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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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POLICE LOG: West Sac crime calls

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 9, 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’ appears every week in the News-Ledger, West Sacramento’s local paper. There’s a special subscription offer at the bottom of this page.

July 4, 12:03 a.m.
Officers responded to the report that a man was sitting on someone else’s Watercolor Lane porch, refusing to leave. They found the homeless man apparently drunk, with slurred speech and no idea where he was. The trespasser went to jail.

July 4, 12:08 a.m.
Police received a fireworks complaint on Hobson Avenue.

July 4, 12:20 a.m.
On the 1100-block of Virginia Street: “unknown suspects threw several bottle bombs.”

July 4, 4:28 a.m.
A stolen vehicle was recovered on the 1900-block of West Capitol Avenue:
“Fingerprint evidence collected & possible suspect info” obtained, reported an officer.

July 4, 8:29 a.m.
Police received a call regarding someone “tampering with vehicles” on F Street. An officer contacted a 42-year old homeless man nearby. The man turned out to be on parole from Sacramento, and after being read his Miranda rights, he “confessed to tampering with vehicles at the location of incident and stated he was out of compliance as a sex registrant.” His parole officers approved a “hold,” and the man was picked up and jailed.

July 4, 9:45 a.m.
A woman reported that her niece “threw a glass alcohol bottle through the rear window of her vehicle” in an incident on Kegle Drive.

July 4, 10:52 a.m.
Someone stole the catalytic converter from a Toyota 4-Runner parked on Andrus Island Court.

July 4, 12:30 p.m.
A police officer in a patrol car saw a vehicle following a woman who was walking southbound on Jefferson Boulevard.
“Driver appeared to be harassing the female and possibly attempting to solicit her for prostitution,” noted the officer. “Female confirmed the driver was bothering her. Driver found to have a suspended/revoked driver’s license. Driver cited and vehicle towed.”
The suspect was a 49-year old Elk Grove man.

July 4, 12:50 p.m.
An officer driving near 900 West Capitol Avenue saw a 32-year old Sacramento man riding a bike in the wrong direction against traffic. The officer turned on his lights to conduct a stop, but the cyclist began “pedaling faster.”
After three blocks, the cyclist jumped off the bike and got into a “prone position” at the Tower Bridge Gateway.
He turned out to be on probation from Sacramento. During a search, the officer found several contraband items wrapped in toilet paper in the man’s backpack: two packaged bags of a crystal substance that later turned out to be 4.5 grams of methamphetamine, a sandwich bag with two packages of a “green, leafy substance” that later tested as 2.2 grams of marijuana, and a drug pipe. The man went to jail.

July 4, 6:01 p.m.
A catalytic converter theft was reported from a vehicle parked on Pender Island Court.

July 4, 8:43 p.m.
Police began receiving a string of fireworks complaints from all over town. Between 8:43 p.m. and midnight, there were about 28 separate calls.

July 4, 10:22 p.m.
A father and his 24-year old son got into a fight on Citrus Street. Reported an officer:
“During the altercation, the (father) was kicked in the face and head area, losing consciousness.”
The son was arrested.

July 4, 11 p.m.
A woman at a West Capitol Avenue trailer park reported that someone had come in through a window and stolen cash and other items from her purse. The loss was about $903.

July 5
On Merkley Avenue:
“Three suspects assaulted the victim. One suspect tried to strike the victim with her vehicle.”
The victim was a 22-year old Sacramento man. One of the suspects was a Merkley Avenue woman.

July 5, 12:25 am.
An officer took a report from a woman on Fremont Street:
“Unknown suspect placed a firework inside victim’s vehicle. Major damage was caused to the vehicle.”

July 5, 12:40 a.m.
An officer contacted a 43-year old man being treated at a Sacramento hospital. He reported he had been assaulted in West Sacramento by a man and a woman with a purse. His shoulder was dislocated in the attack.

July 5, 1:45 a.m.
A man and woman got into an F Street storage center to remove some things from their storage unit — while the storage complex was closed. An officer cited them for trespassing, and released them.

July 5, 9 a.m.
A woman on Independence Avenue discovered her door had been vandalized.

July 5, 2:38 p.m.
A stolen vehicle was reported on Allan Avenue.

