Hard to make a sale
with this opening line
Dec. 9 – 15, 2021
No Sale: A door-to-door salesman approached an address on Olima Street. When the homeowner answered the door, the man said: “I am Black and won’t attack. You all think that way.” The homeowner then closed the door and called the cops, earning him a shout from the salesman: “Racist!”
Gas-And-Go: The owner of a gas station told a woman who had just gassed up to eat her lunch elsewhere as others wanted to gas up too. That interaction produced an argument. Police were called to settle the beef.
Assault: A Tent City resident was assaulted on Dec. 14. Police booked a man associated with the assault.
Yeller: A homeless man was in a covered garage on Bridgeway yelling his head off and generally scaring people. Gone when the police arrived.
Tables Flipped: On Dec. 13 a proprietor arrived at his business on Bridgeway to find all the tables and benches in front of the store were flipped over.
Uncomfortable: A homeless man sat in the lobby at Gate 5 Road making everyone uncomfortable. Man left before police arrived.
Rapist: A woman yelled that a man was a rapist on Bridgeway. Police arrived and tried to talk to the woman, but she didn’t want to talk.
Complainer: A man who often complains about the conditions in the Marinship Park Tent City (but does not live there) called police about feces in the groundwater. He was told that this was not a police matter.
Homeless Man: A restaurant called police about a homeless man who sat in their restroom for 30 minutes “out of it”. Police assisted the man outside and to a bus stop. He had warm clothes and food.
Homeless Man: A homeless man lay in front of a doorway on Cooper Lane. He was bundled but laying down. Police responded and took the person to shelter.
Angry Homeless: A worker was doing work on private property when a man who appeared to come from the homeless Tent City yelled at him to stop. Police called as the worker felt uncomfortable. The yeller disappeared into Tent City.
Rock Thrower: A person in Marinship Park threw a rock at a person’s car. Gone when police arrived.
Leash Law: A man walked on Bridgeway with his dog off leash. A citizen asked him to leash the dog up, but he wouldn’t. Police called.
Smash-n-Grab: The window of a car parked on Tracy Way and Bridgeway was broken on Dec. 10. Unknown what was taken as the caller was not the owner of the car.
Man In Bushes: A man who appeared to be hurt was seen in the bushes near the library. Police responded. Man was OK, just lost.
Spitter: A homeless woman reportedly spit on people on Bridgeway then fled into the night. She won’t talk to police.
Farewell Nova: It is with mixed emotions that the Novato Police Department announces the retirement of K9 Nova, our beloved police dog that served the City of Novato and Marin County for the past two and a half years. Nova underwent surgery yesterday at Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists to repair injuries he sustained while participating in a SWAT Training exercise. We thank our community members and the Novato Police Officers Association who raised over $11,000 to cover Nova’s medical expenses. Nova’s surgery went very well and he his home recovering with Officer Ringo and his family.
Nova, a Belgian Malinois joined the Novato Police Department in March of 2019. Nova was named after Novato to truly represent the community he has served for the past two years. Nova has worked alongside Officer Ringo in our patrol division and is trained in narcotics detection, criminal apprehension, tracking and tactical operations. Nova joined Officer Ringo on the San Rafael-Novato regional SWAT team as one of two police dogs in Marin County assigned to this elite team. As a multipurpose canine, Nova has tracked and apprehended violent felons, located evidence in crimes, sniffed out illegal drugs, and operated with the San Rafael-Novato regional SWAT team. Officer Ringo and Nova often worked to combat the trafficking of illegal narcotics and were available to outside agencies for mutual aid callouts.
Unfortunately, in 2021, Nova was injured during SWAT training and had to undergo surgery to repair his paw. The injury has not healed, and it was determined that Nova will need additional surgeries to repair the injuries he sustained while working as a police dog. Nova’s injuries have prevented him from continuing with his work at the police department and he will retire this month.
One of the most important functions of a police canine is their ability to be social and interact with the community. Over the years, Nova and Officer Ringo have conducted demonstrations to hundreds of people. The Novato Police K9 program helps promote positive interactions between the police and public and helps foster relationships with the community and is heavily dependent upon community support. We appreciate the continued support of our community to keep our canine program running strong.
After over two years of dedicated service, Nova will be retired to live an easier, safer life. Police dogs are working dogs and do not often enjoy the freedoms of being a pet. We hope Nova can enjoy his retirement and spend time at home with Officer Ringo, his wife Heather and their other pets, Audie, Argus and Happy.
The community is a safer place today because of the work of Nova and Officer Ringo. We thank them both for their faithful service to the City of Novato and the County of Marin. We wish you the best in retirement Nova! Congratulations.
Shoplifting: Novato Police arrested a Novato woman on suspicion of shoplifing at the Triangle Shopping Center. Kalani Welch, 28, was arrested to taken to jail. She was also booked on a warrant for assault in Sonoma County.
Dec. 9 – 14, 2021
Kill White Women: A citizen reported a man on Blithedale Avenue helling “kill all white women.” The man was described as “dirty,” in his 50s, a beard and long hair. Police rolled and handled.
Screamer: A woman in a laundromat on Blithedale Avenue started screaming for no apparent reason. At one point she yelled: “I am not a dumb piece of sh*t.” Police responded and mediated.
Boys: A group of boys on Dec. 10 were reported on Miller Avenue throwing things at cars.
Drunk: A “highly intoxicated” kid was detained on Ryan Avenue on Dec. 10. Mother called.
Parking: A concerned resident called police on a truck he said was illegally parked on MaGee Avenue. He said emergency vehicles would not be able to navigate the street.
Stolen Car: A car was reported stolen off of Longfellow Road on Dec. 13.
Package: A package was stolen from in front of a mailbox on Marlin Avenue on Dec. 13.
Assault: A young girl was assaulted on Dec. 14. A police report was generated.]