Police Department Presents Awards
On Wednesday, January 13th, the Sausalito Police Department held their annual department meeting and awards ceremony. This year’s awards recognized actions and activities from 2001 through 2015. Chief Scott Paulin presented the following:
Blue Star Medal - The Blue Star Medal may be awarded to any employee who suffers a significant injury while engaged in official police duty involving the safety of persons and/or property.
Sgt. Jason McConnehey
On November 21, 2001 then Officer McConnehey sustained a significant injury while investigating a prowler. He encountered the suspect who produced a handgun and shot Ofc. McConnehey in the chest. Fortunately Ofc. McConnehey was wearing a ballistic vest which prevented a catastrophic injury and he was able to return to full duty.
Sgt. William Fraass
On April 29, 2002, then Officer Fraass incurred a significant injury while rescuing a person trapped in a burning vehicle. Ofc. Fraass forced the vehicle’s door open and pulled the unconscious driver out just mere seconds before the car was completely engulfed in flames
Life Saving Medal - The Lifesaving Medal may be awarded to any employee who performs an exceptional act under emergency and/or extraordinary conditions in the furtherance of human life.
Officer Justin Ritz
On April 12, 2014, while off-duty and at a social event, Ofc. Ritz saw that a man had collapsed, was not breathing and had no pulse. Ofc. Ritz, along with a doctor who was present, immediately began CPR and continued it for eight minutes until paramedics arrived. The victim survived and Ofc. Ritz’s action played a direct role in bringing the victim back to life.
Sergeant Steven Veveiros
On February 15, 2015, Sgt. Veveiros rescued a suicidal man trying to drown himself in the Bay waters near downtown Sausalito. Sgt. Veveiros was on board SPD’s patrol vessel Marine One, which responded along with vessels from Southern Marin Fire Department and Marin Sheriff. He, along with allied agency personnel, quickly coordinated a rescue plan and made repeated attempts to pull the man from the water. Eventually they were successful and Sgt. Veveiros’ actions played a direct role in saving the man’s life.
Employee of the Year – The Employee of the Year is awarded to the employee whose performance is a role model for others to follow and significantly contributes to the Department’s policing mission throughout the year.
Officer Donald Bartol
Ofc. Bartol is the most senior member of the department, celebrating 20 years of service in 2015. He takes great pride in the service he provides to the community, as well as in his roles as Officer in Charge and Field Training Officer. He is consistently approachable and professional, as well as kind and compassionate. Ofc. Bartol’s longevity affords him institutional knowledge about the department and the City that few others have, and he is always willing to share his experience in order to make Sausalito a better place to live and work.
Captain Mark Thomas Award - The Captain Mark Thomas Award is presented annually to the employee who has a consistent positive attitude, exceptional work ethic, a dedication toward helping others succeed, and for providing exceptional customer service.
Corporal Matthew Shoup
Cpl. Shoup was recognized for his unfailingly positive attitude, which he exhibits on a daily basis with his co-workers and the public. He is dedicated to helping others succeed and continually demonstrates his commitment to both the City and the community.
Superior Performance Award - The Superior Performance Award may be given to any employee who, while serving in an official capacity and in the best interests of the department, distinguishes themselves through the accomplishment of an outstanding service.
Sergeant William Fraass, Corporal Brian Mather, Officer Justin Ritz
On October 19, 2013 Sgt. Fraass, then Det. Mather, and Ofc. Ritz investigated a sexual assault case. Their investigative teamwork resulted in the identification and arrest of a violent and dangerous rapist within four hours of the crime.
Evidence Technician Charlene Cunningham
Evidence Technician Cunningham was recognized for her outstanding performance in 2015. She always demonstrates a very strong work ethic and positive attitude. She is meticulous in her critical position of managing the department’s evidence and property functions. In her role as a crime scene investigator she processed several complex crime scenes with skill and professionalism.
Certificate of Commendation - The Certificate of Commendation/Appreciation may be awarded to any employee who performs meritorious service or establishes, through a pattern of performance, exceptional initiative and competence.
Sergeant William Fraass, Corporal Brian Mather, Detective Nick White
On August 21, 2014 Sgt. Fraas, then Ofc. White, and then Ofc. Mather began the investigation of a complex check fraud case. Their teamwork on the lengthy and intricate case resulted in the arrest of three suspects, two of whom are career criminals.
Lieutenant Theo Mainaris, Central Marin Police Authority
From July 20 to December 31, 2015, Lt. Mainaris served as the SPD Support Services Division Commander through a shared services agreement with the Central Marin Police Authority. Although working just 20 hours per week, he handled several difficult assignments and tasks, as well as being responsible for multiple programs and initiatives. Lt. Mainaris is recognized for his high level of competence, exceptional initiative, and meritorious service.
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Attempted Home Invasion Robbery
On Tuesday, 9-22-2015, at approximately 1942 hours, the Sausalito Police Department responded to the 100 block of Central Avenue on a report of a man with a gun demanding money from a resident. Officers responded to the residence and set up a perimeter immediately. An extensive search of the area was conducted by the Sausalito Police Department with the assistance of Mill Valley PD, Marin County Sheriff and a K-9 from Novato Police.
