Monday, December 18, 2006

Grass Valley Police Blotter vol. XXXIII

At 5:02 p.m., a caller from the Memorial Park pool reported a female streaker ran into the pool area. Police made contact with the swim coach staff, and they were unable to locate the girl. It was possibly a juvenile prank with a blue van involved.

[It was a prank, as opposed to... just another crazy naked person?]

At 7:07 p.m., a woman called to report she was approached by suspicious-looking people, and she felt they were trying to get her alone inside a department store on the 100 block of West McKnight Way. One man was in his 30s with blond hair in a ponytail. He had bad teeth. One woman was heavyset and had long blond hair. They had been driving an older green hatchback Datsun. Police checked the area, but were unable to locate the people.

[I like what stands out for people in these descriptions. Bad Teeth.]

At 5:18 a.m., a caller from the 800 block of Old Tunnel Road reported a man was outside an apartment screaming. Another caller advised the man may have had a gun. Police arrested the 32-year-old man on suspicion of having a controlled substance and violation of probation. Police were unable to locate a gun.

[again... if you're on probation, keep quiet.]

At 2:58 a.m., around five people on the 300 block of East Main Street were advised to quiet down and go inside.

At 4:40 p.m., seven to eight juveniles were reported to be drinking alcohol and screaming in the parking lot of the Bonanza Market on the 300 block of Broad Street.

At 5:14 p.m., three to four juveniles were reported to be throwing bottles onto the freeway from the Broad Street overpass.

[Like seven or eight shots, more examples of the imprecision of the general public.]

At 12:06 a.m., a vehicle overturned at on Combie Road. The driver was driving under the influence and sustained minor injuries. California Highway Patrol provided assistance. One person was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Grass Valley Interagency Command Center could not provide information on the extent of injuries or the number of people involved in the accident.

[I just put this in because it mentioned the Grass Valley Interagency Command Center, a federal facility, which probably does not care about a car accident unless it causes a major forest fire.]

At 11:41 a.m., a caller from the 100 block of Berryman Avenue reported people were trying to move a vehicle by wrapping a chain around a telephone pole. Police contacted the people and advised them of proper methods for towing. Police also advised them not to drive because of the status of their licenses.

[Proper method of towing #1 - Try towing your vehicle with another vehicle and not a stationary object.]

At 8:55 p.m., a woman called from the 1000 block of La Barr Meadows Road to report her father would not return her ring. Police made contact with the woman and her father. They were advised the issue was a civil dispute.

[He won't give it back to me!]

At 8:18 p.m., a caller from a bar on the 26000 block of Highway 49 in North San Juan reported a man was shooting a rifle from a red Toyota truck. The man drove away, and a deputy found the same truck over an embankment off of Highway 49 at Milhous Drive. The truck was abandoned and the gun was in the vehicle. Deputies checked the area for the 30-year-old Grass Valley man and arrested him on suspicion of exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner, discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, carrying a concealed weapon and drunken driving.

[Drinking is the key. It explains all of the other behavior.]

At 6:35 a.m., a woman called from the 10000 block of Sky Circle to report people were taking pictures of her through her windows and breaking into her house. She said it was an ongoing issue. She requested extra patrol throughout the day and night.

[More fun in the neighborhood. Maybe she is famous?]

At 8:37 p.m., a caller from the 100 block of Argall Way reported hearing someone shaking a paint can behind a laundromat. Police arrested a 42-year-old man for possession of chemicals for intoxication.

[Maybe the shaking of a paint can is an obvious sign that chemicals are being abused, but it seemed like a Sherlock Holmes level logical leap to me.]

At 5:13 p.m., a caller from a gas station on the 10000 block of Wolf Road reported two men were fighting. One man was holding a gas pump. Another caller reported they were pushing and shoving, then they left.

[I realize that the one man was probably only holding the pump nozzle, but the mental image of the whole pump is amusing.]

At 1:09 p.m., a caller from North Church at Richardson streets reported a man parked his gray Toyota in front of a fire hydrant. The caller told him to move, and he said, "It's a public street, I'll park where I want." An officer cited the man for parking in a no-parking zone.

