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Under State and Federal Freedom of Information Laws, law enforcement agencies are required to keep a record of daily activities that can be inspected by the public. Local newspapers typically review these records, referred to as Police Blotters.
In 2017, the City of Santa Clara Communications Center fielded 167,821 phone calls. Of these, 76,319 resulted in police calls for service (53,865 Police calls for service; 22,454 police officer self-initiated activity) and 10,097 in fire calls for service. SCPD’s Police Blotter highlights a partial list of incidents in Santa Clara and is distributed to the press on a weekly basis. The Blotter provides the date, time, approximate location, a narrative summary of the incident, case number and the most serious arrest charge.
What types of incidents are generally included in the Police Blotter?
- Routine and unusual calls for service;
- Incidents that may raise awareness and/or educate the public;
- Similar calls for service taking place with frequency, targeting a specific population and/or occurring in a particular area; and,
- When SCPD is seeking the public’s assistance to solve a crime.
Why aren’t certain calls for service included in the Police Blotter?
The U.S. Department of Justice cites several reasons why some information may be excluded from a Police Blotter, including:
- Deprives a person to their right of a fair trial;
- Hampers an ongoing investigation;
- Hinders prosecution;
- Places an officer or witness in danger; and,
- Constitutes an invasion of privacy.
In general, it is SCPD’s practice not to include sensitive items such as juvenile arrests, incidents of domestic violence, suicide, calls connected with a restraining order or custody of a juvenile and/or dead bodies.
The Arrest Log provides a timely, chronological summary of all of the arrests made by the Santa Clara Police Department. It includes the name of the suspect(s), date of birth, city in which they reside, arrest date, time, location, case number as well as all of the charge(s) associated with the arrest. This information, located on the Santa Clara Police Department’s home page (www.scpd.org) is updated daily and serves as the most comprehensive list of arrests made.
SCPD also offers online crime alerting and mapping services that provide easy to read incident crime maps and automated alerts. Neighborhood crime data is available in near real-time. Crime information can be found at Crime Reports or LexisNexis.
SCPD Police Blotter for the week of November 11, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Location: 1500 Block of Washington Street
Public Safety Dispatchers received a call regarding a male suspect on the 1500 block of Washington Street that had threatened a victim with pruning shears.
Upon police arrival, the suspect retreated into his residence and refused to exit. A Records check revealed the suspect had a criminal history and is a sex registrant. The previous day (11/10/18) he had also made a threatening phone call to the Coast Guard.
SCPD’s Special Response Team was activated, which includes a crisis intervention trained officer, hostage negotiation officer, a tactical team and the armored rescue vehicle. The armored rescue vehicle was utilized to evacuate the neighboring residences.
During the next several hours, the suspect spoke with the responding officers. Eventually, SCPD retained a Ramey warrant for the suspect’s arrest. Police forced entry into the residence. After a brief struggle and the use of a police K-9, the suspect was apprehended.
The suspect was medically cleared at a local hospital and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 18-1111058
Monday, November 12, 2018
Location: 100 Block of Buckingham Drive
A resident on the 100 block of Buckingham Drive discovered the resident mailboxes in the open position.
An unknown suspect(s) utilized a master key to steal an unknown quantity of mail from numerous residents. The suspect(s) fled the scene prior to the theft being noticed. The suspect(s) remain at large.
Case Number: 18-1112095
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Location: Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie DeBartolo Way
On November 13, at approximately 11:17am, an officer was dispatched to a report of a missing person. Ian Powers was traveling from Spokane to Los Angeles, with a visit to family in Antioch. He attended the San Francisco 49ers vs New York Giants football game at Levi's Stadium on November 12. The victim's girlfriend reported that Powers left his seat to use the restroom and never returned. The last communication Powers had with family was at approximately 10:00pm. All efforts to locate Powers were fruitless. Powers vehicle was located in a nearby parking lot.
Powers was last seen wearing a red 49ers T-shirt, red 49ers hat and blue jeans (picture attached from 11/12/18).
If you have information about the whereabouts of Ian Powers, please contact the Santa Clara Police Department at (408)615-5580.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Location: 400 Block of Alviso Street
An unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked residence and stole three laptops, valued at $3,300 from the living room. The victims were home, and asleep during the incident. The suspect(s) remain at large.
Case Number: 18-1114044
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Theft from a Vehicle
Location: 4200 Block of Great America Parkway
An unknown subject(s) broke the rear passenger window on a rental vehicle on the 4200 block of Great America Parkway. There were no items taken from the vehicle. The damage to the vehicle is estimated at approximately $400.
Case Number: 18-1115023
Friday, November 16, 2018
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Location: 1000 Block of Clyde Avenue
A reporting party contacted Public Safety Dispatchers regarding a dispute between roommates on the 1000 block of Clyde Avenue. While en route, officers were advised one person had been stabbed and the suspect had fled the scene.
Upon arrival, officers located and arrested the suspect. The Santa Clara Fire Department responded to the scene and treated the individuals involved.
Case Number: 1116061
Location: 2400 Block of Lafayette Street
Officers responded to the 2400 block of Lafayette Street on the report of a possible hazardous material spill.
Upon arrival, officers located what appeared to be a narcotics manufacturing laboratory in a storage unit. SCPD and SCFD secured the scene and contacted the Drug Enforcement Agency to conduct an investigation.
While on scene, the renter of the storage unit. He was arrested without further incident.
Case Number: 18-1117094
NOTE: SCPD has several Hero Workouts planned today in honor of Sean M. Walsh. Specialist Walsh was a Military Police (MP) Soldier in the California National Guard, serving in Operation Enduring Freedom, when he was killed in action in Afghanistan on November 16, 2011. He had hoped one day to join SCPD as a K-9 handler.
Since his passing, Sean's mother Cheryl Walsh, has been one of the biggest supporters of SCPD's K-9 program, and K-9 programs throughout the country. Cheryl has donated five K-9's to SCPD since Sean's untimely passing. Cheryl was in attendance today to support SCPD and honor her son’s life and legacy. For more information about the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation, log onto http://seansk9s.com/
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Foot Pursuit Location: Central Expressway and Lafayette Street
An officer was driving eastbound on Central Expressway when a vehicle was observed with expired registration. A registration check confirmed the expired status and the officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop.
The vehicle was occupied by two male subjects. A Records check revealed the passenger was not being truthful about his name. As the officer was trying to identify the subject, he ran from the vehicle. While the suspect was running, he tried to pull out a loaded 9mm handgun from his waistband, but dropped it. A K-9 apprehended the suspect. A Records check revealed he is a sex registrant on probation.
Meanwhile, the driver also fought with officers. Both individuals were arrested and transported to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Case Number: 18-1118117
Prepared by Carolyn McDowell, Management Analyst.
If you have questions regarding the Police Blotter contact Captain Wahid Kazem, 408-615-4864.