The victim reported the suspect entered the residence through an open side door and confronted her in her living room as she was seated on her couch. The male suspect pointed a dark colored handgun at the victim and demanded money from her. The victim stood up and screamed at the suspect to get out of her house, at which point the suspect pushed the victim down and fled the residence on foot in an unknown direction without taking any property. The victim was not injured and called 911 as the suspect fled her residence.
The victim described the suspect as being an unknown race male with a slim build wearing blue jeans, neutral colored long sleeve jacket, and unknown type of mask that had a yellow and black pattern on it. The suspect did not have an accent and was between 5’8” and 5’10”.
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170.
Three Suspects Arrested for Sexual Crimes Against Teen
On June 10, 2015, the Sausalito Police Department initiated a sex crimes investigation after receiving a report from the parents of a 17-year-old boy who had received explicit photos and videos from an adult man on his cellular phone. Earlier that same day, the boy had received a teddy bear in the mail for his birthday from a man named Douglas Stevens in Jacksonville, Florida. This unusual gift from a man not known to the parents prompted them to immediately call the police.
During the investigation it was determined that the boy, who was 16 at the time, and Stevens had recently exchanged videos of themselves masturbating. The police department’s investigation also revealed evidence that Stevens and the boy had discussed meeting in Sausalito at a future time.
Sausalito police detectives used the information from the teen’s phone to identity two additional suspects, Jason Carbone of San Diego and Kenneth Pierce of Sacramento. Pierce is a registered sex offender in Sacramento County. The evidence revealed that Carbone and the teen had also exchanged explicit photos and videos and that Pierce and the teen took explicit photographs and videos of themselves engaging in sex acts together in Marin County.
The teen met the suspects via Instragram and the Kik texting application.
On June 26th, Sausalito Police detectives obtained $100,000 arrest warrants for Stevens, Carbone, and Pierce for crimes related to lewd/sexual acts with a child and for possession of child pornography.
Detectives from the Sausalito Police Department arrested Piece at his home in Sacramento on June 27th. He is currently in custody at the Marin County Jail. Carbone was arrested by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in San Diego on June 27th and was released on bail. Stevens was arrested by authorities in Florida and is awaiting extradition to Marin County to face charges.
See Something, Say Something!
Community Traffic Complaint Program
The Sausalito Police Department is adding an additional feature to our existing ‘See Something, Say Something’ program that will allow citizens to report traffic violations they witness. Many citizens express their frustration with officers not being present when they witness a traffic violation such as someone not stopping for pedestrians, speeding, or running a red light.
Our new program offers a way for citizens to report traffic violations which will help us make our roadways safer. Citizens can fill out a traffic complaint form which is available on our webpage and in our front lobby. The information will be reviewed by a Traffic Sergeant. We will send out a courtesy letter to the offender to remind them of the law and consequences of the violation. A sample of the courtesy letter is also available on our webpage.
Information that we will need to process the complaint is location, time, violation and a description of the offending vehicle. More detailed instructions are available on the complaint form. However if you are witnessing an in-progress event or immediate safety danger please either call 9-1-1 or (415) 289-4170 to speak with a dispatcher who can send an Officer to the scene. As a reminder, never place yourself in danger to record a vehicle’s license plate number or description. With your assistance, we will be able to better target special enforcement zones based on specific issues identified through this program.
Sausalito Police Department Awarded COPS Hiring Grant
On Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, the Sausalito City Council adopted a budget that included hiring one new police officer which is, in part, funded by a U.S Department of Justice COPS Hiring Grant.
The City of Sausalito was one of 40 fortunate California law enforcement agencies to receive this hiring grant. Over a three year period, the grant pays $125,000 towards the salary of one police officer.
The Sausalito Police Department intends to use this additional position to:
1) Better address the public’s request for additional police patrols;
2) Enhance the department’s ability to provide public outreach through social media; and
3) Maximize the department’s ability to work with our residents and merchants to decrease the impact of crime.
4) Assist with solving problems related to the increase in bicycle tourism.
The COPS Hiring Program is a cornerstone of the Federal Justice Assistance Program. Building upon its 20 year history of reducing crime by supplementing the manpower of local and state law enforcement, this program continues its success.
This program incentivizes collaboration and enables law enforcement agencies to form vital partnerships not only among themselves, but with the communities they serve and protect. This, in turn, helps combat criminal activities, implements problem-solving and develops crime prevention programs nationwide.
The Sausalito Police Department is proud to be among the chosen agencies benefitting from this successful program.
Dunphy Park Suspicious Death Investigation
The Sausalito Police Department is requesting the communities’ assistance in locating witnesses that may have seen or spoken to Othon “Bill” Birba prior to his death. Birba was recovered from the waters near Dunphy Park on the morning of 5-1-2015. The cause of Birba’s death has not yet been determined and is pending the results of the autopsy that was conducted on Monday, 5-4-2015. The investigation into the death of Birba is ongoing. Anyone who recently saw or communicated with Birba prior to 5-1-2015 is encouraged to contact Officer Brian Mather at 415 289-4170 ex. 608.
