The Pine Cone's police log this week

Police log: Medical tape fixed it

Published: September 12, 2008

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.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: A citizen reported finding a loose dog and held the dog until the owner could be found. Officer contacted the residence where the dog was believed to be owned. The owner was not at the residence, and attempts to contact were made. The person later brought the dog to the police department, and the dog was secured in a kennel. A family member of the owner came to the department, and the dog was turned over to his care. The fees were paid and a warning was given.

Carmel area: Past-tense unauthorized use of company cell phone while employee was on personal overseas cruise. Case continues.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: An anonymous citizen reported that female models were marketing a product in provocative attire at an Ocean Avenue store. Upon arrival, the models were not on scene; however, contact was made with an employee who stated that the promotion or campaign was done. The employee was counseled on the possible civil or criminal repercussions of such an incident.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Female driver, age 23, was stopped on Camino del Monte after being observed for various driving violations and found to be intoxicated. She was also found to be in possession of marijuana. She was lodged at Monterey P.D.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a reported water leak at Camino Real and Second. All units canceled by FireComm per Carmel P.D.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Man reported that he was involved in a verbal argument with a construction worker at Scenic and 10th. He said he was backing his car into a stall and may have bumped the truck behind him. At that time, several construction workers nearby began to harass him. The owner of the truck said that there was damage and that the man should pay him. But the officer spoke with the owner of the truck and he said it was no big deal and admitted there was no damage. The officer looked at both vehicles and could detect no damage.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency at Junipero and Fifth. Engine and ambulance crews searched for a reported fall victim who had left the area in a private vehicle prior to their arrival.

Pebble Beach: MCSO aided Cal Fire paramedics in a 5150 W&I evaluation at a Sloat Road residence.
Carmel Valley: Resident reported an unauthorized purchase on his credit card. The purchase was made in Mexico.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Male subject, age 52, was arrested on Lincoln Street for DUI. A blood draw was taken. Subject was sent to county jail.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A hotel employee reported an unwanted person visiting the lobby area and taking coffee and food items when he was not registered as a guest. The male subject, said to be in his 30s, 5 foot 6 inches, short hair and carrying a plastic bag with bottles, was told not to return. Employee was notified to call police if the subject returns.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Guadalupe Street property owner reported past-tense trespassing by his neighbors onto the roof of his house while he was not present and without his permission. Neighbors admitted the violation while attending a building and planning meeting for the city. Neighbors were contacted and warned verbally not to trespass. Neighbors understood but claimed the property owner had also trespassed onto their property while surveying the property. Ongoing civil problem.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Customer on Mission Street reported that she was disputing the price of numerous pieces of jewelry she sold to local jeweler. Customer and store owner argued about the price until they reached a verbal agreement. Parties wrote up a contract and signed it agreeing the price was fair and that their business with each other was finished.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject reported losing a camera today somewhere in the business district.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Traffic stop on a vehicle on Ocean Avenue. After a records check was conducted on driver, his license came back suspended. Vehicle was towed.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine, ambulance and Pacific Grove Fire chief responded to a smoke check in the area of Alta and San Carlos at 0914 hours. Source of large but brief quantity of smoke was found to be malfunctioning excavating equipment located at a construction site at northeast Mission and Third. The equipment operator contacted on scene indicated there was no further hazard and that the Bobcat excavator was to be removed for repairs.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a residential fire alarm activation on Eighth Avenue east of Santa Fe. Crews made entry into the residence through contact with the property owner, who requested the alarm be reset, as there was no apparent cause for the activation.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Pine Meadows Way for a male patient feeling weak. Transported patient to CHOMP Code 2.

Carmel Valley: Trespassers reported in a truck on hotel property, sleeping in the vehicle. Subjects were apologetic and no prosecution desired. A small amount of marijuana was discovered in their possession and booked in for destruction. Case closed.

Carmel Valley: Past-tense minor battery (non-injury) by neighbor who is believed to be suffering from medical problems that could be a contributing factor in her aggression. Others in the complex are complaining of the same trouble. Case continues.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Citizen came to the police station at approximately 1830 hours to turn in a cell phone found in the area of Mission Street and Ocean Avenue. The cell phone had damage to the face and no information was obtained about the rightful owner. The phone will be placed in property for safekeeping until its owner is found.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Intoxicated subject, age 55, was contacted inside his vehicle on Seventh Avenue and arrested for 647f [disorderly conduct — public intoxication.]

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a sewage spill on Monte Verde at Seventh due to a clogged sewer line to the hotel. Plumbers on scene were advised to immediately shut off the water main. Firefighters immediately constructed a dam with absorbent around the storm drain to stop product from further entering. County health was notified to respond. More absorbent was applied, and public works officials were confident the product would not reach the beach. The health department arrived, contacted hotel staff, and the decision was made to have fire personnel neutralize the spill with a bleach solution. The responsibility of the remaining cleanup (absorbent, solid product) was placed upon the hotel by health and fire administrators. Firefighters responded back to the location on reports from police that employees at the hotel were washing the affected area with water. Police on scene stopped the water flow, and fire personnel checked the flow and determined it would not cause further problems.

