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Man stabbed on boat docked at port


By Steve Marschke

News-Ledger Editor

One man is in the hospital and another is in jail after a stabbing onboard a boat docked at the Port of West Sacramento on Sunday evening.

According to an initial report from a West Sacramento police officer, the incident took place on a privately-owned, 55-foot, concrete-hulled boat docked near the River City Rowing Club.

At about 6:40 p.m., 27-year old Andrew Hornsby “escaped” the boat and flagged down a rowing club member to call 911 after being stabbed about five times in the torso and face. Before being taken away by ambulance, he told police that his assailant was 40-year old Robert Dale Parke of West Sacramento. The victim claimed that Parke pulled a seven-inch knife and stabbed him after the pair argued.

  According to the officer, Hornsby identified Parke before leaving the scene in an ambulance. And, after being read his Miranda rights, the suspect – Parke – told police the knife was still on the boat, reported the officer. Police located the knife on board.

Two women and a third male were also located on the boat.

According to Sergeant Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D., Hornsby was listed in stable condition Monday morning. Parke was jailed for assault with a deadly weapon.

But detectives were still trying to piece together what happened, Steele told the News-Ledger Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ken Fellows at (916) 617-4955.

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Girl missing from West Sacramento:

Alyssa Burraston: teen was last seen in West Sacramento on Thursday


This report came from the West Sacramento Police Department last night. Circumstances of the girl’s disappearance were not specified:

The West Sacramento Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing 15-year old girl last seen in West Sacramento at about 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, October 4.

The missing person is Alyssa Burraston,  who is white, 5′ 5″ tall,  approximately 105 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt and jean shorts.

Anyone who has information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the West Sacramento Police Dispatch at (916) 372-3375.

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West Sacramento ‘Police Log’


  The ‘Police Log’ feature appears weekly exclusively in the News-Ledger. See the subscription offer at bottom to see it every week.

  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.

Sept. 12, 3:12 p.m.
A private investigator informed police he would be conducting surveillance on Topaz Road.

Sept. 12, 3:20 p.m.
A clinic on the 2700-block of West Capitol reported that a patient said she had been raped two weeks earlier. She said the crime was committed by a man who “said he was a massage student who made house calls.”

Sept. 13, 9:41 a.m.
A woman at a Lisbon Avenue apartment said she had been arguing with her 26-year old son, who was angry she wouldn’t let him smoke in the house. The man “aimed a BB gun at (her) face, but missed,” so he “shot clothes in the closet.” The woman was uncooperative with further information, saying she “didn’t want to get her son in trouble.”

Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.
A 4th Street resident reported that someone stole a $2,000 titanium bicycle at about 1:30 p.m.

Sept. 13, 7:17 p.m.
A supermarket on West Capitol told dispatchers that a male suspect about 20 years old just came in, stole some liquor and ran out the door. It was the second such shopping trip for this suspect on that day.

Sept. 13, 7:27 p.m.
The Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (YONET) informed police it would be conducting an operation at a motel on the 1500-block of West Capitol, and asked patrol cars to steer clear.

Sept. 14, 12:01 a.m.
A male subject knocked on the door of a Poplar Avenue resident and “yelled that he found God.” The fellow, wearing shorts and carrying a Bible, was now knocking on neighbors’ doors.

Sept. 14, 2:37 a.m.
A neighbor complained that people were swimming and being loud in the yard of an Oakland Bay Road residence.

Sept. 14, 2:56 a.m.
A man called dispatchers, requesting anonymity. He said he had received a text message from a woman saying she was being beat up. He went to the Bridge Place location and saw a pickup truck belonging to the suspect parked out front. The caller told a CHP dispatcher that if police didn’t respond, “he was going inside and it will get physical.”

Sept. 14, 10:33 a.m.
A Pennsylvania Avenue resident told police that while he was in the hospital, some friends watching his house took some of his property and sold it.

Sept. 14, 11:46 a.m.
A man reported that he was at Lake Road to help with some repairs. But when he “climbed into the back of a truck to get something, (the driver) stepped on the gas, then braked hard. Then, when (he) fell out, the suspect sped away.”