City of Sausalito Announces Changes to Posted Speed Limits
The City of Sausalito’s Department of Public Works recently commissioned a traffic survey to review existing speed limits throughout town. The survey takes into account accident data, pedestrian/bicyclist safety concerns and other roadway conditions to calculate what a safe speed is for a given roadway.
Several changes to the current speed limits have resulted from this survey. They are:
• Southbound Bridgeway from Gate 6 Road to Spring Street, the speed limit has increased from 30 MPH to 35 MPH.
• Northbound Bridgeway from Napa Street to Spring Street, the speed limit has decreased from 35 MPH to 30 MPH.
• South Street, in both directions, the speed limit has decreased from 25 MPH to 20 MPH.
• Alexander Avenue, in both directions, the speed limit has decreased from 25 MPH to 20 MPH.
Please be mindful of the new speed limits while driving through town. The new speed limits have been provided to the Superior Court as required by law and are now enforceable by law enforcement officers.
Call from Hotel Leads to Identity Theft Arrest
On Tuesday, 2-21-2015, at about 10:39 a.m., officers from the Sausalito Police Department were dispatched to the Inn Above Tide (30 El Portal Street) regarding a guest who rented a room with a possibly stolen credit card. The hotel manager stated that a woman later, later identified as Angel Beasley, age 37 of San Lorenzo, booked a room under the name of Sesame Torres. Soon after Beasley checked in, the manager was contacted by American Express advising the credit card used to book the room was fraudulently obtained.
As police entered the room, Beasley attempted to flee out the back of the room but was soon detained. Upon investigation, officers discovered that Beasley had two Alameda County arrest warrants issued for her arrest- $60,000 warrant for theft and a ‘No Bail’ warrant for a probation violation.
Further investigation found that Beasley was in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, a pipe designed for smoking narcotics and in possession of a fictitious California Drivers license.
Police booked Beasley into the Marin County Jail on the following charges:
• Identity theft
• Possession of suspect methamphetamine
• Defrauding an Innkeeper
• Possession of a fictitious driver’s license
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
• $60,000 arrest warrant
• ‘No Bail’ Probation violation
Suspicious Vehicle Contact Leads to Methamphetamine Arrest
On Tuesday, 03/17/2015, at about 12:49am, Officer Nick White was in the area of Locust Street when he observed a parked sedan with an unknown light source being emitted from the passenger compartment. Officer White approached the vehicle and saw a man in the driver’s seat later identified as Dennis Hernandez, age 41, of Hayward leaning over towards the passenger side of the vehicle. Officer White made contact with Hernandez who told Officer White that he is a self-employed Uber driver and that he had just dropped off a fare.
Officer White noticed several objective symptoms that Hernandez was under the influence of a stimulant. After conducting a drug evaluation on Hernandez, Officer White placed Hernandez under arrest for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
A search of the vehicle located approximately 1 ½ grams of suspect methamphetamine. On the center console of the vehicle, officers located a glass pipe that was designed to smoke narcotics.
Officers arrested Hernandez for possession of suspected methamphetamine and for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Hernandez was later released from the Marin County Jail on a promise to appear at a future court date.
While there is no evidence that Hernandez was transporting a fare while under the influence of an illegal substance, we advise that you use caution anytime you use a non-traditional taxi service.
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HIGH TECH AUTO-BURGLARY
The Sausalito Police Department is currently investigating an auto-burglary that occurred on Central Avenue during the afternoon of Thursday, February 19, 2015.
The suspect, an unknown race male, approximately 25-35 years old, dressed in black clothing, drove through the neighborhood slowly in a black vehicle. The suspect’s vehicle appears to be a 2011-2014 Volkswagen Golf TDI Diesel. The suspect drove by the victim’s car (Audi), reaching out to tap it with his hand as he passed. A short while later he returned, parking the Volkswagen a couple car lengths behind the Audi. The suspect then approached the Audi on foot, touching its door handles. When the suspect touched the Audi, the doors unlocked. It is believed that the suspect used an unknown type of electronic device/remote, to unlock the Audi’s doors. The suspect then opened the Audi’s unlocked doors and removed a Cervelo P5 bicycle valued at $15,000 and a bag of personal belongings. The suspect then placed the bicycle and bag into the Volkswagen and drove away, passing the Audi. The suspect suddenly stopped the Volkswagen, backed up towards the Audi, reached out of the window and touched the Audi’s door handle relocking the door, the suspect then drove away.
The above crime was captured on a local surveillance camera. The Sausalito Police Department is asking for the community’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this crime. Please view the attached photograph and video and contact Detective Ryan McMahon at (415) 289-4118 if you have any information on the suspect or this crime.
The Sausalito Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that a vehicle is not a safe place to store valuables. While advances in technology (keyless entry, remote entry, automatic locking, etc) have made vehicles more secure, any security system or lock can be defeated. It is best to always remove valuables from vehicles.
The Sausalito Police Department would also like to remind the residents about our Citizen View Crime Prevention Program. The Citizen View Program is a secure database of residences and businesses that have security cameras. During investigations, the police department will check the list to see if a Citizen View participant might have helpful video. If yes, and only with the permission of the participant, the officers will review the videos from these cameras in an attempt to identify suspects or gather evidence. If you have security cameras and are not part of this program, the Sausalito Police Department encourages you to contact us and join. You may also visit our website for more information on Citizen View.
