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Memorial for fallen Yolo officers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

A new peace officers memorial at the old courthouse building, 725 Court Street in Woodland, will honor all those officers who fell in the line of duty while working for law enforcement agencies in Yolo County, including the sheriff’s department and West Sacramento Police Department.

West Sacramento has lost one officer, James McKnight, for whom the local police station is named. McKnight was shot while working with the Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Team, serving a search warrant in Esparto in 1990.

The memorial will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Funds were raised by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers.

 

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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 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.

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April 3, 12:06 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento.

April 3, 5:59 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said someone parked an older Jeep in the complex’s fire lane all night. When asked to move the vehicle, a woman in it “walked away from the vehicle and hasn’t returned.” A records check showed that the Jeep’s license plate belonged to a Honda somewhere.

April 3, 7:33 a.m.
Possible wire theft at 5th and West Capitol: a person was seen “up on the power pole.”

April 3, 10:30 a.m.
A Lexus went into a fire hydrant at Harbor and Industrial. Water was now gushing from the hydrant. A man and some kids were seen walking away from the accident.

April 3, 12:27 p.m.
A witness said an apparently-intoxicated woman of about 50 years old was walking through traffic on Merkley Avenue. The caller “almost hit her, but stopped in time and the woman ‘flipped off’ the (caller).”

April 3, 1:37 p.m.
A caller from Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento reported being able to see a couple of male subjects across the river in West Sacramento, shooting rifles (possibly .22s) near 4200 South River Road.

April 3, 1:54 p.m.
A Bryte Avenue resident returned home to find the place burglarized. Gone were two bikes, some jewelry, a tablet computer, and a game system, valued at around $3,000.

April 3, 4 p.m.
On the 3000-block of West Capitol: “copper lines cut to AC units on the roofs of several businesses.”

April 3, 4:03 p.m.
On Jefferson Blvd. north of Lake Washington Blvd., a witness reported a man in his 20s wearing a “black trench coat buttoned up all the way and walking in the middle of the road.”

April 3, 5:02 p.m.
From Tyler Way: “bat was stepped on by (caller); still alive and contained for pickup.”

April 3, 7 p.m.
Several men were arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near West Capitol and Harbor.

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Possible illegal gambling was reported at an “internet café” on Sacramento Avenue.

April 3, 9:55 p.m.
A police officer saw three males in a car, going about 43 m.p.h. in a 35-m.p.h. zone, with no right rear brake light, near West Capitol and Westacre. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver had a suspended license and the front passenger was on searchable probation. The driver consented to a search of the car, and the officer found a baggie with a crystal substance under the middle of the rear passenger seat, “accessible by all” the occupants.
After being shown the baggie (which later tested positive for methamphetamine), all three denied owning it.
The subjects (two from Sacramento and one from Antelope, ranging in age from 23-37), were arrested “after a felony blood sample was obtained.”

April 3, 6 p.m.
An officer took a report about an incident involving two men on Fremont Blvd. that went something like this:
During an argument about a scooter, the suspect held a crowbar “in a threatening manner” and said, “This can go two ways. Pay me $500 or one shot, one kill.” He then grabbed the keys to the victim’s Jeep Cherokee and demanded, “Either get in the car or I will bash your face in.” In fear, the victim got into the vehicle as the suspect drove them about a mile. The suspect demanded $500 and a new scooter before he would “think about giving the Jeep back.”
The suspect was drafting a written “agreement” about the deal when interrupted by police. The 25-year old suspect went to jail.

April 4, 12:09 a.m.
Someone was seen “messing with the electrical box in the parking lot with a crowbar” outside a pub on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Blvd.

April 4, 12:52 a.m.
A Dodge Charger was repossessed in Southport.

April 4, 7:08 a.m.
A Pine Street man told a dispatcher he was “sitting outside his house having a cigarette and the neighbors were telling him he was in violation of a restraining order.” The neighbors had a restraining order in place, he said, but they “keep coming by and harassing him as he sits on his porch.”

April 4, 8:14 a.m.
A city truck and a Mazda collided near Riverside Parkway and Stillwater Road. No injuries.

