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POLICE LOG: this week’s roundup of crime & police calls from the News-Ledger

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 17, 2014 —

  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.   ‘Police Log’ is published weekly in the News-Ledger newspaper. Want to subscribe? See the special offer at bottom.

Sept. 9, 6:30 a.m.
A department store on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Boulevard reported that someone cut the chain on an outside storage area and stole some property. The missing items appeared to be reported as large barrels for chemicals.

Sept. 10, 1:10 a.m.
From an apartment complex on the 2100-block of Evergreen Avenue: someone “threw a lit flammable object into an apartment, causing the building to catch fire.”

Sept. 10, 1:43 a.m.
A police officer contacted a man on bike at Sycamore and Evergreen avenues. The man was found in possession of a debit card belonging to someone with the first name of “Alicia.”
According to the officer:
The subject “said he found the card in the parking lot of the boat ramp. He said he had no intention of committing illegal actions with the card.”
The officer booked the card as “found property.”

Sept. 10, 5:15 a.m.
From a convenience market on Lake Road:
“Suspect is a chronic problem and stole a donation jar from the counter.”
The jar held around $60-$70 in change and currency.

Sept. 10, 5:45 a.m.
An F Street woman found her car burglarized. It had been parked in the street.
Stolen property was estimated at $1,670 in value.

Sept. 10, 8:24 a.m.
A Rogue River Court man reported to police that “he misplaced an unloaded handgun.”

Sept. 10, 10:35 a.m.
A man reported that while he was pumping gas at a 15th Street station, he went into the store for a drink. He returned to find his work laptop computer gone from the vehicle.

Sept. 10, 11:36 a.m.
A woman asked for a police report on an incident that took place on Solano Street. She had been bit by a dog while trying to break up a dog fight.

Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
At a convenience market on Jefferson Boulevard in Southport: a 41-year old man from San Carlos Street reported that a 34-year old male from Starling Lane “punched him and displayed a baseball bat.”

Sept. 10, 8 p.m.
A woman reported a burglary at her Valley Oak Lane home. Gone were about $5,100 worth of jewelry and computer equipment.

Sept. 10, 10:04 p.m.
A woman working at a pizza place on the 1600-block of West Capitol reported that a male suspect about 25 years old stole her iPhone 4s, valued at $400.

Sept. 11
A Bryte Avenue man reported that his library card was stolen sometime around June. Since then, the thief “used the card to charge $905.77 to the victim’s library account.”

Sept. 11, 9:45
A loss prevention officer saw a suspect (gender unclear in the report) steal a blade for a circular saw, worth $69.99. During the struggle to get away from the employee at the Riverpoint Court store, the suspect dropped his or her cell phone.

Sept. 11, 4:59 p.m.
An officer contacted a 52-year old man matching the description of a suspect causing a disturbance on Riverpoint Court. The man smelled of alcohol and “could not stand up straight,” and there was a half-full can of beer in a bag next to him. He was arrested for public drunkenness.
“While en route to (jail,),” reported the officer, “subject began spitting and a spit mask was placed on him.”

Sept. 12, 10:49 a.m.
A Clicker Court man phoned his mother.
While this is usually commendable, in this case it was a violation of a restraining order. The probation department obtained an arrest warrant for the son.

Sept. 12, 1:26 p.m.
A residential burglary was reported on the 1800-block of Merkley Avenue.

Sept. 12, 7:37 p.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from Alvin Street.

Sept. 12, 3:35 p.m.
Police assisted parole agents in serving a warrant on a woman wanted for a parole violation. The 36-year old was found hiding in the bathroom of her 4th Street apartment. Police had to kick the bathroom door down to arrest her.

Sept. 13, 3:22 a.m.
A police officer saw a car on the side of the road at Southport Parkway and Promenade.
“One of the car’s occupants was lying on the sidewalk. The driver stated that (this person) was very drunk.” The subject admitted being drunk and was booked “for his safety.”

Sept. 13, 7:16 a.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from McKinley Way.

Sept. 13, 11:43 a.m.
A “door to door” solicitor drew a complaint from near Cypress Road and Portola.

Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store watched a 30-year old Sacramento woman enter the store with a shopping cart and an empty computer box, then put $130 worth of merchandise (a flashlight, air mattress, bed sheet, window blinds and backpack) into the box, pretend to pay at a self checkout register, and then leave the store.
The woman was detained, placed under citizen’s arrest, and held for police.

Sept. 14
At Jefferson Blvd. and Gateway Drive:
“Unknown person spraypainted a campaign sign” along the roadway.
The city’s mayor was named in the resulting report as an “involved party” other than a suspect or victim.

