Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Grass Valley Police Blotter vol. LI

At 9:30 a.m., a man from the 1000 block of East Main Street said he wanted to press charges against a woman who was in his yard stealing his flowers. He wanted an officer to call him. An officer was advised.

[What are the laws surrounding flower theft?]

At 11:02 a.m., two callers from the 500 block of Penstock Drive reported a man pushed a woman against the house and slapped her. Police contacted everyone involved and took a report for numerous charges to be reviewed by the Nevada County District Attorney.

["Numerous charges?" Sounds like these two have a history... or are married... or both.]

At 4:38 p.m., a caller from a business on the 11000 block of Nevada City Highway reported a man was trying to sell a stolen saw. Police contacted a 28-year-old man and arrested him on suspicion of theft.

[I realize it was probably a power saw, and that he probably did not represent it as stolen, yet my initial mental image was somebody trying to pass off a rusty old cross-cut saw with the line, "You wanna buy a hot saw?"]

At 8:41 p.m., a woman reported she was working out of town and her son was having a party at her house on the 100 block of Celesta Drive. She wanted the trespassers out, except for two adults authorized to be there. An officer responded.

[I wonder if the neighbors tipper her off?]

At 12:14 a.m., a caller from the 29000 block of Highway 49 reported she was at a bar in North San Juan and a man tried to "taze" her. Staff at the bar told a deputy that the woman was the primary aggressor. She had gone to the bar to collect a $400 debt from "Gary." Everyone fled the bar after the incident and the bar closed. The woman, who was intoxicated, did not want to press charges.

[A tazing! A tazing!]

At 2:29 a.m., a man called 911 from the 400 block of South Auburn Street and said he was fine. He was trying to call 114. He didn't know what room he was in. Police contacted two 27-year-old men and a 26-year-old man. They had all been drinking but they were OK.

[I bet he works somewhere that requires him to dial '9' before making an outside call.]

At 8:37 a.m., a woman called from the 17000 block of Cattle Drive to report receiving porn on her fax machine. The woman would call back if it continued.

[The internet is for porn! The fax is for refinance, health care, and vacation package offers!]

At 12:03 p.m., a man called from Bowman Lake Road to report his vehicle was broken into while he was camping. His iPod, a GPS system and sunglasses were stolen. The CHP recovered the property.

[Which makes you wonder exactly how "stolen" they really were. Still, good job CHP!]

At 1:49 p.m., a caller from a business on West Main Street reported possible stalking. A 24-year-old man was taking pictures and stalking.

[I would be interested to know how one "stalks." Don't you have to be stalking a particular person? Or can you just stalk without an actual person in mind?]

At 4:11 p.m., a woman came into the police station and wanted an officer to talk to her out-of-control 5-year-old.

[I haven't had to go there yet.]

At 6:20 p.m., a caller from South Auburn Street at School Alley reported a man wearing a red shirt and a tan hat was jumping into traffic. Police contacted the 52-year-old man and arrested him on suspicion of public drunkenness.

[Spring comes, the weather warms up, and people start jumping into traffic.]

At 9:40 a.m., a caller from the 10000 block of Shady S Lane reported a neighbor was stealing firewood, and it was an ongoing situation. A report was taken for a citizen's arrest on suspicion of trespassing and vandalism. A court date was set for June. The caller and the neighbor entered into a civil agreement that the neighbor would return the firewood that was taken.

[Nice to see these sorts of things get resolved.]

At 5:25 p.m., a caller from a gas station on the 16000 block of Penn Valley Drive reported a man stole $34 of propane. Deputies contacted the driver, who said it was accidental. He returned to the gas station to pay his bill.

[Nice to see that a genuine "oops" doesn't land you in the pokey.]

At 8:28 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle on the 17000 block of Penn Valley Drive and arrested a person on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and violation of probation. The vehicle was released to a friend.

[And in a string of niceness, I guess the Sheriff's office doesn't have a lucrative deal with an impound yard if they let this guy's pal take his car home.]

At 1:58 a.m., a caller from the 1000 block of East Main Street reported a large crowd and people being rowdy in their cars.

[Can you be a "crowd" yet all be in your cars? Shouldn't there be another word for that? A traffic jam maybe?]

At 8:56 a.m., a caller from Freeman Lane reported a man was in the middle of the road with flowers and a cigarette in his hand. He was yelling at passing cars. Police were unable to locate the man.

[But was he yelling words of affection? Did he offer the flowers?]

At 2:21 p.m., a woman in the police station lobby reported that, while she was at the post office, someone placed a bumper sticker on her car that read, "My child was inmate of the month at county jail." The sticker came off.


At 3 a.m., a woman reported her brother is an ill transient and if he were to pass away, she would like to be notified.

[An odd, and perhaps alcohol induced, time to think about ones brother. Included because this is the third middle of the night call like this I have seen. I want to track the pattern.]

At 3:10 a.m., a caller reported a pedestrian was standing under a light pole on Highway 20 just west of Brighton Street. Police contacted the 31-year-old man and arrested him on a local warrant.

[An odd, yet successful way to draw attention to yourself... and get arrested.]

At 2:39 p.m., a person at the front counter reported someone was throwing empty beer cans and shooting things with a BB gun at a property on the 17000 block of Refuge Road. The shooter also drives fast, screams foul words and throws trash in the creek. A deputy would contact the person making the report.

[And somebody isn't going to put up with it any more.]

At 7:27 a.m., a man from the 14000 block of Peaceful Meadow Lane reported his wife is a bigamist.

[That must have been some early morning revelation.]

Source: The Union (

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