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Local police join Yolo County bomb squad and SWAT team for training at RCHS

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 23, 2013 —

West Sacramento police will join the Yolo County Bomb Squad and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team for a “tactical training” session this evening from about 4 to 9 p.m. at River City High School.

WSPD’s Lieutenant Tod Sockman said there is no anticipated disruption to the public from the Southport exercises.

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West Sacramento police get funding for more drivers’ sobriety checkpoints

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 9, 2013 —

West Sacramento police announced this week they have received a new traffic safety grant to fight drunk driving.

The $19,750 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety, will support the department’s occasional sobriety checkpoints, reported Lieutenant David Delaini.

“The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educating the public on the dangers of impaired driving through the use of DUI/driver’s license checkpoints,” he said in a press statement. “When possible, specially-trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving.”

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West Sacramento Police Log:

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 16, 2013 —

  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.

  This police log is a regular feature in the News-Ledger newspaper of West Sacramento. To subscribe, see the special offer at bottom.

Oct. 8
Police responded to an attempted burglary to a north-city apartment computer lab. One latent fingerprint was lifted from the door.

Oct. 10, 7:38 a.m.
A Westacre Road woman called police. She discovered her 2011 Chevrolet Camaro had been stolen during the night, and her Honda Civic had been burglarized. A wallet with a driver’s license and credit cards was missing from the Honda.
“There was a lighter in the vehicle that did not belong to her.”

Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
A Kaweah Street man told police he had been swindled. He said he was selling an engine, and a buyer agreed to pay $700 for it but only after it was installed in the buyer’s vehicle and found to be working properly.
A mechanic did the work, but “at some point, (the suspect) picked up the truck and took it from the shop and has not paid. . . for the engine.”
The Southport seller said he had tried to contact the buyer several times, with no response.
An officer reached the buyer by phone. The man said he did not know the victim, he had paid $500 for the engine, and he had made a deal to sell it to someone named “Vinnie,” from whom he had already had to repossess the engine.
The officer told the pair they had a civil dispute, and they needed to settle it themselves or in civil court.

Oct. 11, 2 p.m.
Security officials at a Southport department store placed a 7th Street woman under citizen’s arrest for shoplifting.

Oct. 11, 1:04 a.m.
An unknown man reportedly stole from a West Capitol Avenue supermarket “by force and fear.”

Oct. 11, 8 a.m.
An officer contacted several people illegally camping near Jefferson Blvd. and the Tower Bridge exit. A 48-year old homeless woman gave an officer a false name, which the officer checked out, finding no warrants.
Then she consented to a search of her bag. The officer found a drug pipe and arrested her. A second pipe was found in her shoe. The woman then gave her true name, for which there was an outstanding arrest warrant. She went to jail.

Oct. 11, 3:42 p.m.
An officer contacted a 46-year old Water Street man who had made an “unfounded” medical call. The man was arrested on warrants.

Oct. 11, 4:50 p.m.
A patrol officer stopped a 26-year old man in a 1993 Lincoln for vehicle code violations, at Sacramento Avenue and Douglas Street.
The man appeared drunk and had an open container of an alcoholic beverage.
The car was unregistered and uninsured. The man was arrested and the car was left parked and locked at the scene “per owner’s request.”
The man’s blood alcohol was tested at 0.05 and 0.06 percent (a level of 0.08 is presumed intoxicated.)

Oct. 6:30 p.m.
Police responded to a Riverpoint Circle home store.
A loss prevention officer at the store said “he observed (a suspect) selecting approximately $257 worth of store merchandise and putting this on a flat cart.”
The man then pushed the cart past a cashier on his way out the door.
“At this time, a cashier asked if he was going to pay for the merchandise, to which he stated, ‘my wife is going to make a return.’” – and continued out the door.
He was detained by staff and arrested.
The suspect was found with no cash or payment cards, and admitted he had gone in “to steal items for his family.”

