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Former W.S.P.D. officer’s fate now in the hands of a jury

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 19, 2014 —

The fate of disgraced former West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez went into the hands of 12 jurors on Friday.

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

Alvarez was arrested a year ago and charged with sexually assaulting five women “under color of authority” while on patrol in the city. The alleged victims tended to be people in marginal situations – prostitutes or those with drug or alcohol problems.

Prosecutors say Alvarez detained women he found while patrolling the West Capitol Avenue area during the graveyard shift, pressuring them for sex in exchange for not arresting them.

Defense attorney J. Toney has conceded misdoings by the officer – including “consensual” sex while on duty with three of the alleged victims – but has argued that the charges of rape and sexual assault are made up by unreliable witnesses hoping to cash in on a civil lawsuit against the department.

As the News-Ledger went to press, a verdict on the 27 felony charges had not yet been announced.

 

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POLICE LOG: West Sacramento’s weekly roundup of police calls, arrests

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — FEB 5, 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.

Jan. 27
A property manager reported a burglary to a vacant residence on Evergreen Avenue. Gone were a fridge, electric wiring and copper value. Estimated value of the loss: $10,200.

Jan. 27, 4:15 a.m.
Someone burglarized a row of propane tanks stored outside a market on the 3100-block of Jefferson Boulevard in Southport. They took two tanks, worth about $88.

Jan. 27, 6:30 a.m.
A construction site on Embardadero Drive was found burglarized. Thieves took six power cables – about 100 feet – worth an estimated $1,800.

Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.
A 28-year old woman reported someone entered her Carbon Court home through an unlocked door, taking a laptop, iPad tablet computer and bank statements. The loss was estimated at about $1,000.

Jan. 27, 9:30 p.m.
A Hobson Drive man reported someone stole a safe from inside the house. In the safe were checks and bank documents. The loss was about $60.

Jan. 28, 7:45 a.m.
An Evergreen Avenue business was found burglarized. Gone were a laptop computer and $3,297 in cash.

Jan. 28, 8 a.m.
An Evergreen Avenue woman reported her apartment had been burglarized. Thieves left with an iPad, iMac, camera and headphones, for a total loss of around $6,900.

Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m.
The police “special investigations unit” served a search warrant on a residence on the 1700-block of Merkley Avenue. The 28-year old man sleeping in the home – a convicted felon – was found to possess four .38 caliber bullets, prescription drugs including liquid codeine, a digital scale and $940. Prescription labels had been removed from the drugs.
The man admitted the drugs and ammo were his, and said he had a drug problem, saying the prescription drugs “helped him with withdrawals.” He could not show a record of prescription for the drugs. He went to jail.

Jan. 28, 1 p.m.
A woman said she was robbed on Douglas Street, by a man who claimed he had a gun and demanded her wallet.

Jan. 28, 4:04 p.m.
A police officer driving on Douglas Street saw a car going the other way with two males in it. He checked its license, and learned the Honda Accord had been reported stolen out of Sacramento.
The officer followed the Honda into the rear of a Lighthouse Drive complex. He conducted a vehicle stop.
The 18-year old driver, a resident of James Street, was found to be “driving a stolen vehicle and using a shaved key to operate the vehicle.” He had no driver’s license.
The officer phoned the Honda’s owner, who confirmed he did not know the driver and the vehicle was gone without permission. The driver went to jail.

Jan 28, 5:20 p.m.
A department store in Southport’s Town Center Plaza detained a 37-year old Valley Oak Lane woman who tried to walk out with $199 worth of “various makeups.”

Jan. 28, 6:27 p.m.
An officer saw a bicycle with no lights going southbound on Ash Avenue.
The officer did a U-turn to catch up, turning on the patrol car’s lights and conducting a stop.
The 43-year old cyclist, a resident of Proctor Avenue, admitted he was on parole for drug charges. The officer searched him finding a glass methamphetamine-smoking pipe in the man’s pants, as well as a small bag with a crystal substance that later tested positive as “meth.”
The suspect then made the following claim of innocence:
“I didn’t know that was there, I swear to God! I thought I left it in the room.”

