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News - September 25, 2013

Briefs: Menlo Park police add two motorcycle officers

One staffing shortage in the Menlo Park Police Department will be resolved through the appointment of two officers to traffic patrol. Riding motorcycles, the officers will investigate accidents, enforce the vehicle code and patrol around local schools during drop-off and pick-up time, according to a memo Chief Bob Jonsen sent to the city on Sept. 19.

The officers staffing the positions will rotate every two to four years, the chief said, and earn a 5 percent pay incentive for the specialty assignment.

Suspect arrested

Friday night phone calls reporting gunfire led Menlo Park police to the 1100 block of Willow Road around 10:37 p.m. on Sept. 20.

There, they found 24-year-old Saul Mendoza, of South San Francisco, who reportedly attempted to run away, according to police. Despite struggling, he was taken into custody. Officers said they also discovered a loaded gun and a "large amount" of marijuana and methamphetamine nearby.

Mr. Mendoza was booked into San Mateo County jail on weapons and narcotics charges as well as battery on a law enforcement officer.

Resident spots

alleged burglar

For many residents, it was a warm and quiet afternoon in Menlo Park on Sept. 18. But for one person, the pace of the day quickened as the citizen spotted a man and car that looked out of place in the 900 block of Crane Street.

The citizen called the police around 1 p.m., and a detective with the narcotics enforcement team responded. In a nearby apartment complex, Det. Nick Douglas discovered a car reported stolen out of Redwood City bearing license plates reported stolen out of Palo Alto.

He also found Ramon Bernal, 38, of Richmond, a man with a long list of warrants from Redwood City for assault with a deadly weapon, battery, vandalism, and violating a restraining order, according to the police report.

Police retrieved "a large amount of stolen property" that they suspect may be linked to a series of burglaries, according to the report.

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