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Winters police clear homeless camps, refuse from banks of Putah Creek

Winters police and Public Works employees cleared several homeless camps from the banks of Putah Creek on Thursday, filling a city dump truck with refuse.

The sweep was conducted in response to complaints about transient camps with excessive refuse, including human waste, according to a Police Department news release.

Three encampments were located between First Street and Railroad Avenue. Two were unoccupied and items of value were taken to the Police Department for safekeeping.

At the third camp, police and Public Works employees helped the occupant pack up his belongings and dispose of accumulated trash, the news release said. The man also was given material on resources available to people who are homeless.

Trash was collected from a fourth encampment, which also was abandoned.

In addition, police contacted an individual near the I-505 overcrossing who was napping on sofa cushions and blankets that had been dumped along the trail. It was determined that the individual was on probation and had failed to report to the Yolo County Probation Department, but a warrant had not yet been entered into the system. The individual was advised to contact the Probation Department to avoid issuance of a warrant, according to police.

Clearing the camps and related refuse was necessary for “the public’s health as well as the health of our waterways and natural resources,” the news release said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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