Alleged threat sees Suisun City man in court

By From page A3 | December 07, 2013

FAIRFIELD — A Suisun City man whose attitude did not sit well with a city code enforcement officer pleaded not guilty to felony charges of making criminal threats and being a felon with a gun.

Edward C. Crown, 53, greeted the code enforcement officer at the front door of his Montebello Drive home on the morning of Nov. 13. Crown was told about a city ordinance that prohibits cars from sitting parked on city streets for more than 72 hours. The code enforcement officer pointed to leaves and debris under Crown’s car tires and the cobweb running from the car’s bumper to the curb.

According to court records, Crown then expressed concern about other cars parked for days at a time in the neighborhood. Then he complained about jet fuel in the air from the planes taking off from nearby Travis Air Force Base. Then he voiced dissatisfaction over another city ordinance prohibiting people from washing cars in their driveways or on the street.

The code enforcement officer told Crown she was just going to go ahead and put a courtesy notice on his car.

Crown’s alleged response: “Anyone puts anything sticky on my car and I’ll put a bullet through them.”

The code enforcement officer did not take kindly to Crown’s alleged comment. Her boss was also nonplussed. He did some research on Crown and discovered he had previously been convicted of having a concealed gun in public and had lost his right to possess firearms and ammunition.

Suisun City police officers showed up at Crown’s front door the next day – search warrant in hand. A search of Crown’s home resulted in police seizing a handgun, ammunition, a holster and some gun cleaning gear. Crown was handcuffed, arrested and taken to jail where he posted $30,000 bail before being released.

Crown ended his brief court appearance by being told to come back to court again Jan. 13 when a date may be set for a probable cause hearing.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 06, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    I don't show any code stating that washing your car is prohibited. Please don't threaten the code enforcement officers. They are there for us and regrettably, we have to call quite often to report blight, nuisances and vehicle violations. Pam Greenberg was the best Officer but she transfered. I wouldn't want that job because there are too many people who don't understand why we have to have rules. Montebello Drive is a problem area and now all of Montebello Vista is a problem. We used to do that job on base and it's no fun having to inform errant neighbors to clean up their mess.

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  • rlw895December 07, 2013 - 6:50 am

    Anybody have a problem with this guy going to jail and/or losing his gun?

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  • JazzAzzDecember 07, 2013 - 8:50 am

    Nope. But I do have a problem if there really is an ordinance against washing your car in your own driveway or in front of your own residence. This is an ordinance that I would 100% IGNORE, Civil Disobedience. Just as I ignore the, "Do Not Burn Days," when I see it is a perfectly CLEAR day, and COLD!!!!!! Can't wash your own car>>TRY AND STOP ME!!!!

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  • CEGBDecember 07, 2013 - 1:20 pm

    I think the "car washing ordinance" is in place because all of the chemicals/soap people use while washing their vehicles run down into the storm drains and out into the marsh. To my knowledge it's not REALLY enforced though. Police officers are probably not going to stop and cite you for washing your car - its a lot more paperwork and hassle for them than it is for you.

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  • JazzAzzDecember 07, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Doesn't matter if they did enforce it. I'd ignore them and ignore any citation. What are they gonna do, take my washing license away?? Not driving so I'd refuse to show my license, not related. So they can KISS THIS!!!!!!

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  • rlw895December 07, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    JA: Seriously? What do you think will happen if you contemptuously ignore a law even after a warning? No sympathy here. These laws are not designed to make you unhappy; they are designed to protect other people or the environment from the nuisances you carelessly and recklessly seem determined to create. What's your problem, anyway?

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  • JazzAzzDecember 07, 2013 - 6:33 pm

    No problem here, as long as this Nanny State community does not violate MY FREEDOMS, because otherwise the crap WILL HIT the fan. Like clean cars (not having to pay a car wash, who might be filling the pockets of local Government folk), and like a warm fire when it is cold out!!!!!!

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  • CEGBDecember 07, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    No one should violate your freedoms but you have no problem with violating someone else's. How does that work? I thought the earth revolved around the sun. RLW895, you are absolutely right. "These laws are not designed to make you unhappy; they are designed to protect other people or the environment..." Sometimes they're odd, annoying, outrageous or down right kind of silly, but they're put in place for the most part to do some good somewhere. Sometimes all you need is a change of perspective.

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  • Legend1949December 08, 2013 - 7:37 am

    What about the law about not parking on grass or dirt, gravel and cement are ok Where DO you wash your car at home?

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  • Legend1949December 08, 2013 - 7:39 am

    Your treat?

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  • Legend1949December 08, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Thank you everyone for caring enough to read a newspaper for the news and trying to find out what's going on in our area and WHY it's that way. MERRY CHRISTMAS !

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  • CEGBDecember 07, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    Also, no burn days have to do with helping to keep air quality at healthy levels. It doesn't matter if its clear or cold, pollen and pollutants in the air can cause significant health concerns for elderly people, children and people with breathing problems such as asthma. Wood/fireplace smoke can even aggravate the lungs of someone suffering from the common cold or bronchitis. The more you know :)

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  • JazzAzzDecember 07, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    Sorry don't care. On these cold days they need to stay IN DOORS, or wear one of those allergy type face masks. Their rights shouldn't infringe on those of us that paid BIG money to enjoy our fireplaces. Also there is a NO BURN DAY tomorrow, and I saw in the weather where our air quality would be good today AND TOMORROW, so the Air Board are a bunch of lying (@#$%^&*) B_s_a_ds. Google, "Dr. Bill Wattenburg and Carb" He is a renowned scientist. C.A.R.B. can also KISS THIS!!!!!

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  • CEGBDecember 07, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    You have a FANTASTIC attitude. Merry Christmas :)

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  • JazzAzzDecember 07, 2013 - 6:29 pm

    Merry Warm Fireplace Christmas to ya too :-)

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  • Legend1949December 07, 2013 - 7:21 am

    So where are you supposed to wash your car in Suisun? If you can't wash it in your driveway or the street, that leaves your lawn, which I belive is illegal because you can only park on gravel or Concret . Maybe just find a big pothole? I am open to suggestions.

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  • rlw895December 07, 2013 - 7:24 am

    A commercial car-wash or self-wash?

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  • CD BrooksDecember 08, 2013 - 9:14 am

    Legend1949, wash your car in the driveway. Simply line the street in front of your driveway with shopping carts. You will be completely ignored by PD and the city will come and pick them up.

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  • Rich GiddensDecember 07, 2013 - 8:37 am

    I checked Suisun City's codes at Suisun.com. I don't show any prohibition or restrictions on residents washing their cars.

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