Police Blotter: Injury Accidents, Aggressive Dog, Confused Duck

Updated 11 a.m. Wednesday with more information on the Sunday night accident. Incidents highlighted in the blotter were recorded in the Piedmont Police Department log April 9-15. Information was supplied by the police and does not indicate any convictions

Updated at 11 a.m., April 18 with further information on the Sunday, April 15 single-vehicle accident on Grand Avenue.

The Piedmont Police Department was busier last week than it appears from these police blotter excerpts.

Officers also located three vehicles that had been stolen from various cities; responded to a dozen or so false alarms; checked out several houses whose residents left on spring break vacations without making sure all doors and windows were closed (sharp-eyed neighbors reported these); and, of course, handled traffic control during clean-up of the on April 13.


Oh, deer! – A caller reported a young deer in the road near the intersection of Muir and La Salle avenues at 9:39 a.m. It was gone when an animal control officer arrived.

Oh, duck! – At 12:15 p.m., a caller from Sotelo Avenue informed PPD that there was a duck on her front lawn and that it appeared lost. The police consensus was that the duck would probably find a more suitable watery habitat on its own.

Oh, kids! – At 5:01 p.m., a caller reported seeing children riding their bikes without helmets near the insection of Bonita and Oakland avenues. The kids were nowhere in sight when a patrol officer checked.


Vandalism – An Estates Drive resident reported that someone egged her home while the family was away.

Auto burglary – Someone broke into a vehicle on the 900 block of Rose Avenue and stole a stereo at some point during the day.


License plate stolen – A caller reported seeing a man in his 30s remove a license plate from an older Volkswagen Bug on Highland Avenue about 5 p.m.

Auto burglary – A resident of the 600 block of Blair Avenue reported that a computer was stolen from his vehicle sometime during the previous night.


Lost and found – A Nace Avenue resident reported finding a lost Blackberry.

Stolen vehicle – A resident of the 300 block of Howard Avenue reported that a vehicle was stolen while the family was on vacation.


Aggressive dog – A caller reported at 9:05 p.m. that a dog on the porch of Highland Avenue home "went after him as he walked by." The dog was described as about 50 pounds, black with white markings. A police officer who responded was unable to contact anyone at the home, but the dog went into the backyard on its own and the officer secured the gate to the yard.

Too much light – A Maxwelton Road resident complained shortly before midnight that a neighbor's floodlights were shining into his bedroom. Police contacted a housesitter at the neighbor's home, who turned off the lights.


Suspicious circumstances – A Wildwood Avenue resident reported at 11:45 p.m. that he had found a backpack containing drug paraphernalia under bushes in his yard and that two people were now looking through the bushes.

More suspicious circumstances – An anonymous caller reported that a woman with "a goofy look on her face" was walking her dog near Crocker and Wildwood avenues and taking photographs of the neighborhood shortly after noon.

Missing brass – A San Carlos Avenue resident reported just before 2 p.m. that brass screw finials valued at about $100 had been stolen from his outdoor light fixtures.

Bee's nest, but not in Piedmont – A caller reported a bee's nest on Arimo Avenue. Since the bees were outside the Piedmont city limits, the call was transferred to the Oakland Police Department.


Missing jewelry – An Olive Avenue resident reported that jewelry had been stolen on Friday afternoon.

Injury accident – Piedmont police responded to a single-vehicle injury accident at Moraga and and La Salle avenues shortly after 2 p.m. and remained on the scene until an ambulance and Oakland police arrived.

Vehicle break-in – A Somerset Road resident reported at 3:33 p.m. that someone had broken into her vehicle, but nothing appeared to be missing.

Another vehicle break-in – A Cambridge Way resident reported that someone broke into her vehicle on Thursday.

Injury accident – One woman was arrested and jailed and a child was treated for minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of Ronada and Grand avenues about 7:45 p.m. According to Sgt. Catherine Carr of the PPD traffic division, it apears that the vehicle hit a median at Grand and Rose avenues, tried to correct and and then rolled over onto its roof. The driver, a 29-year-old Los Gatos woman, was arrested on suspicion of of driving while intoxicated and child endangerment, and was taken into custody. Passengers in the vehicle included another adult woman and two girls, ages 7 and 8. The girls' grandmother, a local resident, picked up the children after the accident, Carr said.

Delwin Ng April 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
That car accident on Sunday night was crazy! Do you have more information on the arrest? Was the person fleeing a crime scene or drunk driving or something? That intersection has a lot of scary car accidents.
Dixie Jordan (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I've updated that entry on the police blotter with more information supplied by the PPD's traffic division this morning.
Delwin Ng April 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Thanks so much!
No April 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Don't worry about the woman in the accident Delwig Ng I was the passanger all that matters is that we are all safe.
No April 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Oh and by the way get ur story right the kids are ok the passenger was injuries


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