “bunch of vehicles (are) doing burnouts in the street and driving recklessly” near Park Boulevard and Lakeview Drive. The cars included a black Mustang and a blue and white Ford pickup.

Feb. 2, 1:45 a.m.
A neighbor reported that three men had arrived in two cars on Carolina Avenue – and had urinated on the sidewalk. They were also smoking marijuana, and were now heading to a nearby house.

Feb. 2, 2:25 a.m.
A woman on Michigan Blvd. reported the “strong smell of something burning or melting,” but she refused to evacuate because she was “unable to get her husband out of the bedroom.” Police and fire were dispatched.

Feb. 2, 6:37 a.m.
A Chevy Silverado was repossessed from Twitchell Island Road.

Feb. 2, 8:53 a.m.
A security camera was stolen from a mobilehome park on West Capitol during the night. The thief might have been caught on video.

Feb. 2, 10:24 a.m.
A Sacramento Avenue mobile home resident reported being in a verbal dispute with a plumber. The plumber was now “yelling and threatening” the resident.

Feb. 2, 11:49 a.m.
A citizen told police that there was a man around 60 years old near Riverbank Road, who “appears to be setting up camp on the levee.”

Feb. 2, 3:23 p.m.
An Acura hit a cyclist at West Capitol and Merkley avenues.

Feb. 2, 3:54 p.m.
A Casselman Drive resident reported that someone stole a dog about 30 minutes earlier.

Feb. 2, 6:55 p.m.
A caller reported that he just bought a Chevrolet Trailblazer from a Westacre Road man for $4,700.
But when driving the Chevy away, its axle started coming off.
The man returned to get a refund, but the seller refused.

Feb. 2, 8:43 p.m.
A 6th Street man said his children, age 49 and 21, were trying to break into his car because he wouldn’t give them the keys.

Feb. 2, 10:16 p.m.
A fire with 10-foot flames was reported at 4th and C streets.

Feb. 2, 10:36 p.m.
An Ikea Court restaurant said a couple of men dining at the place were “acting weird (and) really antsy.” The caller “thinks they are getting ready to do a ‘dine and dash.’ (fleeing without paying their bill).”

Feb. 2, 9:44 p.m.
An officer stopped a car for a code violation on Bryte Avenue. In the driver’s seat was a 19-year old Water Street man who appeared drunk and had a suspended license. There was an open bottle of Hennesey whiskey on the floor.
The driver measured legally drunk with 0.8 percent blood alcohol. He was arrested.

Feb. 2, 11:44 a.m.
An officer pulled a 24-year old driver over at Maple Street and Michigan Blvd. The man had two arrest warrants. While searching him during the arrest, the officer located “two fixed blade knives concealed on his belt and metal knuckles,” and also some marijuana in the man’s pants pocket.

Feb. 2, 4:09 p.m.
An officer saw a man in a Jefferson Blvd. parking lot whom he recognized as a subject with a felony theft warrant.
With other police, the officer detained the suspect and searched him.
“I discovered a small metal container in his right coin pocket,” reported the officer. “Upon opening this container I noted there was approximately six small plastic baggies and three contained a white crystal-like substance inside. Per training and experience, I could tell this was methamphetamine.”
The substance later tested positive as meth. The man was also found with two glass pipes he admitted having used to smoke the drug, and a six-inch knife in his backpack. He went to jail.

Feb. 3, 12:03 a.m.
A citizen reported “seven teenage boys walking up and down Venice, banging on things as they walk by.”

Feb. 3, 3:30 a.m.
A Twitchell Island Road resident said two subjects had just tried to break into the house. A screen door was found off.
The resident saw one subject – a man in black pants and a ‘hoodie’ – and heard a second suspect.

Feb. 3, 4:18 a.m.
A man reported that after eating in a Harbor Boulevard restaurant, he went outside “he saw his silver Mercedes keyed all over.” He had a possible suspect in mind.

Feb. 3, 8:52 a.m.
A caller reported an incident the prior night at a C Street market:
A car pulled up and a man got out and “hit him two times in the head with his fist and took (the victim’s) phone and his wallet.”

Feb. 3, 10:17 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported on Rockrose Road.

Feb. 3, 12:26 p.m.
A “brindle pit bull” dog was seen “limping and wandering in and out of the street.” It was unknown if the dog was aggressive.

Feb. 3, 1:19 p.m.
A suicide threat was reported in the north part of the city.

Feb. 3, 2:24 p.m.
Someone stole a washer and dryer from the side of a house on Bonaire Road.

Feb. 3, 5:08 p.m.
A citizen reported that there was a bicyclist down in the street at West Capitol and Walnut, unconscious.
It was “unknown what happened — no one hit the bicyclist.”

Feb. 3, 7:42 p.m.
A man reported that two suspects shot at his car as he drove past West Capitol and Harbor.

Feb. 3, 7:58 p.m.
Police received several reports of fireworks being set off near Golden Gate Drive and Oakland bay Drive. They also received one report of several rifle and handgun shots being heard near Ballena Bay Road.

