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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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West Sac police chief to retire

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 24, 2013 —

The City of West Sacramento this morning announced the pending retirement of Police Chief Dan Drummond. Here’s the press release:

Dan Drummond, West Sacramento's police chief for over eight years, will retire in July (courtesy photo)

“West Sacramento Police Chief Dan Drummond, after 36 years in law enforcement, has announced his retirement effective July of this year.  Chief Drummond, the City’s fourth Police Chief, has served the City since August 2004.

“Prior to coming to West Sacramento, Chief Drummond commanded major public safety operations in patrol and corrections for Sacramento County. He was instrumental in the development of contract services with the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova.  He was designated as the first contract Chief of Police for Citrus Heights.

“‘In responding to the news of Chief Drummond’s retirement, Mayor Christopher Cabaldon stated, ‘West Sacramento is an even safer place thanks, in no small part, to Chief Drummond and the outstanding police force he has led. Since his appointment as Chief, property crime in the city has dropped 30 per cent and violent crime has plummeted by two-thirds.’

“Chief Drummond is a leader in the area of Community Oriented Policing.  During his tenure he was responsible for many programs and activities that supported the Community Oriented Policing philosophy, which focuses on community engagement and partnerships.  Problem Oriented Policing (P.O.P.), Community Response Teams, and Compliance Monitoring Teams were implemented under Chief Drummond.  Other notable accomplishments include:

·         Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.);

·         Expansion of the Neighborhood Watch program;

·         Citizen’s Community Academy;

·         Volunteers in Policing;

·         Education and enforcement activity on sales to minors of tobacco and alcohol products;

·         Outcome-based performance measures;

·         Student attendance outreach program.

“Chief Drummond was also active in several professional organizations including the Yolo County Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee, Chair of the Collings West Sacramento Teen Center Advisory Board, Chair of the City Employee Giving Campaign and United Way Regional Board of Directors and a member of the California Police Chiefs Legislative Committee.

“Chief Drummond stated, ‘All that has been done in the Police Department is a credit to the strong and capable management team and all of the men and women in the department, sworn and non-sworn, who serve the city with dedication and professionalism.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve with them.’

“City Manager Martin Tuttle said, ‘Chief Drummond has served the public with honor and distinction. He has numerous accomplishments.  West Sacramento has benefited greatly from his leadership and service.'”

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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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DUI checkpoint in West Sac Friday

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 27, 2012 —

The West Sacramento Police Department has announced that it will operate a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 28, somewhere in city limits. At the checkpoint, motorists will be screened for signs of intoxication and their licenses will be checked. The checkpoint will last from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., reports Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the WSPD.

“The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes,” Sockman added in a press release. “Research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop by an average of 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough.”

“Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment,” said Sockman. “Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000.”

  In 2010, over 10,000 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. In California, this deadly crime led to 791 deaths because someone failed to designate a sober driver.

“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 2 lives and resulted in 34 injury crashes harming 44 of our friends and neighbors (in West Sacramento)” , according to Sockman.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, DUI checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.

“DUI Checkpoints have been an essential part of the phenomenal reduction in DUI deaths that we witnessed since 2006 in California,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety, in a press release. “But since the tragedy of DUI accounts for nearly one third of traffic fatalities, The City of West Sacramento needs the high visibility enforcement and public awareness that checkpoints provide.”

In previous years, West Sacramento officers have told the News-Ledger that they often announce such checkpoints in advance — while keeping the location secret — in order to provide a deterrent for drunk driving. There’s always an available detour for those who wish to go around the checkpoint, they have said — and this detour helps ensure the checkpoints do not create a situation of unlawful, mandatory searches.

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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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