Carmel Valley: A male subject was arrested for public intoxication and was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Carmel area: Victim wanted to report that unknown suspect(s) made a copy of a check and cashed it at a bank in the Carmel area.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officer responded to a report of a dead cat found on a city easement under the bushes on Torres Street. The owner was located, and the cat was placed in the department freezer.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Female driver, age 43, was stopped for failing to dim her high beams and weaving onto the shoulder on Rio and Atherton. The driver was found to be intoxicated and arrested for DUI. She gave a breath test with results of .16 and .16. She was lodged at Monterey P.D., and her vehicle was towed by Carmel Towing.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance dispatched to Broadway and Calaveras in Seaside for a motorcyclist hit by a car. Given the mechanism of injury and patient condition, patient was transported by CALSTAR 5 to Valley Medical Center in San Jose as a precautionary measure.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: On-duty fire and medical personnel responded to a walk-in request for medical assistance at the fire station. A male adult brought his young son, who had an abrasion and contusion to the right orbital area due to a fall. The child appeared relatively stable. The father did not want any extensive examination provided, but emergency personnel gave him an ice pack to apply to the affected area. A visual exam was conducted and pulse check done on the child. The father was offered the ambulance for his son but refused. He was advised to take the child to a doctor as soon as possible to rule out any underlying health issues. He said he would take the child to the emergency room as soon as they left the station. Father signed medical release form on behalf of his son.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject reported the loss of her watch while patronizing shops in the commercial district. If located, please notify.

Carmel Valley: Hit-and-run accident at Carmel Valley Road and Dorris Drive.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: A 24-year-old driver was stopped on Highway 1 and arrested for DUI alcohol/drugs.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A male driver, age 34, was arrested on Lincoln Street for DUI alcohol/drugs.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A subject reported the loss of a digital camera while patronizing shops in the commercial district. At 1305 hours the same date, the officer received a telephone call from the victim, who reported that the camera was located.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: While responding to a sick seabird call, officer observed a dog unattended on Scenic Road that was reported missing the day before. The officer secured the dog, and it was transported to the police department. The owner was contacted by telephone and advised where the dog was located. Several calls were made to the owner to retrieve the dog. At approximately 1710 hours, the dog was returned to the owner and a citation was issued.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to Scenic and 13th at 1036 hours on the report of overturned porta-potties. Upon arrival, met with Carmel P.D. officers. They had uprighted the potties and discovered the interior of both covered in raw sewage. Firefighters taped off the doors of both potties to deny access to the public, and contacted the field supervisor for Waste Management. He stated he would have a crew come out to the site to assess what they could do for cleanup.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officer responded to a report of a dog found unattended in the area of Santa Fe. The officer contacted the person and obtained the dog and information. Officer transported the dog to the department and placed him in a kennel. A message was left on the phone number listed on the dog’s collar. The owner later came into the station looking for the lost dog. Fees were paid, a warning was given, and the dog was returned to the owner.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject reported the loss of his wallet while at the volleyball courts at the north end of Carmel Beach from 0900 to 1200 hours today. If located, please notify.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A lady’s purse was found in a restaurant on Mission Street. Proprietor notified the owner that the purse had been left behind at the restaurant, but the owner had already returned to her residence in San Mateo. Property turned over to CPD for safekeeping. Property returned to owner at 1615 hours.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Informational ex-change occurred between the driver and the owner of a parked vehicle after a non-injury collision on San Antonio Avenue.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A male suspect, age 20, was arrested on Atherton for possession of marijuana while driving.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical call on Junipero for the assessment and care of a man feeling faint. Ambulance transported patient to CHOMP.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a fire alarm activation at Casanova and Ninth. Found an alarm activation but no hazards. Assisted the homeowner with resetting the smoke detector.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Ambulance responded to the report of a water leak at the First Murphy House located at Sixth and Lincoln. Ambulance crew found a leaking drip irrigation system. The crew secured the pipe with medical tape. Problem mitigated.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a structure fire on Oliver Road in Pebble Beach. Upon arrival, established incident command and conducted size-up. The fire was extinguished by occupants prior to firefighters’ arrival. Cal Fire battalion chief soon arrived and assumed command. Carmel units released.

Big Sur: The Monterey County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team was called to search for an overdue mountain biker on the Prewitt Loop Trail, near Plaskett Creek, in Big Sur. The mountain biker, a 48-year-old male Sunnyvale resident, had left for a solo mountain bike ride and failed to return back to his vehicle. Search and rescue team members, as well as U.S. Forest Service personnel, were able to locate him during the early morning hours of Sept. 1, but were unable to access him due to heavy brush and steep, rocky terrain. The California Highway Patrol helicopter, H70, was called in to assist in the extrication of the man in the morning. He was extricated without further incident by H70. He apparently lost his way and was attempting to walk back to his vehicle but was stopped by the heavy brush and steep terrain. He did not suffer any serious injuries.

Carmel area: MCSO assisted during an accidental fire in a hotel room; towel above wall heater. Smoke damage only. No injuries.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: A male subject, age 42, was arrested at San Carlos and FIfth for domestic violence.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officer responded to a barking-dog complaint in which the dog was thought to be at a residence on Carpenter Street. There was a golden retriever at the residence, and the owner was contacted. Officer continued checking the area and made contact with the resident to the north. This resident has a Dachshund; however, it was inconclusive that either animal was the offending dog. An area check was continued, but there was no further violation.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officer responded to a complaint of a barking dog on Guadalupe Street. No one was at the residence, and repeated howling was heard. The caller was contacted and information obtained. Prior incidents of similar complaints were on file. The dog owner later contacted the officer and stated the bark collars were mistakenly left off when they left home. A warning was given.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Anonymous person called in regards to possible illegal tree pruning. The maintenance staff was contacted on Lobos Street. They were removing dead shrubbery and an old stump from private property. The staff was counseled about contacting forestry department with regards to the pruning of branches from an oak tree on public right of way.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Report of subjects arguing in the area of Dolores Street. One subject was still at the scene, while the other party left. The subject contacted was counseled.