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Calls For Service Lead To Arrests
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It has been a busy time for Riverbank Police Services, with a grant award announcement, recruitment and routine patrols.

RPS recently held an internal recruitment for a Patrol Deputy and selected Deputy Jonathan Buck for the position.  Meanwhile, Deputy McCulloch was successful in securing a grant with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to conduct education and enforcement operations. The grant will be used county-wide with a portion used for operations in Riverbank.

RPS is relocating two camera systems within the city to help with the safety and security of the city. One system will be installed on Terminal Avenue at Kentucky Avenue and the other at Callander Avenue and Atchison Street.

In patrol news, on Halloween at approximately 4:45 p.m. deputies made an enforcement traffic stop at Atchison Street and Third Street. They contacted the driver, who was driving with a suspended license and on probation. While conducting a probation search, deputies found a syringe in the 33-year-old man’s backpack. His vehicle was towed, and he was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.

During the evening on Saturday, deputies were dispatched to Barger Court to a loud juvenile party with aerial fireworks. Deputies encountered a drunk individual who refused to comply with orders. He was subsequently arrested for drunk in public and resisting arrest.

Just after midnight on Friday, Oct. 30, Riverbank deputies assisted with a large party consisting of over 300 people on Sutton Court, just outside the city limits. Neighbors reported several vehicles driving recklessly, burning out and driving on their lawns. When deputies arrived on scene, traffic was backed up onto Santa Fe Street. The Sheriff’s Department helicopter and multiple deputies broke up the party and dispersed the crowds. There were no arrests made at that time.

In the early morning hours on Friday, deputies were dispatched to a hit and run incident at Squire Wells Way and Donner Trail. The responsible driver, a 41-year-old man, fled the scene on foot and was apprehended while trying to hide on the canal at Jackson Avenue and Morrill Road. Deputies determined he was under the influence of an unknown controlled substance. The driver was arrested for hit and run and driving under the influence.

During the mid-morning deputies were dispatched to a burglary that had occurred sometime through the night. They responded to Dutch Hollow Farms where the reporting party reported several items were taken. The investigation is ongoing and there is no suspect information currently.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Friday, traffic units were dispatched to the intersection of Morrill and Oakdale roads for a report of a multi-vehicle collision. The responsible vehicle fled the scene prior to traffic unit’s arrival. After an investigation, the suspect vehicle was located, and the driver was identified. A complaint was sent to the district attorney’s office for prosecution for the hit and run.

Also on Friday night, deputies were dispatched to a three-vehicle accident at Patterson Road and Terminal Avenue. There were multiple minor injuries and several victims were transported to the hospital. Authorities said Debra Montez, 51, was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and arrested for felony driving under the influence.

Deputies were dispatched to a shoplifting in progress at the Dollar Tree on Roselle Avenue on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the late afternoon. Deputies contacted two subjects who were in possession of stolen property and drug paraphernalia. A 31-year-old man was arrested and booked for shoplifting and a 27-year-old woman was arrested and booked for possession of drug paraphernalia.

That same evening, deputies observed a vehicle “spinning donuts” near Patterson Road and Tina Lane. They stopped the vehicle and the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving.