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Busy constabulary – the Sebastopol police blotter

Monday, February 25th, 2013 | Posted by

Sebastopol Police were kept very busy the week of Feb. 13 – 19. In addition to hauling drunk drivers off the roads they helped out several ambulance crews. Police investigated 19 suspicious vehicles and checked out 13 suspicious persons. They handed out 12 parking tickets, and towed one vehicle. They made 14 arrests, and on a happier note they provided a whopping 33 citizens with fingerprint services. Since the services are mostly used for employment purposes perhaps the economy is picking up. Here’s how it all played out.

On Feb. 13 at 3:18 p.m. police took a report of a wallet lost on McKinley St. with $400 in it (ouch!). At 6:08 p.m.  a very smoky stove fire drew both police and the fire department to Hayden Ave. Fortunately it was all smoke, no fire. At 10:49 p.m. they ticketed a driver who didn’t have his license on Sebastopol Ave.

On Feb. 14 a Lhasa apso dog was lost on Covert Lane so he was taken to the Humane Society to await its human. At 12:29 p.m. someone complained that the speakers at Reach Charter School on Hayden Ave. were making a disturbance, but everything checked out fine. At 5:14 p.m. a juvenile was arrested on fellers Lane. At 5:38 p.m. someone reported a lost Kindle on Bodega Ave. At 8:04 p.m. officers executed a warrant arrest for the San Luis Obispo courts at the downtown plaza. At 9:06 p.m. police conducted a probation search on Snow St. At 10:47 p.m. someone was arrested for driving on a suspended license on Gravenstein Hwy. S.

On Feb. 15 at 2:29 a.m. a drunk driver was arrested on Petaluma Ave. At 6:11 a.m. a reckless driver without a license was arrested on Petaluma Ave. At 10:18 a.m. on Valley View Drive two Chihuahua sized dogs were rounded up and taken to the doggie jail.  At 11:26 a.m. police investigated a report of drug activity that proved unfounded. At 2:53 p.m. they took a report of a hit and run misdemeanor outside Safeway Market. At 4:04 p.m. someone reported losing a wallet and cell phone at Whole Foods Market. At 4:08 p.m. someone reported losing an Australian shepherd-lab mix dog on Ragle Rd. At 6:52 someone else reported losing a wallet on Wilton Ave. with $300 in it – folks are getting careless with their belongings. At 9:11 p.m. Box Office Video called for help with a panhandler who was talking to himself and driving customers away. The panhandler was uncooperative and was arrested.

On Feb. 16 at 12:25 a.m. someone was driving so sloppily police pulled the vehicle over but the driver was sober and was just warned. At 1:51 a.m. police helped medics on Live Oak Ave. where a man was having severe breathing difficulties. At 1:52 someone was arrested on Bodega Ave. for driving with a suspended license. At 9:24 a.m. they had a talk with a resident after neighbors complained about barking dogs and trash thrown about on West Hills Ave. At 3:01 p.m. police again helped medics when a woman was unconscious on Hutchins Ave.  At 4:31 p.m. a transient was warned to stay away from the Palm Drive Hospital helipad. At 6:19 p.m. a man fell and couldn’t get up on Murphy Ave. so medics and cops rolled to his assistance. At 6:29 p.m. police checked on the welfare of an elderly woman and helped her out when someone saw her car in the driveway but couldn’t get her to answer the door or her phone. At 11:42 a drunk driver was hauled off to the pokey from S Main St.

On Feb. 17 at 1:31 a.m. another drunk driver was taken in from S. Main St to keep the other one company and at 2:05 a.m. the drunk tank began getting overcrowded when yet another drunk driver was arrested on Gravenstein Hwy. S. At 10:19 a.m. a Calder Ave. resident discovered a car burglar had broken a window and made off with a computer. At 10:54 a.m. a loose pit bull was taken from Bately Court to the Humane Society. At 10:54 a.m. police helped medics when a 55 year old woman was having trouble breathing and kept losing consciousness at Hutchins Ave. At 11:07 a.m. police rolled to two ambulance calls on Valentine Ave. One was for a person in severe pain, and the other for breathing difficulties. At 1:03 p.m. a man on Hutchins Ave. reported his ex-wife had drinking problems and was making suicide threats to his daughter, an investigation proved it unfounded. At 6:24 p.m. someone reported missing two Ridgeback dogs from Baker Lane. At 6:54 p.m. someone reported losing a wallet and purse at Hopmonk Tavern.

On Feb. 18 at 2:35 a.m. police broke up a disturbance on Maple Ave. At 9:31 a.m. they took a vandalism report on Norlee St where someone had broken concrete and left a nasty spill. At 12:09 p.m. police warned a man with gray beard and drumsticks who was beating on things and tying up flags at the corner of Bodega Ave. and Main ST. AT 5:34 p.m. Box Office Video reported a person hassling customers for money and yelling at them if they didn’t cough up and smoking right outside the door. At 6:30 someone reported a person was mentally ill at Bodega Ave. and Main St, having a panic disorder and threatening to harm himself. Police advised the caller it was a civil problem. At 10:27 p.m. police made a probation violation arrest on S Main St.

On Feb 19 at 8:03 a.m. a driver without a license was arrested on Gravenstein Hwy. s. At 10:18 a.m. a patient at Fircrest Convalescent Hospital asked police to speak to another patient who was making threats. AT 10:29 a.m. police warned a person begging and harassing customers at Sebastopol Post Office. AT 5:25 p.m. police removed a dead cat from Murphy Ave. At 6:19 they took a hit and run misdemeanor report at Redwood Marketplace.

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