Sept. 14, 9:35 a.m.
A “theft in progress” was reported from a coffee house on Lake Road.

Sept. 14, 11:21 a.m.
A residential burglary was reported from F Street.

Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.
A woman on Cummins Way reported someone stole a couple of chainsaws and a weedeater (total value: $420) from her unlocked garage.

Sept. 14, 2:30 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Riverpoint Court store reported placing a 25-year old woman from Park Circle under citizen’s arrest after the woman put $163.42 worth of merchandise into her purse and try to leave without paying. The merchandise was comprised of women’s clothing and underwear.

Sept. 14, 8 p.m.
Police were dispatched for the report of a man possibly carrying a concealed handgun on the 1200-block of West Capitol Avenue.
One responding officer reports contacting a man in front of a hotel, wearing a black coat with no obvious gun on his person. The officer said he asked the subject if he was carrying a gun. The 58-year old transient said he was. The officer detained him and found an unloaded Glock with a 15-round magazine tucked under the man’s waistband.
The man was handcuffed and arrested. One of the gun’s serial numbers had been filed off, but another was visible.

Sept. 14, 10 p.m.
Two officers in a patrol car saw a car enter a driveway on the 1200-block of West Capitol, They checked the license plates on the gray Nissan, and found it to be stolen.
They saw a man and woman get out of the car, with the woman carrying the keys. The pair headed up some stairs and the officers ordered them to stop.
The man ran up the stairs and one of the officers followed, finding him stepping back from a dead end with an open window. He was detained. Searching the area below the open window, police found a bag with a gram of methamphetamine.
The car’s registered owner told police that the female subject had taken her keys and her car without permission.
The female suspect said the male suspect was her boyfriend, and that he had taken “her” car.
Both the 25-year old male transient and the 33-year old Carmichael woman went to jail.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Police & crime in Broderick & Bridgeway

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

9/10/2014 —

Trouble in Broderick
  (Open letter to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon and the West Sacramento City Council)
I have been a resident of Broderick since before 1968 moving here with my parents and brother after my Father retired from the USAF.  I am a graduate of Washington High School.
I subsequently bought a home in the Broderick area in 1983 where being a single parent I wanted my daughter to have a house to grow up in rather than an apartment.
I love my little house but the Broderick area has rapidly gone downhill.  I would consider moving to another area but I am a Senior and on a fixed income and it would be difficult for me to leave my home.
I realize that some income levels may be lower in the Broderick area.  But there are people such as myself that have worked for many years to support their families and loved ones.  I worked at a large telecommunications company for forty years.
There are people like myself and others who take pride in their homes.  Why should we be penalized for those that don’t.
Why don’t you and the council members take a ride over to Beardsley and see the house that has trash all the way from the back to the front.  You could take a ride down almost any street here and see at least one house in this type of condition.
Why should I have to call Code Enforcement?  Don’t they see this?  What about the Fire Department?  The house on Beardsley is definitely a fire hazard.
There are issues going on here that would never be tolerated in South-port or South of the Barge. When we incorporated I hoped we would become one city.  But that isn’t the case.  We’re still considered Broderick.  Were are our improvements?
Perhaps we should take a hint from the Oak Park Triangle and work on areas other than South-port and South of the Barge.
I have written before this but received no response.  I would hope I would receive one now.
JANET WALKER
West Sacramento

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9/17/14

The police & Southport
I have been a Bridgeway Island resident since 2001.
I have noticed over the years that West Sac Police Department officers patrol Southport Parkway frequently to catch speeders. This occurs, from my experience, during daylight/commute hours such that those who may be caught speeding  are working adults or students commuting to and from daily responsibilities. The safety of the residents doesn’t appear to be at risk during these hours.
There are those that believe the officers patrol during periods where residents who can afford to pay the fines for the distributed tickets are traveling on this stretch of roadway. Still others state that the police department has to make money in some fashion so this is the easiest and fastest method in which to accomplish this.
My issue is this: officers would be better served, as would the residents of both Bridgeway Island and Bridgeway Lakes, if they were patrolling these areas after-hours. This is when the street racing, the “peeling-out,” tagging with graffiti and accidents where vehicles have crossed the center divide on Southport Parkway ripping out the established trees has occurred over the years.
Many nights, as I lay in bed, I can hear cars screeching around the neighborhood. I would like to be able to report them to the Police Department, however, such activities are hard to pin point as the sounds travel making it difficult to identify from where they may be coming.
Just recently, there was graffiti on the retaining walls of a Bridgeway Island community. One wonders if this would have occurred had the officers been patrolling during the late night hours. I realize there are other areas in West Sacramento in the late night hours which require almost constant patrol. There is no question that there should be focus in these areas.
I don’t agree with the mindset that the police department is only patrolling these areas to make money, but I do take issue with the timing of some of the patrols. As a longtime resident of the Bridgeway Island community, I would hope the West Sacramento Police Department would, in the best interest of the residents, review such practices and determine how best to improve the safety of these residents.
S. SHEETS
West Sacramento

