[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of June 11, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email email@example.com.]
CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
“Hot” is not the first word that comes to mind when people think of the Richmond District. But the interior of a car can quickly heat up on a sunny day. Heatstroke is the second most common cause of vehicle related deaths for children (second to collisions). A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s. Children should never be left unattended in cars not only because of heat but also other safety concerns. People break into cars, people steal cars, and there are some predatory criminals out there in the world.
While we are on the subject, let’s not forget that animals can also be hurt or killed when left in hot cars. If you see a child or an animal in danger, please call 911.
Lately I have gotten several requests asking me to remind drivers about the importance of using turn signals. Here are the relevant sections of the California Vehicle Code:
22107. No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal… in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.
22108. Any signal of intention to turn right or left shall be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.
24252. (a) All lighting equipment of a required type installed on a vehicle shall at all times be maintained in good working order…
As my driver’s ed teacher said, “We use our signals to let others know what we are going to do, not to let them know what we are doing. They can already see what we are doing.”
On June 25th at 6:00 pm the Police Commission will hold a public meeting in the Richmond District at Presidio Middle School (450 30th Ave). This is an opportunity for the commissioners to hear directly from residents of the district. I will also give a brief report about Richmond Station. This takes the place of our regular monthly community meeting, so we will not meet on June 17th as we usually would.
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On 06/06/14 at 2:50am, officers were called to a vehicle collision on Divisadero and California Sts. The caller was reporting that it was a single vehicle accident and the driver fled the scene. When the officers arrived they saw that the vehicle had hit a light pole on the center median and flipped over, finally landing back on its wheels. The passenger in the car told the officers that she had just met the driver at a bar and he was giving her a ride home. A passerby alerted the officers to the location where the driver was hiding on the 1900 block of Broderick where he was taken into custody. Due to the drivers injuries he was transported to the hospital for treatment and charged with driving under the influence, hit and run and driving without a license. The passenger was treated and released.
On 06/06/14 at 8:40pm, an officer was patrolling the area of Boswell St and Post when he observed the suspect walking unsteadily on his feet. The officer made contact with the suspect to see if he needed medical attention or was intoxicated. The male told the officer that he “was a good man,” and provided the officer with his name, but had no identification. When the officer ran the male in the computer he came back clear. The officer then saw that the suspect was wearing a San Francisco County Jail bracelet which had his photo but another name. The officer then ran that name and saw that the suspect was wanted on a parole violation. The 32yr old was charged accordingly.
On 06/08/14 at 6:36pm, plainclothes officers were in the area of Fulton and Arguello when the observed the suspect standing along the curb line near a car. The officers recognized him from previous contacts regarding auto burglaries. The officers continued to watch him and saw that he was in possession of two backpacks and a small cooler. The suspect walked into the park and sat on a bench and looked through the contents of the backpack. After putting the items back he stood up and went to the bus stop and sat down. Officers then determined that the suspect had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for burglary. The suspect was detained and in going through the property in his possession, the officers found items that had been taken in several auto burglaries. The suspect was also in possession of heroin and counterfeit bills. The 55yr old male was charged with possession of stolen property, narcotic violations, possession of counterfeit bills and auto burglary.
On 06/09/14 at 10:33pm, officers were patrolling the area of 8th and Fulton when they saw a male and female in a loud verbal argument. The officers stopped to check on the two and confirmed there had been no physical altercation. The officers conducted a computer check on the two and discovered that the female was a 16yr old runaway from Sacramento. The male had a warrant out of Texas. The male was searched and officers located brass knuckles in his possession. The 16yr olds father was contacted and he came to Richmond Station to pick up his daughter. The 19yr old male was charged with weapons possession. The warrant from Texas was non-extraditable.
On 06/10/14 at 10:40pm, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the 1500 block of Baker. The driver had an outstanding narcotics warrant for his arrest. Upon searching the vehicle the officers located a handgun in a backpack in the vehicle. The 24yr old driver, who is a convicted felon, was charged with possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and narcotic violations.
Between 06/05/14, 12pm and 06/09/14, 5:15am on the 3700 block of Jackson, a suspect entered a home by breaking a window pane on the front door. The suspect entered the home and rummaged through drawers and closets, but nothing appears to have been taken.
Between 06/07/14, 4:45am and 06/08/14, 11:45am on the 3300 block of Washington, a suspect entered a home by first kicking in the tradesman door to get to the rear of the home. Once in the back, the suspect shattered a glass door by throwing a rock through it. The home had been gone through but the owners were out of town, so the loss is unknown at this time.
On 06/09/14 at 2pm, the victim left his bike, unlocked, in front of a business on the 3400 block of California. From the inside of the business the victim saw the suspect jump on his bike and flee west on California St. The victim tried to give chase but was unsuccessful. The suspect was described as a white male 30-40yrs.
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