Police Blotter: Assault at the Dog Park, Hunters in the Wetlands and $1,000 in Change Stolen

Highlights from the Novato Police Department's police blotter Nov. 22-Nov. 27

Elizabeth Schoen, 22, a Novato resident, was arrested November 27 on charges of receiving known stolen property.

Steven Wayne Monchick, 50, a Novato resident, was arrested November 27, for driving under the influence and being in possession of hypodermic needles.

A 58-year-old man was assaulted at Dogbone Meadow Park around 9:40am on November 22 after he allegedly complained about an aggressive pitbull running off leash. The man sustained a broken ankle, broken ribs and broken clavicle as a result of the assault. The Marin District Attorney's Office is determining whether to press charges.

A break-in was reported into a shed in the 700 block of Samoa Lane on November 25. Gardening tools were taken.

A resident of a nursing home located at 1 Sage said that he was sexually assaulted by another resident on November 25. An investigation is ongoing.

Someone living near the Bahia Drive and Topaz Drive reported hunters out in the marsh area shooting guns on November 24. The caller was concerned about the hunters' proximity to homes. Police came out to the area, spoke to the hunters and issued a warning about hunting in a protected area. It's not clear why a citation was not given.

A woman called the police saying a man she knew was threatening her and forced her to perform oral sex on him on November 24. An investigation is ongoing.

The owner of a Pontiac Cruiser said that the window of his car was smashed while parked in the 1000 block of Green Oak Drive on November 23.

A resident of the 400 block of Estado Way said that someone entered through the porch door of his home and stole $1,000 in change on November 23. 

A resident of the 100 block of Cowbarn Lane reported their 1992 Honda Civic stolen November 22. 

A resident called to report an RV illegally parked on Leveroni Court and people living inside on November 22. The owners were contacted by police and said they were in the process of getting the vehicle towed. 

A vehicle parked in the 1100 block of Leafwood was broken into November 22 and a backpack stolen.

A man in a stretch limousine stopped in from a home in the 1300 block of Donna Street and asked the resident to take a survey. He said he had sent her money over the weekend and now wanted to ask her a few questions. The woman said she had never seen the suspect nor had ever received any survey.

Concerned about a pattern of crime or a specific incident? Drop Local Editor a line at karina@patch.com and we'll look into it for you.