Sept. 14, 2:36 p.m.
A man from Hemlock Street called from his workplace to report having heard second-hand that his home had been burglarized. It turned out someone entered through a garage and stole the family dog.

Sept. 14, 10:54 a.m.
A Sacramento man found a box with a pair of shoes (carrying a $16.99 price tag) in West Sacramento. He turned it into police, requesting to receive the merchandise if it wasn’t claimed in 90 days.

Sept. 14, 11:40 a.m.
Police arrested a 41-year old West Capitol Avenue woman for prostitution after she agreed to perform a sex act for money with an undercover officer. She was picked up at West Capitol and Merkley.

Sept. 14, 3:11 p.m.
Be on the lookout, after this incident at a home improvement store on Lake Washington Boulevard: “A female just took off in the store’s electric wheelchair/shopping cart.” The subject was wearing a pink shirt and scootering away southbound on Jefferson.

Sept. 14, 6:06 p.m.
A caller from a boat on the river reported seeing about six male subjects near Riverbank Road. He reported hearing one gunshot, and could see through binoculars that one of the men was carrying a semi-automatic pistol in his right rear pants pocket. Officers responded. They contacted a 19-year old Bryte Avenue man, who “immediately produced a firearm and admitted to discharging a single shot.” The man was arrested.

Sept. 14, 6:23 p.m.
A witness outside a West Capitol supermarket was upset to see a man put a bottle of liquor into a stroller alongside an infant.

Sept. 14, 6:58 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store caught a woman trying to steal a lamp, bedsheets, and possibly other merchandise. The woman was “uncooperative” and refusing to give her name or other information.

Sept. 15, 1:47 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court retailer reported having a pair of female shoplifting suspects, age 29 and 28, in their loss prevention office. The pair were “cooperative.”

Sept. 15, 5:23 a.m.
Two men tried to use a credit card to buy $470 worth of electronics from a Riverpoint Court store. The card was declined. The men left, but left behind a wallet and credit card not belonging to them.

Sept. 15,4:26 p.m.
A 20-year old theft suspect fought with store personnel at a Riverpoint Court store before running off toward a nearby fast food restaurant.

Sept. 15, 4:54 p.m.
There was a “boat fire, fully involved” reported just north of the Bryte Bend Bridge. Two hours later, Fire Station 41 reported that the boat would still be “smoldering for a while.”

Sept. 15, 7:06 p.m.
A resident returned home to Merritt Island Court to find graffiti chalked in the driveway. “Last week, a gnome statue was left in the driveway.”

Sept. 15, 8:05 p.m.
A bus driver “just saw a van. . . go into the ditch on the right side of the road” at West Capitol Avenue and Garnet Street.

Sept. 16, 12:01 a.m.
A small trash can fire was reported in front of a house on Cummins Way.

Sept. 16, 12:27 a.m.
On Bali Road, there was a “social event here with excess noise.”

Sept. 16, 2 a.m.
Furniture, appliances and a TV (all worth around $2,100) were reported stolen from an Oxford Street home.

Sept. 16, 7:58 a.m.
A man said his 50-year old female roommate was “tearing up the house” at their Welland Way location. The prior night, he said, she threatened him with a knife.

Sept. 16, 9:48 a.m.
Somebody stole a 1983 Volvo station wagon from Rich Street during the night. The car’s owner feared he had left the keys inside.

Sept. 16, 1:29 p.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in Southport.

Sept. 16, 2:47 p.m.
A witness reported that three kids were “setting of strings of firecrackers” near Santa Cruz Road and San Miguel Street.

Sept. 16, 4:54 p.m.
A retail store on the 1200-block of West Capitol said a woman just walked out with a bag of merchandise, “yelling and screaming.”

Sept. 16, 7:39 p.m.
A man said he was in a vehicle near a restaurant at Harbor and West Capitol when a woman and man approached him. The woman “flashed…a badge and told (him) she was a police.” The male subject told him to get out of the vehicle, then frisked him. They took his cell phone and $500.

