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3 convicted for attack in Lowe’s parking lot


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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POLICE LOG for West Sacramento

NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 8, 2012 —

  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

This police log comes from our Feb. 8 print edition. To see the log every week, make sure to subscribe! See the special offer beneath this article.

Feb. 1, 8:17 a.m.
A 17-year old boy was caught shoplifting at a Southport supermarket. He was “cooperative.” The boy’s parent asked that he be cited for the offense.

Feb. 1, 1:23 p.m.
A business on Commerce Drive reported the theft of about $20,000 worth of construction equipment.

Feb. 2, 7:35 a.m.
A caller from at or near Westmore Oaks Elementary School reported an ongoing problem with school parents double-parking on the street, or parking across driveways. The caller asked for extra patrols of the area.

Feb. 2, 1:23 a.m.
Vandalism was reported at a home on Kaui Road. Somebody “put weed killer on the lawn and spray-painted the house.”

Feb. 2, 11:36 a.m.
Wheelchair hit & run: A citizen reported that a woman pushing a wheelchair hit him or her in the leg with it, in an incident near West Capitol Avenue and Poplar. The victim believed the woman may have mental issues, and may have struck him on purpose. Police were asked to look for her.

Feb. 2, 12:31 p.m.
A real estate company reported that somebody took a heating & air conditioning unit from a vacant house on Chinook Road. The unit was worth about $3,000.

Feb. 2, 2:24 p.m.
A parent reported getting off the bus with a four-year old son at the 2100-block of West Capitol, when a woman at the bus stop spit on the boy. The woman was still there, drinking alcohol.

Feb. 2, 4:35 p.m.
A Maple Street resident said someone took some rings worth about $16,000 from the residence during the past two months. There was a suspect.

Feb. 2, 6:28 p.m.
A woman called dispatchers after a near-miss: She had just driven across the railroad tracks at Stone Blvd. and Jefferson, with a green light and the crossing guard arms up. But as she crossed, a train almost hit her car. “She is in tears and upset, but not injured,” noted a dispatcher. Railroad officials were notified that the crossing arms had malfunctioned.

Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Security personnel at a Riverpoint Court store saw a 23-year old male transient pick up some receipts in the parking lot, and then go inside, pick up some merchandise, and attempt to use a receipt to return the item for store credit. The man was detained and arrested.

Feb. 3, 9:43 a.m.
A man told dispatcher he had been putting gas in his car at a station on the 2800-block of West Capitol, when a man in a city uniform started yelling at him because gas was leaking from the pump. There was about a half-gallon of gas spilled in the parking lot.

Feb. 3, 10:50 a.m.
A teacher at Yolo High asked for an officer. The teacher wanted to file a complaint against a student.

Feb. 3, 4:29 p.m.
A 27-year old Brannan Way woman was in custody for attempting to shoplift about $59 in “cosmetics and lighters” from a Southport supermarket. The woman was “cooperative.”

Feb. 3, 5:21 p.m.
A disabled man riding a Paratransit bus called police from on the bus. It had stopped at the man’s Peachtree Road home, but the man refused to get off until the driver unloaded his groceries. The driver had refused. The pair were in an argument.

Feb. 3, 7:07 p.m.
A bomb threat was reported at an Industrial Boulevard workplace. A laid-off employee sent a text message saying there were two pipe bombs hidden on the site. The 43-year old Folsom man later admitted it was a hoax.

Feb. 3, 7:35 p.m.
A caller told a dispatcher that he or she was waiting near the River City High School gym, with a student and a bicycle. The student said the bicycle had been stolen on Tuesday (but not reported to police). Another person had just shown up at the campus with it. The suspect was possibly in the school gym.

Feb. 3, 8:41 p.m.
A citizen reported a “strong smell of marijuana” coming from the Bridgeway Elementary School. Nobody was visible at the scene.

Feb. 3, 1:50 p.m.
A cell phone company on Shore Street reported the theft of about $2,000 in copper wire from several cell towers.

