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Bike Cop Makes Meth Bust & More

One weekend, ten drug-related arrests.


Bike cop makes meth bust

Officer Neitherutt was patrolling NewPark Mall on a bike Saturday when he encountered April Hope, 38, and Jahan Kaccem, 43.

Kaccem was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants and lying to a police officer about his identity. Hope was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The amount of meth they had is unclear, according to Newark Police Commander Michael Carroll. He said the officer used a chemical test similar to a litmus paper test to determine that the substance was methamphetamine. The meth was sent to a lab get weighed.

Teens busted for pot at the mall

Newark Police arrested Jose Saavedraruiz, 19, and Cristian Sanchez, 19, at NewPark Mall at about 10:40 p.m. on Saturday night. Authorities charged them with possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana. Another charge of possessing a usable amount of methamphetamine is pending. If convicted they face a fine of $100 for the marijuana.


Drivers hit the road while intoxicated

David Bradford, 49, was arrested at the intersection of Mowry and Cedar at about 9 p.m. on Friday for driving while intoxicated. He was sent to Santa Rita Jail to dry out.

Later that night Officer Ramos stopped Gregory Phipps, 58, by JC Penny’s for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.  At about 1 a.m., he was sent to Santa Rita Jail.

Two other people were arrested that night for driving while intoxicated and getting into car accidents.

On Monday, Newark Police arrested Joseph Hamilton, 50, by the old Mervyn’s, located in the 5600 block of Mowry Avenue, at about 3 p.m. on Monday for being in possession of narcotics.  Police said he possessed pills of an undetermined sort. He was booked into Santa Rita Jail. Dorothy Vigil, 50, was also arrested at the scene.



James Nelson January 07, 2014 at 03:33 PM
The sad part here is even by taking one Meth head off the streets, it doesn't even put a dent into the bigger picture. Perhaps only those of us who have experienced the Meth Craze first hand thru family members or close friends can determine if someone is under the influence or not. Every time I go out into Newark's Streets, I encounter a minimum of a dozen Meth Addicts if not more, depending on how long I'm out and where I am. Meth Addicts themselves always argue (with me at least) that they "aren't hurting anyone but themselves and that I need to mind my own Business.". However, when they run out of money, become so desperate for another fix they resort to stealing and more heinous crimes in order to supply their habit it becomes EVERYBODY'S problem. NPD needs to step up their game. Forget the Potheads at the local Mall and focus entirely on the heavy drug business.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 02:43 PM
That's a lot of meth addicts. I'm surprised that in California the police still bother with marijuana incidents. Possessing marijuana is legal for anyone who pays a "doctor" a few hundred bucks for a "prescription." Plus, the worst thing I've ever seen a marijuana user do is leave a mess after a food binge.
Bong Sativa January 08, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are still cited or arrested in Alameda County for possessing marijuana every year. This continues despite the fact that 55% of Alameda County voters favored complete legalization in 2010. 80 % of Californians now approve of the medical use of marijuana,but local political hacks continue to deny "safe & legal access" to medical marijuana to their constituents in their own cities. This will obviously change as soon as another referendum comes before California voters & there are several measures presently gathering signatures for the 2014 election. In the meantime a doctor's recommendation for the use of medical marijuana can be obtained for as little as $50.00 including consultation. This is much less than the fine for the infraction of having less than one ounce of marijuana & affords one the immunity from being prosecuted (persecuted) for growing, possessing,using or transporting their medication. If you can't travel to San Jose,Oakland,Berkeley or San Francisco to acquire your medication you can still have it delivered to your door as easily as ordering pizza from several nearby dispensaries. Or you could just get it from most teenagers who have far greater access to illicit marijuana than cannabis patients do in their own hometowns. I encourage everyone who is outraged by this debacle to encourage their friends & neighbors to sign these petitions,vote for change & take the ability to regulate the use of marijuana away from these reprehensible prohibitionists once & for all !
James Nelson January 08, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Newark's got a SERIOUS Meth problem, you wouldn't know it though due to our Leadership (or lack thereof) constantly downplaying the problem. How do I know it exists? I've lived with it! It's always just a "little bit", the little turns into a lot, a lot turns into an endless supply and before you know it your relative is Burglarizing, Stealing, and rummaging thru Garbage Cans looking for anything which they can find to go sell at Local Shops like Once Upon A Child, Pawnshops, or the Local Magician who can make something disappear without a trace, yet share in the money from the disappearance of said item. ALL for another Fix. I know how to spot a Meth Addict miles away. Newark Police know where to find them, but for some reason prefer to screw with the Potheads instead of the hardcore drug crowd. Do you know how much Safer the streets of Newark would be if NPD did a two or even three day sweep for Meth heads? I'm willing to bet, there would be WAY less Burglaries, Robberies, Thefts etc.
James Nelson January 08, 2014 at 07:02 PM
I take the Meth issue extremely seriously, I grew up in a Household full of Addicts, Felons, and was subjected to the presence of the worst of the worst. When I became an Adult, I thought I had all the answers, I'd move to a nice quiet little neighborhood and finally get to be normal like everyone else, but you want to know the irony? No matter where I move to, no matter where I go, I'm constantly surrounded by the same types of people whom I desperately tried to escape as a Youth. Hell my next door neighbor besides being an Alcoholic who begins drinking a 40 oz every morning at 5am, enjoys every drug under the sun. She seems to prefer Coke over other illicit drugs, I got confirmation when I came home one day from work and saw one of the enablers to my Brother paying her a visit. Plus who the hell wears sunglasses at 1am? Several other Neighbors also enjoy Drugs, one of them is a Private Investigator, another is a Insurance Adjuster, hell even the physical fitness douche across the street enjoys a good fry from time to time. I continue living here, because I realized, that the World is full of Shit and it's everywhere these days. I just hope when these idiots finally bite the dust, I won't have to smell the stench of their rotting corpses. I've had the displeasure of being around a dead body before, it's not picnic in the park.
Jessica Hernandez January 21, 2014 at 04:12 PM
This is Jose Saavedra Ruiz himself, and there's a lot of false information on this post. First of all, it wasn't at night, it wasn't at the mall, AND we did not get arrested, only cited. Before you put posts up here, you might want to re-check your facts and make sure they are true.
Jessica Hernandez January 21, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Sunday, Jan. 5 Pot and maybe meth. Two individuals, both 19 years old, were stopped at 10:40 a.m. at Carter and Graham avenues and cited for alleged possession of marijuana, plus possible pending counts for suspected possession of methamphetamine. Above is an article that was also posted on newark patch with all the correct information.

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