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Police log: Vodka-down-the-pants strategy didn't work

Published: June 15, 2007

HERE’S A look at some of the significant calls logged by the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department, the Carmel Fire Department and the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office last week. This week’s log was compiled by Mary Brownfield.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Father reported that his ex-wife had not delivered their daughter from Fresno on the first Friday of each month as ordered by the courts.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Two 16-year-old juveniles cited for possession of alcohol at a Vista Lobos lot.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Juvenile suspect, age 16, cited for public intoxication.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Male subject, age 36, was contacted outside of a bar on Lincoln street for drinking in public. Upon investigation, he was determined to be intoxicated and unable to care for himself. Subject was taken into custody for violation of 647 (f) PC [public intoxication.]

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance responded along with a Carmel Valley Fire engine to a Poplar Lane residence for a female in her 80s with dyspnea. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance responded along with Carmel Valley fire engines and chief to Carmel Valley Road four miles east of Laureles Grade (actual incident one mile east of the grade) for a motor vehicle accident vs. pedestrian. Patient transported to CHOMP Code 2.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched on a mutual aid for Westmed along with Cal Fire engine to Via Mar Monte for a female in her 30s with severe migraines. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Lincoln Street. Firefighters were met outside of the facility by staff and told that a female in her 70s had choked on some food in the dining room but had coughed it out and was denying any treatment or transport. Fire personnel briefly met with the woman, who assured them there was no problem and that she did not want any treatment or examination. At this point the call was completed.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched on a mutual aid for Westmed along with Cal Fire to a Valley Place residence for a female in her 80s with altered level of consciousness and congestion. Patient transported Code 2 to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a request for public assistance on Fifth Avenue between Santa Fe and Santa Rita. Firefighters changed a smoke detector battery that appeared to be worn out and was causing the detector, which was also hard-wired, to chirp. A 24-foot extension ladder was needed to reach the detector, and the property owner was advised to possibly install another detector at a lower spot. The reason was bringing a large ladder into the residence risked damaging walls and other valuables inside.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Mountain View. Firefighters assisted ambulance personnel with patient assessment, diagnostics, IV setup, packaging and gathering information on a female in her 70s who was experiencing pain in her right hip. Patient transported to CHOMP by ambulance.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and Monterey duty chief responded to a residential fire alarm activation on Scenic at Eighth. Firefighters discovered an unoccupied residence with no alarm sounding, yet still activated according to the alarm company. An exterior search of the premises using the thermal imaging camera showed no fire problem. Access was not possible without causing property damage, and a secondary search showed no fire problem.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine responded to a fire alarm activation at an inn at Lincoln and Seventh. Firefighters discovered a heat detector activated as the result of an unattended gas-burning fireplace. The fireplace was shut down by staff and, after allowing the room to cool down, the alarm reset.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched to Del Mesa Carmel for an elderly woman, possible heart attack. Engine arrived on scene first to find there was no medical emergency. Engine canceled ambulance.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched to Via Mar Monte for a female who was feeling ill and was requesting transport to SVMH in Salinas. Patient transported Code 2 to SVMH.

Pebble Beach: Two purses were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at the Lone Cypress on 17 Mile Drive at approximately 1600 hours this date.

Pebble Beach: Victim on Forest Lodge Road reported the loss of her wallet which contained her driver’s license, credit cards and cash.

Carmel Valley: Female at Hacienda Carmel wanted to report a disturbing phone call she had received.

Carmel Valley: Victim reported misplacing her tote shopping cart about a week ago. She later saw a neighbor with it who refused to return it to her. Case continues.

Carmel Valley: Resident reported a battery. Case under investigation.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Male subject, age 57, stopped on Sixth Avenue for speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road and found to be DUI.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Units responded to the report of a female subject who advised that she was hearing voices in her head and that she wished to meet with a counselor. Units made contact with the female subject, who was transported to a local facility.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Burglary on Monte Verde Street.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Vehicle stopped on Lincoln Street for two vehicle code violations, and the occupants were found to be in possession of marijuana. A 21-year-old male and a 22-year-old male were cited and released.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched to Pebble Beach Golf Course, Hole No. 8, for a possible rescue. At scene, located potential victims. All six people denied any distress and said they were only walking along the rocks from Carmel Beach trying to see how far they could go.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency. Units were asked by P.D. to stage nearby. Upon being called into the scene, firefighters gathered patient information provided by police units on scene. The information was passed on to the ambulance crew, and firefighters stood by. The patient, a female in her 50s who was possibly suicidal, was transported to CHOMP by ambulance.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Lincoln Street. Engine and ambulance on scene. Crew assisted with vitals, oxygen, patient report information and loading for a male in his 60s who had suffered a possible syncopal episode. Patient transported to CHOMP.

