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The police blotter

Monday, October 8th, 2012 | Posted by

Murphy Ave. seemed to be fighting a petty crime wave the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 according to the logbook of the Sebastopol Police Department. The logbook showed the officers dealt with 153 items including 18 parking violations, dealing with four false alarms, providing fingerprint services to 12 citizens. They investigated 11 suspicious persons reported, nine suspicious vehicles, three suspicious circumstances and made 14 arrests. Here are the down and dirty details.

On Sept. 26 at 8:05 a.m. police took a report about a road rage incident in which the angry motorist actually followed the target of his ire into a lobby and only left when he knew police were being called. At 12:09 p.m. they fielded a call that someone had made to the Humane Society had seen two dogs in a car on Petaluma Ave. It was just 62 degrees, and the car was gone on arrival. At 2:07 p.m. someone reported a stolen cell phone at Analy High School, and the GPS on the phone tracked it to Gravenstein Highway N. At 6:31 p.m. two males were heard creating a disturbance on Joe Rodota Bike Trail, since it was at the far end the call was referred to Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, but Sebastopol initiated a foot patrol of the trail in its jurisdiction.

On Sept. 27 at 12:06 a.m. nailed two for one arrests for drunk driving at the Wells Fargo Bank. At 8:21 a.m. a woman caught a three year old running by itself on Soll Court. Apparently mom was quickly on the scene, and waited to file a report. At 3:38 p.m. officers dealt with a sick raccoon under someone’s porch on West St. At 7:17 officers assisted ambulance crews when an unconscious woman was found under the bushes outside Sebastopol City Hall. AT 7:28 p.m. and male and female having an altercation disturbed the peace of the neighbors on Golden Ridge Ave. At 7:55 p.m. police stopped a suspicious person from soliciting and bothering customers at the CVS Pharmacy on Gravenstein Highway N. At 11:13 p.m. officers arrested a probation violator on Main St. and initiated a foot patrol of the area.

On Sept. 28 police began the new day with a drunk driving arrest at 12:20 a.m. on Gravenstein Highway S. AT 8:38 a.m. on Murphy Ave. a petty theft report was taken after a check book and wallet was stolen. At 8:41 a.m. a pit bull mix dog was on the loose at Pacific Market but someone there knew the owner. At 9:24 a.m. another petty theft was reported at Murphy Ave. This time a phone charger was taken. At 9:59 a.m. a woman called 911 asking for information. She was advised it was a mis-use of the emergency line. At 4:42 p.m. someone reported seeing a man buying beer at Pacific Market then drinking one in the car. Officers checked it out. The man was sober. At 4:52 p.m. yet another theft was reported on Murphy Ave. 1:15 a.m. someone reported lots of screaming at Vine Ave. but the screamer was nowhere in sight or earshot when police got there. 10:54 a.m. a car burglary was reported on Robinson Road. The thief broke the back window and stole tools. At 4:35 p.m. someone reported a vehicle with a broken back window and glass inside. At 5:02 p.m. officers assisted ambulance crews when a man was down at Lucky’s Market and not breathing. At 5:20 p.m. someone left a pot on the stove at Keating Ave. that filled the house with smoke and brought out the fire department. AT 7:06 p.m. an Aussie shepherd (dog) was found on the loose on Litchfield and rounded up to await its human.

On Sept. 30 at 12”23 a.m. a drunk driver was arrested on Sebastopol Ave. and another one was nabbed on the same road at 1:37 a.m. Yet again at 1:45 a.m. on the same thoroughfare yet a third one was taken into the pokey. At 3:14 a.m. police assisted medical personnel with a 72 year old fall victim on Bodega Ave. At 7:38 a.m. police had to resolve a municipal code violation because Wells Fargo Bank had very noisy compression equipment going. At 5:31 p.m. a person driving without a license was arrested. At 6:11 p.m. someone driving on a suspended license was also arrested at the downtown plaza area. At 7:02 p.m. there was a third arrest, this time on Main St. on a probation violation at the Old Main Street Saloon. At 8:21 p.m. officers were called out of Sebastopol to help CHP officers with an overturned vehicle on College Ave. At 9:47 p.m. officers were called to dispute over supposedly missing property on Bodega Ave. where someone was moving out. They checked records and lo and behold, one of the disputes had an outstanding warrant – off to the slammer. At 10:22 p.m. someone reported fireworks being fired off at Reach Charter School on Hayden Ave. but the miscreants could not be located.

On Oct 1 at 2:42 a.m. a tired resident called police about an ongoing problem with a noisy delivery truck delivering after hours at Rotten Robbie’s Gas Station. At 12:39 p.m. obnoxious juveniles were creating problems, and harassing customers outside Safeway. Officers discussed manners with them. At 3:26 p.m. officers arrested a drunk driver on Petaluma Ave. At 4:10 p.m. juveniles scaling the wall at the library led to call but they were gone on arrival. AT 4:50 p.m. police took a dog bite report. A loose dog in the Rite Aid Pharmacy bit a 92 year old woman. The owner, an older woman, grabbed the dog, a gold sized medium one, and ran out of the store – crude, rude and dangerous. At 5:03 p.m. a hit and run driver hit a planter at Fast Gas and drove off. At 8:43 someone reported a boxer (canine variety) on the loose at Calder Ave. Off to the doggie pokey to await his human.

On Oct. 2 at 9:15 p.m. a stolen vehicle was reported on where else but Murphy Ave. The owner had parked it there while he was off working on a fishing vessel. At 10:37 a.m. a bicycle thief may have been close to being apprehended. A woman saw her bike with unusual parts that had been listed on Craig’s list. She called the SFPD who asked her to set up a meet. She called local police to make the meet with the thief and get the serial number of the bike. We await news of the outcome. At 11:31 a.m. there was a vehicle fire on Jewell Ave. near Ives Park. Luckily the fire department is at the corner of Jewell Ave. At 4:15 p.m. police assisted an ambulance crew with someone suffering from extreme and dangerous alcohol intoxication at Calder Ave. At 5:54 p.m. someone at Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Parlor someone found a blue Hello Kitty wallet. AT 6:14 p.m. officers took a Cub Scout troop on a tour of the police station. At 11:06 p.m. officers spotted an open door at Sebastopol Towing and checked things out to be sure burglars weren’t there. All was well.

Stay tuned for next week


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