The area of Lomita and Donald is no place to act suspicious, so an oddly parked car at 1:40 a.m., its driver standing outside the vehicle looking ready to bolt, is certain to attract police attention. The 16-year old driver, from Petaluma, said he had happened to run out of gas there, and could not explain how the 1985 Buick Century had an expired registration yet bore current tags. Police parlayed the February 13 discussion into a search of the trunk, in which two bags of pot (16 grams and 24 grams) were discovered, along with a scale and 74 small baggies. Bottom line: a trip to juvenile hall for possession of marijuana with the intent to sell
Good news, bad news
The green 1990 Honda Accord missing February 12 from the 400 block of West MacArthur? Turns out it wasn’t stolen after all; parked with a for sale sign three days prior, it had been towed away.
An overnight auto burglary in the 800 block of Palou Street on February 12 netted work tools and saws. The victim said his white GMC van has been locked but there were no signs of forced entry.
Another case of identity theft. A woman in the 200 block of West MacArthur told police February 11 that her checking account had been hacked, and two checks created – one in Michigan, one in Phoenix — to the tune of $4,680. Hr bank stopped the transactions, and the money was returned to her account.
Police caught a break in a February 10 hit and run at the corner of West Napa and Third. During the broadside collision with an occupied car, the suspect vehicle lost its license plate. A handy clue indeed.
Dressing the part
Gang-related tension at Steiners Tavern on February 9. A week earlier, a group of gentlemen sporting gang colors were asked to leave the premises absent less confrontational attire. They returned, in full fraternal regalia, at about 1:35 a.m. and began threatening the bar staff. When police arrived, the group had dwindled to one man, 24, standing (barely) at the corner of Napa Street and First Street West. Beligerent and abusive, he repeatedly insulted the officer and, with a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, was arrested for being drunk in public.
A man heard some racket outside his home in the zero block of Ramon after midnight February 9. In the morning, his black leather Western-style horse saddle was missing from the front porch. A $500 loss.
Drunk of the Week
Irony, or coincidence? A woman pulled over for speeding and talking on a cell phone – it was a family member, upset that she had left the party after drinking — ended up with a DUI at 1:42 a.m. on February 7. Pulled over at Calle de Monte in the Springs, the woman, 51, logged a .139 blood alcohol level and was arrested. Perhaps still enraged by the audacity of her family to presume she shouldn’t drive, the woman tried to bite a deputy before trying to strangle herself with her own scarf in the back of the police car.
Defiant teen protects keepsake bong
When questioned about the pervasive scent of marijuana in which she was enveloped, a female student of Creekside High School defied authorities by going to a parked car to retrieve a backpack. Curiosity thusly piqued, authorities demanded to search the pack during the February 7 incident. The brazen El Verano girl, 16, vehemently refused. She explained that it contained a “hella nice, expensive-ass bong my dad gave me, and you’re not taking it.” When an officer managed to grab the pack, the girl pushed the deputy out of the way and tried to grab it back. The physical defiance earned her a charge of resisting a peace officer, in addition to one for possessing the drug paraphernalia. She was removed to juvenile hall.