Roger November 27, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Karina: Thanks for the crime report. Will this continue to be a weekly feature of the Patch? It will give me a sense of whether crime is getting worse or not over the months ahead.
Craig Belfor November 28, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Good start, but we know this is not all of the calls. Report them all, please.
Scounselman November 28, 2013 at 01:22 AM
O'Hair Park is not "the dog park," as an astute Facebook reader pointed out. Dogbone Meadow is the dog park, and virtually all the dogs there are off-leash so the altercation probably happened outside the bounds of the dog park, since there would be no reason to complain about an off-leash dog inside Dogbone Meadow, pit bull or otherwise
Karina Ioffee November 28, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Apologies. Many people refer to Dogbone Meadow as the Ohair dog park, so that's what we went with. Yes, the complaint was about an aggressive dog who was off-leash and not responding to owner's commands, which led to the comment and the altercation. More on that soon.
Karina Ioffee November 28, 2013 at 02:10 AM
@Roger. Yes, I try to do this weekly, but some weeks there are just too many things going on. As I think I've said many times before, Novato Patch consists of just ONE PERSON, me, trying to do briefs, follow city hall, schools, business comings and goings, answer emails, help people troubleshoot tech difficulties, and of course keep an eye out on the comments, which can be a full-time job in and of itself. SOOOO, plenty to do and why I always invite blog posts, reader photos/videos, letters to the editor, etc.
Karina Ioffee November 28, 2013 at 02:12 AM
@Craig. If I posted all calls for service for a week, you would be sifting through 50+ pages of stuff. The idea is to bring you what I determine to be the most salient and newsworthy items. If you want to see them all, go to the police dept and ask for "the binder." They will be happy to provide.
Craig Belfor November 28, 2013 at 10:49 AM
Okay, we get it, you're a saint. Then why not do the easy thing, and just copy, not judge when it comes to the police reports? It is just a copy and paste deal, and it would not use up any more paper as everything is online. The police reports are the true thermometer of our town. I want to see what our cops are doing, because that's what our town is doing.
Craig Belfor November 28, 2013 at 10:56 AM
50 pages? How many were for Wyndover? Who decides if AH calls should get censured. I don't care if Bowser was a bad dog, but if he was owned by a thug from Wyndover, and my tax dollar fed him while his owner bought a plasma TV with the rental savings, I might like to know this before I vote for more AH.
Douglas K November 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM
@Karina. You're doing a great job culling and summarizing police activities -- nice balance of serious crime awareness and hapless lowlife antics. To better appreciate the Patch blotter, I like to visualize a "Who Killed Roger Rabbit?" police log as reported on the pages of the Toontown Gazette: Gardening Shed Gang Strikes Again! Pit Bulls Lose Control of Off-leash Owners! Loose Change Bank Robbed! Millionaire in Limo Perpetrates Random Survey! ... In cartoon Novato, a giant crime thermometer between police HQ and the new city offices blows its top every 5 seconds. Add cartoon sound effects, enjoy.
Karina Ioffee November 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM
@Craig. Novato police do not provide the files electronically, so I have to go into the department and then write them up.
Karina Ioffee November 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM
@Douglas. Love it. There are many serious issues impacting our town, but some of the items I find in the logs are just outrageous...ly funny.
cristina bulleri November 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM
And don"t we appreciate our police that much more so!
Vanessa Gibson November 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM
I just had to respond. @Craig: Boy you are out of touch. Don't think you understand the idea behind this website. From my understanding it's a community based website. You want something more than what's being provided, then provide it. Sure, comment on Karina's performance as an Editor, but remember, she's an Editor. And, as with all Editors, it's her job and responsibility to edit. Your suggestion that she just copy and paste the reports seems to be indicative of your overall perspective: uninformed. It's true: all police reports are still in paper form. Karina has to physically go down to the station, sit in the lobby and physically go through, on average, 50 pages. Lastly, it's truly sad that you think "what our town is doing" is reflected in the police reports. Do you spend your free time monitoring other town's police reports? I suppose if to even make such a comment, surely you would have to have some basis to determine if we are doing well or not. Never mind, clearly just another indication of where your opinions come from: the dark world of the uninformed but loudly opinionated.
Carlos Castillo November 28, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I agree with Ms. Gibson's assessment. I think the Novato Patch does a terrific job without a whole lot of resources. Keep up the good work, Karina! There's a silent majority of people (too busy to constantly critique others) who appreciate what you bring to the community.
Craig Belfor November 28, 2013 at 06:42 PM
You guys are missing my point. If we have 50 pages of incidents, how can one person get it down to one column and be truly representative of the entire pulse of the town? I'm sure that the police have an electronic file from a server that's updated from many sources, so Karina probably gets a print out. I constantly see Patchers reporting a call from their own source, so maybe someone can tell us how to pull it down, and maybe someone with time could categorize it into locations. The Novato Advance used to report much more. I actually admire Karina's efforts, but we need to see the whole picture.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 29, 2013 at 12:42 AM
I recall a television advertisement for a scanner which will create a copy of an 8 1/2 x 11" page in about 2 seconds; times 50 would be about 2 minutes. THAT could be downloaded into Patch and published in its entirety for those who want to know ALL the news, not just the beautiful/censored news. So much for politically correct transparency.
Craig Belfor November 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM
I'm not sure that's a good idea. One of Karina's thankless jobs is to delete the names of innocent people. We don't need to know the actual names, and a straight unedited copy could be an invasion of privacy to some couple having a simple fight, or an unjustly accused person. That being said, I'd like to know what percentage of the cops' time is spent in AH, and based on the AH percentage of housing to the general rent paying public, how much more police money is spent per capita in AH. This knowledge could be of use when the next AH developer comes to town (as they will now that we have approved 5 new sites) looking for a tax break. Also, we could pressure the AH managers to keep their complex more law abiding (as we are trying to do in another post) if we had actual numbers on the real cost of AH. P.S.- Barbara Lee's opinion was not shared by any other member of both houses when she voted against the longest, most costly war in American history, but she was not suspended because in Washington, they believe in free speech.
Vanessa Gibson November 29, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Sounds like a great idea Jerome!! Go for it! Get the scanner, bring it down to the station (they don't allow the binder to leave the station), scan all the pages (suppose you should add a couple of minutes for removing the pages from the binder, lining them up on the scanner then putting them back in the binder), bring your scanner home when done and upload it all onto the website! That was a great idea - thanks so much for suggesting/offering to do it.
Sylvia Barry November 29, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Craig - Brent told me he had to go down to the stations to copy the police bloggers also, the writings were difficult to read and you have to understand their codes. There is a lot going on in this little town and I appreciate what Karina has done.
Craig Belfor November 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Other than the censorship, I think Karina is doing as well as can be expected, so why doesn't some one with the time and energy do a column on the police reports?
Sylvia Barry November 29, 2013 at 02:00 PM
The reason why I know this is because I offered to help Brent at the beginning, yes, a bit naive - not that I have/had the time or energy but he is a good friend and he was so overworked. He did not think anybody can just do that because you have to have the knowledge. You will need to go up the levels to suggest Patch to hire somebody and write a column.
Roger November 29, 2013 at 02:25 PM
I am thankful for the weekly crime highlights that Katrina recently started. At least it is some info....better than no crime report at all.


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