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West Sacramento’s ‘Police Log’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 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 log comes from the News-Ledger newspaper in West Sacramento. To see ‘Police Log’ every week, take advantage of the subscription offer at bottom.

April 29, 3:58 p.m.
A Walnut Street man called 911. He didn’t have an emergency; he just called “to find out who hung up on him.” The man said he would need an ambulance later to take him to a hospital, but he refused to take the ambulance service’s phone number from the dispatcher. He “said he would call back on 911 for transportation when he wanted to go.”

April 29, 7:30 p.m.
A man reported he had just been shot in the back of the leg by a BB gun. He suspected the shot came from a third-floor apartment nearby on F Street, since he had turned in the residents there for smoking drugs. He is now “concerned it is retaliation.”

April 30, 1 p.m.
An officer responded to the scene of a burglary on Maple Street. A man with a backpack and bike was seen going into a shed and exiting with a “weed eater” and other lawn equipment. He was caught on the homeowner’s video. The officer contacted the 32-year old suspect nearby and arrested him for an outstanding warrant as well as possession of brass knuckles. After being shown the video and read his Miranda rights, the suspect admitted the theft. He went to jail.

April 30, 9 p.m.
Police trying to locate a missing person contacted a 24-year old Clear Lake man on the 1000-block of West Capitol Avenue. The man and the missing person were believed to have arrived at the scene in a Ford Excursion. From that SUV came the strong smell of marijuana. An officer found inside it a total of 78.6 grams of marijuana along with “multiple” prescription pill bottles in the Clear Lake man’s name. In a search while being arrested, the man was also found with $858 in cash. He opted not to make a statement after being read his rights, and was jailed.
April 30
An $800 stove and $250 in electrical wire were reported stolen from a residence on the 3200-block of West Capitol Avenue.

April 30
An Evergreen Avenue company reported that it had terminated a 25-year old Placerville man. But the employee didn’t stop working after being fired: he used a company catalog to continue collecting sales money for T-shirt orders.

April 30, 6:14 a.m.
A car parked on Hardy Drive was found burglarized, and a purse stolen from inside. The door lock had been “punched” and the car was found with the door “wide open.”

April 30, 2:08 p.m.
A citizen called 911 from the 1300-block of West Capitol. The citizen reported that his or her car door “accidentally hit another car due to the wind, (and) the owner of the other car is upset and (the citizen) is afraid.”

May 3, 6:45 a.m.
A firm on Embarcadero Way notified police that it would be laying off 60 employees later in the day. The notification was “in case of problems” when the workers learned their fate.

May 3, 6:49 a.m.
Someone broke into the water vending machine outside a market on the 3100-block of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport, causing damage of at least $1,000.

May 3, 7:26 a.m.
A Water Street resident reported “an ongoing problem with a neighbor moving (the resident’s) garbage cans up on the sidewalk so they can park in front of the neighbor’s house, and the garbage is not picked up.”

May 3, 8:30 a.m.
A restaurant owner or worker arrived at the Merkley Avenue property to find the “back door busted open.” The citizen hadn’t yet gone inside.

May 3, 10:55 a.m.
A self-storage unit on Evergreen Avenue was found burglarized.

May 3, 10:57 a.m.
A citizen on Walnut Street reported “someone has a rifle with as scope and they are pointing it up a tree.”

May 3, 12:08 p.m.
A city-owned Ford Focus wagon parked in the city hall parking lot was found burglarized.

May 3, 1:56 p.m.
A caller reported that two people in sleeping bags had been camped out by the book drop at the local library since at least 10 a.m., and “there is a horrible smell of urine.”

May 3, 6:57 p.m.
A caller from a liquor store in Southport reported that he “won money on a lottery ticket, and the clerk ripped up the ticket and said he is not a winner.” The caller had a receipt for the ticket, and said he will wait on site for an officer.

May 4, 3:37 a.m.
A resident near Linden Road and Redwood reported some people in an older pickup truck were “speeding and doing donuts” in the neighborhood, as well as running stop signs. The same truck had been speeding nearby earlier as well.

May 4, 7:15 a.m.
A caller from Chinook Road reported that a silver VW Golf or Jetta had hit a tree in front of the house at about 6 a.m.. The caller had located the suspect vehicle in the neighborhood.

May 4, 6:12 p.m.
A ’66 Ford pickup parked on Norfolk Avenue was found vandalized. The “exterior is keyed, upholstery ripped up.”

[adrotate group=”10″] May 4, 9:05 a.m.
A caller from a gas station on the 1700-block of West Capitol said four subjects “just tried to rob” him or her.

May 4, 1:04 p.m.
A flower bed at city hall was reported to be on fire.

May 4, 1:30 p.m.
A caller from the 1000-block of West Capitol reported that he and his brother had just been in an argument, and the brother-in-law hit him with the dull side of a hatchet.