Jan. 28, 9:15 p.m.
A Hardy Drive woman reported her two vehicles were burglarized, with losses of about $1,000.

Jan. 29, 12:48 p.m.
A citizen reported seeing a “male walking a bike and carrying a large knife” going into a motel on the 1000-block of West Capitol.
A responding officer saw a bike parked next to a motel room door, with the door open. There was one man standing in the doorway and another inside – motioning for the officer to come over.
The officer detained the 49-year old man in the doorway, placing him in a patrol car.
The man inside said the suspect had entered his room and threatened him with the knife, swinging it at him. The victim dodged the knife. The suspect then walked into the room’s bathroom briefly, came out and started yelling some more. The victim thought the man may have left the knife in the bathroom or thrown it out the window.
The officer looked out that window, seeing a large knife in a sheath on the ground below.
The suspect went to jail.

Jan. 29, 6:35 p.m.
Police responded to the report involving three men arguing with another man over the repossession of a “semi” truck near the west end of West Capitol Avenue. None wanted to press charges, but all asked for police to document the incident.

Jan. 29, 11:15 p.m.
A woman called from a 4th Street complex. She told police “she had locked the door to a detached enclosed laundry room, and now someone was banging around inside, and (she) thought the person was burglarizing it.”
An officer detained a 31-year old man from St. John’s Road found inside the room. The officer noted “fresh damage” to the door and to washers and dryers inside. There was also a wrench and screwdriver in the room. During a search while arresting the man, the officer found a glass pipe with possible methamphetamine residue.
The officer read the suspect his rights.
The suspect then said “he did not live anywhere near (the complex) and just found the crow bar inside an unlocked laundry room.”

Jan. 31, 9:12 a.m.
A Bodega Bay Road man told police he had received a call from his credit card company, reporting fraudulent charges on his account.

Jan. 31, 10:45 a.m.
Police responded to a drug store on the 1200-block of West Capitol, where store security had detained a 60-year old homeless woman for shoplifting $11 in food and cosmetics.
After being read her Miranda rights, the woman said she had been hungry, confirmed her intent to steal the items, and explained that “Jesus told her to.”

Jan. 31, 5 p.m.
A 32-year old Southport woman reported her purse stolen at Drew Street. Since then, her credit cards had been used for $85 in charges at a West Sacramento department store, cell phone store and gas station.

Feb. 1, 4:48 p.m.
Several police reports involving an incident that took place over more than an hour detail something like this:
Police were dispatched to Simon Terrace regarding several people fighting, “armed with knives. There were two male victims, who reported that a couple of suspects had fled in a white SUV. The victims said they had earlier been sitting in a Honda Accord on Elder Drive when that SUV had pulled up and blocked them in. Three males (including the two who just fled) “exited the SUV and began threatening (the victims), calling them ‘scraps’ and pounding on the glass.”
The victims put the Honda in reverse to get away.
The SUV pursued them to Simon Terrace, where the SUV “rammed the rear end of the Honda.” Both vehicles stopped and the three suspects got out and pounded the windows of the Honda.
At some point, one of them swung a knife at one of the victims before they left the scene. Also, before they left the scene, they “observed witnesses” and may have threatened them as well.
Police found the SUV, arresting an 18-year old and 20-year old from Bryte Avenue. The men were identified as gang members, and reported as using “gang slang and gestures” during the assault.

Feb. 1, 7:10 p.m.
A car tire was found slashed on Madrone Avenue.

Feb. 1, 9:30 p.m.
A 22-year old Hobson Avenue man reported being robbed near Glide and Rice avenues. He said a group of suspects “simulated a handgun and demanded property.”

Feb. 2
An officer found a cell phone in the back of a patrol car. The phone’s owner was unknown.