Oct. 12, 5:32 p.m.
Police responded after loss prevention personnel at a different Riverpoint Circle store detained a 53-year old Sacramento man.
The personnel stopped him “after they observed him selecting items from the shelves, and attempting to return the items with an old receipt which had the same items printed on it.”
The suspect was placed under citizen’s arrest “after he received the cash from the cashier for the fraudulently returned items.” The refund was for $111.36.
After being read his rights, the man admitted “he came to the store to ‘make some money.’”
When an officer asked him if had entered the store with the intent to steal, he answered ‘Yes, I am sorry.”
The man was charged with burglary.

Oct. 13, 12:00 a.m.
An officer contacted a 22-year old West Sacramento man involved in a single-car accident on the 600-block of West Capitol. The man admitted to drinking and driving, but no sobriety test was given because the man was receiving treatment for injuries.
He was arrested and released to the medical personnel.

Oct. 13, 9:40 a.m.
Someone entered a Harbor Boulevard equipment leasing site, and stole a vehicle.

Oct. 13, 3:34 p.m.
A woman on Westacre Road reported the man she lived with had pushed her and also thrown an apple at her. No immediate arrests.

Oct. 13, 4:55 p.m.
A 25-year old known suspect “and another unidentified female conspired to steal merchandise” from a Riverpoint Court store. There was no immediate arrest.

Oct. 13, 5:29 p.m.
Police responded to a fireworks complaint on China Hat Court. One firecracker was found and booked for destruction.

Oct. 13, 8:46 p.m.
A Ventura man was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

Oct. 14, 8:30 a.m.
An Elk Grove man said he had parked his car on the 2100-block of West Capitol Avenue overnight. When he returned to his Ford Focus, he found it had been burglarized, with signs of forced entry and damage to the steering column and ignition.
“It appears that the suspect(s) tried to take the vehicle without permission,” observed an officer.
The car’s CD player was gone. No prints were found.

Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
A Westacre Road man found and turned in a package of marijuana. The package weighed 2.3 grams total.

Oct. 14, 9:30 a.m.
A woman reported to police that after she left for work, she spotted a possible marijuana plant in the road on the 1600-block of Fernwood Street.
An officer picked up the plant for destruction.

Oct. 14, 11:50 a.m.
An officer found a black and gold knife in the front passenger door of a patrol car.

Oct. 14, 1:27 p.m.
Police responded to a “cold burglary call” on Cummins Way.
A man told him:
“We just bought the house and I got the keys yesterday. That is the reason we don’t have any property in the house. . . My wife came over to the house at approximately 9:30-10 in the morning and saw the front door was unlocked. . . I told her I was sure that I locked the front door yesterday.”
The wife asked a neighbor to search the house and make sure it was empty. It was.
An officer noted there had been signs of damage to the door lock.

  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.

 

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‘Home invasion’ robbery in Southport

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — SEPT 18, 2013 —

West Sacramento police report what they’ve called a ‘home invasion’ robbery that occurred this morning in Southport.

“On September 18, 2013 at approximately 2:30 am, two men, described as black male adults, entered a residence in the 3600 block of Cooper Island Road, through an open back door,” said Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department, in a press release.  “The suspects bound the two victims and beat the male victim with a pool stick.  The suspects stole an unknown amount of cash and fled the residence.  The incident is still under investigation.”

Anyone with possible information is asked to call the  West Sacramento Police Department’s Investigations Division at 916-617-4915.

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Police log: weekly round-up of crime calls includes wild marijuana plants

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 —

  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. This feature appears every week in the West Sacramento News-Ledger newspaper — to subscribe, see the special offer at bottom.

Aug. 7, 10:29 a.m.
A religious facility on Glide Avenue reported it would be holding a celebration for the end of Ramadan, and asked for police help with security for the event.

Aug. 7, 10:47 a.m.
A caller reported that there was a “heavy growth” of marijuana plants along Jefferson Boulevard between a bar and a convenience market, and in a vacant lot along the busy street.