Feb. 3, 2:15 p.m.
A 50-year old woman from Upland was detained by security at a Riverpoint Court store. She had apparently tried to steal $236 worth of Eveready batteries in different sizes. The woman was arrested and released with a notice to appear in court.

Feb. 4, 1:18 p.m.
A witness said a Chevy Tahoe was going fast, eastbound on Rice Avenue, and a single gunshot had been heard. A minute after this report, a resident of Michigan Blvd. reported hearing one, possibly “smaller” caliber, gunshot.

Feb. 4, 3:04 a.m.
A man said he was trying to get his belongings out of a motel room on the 900-block of West Capitol. But a female acquaintance at the room had refused him entry while holding a pocket knife with a 2-3″ blade. The man felt he had been threatened.

Feb. 4, 8 a.m.
A citizen reported that a gray Ford Tempo had been parked at a corner at 15th Street and Maryland for three days. Police checked it out and found the vehicle had been reported stolen.

Feb. 4, 2:52 p.m.
A caller at a Lisbon Avenue market said some tenants had reported that four or five homeless men had set up camp across the street. The tenants were uncomfortable with these neighbors, and asked that police move the men along.

Feb. 4, 4:09 p.m.
A citizen called police, saying that a brother was schizophrenic and off his medication. The brother was “going up and down Meadow Road throwing toilet paper.”

Feb. 4, 8:32 p.m.
In the northern city, a woman reported that her 22-year old daughter was “out of control and punching holes in the walls.”

Feb. 4, 10:48 p.m.
From a guest at a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol: “the occupant inside the next room had his bed pushed up against the (caller’s) adjacent wall. The occupant is playing ‘Stack Attack’ (evidently a video or smartphone game) and tends to get excited, and jumps up and down, causing the headboard to bang against the (caller’s) wall, waking him up.”

Feb. 4, 11 a.m.
An officer responded to the report that there was a man in a dark area at a closed business on Northport Drive. The officer found a man there, and also found a two-foot tall marijuana plant in a black pot in the bushes nearby. The subject denied owning or knowing about the plant. The officer booked the plant for destruction.

Feb. 5, 12:19 a.m.
Near Norfolk Avenue, a resident reported hearing shots or fireworks.

Feb. 5, 8:05 a.m.
A woman on Todhunter Avenue reported, through a Russian translator, that her car tires had been slashed in the apartment parking lot. It wasn’t the only car, and it wasn’t the first time.

Feb. 5, 9 a.m.
A caller said someone had parked a Dodge Caravan in a church parking lot on Linden Road. The van had been there at least three days, and there were “several cats locked inside.” No one had been seen coming or going from it.

Feb. 5, 9:03 a.m.
A 2011 Freightliner truck was reported stolen from a Ramco Street business, sometime since 11 p.m. on Friday.

Feb. 5, 9:49 a.m.
A man was reported to be “aggressively panhandling” at an ATM in front of a West Capitol bank.

Feb. 5, 12:12 p.m.
A citizen on Crown Street said a teenage male had just stolen a bike from the front yard. The youth was last seen heading toward Manchester, riding it.

Feb. 5, 12:53 p.m.
In central West Sacramento, a husband reported that a “childhood friend of (his) wife is leaving notes and presents” at their home, and he is concerned the friend “might be dangerous.”

Feb. 5, 2:57 p.m.
A neighbor complained of loud music at a home on Snapdragon Circle.

Feb. 5, 8:50 p.m.
A woman returned to her 6th Street apartment to find that somebody had evidently broken in by getting through the pet door. A TV was missing.

Feb. 5, 9:31 p.m.
Police were notified that a team of four bail bondsmen in a Cadillac were on Savannah Lane in an attempt to pick up a wanted man.

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  Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

Jan. 12, 1:19 p.m.
A supermarket on West Capitol reported that two men “took off with a shopping cart full of items.”

Jan. 12, 1:26 a.m.
A hitchhiker came to the police lobby to ask “where a safe place to stay in West Sac would be.” The traveler was not a transient, but was “just passing through.”

Jan. 12, 2:01 p.m.
A woman on Park Boulevard reported that somebody removed the turn signals from her Volvo.

