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Firefighters beat cops in overtime

Firefighter team members with some of their kids. Firefighters are (back row) Tim Blewett, Andy Moore, Ed Redmon, in dark uniform Terry Dries, Andy Bevins, James Irvine, Ricky Granados. Front row: Joe Lugo, Mark Hull. (Names of the kids are not available)

   NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Helped by a made free-throw with 3.4 seconds left on the clock, the West Sacramento Firefighters beat the West Sacramento Police Department on the basketball court 53-52 in overtime on March 9. The contest was “back and forth,” with police hitting several shots from beyond the arc.

The “Safety Slam Jam” match between the two departments took place in River City High School’s gym, as a fundraiser for the school’s athletic programs. The event is planned to return next year.

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Felony suspect caught after chase

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 27, 2012 —

Just after going to press with tomorrow’s News-Ledger, we learned that there’s an update to one of this week’s news stories.

Last Wednesday, West Sacramento police asked for help from the public catching a man who was seen in a stolen F-150 pickup truck, and then led them on a brief chase including a stint going the wrong way on a freeway, a car accident and a foot chase (you can see that story here.)

Last night, they think they caught him. The story involves another stolen white Ford F150 pickup, another brief car chase and another foot chase.

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today that things started last night on West Capitol Avenue.

“Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m., one of our officers located a stolen F-150 white pickup. He attempted a vehicle stop. There was a brief chase.”

When the chase reached Enterprise and Industrial boulevards, the officer used a “pursuit intervention technique” or “PIT” when speeds were deemed slow enough.

“At low speeds, a patrol vehicle attempts to tap the rear end of the (suspect) vehicle and cause it to spin out,” explained Steele. “The vehicle spun out. The driver fled on foot, but was captured after a brief foot chase.”

In custody is 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr. of the Napa/Solano area, said Steele.  He is charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and with felony evasion. He also has a felony warrant out of Napa.

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Police department offers new text/email alert system and smartphone app

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department announced this month that the department is making new ventures into “social media” and communications.

Using the “Nixie” system, citizens can sign up to receive information from police as a text message on their cell phone or by email. Citizens can also find notifications from W.S.P.D. at www.nixie.com.

“Messages may include traffic alerts, at-risk missing persons, road hazards, as well as other relevant safety and community event information,” said Steele in a press release.

The messages can target people within a quarter-mile radius of a targeted area, “giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood,” he added. “Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information.

Get information and register at www.nixie.com.

The department has also launched a new “app” for Android or iPhone smartphones.

The MYPD app, produced by Wired Blue, allows you to access all of the local police department’s social media platforms, submit crime tips including photos or GPS location, access the W.S.P.D. phone directory, provide feedback to the department, participate in surveys, and go to the W.S.P.D. web page for information such as crime statistics.

You can get download the MYPD App by Wired Blue free from the Android Marketplace or iPhone App Store.

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$1,000 reward for theft of video cameras

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 21, 2012 —

Just received from the West Sacramento Police Department:

“On March 8, 2012 at approximately 5:55 a.m., two unknown male subjects stole six video surveillance cameras mounted on the exterior of the Afghan Community Center located at 700 Glide Ave, West Sacramento. The two suspects’ images were caught on surveillance cameras.

REWARD for this theft suspect (surveillance video image)

“There appeared to be two male subjects responsible for the thefts.  One subject was captured on video as he stole one of the cameras.  He appears to be a Hispanic male subject wearing a light colored zip up jacket with a round shaped face and wearing a dark colored hat.  The second subject that was with him (possibly Hispanic) was taller with a goatee and was wearing light colored shorts, a light colored zip-up “hoody, sunglasses,” and carrying a dark colored backpack.

“Anyone with information is urged to contact the West Sacramento Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at 916-617-4915.

From footage of suspects in theft of video cameras from Afghan Community Center in West Sacramento

“The Afghan Community Center is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible.”

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Police looking for felony suspect

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MARCH 21, 2012 —

West Sacramento police today are looking for a felony suspect.. The man led them on a chase — which was called off for public safety when the suspect’s pickup went the wrong way on I-80. Then he left the freeway and struck another vehicle. Then the driver “bailed” near Harbor and Glide.

