Police blotter blotter

A funny entry from a police blotter made it onto the reddit front page, indicating that perhaps such “police blotter blotters” do in fact enjoy widespread public appeal.

But in any case, without further ado, the oddest of the San Jose Mercury News’s police blotters from the past month or so:

FOSTER CITY
Killdeer Court, 3:56 p.m. Sept. 5 A resident reported hearing two male voices on the left side of her house and worried that they might be trying to steal her potted plants.

Killdeer Court, 7:03 p.m. Sept. 5 A resident thought she heard people whispering and walking inside her house. Police responded and determined she’d been drinking and checked out her residence before she went to bed.

Killdeer Court, 2:13 a.m. Friday Police assured a woman who reported hearing and seeing several people in military uniforms inside her house that her home was secure.

Killdeer Court, 4:35 a.m. Friday A female resident told police a neighbor and friend had been camped out in one of her bedrooms for 10 hours. Police responded and determined her claim unfounded.

Killdeer Court, 7:12 a.m. Friday A woman complained about subjects inside her house who refused to leave. Police checked the interior, determined it was clear — and also that the woman didn’t meet the criteria for a 72-hour hold.

Killdeer Court, 7:58 a.m. Friday Police located a friend to look after a person barricaded inside a residence.

Killdeer Court, 8:31 a.m. Friday An officer flagged down by a citizen who noticed the front door to a residence standing open, checked the interior and shut the door.

FREMONT
Third Street in Niles, Tuesday A vehicle was ransacked by a someone who took only one item: a bag of elephant dung the vehicle owner had received as a gag gift. According to police, the person likely mistook the contents for marijuana.

WOODSIDE
16000 block of Skyline Boulevard, 7 a.m. Sept. 11 Twelve feet of electroluminescent wire valued at $4,000 was stolen overnight.

FOSTER CITY
Lincoln Center Drive, 9:34 a.m. Thursday Cables and wire valued at $50,000 were removed from a business sometime within the week.

ATHERTON
Watkins Avenue, 2:29 p.m. Saturday A person using a chain saw was advised of the city ordinance.

BURLINGAME
100 block of Arundel Road, 11:41 p.m. Wednesday A resident reported finding an old rusted cash register drawer full of cobwebs in his front yards.

FOSTER CITY

Port Royal Avenue, 12:31 a.m. Monday Police responded to a resident distressed by the animal sounds he was hearing, checked his house and determined the issue was more about the medication he was taking.

303 Velocity Way, 10:42 a.m. Monday An employee at Electronics for Imaging asked to speak with an officer about an unusual letter the business received that contained a map.

REDWOOD CITY
Altamont Way, 12:33 p.m. Friday Someone entered a female’s residence the night before and covered her face for seven seconds.

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary

I sat down in the North Reading Room of the Doe Library here at UC Berkeley, and found on the shelf in front of me this unassuming pair of volumes:20130924-212859.jpg

Opening it:
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The signature appears to be that of Conway Richard Dobbs, eldest son of Arthur Dobbs, royal governor of the colony of North Carolina from 1754 to 1765. The word to the right I presume to be Bath, the city in England.

Johnson’s introduction is very nice:
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The entirety of this edition can, I believe, be viewed at the Internet Archive.

One final note: the label on the spine indicates that this is the 1785 edition; the frontispiece agrees. The title page however indicates that it was printed by Jarvis in 1787. The only explanation I can come up with is that suggested by a quick Google search, which is that title pages were not actually distributed with the original and were rather printed on demand.

Also, various sources inform me that Johnson’s dictionary is a particularly large volume. As I hope the pictures demonstrate, this is not the case with this version.

Police blotter blotter

From the past two weeks:

BELMONT
Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Friday A male complained about vehicles speeding and running red lights all hours of the day. Police responded and observed no violations taking place.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Saturday A male complained about vehicles speeding and running red lights all hours of the day. Police responded and observed no violations taking place.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Sunday A male complained about vehicles speeding and running red lights all hours of the day. Police responded and observed no violations taking place.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Monday A person reported witnessing drivers speeding and running red lights.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Aug. 30 A male reported seeing people speeding and running red lights all hours of the day.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Aug. 31 A male reported seeing people speeding and running red lights all hours of the day.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Sunday Vehicles were reported to be speeding up and down Island Parkway.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Monday Vehicles were reported to be speeding up and down Island Parkway.

Ralston Avenue and Island Parkway, 7:30 a.m. Tuesday Vehicles were reported to be speeding up and down Island Parkway.

Farallon Drive, 8:05 a.m. Aug. 31 A woman who does not drink beer and is undergoing custody issues became concerned and called police after finding empty a number of empty beer bottles inside her curbside recycling bin.

SAN MATEO
400 block of Alameda De Las Pulgas, 4:50 p.m. Tuesday Instead of complying with a woman who said she was a city employee working for pest abatement, that there were snakes on the loose and that everyone in the house needed to step out, a resident escorted the woman out and called police.

BURLINGAME
3000 block of Arguello Drive, 10:45 p.m. Tuesday Responding to a report of someone with a flashlight at the rear of a vacant house, police located a man inside the furnished residence watching television.

1700 block of Hunt Drive, 7:24 p.m. Wednesday Someone rang a resident’s doorbell two nights in a row, left a letter that smelled like rotten eggs each time and disappeared.

ATHERTON
Selby Lane and Serrano Drive, 11:12 a.m. Aug. 31 A homeless woman with a shopping cart was seen walking in the area.

FREMONT
Frederick Lane, 7:15 p.m. Monday A “carload” of men waving guns drove by.

REDWOOD CITY
El Camino Real, 12:59 a.m. Aug. 31 A man upset about being kicked out of a bar called police to complain about his unfinished beer.

I would at this point like to include the entire Palo Alto section of Monday September 9’s blotter:

PALO ALTO

Various locations, Aug. 28-Wednesday Five bikes were reported stolen on the 1400 block of Oak Creek Drive, the 900 block of Embarcadero Road, the 500 block of Arastradero Road, the 300 block of Hawthorne Avenue and the 600 block of College Avenue.

3191 Middlefield Road, 5:28 a.m. Wednesday A window at Philz Coffee was vandalized.

376 University Ave., 1:47 and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Two iPhones were reported stolen at Starbucks Coffee.

3101 Park Blvd., 2:35 p.m. Wednesday A person’s wallet and laptop computer were stolen.

Honorary non-local inclusion (source):

At noon on Aug. 1 a Subway employee reported that a customer was attempting to pass a counterfeit $40 bill. Police found [that] the currency, a $50 bill, was genuine.