Jan. 12, 5:59 p.m.
A man on Portsmouth Avenue said that, sometime in the past 90 minutes, his home had been burglarized. Someone had kicked in the door and made off with his .32 caliber pistol, his wife’s jewelry, and possibly other things.

Jan. 12, 7:06 p.m.
A witness said that a group of four teens was throwing things at cars passing by near A Street and Lighthouse Drive.

Jan. 12, 7:09 p.m.
A man said he had bought some car seats from a resident of Maryland Drive, who promised he could return them if they didn’t fit. The man was now trying to return them, but the seller was refusing a refund. A dispatcher advised him to contact a lawyer, but the man asked for police contact.

Jan. 12, 9:01 p.m.
A caller alleged that a motel on the 4700-block of West Capitol was “mistreating” its guests. The motel’s misbehavior included withholding toilet paper from lodgers.

Jan. 13, 7:45 a.m.
A jogger reported having been hit by a vehicle and injured near Redondo Road and Stonegate Drive. The driver provided his/her name and phone number, but the jogger requested a police report.

Jan. 13, 8:31 a.m.
Somebody cut a fence and cut the copper wiring out of “various equipment” at a Duluth Street property.

Jan. 13, 8:47 a.m.
A male subject was stabbed in the collarbone area during some kind of incident on the 700-block of Westacre. The victim was waiting for police.

Jan. 13, 4:13 p.m.
A supermarket on West Capitol said there was a man, apparently on drugs, in the store. The man was “twitching and talking to himself” while trying to use his store club card to get cash from an ATM machine. So far, the plan hadn’t worked, but the man was now “getting physical and agitated” with the machine in an effort to increase his odds of success.

Jan. 13, 6:16 p.m.
A witness said a man and woman had driven a truck up to a vacant home on Pheasant Hollow, and set up a ladder to reach a second-story window. It was unknown if the pair were inside the home at the moment.

Jan. 13, 8:35 p.m.
A caller said there was a group of about 25 juveniles partying on the levee near Marshall Road, and possibly there was under-age drinking going on.

Jan. 13, 12:25 p.m.
A 3rd Street resident reported someone had stolen a “brown, older wheelbarrow” worth $35.

Jan. 14, 12:45 a.m.
A Shore Street business reported it had just fired and employee and had him escorted from the business for being under the influence. The man was now walking away, dressed all in black and wearing a backpack.

Jan. 14, 1:52 a.m.
A caller from a business complex on Northport Drive to contact a tow company for him. He had locked his keys in his Ford Explorer, which was still running and had a dog in it.

Jan. 14, 7:40 a.m.
A caller reported just having been “sliced” by a woman with a hunting knife during a fight.

Jan. 14, 9:13 a.m.
A business at the 900-block of Sacramento Avenue said that there were four male transients harassing customers at the scene.

Jan. 14, 10:52 a.m.
A witness said that a woman had been yelling at a juvenile and trying to hit the juvenile at a bus stop near West Capitol and Merkley avenues. The woman was now walking away towards a supermarket.

Jan. 14, 11:04 a.m.
An Alabama Avenue resident said that, sometime in December or January, the home had been robbed of cash, jewelry and more, probably by a house sitter or his friend.

Jan. 14, 11:11 a.m.
A woman reported that her car had been followed by a woman in a black Rodeo who believed she was having an affair with the Rodeo driver’s husband. The pair were, in fact, friends only. The Rodeo had stopped following her, and the caller was now waiting to speak to an officer.

Jan. 14, 3:20 p.m.
A vehicle-versus-bike accident was reported at Andrew Street and Casselman Drive. A juvenile on bike had run into the back of a Chevy Silverado.

Jan. 14, 2:22 a.m.
An officer pulled over a car with a license plate light out, and the plate “obstructed” by a ball hitch. The 39-year old driver from Redwood Avenue consented to a search. The officer found a clear bag containing what turned out to be about half a gram of methamphetamine in the driver’s side door pocket. The man was arrested.