Police and Fire Boats Rescue Suicidal Man
On Sunday, 2-15-2015, at about 1:50 pm, Sausalito police officers were dispatched to the waterfront south of 660 Bridgeway on a report of a suicidal man. The man told a group of tourists he wanted to kill himself by drowning in the bay. Prior to police arrival, the man had jumped into the water and swam about 100 yards off the coastline. Witnesses reported that, at times, the man was attempting to keep himself under water.
Sausalito Police Department’s patrol boat Marine One, along with the Southern Marin Fireboat Liberty, and Marin County Sheriff’s Office patrol boat Rescue 1, responded to the area.
As emergency personnel responded to the scene, an unknown kayaker threw the man a life jacket. The man grabbed the life jacket and tossed it away.
Southern Marin Fireboat Liberty was the first to arrive. The crew, Firefighters Matt Bouchard, Mark Fischer, and Travis Fox, attempted to use a rescue pole to bring the man onto their boat. The man pushed the pole away and refused to cooperate. The crew kept the man under observation until law enforcement boats arrived.
MCSO Rescue 1, operated by Deputy David Stires and U.S .Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Whittlow arrived and attempted to bring the man on their boat. The man refused to cooperate and often submerged himself under water.
Marine One, operated by Corporal Jason McConnehey and Sergeant Steve Veveiros, arrived and pulled alongside the man. Veveiros boarded Rescue 1 and by working with Whittlow, they grabbed onto the man and pulled him out of the water and onto the deck. The man struggled with Veveiros and Whittlow until they were able to restrain him.
Rescue 1 transported the man to the ferry dock where he was treated for hypothermia by Southern Marin Paramedics. He was then transported to the Crisis Unit for a 72-hour hold.
The Sausalito Police Department believes the quick response and the cooperation of both law and fire personnel saved the man’s life.
Sausalito Woman Arrested on $200,000 Embezzlement Warrant
On Wednesday, 2-18-2015, at about 10:15 am, Detective Ryan McMahon responded to the 100 block of Prospect Avenue where he arrested Chandra Love, age 37, of Sausalito on a $200,000 felony arrest warrant. The warrant was the direct result of two on-going criminal investigations in which Love was suspected of embezzling funds from an employer, identity theft, forgery, and theft by false pretenses.
The Sausalito Police Department was first made aware of Love’s criminal activities in August of 2013, at which time her employer accused Love of embezzling in excess of $100,000. During the time of her employment, Love told her employer that she was suffering from cancer and needed payroll advances. Later, Love’s employer discovered that she was writing business checks to herself and doctoring financial records.
In December of 2013, the Sausalito Police Department received a separate report that Love had illegally opened credit card accounts and charged approximately $50,000 to them. In this case, a Sausalito woman was befriended by Love who wanted to start a business with the woman. Once the woman noticed and confronted Love regarding these illegal activities, Love asked the victim not to call the police stating that she was suffering from cancer and only had months to live.
There is no evidence that Love was ever suffering from cancer. Investigators believe that Love was making these statements in order to defraud her victims.
Subsequent to Love’s arrest, Detective McMahon, Corporal Matt Shoup and Officer Nick White obtained warrants for financial records and conducted multiple interviews. It was through team work that several victims were identified and the completed investigation was then forwarded to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office. After the Marin County District Attorney’s Office reviewed both cases, a warrant was issued for Love’s arrest. At the time of the arrest, officers noticed that the suspect and her boyfriend had their bags packed as if they were leaving.
Police booked Love into the Marin County Jail. At the time of this press release, she is still in custody. Based on the nature of the crimes, Detective McMahon requested that the court require Love to appear at a bail hearing. The judge agreed and ordered a bail hearing to examine the origin of the funds in which Love is attempting to use to post bail.
If you feel you have been victimized by Chandra Love, the Sausalito Police Department is asking that you contact the Sausalito Investigations Division at (415) 289-4118.
Resident Call Leads to Drug Arrest
On Friday, 2-6-2015, at about 7:13am, a Sausalito Resident was walking her dog in the 2600 block of Bridgeway when she saw a woman, who was later identified as Alexis Campion, age 21 of Mill Valley, acting in a suspicious manner. The resident stated that once Campion saw her, she attempted to hide a mountain bike behind a dumpster.
Sausalito Police arrived within two minutes of the call and contacted Campion. Police discovered that Campion was on court probation due to a previous drug possession conviction. As part of her probation, she is required to submit to a search of her person without a warrant.
Upon a search of Campion’s jacket, police located approximately .2 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Police issued Campion a court appearance date and released her at the scene.
Investigation by the officers determined that the bike was not stolen.
The Sausalito Police Department appreciates citizen involvement in reporting suspicious people and activities. This is the second arrest in two days that was directly related to the quick actions of a Sausalito resident. On 2-5-2015, a resident report resulted in the arrest of subjects for suspicion of mail theft and possession of stolen property.
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Sausalito Police Arrest Two for Mail Theft
On Thursday, 2-5-2015, at about 1:21 a.m., a Spring Street resident reported seeing a subject going through multiple mailboxes on the street. Prior to police arrival, the subject got into a light colored SUV that started to drive west on Spring Street towards Woodward Avenue.
