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Man stabbed on boat docked at port


By Steve Marschke

News-Ledger Editor

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

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

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

[adrotate group=”7″]   According to the officer, Hornsby identified Parke before leaving the scene in an ambulance. And, after being read his Miranda rights, the suspect – Parke – told police the knife was still on the boat, reported the officer. Police located the knife on board.

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

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

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

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

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Girl missing from West Sacramento:

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


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

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

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

[adrotate group=”9″] Anyone who has information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact the West Sacramento Police Dispatch at (916) 372-3375.

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West Sacramento ‘Police Log’


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

  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[adrotate group=”7″] Sept. 14, 11:40 a.m.
Police arrested a 41-year old West Capitol Avenue woman for prostitution after she agreed to perform a sex act for money with an undercover officer. She was picked up at West Capitol and Merkley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[adrotate group=”10″] Sept. 16, 9:48 a.m.
Somebody stole a 1983 Volvo station wagon from Rich Street during the night. The car’s owner feared he had left the keys inside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pepper spray: no criminal charges


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

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

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

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

[adrotate group=”7″] The report defines the legal role of a prosecutor in investigating officer involved misconduct, “The review by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office does not involve an evaluation of administrative, civil or Internal Affairs liability for the participants and it does not involve a review of whether policies and procedures were appropriately followed. In addition, our review does not encompass recommendations concerning how policies and procedures might be altered to minimize potential future risks. The scope of the District Attorney’s review is solely an evaluation of whether the filing of criminal charges is warranted by the events of November 18, 2011.”

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


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