April 4, 8:35 a.m.
A silver Toyota Rav 4 and a Ford sedan collided on Jefferson near Higgins. No injuries.

April 4, 11:38 a.m.
A Dodge pickup rear-ended a tow truck at West Capitol and Walnut: “vehicles stuck together.”

April 4, 1:54 p.m.
A car burglary was discovered in the city hall parking lot on West Capitol.

April 4, 3:20 p.m.
A man returned home to Mikon Street and found his house had been burglarized.

April 4, 3:44 p.m.
A witness said someone in a black SUV with a custom license plate “threw a water bottle at a homeless subject while driving by” in the Harbor Blvd./Rice Avenue area.

April 4, 4:04 p.m.
A woman reported having left her debit card in a Riverside Parkway store the day before. “By the time she had discovered this a short time later, there had been multiple charges on her account.”

April 4, 5:04 p.m.
Suisun Bay Road: a snake about three to four feet long was found in a house, and the resident “thinks it might be a rattlesnake.” The snake “just went into the washing machine.” A request was made to summon Yolo County’s animal services.

April 4, 5:36 p.m.
Law enforcement officers from W.S.P.D. or another agency reported they would be at a Renee Court address, in uniform in unmarked cars, for a “walk and talk for firearm compliance.”

April 4, 6:21 p.m.
A woman called police on behalf of an elderly woman who lived on Davis Road. Someone had dumped mattresses and other garbage on the victim’s property today.

April 4, 7:15 p.m.
Someone broke into a parked yellow Winnebago on Hart Avenue, taking a girl’s bike, alcoholic beverages and other items.

April 4, 7:18 p.m.
Two stray Labrador dogs were reported to be running in traffic at Enterprise and Seaport boulevards. A sergeant was contacted to request Yolo’s animal services officers.

April 4, 11:43 p.m.
A woman said her boyfriend’s car had been left at Water Street and Lisbon Avenue when he was arrested. The car was partly in the street, but the keys evidently went with him to the jail.

April 4, 3 p.m.
On the 1030-block of West Capitol: three or four people were reported to have been in a physical fight, and one had brandished a stun gun or Taser.

April 4, 11:30 a.m.
Booked into the police department from a vacant lot at 2nd and C streets: a tent, sleeping bag, blankets, books and rotten food. No owner ID.

April 4, 2:35 p.m.
An officer was headed westbound on West Capitol Avenue near Westacre when he saw a 44-year old homeless woman “expose her right breast while in public.” Upon contact, the woman exhibited slurred speech and signs of intoxication. She was arrested.

April 5, 3 p.m.
A store at Town Center Plaza in Southport reported someone had stolen some vacuum cleaners.

April 6, 4:20 a.m.
A 25-year old Sacramento woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

April 6, 4 p.m.
A 27-year old homeless man was reported to have stolen some items from a vacant house on Elliot Street. There was a restraining order in place, said the victim.

April 6, 7:20 a.m.
A car was found burglarized on Anna Street.

April 6, 4:30 p.m.
A woman on Michigan Blvd. reported that a shed on the property had been burglarized. Gone were a trophy and some tools.

April 6, 4:34 p.m.
A caller reported a “fully nude” woman outside an apartment complex on Douglas Street. A police officer contacted the 25-year old Lighthouse Drive resident. The naked woman showed signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, the officer reported, and she admitted having used methamphetamine.
She went to jail.

 

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Accused West Sac cop pleads ‘not guilty’

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 13, 2013 —

A former West Sacramento police officer pleaded “not guilty” Thursday to 35 counts of kidnapping and sexual offenses he allegedly committed while on patrol.

Sergio Alvarez, a 37-year old resident of the city, entered the plea in Yolo County Superior Court.

He was charged with rape and other offenses. Police spokesmen say that over a period of about a year, Alvarez assaulted a number of women he contacted while driving a patrol car on the “graveyard” shift in the West Capitol Avenue area.

The plea was made on Alvarez’s behalf by attorney Gabriel Quinnan.