Aug. 7, 1:07 p.m.
A Carolina Avenue resident reported “continuing to receive calls and texts from a person saying she is being held for ransom.”

Aug. 7, 8:21 p.m.
An injured raccoon had been caught in a trap by a resident of the 2800-block of Summerfield Drive. The trap had been dropped off by animal control officers, as the raccoon had been a problem “for quite a while.”

Aug. 8, 5:30 a.m.
Burglars got into an F Street home “and took laptops and ate food.”

Aug. 9, 5 a.m.
The copper drain pipes were found stolen from about 45 HVAC units at the Westmore Oaks Elementary School campus.

Aug. 9, 8:49 a.m.
A taco restaurant on Harbor said there were about 10-12 “very intimidating” subjects who had been parked in the parking lot since the day before. “Subjects have been coming into the business and using the restroom and taking drinks without paying.”

Aug. 9, 10:41 a.m.
Military police and their K9s were planning to use the K9 training course on Oak Street, and “may be firing blanks.”

Aug. 9, 11:51 a.m.
A drug store on the 1200-block of West Capitol said there was a woman on scene who had been “taking pictures of employees.” The woman told staff she was part of a “social media gang.”
After the confrontation, the store asked for an officer to respond. So did the woman with the camera.

Aug. 9, 12 p.m.
A Southport parent reported that, according to a daughter’s Twitter account, a “big bonfire” was planned at the end of Linden Road at night.

Aug. 9, 12:58 p.m.
Two women with “platinum hair extensions” had taken some wigs from an Ikea Court store and were now getting into a brown car outside.

Aug. 9, 3:05 p.m.
A Town Center Plaza department store said a man had been using a knife or box cutter to open some packages and steal perfume. The store did not stop him because he had the weapon.
The man was now outside with a woman, standing near a red Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Aug. 9, 6:52 p.m.
A citizen said there were some suspicious people at the site of a structure that had just been demolished near Golden Gate Drive and Marshall Road, and the people “seemed to be loading up wires and metal items.” They had arrived in a couple of vehicles.

Aug. 9, 9:34 p.m.
A woman on Delaware Avenue reported that a man had come into her yard and “said he just wanted to pet her cat.”
She said “no” to the man (who had a golden retriever), and the man then “got upset and started yelling profanities” before walking away.

Aug. 9, 5:38 p.m.
A 46-year old homeless man was arrested after a citizen saw him defecate on the sidewalk in front of a Merkley flower business. The citizen signed a citizen’s arrest after police detained the man.

Aug. 9, 3:12 p.m.
“Multiple” animals were found inside an abandoned 7th Street apartment, in inhumane conditions. The suspect was a 43-year old woman, address unknown.

Aug. 9, 1:17 p.m.
Police responded to the 2700-block of West Capitol, where a woman said she was assaulted under “vague” circumstances. Her husband was on searchable probation.
Their room was searched – resulting in the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana, baggies, a glass pipe, and several large resealable bags “marked with previous amounts of marijuana (and) located in the top dresser drawer.”
Also found in the drawer, a trash can, a backpack and elsewhere were at least five cell phones, more baggies, a cup with $23 in cash, a digital scale and four more bags of marijuana that added up to about 45 grams. The pair went to jail.

Aug. 9, 8:46 a.m.
The air conditioner was stolen from a Milano Drive condo. Someone “sheared it off and cut all the large wires, (and) debolted the entire unit.”

Aug. 10, 2:47 a.m.
Staff at Raley Field detained three juveniles trespassing on the field. One was 10 years old. Police were requested to respond.

Aug. 10, 11:17 a.m.
A witness said a man and woman on Evergreen Circle were arguing about a child.
“Both were pulling and grabbing the child.”
The woman then left with the child.

