The incredible journey - over and over again
In the absence of a common language, police were unable to successfully question a Verano Avenue husky whose name, inexplicably, did not make it into the police report.
There was no clear motive, therefore, to explain why the dog preferred doing time in jail than in the backyard of his actual home.
Here's how it went down.
At some point the pooch effected an escape from his home confinement, reportedly through a hole in the family fence, and was running at large until animal control encountered and captured him, which meant confinement in the cushy kennel maintained by the police department at the edge of the Field of Dreams.
The police report does not describe the menu served at the detention kennel, but maybe it was alluring enough inspire another escape because after the dog was claimed by its 25-year-old owner (who had to pay a $30 impound fee), it showed up the next day in front of the police station, apparently waiting for another free meal.
It was once again impounded, once again reclaimed for (once again) a $30 impound fee, and once again it returned the next day to the Sonoma police station.
On July 18, for the third day in a row, the dog appeared at the police station, apparently convinced that the cop kennel with its canine cuisine was the best place to hang. When police called the mother of the owner to inquire how and why the great escape kept taking place, she told them her son had finally fixed the hole in the fence.
The dog was retrieved again ($30 fine) and, at last report, had not reappeared at the police station, although only time will tell. Because, hey, it's always hard to keep a good dog down.
In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:
Friday, July 15:
8:34 p.m. - Car thief goes to church. A Vallejo man attending a meeting at Trinity Episcopal Church on East Spain Street, returned to his 1997 BMW 328i, that he had left in the parking lot behind the building and discovered that it wasn't there. The man told police he still had the keys in his possession and that he believed he had locked the car. The loss was valued at $4,000.
Saturday, July 16:
12:55 a.m. - Snorting behind Sebastiani. Police received a tip that people were partying on the wooden picnic tables behind the Sebastiani Theatre, and when officers showed up to investigate they saw a woman bent over a compact mirror with a rolled-up business card snorting a line of cocaine.
As soon as she saw the officers, the woman brushed the mirror to the ground, but police recovered it and, under questioning, a second woman produced a small plastic pouch from her wallet with what police estimated as half a gram of cocaine inside.
Police charged Darla Graham, 30, of Sonoma and Cydney Martin, 31, also of Sonoma, with felony possession of a controlled substance and booked both women into the county jail.
3:11 p.m. - Next time try cranberry juice. Two young women - one 18, the other 17 - were spotted in the natural food and wellness aisles at Sonoma Market before paying for soft drinks at the checkout counter and leaving the store. Outside a security officer confronted them, had them open their respective purses and discovered in one some Clear Tract caps (for treating bladder infections) some Bach Rescue Remedy and a container of Tums Smoothies, with a combined value of $87.44. The second purse contained a variety of other natural remedies valued at $67.35. The two were cited for petty theft and released.
Tuesday, July 19:
4:03 p.m. - Thief does know Jack. When a Lucky's market security guard spotted an 18-year-old white male stuffing a half-gallon jug of Jack Daniels into his backpack, he tried to stop the fleeing thief but the youth was too fast and dashed into nearby Maxwell Farms Regional Park.
Police were called, reviewed the surveillance tapes and then went to the skatepark at the edge of Maxwell Farms where they contacted a shirtless skater and asked what he had in his backpack. Lo and behold, the youth produced a jug of Jack. Asked where he got the whiskey, he explained he had bought it from a young man named Ian Shrum. The youth said he knew the booze was stolen because Shrum wasn't old enough to buy it.
The Lucky's employee subsequently identified Shrum from a photo lineup as the Jack Daniels thief and at 7:40 that evening, police spotted the suspect in the Casa Grande parking lot behind the Sonoma Barracks.
The 17-year-old skater was charged with possession of a known stolen item, and Shrum, who had an extensive police record, was booked into county jail on a felony charge of burglary/shoplifting. The Jack Daniels was valued at $37.78.
10:29 a.m. - Indecent exposure. A woman reported that while she was walking her dog at the Sonoma Valley Regional Park in the 13000 block of Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, a male exposed himself. Deputies took a report, identified a possible suspect and forwarded a report to the District Attorney's office for a possible complaint.
4:37 p.m. - Pot grow found. Deputies are investigating the discovery of a marijuana garden on the edge of a vineyard in the 18000 block of Gehricke Road. Deputies found 527 plants, but no suspect.
Wednesday, July 20:
3:17 p.m. - Truck vandalized. A motorist went to the Valley substation to report vandalism on his truck while he was in the vicinity of Linden Street and Verano Avenue. The motorist suspected an ex-employee after a confrontation.
Thursday, July 21:
1:58 a.m. - Just had to go. A patrolling police officer eastbound on West Napa Street spotted a pedestrian near Second Street West swaying side-to-side while carrying a red and white cooler. The officer pulled into the Sonoma Marketplace parking lot to investigate and found the man leaning against a store wall, his pants around his knees, eating a sandwich. As he got closer, the officer could also see that the man had defecated on the sidewalk.
"I just had to go," the man told the officer, "I'm sorry."
Asked if he had been drinking, the man said he'd had "a few beers," then staggered and almost fell down. He was charged with public intoxication and booked into the county jail.
7:18 p.m. - Tokers take flight. Deputies were sent to El Verano Elementary School in the 18600 block of Riverside Drive on the report that some juveniles were smoking marijuana. When deputies arrived, they surreptitiously counted about 15 individuals and decided to attempt a pincer move, with one deputy approaching from the front and the other from the rear, in case some of the tokers took flight.
But the deputies weren't stealthy enough, and the partiers fled in all directions. The minions of the law did manage to catch a 14-year-old male who was charged with resisting or delaying a peace officer and loitering about school grounds. The teen received a ride to juvenile hall.
Friday, July 22:
11:20 a.m. - Laptop taken. A citizen reported that a laptop with a computer bag was stolen from a vehicle the previous afternoon while parked at Jack London Village in the 13000 block of Arnold Drive. The laptop and bag were valued at $850.
8:46 p.m. - Never too old. Deputies were sent to a residence in the 24000 block of Farm Road on the report of a domestic violence incident. The incident grew out of an alcohol-fueled argument that turned physical. Deputies arrested a 70-year-old male, charged him with misdemeanor domestic battery and booked him into the county jail.
Saturday, July 23:
3:38 a.m. - Inebriate found in street. Deputies responded to a call in the 300 block of Andrieux Street that a man was down in the street. When they arrived, they found fire personnel already on scene, and after discerning a distinct odor of alcohol emanating from the man, the deputies decided he was unable to care for himself. They arrested the 26-year-old transient on charges of public intoxication and provided a place for him to sleep it off in the county jail.
Sunday, July 24:
8:05 p.m. - Battery in Glen Ellen. A 40-year-old Glen Ellen man went to jail on charges of felony domestic battery after a physical incident with his ex-wife in the 13000 block of Gibson Avenue in Glen Ellen.