Sausalito Police Officer Brandon Rodgers saw the SUV turn onto Woodward Avenue and began following it. When sufficient back-up units arrived, Officer Rodgers initiated a traffic stop in the area of 33 Buchanan Drive. Police contacted the driver, Marilyn Gibson, age 35, and passenger Jessie Sterrett, age 38, both residing in Marin City.
Inside the vehicle, police located a large amount of mail that did not belong to either occupant. Police also located information that led them to believe that the occupants were stealing mail for the purposes of identity theft. Located inside Gibson’s purse was an unloaded revolver.
The two subjects were booked into the Marin County Jail on the following charges:
Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.
Possess Stolen Property.
Conceal Firearm in Vehicle.
Bail set at $10,000
Conspiracy to Commit a Crime.
Possess Stolen Property.
Bail set at $10,000
The case is under investigation pending contact with the owners of the recovered mail.
If you believe that you are a Sausalito victim of mail theft, please contact the police at 415-289-4170.
Marin City teen, a human rights honoree, drawn to police career
Davon Smith with Sausalito police Chief Jennifer Tejada, whose department accepted him for a paid internship. (Courtesy Sausalito Police Department)
At a time when the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter has gone viral in social media and students on campuses across the country are protesting the recent killings of young black men by police officers, 17-year-old Davon Smith, a Tamalpais High School senior active in the Black Student Union, has his own ideas about reforming law enforcement. He wants to be a cop.
Teens don't always look at the police with that level of trust, especially in minority neighborhoods like Marin City, where Smith lives. But Smith has a radically different perspective than many of his peers.
"Nowadays, you hear a lot about police brutality, what police are doing wrong," he says, sitting in Tam's student center after school one recent afternoon. "As far as I've seen, they're just doing their job. They're not out to harm anyone or profile anyone."
A peer tutor at Tam, Smith is one of five high school seniors chosen by the Marin County Human Rights Commission to be honored at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. humanitarian awards dinner Thursday night at Embassy Suites in San Rafael. The others are Elena Dennis of Branson High School, Isabelle Gardner of Marin Catholic High School, Nassim Kabbara of San Rafael High School and Jake Mates of Redwood High School.
"(Smith) stands out as a humble young man who works with other students on a level that's amazing to watch," says Jewel Barrow, a staff assistant at Tam who nominated Smith for the award. "Kids take to him. They don't turn off because he's a student. They can see he's not trying to be better than them, that he has a genuine concern, that he's just trying to help them. He's a great kid."
Felecia Gaston, founder of the Marin City Youth enrichment program Performing Stars of Marin, said she was "a little surprised" by Smith's interest in a police career.
"I was surprised because he grew up witnessing the tension between law enforcement and black males in the Marin City community," she said. "But I feel if we want to make change, it would come from within our own community. Having our children involved in law enforcement would shed a different light on police-community relations."
Asked about the outrage in black communities over the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, all black males who were killed while unarmed, he thinks for a moment and says, "It's sad that things like that happen. It's disappointing. I wish we could be on a more peaceful, positive track because being a police officer shouldn't be just an ordinary job. You should have a passion for it, knowing you're not just affecting your life, but the lives of your whole community. A lot of people are counting on you."
Since finishing a paid internship with the Sausalito Police Department through the Marin County Office of Education's School to Career Partnership, he has been more committed than ever to a career in criminal justice.
"Two years ago I just decided that's what I wanted to do with my life," he explains. "Police shouldn't forget what their main purpose is, which is to serve and protect. Part of giving back to your community is keeping it safe."
'Eager to learn'
In her evaluation, Police Chief Jennifer Tejada noted that Smith is a young man "very eager to learn and is open to taking advantage of new opportunities to increase his experience and to develop new skills." She added that he was "wonderful to work with."
Smith was raised by a single mother who had him and his identical twin brother, Daverick, when she was about the same age as they are now. Their father has been absent since the twins were little boys.
"I've always just had my mom," Smith says. "It's been like that for as long as I can remember. It's probably been harder on her, having twins when she was 17, than it's been on us."
When he was 6 years old, he began attending Performing Stars of Marin's programs for disadvantaged kids.
"They had us working on manners and poise and gave us different experiences — tap dancing, marching band, drama. Every summer, they had us do plays at Marin Theater Company summer camps. As a kid, I grew to love it. I also did drama at Tam. It became a passion."
With other Marin City kids, Smith went to Bayside Elementary, a school in the Sausalito Marin City District that has struggled with issues of race and academic achievement since the 1960s.
When his mother moved the family to Mill Valley when the twins were in the fifth grade, they transferred from Bayside to Edna Maguire School in Mill Valley, one of the county's more affluent communities. At Edna Maguire, the boys found themselves among only a handful of black kids.
"At Bayside I was with all my friends from Marin City, so going to Edna Maguire was a change from what I was used to," he says. "Mill Valley is a much wealthier part of Marin County, so I got to see the world from a different point of view. I made a lot of friends there and it forced a change in me for the better. I wasn't the same person who went to Bayside Elementary. I don't know where I'd be now if I hadn't transferred over."