Sept. 16, 8:24 p.m.
Over about a ten-minute period, police received four calls from people reporting the sound of vehicles screeching their tires or “doing donuts” in Southport. Callers estimated that the sounds were coming from near Bridgeway Elementary School, near Linden Road and Allan Avenue, near Ramco Street and Summerfield Park.

Sept. 16, 9:05 a.m.
A 41-year old Madrone Avenue man was seen “running in traffic without shoes on and causing a traffic hazard. He ran into the police parking lot. He thought people were chasing him.” There was a warrant for the man’s arrest, so he was taken into custody.

Sept. 16, 5 p.m.
A $350 mountain bike was reported stolen from a Glide Avenue mobilehome park.

Sept. 16, 10:14 p.m.
In Southport, a man and wife argued after he found an email she had sent to a co-worker. She said he was now inside with their kids, telling her that either she had to leave or else he would leave with the kids.

Sept. 16, 11:05 p.m.
A suicide threat came in from a Clarendon Street school campus.

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Pepper spray: no criminal charges


The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig has just released a statement saying that it will not press charges against the UC Davis police officers involved in a notorious use of pepper spray against peaceful protesters last November.

The statement doesn’t condone the officers’ actions (and makes no judgment on whether they would win if sued in civil court) but it concludes that criminal guilt probably wouldn’t be easy to prove. The D.A. report relies on information from the “Kroll Report,” commissioned earlier by the University of California.

Here’s the D.A.’s statement in its entirety:

No criminal charges will be filed against University of California, Davis officers involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying of students on the University Quad. A 13 page District Attorney report outlines the reasons for the determination. The report concludes “viewing the incident through the totality of the circumstances, there is insufficient evidence to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the use of force involved in the November 18, 2011, pepper spraying was unlawful and therefore warrants the filing of criminal charges.”

The report defines the legal role of a prosecutor in investigating officer involved misconduct, “The review by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office does not involve an evaluation of administrative, civil or Internal Affairs liability for the participants and it does not involve a review of whether policies and procedures were appropriately followed. In addition, our review does not encompass recommendations concerning how policies and procedures might be altered to minimize potential future risks. The scope of the District Attorney’s review is solely an evaluation of whether the filing of criminal charges is warranted by the events of November 18, 2011.”

The report relies heavily on the factual determinations of the Kroll Report and cites numerous facts and evidence contained within the Kroll Report. Although the Kroll Report concluded that the conduct of Lieutenant Pike was not objectively reasonable, the report acknowledges that the officers in general, “and Lieutenant Pike specifically, believed that they and their prisoners were surrounded by a hostile ‘mob,’ and that the pepper spraying was necessary to clear the pathway so that the officers and their prisoners could leave the Quad safely” and that “a detailed review of the events provides some support for their [the officers] position.” The District Attorney’s report concludes that in light of these conclusions from the Kroll Report and the additional evidence obtained during the District Attorney’s review of the evidence that there is insufficient evidence to warrant the filing of criminal charges.


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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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Pedestrian killed by police car


A police chase resulted in a patrol car striking and killing a pedestrian in West Sacramento last night.

According to a press release from Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On September 04, 2012 at approximately 8:30 PM an officer was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. Another officer activated his emergency lights and siren to respond and assist. While en route to assist, that officer struck a pedestrian near West Capitol Avenue and Pine Street who was walking in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased on scene.”

“California Highway Patrol investigated the fatal accident,” Sockman continued. “The suspect in the pursuit, a 17 year old male juvenile from West Sacramento, collided with a parked vehicle near the 1900 block of Maryland Avenue and fled on foot. He was detained by a citizen until officers arrived on scene and arrested him. The driver of the stolen vehicle will be booked at the Yolo County Juvenile Hall on felony stolen vehicle charges and murder resulting from the death of the pedestrian.”

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‘POLICE LOG’ from the News-Ledger


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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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