Forest Grove Police Log: April 20-26
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 386 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, April 20
• Police contacted a man who was reported to be passed out and unresponsive on the side of the road. Officers found the man alert but took him into jail when they learned he had an outstanding warrant.
• A lounge reported a man had attempted to put a large counterfeit bill into a lottery machine. The man offered police several conflicting versions of how he acquired the bill, none of which dissuaded officers from taking him to jail.
• Night shift officers responded to several locations where alarm systems had been activated; police found all locations secure and believe the alarms to have been triggered by a massive power outage caused by a fallen tree in the center of town.
Saturday, April 21
• Patrol officers stopped a vehicle driving the wrong way on Pacific Avenue in the middle of the night. Police found two juveniles had borrowed a friend's grandfather's car, unbeknownst to him, for a joyride. The driver was cited; both were released into the custody of their parents.
• A woman reported that her vehicle had been broken into on several occasions but advised that nothing had been taken and there was no damage to the vehicle.
• Forest Grove police assisted Washington County deputies in the investigation of two robbery suspects, who allegedly assaulted a couple and stole a firearm.
Sunday, April 22
• A caller asked police to remove a transient individual whom the caller had taken into their home, further advising that the individual was attempting to sell the caller's child. Police found no evidence the child was in any danger and advised the caller of the eviction process.
• A store reported the theft of a shopping cart full of laundry detergent. Prior to police contact, the store manager confronted the alleged thief, who then abandoned the cart and left the location.
• A patrol officer spotted a man known to have an outstanding felony warrant sleeping under a tree in a residential area. The man was taken to the jail in Hillsboro. While preparing to head back to Forest Grove, a man approached the officer requesting a ride to Cornelius; the officer agreed to give the man a ride — to the jail, after it was discovered he also had an outstanding warrant.
Monday, April 23
• Police received a report that a man had sent a video of him pointing a gun toward his head over social media to several individuals. Officers were able to track the man's location to a city in Central Oregon and contacted local police to perform a welfare check.
• A caller reported a man sleeping in a laundromat, refusing to leave upon being awakened. On police contact, the man agreed to move along, and he was trespassed from the location.
• An assisted living community reported a man in the lobby stating he wanted to run into traffic. Officers took the man into custody on a peace officer's hold, and he was transported to the hospital.
Tuesday, April 24
• Officers located a group of individuals at the parking lot of the Fern Hill Wetlands after dark, all of whom took off running upon seeing the police car. The group returned to the location, however, with the help of one of the juvenile's parents, and the subjects were found in possession of marijuana. Minor-in-possession citations were issued, as well as curfew violations for the parties under 18.
• A caller reported that her vehicle had been struck by a baseball, breaking the window. Officers learned the car had been parked near the university baseball field and advised that no crime had occurred.
• Police were called after a fight between two dogs resulted in three individuals with dog bites. On police arrival, one dog had been transported to emergency veterinary care, while the instigating dog was taken by its owner to animal control.
Wednesday, April 25
• Night shift officers arrested a woman for assault and harassment after she allegedly assaulted her ex-boyfriend and another woman as they were leaving a lounge.
• A caller reported a fight near the Pacific University campus. While officers found no evidence of a physical altercation, they did cite one individual for furnishing alcohol to a minor. Both were trespassed from campus. The same individual, however, was arrested later in the day for returning and violating the trespass.
• Officers were called to trespass an individual from a park after they had dumped a large number of needles at the location. The subject left, however, prior to officer's arrival.
Thursday, April 26
• A caller reported that two raccoons were fighting in her backyard and inquired as to whether she could shoot them. She was advised that she cannot discharge a firearm within city limits.
• A caller reported that his mother was posting suicidal statements on social media. Officers contacted the woman, who explained that she was just upset about not getting a promotion at work.
• Police were advised that several individuals appeared to be setting up camp in some bushes. The group agreed to move along.
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