Smith went on to Mill Valley Middle School and then to Tam. His family has since moved back to Marin City, where the twins live with their mother, Latosha, an aunt and their 10-year-old brother. Smith went out for track and football as an underclassman, but chose to spend his senior year focused on academics. He's been accepted at California State universities in Chico and Los Angeles, and is trying to decide between the two.
"I'm really passionate about going into criminal justice, so I tend to focus on subjects like economics and American government," he says. "We had a semester-long class on street law, which is kind of the psychology of the streets. All of those play an important part in taking care of your community, being a cop or parole officer or whatever I end up doing."
The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers
WASHINGTON — The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) today issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them.
“This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials.
“The increasing number of people receiving these unsolicited calls from individuals who fraudulently claim to represent the IRS is alarming,” he said. “At all times, and particularly during the tax filing season, we want to make sure that innocent taxpayers are alert to this scam so they are not harmed by these criminals,” George said, adding, “Do not become a victim.”
Inspector General George urged taxpayers to heed warnings about the sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, noting that the scam has hit taxpayers in nearly every State in the country. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes. And the IRS won’t ask for payment using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS also won’t ask for a credit card number over the phone.
“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and uses threatening language if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling,” he said.
The callers who commit this fraud often:
• Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
• Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security Number.
• Make caller ID information appear as if the IRS is calling.
• Send bogus IRS e-mails to support their scam.
• Call a second time claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, and the caller ID again supports their claim.
If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:
• If you owe Federal taxes, or think you might owe taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions.
• If you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
• You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at www.FTC.gov. Add “IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments in your complaint.
TIGTA and the IRS encourage taxpayers to be alert for phone and e-mail scams that use the IRS name. The IRS will never request personal or financial information by e-mail, texting or any social media. You should forward scam e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those e-mails.
Taxpayers should be aware that there are other unrelated scams (such as a lottery sweepstakes winner) and solicitations (such as debt relief) that fraudulently claim to be from the IRS.
Read more about tax scams on the genuine IRS website at www.irs.gov.
CITY OF SAUSALITO'S WE’LL DRIVE YOU HOME PROGRAM.
Call: 415-942-3088 on New Year’s Eve!
Due to the success of the City of Sausalito We'll Drive You Home program held every New Year's Eve, it will be available again this year. This program provides Sausalito residents a free and safe ride to and from any location within the City limits of Sausalito on New Year’s Eve.
There are many celebration parties occurring in Sausalito at local clubs, restaurants, bars, and residences. A large passenger van will be on-call throughout the night to give any resident who needs a ride to and/or from a New Year’s celebration within the City of Sausalito. When residents are ready go to their party or night out on the town, simply call 415-942-3088 on New Year’s Eve, a van will respond to take you there. When residents are ready to leave their party location for home, simply call 415-942-3088 again and a van will respond to take you home safely.
Van services will run from 7:00 p.m. on December 31st to 2:30 a.m. on January 1st.
Don’t risk endangering yourself, don’t risk endangering others, and don’t take the chance of being arrested if you have been drinking too much to drive. The City of Sausalito encourages everyone to have a fun and safe New Year’s celebration by not driving while intoxicated.
Suspicious Person Call Leads to Methamphetamine Arrest
On December 22, 2014, at approximately 7:49 pm, Sausalito Police officers were dispatched to the area of the East Spencer parking lot in regard to a suspicious person. The reporting party told police that while she was near the bus stop, a man “jumped out” at her from the bushes. While the man did not attempt to harm the reporting party, she thought his behavior was suspicious and called the police.
Upon arrival, officers found a 59 year old San Rafael man, later identified as Dearryl Whalon, sitting at the bus stop. Whalon displayed several symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was taken into custody.
During a search of Whalon’s property, officers located approximately 1½ grams of suspected methamphetamine separated into seven small baggies. Also in Whalon’s possession, a glass pipe designed for smoking narcotics, several hypodermic needles, and supplies used to manufacture small amounts of methamphetamine.
Whalon was placed under arrested for the following charges:
• Being under the influence of a controlled substance
• Possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell
• Possession of a controlled substance
• Manufacturing a controlled substance
Whalon was booked on the above charges and is being held on $5,000 bail.
Sausalito Police Investigates Homicide on Nevada Street
Today at approximately 12:30 p.m., Sausalito Police responded to a medical call at 601 Nevada. Upon arrival they discovered the male resident deceased and evidence at the scene suggests it was from head trauma. The investigation revealed the victim and his renter, Conrad Smith, age 51, had a heated argument yesterday.
During a search of the residence, police found the garage where Smith lived was locked from the inside. Officers were unable to see inside the garage and were unable to safely gain access.
Personnel from Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Mill Valley and Central Marin Police Department responded to assist. The SRT team removed a van that was blocking the driveway. As they attempted to make entry into the garage, Smith made verbal contact. Smith refused to come out. Smith appeared to be mentally unstable, with police believing he had a gun with him. During his conversation with police, Smith expressed a desire to die by "Suicide by Cop". After a lengthy discussion, the Hostage Negotiation Team successfully negotiated with him to come out. Smith is now in custody and no one was injured in the process.