July 5, 6:19 p.m.
Two officers in a patrol car saw a 34-year old homeless man who “appeared lost” in an industrial area. As they drew to a stop, the man waved them down.
The man “apologized for being in the area (and) said he was looking for a friend. He consented to a pat-search, and said he was on parole.
An officer cuffed him and searched him, finding a glass pipe in one pocket of his jeans and a baggie with 0.79 grams of methamphetamine in another. The man’s parole office placed a “hold” on him, and he went to jail.

July 5, 9:02 p.m.
Police received several fireworks complaints beginning at this time, including calls from Olive Court, Sherman Island Road and Perkins Road.

July 5, 8:05 p.m.
A patrolling officer saw illegal “aerial fireworks” going off on the 500-block of North Harbor Blvd. He contacted an apartment, where “they provided me with four small bottle rockets.” The officer did not see who shot off the fireworks, and no arrest was made.

July 5, 8:30 p.m.
Police responded to a Riverpoint Court retail store where an 18-year old man from Douglas Street was being detained. A loss prevention officer at the store told a police officer that the man and three accomplices had tried to steal $1013 worth of items. The other three got away.
“I advised (the suspect) of his Miranda rights,” reported an officer, “which he told me he understood. (He) then told me he had been drinking alcohol with friends at the river when he came up with a ‘stupid idea’ to go to WalMart and steal merchandise that he could later sell to buy more alcohol.”

July 5, 1:57 p.m.
A north-city woman reported that her boyfriend had “used a sharpened piece of plastic that he obtained from a broken container to cut her several times on her right forearm” during an argument.  A responding officer noted several visible cuts on the arm, as well as some scratches on her chest that she attributed to the man “swinging his hands at her.”
The man went to jail.

July 6, 2:25 p.m.
Police responded to another north-area domestic violence incident and spotted a man “matching the suspect’s description” leaving the scene. The 30-year old ran several blocks before he was located hiding in a backyard.
The suspect turned out not to be the same one involved in the domestic violence call. But he was on parole, and the parole office asked for him to be jailed.

July 6, 8:30 p.m.
Police responded to a call at a Lake Washington Boulevard shopping center, finding a 34-year old man from Santa Lucia Place sitting in the driver’s seat of a running car. The man failed a field sobriety test, admitting to recently having some “oysters and beer.”
He went to jail on drunk driving charges.

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West Sacramento police log: crimes and police calls from the past week

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 11, 2014 —

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  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.

June 1
Someone pushed in the roll-up door on a Stillwater Road food business, then stole a $1,000 laptop and $2,700 in cash.

June 4
A Rubicon Way woman reported that she had discovered a fraudulent charge on her credit card. The card had been used for a purchase in Miami.

June 4, 1 p.m.
A janitor at River City High School turned into the office a bike that had been parked on campus since September. Police booked it for safekeeping.

June 4, 5:47 p.m.
A woman gave police some checks, IDs and credit cards she said were stolen and had been in the possession of her 34-year old West Sacramento niece.

June 4, 7:34 p.m.
A 22-year old man from Drake’s Bay Road “called 911 multiple times from his cell while walking around the neighborhood. (Suspect) was found to have no emergency and was very intoxicated.”
He was contacted on Tacoma Narrows Street by police, and jailed.

June 5, 10:30 a.m.
A security officer at a West Capitol supermarket flagged down a police officer, asking him to contact a woman who appeared drunk and had just given a false name while trying to pick up medication at the store pharmacy.
The officer tried to talk to the woman, but she walked away from him and jaywalked across a nearby street. The officer detained her and put her in a patrol car. She was ID’d as a 34-year old West Capitol Avenue woman. She smelled of alcohol, “her speech was slurred and she had a hard time answering simple questions,” reported the officer.
The woman went to jail.

June 5, 4:48 p.m.
A police officer stopped a 22-year old Sacramento Avenue man who was bicycling on a sidewalk at West Capitol and Walnut avenues. The man was on probation for “assault with a deadly weapon.” The officer searched him and “located a small baggie with a white crystal-like substance in his right coin pocket on his jeans. A clear pipe was located in his left back pocket inside a brown bag. The pipe was new, and (suspect) stated he just purchased this pipe to smoke.”
The man was arrested on drug charges. The white substance tested positive as methamphetamine.