May 4, 8:24 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at a Southport supermarket watched as a 35-year old man took a water filter from a shelf, went to another aisle and concealed it on his person before exiting the store.
“He then made contact with the subject as he was exiting the store, and identified himself as store security. (The employee) stated that at this time, the subject pulled the concealed merchandise off his person and threw it at him and stated, ‘I’m sorry.’”
The employee began to place the man under citizen’s arrest, but the subject became “combative” and was handcuffed. The employee emptied the suspect’s pockets, finding a baggie of a white crystal substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine. Police picked up the suspect.

May 4, 9:22 p.m.
A Rivermont Street reported an apparently sick raccoon was in the back yard, “moving funny.”

May 4, 4:30 a.m.
A 48-year old homeless man was arrested for setting “several small grass fires” in a 3rd Street field.

May 4, 3:36 p.m.
A 36-year old Sacramento man got into an altercation with a Yolobus driver. He was arrested for public intoxication.

May 5, 12:58 a.m.
A woman on Sullivan Court reported an “unknown pit bull” was in her backyard. She was “unsure about leaving her own residence,” and the dog was “looking aggressive.”

May 5, 2:17 a.m.
An Inglewood Drive resident returned home about 30 minutes earlier to find the back door “wide open” and the house “ransacked.” Missing were jewelry, a safe and other items.

May 5, 4:28 a.m.
At a motel on the 900-block of West Capitol, two subjects were reported to be knocking on doors “trying to get (people) to buy stolen goods.”

May 5, 12:22 p.m.
A bullet hole was found in the window of a vehicle parked on Kegle Drive. The owner reported having heard a gunshot at about 2 a.m.

May 5, 12:30 p.m.
A resident of Jefferson Blvd. in Southport reported that two teens on bike, dressed all in black, had just hit the home’s door with eggs.

May 5, 1:28 p.m.
A car parked on Presidio Road was found damaged after someone apparently tried to steal gas from it.

May 5, 3:25 p.m.
A grass fire was reported behind a Harmon Road house.

May 5, 4:05 p.m.
A man on Short Street said a neighbor had installed security cameras, and some of them were pointing at the man’s house. The neighbor refused to turn the cameras.

May 5, 6:21 p.m.
A disabled woman at a fast food restaurant on the 1000-block of West Capitol set her purse down briefly, and someone took the wallet from it. The business’s video showed a 28-year old Douglas Drive woman taking the wallet. Police found her nearby, in possession of the wallet. She was arrested.

May 5, 4:20 p.m.
A loss prevention officer at an Ikea Drive store saw a 39-year old man put some merchandise into his backpack and exit the store. He fled from the approaching store employee but the employee caught up to him. The suspect then swung his bicycle at the employee’s head – and the worker blocked it with his arm and shoulder.
The suspect then fled on bike, and led responding police on a short pursuit before being caught and arrested. After being read his Miranda rights, he admitted to the theft and assault.

May 5, 10:28 p.m.
A police officer responded to a residence on the 1800-block of West Capitol Avenue for a “civil issue.” A man known to the officer answered the door, with a “suspicious white powdery substance on his right nostril and the area below his lip and nostril.”
Also in the room was a known 34-year old woman, sitting on the bed.
Looking in the doorway, the officer reported seeing plastic bags tied with knots – similar to bags commonly used for narcotics – and a glass pipe that was charred and a bag with a tar-like substance that later tested positive as heroin.
The man was arrested on warrants. After tests confirmed the presence of drugs, the woman was later re-located and arrested as well.

 

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Basketball: cops versus firefighters

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 8, 2013 —

West Sacramento firefighters will take on the city’s police department in a charity basketball game on Saturday, May 11. The game starts at 6 p.m. at River City High School. Tickets ($3/adults, $2/children) are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic programs.

The school is located at 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

 

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West Sac picks new chief of police

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 9, 2013 —

    The City of West Sacramento announced this morning that the city council has chosen a police chief to replacing retiring chief Dan Drummond.

    Tom McDonald, a currently a Los Angeles Police Department captain, has been appointed to the post.

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald -- the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald — the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

McDonald currently serves as the commanding officer for LAPD’s Bomb Squad, Bomb K-9, and Hazmat. He has also served as the patrol commanding officer in Rampart and in south central Los Angeles.  McDonald will replace Drummond, who recently announced his retirement after serving for nine years.

 “We are very pleased to add someone with Mr. McDonald’s leadership and background to our city’s police department and management team,” said West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle in a press release.  “His personality and expertise are a perfect match for the department and the community.”

 Among his assignments during his 30-year career, McDonald served as a gang officer, SWAT element member, and training officer. McDonald specialized  in crowd management during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  Following the September 11, 2001,  terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City, McDonald developed an award winning counter-terrorism program known as Operation  Archangel designed to assess and protect thekey facilities in Los Angeles.  

