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The following information from Dec. 8-10 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

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9:42 a.m., Dec. 8 — A man on Captain Nurse Circle said he was trapped inside his house by a pair of his neighbors' unleashed pit bulls that were aggressive and charged at his front door, causing damage. An officer was dispatched. The matter was referred to the Marin Humane Society.

Dec. 8

12:22 p.m. — A broken pipe flooded the baseball field of the San Jose Middle School on Sunset Parkway.  Novato Unified School District on-call personnel were contacted.

Dec. 9

11:36 a.m. – A bicyclist was struck by a car at Center Road and Wilson Avenue.  No injuries were reported.

4:30 p.m. — A wallet that had been lost for weeks was found on the front lawn of a home on the 900 block of Machin Avenue.  The responding officer returned the wallet to its owner.

4:14 p.m. – A noninjury collision between a black Mercedes and Silver Toyota was reported on the side road near Costco in the Vintage Oaks shopping center.

5:38 p.m.  — A person was arrested on Verdad Way on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.  The victim, a roommate of the suspect’s father), had been struck in her face with a hammer.

5:50 p.m. – A man driving a black SUV drove into a ditch along Olive Avenue.  He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into the Marin County Jail after being cleared from Novato Community Hospital.

5:56 p.m. – A woman on Park Crest Court reported her daughter missing and believed she has been in the company of people intending to recruit her for prostitution.  She has not seen her daughter since Dec. 6 but has been in contact with her via text.

8:01 p.m. – A resident reportedly broke into the Los Robles Mobile Home Park clubhouse on Roblar Drive and stole liquor.

9:26 p.m. — Three people were seen in a driveway on Leafwood Heights kicking each other and a car.  One man was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and driving under the influence.

9:51 p.m.  — A woman on Machin Avenue reported that her ex had been making threats and that she feared for safety and that of her child.  Extra patrols were dispatched throughout the night due to a prior case history.

10:14 p.m. — A woman tried to pass a $12 fraudulent check at a store on the 5700 block of Nave Drive.  The woman drove off in a black BMW. There is a video record of the attempted transaction.

10:54 p.m. — A woman on Prestwick Court called for help after locking herself in her bedroom.  Her estranged husband, who also lives there, became angry after she told him that she is filing for divorce. He was banging on the door and had reportedly been drinking.  An officer found no merit to domestic violence and provided transportation for the woman to alternate lodging for the night.

11:37 p.m. – A man and woman appearing to be homeless were yelling at each other near a large trash bin behind the Wells Fargo Bank on the 7400 block of Redwood Boulevard.  The man was arrested for suspicion of being drunk in public, taken into protective custody and admitted into the Helen Vine Detox Center.

Dec. 10

7:50 a.m. – A minor-injury collision was reported between a blue Nissan pickup and a blue Honda.

7:51 a.m. – Three windows were smashed in an office on the 700 block of Diablo Avenue.  This is the second weekend in a row that vandalism was reported there.

9:38 a.m. –  A student at Novato High School was cited and released for possession of marijuana.  The student was cooperative.

10:02 a.m. – A 2003 Harley Davidson FXD was stolen from a carport on Cielo Lane.

10:52 a.m. – The Novato Police assisted the Novato Fire Department with a fire on La Merida Court.  The fire was out upon arrival.

11:47 a.m. — An officer assisted the CHP in the removal of an abandoned white pickup truck blocking the southbound Atherton offramp.

12:03 p.m. – A stolen Honda Civic recently recovered and at Blake’s Auto body in San Rafael was found to have multiple DMV registrations and other miscellaneous items that may have been related to other thefts.  All of the items were taken as police evidence.

2:09 p.m. – A woman in her car on the 2000 block of Novato Boulevard said she was too afraid to drive to the police department because she is being stalked by the father of her child, who is attempting to find out where she is from her friends.  Advice was given.