Jan. 14, 11:15 a.m.
A refrigerator and stove worth about $1,100 were reported stolen from a 19th Street house.

Jan. 14, 5 p.m.
Thieves took about $14,000 worth of communication cable from a Drever Street property.

Jan. 15, 2:06 a.m.
A woman called from a motel on the 800-block of West Capitol called police, complaining that her roommates were trying to prevent her from driving drunk by refusing to give her keys back.

Jan. 15, 8:14 a.m.
A burger place on the 1700-block of West Capitol reported that a “transient keeps walking through the drive-through and is refusing to leave.”

Jan. 15, 10:46 a.m.
A vehicle was found “keyed” (its paint scraped with a sharp object) in a parking lot on Ikea Court.

Jan. 15, 11:07 a.m.
A citizen reported that there was an abandoned car parked in front of a fire hydrant on KOVR Drive, with its driver’s-side window broken out. A records check of the Honda showed it hadn’t been reported stolen.

Jan. 15, 11:09 a.m.
Police received a suicide threat from the north city.

Jan. 15, 1:06 p.m.
The rear license plate was reported stolen from a 2000 Accord on the 2400-block of West Capitol.

Jan. 15, 1:59 p.m.
The water treatment plant on North Harbor Boulevard reported that there were transients sleeping on the property, under the freeway. Police were asked to move them along.

Jan. 15, 4:35 p.m.
A caller from Milano Drive said somebody left a vehicle parked, blocking three driveways.

Jan. 15, 5:25 p.m.,
A witness reported seeing three males with a pit bull dog, spraypainting the bathrooms on River Walk Park.

Jan. 15, 6:53 p.m.
The owner of a recently foreclosed house on Reuter Drive said there were apparently some people living inside it. There was a Honda with no plates parked in front.

Jan. 15, 7:18 p.m.
A resident of Alder Way asked for extra patrols due to “ongoing problems with teenagers roaming the area and tires being slashed.”

Jan. 15, 10:01 p.m.
A Walker Road resident said a neighbor had “backed his vehicle up into the (caller’s) house, and damaged it.” The neighbor had promised to “take care of” the matter, but the caller wanted to file a police report.

Jan. 15, 12:44 a.m.
At a gas station on the 800-block of Harbor, a citizen found two license plates, miscellaneous documents, a key, and a membership card that had all been reported stolen from Sacramento the day before. The items were turned in to police.

Jan. 16, 7:39 a.m.
A man reported that his 1996 Infinity had been stolen from him in the business district.

Jan. 16, 8:58 a.m.
A caller from the 3100-block of Jefferson said a man had just taken a shovel from the front yard, and was walking away with it southbound.

Jan. 16, 10:35 a.m.
A citizen said there were “approximately ten transient camps along the river between the Rivers development and the boat ramp.”

Jan. 16, 12:44 p.m.
The owner of a house on Silverwood reported being advised by a real estate agent that somebody had stolen copper materials from the home.

Jan. 16, 2:04 p.m.
A woman from Southport asked for police contact. Her 15-year old girl and 14-year old boy had been fighting, and she believed the girl had cut the boy with a knife. No medical aid was needed.

Jan. 16, 2:26 p.m.
A supermarket on the 1200-block of West Capitol said there was a man in the store who “keeps eating and drinking items and refusing to pay for them, “ and is also refusing to leave. The man was now “walking around in the checkstand area.”

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Latest robbery victim is 7-11


The 7-11 convenience market at 1552 Jefferson Boulevard was robbed Thursday night, and the suspect is still at large.

“A white male adult robbed the clerk, taking an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing on foot,” Sgt. Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger today. The store is located in central West Sacramento on Jefferson close to 15th Street and Stone Boulevard.

The suspect was armed, although Steele declined to discuss further details due to the ongoing investigation.  No one was hurt during the robbery. When the crime was reported at about 9:50 p.m., there was a “pretty extensive search,” said Steele. Joining local police officers in the chase were a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a Sacramento police K-9 team.

Steele said that there have been a string of robberies in West Sacramento targeting “liquor stores and gas stations.”