Carmel area: Victim reported the theft of the funeral guest book and gym clothes from her vehicle while it was parked on San Mateo Avenue. Case suspended.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a reported residential gas leak on Dolores Street. Engine and ambulance on scene. Crew secured the area and awaited arrival of PG&E for a natural gas leak in the front yard of the residence, where the gardeners had struck the plastic gas line while digging for plants.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Carpenter Street. Crew assisted with splinting, report information and loading for a male in his 20s who had fallen from a skateboard and suffered a possible dislocated right ankle. He was transported to CHOMP by ambulance.

Carmel area: Reporting party stated he saw a person standing in her front yard. When she went to check the identity of the individual, the person disappeared onto the street

Big Sur: Sheriff’s search and rescue team was called out to retrieve a 14-year-old male hiker who had become dehydrated. The victim was on a trail that was several miles from Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. CHP helicopter H70 and an ambulance were also called out to the site. All rescue efforts were canceled after the victim’s family decided to camp overnight with the victim.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Outside-jurisdiction assist on Highway 1. Victim reported loss of jackets and clothing. Loss noticed while reporting party was in Big Sur. Reported for insurance purposes. RP last remembered having property at the beginning of vacation in California on May 18 while in Yosemite.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Reporting party advised that a female patron at a San Carlos Street business made an unwelcome physical gesture and accused the RP of calling the police on her. The female patron then told the RP that she better watch her back. The female patron was contacted prior to the incident but appeared to be able to care for herself at the time. Parties counseled.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Torres Street. Crew performed patient assessment, vitals, report information and loading for a female in her 70s who had fallen the day before and complained of pain to the left hip. Patient transported to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance asked to respond for a medical transport of a patient placed on 5150 hold at a Scenic Road residence. Patient transported Code 2 to Natividad Medical Center.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance responded to a medical emergency in the Highlands.

MONDAY, JUNE 4

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Grand theft from a vehicle on Junipero Street.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a report of a sewer problem in the area of Dolores and Fourth. Both units at scene found a small amount of sewage coming out of a cleanout at the residence. Occupants advised not to run their water until the problem is fixed. No other hazard was found.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a report of a vegetation fire on 12th west of Carmelo. Both units at scene found what appeared to be a compost container in the front yard of the residence that had caught on fire and was extinguished by Carmel P.D. prior to firefighters’ arrival. There was no other fire extension to the rest of the property, and all other responding units were canceled. Overhaul was performed to make sure the fire was out cold.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a service call of a report of a residential lockout on San Carlos Street. Crews were advised by the resident that she was able to make access to her house prior to arrival.

Carmel area: Vice principal at the high school reported a student possessed several lighters and other contraband. Student sent home.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officer observed a dog loose at San Carlos and Ocean Avenue. The officer captured the dog and transported it to the police department for safekeeping. Later, the owner contacted the department, and the dog was returned. A citation was issued.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject reported false information had been conveyed about her to people in the community as well as the police. She said a business owner who fired her was abusive and not being forthright about her character. She contacted the police department to tell her side of the story to maintain her good reputation. The reporting party stated the business owner is harassing her. A friend was present to support her statements. The RP maintained that she has not harassed or abused this business owner. The business owner has exacerbated the situation by calling the police when she was just walking downtown the RP said. The RP was advised that no criminal issues have arisen and each situation will be looked at objectively if this business owner calls again. The RP will not contact the business owner.

Carmel area: At 1710 hours, a 21-year-old male and another subject entered Albertsons store on Carmel Rancho Boulevard. Both subjects were seen by staff placing a bottle of Vodka down the front of their pants. They then exited the store. Loss prevention was able to point where one of the subjects had fled to. Responding deputies arrested the suspect for burglary and giving false information to peace officers.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a fire alarm activation at San Carlos and Ocean. At scene, nothing was showing. A manual pull station was activated and restored.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a report of a tree down with power lines involved at Torres and 11th. Both units at scene with Carmel P.D., forester and PG&E. Both units remained on scene until PG&E secured the power to the involved power lines.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Carmel-by-the-Sea: At approximately 0748 hours, officers were dispatched to a past-tense burglary at Scenic and Ocean. Three plasma televisions were taken.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: At approximately 1642 hours, subject reported a female adult, with brown hair and heavyset, yelling at people at Del Mar by the restrooms. Subject matching the description, a transient female, age 56, was contacted. Subject was arrested for public intoxication.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Dog altercation at Carmel Beach. A citizen reported an altercation between her two dogs and another dog. The incident occurred at the north end of Carmel Beach below the golf course. Reporting party stated a brown pitbull mix approached her dogs in an aggressive manner and jumped on both of her dogs. No injuries could be found. The RP stated her dogs were off leash and within five feet of her. RP stated the pitbull was 100 feet from the owner prior to approaching her dogs. The pitbull’s owner was jogging away from the incident and did not answer the RP’s request to leash her dog. A small beige Pekingese was possibly with the pitbull. Both dogs left the area with the owner. Officer was unable to locate the pitbull owner.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Report of a subject causing a peace disturbance at her estranged husband’s and mother-in-law’s residence on Eighth Avenue.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Injury fall on city property at Casanova and Ocean Avenue.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject cited for possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana at Carmel Beach.

