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Police Log: Home Intruder Showers, Vomits, Scribbles on Walls

Gang checks, dad arrested for child abuse, and more from Jan. 13 to 19.

The following are significant crime and incidents reported in Newark between Jan. 13 and 19 as released by the Newark Police Department.

Sunday, Jan. 19
  • A Newark individual, 41, was arrested for public intoxication after police were called at 8:55 p.m. for a family disturbance on Broadway Avenue. 
  • A hit-and-run collision was reported at 1 a.m. with the vehicle involved shearing off a fire hydrant in the parking lot of Sycamore Bay Apartments. The only description was a small black-colored car.
Saturday, Jan. 18
  • Knock, knock. Who's there? Drunk on the wrong block. At 4 a.m., police were called by alarmed residents on Thornton Avenue regarding an unknown man pounding on their front door.  A Newark male, 18, had spent the night drinking heavily and thought he was at a friend's house. Unfortunately, his friend lived on another block, and he was arrested for public intoxication and vandalism, as he damaged the front door. 
  • A 2 p.m. DUI injury crash was logged at Cedar and Stevenson boulevards, with the 53-year-old motorist arrested for felony DUI and a juvenile transported to a hospital for minor injuries.
Friday, Jan. 17
  • Suspicious box at courthouse. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office investigated a suspicious package found outside an Alameda County courthouse in Oakland, a sheriff's sergeant said. A suspicious box was found at about 1 p.m. near the 12th Street entrance to the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse at 1221 Oak St., sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. One room was evacuated near where the package was found because of windows in the room. The sheriff's bomb squad responded, detonated the box and determined it was harmless.
Thursday, Jan. 16
  • Smash-'n'-grabs. Vehicle windows were smashed in two separate car break-ins: at 7:50 p.m. at NewPark Mall, with a laptop stolen; at 9:17 p.m. along 5900 Mowry Avenue, another laptop stolen. 
  • Weirdo intruder at Hafner house. A Hafner Street resident called police at 1:24 a.m. reporting that an unknown female entered her residence through an unlocked side garage door, scribbled on the walls of the garage, helped herself to a shower, then vomited in the bathroom before making her way out the front door. A female, 29 from Newark, was found outside passed out in a vehicle with the engine running. She was arrested for DUI.  
  • Elderly woman found on floor during welfare check. An out-of-state relative called and asked police to check on her 70-year-old sister, who lives on Braidburn Avenue, and was possibly ill. Arriving officers heard faint sounds from a female inside who could not open the front door. Entry was forced, and the woman was found lying on the living room floor in poor condition. She had been on the floor for two to three days without food or water, and was sent to a local hospital for treatment.
Wednesday, Jan. 15
  • A driver suffered a broken leg after crashing into a semi-truck while making a right turn at 7 p.m. at Cherry Street and Redeker Drive. The driver was transported to a local trauma center.
  • Metal was reported stolen at 12:14 p.m. from the parking lot of the vacant Orchard Supply building.
  • High school lurker. A Fremont man, 51, was contacted at 12:41 p.m. as he was in the gymnasium-area parking lot of Newark Memorial High School with no reason to be there. He was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of controlled substances, and was possibly involved in trying to lure a female student into his vehicle prior to police arrival. 
Tuesday, Jan. 14
  • Burglars stole golf clubs and camping gear from an open shed on the 37000 block of Sycamore Street.  
  • Gang check at motel. Detectives conducted a probation search at 8:41 p.m. of a Motel 6 room registered to a Norteno gang member, 34, on searchable probation. The male was arrested for violation of court restraining order from a Newark female, 28 -- who was in the room. And another Newark woman, 21, who was present was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of controlled substances. Prior to police arrival, the male suspect was reportedly walking around “gang checking” -- asking people to what gang they belonged. 
  • Gang affiliate in compliance. A 5 p.m. probation search was conducted at a Jonathan Drive home of a male, 22, who was recently released after serving time in San Mateo County. The man, with reported gang connections, was found to be in compliance.
Monday, Jan. 13
  • Threats and court violation. A Newark man, 42, was arrested at 6:30 a.m. after causing a disturbance at a Mayhews Landing Road residence. He was contacted in his bedroom and, after a brief struggle, arrested for a court-order violation and making deadly threats
  • Arrest for six pills. A Fremont woman, 27, was arrested at 8:30 p.m. for illegal possession of prescription medication, as she was carrying six 10 Mg Flexeril pills and allegedly admitted they were prescribed to her boyfriend.
  • Dad nabbed for suspected abuse. Police were called at 11:15 a.m. to Palo Alto Medical in Fremont on a report of an abused child with several injuries. The father, a Newark man, 37, was arrested later at his residence for suspicion of child abuse.
Anyone with information about crimes in Newark is asked to call Newark Police non-emergency line at (510) 578-4237 or the Silent Witness Hotline at (510) 578-4000, ext. 500.

Bay City News, Inc. reports contributed to this story.

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