“Over the last two days, we’ve had five,” he reported.

So far, police don’t believe the 7-11 robbery was linked to the others, but they’re continuing to investigate all the crimes.

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NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 28, 2011 —

‘POLICE LOG’ is a feature that appears exclusively in the News-Ledger every week. To see it regularly, make sure to become a News-Ledger subscriber. Here’s last week’s police log report:

Information for this ‘Police Log’ has come directly from original police reports and documents It’s just a sampling of the reports, calls for service and arrests made by the West Sacramento Police Department during the past week. The information includes citizen complaints and other statements that have not substantiated or verified by an investigation or a courtroom.

Dec. 20, 7:23 a.m.
A green 1999 Saturn was reported stolen from a Maple Street apartment complex. Later that day, the husband of the owner reported the car was seen parked in a business parking lot on the 3000-block of West Capitol. No one was in or near it. The husband was nearby, waiting for an officer.

Dec. 20, 8:30 a.m.
The non-resident owner of a house on Sumatra Street reported that someone had entered the home’s backyard and made off with an air conditioner and a basketball hoop. The appliance alone was valued at close to $10,000. The theft occurred within the past two weeks.

Dec. 20, 9:32 a.m.
A citizen reported a vehicle burglary on Canvasback Way. Someone broke a window and made off with a backpack and Christmas presents.

Dec. 20, 10:15 a.m.
A thief broke the driver’s side window of a parked car on Pitzer Circle, and stole an iPhone valued at $500.

Dec. 20, 11:26 a.m.
A woman on the 1800-block of Park Boulevard said someone had entered her home while she was sleeping, and stolen some bank statements.

Dec. 20, 2:24 p.m.
A caller said there were three men wearing dark clothes and fur hats, carrying at least two rifles, in an area near Southport Parkway and Jefferson Boulevard. The citizen was concerned that they might be hunting or shooting near houses.

Dec. 20, 5:35 p.m.
Someobody used metal shears to cut off the “year/month” part of a license plate from a parked car on Merkley Avenue.

Dec. 20, 7 p.m.
A man on Fiji Island Road reported his home burglarized. Missing items included a video camera, two laptop computers, jewelry and a bicycle. The loss was valued at $4850. The man suspected a friend of a partner, who had borrowed a car and possibly used borrowed keys to get into the house.

Dec. 21, 12:58 a.m.
The CHP received a 911 call from a cell phone, and could hear a man saying “you’re really going to call the police” and could hear a woman crying. The cell phone was traced to a woman at an address in West Sacramento’s north.

Dec. 21, 3:47 a.m.
A man on the 600-block of West Capitol Avenue said he heard shots fired outside, and went out to find three windows broken on a vehicle, apparently by a BB or pellet gun.

Dec. 21, 6:03 a.m.
A 1991 Nissan pickup truck was discovered stolen from Todhunter Avenue.

Dec. 21, 6:25 a.m.
A burglary was reported at a Park Boulevard address while a 28-year old man and at least one other person were asleep inside. After getting into the house, the thief left in a 2005 Toyota Tacoma belonging to the household.

Dec. 21, 6:49 a.m.
A fire was reported in a Beardsley Drive front yard.

Dec. 21, 10:28 a.m.
A black Toyota 4-Runner was discovered missing from a Riverside Parkway office complex, having been stolen within the past hour.

Dec. 21, 11:02 a.m.
A man told a dispatcher he was waiting near a Meadow Road address where he needed to go to pick up some personal property from his mother. He said that “because he is on parole, she is going to tell (police) that he is abusive to her.”

Dec. 21, 9 a.m.
A Bryte Avenue resident said someone had gotten into a storage shed at the home without breaking the lock. Gone were a bike and a roll-away toolbox.

Dec. 21, 2 p.m.
A city parks department storage shed on Carrie Street was burglarized. It was unknown if anything was missing.

Dec. 21
A woman in the city’s north said she had told her estranged husband, who had just been released from prison, to stop contacting her. But the man kept contacting her, leaving about 140 text messages and nine voice mails.