 “I am looking forward to building on Chief Drummond’s efforts and contributing to, and being part of, West Sacramento’s emergence as a great city,” said McDonald in a press statement.

 [adrotate group=”9″]McDonald, who joined LAPD as a police officer in 1983, received his Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management from Biola University.   He will begin work in early July.

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One DUI arrest at West Sac checkpoint

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 1, 2013 —

West Sacramento police checked driver’s licenses and looked for signs of inebriation behind the wheel of each car passing through a checkpoint Friday night, April 26, at Harbor Boulevard and Duluth Street. They announced the planned checkpoint in advance – the News-Ledger published an announcement on its website – but kept the location secret until near the 7 p.m. start time.

Officers staffed the checkpoint for several hours, counting 522 vehicles passing through.

The tally of citations, according to Lieutenant Tod Sockman of W.S.P.D.:

Four people were cited for driving without a license, four others were given field sobriety tests and one was arrested for driving under the influence. One car was towed from the scene.

Supported by a state grant, the checkpoint operation was part of a project to deter drunk driving.

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Memorial for fallen Yolo officers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

A new peace officers memorial at the old courthouse building, 725 Court Street in Woodland, will honor all those officers who fell in the line of duty while working for law enforcement agencies in Yolo County, including the sheriff’s department and West Sacramento Police Department.

West Sacramento has lost one officer, James McKnight, for whom the local police station is named. McKnight was shot while working with the Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Team, serving a search warrant in Esparto in 1990.

The memorial will be dedicated in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.

Funds were raised by the Yolo County Retired Peace Officers.

 

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‘Police Log’ for West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 10, 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.

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April 3, 12:06 a.m.
A domestic violence incident was reported in central West Sacramento.

April 3, 5:59 a.m.
A Riverpoint Court store said someone parked an older Jeep in the complex’s fire lane all night. When asked to move the vehicle, a woman in it “walked away from the vehicle and hasn’t returned.” A records check showed that the Jeep’s license plate belonged to a Honda somewhere.

April 3, 7:33 a.m.
Possible wire theft at 5th and West Capitol: a person was seen “up on the power pole.”

April 3, 10:30 a.m.
A Lexus went into a fire hydrant at Harbor and Industrial. Water was now gushing from the hydrant. A man and some kids were seen walking away from the accident.

April 3, 12:27 p.m.
A witness said an apparently-intoxicated woman of about 50 years old was walking through traffic on Merkley Avenue. The caller “almost hit her, but stopped in time and the woman ‘flipped off’ the (caller).”

April 3, 1:37 p.m.
A caller from Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento reported being able to see a couple of male subjects across the river in West Sacramento, shooting rifles (possibly .22s) near 4200 South River Road.

April 3, 1:54 p.m.
A Bryte Avenue resident returned home to find the place burglarized. Gone were two bikes, some jewelry, a tablet computer, and a game system, valued at around $3,000.

April 3, 4 p.m.
On the 3000-block of West Capitol: “copper lines cut to AC units on the roofs of several businesses.”

April 3, 4:03 p.m.
On Jefferson Blvd. north of Lake Washington Blvd., a witness reported a man in his 20s wearing a “black trench coat buttoned up all the way and walking in the middle of the road.”

April 3, 5:02 p.m.
From Tyler Way: “bat was stepped on by (caller); still alive and contained for pickup.”

April 3, 7 p.m.
Several men were arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a traffic stop near West Capitol and Harbor.

[adrotate group=”10″] April 3, 7:57 p.m.
Possible illegal gambling was reported at an “internet café” on Sacramento Avenue.

April 3, 9:55 p.m.
A police officer saw three males in a car, going about 43 m.p.h. in a 35-m.p.h. zone, with no right rear brake light, near West Capitol and Westacre. A traffic stop was conducted. The driver had a suspended license and the front passenger was on searchable probation. The driver consented to a search of the car, and the officer found a baggie with a crystal substance under the middle of the rear passenger seat, “accessible by all” the occupants.
After being shown the baggie (which later tested positive for methamphetamine), all three denied owning it.
The subjects (two from Sacramento and one from Antelope, ranging in age from 23-37), were arrested “after a felony blood sample was obtained.”

April 3, 6 p.m.
An officer took a report about an incident involving two men on Fremont Blvd. that went something like this:
During an argument about a scooter, the suspect held a crowbar “in a threatening manner” and said, “This can go two ways. Pay me $500 or one shot, one kill.” He then grabbed the keys to the victim’s Jeep Cherokee and demanded, “Either get in the car or I will bash your face in.” In fear, the victim got into the vehicle as the suspect drove them about a mile. The suspect demanded $500 and a new scooter before he would “think about giving the Jeep back.”
The suspect was drafting a written “agreement” about the deal when interrupted by police. The 25-year old suspect went to jail.