Feb. 2, 7 a.m.
Someone entered the gated property of a distribution company on Carlin Drive. They then got into an unlocked trailer and took cases of alcoholic beverages worth about $500.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Sacramento Police Department is undergoing a transition in its data management. Because of this, we currently have access to many of the department’s arrest reports, but not to the logs of calls for service and reports of crime.
 Responding to an inquiry from the News-Ledger, a spokesman said the department hopes for a solution in early 2014.
  We hope to be able to share a wider variety of police call information at that time.

 

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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — FEB 5, 2014 —

A West Sacramento man was arrested by Yolo County sheriff’s deputies on January 27. He was allegedly in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

The sheriff’s department reports that deputies conducted a traffic stop at about 11:49 p.m. that night, pulling over 56-year old Gerald Ray Osbourne on Harbor Boulevard, south of Sacramento Avenue.

“Upon contact with the subject, deputies detected the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the interior of the vehicle,” said sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons in a press statement. “A search of the vehicle revealed 73.56 grams of methamphetamine, 63.26 grams of heroin, 41.51 grams of marijuana and non-prescribed pills.”

Osbourne was booked in to Yolo County Jail, and bail was set at $280,000. He was scheduled to be arraigned last Friday.

 

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19-year old cited for driving into power pole in Southport car crash

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – JAN 24, 2014

A car went into a Southport power pole yesterday afternoon, dropping a live wire to the road and temporarily shutting off traffic.

According to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, a 19-year old man hit the pole at the intersection of Marshall Road and Otis Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23.

“The pole was broken in two, causing a live power line to lay across the roadway,” said Sockman in a press release. “The driver, a 19-year old male from West Sacramento, was not injured. . . Alcohol does not appear to be a factor. The driver was cited for excessive speed, leaving the roadway, no insurance, no registration and no driver’s license in possession.”

A portion of Otis Avenue between Marshall Road and Bridgeway Lakes Drive was expected to be closed for “several hours.”

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Zar’s last shift: News-Ledger rides along

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 —

By News-Ledger Staff

One of the most popular members of West Sacramento’s police department has put in his last shift.

After over six years of service, police dog “Zar” has gone home to become a family dog in the home of his former handler, Sergeant Roger Kinney. Kinney was recently promoted from “Officer” to “Sergeant,” and he will now move into a role supervising the W.S.P.D.’s supervisory unit.

Zar is a Dutch shepherd. He’s a former rescue dog – unusual in his line of work – and  has participated in around 200 searches and succeeded in finding drugs about 50 times, reports Kinney.  When he “has a good day” by finding drugs during a search, Zar been rewarded with a “Six Dollar Burger” from Carl’s Junior.

The News-Ledger’s Eric Harding rode along with Kinney and Zar on their last shift together on West Sacramento’s streets on Friday night.

 

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

Kinney and Zar have been through a lot together. Remember that one-man crime spree that closed the Yolo Causeway for several hours in April, 2012? The gunman put a bullet hole in their car – but the shot missed Zar and Kinney.

And Zar is also popular on the school circuit: he’s won a legion of young fans by visiting local schools and interacting with local kids.

Zar's Last shift  The News-Ledger has reported on Zar several times in recent years.  There’s a very brief video of the dog in a training exercise on WestSac.com, at http://www.westsac.com/blog/2011/12/06/video-west-sac-police-dog-zar-in-action/

 

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Yolo deputy fires at suspect accused of pointing a gun, trying to run him down

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 6, 2014 —

A man is in custody after an incident Sunday evening in which he allegedly fled from an attempted traffic stop, then pointed a gun at a sheriff’s deputy and rammed his patrol car.

According to Yolo County spokesman Mark Persons, the events unfolded last night after a Yolo sheriff’s deputy (whose name wasn’t provided) tried to stop the suspect’s car northbound on I-5 in Woodland, after witnessing it violate traffic laws.

“The vehicle not only failed to stop, (the driver) accelerated to speeds of more than 110 m.p.h., weaving dangerously in and out of traffic while driving with a a willful disregard for the safety of the vehicles around him,” said Persons in a press release.

