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Police log: Low-hanging oak catches movers

Published: November 21, 2008

HERE’S A look at the significant calls logged last week by the Carmel-by-the-Sea police and fire departments and by the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency and hazardous condition at Monte Verde and Second. Crews conducted patient assessment and bandaging for a female in her 90s who had suffered an injury to the left elbow as a result of a storm-related tree fall into the bedroom of the residence. The occupant refused further medical treatment and signed a release with the on-scene paramedic. Crews cut and removed two large branches protruding through the roof/ceiling areas, and covered the damage with plastic sheeting to prevent further water intrusion. The occupant was advised of the need for a tree contractor to cut and remove the tree from the roof and make roof repairs.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency on Viscaino. Contact with the reporting party indicated there was no medical problem. She had called 911 regarding a possible problem with a light fixture.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine responded to a service call at 10th and Casanova. Crew investigated the dining-room light fixtures and the living-room entertainment system for the occupant, as they were not functioning after restoration of electricity from an earlier storm-related outage. As there was no hazard, the occupant was advised to have the problem inspected by an electrical contractor.

Carmel Valley: A Carmel Valley resident reported someone shattered the side window of his Jeep by throwing a pumpkin through it.

Carmel Valley: A Carmel Valley resident reported her 16-year-old daughter had burglarized and vandalized her home. Case continues pending contact with that juvenile.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject called Carmel Police Department to request help on Torres Street. Upon contact, the subject requested a courtesy transport to CHOMP for a self-committal.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Traffic collision on public property on Carpenter Street. Property damage only.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Dolores Street resident reported a water leak from a neighboring yard. Water leak located, and responsibles were notified. Responsible requested Carmel Fire Department respond to pump water from the property. The water affected three homes on the east side of Lincoln north of Second Avenue. Fire engine, ambulance and two utility vehicles responded for the water system/sump-pump failure due to the recent rains and possible sprinkler malfunction. Fire personnel used the trash pump to pump standing water from the backyard out into the street and into the storm-drain system. A water vacuum was used to remove standing water from the bottom floor of the residence, and a professional disaster-cleanup crew was contacted to complete cleanup of the residence. There had been some seeping water into the neighbors’ yards, but there was no damage and water ceased to seep upon removal of the standing water in the yard.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A citizen found a loose dog in Mission Trail park. The dog was transported to the police department by the person who found it. The owner was located via a microchip, and the dog was returned. The dog owner is a new resident, and license information was given. Fees were paid and a warning was issued.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Assistance given to a citizen with a found cat. The cat would not leave the Rio Road residence and repeatedly entered the home. The owner was located via a microchip and the cat was returned to the owner.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Cell phone found on Carmel Beach. A possible owner’s name was obtained through the contacts listed in the phone; however, no alternate phone number for the owner was given. Phone placed in an evidence locker pending contact with an owner.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Male subject, age 36, was contacted on Monte Verde Street and found to be in violation of a domestic violence restraining order and also found to have a no-bail warrant for that domestic violence charge. The subject also kept the victim from calling 911. Subject was arrested.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a reported vehicle accident but were canceled en route by police on scene. Both units continued Code 2 to confirm there was no further need. It was confirmed by police units there was no need for fire and ambulance personnel.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine responded to the police investigation of juveniles starting a small fire in the front yard of a Rio Road residence. No apparent merit to the call.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a reported structure fire on Monterey Street. The fire was actually smoke in the residence due to a shorted house drop [the wires from the pole to the house]. The origin of the smoke was wiring to a television set in the bedroom. Monterey chief established Carmel Command, and firefighters searched the residence and roof for possible fires, but all was secure. The doors and windows were opened to ventilate the residence.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to San Carlos Street on report of a male in his 70s who experienced three separate syncopal episodes over a period of about three minutes while having dinner. He was also nauseous and had vomited. Firefighters assisted ambulance personnel with patient assessment, oxygen administration, diagnostics, monitor hookup, packaging and gathering information. The patient was transported to CHOMP by ambulance.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to San Carlos and Second for a tree down in the roadway, blocking egress for several residents. Firefighters cut away enough of the tree to allow safe passage, and notified public works and forestry to remove the rest of the tree and debris from the area.