Aug. 10, 1:52 p.m.
A 4th Street resident reported a “foul odor” over the past 24 hours. The resident then found a black bag nearby close to the railroad tracks with “something dead inside.” But the “smell was so bad, (the resident) wasn’t able to open the bag.”

Aug. 10, 3:46 p.m.
An elderly couple on Jefferson in Southport received a phone call that frightened them.
An unknown person named “Bob” phoned them, “asking how strong they were.”
The pair was now concerned someone was out to hurt them.

Aug. 10, 6:23 p.m.
There was “something on fire just outside the door” of a Carmel Bay Road home.
A resident was trying to put water on it, and everyone was now outside the house.

Aug. 10, 10:20 p.m.
Illegal fireworks were reported being used on Westacre Road, Michigan Blvd. and West Capitol Avenue.

Aug. 10, 11:48 p.m.
A man in a motel room on the 1800-block of West Capitol reported that a woman had just opened his room’s window blinds from outside “and asked him where she could get some drugs.”
He told her to leave.

Aug. 10, 10:13 a.m.
Police responded to a vehicle parked on the Broderick Boat Ramp, with one person loading stolen fencing into it and at least one more person inside. A 52-year old Perez Court woman and a 47-year old Cummins Way man were arrested. While the car was being towed, 3.9 grams of methamphetamine and a glass pipe were found under the driver’s seat.

Aug. 10, 2:20 a.m.
At a Southport department store, there were five boys and a girl “loitering and climbing pillars.”

Aug. 11, 2:59 a.m.
At Linden Park: “Midsized pickup with its lights off was on the grass, driving around and tearing it up.”

Aug. 11, 8:07 a.m.
A woman requested an ambulance on the 800-block West Capitol. She said “she was hit by a bucket in the chest.”

Aug. 11, 12:05 p.m.
A citizen reported that a dog had been stabbed about two hours earlier, and was being taken to an after-hours veterinarian. The citizen had possible information on a suspect.

Aug. 11, 12:23 a.m.
A 61-year old Shasta Lake man was arrested for DUI on Michigan Blvd. He refused to take a field sobriety test, and blew 0.22 and 0.23 in alcohol breath tests (the “presumed intoxicated” limit is 0.08). He named the West Capitol bar he had been drinking at.

Aug. 11, 7:07 p.m.
A caller reported having left a blue FBI bag in a motel room on Stillwater Road.
He phoned back to ask about it, and a clerk reported it was no longer there.
“Inside (the bag) were two guns: a .45 auto and a Walker P3080. Both weapons were registered to Irvine police.”

Aug. 11, 7:55 p.m.
At Patwin Park, there was a man around 18 years old “riding a dirt bike in the grass, doing donuts.”

Aug. 11, 8:37 p.m.
“Cat stuck with its head under a trailer.”
The cat was unable to get out, reported a citizen, and “was in distress.” Police were asked to summon animal control services to this mobilehome park.

Aug. 11, 8:56 p.m.
A witness said there was a man standing in front of a West Capitol gas station, yelling at a woman and throwing rocks at her.
The woman wasn’t hurt, but the rocks were hitting passing cars.

Aug. 11, 3 p.m.
A citizen reported there was a subject selling “cat trees” from a pickup truck in a Riverpoint Drive parking lot. The fellow didn’t have a permit, and the citizen asked police to move him along.

Aug. 11, 4:17 p.m.
A Portola Street resident reported having lost a cell phone the prior night. A tracking device on the phone now showed the location of the phone, and the victim asked for police to help recover it.

Aug. 11, 4:17 p.m.
An “ongoing problem was reported”
A 13th Street neighbor of a fire station was hopping the station’s back fence to cut through to 15th Street.

Aug. 11, 5:58 p.m.
An Anna Street resident reported having lost a phone at a concert the prior night at a party. Today, a friend who had also been at the concert had posted an ad to sell the phone. When confronted, the friend denied having done this.