The deputy pursued the suspect until losing sight of him south of Dunnigan. But he soon spotted the vehicle again as it made a U-turn on County Road 8, west of I-5. The deputy again activated his lights.

“After making the U-turn, the suspect vehicle drove toward the deputy’s vehicle while the suspect was pointing a gun at the deputy,” Persons stated. “The suspect than rammed the deputy’s vehicle on the right front side before continuing eastbound on County Road 8. Believing the suspect presented imminent danger to the public, the deputy fired two rounds, striking the suspect vehicle.”

The suspect abandoned the vehicle behind a truck stop and jumped a fence onto I-5. He was spotted by a California Highway Patrol officer, and two CHP officers detained him at gunpoint before the deputy took custody. The suspect was not injured.

A handgun believed to belong to the suspect was found “along the route between where the suspect abandoned his vehicle and where he was located by CHP,” said Persons.

The arrested man was identified as John August Scrhoiff, a 28-year old transient.

He’s been charged with assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury,assault with a firearm on a peace officer, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, and evading a peace officer.

Bail was set at $280,000, and Schroiff is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

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POLICE LOG: West Sac crime roundup

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 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.

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Dec. 20, 5:11 a.m.
Someone reportedly attempted to break into a vehicle parked on Michigan Blvd.

Dec. 20
From Maple Court:
“The inside of the victim’s car caught fire and burned during the night. There were no signs of a crime.”

Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
On Alabama Avenue: “Unknown suspect wrote ‘G Street’ on the victim’s truck with an unknown substance.”

Dec. 21, 8:30 a.m.
A smog business on West Capitol Avenue reported a burglary.

Dec. 21, 2:53 p.m.
A gas station on Harbor Pointe Place reported someone had committed “grand theft,” stealing $3,500.

Dec. 21, 5:54 p.m.
Staff at a Riverpoint Court store stopped a 28-year old West Capitol Avenue woman trying to make off with about $45 worth of shoplifted goods.
Security staff said she had been caught stealing at the store at least seven times, and had been warned not to return. Police conducted a records check and learned there was a felony warrant for her arrest, plus at least three prior convictions for petty theft. She went to jail.

Dec. 21, 11:50 p.m.
Police responded to the location of a parked vehicle that matched a citizen’s description of a vehicle involved in a DUI. The car was found at Lake Washington Boulevard and Silverado Street. The man who had been driving it told an officer that he and his girlfriend left the car in different directions after they got into an argument.
He said she kicked and broke the windshield, and jerked the steering wheel while he was driving.
The officer noted that the windshield was broken (with an apparent footprint still  on it) and the passenger’s side window was broken.
The man said that after he pulled over and they both got out, the woman had punched him a couple times and kicked him in the leg. The officer noted that the man had an abrasion on the leg.
He led police to the place she was staying. The officer reported that the woman appeared drunk and “spontaneously stated that the victim hit her,” but declined to provide further details.
She was arrested for domestic violence. At the police station, she said her neck had been broken in a recent car crash, so she was taken for medical clearance before going to jail.

Dec. 22
A Manzanita Way man reported someone had fraudulently use dhis debit card in Antioch and Brentwood.

Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m.
From a report given on the 800-block of West Capitol by a 37-year old Sacramento woman:
“An unknown female grabbed victim’s purse off her shoulder, and stole items from inside. Suspect threw the purse & wallet when she was done.”

Dec. 23, 12:00 am.
Somebody stole a saw worth around $1,500 from an Evergreen Avenue home.

Dec. 23, 3:33 a.m.
Security staff at a Riverpoint Court store told police there were three men inside shoplifting. Staff watched one of the men attempt to walk out of the store with about $500 worth of merchandise n his court.
They detained him.
After the man received his “Miranda” warning, he told a responding officer that “he had entered the store to get warm clothing because it was cold out. (He) had intended on paying with $40 in cash, but he had spent the $40 prior to entering.”
The man had no other money or means of paying for the goods.
He did have an outstanding warrant for his arrest, and he went to jail.

