Police log: Body in river ID'd as Lathrop man
by TP staff
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A body discovered by jet skiers in the San Joaquin River near Howard Road on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a Lathrop man arrested and released from jail last week.

Sheriff’s investigators were called about 3 p.m. Sunday, and today investigators identified the body as 29-year-old Jeremy James Gong Lum of Lathrop.

Police took the man into custody Wednesday night on suspicion of public drunkenness about a block from his home.

He was let out of jail the next day. He told deputies he was bi-polar and had not taken his medication, but seemed coherent when he was let out of jail the next day.

Tracy police responded to 169 calls for service on Monday. The following is a sample of those reports.

12:21 a.m.: A woman on the 900 block of A Street reported that she “just knows” a man climbed through a window and got into her bedroom. She said she couldn’t give a description because she had never seen the guy before. Police said the caller was mentally ill.

12:23 a.m.: A caller reported finding marijuana in his son’s backpack on the 600 block of Palm Circle.

12:45 a.m.: A woman on the 1800 block of South Central Avenue told police that if “someone comes in her house and kills her, it is the PD’s fault.” She also called the San Jose police department after having called the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, which has a case they’re working on with her.

2:04 a.m.: A woman on the 800 block of Ben Ingram Lane reported that her neighbors left for vacation and several people were outside trying to break into the home. The woman’s husband was yelling at them to stop stealing, she said. Some took off running when an officer showed up.

8 a.m.: A woman said she was pinned by a tree inside her truck with a camper on it after she tried to back out of her driveway on the 100 block of East Highland Avenue. Air was let of her rear tires and she was able to move the truck.

11:47 a.m.: A caller asked police to check on a 12-year-old boy staying with his mother and stepfather at the Tracy Inn, 24 W. 11th St. The caller said there were needles all over the room, prostitution was taking place and drugs were being used. Police talked to the kid, who said he was OK. His mother was gone, but police saw no needles.

12:46 p.m.: A woman whispered to police that someone was trying to break into her home on the 1500 block of Tahoe Circle. She took her 13-year-old daughter and their dog and locked themselves in a room. The woman said she saw a truck outside with a “Key” logo on it, and that a neighbor left a note under her door last week saying someone was trying to get inside her house. Police arrived and said a locksmith was at the house.

2:45 p.m.: A woman said she saw two guys on bicycles peering into car and then trying the door handle at 12th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. They saw her looking at them, and the two men were gone when police arrived 37 minutes later.

3:09 p.m.: A man said he saw a guy break into his car and steal something on the 1400 block of Ray Harvey Drive.

3:19 p.m.: A caller reported an empty apartment in an eight-unit building on the 1600 block of Court Drive was vandalized and shot at on July 4. The caller said one of the tenants in a gang member who has threatened the caller and told her to keep her mouth shut.

3:23 p.m.: A woman said someone stole her purse as she was putting her kids in the car at Target, 2800 Naglee Road. She said a guy jumped out of a car that was driving by, grabbed her purse and took off in a car.

4:38 p.m.: A woman on the 1900 block of Gibson Court reported someone busted a lock on her car but stole nothing.

5:24 p.m.: A caller reported someone dropped off a wallet found at Central Avenue and Schulte Road. The owner of the wallet said it was stolen after his car was broken into.

5:35 p.m.: A caller reported a man had a gun in his waistband and several young guys were in and out of his house on the 100 block of Hawthorne Street. The caller thought drugs were being dealt from the home because he saw several exchanges through car windows as people drove up.

7:29 p.m.: Police told people with chickens in a yard at Seventh and D streets to move them.

8:31 p.m.: A guy who bought a home on the 400 block of Hawthorne Drive but has yet to move into it reported having problems with teenagers who keep swimming in the home’s backyard pool. The caller said he’s locked the gates and “done everything possible” to keep the out, but they keep hopping the fence and swimming anyway.

9:51 p.m.: A bald man was lying on the ground yelling at kids on the 4400 block of Twin Creek Court. The guy got up, banged on the caller’s car and sat on it. Police arrested the man.

9:56 p.m.: A woman on the 1000 block of Waylinn Lane reported her husband was drunk. Police said the woman’s face was scratched and her lip was “busted” but she refused medical treatment. She said the man was taking “Adavan,” grabbed steak knives and said, “That’s it.” Police arrested the man.

This column includes a sample of items as reported in the Tracy Police Department dispatcher’s daily log. Additional information is based on reports from officers and other law enforcement agencies. To report information anonymously about a crime: Crime Stoppers, 831-6847.

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July 14, 2009
"12:21 a.m.: A woman on the 900 block of A Street reported that she "just knows" a man climbed through a window and got into her bedroom. She said she couldn't give a description because she had never seen the guy before. Police said the caller was mentally ill."

It seems the police should be given plenty of latitude (within their policy) having had plenty of experience in "just knowing" who's mentally ill.

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