Police Calls: Pit Bull Bites at Bulb/Waterfront, Woman Lying on Front Lawn Arrested

Albany police logs for Jan. 18-19 include a person and a dog bitten by a pit bull at the Albany Bulb / Waterfront area and a 46-year-old Albany woman arrested after she was found lying on a front lawn with a bag over her head making noise.

Albany police car, April 1, 2013. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
Albany police car, April 1, 2013. Photo Credit: Charles Burress
The information below comes from Albany police incident and arrest logs.

Saturday, Jan. 18

Thefts at Bayside Commons – 9:52 a.m. Occurred at Bayside Commons on Pierce. Wants to report cold thefts and vandalisms. Disposition: Case report taken.

Overnight campers on Solano – 10:02 a.m. At Ordway/Solano. "Several subjects (homeless) camped out all night. . Disposition: Log Note Only."

Campers on Solano – 10:17 a.m. "Wants to speak with someone regarding the homeless people protesting on Solano/Ordway. Disposition: Misc. Public Service Provided."

Tagging at Bayside Commons – 10:38 a.m. – Tagging on third floor of complex. Disposition: Case report taken.

Hit and run with damage – 1:49 p.m. On Evelyn. Cold hit and run. Disposition: Case report taken.

Neighbor's front door left open, no response – 6:27 p.m. On Neilson. The front of the house of the neighbor of the reporting party has been standing open for the last two hours. Reporting party called into the residence but got no response. Disposition: Log note only.

Drug, probation arrest – 11:38 p.m. A 48-year-old Albany man was arrested in the 1000 block of San Pablo on suspicion of violating probation and possessing methamphetamine or other controlled substance.

Sunday, Jan. 19

DUI arrest – 1:52 a.m. A 29-year-old El Sobrante woman was arrested at San Pablo and Washington on suspicion of driving under the influence and having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more.

DUI arrest – 3:06 a.m. A 34-year-old Oakland man was arrested in the 500 block of Buchanan on suspicion of driving under the influence and having a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or more.

Person, dog bitten by pit bull at Waterfront/Bulb area – 12:42 p.m. At Waterfront Park/Albany Bulb area. Reporting party's black and white cattle dog was bit by a pit bull, reporting party also was bit by the pit bull but declining medical. Disposition: Case report taken.

Neighbor plays stereo too loud – 1:02 p.m. Reporting party in lobby has a neighbor on Kains who plays his stereo too loud and is not cooperative with the reporting party. Disposition: Miscellaneous public service provided.

Arrest of prone female with bag over head making noise – 10:28 p.m. A 46-year-old Albany woman was arrested at 1110 Portland on suspicion of being under the influence to an unsafe degree or obstructing a public right of way. Editor's note: the arrest followed a 10:04 p.m report of a female with a bag over her head lying on a front lawn on Portland making noise.

Hit and run with damage – 10: 27 p.m. At Adams and Clay. Cold hit and run, occurred while she was at a friend's residence. Disposition: Case report taken.

Keys taken from auto – 10:33 p.m. Cold theft from an auto on Cornell, several apartment keys taken. Reporting party requests phone contact. Disposition: Case report taken.

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Senior A. Titude January 28, 2014 at 05:32 PM
Person, dog bitten by pit bull at Waterfront/Bulb area – 12:42 p.m. At Waterfront Park/Albany Bulb area. Reporting party's black and white cattle dog was bit by a pit bull, reporting party also was bit by the pit bull but declining medical. Disposition: Case report taken. Wow. There's a surprise.
Mr Eous January 28, 2014 at 05:45 PM
Shhhh, better not let the reporting party know. If they found out the city knew there were unleashed, unlicensed dogs running around each and every day--and did nothing about it--there could be a lawsuit!
Gary Matalucci January 29, 2014 at 12:00 AM
It is time we demand action at the Bulb, no MORE excuses. We refuse to be held hostage by the criminal trespassers and their unlicensed aggressive pit bulls. I am going to personally call the State representative and I ask each one of you that is reading this do the same thing. If the Albany City Council is too spineless to take action, it is up to the Citizens to follow through. How much more chaos and blatant criminal activity are we going to be subject to? I am now asking the State to use whatever measures they are legally allowed to rid us of this ongoing problem.
best bookkeeper January 29, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Menacing uncontrolled pit bull = reason i stopped going to the Bulb. The park is only for law-breakers, ALAS!
best bookkeeper January 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Good neighbor calls, police make a note. Were the cops too busy to go by and check it out?
Alan Eckert January 29, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Amber, if you are reading, can you confirm if this is the dog you mentioned that was being taken away by animal control, and has that dog indeed been taken away?
doris January 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Great idea, Gary, but I doubt these public"servants" would be any more responsive to us, the law abiding tax payers.
lubov mazur January 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM
I think I like the idea of lying on the lawn with a bag on my head.
Amber Whitson January 29, 2014 at 01:51 PM
Alan, the three dogs, with whom I assisted with the transport of, were indeed taken to BACS. I wouldn't consider them "taken away" because that brings to mind images of impoundment. And, this incident is likely one of the incidents which has happened recently, involving park visitors' dogs. I'm not saying that all the dogs out here are angels. Just that there has been an unusually high number of run-ins between park visitors dogs compared to usual.
Amber Whitson January 29, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Alan, has the ACF had occasion to discuss the dog training idea, yet? I think that is a truly progressive and proactive idea, that I believe could benefit the entire community.
montymarket January 29, 2014 at 02:12 PM
How dare park visitors bring their dogs to confront the pitbulls of the property owners resident on the Bulb. "Confrontations increasing." Who'd a thunk it. Equally snarky: "impoundment" calls to mind the 8th A cruel and unusual punishment defense that Amber's lawyer(s) were pursuing in federal court, until the next shift of litigators realized this was preposterous and dropped that item in favor of the more compelling disability issue regrettably suggested by the Judge: immediately thereafter the number of disabled residents grew exponentially. Could there be a cause and effect connection? Doubtful. Imagine if the court said that French speaking Bulbies could get better consideration, croissants would flood the Bulb.
Amber Whitson January 29, 2014 at 02:37 PM
What does the word "impoundment" have to do with the 8th Amendment?...?
D. Mehrten January 29, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Did the dog that bit have current tags? If not, I think impoundment for a time is required by law.
Amber Whitson January 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM
"The dog that bit" most likely wasn't a resident dog. And, even if the tags are current, I believe a dog that bites a human must go into a 90 day quarantine. I may be wring about the impound thing.
Amber Whitson January 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Apologies, that's 10 day NOT 90 day quarantine. My bad.


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