3:17 p.m. – A garage window was smashed and multiple items including electronics were stolen from a home on Johnson Street sometime between 8 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.

3:32 p.m. – A man reported that he stopped to help a man in his 80s find his car in the Safeway parking lot in the Novato Fair Shopping Center. When the car was found, the elderly man reportedly did not recognize it and seemed disoriented.  Police found that the man's car was at home in the garage. Nothing appeared suspicious.

4:02 p.m. – A two-car collision at Seventh Street and Grant Avenue resulted in one person being transported to Kaiser Permanente in Terra Linda.

4:36 p.m. – In an altercation on Hamilton Parkway, two women assaulted and punched a 17-year-old boy, stole his iPhone and slammed it to the ground, breaking it.  The incident was reportedly on Youtube.com

4:46 p.m. – A resident of Center Road reported an attempted break in to have occurred sometime between 9:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. A screen had been removed and the panes damaged on a rear window.

5:16 p.m. – A man reported that two of his credit cards had been used to make a $3,000 purchase at an Apple store in San Francisco.  The man was unsure if the cards were stolen or if he had lost them.

8:11 p.m. – A man was reported to be hitting a woman in a white Honda parked on Tahoe Circle.  An officer discovered the man and woman were in an argument but that there was no evidence of a physical altercation.

9:03 p.m. – A minor injury occurred as a result of a collision at Devonshire Drive and Haverhill Court.

11:32 p.m. – A woman reported that her ex-boyfriend was outside her residence on the 1000 block of Railroad Avenue engaging in a verbal confrontation with someone and trying to fight them.  She added that he usually carries a knife. The parties were gone upon officer arrival.

