Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Grass Valley Police Blotter vol. VIII

At 3:45 p.m. a caller reported a young man with no shirt was on his hands and knees, apparently vomiting on the side of Ridge Road.

[If he had been wearing a shirt, I would not have included this entry.]

At 9:04 a.m. a caller from the 13600 block of Axle Court reported he was threatened by his neighbor, who was heavily medicated. The caller said the neighbor also shot at his house with one of the two dozen guns he owns.

[I will just keeping watching the front page to see if this situation develops. This is definitely poised for "film at 11."]

At 10:37 a.m. a caller from the 100 block of Richardson Street reported that he let someone test drive his car on July 3 and they never returned it.

[This call came in on August 3rd so, if nothing else, you have to admire the caller's patience. "Has it been a month since I gave that guy the keys? He should have been back by now."]

At 6:47 p.m. a caller said her car was towed to a business on Lower Grass Valley Road in Nevada City and her husband was taking things out of the vehicle.

[And you dialed 9-1-1 to tell us what again?]

At 5:36 p.m., a caller from the 700 block of Freeman Lane requested extra patrol for people throwing trash cans.

[A new sport? Is there a preferred trash can for throwing? Are they looking for the police to sponsor the league?]

At 10:42 a.m., a woman called from South Auburn at Mohawk Street to report a man carrying a battery threw a rock and damaged her vehicle. He was driving a gray Honda. Police took a report.

[One wonders what provoked this sort of behavior. I assume it was a car battery. Maybe he was irritable from having to lug it around.]

At 11:47 a.m., a man called from Mill Street to report a man in a gray Honda yelled at him and threw a rock at him after he made a joke about the man getting a ticket. The man then took off in his car.

[The rock thrower made it a block before he struck again. At least we have motive this time!]

At 11:59 a.m., police arrested a 33-year-old man on South Auburn Street for throwing rocks at vehicles.

[And the crime spree ends back where it started, no doubt halted by the officer taking the report from the first incident. There is a lesson here about returning to the scene of the crime.]

At 12:42 p.m., a caller from Dorsey Drive reported a semi hit a power line and pulled it down. Police made contact. It was not a power line, but rather it was a telephone line hanging low.

[But was the driver of the semi arrested for hit and run or damaging phone equipment?]

At 11:06 p.m., a man called from the 18000 block of River Ranch Road to report a person ran him over with a truck. The caller did not need medical attention. A deputy took a report.

[OK... Was the man in question Mr. C. Kent by any chance?]

At 6:17 p.m., a woman called from the 11000 block of Wild Turkey Lane to report a fight between herself and her husband who was holding a handgun. She was afraid he was going to shoot her. Deputies arrested the 48-year-old man for spousal abuse and an emergency protective order was issued.

[Not so amusing an entry, except that the street names seems to be an indication of what probably influenced this event. Chekhov (the Russian playwright not the Star Trek ensign) would approve... at least of the street name.]

At 9:30 a.m., a caller from the 14000 block of Stagecoach Way reported a man who had made threats earlier to kill the caller broke into the house and stole a dog. Deputies took a report.

[Stole a dog? Was this man medicated and the owner of two dozen guns by any chance?]

At 10:46 a.m., a caller from the 200 block of Broad Street reported several vehicles needed to be ticketed, a woman was changing her clothes in a parking lot and her dog was off its leash as well.

[And her blouse did not really match her pants and her right rear tire looked a little low.]

At 11:22 p.m., a caller from the 11000 block of Slow Poke Lane reported two juveniles ran away.

[More street name driven humor. Would you really need to run away from that street? I think a brisk stroll would do the trick.]

At 7:44 p.m., police made contact with two homeless men on Nevada City Highway who had an 18-pack of beer and backpacks. They were advised of the city's camping ordinance and they would be moving along.

[Aside from seeming like an old movie where the cops tell a hobo move along to the next town, I was not aware that they sold beer in units between 12 and 24. That probably shows how out of touch I am with the alcohol trade.]

At 2:05 a.m., an officer on the 200 block of Mill Street moved trash cans out of the roadway.

[More trash can throwing?]

At 4:10 p.m., a caller from the 10000 block of Comerate Road reported a juvenile with a fire extinguisher and a gas stove in his hand was threatening to start a fire. A deputy responded and mediated the situation.

[Did mediate include whacking the kid upside the head? Still, in addition to the stove, he had a fire extinguisher, so he was prepared for contingencies.]

At 10:23 p.m., a caller from the 11000 block of Wilson Road reported his 14-year-old daughter was missing. She left for Santa Cruz Friday to go camping with a man and his daughter and was supposed to return last night. The man was said to be driving a green minivan.

[I am going to ignore the vagueness of the description and assume that the caller knew the "man and his daughter" in question. I do wonder why you would leave an area surrounded by wonderful camping sites to go camp in Santa Cruz. Yes, there is the beach, but you have got Lakes around Nevada County just as cold and uninviting as the Pacific Ocean off of Santa Cruz and with far less undertow.]

At 10:41 a.m., a caller reported a trash bag in the middle of the Dorsey Drive overcross. The CHP was advised.

[I am just guessing here, but trash bag throwing must be in a different league from trash can throwing, so it got referred to the CHP.]

At 10:11 a.m., a caller from Highway 49 reported an elderly man was walking with a cane on the edge of the road, last seen just north of a mobile home park.

[Old people on the loose! Call the police!]

At 4:47 p.m., a caller from the 500 block of Pine Street reported a person was acting strange and making death threats toward the neighbors. The caller found this strange and alarming and wanted a log entry made. The caller was advised of the process of obtaining a temporary restraining order.

[Logically, this cannot be the medicated gun owner, otherwise the caller should have found this "alarming but perfectly in character." And a correctly obtained temporary restraining order is small comfort against somebody who has decided to act on a previously stated death threat.]

Source: The Union (

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