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Former cop to serve life in prison

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

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – APRIL 5, 2014 –

  Disgraced former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced Friday to a sentence of “205 years to life” for sexually assaulting a number of women while on patrol on the city’s streets.

  Prosecutors say he used his authority to coerce sex acts from at least five women. The victims were generally people living on society’s margins, whom Alvarez met while patrolling alone on the night shift. The women were “vulnerable members of our society,” said prosecutor Garrett Hamilton of the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

  When one of the victims complained to the West Sacramento police department, detectives from the Sacramento Police Department helped investigate. A police spokesman told the News-Ledger that Sacramento police helped out due to the manpower demands of the investigation.

  Alvarez, 38, was arrested in early 2013. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, and his attorney unsuccessfully argued that the officer had sex with several of the victims, but on a consensual basis, and that he had never met other alleged victims. He was a West Sacramento resident and family man before his arrest.

  After nine days of deliberations, a Yolo county jury on Feb. 27 found Alvarez guilty of 18 felony counts. On Friday, the sentence came down from Judge Timothy Fall.

  Said Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press statement yesterday:

   “Hamilton and the Sacramento P.D. detectives put their heart and soul into this case. As a result of their dedication, justice was served and Alvarez will never be able to harm again.”

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‘POLICE LOG’: West Sac crime happenings

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 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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March 14
A Fillmore Place woman reported someone tried to steal the catalytic converter from her vehicle.

March 18, 10:02 a.m.
Police responded to a complaint about a homeless camp at F and 6th Streets. An officer reports that a 50-year old woman there “saw me, concealed herself behind a tree and began to dump property from her person. Located on the ground was a hard eyeglass case containing a suspected methamphetamine pipe.”
The woman was arrested.

March 18, 5:30 p.m.
Police responded to an argument between parents and their 28-year old son in a north-city home. The son was “throwing and breaking property.”
When the parents got in the car to get away, the son tried to deflate their car tires. The father, a cancer patient, tried to stop him, and was pushed and scratched. The son threatened to kill the pair during the altercation. He left, but later returned.
Police detained him and, when he did not obey commands, they pepper-sprayed him and took him into custody.

March 18, 8:15 p.m.
A woman reported a home burglary on Jasmine Avenue. Taken were some spare change and a gym bag, for a $57 loss.

March 18, 9:32 p.m.
A West Capitol resident reported being in a bathroom, when a 21-year old man (possibly an acquaintance) entered — and racked the slide on a gun he was carrying. Police responded, and determined the gun was a “replica.”
The man wielding it had “bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.” He was arrested for being too drunk to care for himself.

March 19, 11:55 a.m.
A Topaz Road man reported having rented a Toyota Prius from a West Sacramento agency. Then, the man’s son found an iPad under the passenger seat. The man reported it to police at the suggestion of the rental company.

March 19, 9:30 p.m.
A citizen found a wallet containing ID and $2.37, near Pheasant Hollow (Higgins Road at Jefferson Boulevard). The citizen turned in the wallet to police.

March 20, 7:30 a.m.
A $727 bike was stolen from a rack on Sacramento Avenue.

March 20, 2 p.m.
River City High School reported that a bike had been chained, unlocked, to a pole at the school since Feb. 14. Police booked it as found property.

March 21, 6 a.m.
A woman reported a catalytic converter stolen from her vehicle, causing loss and damage of about $4,000. (Information about the location of this theft was whited out of the police department’s press book, inappropriately, by police staff. See the note at the bottom regarding recent catalytic converter thefts in Southport).

March 21, 7 a.m.
An officer responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle at Southport’s Town Center Plaza.
The officer found a Camaro, with a 27-year old Marysville man “slumped over his steering wheel.”
“His clothes and shoes were on the ground outside the car,” reported the officer. “the hood was up and the engine components were tossed about.”  The man, apparently so drunk he “could barely stand up,” was arrested for public drunkenness.

March 21, 7 a.m.
A man reported the theft of a catalytic converter from his Toyota 4Runner during the night on Union Square Road. Damage was about $1,000.

March 21, 7:30 a.m.
A woman reported a catalytic converter stolen from her vehicle, for a $1,000 loss. The location was deleted from records by police staff.

March 21, 8 a.m.
A woman reported the theft of a catalytic converter from her vehicle, for a $2,000 loss. The location of the crime was withheld by police staff.

March 21, 8 a.m.
A man reported the theft of $600 worth of stereo equipment and other items from his van parked on Cummins Way.

March 21, 3:27 p.m.
A woman tried to shoplift $509 worth of merchandise from a Riverpoint Court store. She fled without the items when confronted by a loss prevention specialist.

March 21, 3:27 p.m.
This report comes from the 1100-block of West Capitol, where a 32-year old woman objected to the methods of a 36-year old homeless panhandler:
“Suspect aggressively solicited money from the victim. Victim placed suspect under citizen’s arrest. Suspect was arrested and later booked at Yolo County Jail.”

March 21, 6:20 p.m.
A 49-year old man was found sleeping in front of a supermarket on the 1200-block of West Capitol. He was arrested after being found to be a wanted “parolee at large.”