June 5, 8:15 p.m.
An F Street woman reported to an officer that a 39-year old male acquaintance had twisted her arm and later called and threatened to kill her.

June 6, 5:25 a.m.
A vehicle was repossessed from Bridge Street.

June 6, 5:40 a.m.
A 45-year old woman reported she had been jogging on the Tower Bridge Gateway when a man around 25 years old biked past her and “smacked her on the buttocks.”

June 6, 6:27 a.m.
Shots were reported to have been heard near Linden Road.

June 6, 9 a.m.
A café on the 1200-block of Harbor Boulevard was burglarized during the night:
“Suspect(s) only stole six bottles of beer,” for a loss of about $10.

June 6, noon
A May Street woman reported an “IRS phone scam.”

June 6, 1:18 p.m.
Police received a report of a vehicle in the river at Southport Parkway and Marshall Road.

June 6, 4:06 p.m.
A 47-year old transient was placed under citizens arrest after trying to shoplift $41 worth of groceries from a West Capitol Avenue supermarket. A police officer then issued him a notice to appear in court.
The suspect “apologized for taking food.”

June 6, 6:30 p.m.
Police responded to the 2000-block of Stone Court, where a 30-year old male resident had struck a female victim in the head.
“Suspect was contacted in the backyard, at which time he stood up and stated, ‘F___ you, what are you going to do?’”
The suspect then swung at an officer and threw a full can of beer at him, hitting the officer in the knee. He was eventually handcuffed. The officer hit by the beer can sustained “multiple lacerations and a swollen knee during the struggle.”

June 6, 8:30 p.m.
A man apparently dropped a gift card in the back of a patrol car while being given a ride to a local motel. The officer booked it for safekeeping.

June 6, 10:10 p.m.
A 48-year old Merkley Avenue woman left a cell phone store on West Capitol Avenue carrying a $60 cell phone.
Someone followed her from the stole and stole the phone out of her hand. A store clerk witnessed the theft.

June 7, 7:48 a.m.
A vehicle was reported stolen from Mandeville Way.

June 7, 9:37 a.m.
A stolen vehicle was recovered at Linden Road and Brenda Way.

June 8, 3:43 p.m.
Police received a stolen vehicle report from Ikea Way.

June 8, 5:44 p.m.
A hit-and-run, with property damage, was reported. The suspect vehicle was headed westbound on West Capitol at the Tower Bridge Gateway.

June 7, 6:07 p.m.
A suicide attempt was reported.

June 7, 6:40 p.m.
At a Halyard Drive motel:
“An unknown male came to the location, engaged in a dispute and shattered the window to the motel room.”

June 7, 10:48 p.m.
Someone broke into a car on Touchstone Place. They apparently attempted to steal the vehicle, unsuccessfully, before making off with seven “airless spray nozzles” worth $200.

June 7, 11:23 p.m.
A Carmichael man saw someone trying to break into his truck while it was parked at a Lake Washington Boulevard shopping center. The thief fled. A police dog caught him. The suspect was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine. He went to jail.

June 8, 2:20 p.m.
At Drever Street and Soule Street:
A thief tried to steal money from the pocket of a tow truck driver. The driver hit him in the face, rendering him unconscious. But the thief then fled.

June 8, 4:02 a.m.
Someone broke into a mobile phone store on the 2900-block of West Capitol Avenue, stole three iPhones and $150 in cash.

June 8, 9:30 a.m.
Someone broke the rear window of a car parked on Touchstone Place, stealing the vehicle registration, a subdivision gate remote and a welding mask.

June 8, 12 p.m.
A thief broke the side window of a vehicle parked at Linden Road and Snapdragon Court. The steering column was tampered with, in an apparent vehicle theft attempt. The thief left behind a club, a screwdriver and cigarette lighter.

June 8, 4:30 p.m.
In an incident on Poplar Avenue, an unknown male suspect hit a 42-year old transient in the face. The victim went to the hospital for treatment.

June 8, 8 p.m.
A drunk male transient crashed his bike at Hobson and Bryte. He went to the hospital. His bike was booked by police for safekeeping.

 

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