Aug. 11, 6:07 p.m.
A woman reported subjects “coming and going” from an 11th Street house, and “money and baggies being exchanged.” Some of them were also smoking marijuana in the driveway.
A dispatcher advised her to report the suspected drug activity to the Yolo County Narcotics Enforcement Team (YONET), and the woman said she had already “called and left several messages for them.”

Aug. 12,  3 a.m.
A 29-year year old Holly Street man was arrested after an officer contacted him and found him drunk, in the driver’s seat of a car parked near Evergreen and Pecan, with the keys in the ignition. After being read his rights, the man admitted having some vodka and beer. There was an open container of beer in the center console.

 

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West Sacramento neighbors host ‘National Night Out’ block parties

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party -- a rally to network against crime. (News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

Police Chief Tom McDonald has a hot dog with other visitors to the Meadow Road “National Night Out” block party — a rally to network against crime.
(News-Ledger photo by PETER FOLKS)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 —

By Daryl Fisher
Features Editor

Tuesday before last was National Night Out in West Sacramento with local organizers at 15 different sights participating in the annual event sponsored by the West Sacramento Police Department. National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event held every year on the first Tuesday of August with the goal being to increase citizen awareness about the many different anti-crime efforts going on in each community. Block watchers encourage their neighbors to get out of their homes and spend an evening together on their own street interacting with each other so that they can better protect their neighborhood from crime.

One of the local organizers was longtime West Sacramento resident Robin Courtright, who along with her friend Debra Abraham encouraged all of their neighbors on Redding Road to participate. Robin had helped organize a similar evening five years ago and with so many new neighbors on her street, she decided it was time to do it again.

“We had more than 75 people turn out on our block,” said Robin, “and everyone had a really good time. We closed off our street so that all the kids could safely ride their bicycles and then we set up lots of games for the children to play, not to mention bingo for the adults. We also had a Slushie machine and a putting green and of course all kinds of wonderful things to eat. Plus McGruff the Crime Dog showed up along with eight firefighters on a very big fire engine.  Mayor Cabaldon also dropped by for a visit as did lots of very friendly police officers. Best of all, my neighbors really got to know each other better and I think that truly is the best way to prevent neighborhood crime. When everyone knows and cares about each other they look out for one another and that makes all of us feel safer.”

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with block party participants on Redding Road in Southport  (courtesy of Robin Courtright)

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (center) with block party participants on Redding Road in Southport. Click to enlarge.
(courtesy of Robin Courtright)

In addition to Redding Road, the other West Sacramento streets that held National Night Out block parties on August 6th were 7th Street, Lighthouse Drive, Madrone Avenue, West Capitol Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Meadow Road, 19th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Aster and Manchester Streets, Mandeville Way, Barona Court, Sumatra and Mandura Streets, Antigua Place, and Elsinore Court.

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Anti-crime block parties in WS tonight

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The annual block party and anti-crime rally is planned for tonight, Aug. 6. Local residents are encouraged to leave their outdoor lights on, go outside and network with their neighbors in this local edition of the “National Night Out” event. West Sacramento police, costumed mascots, members of the military and others will visit many of the parties — especially the “featured” block party at 1016 Meadow Road.

    Fifteen West Sacramento blocks will hold events this year from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They are:

  Washington Courtyard Apartments (500 7th St.);

  Las Casitas Apartments (685 Lighthouse Dr.);

  Sunset Village Apartments (1611 Madrone Ave.);

  West Capitol Courtyard (2455 West Capitol Ave.);

  3429 Evergreen Ave.;

  1016 Meadow Rd.;

  1613 19th St.;

  19th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.;

  Aster and Manchester Streets;

  2692 Mandeville Way;

  Barona Court;

  Sumatra and Mandura Streets;

  3590 Antigua Pl.;

  1527 Redding Rd.;

  and 3733 Elsinore Ct.

  For questions, call Community Service Officer Nora McDowell, (916) 617-4937.

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