March 21, 11:46 p.m.
From a park on the 1700-block of Lake Washington Boulevard:
“Unknown suspects cut the chains to the swings at Whitey’s Park. Police collected the swings to be held for safekeeping and reported the vandalism and safekeeping to (the) parks department.”

March 22, 7:14 a.m.
An officer found an envelope containing a nickel near the prisoner’s bench in the police department’s booking facility. It was booked as found property.

March 22, 7:30 a.m.
A Soule Street auto repair shop reported the burglary of $300 in cash.

March 22, 8:03 a.m.
Police contacted a woman at a homeless camp on the 3000-block of West Capitol. A 47-year old woman was found to have three warrants, and she was arrested.

March 22, 8:18 a.m.
Police contacted a 46-year old Todhunter Avenue man on the 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue because he matched the description of a burglary suspect.
The man had an outstanding warrant and was in possession of a shopping cart from a Reed Avenue-area home supply store. He went to jail.

March 23, 1:41 a.m.
An officer pulled a car over on Jefferson Blvd. near F Street because the license plates weren’t lighted. There was a 20-year old man from Danbury Court at the wheel. He failed a field sobriety test. The man admitted having consumed some spaghetti, as well as “4-5 shots of Bombay” in recent hours. He was arrested for DUI.

March 23, 7:30 a.m.
Police responded to a report that there were suspicious people inside the Merkley Avenue post office, possibly breaking into P.O. boxes. A 53-year old homeless man was contacted and arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

March 23, 10:30 p.m.
A West Capitol Avenue mobile home was found burglarized. The man who lived there said the $2,200 loss included about $2,000 in prescription medicines, as well as a blood pressure machine and a TV.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are in contact with police officials regarding the problem of inappropriate removal of information from documents in the department’s press book.
Although incident locations were deleted from reports concerning several thefts of catalytic converters in Southport, we have found mention of some of these, in addition to those named above in the log (Fillmore Place and Union Square Road).
These other locations include Monterey Court, Peppertree Road, Princeton Road and Coffeeberry Road.
It’s our understanding that thieves of catalytic converters like to go to work at night, on cars with good ground clearance (like SUVs and some pickups, especially Toyotas). And they like to work where they won’t be seen.
So you may wish to park those “target” cars in the garage if you can, or outside somewhere you can keep an eye on the side of the car that has the exhaust system.
Damage from these thefts ranges from the hundreds to the low thousands of dollars. It’s especially expensive if the thieves saw through the exhaust pipes to grab the catalytic converter. If you’re luckier, they’ll just unbolt the converter.

The devices are often stolen for the value of rare metals inside.

 

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West Sac man dies in Yolo County jail

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – March 20, 2014 –

A West Sacramento man died in jail custody yesterday, apparently of suicide.

Captain Larry Cecchetini of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department said 33-year old inmate Nitesh Raj Singh had been in custody at the Woodland facility since March 6 on domestic violence charges. Singh was found in distress at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“Singh was housed in a single cell at the time of the incident,” reported Cecchetini. “The inmate was observed by correctional staff only 25 minutes earlier and he appeared well and was not displaying any signs of distress.”

Later, he said, “a correctional officer was conducting routine cell checks when he found an inmate apparently trying to commit suicide. The officer called for assistance and entered the cell, where he observed the inmate with a sheet wrapped around his neck and the other end tied to a light fixture in the cell. Correctional and medical staff at the jail immediately began CPR and called for fire department and ambulance to respond. The inmate was transported to Woodland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead later in the afternoon.”

The sheriff’s department and its coroner’s office are investigating.

Singh’s next of kin were notified of the death last night, said Cecchetini.

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Meth-related arrests in central & northern West Sacramento

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

West Sacramento police joined an FBI “Safe Streets Task Force” and other agencies to serve arrest warrants last week on four “known Norteno street gang members” for sale of methamphetamine and other criminal activity, according to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the W.S.P.D.

The warrants were served at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4.

Other agencies involved included the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, Sacramento Police Department and Davis Police Department.

Arrested were three West Sacramento man and one man from North Highlands. They were:

— Richard Mancha, 29, of West Sacramento. An arrest report viewed by the News-Ledger shows Mancha was picked up by police at a home at 728 Yolo Street. Officers say they found methamphetamine in quantities large enough to be “for sale,” scales, packaging and gang paraphernalia.

— Richard Posado, a 28-year old from West Sacramento. An arrest report said that Posada was picked up at 1729 Merkley Avenue.

— Ricardo Garza, 37, who was arrested during a warrant service at 731 Beardsley Drive. Police say they found there “methamphetamine for sale, cocaine for sale, marijuana for sale, honey oil concentrated cannabis and a honey oil manufacturing operation,” along with drug packaging equipment.

— Robert Sanchez, 37, of North Highlands.

The arrest warrants followed “a long-term FBI Safe Streets Task Force and West Sacramento Police Department investigation into the sales of methamphetamine in West Sacramento,” said Sockman in a press release.

 

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