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Scary-Looking Characters Just Looking for Space Rocks

The following information from Nov. 18-21 was supplied by the Novato Police Department. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.

The Headiner:

9:58 a.m., Nov. 19 — Two men were seen across from Pleasant Valley School carrying a sledgehammer and a crowbar. The reporting party said they appeared homeless. An officer found they the men had traveled to Novato to look for meteorite debris and are in possession of special tools to determine if a rock is a meteorite or not.

Nov. 18

3:04 a.m. — A resident of McClay Road complained about someone using drills and other construction tools in the middle of the night. A PG&E crew was fixing a gas leak.

7:23 a.m. — A man in the 800 block of Diablo Avenue reported that a former girlfriend knocked on his door and he refused to open it. He said she is a drug addict. A responding officer arrested the woman on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

10:17 a.m. — A laptop and a bag of assorted items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Ignacio Valley Circle.

11:20 a.m. — Someone reported a man walking with a rifle near the Novato Skatepark and heading west on Hamilton Parkway. Officers were unable to locate him.

11:44 a.m. — A woman was throwing water at customers inside a business at the Nave Shopping Center. An officer contacted the woman and advice was given.

1:52 p.m. — A woman on Samoa Lane said her husband abused her and threatened her via text messages and then left with their 9-year-old son. An officer provided advice.

2:40 p.m. — A person on Front Street said an object "with bullets in it" was found on the street. A marijuana grinder was placed into police evidence.

4:06 p.m. — A juvenile on Hathaway Drive who made suicidal statements was placed on a psychiatric hold at a local hospital.

8:13 p.m. — A 15-year-old boy who was accused of choking a woman and her daughter was placed on a psychiatric hold after it was determined he was a danger to others.

8:45 p.m. — Two men were reportedly fighting in front of a group of people on Diablo Avenue. The group took off upon officer arrival and no suspects or witnesses could be located.

10:16 p.m. — Three vehicles were "joy riding" in an empty parking lot off State Access Road in Hamilton. An officer contacted the drivers and found that they were looking for puddles to drive through. There was no damage and no evidence of criminal activity.

Nov. 19

7:25 a.m. — The rear window of a car was smashed and laptop was stolen on Somerset Place.

2:27 p.m. — Three juveniles were seen hopping a fence onto the Hill Education Center campus and kicking trash cans and "making a mess." They were gone upon officer arrival and a custodian was called.

4:21 p.m. — A resident of Ensenada Drive said a debit card number was used to make a fraudulent purchase of a pizza in New York.

4:38 p.m. — A teen disclosed a sexual assault that took place on Grant Avenue. The teen was uncooperative and would not provide a suspect description.

4:36 p.m. — A dog was reportedly tied to the railroad tracks near the 7500 block of Redwood Boulevard. A responding officer was unable to locate the dog.

5:13 p.m. — Someone on Adams Street reported that a person smashed a sliding glass door to gain access to a home. No theft was reported. A possible suspect is a 16-year-old son.

7:55 p.m. — An irate driver reported a parked car blocked at the Century Rowland parking lot. The owner of a GMC pickup truck was contacted and he said he was late for a movie and in a hurry when he parked. Theater management was asked to call a private towing company for such incidents in the future.

9:16 p.m. — A woman on Santa Maria Drive said her husband threw a shoe at her face. The man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

Nov. 20

4:08 a.m. — A woman on San Marin Drive screamed that there was a man in her bed. The man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

1:30 p.m. — A noninjury collision between a Chevy Cavalier and a Toyota Camry took place in the 900 block of Diablo Avenue.

3:57 p.m. — A driver who slowed down to allow a pedestrian to cross the street  near Alameda del Prado and Ignacio Boulevard got into a verbal altercation with another driver who honked at him. A woman called a man a "Mexican gang member" and the man called the woman a racist.

6:15 p.m. — A woman said her grandfather might have been poisoned prior to his death at a senior care facility in Novato. The woman said her mother received a call from the county coroner that poison was found in the man's bloodstream. A suspicious circumstances case was opened.

6:39 p.m. — A driver came upon two other drivers yelling at each other on Wilson Avenue near Sinaloa Middle School. An officer arrived and one driver was cited for four vehicle code violations.

9:46 p.m. — A 17-year-old girl on Edwards Court said her mother pulled her hair and had been abusive to her. An officer found no merit to physical abuse. The argument was about the daughter not doing her chores. The daughter spent the night at her grandmother's house to "cool off."

Nov. 21

3:58 a.m. — A burglary was reported at an optometry office in the 7000 block of Redwood Boulevard.

4:15 a.m. — A burglary was reported at a business in the 600 block of De Long Avenue.

10:57 a.m. — A man walking and talking to himself was reported as a suspicious subject on Rowe Ranch Court. An officer found that the man was having issues with receiving a cell phone connection and getting his screen to work.

12:41 p.m. — A resident of Blanca Court reported that a man called to say he worked for the water district and was going around taking water samples. The resident called the water district, which said it had no knowledge of a person on that assignment. The resident believes the man was checking to see if she was home. An extra patrol was requested.

2:04 p.m. — The theft of several guns was reported by resident of Cherry Street.

2:33 p.m. — A noninjury collision between a two cars was reported in the 1600 block of Hill Road.

3:47 p.m. — A resident at a home for the developmentally disabled was "tearing the house apart" on Sage Court. The persom was transported to the psychiatric ward at Marin General Hospital.

5:19 p.m. — A tree fell and blocked a lane of Novato Boulevard in the 2200 block. A Novato Fire crew cut up the wood and left it for the city maintenance crew to handle.

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Sean November 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Last Tuesday at Rowland theatre a man and woman caused a scene over a parking issue to the point the theatre called the police. The couple was irate and threatening. the officers. I think the woman said she was a nurse at the hospital in town- scary. Why isn't this in the police log?
Mark Burnham November 29, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Wouldn't it be nice if our small town police department had to deal with a lot more of this: 10:16 p.m. — Three vehicles were "joy riding" in an empty parking lot off State Access Road in Hamilton. An officer contacted the drivers and found that they were looking for puddles to drive through. There was no damage and no evidence of criminal activity.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 03:58 PM
It is. Check 7:55 pm on Nov. 19.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I only include amusing items on the police log. What you see is a fraction of what actually happened. I could've left that one out, but — as you proved — somebody was amused by it.
Craig Belfor November 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Shows that not everything happening here is bad. Sometimes kids goofing around are just being kids. Cops know this, and it breaks the tension of the Diablo calls.
Mark Burnham November 29, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I still go looking for puddles! :)
Jenni Chalmers November 29, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Yes, thanks for including the puddle-hunting driver report! It certainly did give me an amused chuckle! Along with the water-throwing lady. Did she think the customers needed cooling off?
Renee November 30, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Mr. Belfor, as you can see there are many other reports of crime throughout the city, not just on Diablo so quit your fixation on Diablo it is tiresome!
Betty Pancakes December 01, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Have any puddles been located and if so, would you mind sharing where so that I too may partake in the fun of jumping in puddles? I just got some new rain boots and I'd like to put them to good and appropriate use!

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