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Posted: August 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Aug. 11

Reckless driving

Avenue Hopkins at Avenue Tibbitts, Valencia

A sheriff’s deputy reported that he was on Avenue Hopkins when he heard a screeching tire sound.

He wrote: “I then saw the suspect’s vehicle stopped at the stop sign on avenue Tibbitts facing north. ... It then moved to the intersection of Avenue Tibbitts and Avenue Hopkins where it started to move in a circular motion at a high rate of speed (doughnut maneuver).”

The suspect did at least seven “doughnut maneuvers” when the officer approached the driver. The motorist and his passenger told the deputy the driver was testing his new car.

The driver, a 21-year-old man, was arrested.

Aug. 12

Vehicle burglary

Jakes Way, Canyon Country

Thieves broke into a car damaged in a crash and stole $250 worth of speakers and a $45 money order while the car was parked on Jakes Way, deputies reported.

The burglary happened sometime between 7 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 12 and 11 a.m. Monday morning Aug. 13.

Deputies noted the thieves: “used a pry tool in the rear hatchback keylock” to break into the car.

Fingerprints were not taken from the car because it had significant “rear end damage from a previous car accident.”

Deputies said no prints were lifted “due to the apparent lack of printable surfaces.”

Aug. 14

Annoying communications

Silver Aspen Way, Stevenson Ranch.

Local sheriff’s deputies responded to complaints made by a local woman who told them that her “ex-uncle” has been harassing her for the last three years in attempt to have sex.

Deputies wrote: “He will bother her by calling her cellphone and email her Facebook account, and she wants it to stop.”

The victim told investigators the man also uses fake Facebook accounts online in an attempt to have sex with her.

Deputies reported that they told the woman “to not have any contact on the Internet with strangers.”

A 45-year-old was arrested, charged with making annoying communications.

Vandalism (to sidewalk)

Canvas Street, Canyon Country

Vandals sprayed an unknown white substance on a Canvas Street sidewalk sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the reports filed by deputies of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

They noted that the words, spelled as “slut, skank, petafile” were written with the substance. The person who reported the incident “attempted to wash the words off, but the words remain on the sidewalk and are legible,” deputies said.

Damage to the sidewalk was listed as $1,500.

Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, possession of a forged public seal

Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country

Local sheriff’s deputies arrested a 29-year-old motorist after witnesses reported watching him drive his car half on the road and half on the sidewalk, they reported in the sheriff’s log.

Deputies caught up with the motorist when he crashed into a tree, they said. Shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies found a man who was “still in the driver seat” of a car resting against a tree, they wrote. The man was arrested after he was unable to walk without assistance.

One witness told deputies he saw the “vehicle exit the driveway of the shopping center ... and drove a short distance with the passenger side wheels on the sidewalk and the driver’s side wheels in the No. 3 lane.”

Aug. 15

Battery

Bellerine Drive, Valencia

Valencia parents of a young man phoned sheriff’s deputies after their son pushed the father during a dispute in the kitchen, deputies reported.

About 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, a woman phoned the station to report the incident.

According to deputies, the father told them his son has an alcohol drinking problem.

“The suspect got drunk and started to argue with the victim regarding his abuse of alcohol,” deputies reported. “During the argument, while they were in the kitchen, the suspect using both of his hands pushed the victim in the chest shoving the victim backward and almost falling.”

The father had his son arrested.

Deputies arrested the young man and placed him in custody at the station.

All information is compiled from reports at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station gathered Thursday. To report a crime, call (661) 255-1121. To report a tip anonymously, call (800) 222-8477.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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