Carmel Valley: A male Carmel Valley resident was arrested on Carmel Valley Road east of the Village at 2145 hours for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Carmel Valley: Resident reported his mailbox and a real estate “For Sale” sign in his yard were vandalized sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Damage estimated at $400 to replace. No suspects.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Citizen reported a subject followed a female customer from his store on Mission Street to her car. The subject was flashing money and paced in front of the business. Officers contacted a subject who matched the description. He stated that he wasn’t following people, they were following him. Subject stated he was an election official, although he was not near a polling site, nor did he have an election official I.D. No crime was committed; therefore, the subject was FI’d and released. CLETS was down, and it was later determined the subject had a warrant for probation violation. PGPD was contacted, and they advised they have had multiple contacts with the subject for stalking and annoying female adults. PGPD requested a copy of this report.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Mission Street shop owner called to report that a suspicious subject entered his jewelry store and asked to look at watches. The owner stated the subject acted suspiciously and did not look at the watches he was presented. The subject looked at all of the cases in the store but did not ask to look at any other jewelry. The owner felt the behavior was suspicious and believed the subject was “casing” the store. Area checks were conducted with negative results.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: On Junipero, found glasses and key fobs.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to a medical emergency at the Sunset Center on San Carlos Street for an adult male with possible diabetic emergency. Patient signed a medical release form.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Officers responded to a verbal argument between a moving company and a person on Guadalupe Street. Subject stated the moving van struck a low-hanging oak tree. The neighbor stated that the caller and she had an ongoing dispute. The person has called the P.D. numerous times for concerns regarding the neighbor’s house. Both parties counseled regarding neighbor relationships.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Lost wallet possibly on the beach.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Transported a feral cat to Monterey County Animal Services.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Person on San Carlos Street called in regards to seeking payment for a flooring job completed this past week. The business owner had not paid the workers who completed the job. The business owner was located in Salinas and wrote a check for the wrong amount. The person and colleague arrived in Carmel to find the business owner in order to rectify the discrepancy; however, she was not at the salon. Upon arrival at the new proposed business site, employees stated that the owner was not at the salon. Parties counseled.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: A female suspect, age 57, was stopped on San Carlos Street at 2155 hours and cited for DUI alcohol/drugs.

Carmel Valley: At approximately 1050 hours, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit and a deputy served a search warrant at a Lazy Oaks residence in Carmel Valley, the residence of a male suspect. During the search of the residence and his computers, detective found several photos of child pornography. The suspect was subsequently arrested and lodged in the Monterey County Jail.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: Subject reported her dog, Gypsy, a French bulldog, was bitten by a pitbull while on the beach near Del Mar.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Fire engine and ambulance responded to Camino Real and Eighth for a fire alarm activation due to water leaking into a lobby smoke detector from a room on the second floor. The alarm company was notified to send a technician to inspect the system and make necessary repairs.

Carmel Valley: Suspect chased victim into a restaurant and assaulted him with a bat. Victim was able to defend himself and prevent serious injury by using a stool. Suspect continued to chase victim, who ultimately fled. Suspect was arrested at his home and admitted ADW [assault with a deadly weapon] with the bat, which was recovered. Suspect booked into jail.

Carmel Valley: Subject reported past-tense possible road rage by known area resident. No further action requested or desired. No physical violence. Case documented and closed.

Carmel area: Patrol observation and investigation of an ongoing theft at a local business. Suspect was contacted.


Carmel-by-the-Sea: City forester reported property damage to a city tree on Lincoln street from an unknown vehicle. The tree was planted in the center island of Lincoln and 11th and was found knocked over. Unknown when this occurred. Area check for the vehicle met with negative results. Unknown cost to replace.