Dec. 23, 4 a.m.
Also at a Riverpoint court store, a woman “filled a grocery cart with merchandise and walked past all points of sale without paying. (She) had no money and admitted to having no means of payment.”
The woman was arrested.

Dec. 23, 4 p.m.
Police were dispatched to the 1500-block of Merkley Avenue “for a male throwing rocks at vehicles.”
An officer contacted a 42-year old homeless man, who “admitted to throwing rocks at vehicles as they drove by. (He) had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” and other signs of intoxication. The man was arrested.

Dec. 23, 5 p.m.
Somebody broke into a business on Seaport Boulevard and stole some recyclable material.

Dec. 23, 9 p.m.
A Delaware Avenue man reported he had suffered “identity theft through Target.”
(Editor’s note: during the holiday season, the Target store chain reported many customers’ credit card and debit card accounts had been compromised by data thieves. Customers who shopped there using cards during a specified period were potentially at risk. Go to Target.com for more information.)

Dec. 23, 10:30 p.m.
A department store in Southport’s Town Center Plaza detained a 50-year old Rancho Cordova woman for shoplifting.

Dec. 24, 4:30 p.m.
From a Rice Avenue business: “Former driver for company seen entering business and taking items.”

Dec. 24, 10:03 p.m.
Someone forced entry into a 15th Street home, stealing cash.

Dec. 25, 12 a.m.
A 29-year old homeless man was arrested on Crystal Court for drug charges.

Dec. 25, 9:09 a.m.
Police responded to a domestic dispute in the north area.
They found a parked vehicle in front with a broken rear window that had blood on it. There was blood on the front door of the apartment as well
They contacted a man and woman at the apartment, and checked the rest of the apartment for possible “individuals in need of aid.”
The man had an injury to his forehead, and said he had been in a fight the night before. The woman did not appear injured and did not immediately report a crime.
Later, she told an officer that her husband had been arrested recently on a domestic violence charge, and “that he has been dissuading her against testifying,” and “has offered to give her his vehicle and offered to pay her rent in return for (her) not testifying against him in court.”
The victim requested an emergency protection order. The man was arrested and booked.

Dec. 25, 8:21 p.m.
A 59-year old Henshaw Road man was arrested for child endangerment.

Dec. 25, 10:37 p.m.
An officer watched a North Highlands woman bring her car to a stop between two lanes on West Capitol.
“After she turned right,” reported the officer, she “drove up on a curb for approximately 30 feet.”
The officer pulled her over. She admitted having had some beer, and went to jail for DUI.

Dec. 26, 3:22 a.m.
On the 2400-block of West Capitol, police responded to a call for service. They found a 22-year old man too intoxicated to care for himself, and arrested him.

Dec. 26, 10:37 a.m.
A West Capitol man reported that a known female suspect stole cash and a handgun.

Dec. 26, 3:24 p.m.
Police responded to a report of a “subject with a gun inside the business” at the 2700-block of West Capitol.
“Arriving units located the suspect and he was detained. It was then determined that there was no crime and the involved parties were released.”

Dec. 26, 5:40 p.m.
Police responded to a “family disturbance” on Franklin Way.
They found a 27-year old man drunk and causing a disturbance. Dispatch reported that he had been punching and kicking the walls at the location.
Talking to the man in the driveway, officers “observed objective signs of heavy intoxication.” They said he was “uncooperative and arguing with family members (and) unable to care for his own safety.” They jailed him.

Dec. 26, 7:35 p.m.
A 56-year old man locked his $900 bike outside a supermarket on West Capitol.
When he came back out after shopping, the bike was gone. The lock cable had been cut.

Dec. 26, 3:14 p.m.
Police responded to a Tobago Street all, arresting a woman for violating a protective order.

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The West Sacramento Police Department is undergoing a transition in its data management. Because of this, we currently have access to many of the department’s arrest reports, but not to the logs of calls for service and reports of crime.
 Responding to an inquiry from the News-Ledger, a spokesman said the department hopes for a fix soon.

 

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