Carmel area: Resident of address on San Marcos Road called to complain that a neighbor was dumping tree clippings on her property.

Carmel Valley: Cachagua resident reported the possible sighting of a runaway juvenile. CPS was notified.
Pebble Beach: Victim reported unknown suspects reached into the partially open window of her locked rental vehicle while it was parked on 17 Mile Drive and stole her purse.

Carmel area: Carmel resident reported her car was broken into while parked on Highway 1 outside of Point Lobos.

Pebble Beach: A transient male made suicidal statements in the presence of deputies on Sunset Lane. The male was placed on a 72-hour detention for mental evaluation and treatment. Case closed.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Female subject, age 43, contacted for drinking in a vehicle on Ocean View Avenue and found to be in possession of marijuana and a methamphetamine pipe. Subject was arrested and released on a citation.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Traffic collision — hit-and-run on public property at Lincoln and Ocean. Vehicle was drivable.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: While on patrol, found a VCR in the entrance to the Vista Lobos parking lot at Torres and Fourth. No record of the item being stolen, and the item was placed at Carmel P.D. for safekeeping.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Traffic collision — hit-and-run on private property on Scenic Road. Vehicle required tow away.

Pebble Beach: Reporting party had a civil dispute with tenant at a residence on El Bosque Drive.
Carmel Valley: Carmel Valley Village resident reported suspicious letter received that was directed from a convicted sex offender to her 18-year-old son.

Carmel Valley: Burglary of a residential garage in Carmel Valley Village in which beer was taken. Possible suspect (juvenile) contacted but denied the crime. Case continues.

Carmel Valley: Deputies were dispatched to a possible domestic in progress at Carmel Valley Road and Via Contenta. Deputies arrived and arrested a subject with outstanding warrants. Case closed.

Carmel area: A BOL [be on the lookout] was placed by Carmel P.D. for a hit-and-run vehicle described as a large motorhome. Deputy noticed a motorhome make a U-turn at Carmel Rancho Boulevard and Rio Road. Vehicle was stopped and driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Driver, a 31-year-old male, was arrested by Carmel P.D.

Big Sur: Report of a robbery of a cafe in Big Sur on Highway 1. Suspect was a former employee who left the area in a white vehicle and headed northbound on Highway 1.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Unwanted customer on San Carlos Street. Manager requested assistance with a female customer causing a disturbance. The female refused to move her chair when the staff needed to walk by. The female then got upset and confrontational with the manager and the bartender. Contacted the female, who was uncooperative with officers and HBD [had been drinking]. She advised she was unable to move due to her leg being in a brace. She also felt she was not blocking the walkway. The manager wanted the female advised she was no longer allowed in the business. The female was admonished and agreed. Information only.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Victim on Dolores Street called and reported her vehicle tire was punctured while she was at dinner. Reporting party stated a 3/4-inch piece of metal was removed from her tire and resembled the tip of a knife. The piece of metal was removed from the tread portion of the tire. No suspect information was obtained.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officer observed a dog loose in the Del Mar area. The dog was captured and secured on a leash. The owner was located in the area and contacted by officers. The owner was warned about the loose dog violation, and the dog was returned to the owner at that location. The owner will follow up with the dog license information.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Reporting party came to the front counter to turn over a socket set he found lying on the ground. It is unknown who the owner of the socket set is. RP said he saw an unknown vehicle drive off and the socket set was on top of the car and fell off as the vehicle took off. RP wished to claim the property if the owner is not located.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Self-committal on Junipero Street for a 72-hour hold and evaluation under section 5150 of the Welfare & Institutions Code.

Carmel Valley: Resident wanted to report that the suspect battered her.