Here’s the police department press release from earlier today:

“On 3-21-12 at approximately 0746 hours the West Sacramento Police attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on White Ford F150 for a vehicle code violation.  The vehicle failed to stop for the police and a short pursuit ensued.  The pursuit which lasted approximately one minute was called off for public safety when the suspect vehicle began traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of Interstate 80.

“A short time after the pursuit was called off the suspect vehicle exited the freeway and lost control striking another vehicle at the intersection of Harbor Blvd and West Capitol Avenue.  There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.

 “The passenger in the vehicle Christina Rangel 30 years old was taken into custody for several felony charges.  The driver of the vehicle fled on foot and was last seen in the 700 block of Glide Avenue.  An extensive search was conducted and the driver was not located.

“The driver has been positively identified as 34 year old Lino Garcia Jr.  He is currently wanted by the West Sacramento Police Department for several felony charges including Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Evading Police.  Mr. Garcia also has a Felony Warrant for his arrest out of Napa County.

“Mr. Garcia was described as a Hispanic male, 5-5, 200 lbs with a shaved head and was wearing all black clothing.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact West Sacramento Police Department Dispatch at 916-375-6474.”

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POLICE LOGBOOK:

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 14, 2012 —

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Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or proven by an investigation or a courtroom.  

March 9, 1:58 p.m.
A Michigan Boulevard man reported selling his iPad tablet computer – and then finding out that the $400 payment he received was counterfeit.

March 9, 4:17 p.m.
A caller reported a “road rage” incident earlier at Stonegate Boulevard, where in the victim “was chased by a man in an. . . exterminator van.”

March 9, 5:21 p.m.
A man on Westacre Road found that someone had taken the distributor cap and wires from his parked car.

March 9, 5:22 p.m.
A woman was detained for trying to cash a stolen check at a market on the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue.

March 9, 6:34 p.m.
A man called from a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol Avenue. He said he had been called to the establishment to give a massage, then found out the call was a hoax, and “now the front office is holding his essential oils, worth about $3,000.”

March 9, 9:12 p.m.
A woman said she had been accosted by another woman on the 4700-block of West Capitol. The suspect was in a small, blue truck with a camper shell, and had displayed a small black handgun while making threats and instructing the victim to “stop seeing her husband,” an Elk Grove man.

March 10, 11:01 a.m.
A person working with Girls Scouts selling cookies in front of a Riverpoint Court store said there was a GMC Yukon with tinted windows and a car full of teen males. The males kept driving past, staring at the group. One of them got out and bought some cookies, but the subjects were continuing to circle.

March 10, 2:02 p.m.
A FedEx package was reported stolen from a Valley Oak Lane residence’s front door.

March 10, 3:21 p.m.
A property owner said four subjects riding quads were using the owner’s empty lots at a 6th Street restaurant site, and were refusing to leave.

March 10, 4:04 p.m.
At a Maple Street boat storage yard: someone “broke into the locked storage yard, killed the yard owner’s dog and broke into several vessels.” It was not yet known what was stolen. The burglar was sought for both burglary and cruelty to animals.

March 10, 6:52 p.m.
A tree was reported to be on fire in the backyard of a home near Letterman Street and Union Square Road.

March 10, 7:13 p.m.
“Dine and dash”: A woman tried to use a debit card that was apparently not hers to pay a $4.30 bill at a Harbor Boulevard diner. It didn’t work. She left on foot without paying.

March 10, 7:37 p.m.
From a Riverpoint Court store: A man “stole $200 worth of merchandise and is fleeing on a bike, going toward Reed.” The man was wearing a windbreaker and a backpack.

March 10, 9:17 p.m.
A caller from an Ikea Court retail store said a group of drivers with about 30-40 Ford Mustangs was gathering in a corner of the parking lot. The caller was unaware of any authorized car shows, and asked police to move the group along.

March 10, 9:46 p.m.
On Nichols Court: A “group of about 25 peole is inside the garage at this location singing loudly.”

March 10, 10:03 p.m.
A woman at a mobilehome park on West Capitol said she overheard a neighbor “talking about testing her security system by shooting a BB gun at the residence and throwing firecrackers on the roof.”

March 10, 9:18 a.m.
A man on B Street said he had been vacuuming his residence when a female roommate told him to stop. The pair argued, and she tried to use a Taser on him. No one was hurt and the parties were now separated.

March 11, 12:49 a.m.
A neighbor complained that there was a party near Anna Street with loud music, lights and a disco ball.

