Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
10am – A chair was on fire on Brown St. Don’t ask me.
2:31pm – A man reported that he loaned his car to a friend, and the friend was refusing to give it back. One of them needs to look up the terms “loan” and “friend.”
4:27pm – A resident called to report “grown men” bringing in bags of dirt to create hills upon which to jump their bikes. They were gone when police arrived.
7:24pm – A resident of Ward St. reported a woman with a black shirt and no pants sleeping on his doorstep. He said he sprayed the woman with a hose.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
7:50am – A man in a black hat (seems appropriate), carrying a large bag, threatened to shoot the clerk at the Marina Market. Police caught up to him on Main St. and issued a warning.
10:36am – A resident on Alhambra Way sought the police department’s advice on carrying a concealed Taser. Our advice: don’t.
11:42am – A woman came out of the Family Law Center on Pine St. to find that all the air had been let out of all four tires of her rental car.
Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
1:33am – A cab driver brought two fares to a Green St. residence from Walnut Creek, and they said they couldn’t pay. Police arrested one of the fares, who was six months into her 21st year, for public drunkenness. Welcome to adulthood.
6:32am – A man reported that he discovered another man hiding in the corner of his Marie Ave. home. He chased the man on Morello Ave. toward the railroad tracks, but tripped during the pursuit. The prowler got away.
9:49am – The driver of a black Silverado truck spit a wad of chewing tobacco out of the window, hitting the windshield of the woman behind him, who had to stop and clean it. Note to chewers: eeeeew!
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013
12:01am – The Rodeway Inn on Alhambra Ave. was the scene of quite a flurry of activity. First, police received a call about a woman who was bleeding from a facial injury she received when another woman hit her, and an ambulance came to take her to the hospital. A stolen car was recovered there a few minutes later. It’s Martinez’s own little Las Vegas, apparently.
2:17am – A car was stolen on Beechwood Dr.
6:22pm – A group of four or five teenagers were reportedly throwing rocks and ripping up plants from a home on Prospect St. When police were called, they ran down Alhambra Ave. toward Berrellesa.
10:41pm – A man at the corner of Alhambra Ave. and Blue Ridge Dr. was seen shining a green laser at passing cars. Why he was doing that is anyone’s guess.
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012
2:18pm – Three juveniles were seen throwing knives at trees near the corner of A St. and Castro St. Remember being the age when things like that didn’t seem the slightest bit dangerous?
3:02pm – A man with dreadlocks and a black hoodie was reportedly harassing customers outside of the Cooper Skillet on Ferry St. One wonders what they were being harassed about – late brunch?
3:10pm – A woman on Talbart St. was advised by police that she was not allowed to put up traffic cones near her house to reserve herself a parking space. We have a “first-come, first-served” system, at least when it comes to street parking.
10:05pm – A young man knocked on the front door of an Escobar St. home and asked if he could come inside and go to sleep. The fellow seemed not entirely of sober demeanor, apparently. Not knowing the person in question, he was refused entry by the homeowner and police were notified.