Dec. 21, 5:43 p.m.
The property manager of a bank-owned house on Topaz Road reported that someone had stolen the home’s air conditioning unit.

Dec. 21, 6:27 p.m.
A caller reported having just accidentally rear-ended another vehicle. The other car left the scene. The caller was unsure of any damage and admitted being at fault, and was waiting at a nearby gas station.

Dec. 22, 12:05 a.m.
An alarm went off at a corporate headquarters building on the 500-block of West Capitol, showing a breached door to a coffee shop.

Dec. 22, 4:05 a.m.
Two detectives from an outside agency notified dispatchers that they were headed to Prosser Street in unmarked vehicles, following a vehicle being tracked with a tracking device.

Dec. 22, 6:53 a.m.
An alarm was reported at a business on the 2400-block of West Capitol. A business rep was on scene but did not have the proper code.

Dec. 22, 7:41 a.m.
The windows were found shot out of a vehicle parked on C Street, apparently with a BB gun. The caller said there had been ongoing problems here for about three months.

Dec. 22, 8:19 a.m.
A citizen reported hearing a woman screaming from help at an Orchard Way apartment complex, and also heard loud banging noises. A male at the residence was believed to be on parole.

Dec. 22, 8:45 a.m.
A Shore Street shipping business asked for extra patrols over the holiday weekend.

Dec. 22, 9:40 a.m.
A woman at a seniors’ apartment complex on 6th Street asked for advice, after her apartment manager entered her residence without permission.

Dec. 22, 9:34 a.m.
A 50-year old man with a pit bull dog was reported to be “aggressively panhandling” in front of a Riverpoint Court store.

Dec. 22, 10:02 a.m.
The owner of a house on Alabama Avenue said there were probably people inside the dwelling, since two were seen inside it last night.

Dec. 22, 10:19 a.m.
Somebody egged and scratched a car parked on Starling Lane, apparently during the night.

Dec. 22
A resident complained that someone left a detached truck trailer parked on Hobson Avenue.

Dec. 22, 10:48 a.m.
A citizen reported being hired to put a home on 4th Street up for a “short sale.” The agent needed to view the home, but the owner’s roommates inside were “hostile.” The agent was parked and waiting nearby for an officer’s help.

Dec. 22, 10:51 a.m.
A caller said that a “no dumping” sign that had been installed on Southport Parkway was now sitting in a garage on Walker Road.

Dec. 22, 10:53 a.m.
A caller from Taber Street reported that a neighbor had hit the caller’s parked car, and was denying it. Both parties were on scene.

Dec. 22, 11:57 a.m.
A resident near Buckeye Drive and Hemlock Street said there were ongoing problems with some juveniles. Three of them, about age 15, were now going “up and down the street” on motorbikes and a quad.

Dec. 22, 12:03 p.m.
A woman came to the police lobby, telling a clerk that her matter “was personal and she wanted to give something to an officer.”

Dec. 22, 12:59 p.m.
A Southport woman came to the police department to report that her daughter’s child’s father had possibly violated a restraining order by showing up at her house to see the child.

Dec. 22, 1:15 p.m.
A witness at a mobilehome park on the 2000-block of West Capitol said there was a man with a knife sitting on the lawn, “yelling at the ground (and) repeatedly throwing the knife into the ground.”

Dec. 22, 1:32 p.m.
Some people on Glide Avenue were in a verbal argument “over custody of a dog.”

Dec. 22, 1:33 p.m.
A male transient with a knife chased a male victim near the 1700-block of West Capitol, accusing him of stealing a cell phone. The victim wasn’t hurt.

Dec. 22, 2:01 p.m.
A Rogers Street resident reported a mailbox had been damaged. It was unknown if any mail was missing.

Dec. 22, 2:39 p.m.
A nine-year old girl on Evergreen Avenue was reported “out of control.” She was “crying and throwing things around the house because she doesn’t want to go to the store.”

Dec. 22, 3:06 p.m.
A Meadow Road resident said he or she had inherited some guns from a brother, and wanted to know how to register them.