March 11, 3:25 a.m.
At a fast food restaurant on Harbor: a silver pickup truck backed into someone’s car in the parking lot. The victim said the driver appeared to be under the influence of something, and refused to give his name. The suspect gave the victim a cell phone number “to take care of it in the morning,” and drove away.

March 11, 3:57 a.m.
Through a Russian translator, a man on Water Street said his Toyota 4-Runner had just been stolen.

March 11, 4:17 a.m.
Four males were seen setting of fireworks in the street on 4th Street.

March 11, 10:48 a.m.
A 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix was reported stolen on Willow Avenue. The keys may have been left in it.

March 11, 11:12 a.m.
A possible domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento. A witness said a man assaulted a woman. They both left on bike, and the victim was bleeding from the face.

March 11, 12:21 p.m.
Someone broke into a vacant Oakmont Way apartment and flooded it.

March 11, 1:56 p.m.
About $8,000 worth of electronics equipment was reported stolen from Raley Field during the night. There was possible surveillance video of the crime.

March 11, 2:23 p.m.
Security cameras were reported stolen from a Glide Avenue location during the night.

March 11, 2:53 p.m.
A man at a Sacramento Avenue mobilehome park told a dispatcher his social security check had been stolen on Sutter Buttes Street in Sacramento. The dispatcher referred him to Sacramento police. Then, “he changed his story” to say the theft happened in West Sacramento.

March 11, 5:46 p.m.
A witness reported a white Land Rover and white Acura were “doing donuts” behind a Riverpoint Court retail store.

March 11, 7:25 p.m.
A woman on the 1700-block of West Capitol said that about 15-20 minutes ago, she “stepped out for a minute, and now her purse and $300 in rent (are) missing.” She suspected a female roommate, who had denied being responsible for the theft.

March 11, 9:28 p.m.
A woman on Teal Drive said she was home alone with two children, and there was an unknown person in her backyard.

March 11, 10:07 p.m.
A witness said there were two men and two women near the witness’s 7th Street house, drinking vodka in a car. “They set a piece of garbage on fire (it is out) and drove away” in a Red Ford Focus with broken taillights.

March 11, 11:09 p.m.
A “wrong way” driver hit a center divider and railroad crossing arms while going northbound on Jefferson near Triangle Court. An officer contacted the 21-year old Sacramento man in his Toyota Corolla, and determined he had bee driving drunk. The man was arrested and released to be transported by ambulance for medical treatment after the accident.

March 11, 5 p.m.
A woman in the “state street” area found a “Sten/Mk II” assault rifle while cleaning out the closet of her deceased husband. She said she had no knowledge of the weapon, and asked police to destroy it.

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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 7, 2012 —

District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that on February 27, a Yolo County jury convicted three members of the Norteno street gang of robbery, battery, assault, witness intimidation and street gang activity for an attack on three people in a Lowe’s parking lot in West Sacramento on April 19, 2010.

According to the D.A.:

The three defendants, Jose Antonio Duran (20, of Sacramento), Salvador Benjamin Vasquez, Jr. (20, of Sacramento) and Joseph Vincent Sisneros (21, of Sacramento) saw the victim eating his Taco Bell dinner in his car.  The man was in a nearly empty lot on Lake Washington Boulevard in Southport, just after 10 p.m..

The three gang members took the victim’s iPod, wallet and keys, then continued beating the victim, causing two facial fractures, while the victim pleaded for the men to stop.

  Four Lowe’s employees who walked into the lot after their shifts ended interrupted the attack.  The four —  all of whom testified at the trial — saw the three defendants taking turns punching the victim while shouting “Norte!” and laughing.

One of the suspects, Salvador Vasquez pretended to hold a gun under his shirt and repeatedly threatened to shoot the Lowe’s employee who was calling 911.  The employee escaped by running to nearby Lake Washington Boulevard, but the second employee was caught by Duran and Sisneros.  The second employee held up his hands in surrender, but the two defendants brutally attacked him, kicking him in the eye and breaking his nose.

The trial took two weeks and included testimony from a Sacramento Police Gang Detective who told a jury the Norteno street gang thrives on a reputation for violence and that the assault furthered those interests.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig thanked the Sacramento Police Department for offering their assistance, and thanked the citizens who were brave enough to intervene in the assault and to come forward to testify at the trial.

The defendants will be sentenced on April 13.

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