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Follow-up: two north-city DUI checkpoints net several citations, but no DUIs

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

West Sacramento’s police department has reported back on the results of a pair of checkpoints set up to catch drunk drivers and unlicensed drivers on the weekend of August 30-31.

The checkpoints were set up for about six hours beginning at 7 p.m. each night. They were announced in advance (and announced on the News-Ledger’s website at WestSac.com) but the locations were kept secret until they opened.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D. reports that the Saturday checkpoint was at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. A total of 506 vehicles passed through. Four drivers were pulled over for sobriety tests. No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but three were cited for driving without a license and three more for having a suspended license.

The Sunday checkpoint was set up at Sacramento Avenue and Simon Terrace.

A total of 648 vehicles passed through. Two drivers were given field sobriety tests, but neither was arrested for DUI. Three drivers were cited for driving without a license, six for using a suspended license and one person was arrested on a warrant.

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Man posed as cop, helped girlfriend rob her ‘johns’

NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 27, 2014 —

A West Sacramento man and his girlfriend are facing prison for a pair of robberies in which the woman solicited prostitution from the victims, and the man showed up to rob them.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the robberies took place in the summer of 2012. Alicia Ortega offered her services as a prostitute to the victims, and her boyfriend Roberto Montalvo “would then arrive and flash a badge and represent himself as a police officer.”

The pair would then take the victims’ money.

Ortega pled to one count of robbery in exchange for a ten-year sentence.

Montalvo, 53, was convicted on Aug. 15 by a jury, which found him guilty on robbery and drug charges as well as “impersonating a police officer.” He had prior convictions for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery from the state of Illinois.

Montalvo will be sentenced by Judge David Reed on Sept. 17. He faces up to a life sentence in state prison

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger found one ‘Police Log’ item in its archives that is most likely related to this case. This item from 2012 reads:

“June 17 (2012) 2:09 a.m.

A male and female impersonated police officers to get into a room at a motel on the 1900-block of West Capitol, then stole $150 in cash from the North Highlands man in the room.”

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A ‘Night Out’ on the town

‘McGruff the Crime Dog’ is joined by humans (from left) Robin Courtright, Sydney and Lauren Ormand. They met at the “Night Out” block party hosted by Courtright on Redding Road in Southport on Tuesday, Aug. 5. (photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

‘McGruff the Crime Dog’ is joined by humans (from left) Robin Courtright, Sydney and Lauren Ormand. They met at the “Night Out” block party hosted by Courtright on Redding Road in Southport on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
(photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 13, 2014 — WITH ADDITIONAL PHOTOS —

Just about two dozen block parties sprang up in different parts of West Sacramento on the evening of Tuesday, August 5. They were part of the “National Night Out” tradition in which local police departments join with residents in a move to band together against crime.

Residents are encouraged to leave their porch lights on, lock their doors, and go out and meet their neighbors in these block parties. This year’s “featured” site, with extra numbers of special guests, was at Redding Road.

The Redding Road block party crowd gives a wave. Click to enlarge to fit your screen. (photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

The Redding Road block party crowd gives a wave.
(photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

Police & residents at the Redding Road block party. Click to enlarge. (photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

Police & residents at the Redding Road block party.
(photo by PETER FOLKS for the News-Ledger)

A group of girls enjoyed the 'bounce house' at a 'Night Out" block party at Las Casitas on Lighthouse Drive (courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey)

A group of girls enjoyed the ‘bounce house’ at a ‘Night Out” block party at Las Casitas on Lighthouse Drive (courtesy of Charlotte Dorsey)

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Southport ‘Horror Campout’: did city follow rules in approving permit on farm property?

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 30, 2014 —

SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS DON’T REQUIRE NOTICE TO NEIGHBORS, REPORTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

After the “Great Horror Campout” broke camp on July 19, the News-Ledger was left with a couple of lingering questions about the permit process that allowed it to set up on a Southport farm on July 18-19. That commercial event, at which paid customers camped overnight and participated in horror-themed activities, was viewed as a disruption by at least a few of its Burrows Avenue-area neighbors.