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Marilyn December 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I really wish Novato P.D. would be strict on enforcement of dog laws in our city. Beyond this incident...we have had too many dogs run after our little daughter and even my husband while running that are supposed to be on leashes. At the childrens parks and schools there are dogs off leashes all the time. It is a safety issue, especially where young children play, and a sanitary issue. Dog remains have been found in children's playground areas too many a time. The areas I talk about all have signs saying dogs must be on leashes or even say dogs are not allowed. It amazes me how dog owners just ignore all the signs, and feel they are allowed to do such with their dogs. We have talked to a few dog owners when their dog off the leash chased our daughter or was too close. One dog even jumped up on our daughter and bit her. Owners either smile and say oh he's a friendly dog, or even get mad...even though they are breaking a law or dog rule of a place. Novato Police Department....please start giving tickets to dog owners that do not follow the dog owner laws in our town..
Anthony December 20, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It really bothers me when I see dogs without leashes. I always will confront the owner and tell them to put their dog on a leash. They will always come back and say, "oh he's friendly" but I just point to the sign that says "Dogs must be on leash". It even provides a nice picture for them to look at if their too lazy to read,
Tina McMillan December 20, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Marilyn I have been a dog owner my whole life. You are absolutely right about dogs belonging on leashes in public areas. It upset me as well because my dogs are on a leash and it frightens and upset them when another dog, who is off leash, comes bounding toward them. The idea that owners feel their dog is "friendly" and therefore safe, has no merit. It is against the law as well as rude to expect all people to want to interact with your dog. Not all dog owners have this attitude. Many of us feel the same way you do.
Devin December 20, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I CAN'T STAND IT! I have a German Shepard, and my neighbor down the street has a Pitbull. My dog IS ALWAYS on a leash, AND has a Haltee. Why? Because he is aggressive sometimes towards other animals. Their dog is NEVER on a leash, and last week my sister was walking our dog and her dog tried to attack mine. It is really frustrating.
Susannah Nation December 20, 2012 at 05:53 PM
The Marin Humane Society is the entity in charge of enforcement of leash laws (they are contracted by each city/town in the county, and by the county itself, to provide such services). Sadly, the cities and county are cutting costs everywhere. The amazing and passionate animal services officers we have serving our county are spread really thin, and sometimes must prioritize emergency calls over other calls or patrols. If you want patrols increased, or leash laws enforced, contact your city and county reps and let him or her know this service is important to you.
Susannah Nation December 20, 2012 at 06:11 PM
For the record, it's not illegal to have dogs off leash in most parts of Novato. The dog must either be on leash or under the control of a responsible party. Granted, that's a separate issue, but simply having a dog off leash is not illegal. (City and county parks where leash laws are posted are, of course, excepted.) http://www.marinhumanesociety.org/atf/cf/%7B1CBFF72E-B60C-4D1E-ABA7-4489FE5A93D6%7D/WhereCanIWalkMyDog.pdf
Tina McMillan December 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Under control means voice command. When your dog ignores you that means they are not under control. Owners ignore this all the time. Leash laws are common courtesy. By the time an animal control officer arrives the person is gone. This is about people respecting each other and their dogs. I have a young puppy. He is just learning to be on a leash. Being approached by an off leash dogs is frightening for him. There are places where dogs can be off leash such as private property and Dog Bone Meadows. Otherwise, without people respecting each other, this will not get better.
Tina McMillan December 20, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Thanks for the link. It looks like Novato needs a leash law.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I'd like to publicly thank Cliff Jacobs for helping Novato Patch with the police blotter, one of the best-read stories on the site every week. Cliff has a legal background and has done a great job with this. Three cheers for Cliff.
Diane Thompson December 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM
I totally agree. The police log is very informative. Thanks Cliff.
Anthony December 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Searching for the Police Log is what led me to the Novato Patch a while back :)
Bob Ratto December 21, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The police log is great, so thank you very much Mr. Jacobs. One question though...we were hearing from our former Chief about the emergence of "Caucasian Motorcycle Gangs" in Novato, I am wondering if this somehow being "scrubbed" from the logs? Good stuff!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 21, 2012 at 03:52 AM
@Bob Ratto, good memory.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr December 21, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Who ran the stop sign, the car or the bicycle or both? "Dec. 9, 11:36 a.m. – A bicyclist was struck by a car at Center Road and Wilson Avenue. No injuries were reported."
janna nikkola December 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I walk through Pioneer Park three times a week and always see dogs off leash. When I remind the owners there's a leash law for that park, they get very belligerant and aggressive. There are too many huge piles of dog poop on the grassy area in that park and in the children's playground. There's a very nice taxpayer-funded dog park ("Dog Bone Park") on Novato Blvd where their dogs are allowed to go off leash. Why can't they bring their dog there? Pit bulls are another story. They scare the poop out of me. Whenever I see one anywhere, I cross the street and get as far away as possible from that beast. The public hiking trail at the base of Mt Burdell has been fowled by inconsiderate dog owners who bring their dogs there each morning to do their business and leave the dog poop for their neighbors to enjoy. It's so fowl I don't even hike there anymore. Do these people like dogs more than people?
janna nikkola December 21, 2012 at 04:39 PM
What did the Humane Society do about these two aggressive unleashed pit bulls who cornered a man in his house? The most I've heard they'll do is "quarantine" the animal (much like a toddler getting a "time out"). The Humane Society's mission has nothing to do with protecting humans from vicious animals -- they're all about protecting animals from inhumane treatment by humans. There's no such thing as a dog pound anymore.
Tina McMillan December 21, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Janna There was an incident where two labs that attacked a woman and her Jack Russell Terrier while they were walking. The JRT was on a leash. The woman tried to protect him and she was also attacked. http://novato.patch.com/articles/woman-dog-recovering-after-attack-by-two-dogs-in-indian-valley I just found out that Novato does not have leash laws. This would be an important change. The penalties could be severe enough to stop people from thinking that just because their dog is friendly the law does not apply to them. I am a lifetime dog owner that loves her dogs beyond belief and I agree that leash laws are critical for everyone's safety and well being. Voice command is too unreliable with even the best trained dogs.


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