We appreciate the patience of the surrounding neighbors. Nevada and Tomales Streets will remain closed to cars and pedestrians until all the equipment and cars are removed.
Sausalito Police Department Reports Seeing a Decline
in Crime Trends in 2014
The Sausalito Police Department has seen a decline in crime trends in 2014. Our most recent statistic analysis shows an overall reduction in reported crime from January - September 2013 to January - September 2014. A comparison study shows the following downward trend in Property Crime reports:
Grand theft: 42%
Petty theft: 30%
Stolen Cars: 30%
Statistics also shows 'Crimes Against Persons' trending down:
Domestic Violence: 16%
The police department credits several factors in this downward trend in crime. While the department stepped up its directed patrols in the downtown area and residential neighborhoods, citizens also became more involved, hosting and attending community meetings, organizing into Neighborhood Watch groups, participating in the department's community policing programs, and most importantly, being an extra set of eyes and ears and reporting suspicious persons and activity.
Additionally, police department staff took a proactive approach in identifying and arresting those who were responsible for our increase in crime in 2013. We conducted 'under cover' operations in our downtown area and at other nearby locations to identify and apprehend those who were committing thefts and burglaries. We partnered with U.S Park Police, U.S Coast Guard, Marin County Sheriff's Office, Mill Valley, San Rafael and Central Marin police departments to share information and to identify and arrest criminals. Felony arrests have increased by 18% compared to the 3rd quarter last year and our arrests have not only solved some of Sausalito's residential burglaries, but two suspects arrested by SPD have been conclusively linked to several other residential burglaries throughout Marin County.
The Sausalito Police Department has also made several community appearances discussing crime prevention techniques, crime trends, and updating the community regarding recent case developments and arrests. We are also fortunate to have an active group in the ''Volunteers in Public Safety" program. These dedicated volunteers assist us in many areas throughout the police department freeing up time for officers to focus on operational strategies in outreach and enforcement.
In 2014 the department initiated 'Citizen View', a program in which resident and business locations where camera surveillance is operated, share relevant footage with the department when a crime has occurred, or when suspicious activity is observed on or near their property. This sharing of video footage assists our staff in developing investigative leads and identifying suspects or potential criminal activity.
The department also introduced a new crime analysis tool from BAIR Analytics called RAIDS. This allows the department staff to analyze crime data to identify trends by day and time of day and enhance deployment strategies. This tool is also available to the community. RAIDS Online empowers citizens to better understand crime trends. Recent crime incidents are displayed on a map or listed in a grid. Users can click on an incident for more information or display a hotspot map based on the crimes that are currently in display. Users can also sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email any recent crime activity on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.
The police department is very grateful to our community partners, our City Council, our City Management Team, local law enforcement partners, and our community members for supporting our efforts and partnering with us to keep Sausalito the wonderful place it is to live, work and play.
Please visit our website for more information on programs, monthly reports, statistics and ways to become involved in our police department. http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us
See Something, Say Something.
Sausalito Police Department
CITY OF SAUSALITO HOSTING DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AWARENESS DAY
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
610 Coloma, MLK Property, Sausalito
The City of Sausalito’s Disaster Preparedness Committee cordially invites the public to attend the 2014 Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day. Watch demonstrations, educate yourself regarding how to prepare for emergencies, and talk to public safety professionals. This event is organized by the City of Sausalito’s Disaster Preparedness Committee along with the Sausalito Police Department, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, the Sausalito Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS), the Southern Marin Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Radio Sausalito 1610 AM.
The goal of the Disaster Preparedness Awareness Day is to educate the public regarding the importance of preparing themselves, their families, and their communities for emergencies. The public will also have the opportunity to learn what steps the City of Sausalito is taking to prepare for disaster preparedness and emergency management. This is an important event and free to the public. This event is being held in conjunction with the City of Sausalito’s Annual Yard Sale.
Bus and Bike Annual Update At Sausalito City Hall
October 8th, 2014 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
‘Top Ten’ Issues to be Discussed
The annual Bus and Bike Update for the City of Sausalito has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 8th, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the City Hall City Council Chambers. The forum can be viewed live via the City of Sausalito website, or see below for dates and times for Marin TV broadcasts.
The Sausalito Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission, created by the City Council last year, is hosting this forum which will include presentations by commissioner members as well as city staff. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A period including the opportunity for broadcast viewers to pose questions. Those participating will hear information regarding:
1. What is the latest information regarding tour buses in Sausalito and what is the plan going forward?
2. How many bikes come to Sausalito? What types? And when?
3. What are the legal options to reduce bike traffic in Sausalito?
4. What are the laws surrounding bike riding on streets and sidewalks in Sausalito?
5. What is the status and plan for dealing with bike parking in Sausalito?
6. What is happening with bike parking in Sausalito and how does this impact bike traffic and city revenues?
7. What is the cost to Sausalito to manage bike visitors including police, ferry landing, and booth staff? And what does the average bike renter spend in Sausalito? How does this impact city financials?
8. What do citizens and merchants think about bike visitors (2014 survey results)?
9. What does the new California Three-Feet for Safety law mean for bikes and cars? And how fast are those recreational (spandex) bikers going? What can be done about it?