Some of those neighbors protested at a city council meeting two days ahead of the event, as the permit was still being weighed. They objected to congestion, noise, and to the event’s gory content, and said no one had given them proper notice of the permit application.

The News-Ledger asked local police if either the applicant, 1031 Productions, or the landowner, Dave Vierra of Vierra Farms, were required to give advance notice of the planned event to neighbors as part of the city permit process.

According to the West Sacramento Municipal Code, said Lieutenant Tod Sockman in an email, “no prior event notifications to surrounding area is required by City or event staff.”

He added that a rep from the event company “walked the neighborhood and left her personal card and phone number with any residents to talk to her,” making that effort “of her own will (and in an attempt) to work with the neighbors to address any issues.”

The News-Ledger also relayed a charge from one neighbor who said he had asked the police department for a copy of the permit application shortly before the event and was told to file a California Public Records Act request and wait five days.

Lieutenant Sockman appeared to say that didn’t happen:

“Everyone that asked for a copy of the permit from the police department was directed to City Hall, which handles all PRAs (Public Records Act requests),” wrote Sockman. “(The City) had a copy to hand out if someone came in, as directed. According to City Hall, only one person actually went to City Hall to get a copy of the permit and he had it within one business day, which was prior to the weekend events.”

Lieutenant David Delaini noted that the “Great Horror Campout” filed its permit less than the required 45 days in advance, but for good cause – the event’s initial choice for a site in Sacramento had been damaged by a fire. The Chief of Police – who is responsible for deciding on such a permit, after getting input from other city departments – has the ability to waive the 45-day requirement for “good cause.”

Delaini said the permit was issued the day before the event, with the provision that there be no amplified sound after 11 p.m.

“During the course of the event,” he added, “officers from the West Sacramento Police Department conducted a total of seven ‘extra patrols’ of the area. The event generated a total of two documented calls for service. One of which was a medical aid and one was for a female who was refusing to leave the event. . . no noise complaints were called in during this two-day event.”

The News-Ledger did spot one other crime report apparently affiliated with the “Great Horror Campout.” The morning after, “Great Horror Campout” staff reported the vandalism of a $999 mannequin.

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‘Night Out’ on Tuesday: here’s a list of West Sac block parties

Bonnie Von Hoffmann gets a warm hug from West Sacramento Police Lieutenant Tod Sockman in one of last year’s ‘National Night Out’ block parties. This party was on Meadow Road and was organized by Von Hoffman.  In front are Clay Harrell, Chuck Blessing, and Cathy Harrell.  (News-Ledger photo by Peter Folks)

Bonnie Von Hoffmann gets a warm hug from West Sacramento Police Lieutenant Tod Sockman in one of last year’s ‘National Night Out’ block parties. This party was on Meadow Road and was organized by Von Hoffman. In front are Clay Harrell, Chuck Blessing, and Cathy Harrell.
(News-Ledger photo by Peter Folks)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 30, 2014 —

The “National Night Out” event  returns this Tuesday, Aug. 5. In West Sacramento, as in cities across the nation, “National Night Out” will be celebrated with block parties and barbecues.

 

The West Sacramento Police Department joins residents and neighborhood groups in support of the program’s 31st year. The following hosts and neighborhoods will have National Night Out activities, between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 (this list is revised and corrected from an earlier version published in the News-Ledger):

— 1527 Redding Road (“featured site,” with special guests, and photograph opportunities at 7:00 p.m.)
— 685 Lighthouse Drive (Las Casitas Apartments)
— 10th and Maryland Streets (corner)
— 19th and Pennsylvania (corner)
— 1613 19th Street
— 1140 Longcroft Street
— Aster and Manchester (corner)
— 2692 Mandeville Street
— Muscovy and Crested (corner)
— 1807 Presidio Street
— Sumatra/Mandura (corner)
— Apache Street (dead end of street)
— 3170 Venice Street (Friends of the Main Drain Association)
— 3773 Elsinore Court
— 3590 Antigua Street
–1680 Quail Road
— 500 7th Street (Washington Courtyard Apartments)
— 2455 West Capitol Avenue (West Capitol Courtyard)
— 3401 Savannah Lane (Savannah Lane Apartments)
— 3429 Evergreen Avenue (Courtyard Village Apts)
— Essex Avenue
— Rumsey Place (dead end of street)

Neighbors are invited to leave their porch lights on, come out and meet with their neighbors to network against crime.

Questions? Call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell of the West Sacramento Police Department at (916) 617-4937.

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