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Homeless Man Tries to Sell Family's Pet

Screenshot of Newark Police Nixle Alert
Screenshot of Newark Police Nixle Alert
By AUTUMN JOHNSON

Newark, California – A homeless man was arrested after police say he tried to sell a dog that had escaped from its yard earlier in the day. 

According to a Nixle Alert released by Newark police, a resident saw Robert Maldonado, a well-known local transient, walking with a dog described as a "beautiful Husky." Having never seen Maldonado with a dog in the past, the resident called police. 

An investigation revealed that a 6-year-old female Husky named "Chloe" had been reported missing by its owners. 

Police say Officer Matt Warren discovered Maldonado was trying to sell the animal. Maldonado was found in the area of Blackwood Dr. and was arrested by officers. He was booked at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and is being held on charges of 485 PC— misappropriation of lost property, along with four misdemeanor warrants.

Police are crediting the vigilant resident for calling police to report the suspicious behavior which led to the arrest and the recovery of Chloe.
Brian Slupski February 07, 2014 at 01:57 PM
@Amanda – These stories do not go on the homepage. But, I do agree that the platform needs to be better – we have local blogs posts and event listings that could be distributed much better. And they will be. It also needs to be easy for users to post and I am hopeful that will be addressed. I do not agree that 95 percent of people are angry. There are plenty of comments on stories in Trending that are issue based. The CVS story for example. We also had good discussion on a gun control law passed in CT and on a Chris Christy story. I think it's a good thing for Patch to position itself as a platform for discussion and to distribute some of the great work local editors are doing around the country. I do sometimes pick smaller stories that I think are interesting to share (like this one). But this is a new feature for us too, and we just want to get better at it and I think we will.
Valerie Rogoff February 07, 2014 at 01:58 PM
If I want to read interesting national news I will go to my yahoo or msn home pages. Patch was where I read community news. I'm only interested in dog stories within a 5 mile radius--not on the other side of my state (NJ) much less on the other side of the country. Guess I'll unlike Patch on Facebook and start marking Patch emails as spam. It's a shame. Really enjoyed the publication.
its me February 07, 2014 at 02:04 PM
they are dropping
anon ymous February 07, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Talk about splitting hairs! It may be not be on our local Patch site, but we pick up the headline from aol feed, which indicates that it is from our local Patch when we highlight it. Sure, people leave content-related comments, but you have to scroll through about 20 complaints before finding one or two.
its me February 07, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Lets talk about the heroin use at the high schools please
KMCR February 07, 2014 at 02:28 PM
No local news + no responses to complaints = no ad $. Goodbye Patch. We'll miss you.
Brian Slupski February 07, 2014 at 02:41 PM
@KMCR – You do realize that the company lost tens of millions of dollars. So I'm not exactly sure what you are saying. That the previous model was a big success? And I am responding to complaints. @anonymous – The AOL local feed is an issue, you are correct. It pulls in automatically. Like I said before, this is a new feature for us too and there are things we can do better – such as what content we choose to share, how it is shared and how it is identified.
its me February 07, 2014 at 02:44 PM
ok not about some local news.. Heroin in the school's?
concerned citizen February 07, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Creep deserves a bullet to the brain.
Pat Farrar February 07, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Not exactly local news for me here in Atlanta,either. WTF?
Grumpy Old Man February 07, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Like I said in a post to another story - if this is what is making Patch interesting, it only goes to prove that Patch is becoming in Newton Minnow's words, the Vast Wasteland. I mean really. I don't mind local news from other areas which have a national impact (CVS not selling tobacco is a great example). And why can't the locale be posted in the headline so we know where its from. When I pulled onto this in my Lakeview (Cook County, Illinois) I thought it might be here. Nope. The title could have read, Homeless man in Newark, California tries to sell dog. Gee, josh, golly, I could have made an informed decision. If Patch can only get readers to click on to a story by deception, I don't think the experiment with national news is going to work.
Paisley February 07, 2014 at 03:42 PM
I think it's hilarious this editor would rather piss off almost every single reader than actually do any worth while work. It's okay. His name will be forever enshrined with these comments so all his new potential employers can see his work ethic. I mean, he is recieving results in a way. A "you suck" comment is still a comment.
its me February 07, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Where do they find these so called writers?
kanbs February 07, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Didja' think we wouldn't notice this wasn't Jersey news because it's from "Newark?"
Tony Royer February 07, 2014 at 06:03 PM
They fired all the writers and now a middle school in India is running the Patch.
2fullchannel.netAndy Thompson February 07, 2014 at 06:09 PM
Just adding Bristol RI to the list ~ this has been going on for about two weeks. Did some major reporters get the axe at MANY local locations, or just some Patch CEO thinks he's running AOL?? I have been re-subscribed to my $1 local weekly paper...
anonymous February 07, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Hello everyone from everywhere it is very nice to meet you. You guys/gals crack me up with your witty comments keep them coming. I HAD a bad day today ----- Had being past tense you guys put a smile back on my face. Well its friday and I must go out have a great nite everyone from everywhere. anonymous
George Robertson February 07, 2014 at 07:44 PM
The people who run this web site must be on crack or smoking something, or they just like to provoke anger in people. WE WANT LOCAL NEWS ONLY. WE WANT LOCAL NEWS ONLY. WE WANT LOCAL NEWS ONLY. GET OFF THE CRACK AND START LISTENING TO YOUR READERS. SOON YOU WILL HAVE NONE AND THEN NO JOB.
JD February 08, 2014 at 12:56 AM
I enjoyed reading the stolen dog story ... because I live in CA! I also complained to the editor of my local patch about posting stories that weren't about local news, and for posting articles about food etc. She just recently starting doing that and it's annoying.
Danny Donahue February 08, 2014 at 07:21 AM
You people act like you expect a collection of local, free 'news' sites on the internet should have the work ethics of CNN or something (NO, I don't want your opinion of CNN - you know what I'm trying to say). The situation is pretty simple in my eyes - if you don't like a website, don't visit that website. See how easy that is? I knew you would... And, just for the record - when you take the Patch for what it's worth, the stories are actually pretty interesting bits of local lore. Otherwise, I actually get my news from a NEWS organization. You guys should try that and leave these 'reporters' on the Patch alone. Just sayin...
its me February 08, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Danny, log off
Pauly February 08, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Why don't you just get your news somewhere else (its me) and quit your sniveling. Good one Danny, we are both on the same page. And (its me) we don't want to hear any stupid news about Massachusetts either, log off.
Mark February 08, 2014 at 07:11 PM
On the bright side...at least he didn't try to eat the poor dog like Obama once did!
Tom Hollman February 09, 2014 at 07:48 AM
LIBERALS are the ones responsible for changing BUMS into homeless they are still Bums and want to be that way because thats how they operate
Stephen Kaminski February 09, 2014 at 10:09 AM
I didnt know it was against the law too sell a dog i see dogs and cats for sale in the paper everyday.
concerned citizen February 09, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Stephen--r u really that stupid?
its me February 09, 2014 at 07:41 PM
Stephen it's dangerous should be banned to see any animals... and pauly suck one will you
chris February 10, 2014 at 01:01 AM
I don't care about these generic articles. Patch should go back to posting about local issues.
Bob Rosenthal February 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM
Bah Humbug. Boring article.
Joan Helle-Fasolo February 17, 2014 at 11:35 PM
California??? Really?

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