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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 13, 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. This feature is printed virtually every week in the News-Ledger newspaper, and we occasionally make it available online here. To see it every week, look to the bottom for a special subscription offer.

March 8, 5:35 p.m.
A woman returned to her car parked on the 1200-block of Harbor Boulevard to find a passenger-side window broken. Gone from inside were a cello, a clarinet, and a “1937 wooden bassoon,” all worth about $3300.

March 7, 6:20 a.m.
A witness reported there was a man “stumbling along Fernwood, walking into yards (and he) appeared to be weaving.”

March 7, 7:17 a.m.
A businessperson at a hotel on the 800-block of West Capitol reported someone came into the office while staff was in the other room, and stole from the change drawer.

March 7, 7:17 a.m.
A flat-screen TV was removed from a motel room on the 1900-block of West Capitol. The motel had information on a suspect.

March 7, 9:15 a.m.
Someone stole a “fish finder” device worth about $300 from a boat parked on a trailer on Merced Way.

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A resident of Aleutian Island Street “just arrived home to find the house ransacked.” Gone were a laptop, jewelry and other items.

March 7, 11:21 a.m.
A Seaport Blvd. business reported catching an employee trying to steal food items the night before.

March 7, 12:32 p.m.
A man in Southport reported his “ex-girlfriend posed as him on Facebook in an attempt to gain information about him from friends and family.”

March 7, 1:29 p.m.
At a barber shop on Sacramento Avenue: two 20-something men “just got haircuts and ran out without paying.” They were now in a car in the parking lot.

March 7, 1:44 p.m.
A Roma Court address was reported to have been burglarized about one hour earlier. Missing were two laptop computers, video games, jewelry, an electric guitar and other items valued at over $10,000.

March 7, 2:34 p.m.
A Manzanita Way church reported someone had left graffiti there a week earlier.

March 7, 4:24 p.m.
A woman reported she had left a purse on a counter at the library on Merkley Avenue, then returned to find it gone, along with the wallet, ID and credit cards it contained.

March 7, 5:27 p.m.
A house was reported burglarized on Diane Drive.

March 7, 10:05 p.m.
A Town Center Plaza store reported that a known shoplifter “dumped merchandise while attempting to leave through the fire door.” The man left in a waiting van. The store said it had an open case against the fellow already.

March 8, 11:17 a.m.
A woman asked to speak to an officer in the police lobby, reporting she “knows who has been setting fires” in the area of Jefferson Blvd. and South River Road.

March 8, 1:34 p.m.
A caller from Walnut Street said a female had “attempted to cut (the caller’s) brother with a hacksaw.”

March 8, 2:40 p.m.
A Solano Street home was found burglarized. The back door had been pried open, and jewelry and other items were taken.

March 8, 4:33 p.m.
A car parked at a Harbor Boulevard restaurant was found burglarized. Missing were a laptop and other electronics.

March 8, 5:11 p.m.
A clinic on Industrial Boulevard reported that a patient was threatening to harm himself and said he “had no reason to live.”

March 8, 10:30 p.m.
A woman called from Sacramento Avenue to report that a male suspect just punched her boyfriend in the face and made off with her bicycle from in front of a market.

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A caller from Jefferson in Southport reported “hearing what sounds like an alarm or some kind of beeping in the area,” adding that “when an officer gets in the area he’ll be able to hear it.”

March 9, 3:10 a.m.
A woman at a motel on Halyard Drive called police about “a male who is peeking in from her balcony.”

March 9, 4:29 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said a female suspect just stole some shoes and shirts, and fled in a car.

March 9, 12:36 p.m.
A citizen on Walnut Street reported hearing a man threaten to shoot a neighbor, and reported seeing him with gun in his hand.

March 9, 12:48 p.m.
A Yolo Street woman said she was “tired of neighbors putting trash on her sidewalk and lawn.” She asked for an officer to contact her. She couldn’t remember her phone number.

March 9, 3:48 p.m.
A witness said four homeless people were camping near the railroad tracks at the entrance to the barge canal.

