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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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Local cops collect toys & clothes today

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 12, 2013 —

The West Sacramento Police Department will be holding a toy and clothing drive today (Thursday, Dec. 12), in front of the West Sacramento Walmart from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. The donated presents will be delivered to children in the community who would otherwise go without gifts this year.

The store is located at 755 Riverpoint court, West Sacramento.

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