Dec. 22, 3:37 p.m.
A witness said several dirt bikes were being used on the levee near Bee’s Lakes (on the Sacramento riverfront in Southport). The activity was damaging the levee, and the local reclamation district had advised the witness to report it to police.

Dec. 22, 3:58 p.m.
A Riverpoint Court store reported a thief had loaded a Chevy Suburban with at least five pallets stolen from behind the store, and left the scene.

Dec. 22, 4:26 p.m.
Gang graffiti was found on the side of a postal building on Sacramento Avenue.

Dec. 22, 4:57 p.m.
A man in the city’s north area said the 25-year old mother of his child, an ex-girlfriend, had been staying at his home. She “won’t leave and she steals items,” he said, and he was afraid of violence if he returned hom.

Dec. 22, 4:59 p.m.
A possible homeless camp was reported near 8th and Elizabeth Street. A woman was seen sleeping outside on a couch.

Dec. 22, 5:27 p.m.
A three-vehicle accident was reported on southbound Jefferson near Devon. Injuries were unknown.

Dec. 22, 6:13 p.m.
A hamburger place on the 1700-block of West Capitol said there was a man in the lobby, sleeping. The apparently-intoxicated fellow had been asked to leave, several times.

Dec. 22, 6:51 p.m.
A West Sacramento woman reported someone had left a bag of colored bras on her porch. She asked police to send someone to pick them up. A dispatcher noted that the bras were of “unknown sizes.”

Dec. 22, 7:05 p.m.
A woman said she had sold a TV to a tenant on the 1500-block of Merkley, but the buyer hadn’t paid as agreed. A dispatcher advised her to talk to a lawyer, saying “police would not come out and make the woman at the location pay the money.”

Dec. 22, 7:06 a.m.
A Pennsylvania Avenue resident said someone stolen an outboard engine during the night from near the front door. It was valued at $2,500.

Dec. 22, 8:53 p.m.
An Ikea Court store said someone had entered a back room and taken wallets, cell phones and other items from purses stored there.

Dec. 22, 10:41 a.m.
A Butler Court home was burglarized. Gone were Christmas presents and a computer.

Dec. 22, 11:56 p.m.
A man told police he had been under the I Street Bridge when he saw two male juveniles “running around” with “air soft guns.” They shot at him. He did not need medical aid. The youths fled across the bridge towards Sacramento.

Dec. 22, 6:39 p.m.
A citizen in a car reported a drunk driver who was “all over the road and almost hit a light pole.” A police officer responded, and pulled over the suspected drunk in his Mitsubishi near Westacre Road and Rockrose. The driver admitted having two beers, and failed a sobriety test. He was arrested.

Dec. 23, 12:59 a.m.
A 33-year old Sacramento man was detained as he tried to leave a Riverpoint Court store with a new bicycle he hadn’t paid for. The man was arrested, cited and released.

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Authorities can call your cell phone in emergency


By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

If you have a telephone landline in West Sacramento, you’re probably already in the city’s emergency calling program. It’s part of a regional system that lets authorities reach you with a recorded message in case of a major emergency.

But those of you with cell phones can register those numbers with the system as well.

The system “is intended to be used for large scale phone calling in the event of a disaster like a flood, fire or so forth,” said Sergeant Nathan Steele of the West Sacramento Police Department. “Generally speaking, most land lines in the city have been entered.”

  The system can target neighborhoods, and has been used to warn residents of a fleeing felon on the loose nearby, or to get the word out when an “at risk” person has gone missing. It could also be used to help get the word out if an evacuation is needed, automatically dialing homeowners in an affected area.

You can match your cell phone number to your address for the system by going online this link at the West Sacramento Police Department: click here.

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New K9 training facility open


Dogs practice climbing over & around obstacles — and taking on the ‘bad guys’ —

On command, the police dog goes after handler Nick Barreiro, who is wearing protective clothing. The officer will shortly be looking for a police dog of his own, as he is scheduled to become a K9 team member in 2012. (Photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Police dog teams from the region celebrated the opening of a new West Sacramento K9 agility training course on Nov. 30 with a demonstration of their dogs’ skills.