March 9, 7:27 p.m.
A citizen provided a tip, saying that a large party with a bonfire was being planned that night for public property in the “Honda Hills” area at Jefferson and South River Road.

March 9, 9:41 p.m.
A caller from in front of a Poplar Avenue liquor store reported that “some kids” had just stolen the caller’s bike.

March 9, 10:07 p.m.
A house on Cummins Way was found burglarized, with the “POE” (point of entry) at the rear patio door. Two shotguns (unloaded) were stolen.

March 9, 10:07 p.m.
A Coyote Road resident returned home to find the “house is completely trashed.” Missing were two laptops, jewelry and possibly more items.

March 9, 10:11 p.m.
A resident of Union Square Road reported two suspicious males had just come to the door, wearing dark clothing and hoodies. The resident “thinks they are going door to door seeing who is home, (and) is not sure of their intentions, but feels they are up to no good.”

March 10, 1:08 a.m.
A Meadowlark Circle resident reported there was a loud party going on in the complex behind the home, and someone had just tossed a vodka bottle over the fence, where it shattered.

March 10, 5:19 a.m.
A Sacramento Avenue resident reported an incident that occurred 45-60 minutes earlier: “a group of subjects pulled up to the residence and threw full cans of beer at the windows, trying to shatter them.”

March10, 9:15 a.m.
A vehicle was found damaged on Canvasback Way. It looked like someone had tried to siphon fuel from it.

March 10, 10:36 a.m.
From Douglas Street: “a neighbor saw a juvenile walk over and throw a pump through the window of this house.”

March 10, 11:23 a.m.
Someone stole clothes and tools from a Glide Avenue home. Shortly afterward, the residence reported that a dog had also been stolen from a shed. There was a suspect.

March 10, 12:45 p.m.
There was an “ill possum” in the front yard of a home on the 4300-block of South River Road.

March 10, 12:54 p.m.
Two males about 18 years old were reported to be “racing around the residential streets” near Marshall Road and Golden Gate Drive, in a white convertible Mazda Miata.

March 10, 2:52 p.m.
A caller reported that a van had been parked in a handicapped spot at Raley Field for about an hour, with a dog inside. “The windows were a little down but the dog appeared to be in distress.”

March 10, 4:57 p.m.
A resident of Sandypoint Court reported discovering that the home’s air conditioning unit, valued at about $4,000, had been stolen.

March 10, 5:20 p.m.
A Deerwood Street resident called dispatchers with questions about “Yolo County’s rules for growing marijuana.”

March 10, 5:44 p.m.
A caller from an auto shop on F Street reported that shop, and the one next to it, were filled with smoke from an unknown source.

March 10, 6:32 p.m.
Tahoe Court: “vehicle into house, driver appears injured.”

March 10, 6:43 p.m.
A resident of California Street reported that two dogs from the same address, with a history of aggression, were loose. One was a German shepherd and the other a “medium-sized” dog. They were “both barking at citizens and chasing others on bicycles.”

March 10, 12:29 a.m.
An officer reported seeing a car “recklessly exit the freeway, squealing tires.”
“I tried to follow (the) vehicle and it drove at a high rate of speed through a residential area” before stopping at a 13th Street house,” he wrote. “Suspect looked at me and fled.”
The officer detained the man, a 33-year old who lived at the home. The suspect appeared drunk but refused a field sobriety test. He was arrested.

March 11, 1:34 a.m.
An officer pulled over a car near Sunset Avenue and Lisbon Street for a headlight violation. The 47-year old driver “gave a false name and finally provided officers with his real name and stated he had a warrant.”
The man was confirmed to have an arrest warrant, and went to jail.

March 11, 1 a.m.
Residents of a Glide Avenue mobilehome reported there was a man trying to break in. Police contacted a drunk 29-year old transient outside the unit. There was a broken side-view mirror from the victims’ car on the ground next to him. The victims reported that the guy had kicked and damaged their door, then opened a window and reached in and pulled the drapes down. When police sirens drew close, the man stepped away from the trailer.
The suspect was on parole, and went to jail.

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