10. Is there a long-term plan to address bike traffic in Sausalito? If so, what is it?
Broadcast times on Marin TV (Comcast Ch 27, AT&T 99)
Friday October 10, 7:00pm
Saturday October 11, 9:00am
The cablecast may also be seen online at: http://cmcm.tv/livegov
Resident Alert – Suspicious Circumstances
For immediate release
The Sausalito Police Department would like to alert Sausalito citizens of two recent suspicious circumstances.
The first incident involves two women soliciting donations for a college trip. While we all have had a solicitor or two come to our doors attempting to selling magazines, these women wanted donations to help pay for trip to Spain. The police later questioned these women and it appears they have no affiliation to a college. This case is under investigation.
In the second incident, a man claiming to be a plumber working at a neighbor’s house, wanted to enter a resident’s home to see if his work negatively impacted their water supply. As proof of employment, the man showed the resident he was wearing a shirt with the plumbing company’s logo on it. The resident wisely told the man “no.” The man left the area before police arrived. Police contacted the plumbing company and were told the man was not one of their employees. This case is also under investigation.
While the man’s actual motives are unknown, we can assume that he was in the area ‘casing’ the neighbor. A suspect can attempt to ‘blend in’ to a neighborhood by giving the appearance that they are a utility worker or a solicitor. However, if confronted by a resident, the suspect will provide an explanation that will sound suspicious or farfetched. The suspect will lack proper company identification cards and/or appear to be in a hurry to leave the area once contacted.
In both of these above incidents, the residents were suspicious of the people’s motives and contacted the police. The two incidents do not appear related.
As a reminder: If you are ever suspicious of the person coming up to your door or just get a “bad feeling” about someone, don’t open the door or quickly end your conversation and shut your door. Contact the police department immediately. The sooner you call the police, the more likely officers will be able to locate the person. The call taker will ask you a few questions about what the person looked like, what he/she was wearing, vehicle description, and direction of travel.
Remember: Community awareness is the key to identifying criminal activity and reducing the impact of crime on our city.
Making Sausalito Roads Safer
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, the Sausalito Police Department in partnership with the California Highway Patrol, conducted directed patrols of Sausalito streets with the emphasis on providing education on California’s new law requiring the safe overtaking of bicyclists. The new law that went into effect on September 16, 2014, titled the “Three Feet for Safety Act” (21760 CVC), requires that a motorist passing or overtaking a bicyclist to allow for a three foot safety corridor between the two.
Two CHP motorcycle officers and one Sausalito motorcycle officer patrolled Sausalito’s main thoroughfare for violations of the new law but did not see any during their six-hour team enforcement effort.
The motorcycle officers did make several enforcement stops for other violations while focusing their efforts at pedestrian and bicycle safety. They issued nine citations and twenty warnings to bicyclists and another ten warnings to motorists.
In-Home Caregiver Arrested for Theft
On September 14th, 2014, the Sausalito Police Department investigated a theft from an elderly couple. The victims, a 97 year old man under hospice care and his 84 year old wife, had received a call from their bank stating someone attempted to make online purchases totaling $11,000 with their credit card. A review of the couple’s other credit card accounts showed nine additional fraudulent charges. These charges were made at gas stations, fast-food restaurants, and two department stores. The couple believed a substitute in-home caregiver named Lamika Alexander, age 24 of Vallejo, was responsible for the charges.
Officer Nick White obtained security camera footage from three businesses that clearly pictured a woman matching Alexander’s description using the elderly couple’s credit cards. On Wednesday, 9-17-2014, Officer White and Detective Ryan McMahon attempted to arrest Alexander at her Vallejo residence. Upon arrival, police learned that Alexander no longer lived there but had been in the area an hour earlier.
On Thursday, 9-18-2014, Detective McMahon, working with Alexander’s employer, arrested Alexander without incident as she reported to work in the 4000 block of Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. Police booked Alexander into the Marin County Jail on the following charges:
484G PC – Use of Access Card Account without Consent
459 PC – Burglary
368(E) PC – Theft by a Caretaker
Bail is pre-set at $20,000.
Sausalito Police Department Announces
New Crime Map Tool
The Sausalito Police Department has recently switched to a new crime map provider to increase accuracy and functionality of their crime mapping service to residents. The police department partnered with BAIR Analytics Inc. to provide a new way for the public to stay informed about crime and incidents in Sausalito. This online tool called RAIDS Online (www.raidsonline.com) allows users to map and analyze crime data, alerts citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the police department to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur.
Sausalito citizens can view a map and grid with all of the crimes in their area, sign up for the neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity, and submit an anonymous tip about a crime directly to the police department.
BAIR Analytics offers RAIDS Online and the RAIDS Online mobile app as a FREE service to any law enforcement agency that wishes to participate.
RAIDS Online MOBILE empowers citizens to better understand crime trends and lower crime in their area. Recent crime incidents are displayed on a map or listed in a grid. Users can click on an incident for more information or display a hotspot map based on the crimes that are currently in display. Users can also sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email any recent crime activity on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The app makes all of this information accessible anywhere from a user’s mobile device. The RAIDS Online Mobile app is available for FREE on the App Store.
Chief of Police
Suspicious Death Investigation
For immediate release:
Prepared by Thomas Georges, Sergeant