Far from the realm of everyday Turlock, where people live responsible and productive lives, there exists a world full of misdirected sympathy and excuses. This place, known as “the trenches of the real world” as one TurlockCityNews.com commenter would have you believe, is evidently the norm – and those who are listed in the Weekly Lowlights exist only as victims of oppression and happenstance.
Of course you don’t have be a genius to know that pet unicorns aren’t real.
You also don’t have to be on top of prosperity mountain or a high horse to know that actions by Guadalupe Padilla, 35, are the lowlight of the week from the Turlock Police Activity Report.
Turlock police report that at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Padilla left her 15-month old child unattended in her vehicle while she shopped at Costco. A concerned passer-by heard the baby crying and called police, who responded as Padilla was ready to leave the parking lot. She was arrested for misdemeanor child endangerment. The report does not indicate what Padilla was shopping for, but perhaps it was a functioning cranium, or one of those ultra-delicious Kirkland pizzas.
On Wednesday James Weaver, 64, was terribly confused. He was arrested for driving under the influence after he showed up to a residence asking for an unknown relative near the intersection of Visions Drive and Dancer Way at 10:24 p.m. There was no relative at the residence, clearly an honest mistake that anyone could make.
At 9:15 p.m. Thursday at Tractor Supply Co., 201 N. Walnut Rd., Sara Sanchez-Morales, 27, allegedly decided to leave the store with merchandise concealed in her purse. Police arrested her for commercial burglary as she was leaving the store. Her companion John Tenrbink, 47, was, oddly enough, found in possession of heroin and methamphetamine. He was also arrested. It is unclear what Sanchez-Morales could have possibly been stealing from a Tractor Supply Co., maybe some beef jerky, Pringles and a flashlight from the checkout stand? There is no indication she was stealing to feed small children back at home.
Later that night, at just before 11p.m., Ricky Harris, 33, was arrested and booked for allegedly loitering in a parking lot. Police say Harris was walking around trying to open the doors of parked vehicles. There was no report that Harris was simply just a victim of happenstance and was allegedly only attempting to break into cars for Christmas presents to give to needy children, which of course would be the excuse in the “trenches of the real world.”
With the big day fast approaching, shoplifting arrests dominated the Activity Report on Friday. Nicholas Andrew Pearson, 20, Eric Mayfield, 20 and Crystal Rice, 25 were all arrested for petty theft at various retail locations on Countryside Drive.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Friday night without a few arrest for drugs. At just after 10 p.m. Jamie Herrera, 35 was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after being called in as a suspicious person in the 2100 block of Geer Road. Later, at 11:23 p.m., Melvin Jenner, 32, was arrested after a traffic stop for possession of heroin in the 1100 block of Pedras Road.
At 2:09 a.m. Saturday morning, a victim called police after a rear-seated passenger of a nearby vehicle flashed his piece in a threatening manner. Police quickly located the vehicle exiting a parking lot on North Golden State Boulevard. Police arrested Joey Prasad, 19, for allegedly brandishing a firearm, which of course was stolen – tack on possession of stolen property, carrying a loaded firearm in public and carrying a concealed firearm. What officers didn’t know was that Prasad was a victim of an oppressive society and he was only living the “thug life.”
The thug life continued a little further down the age bracket for Daniel Coats, 31, who likely continues to hum gangsta rap hits and walks around strapped with his piece – but hey, who doesn’t in the “trenches of the real world?” Coats was arrested at 6:09 a.m. in the 2100 block of West Main Street after he was called in as a suspicious person. Police found him in possession of a concealed, loaded firearm.
Sliding further down the age bracket, Carol Wayne Harlan, 43, male, was arrested at 8:04 a.m. Sunday for possession of meth and a misdemeanor warrant at the 400 block of Lander Avenue.
Also on Saturday, Eddie Gonzalez, 19, did not have a gun to flash. Instead he had a knife to mack, allegedly. Gonzalez was arrested at 1:47 p.m. after brandishing his knife at a victim in the 3900 block of North Walnut Road.
At 2:26 a.m. Monday Alexander McLeod, 21, was arrested for public intoxication in the 100 block of Pedras Road. McLeod must have been on cloud nine after he was found snoozing in his vehicle. McLeod evidently did not appreciate being awakened from his surely happy dream about pet unicorns dancing around him as he skipped through a field of lilies. Police say he resisted arrest. In “the trenches of the real world” there is no excuse to awaken someone in the middle of a lovely dream.
Just after 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Robert Graham, 21, was arrested for battery, possession of burglary-related tools and possession of a narcotics pipe. Police say a security guard in the 1100 block of Pedras Road contacted him due to his suspicious activity. Graham decided to engage in fisticuffs with the security guard, but the security guard would have none of that mess. He managed to take Graham into custody and then called Turlock police.
Some would say that “Moonlight” Graham of course was another victim of happenstance. The burglary-related tools were his tools as a carpenter’s apprentice and he was carrying them on his way to work when an overly aggressive security guard ambushed him simply because he was young. Oh, and the narcotics pipe was a tobacco pipe of course. His elderly friend enjoys a pipe once in a while and Graham was going to bring him one for an early Christmas present… at 5:30 a.m.
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