April 4, 12:09 a.m.
Someone was seen “messing with the electrical box in the parking lot with a crowbar” outside a pub on the 2200-block of Lake Washington Blvd.

April 4, 12:52 a.m.
A Dodge Charger was repossessed in Southport.

April 4, 7:08 a.m.
A Pine Street man told a dispatcher he was “sitting outside his house having a cigarette and the neighbors were telling him he was in violation of a restraining order.” The neighbors had a restraining order in place, he said, but they “keep coming by and harassing him as he sits on his porch.”

April 4, 8:14 a.m.
A city truck and a Mazda collided near Riverside Parkway and Stillwater Road. No injuries.

April 4, 8:35 a.m.
A silver Toyota Rav 4 and a Ford sedan collided on Jefferson near Higgins. No injuries.

April 4, 11:38 a.m.
A Dodge pickup rear-ended a tow truck at West Capitol and Walnut: “vehicles stuck together.”

April 4, 1:54 p.m.
A car burglary was discovered in the city hall parking lot on West Capitol.

April 4, 3:20 p.m.
A man returned home to Mikon Street and found his house had been burglarized.

April 4, 3:44 p.m.
A witness said someone in a black SUV with a custom license plate “threw a water bottle at a homeless subject while driving by” in the Harbor Blvd./Rice Avenue area.

April 4, 4:04 p.m.
A woman reported having left her debit card in a Riverside Parkway store the day before. “By the time she had discovered this a short time later, there had been multiple charges on her account.”

April 4, 5:04 p.m.
Suisun Bay Road: a snake about three to four feet long was found in a house, and the resident “thinks it might be a rattlesnake.” The snake “just went into the washing machine.” A request was made to summon Yolo County’s animal services.

April 4, 5:36 p.m.
Law enforcement officers from W.S.P.D. or another agency reported they would be at a Renee Court address, in uniform in unmarked cars, for a “walk and talk for firearm compliance.”

April 4, 6:21 p.m.
A woman called police on behalf of an elderly woman who lived on Davis Road. Someone had dumped mattresses and other garbage on the victim’s property today.

April 4, 7:15 p.m.
Someone broke into a parked yellow Winnebago on Hart Avenue, taking a girl’s bike, alcoholic beverages and other items.

April 4, 7:18 p.m.
Two stray Labrador dogs were reported to be running in traffic at Enterprise and Seaport boulevards. A sergeant was contacted to request Yolo’s animal services officers.

April 4, 11:43 p.m.
A woman said her boyfriend’s car had been left at Water Street and Lisbon Avenue when he was arrested. The car was partly in the street, but the keys evidently went with him to the jail.

April 4, 3 p.m.
On the 1030-block of West Capitol: three or four people were reported to have been in a physical fight, and one had brandished a stun gun or Taser.

April 4, 11:30 a.m.
Booked into the police department from a vacant lot at 2nd and C streets: a tent, sleeping bag, blankets, books and rotten food. No owner ID.

April 4, 2:35 p.m.
An officer was headed westbound on West Capitol Avenue near Westacre when he saw a 44-year old homeless woman “expose her right breast while in public.” Upon contact, the woman exhibited slurred speech and signs of intoxication. She was arrested.

April 5, 3 p.m.
A store at Town Center Plaza in Southport reported someone had stolen some vacuum cleaners.

April 6, 4:20 a.m.
A 25-year old Sacramento woman was arrested for shoplifting at a Riverpoint Court store.

April 6, 4 p.m.
A 27-year old homeless man was reported to have stolen some items from a vacant house on Elliot Street. There was a restraining order in place, said the victim.

April 6, 7:20 a.m.
A car was found burglarized on Anna Street.

April 6, 4:30 p.m.
A woman on Michigan Blvd. reported that a shed on the property had been burglarized. Gone were a trophy and some tools.

April 6, 4:34 p.m.
A caller reported a “fully nude” woman outside an apartment complex on Douglas Street. A police officer contacted the 25-year old Lighthouse Drive resident. The naked woman showed signs of being under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant, the officer reported, and she admitted having used methamphetamine.
She went to jail.

 

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Accused West Sac cop pleads ‘not guilty’

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

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

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 13, 2013 —

A former West Sacramento police officer pleaded “not guilty” Thursday to 35 counts of kidnapping and sexual offenses he allegedly committed while on patrol.

Sergio Alvarez, a 37-year old resident of the city, entered the plea in Yolo County Superior Court.

He was charged with rape and other offenses. Police spokesmen say that over a period of about a year, Alvarez assaulted a number of women he contacted while driving a patrol car on the “graveyard” shift in the West Capitol Avenue area.

The plea was made on Alvarez’s behalf by attorney Gabriel Quinnan.

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