The dog training park is at a fenced, grassy facility on Oak Street, near Home Depot. And it features refurbished equipment largely thanks to the Wyotech auto repair trade school in town, which turned the needed metalwork into something of a class project.

Officer Roger Kinney – partner of “Zar,” the Dutch shepherd – said the whole project cost upward of $20,000, and took a lot longer than he expected.

“There are 14 pieces of equipment, including ladder-climb, wall jumps, a teeter-totter to test balance, culverts to walk through, barrels to jump over – these are things similar to what these dogs may encounter on the street,” said Kinney. “We put down 6,000 square feet of sod, and it’s fenced, with cameras around. I started this in October of 2010 and thought it would take two months to do, but it took 13 months.”

FAR LEFT: Zar bounds off a barrel on the new agility training course for K9s in West Sacramento (Photo by ERIC HARDING, www.ebharding.com)

The property belongs to the city (part of a public works operation) and it used to be a grassy field with old K9 training equipment on it. The land was graded and sodded, with sprinklers and Trex decking material added where needed. The old equipment was disassembled, rebuilt, sandblasted and powdercoated.


“We didn’t skimp on anything,” said Kinney. “It’s the nicest agility course in the whole area. When I’m retired as a dog handler, it will still be going strong.”

Who will maintain the training facility?

“The field is maintained by the Department of Probation – people arrested for drunk driving and so forth come out once every couple of weeks and mow it and keep it nice.”

Kinney and Zar are one of two K9 teams currently on duty in West Sacramento. The other team is made up of Officer Dave Stallions and “Champ” – who are scheduled to cycle out of K9 duty to be replaced by Officer Nick Ferrero and a dog yet to be selected.

“We go to any calls of violence, whenever a K9 is on duty,” explained Kinney. “Certainly, we go to any call with a weapon involved. The dogs can locate somebody who is hiding, and they can run very fast if the suspect decides to flee that way. I live in West Sacramento, so if something happens (when I’m off-duty) I can usually be anywhere in the city with Zar in around ten minutes.”

“When a suspect is hiding, we make an announcement when we show up,” added Kinney. “We’ll say ‘Police K9 is here – come out now or get bit.’ Only about five to ten percent of the people decide to get bit by a dog. Fully 90 or 95 percent that are hiding will come out and surrender.”

Zar – who happens to be a mild-mannered socialite when not chasing a bad guy – his trained for other duties, as well.

“Are you sure he’s a police dog?” is a question Officer Kinney is used to hearing, after Zar starts schmoozing with the public. Here he gets some face time with a young student at Bridgeway Island Elementary School. Unlike some K9s, Zar doesn’t need a muzzle to mingle. (photo by Ruth Pagano, West Sacramento Police Department)

Zar will search houses and cars to find drugs,” added Kinney. “He can also locate evidence – if somebody tosses a gun in the bushes, he can look for that.”

It was apparent watching work at the demonstration on Nov. 30 that Zar was having fun, going after a “suspect” in a padded suit with joy, a wagging tail, and obvious relish.

“It is absolutely a game to them,” said Kinney. “But Zar does know the difference between work and play. I would say he just gets more excited when it’s real. Once, he had a guy beat him really bad with a stick, opening a wound on his head. I had to take him to the vet – but Zar’s tail was still wagging, as if to say, ‘I’m OK!’”

K9 exercises at the new training field in West Sacramento (photo by Eric Harding)

Above, left-right: Jimmy Sandison, who regularly helps Sacramento police and just graduated from the academy; Sacramento PD Officer Aaron Thompson and K-9 Hutch; Sacramento Officer Randy VanDusen and K-9 Bodie; Corning PD Ofc. Jeremiah Fears and K-9 Oso; West Sacramento Officer Nick Barrerio, who will become a K9 handler in January; West Sacramento K-9 Officer Roger Kinney and K-9 Zar; West Sacramento K-9 Officer Dave Stallions and K-9 Chance (Stallions will become a School Resource Officer shortly) (photo by ERIC HARDING)

Photo by Eric Harding

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