[Showed him!]

At 2:03 p.m., a caller from the 200 block of Sutton Way reported the theft of Christmas lights. It was the third time they were stolen. The caller requested extra patrol.

[My grandmother used to fret from time to time that people would steal the Christmas lights on the house. I guess her fears had some foundation.]

At 1:07 a.m., a caller from the 300 block of First Street called to report a woman was heard yelling and crying. Police arrested a 20-year-old man for possession of an alcoholic beverage by a minor.

[But what about the woman? You remember, the yelling, crying one?]

At 3:22 a.m., a caller from a motel on the 900 block of Sutton Way said a man wanted to report his vehicle was broken into. Police contacted the man and arrested him being drunk in public.

[Well, it could have been worse. Standing there by your car with your keys in hand can get you a drunken driving arrest.]

At 4:30 a.m., a caller from a drug store on Sutton Way reported a man was passed out in the bathroom. Police made contact with the 42-year-old man and advised him to move along.

At 5:24 a.m., a woman called from a cafe on Sutton Way to report a man was on private property. Police made contact with the same man who had passed out in a store bathroom. The woman said she would allow the man to stay a while longer because he had nowhere else to go.

[Well, at least somebody had a heart.]

At 2:56 p.m., a caller from the 10000 block of Lime Kiln Road reported that a man he was going to transport in an ambulance said he would shoot someone if he were transported. Deputies arrived, and the man was transported by ambulance.

[Presumably nobody had to be shot to get this trip underway.]

At 11:26 a.m., a woman called to report her husband was refusing to allow her to leave the residence. She said she was fearful and wanted a deputy to make contact. A deputy called back and determined there was no domestic violence. The deputy said the woman's husband would not let her use the car and he was not keeping her at the house against her will.

[Was she drunk?]

At 7:46 a.m., a man called from the 200 block of Mill Street to report that upon returning from jail, he found pictures torn up in his living room. The man said he thought his wife tore them up. He requested a log entry.

[The case of the torn up pictures!]

At 3:43 p.m., a caller from a grocery store on the 700 block of Zion Street reported a shoplifter was stealing spray paint. The 42-year-old man was arrested for petty theft with a prior jail term for theft. Before he was booked into jail, he was taken to the hospital emergency room, where he was treated for a broken arm he suffered prior to the incident.

[He was walking around with a broken arm and then decided to shoplift some spray paint. Odd.]

At 10:53 a.m., several 911 callers reported an elderly man in a blue Ford Ranger with a camper shell was driving the wrong way on southbound Highway 49 at Brunswick Road. Police made contact with the 80-year-old driver.

[As long as they did not make contact with his vehicle... head on contact, that is.]

At 2:59 p.m., a woman called to request deputies check on her adult daughter on the 10000 block of Mooney Flat Road. She said her daughter had been missing for four and a half years, and she thought she was dead. The woman said she thought a stepmother killed the family. A deputy checked on the house and found that three juveniles living there were fine and that the mother and daughter have not gotten along for several years. A deputy called the mother back, but she did not answer her phone.

[The joy of families.]

At 9:37 p.m., a caller from Park Avenue at Pioneer Park reported a car was doing doughnuts and got a flat tire. Deputies located the vehicle and the juvenile driver and called a tow truck.

[Doing donuts and getting a flat. There is a "Priceless" joke there waiting to be made.]

At 11:59 p.m., deputies responded to a call of a suicidal man at a motel on the 13000 block of Highway 49. The man had taken 14 Xanax pills. The man was taken to the hospital and cleared by county Mental Health. He was given a ride back to the motel, and deputies took seven firearms for safekeeping.

[Good call on the safekeeping regardless of what the county Mental Health people said!]

At 8:47 p.m., a caller from the 200 block of Gold Flat Court reported a possible prowler. Police checked the area. They found fresh mountain lion tracks and several deer and a coyote.

[And Phil said he saw a bat, but I don't believe him! A nice little wildlife outing for the police.]

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