Forest Grove Police Log: July 13-19
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 451 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, July 13
• A man reported that a toothless man clad in green was attempting to pick a fight with him and harassing pedestrians along Pacific Avenue. The caller was gone on arrival and officers found no one matching the description.
• A night shift officer stopped a vehicle for driving the wrong way down the one-way stretch of Pacific Avenue. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUII.
• A caller reported seeing a pair of feet hanging from the rooftop followed by what sounded like a prowler attempting to gain entry into the residence. Police responded and found no evidence of an intruder, but they did locate a very intoxicated caller and a stuffed animal on the roof.
Saturday, July 14
• Officers responded to a location where a man had thrown all of his wife's clothes into the front yard in response to her request for a divorce, further requesting police take a stolen vehicle report after the wife left in their shared vehicle. Officers determined none of the activity was criminal.
• Police received a report that a suspicious man was wandering around yelling in coherently, possibly carrying a gun. Officers found the man unarmed but upset about a variety of issues. He was advised to quiet down and move along, which he did, but not before playing a song on his harmonica for the officer's enjoyment.
• A caller reported someone had broken into his RV. Officers located a man inside who claimed he heard a female being attacked in the location and that he had burst inside to "take care of business." He was arrested.
Sunday, July 15
• Officers were called to investigate a suspicious-looking box with exposed wires next to a business in the downtown area. Police found an empty plastic Tupperware container.
• A man reported that his ex-wife's current boyfriend had carved his name into the man's vehicle. Police responded and contacted the caller who was noticeably intoxicated and pointing out the boyfriend's name on various parts of the vehicle and residence. Officers noted no evidence of damage or graffiti. Upon admitting alcohol and previous drug use, the man opted not to make a report.
• Police responded to a local church where a motion alarm had been tripped and found a troupe of bagpipers who were using the location for practice.
Monday, July 16
• A caller reported that his roommate and landlord were smoking in his dining room. He was advised this is not a police matter.
• A man called police to ask if a forensic technician could analyze his phone as part of a dispute with his ex-wife. Officers suggested he contact a private investigator or a lawyer.
• Police responded to a crash on E Street in which a vehicle went off-road and took out a utility pole. Officers determined there was no sign of impairment, but the driver admitted to dozing off. The driver was cited for reckless driving and recklessly endangering the two passengers.
Tuesday, July 17
• Officers arrested a man after a traffic stop yielded heroin and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle.
• Police contacted a man and woman who were reportedly engaged in a heated argument. The couple advised it was verbal only and apologized for the noise. The agreed to quiet down for the night.
• Police received multiple requests for welfare checks on individuals who had made suicidal or self-harm statements during the day. Officers were unable to locate two of the individuals; one was transported to the hospital.
Wednesday, July 18
• Officers responded to a park restroom where a man was seen sleeping on the floor near a sex toy. He was told to move along and advised that public restrooms are not suitable locations for slumber.
• A caller reported a suspicious person attempting to gain entry into a vehicle late at night. Officers contacted the subject who was working on the vehicle that belonged to a family member.
• Police received multiple calls about a man acting erratically along 18th Avenue, yelling at others and himself. Officers located the man and instructed him to quiet down, which he agreed to do.
Thursday, July 19
• Officers responded to a disturbance where a man allegedly struck his father with a tree branch. Police found injuries consistent with the description of the attack and subsequently arrested the son for assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He was taken to jail.
• A woman reported that a woman stole her purse and boarded a bus westbound. Officers were able to track down the bus but were unable to locate a suspect or the purse. Police are investigating.
• A caller reported hearing a woman screaming and the sound of items being thrown against the wall in a neighboring apartment. Police located the woman, who refused to answer the door. Officers were able to contact the woman's boyfriend, who agreed to contact her, which settled the matter.
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