Feb. 3, 9:52 p.m.
A witness said there were about four or five drunk people at 6th Street and the railroad tracks, and “they keep jumping in front of the trains as they pass by. . . They have already dodged two trains.”

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Gun scare: Raley’s closes briefly

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JAN 23, 2013

The Raley’s supermarket at 1601 West Capitol Avenue closed for about a half hour  on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, for a gun scare.

According to various media reports, at about noon that day a truck driver reported that a woman stole his gun and ran away after they had contact near Jefferson and West Capitol.

  An officer saw the suspect go inside the store. Believing she could be armed, police evacuated the market.

They found the 31-year old woman — who was ID’d by the truck driver from a photo lineup. They did not find the gun.

The woman was arrested for the alleged gun theft.

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Police screen over 800 drivers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

West Sacramento police staged a “DUI” and driver’s license check Friday night.

The checkpoint was scheduled to run from about 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., with officers screening drivers for symptoms of being under the influence, and officers checking drivers’ licenses.

The checkpoint was announced in advance through the media as a drunk-driving deterrent. But the exact location was not pre-announced.

Unusually, no arrests resulted from this checkpoint, said Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. He told the News-Ledger that the checkpoint was set up at Jefferson Blvd. and 15th Street.

  “There were 856 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint,” he said in a press release. “Of that, four drivers were checked for sobriety, eight drivers’ license status were checked. The end result – there was no arrest and no vehicles were towed.”

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Carjacking & robbery: one arrest

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 2, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A pair of gunmen created a commotion in central West Sacramento early Saturday morning, pistol-whipping one victim and stealing a car from another.

At roughly 4 a.m., the first of the two crimes was reported.

“Basically, we had a victim saying someone pulled a gun on him and pistol-whipped him,” Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger. “He had some injuries, and was treated at the scene.”

The same two suspects appear to have then committed a second crime nearby – somewhere in the area of Proctor Avenue, said Sockman.

  “A short time later, (police) heard of a car-jacking, just a couple blocks away,” he said. “The car was found a couple blocks away from where it was carjacked.”

Officers responded, looking for the two men who were now on foot again.

“The sergeant saw one of the suspects walking over near Proctor, and chased him and arrested him,” said Sockman. “The other kept fleeing.”

One citizen on Longcroft Street said police knocked on his door at about 4:30 a.m. and searched his backyard with a police dog. The second suspect wasn’t located.

“It’s the same guys who did the pistol-whipping and the carjacking,” Sockman said.

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Man carjacked to West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 12, 2012 —

Woodland police are looking for leads after two suspects forced him to drive them into West Sacramento.

They got the call at about 2:20 a.m. on Nov. 27.

The victim, a Sacramento man, said he left work in Woodland at about 2 a.m. and was driving back to Sacramento on East Main Street. At County Road 102, “two men stopped him in the roadway and forced themselves into his vehicle,” said a police press release. “The victim said the two men were dressed in dark clothing, gloves, and dark ski masks. The victim believed one of the men was armed with an unknown type of gun, although he did not see one.”

  The pair made the victim drive them into Sacramento and then West Sacramento, where they got out in an unknown neighborhood and left him, after taking a small amount of cash.

The man drove home and called police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Woodland Police at (530) 661-7800.

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Repeat robbery at West Sac gas station

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 5, 2012 —

The Valero gas station and convenience store on the west end of West Capitol Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Friday.

Twice.

At 6:52 a.m., police received a reported that “two males with guns” had just robbed the establishment at 4790 West Capitol.

Then, at 8:38 p.m., they received a report that another “211” had just occurred. Two subjects with at least one gun had just hit Valero again, according to dispatchers’ notes reviewed by the News-Ledger.

The gas station’s location, near the onramp to I-80 westbound, might make it an attractive target for robbers looking for a quick escape route.

   The News-Ledger asked Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department if the two robberies appeared related.

An investigator “is doing some work on that, seeing if there is any link, or it’s just a coincidence,” he said. Early indications are that the suspects in each case were different.

The News-Ledger was not immediately able to reach Valero by phone for comment, and to find out if the same clerk had been involved in both robberies – although that seemed unlikely, given the 10-hour spacing between the crimes.

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West Sac man arrested for church lot shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department reports that an arrest has been made after the shooting early this morning in a Christmas tree lot at 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue.

Police arrested Brian Brinsfield a 20 year old West Sacramento resident, at about 2 p.m. He will be booked into the county jail, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the WSPD.

Shortly after midnight this morning, police believe Brinsfield tried to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at a Russian Baptist church. When confronted by a guard, he allegedly fired shots before fleeing. No injuries are reported.

A witness was involved in identifying Brinsfield as a suspect, said Sgt. Steele.

“He was positively identified as a suspect and arrested at 1228 Sacramento Avenue,” Steele told the News-Ledger.

The arrest was made without incident at the location, which was linked to Brinsfield by police. No weapon has yet been recovered — but police have just begun searching the home, said Steele.

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