Forest Grove Police Log: Aug. 24-30
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 540 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Aug. 24
• A caller reported multiple teens were intentionally throwing themselves at the Plexiglass of a bus shelter while another teen filmed. Officers were unable to locate the youths and found no damage at the structure.
• Police responded to a reported physical altercation between a man and woman. While attempting to resolve the matter, one party began to walk away while muttering statements that were vaguely suicidal. The officer detained the individual for the duration of the investigation to determine whether the statements were serious. The party denied wanting to self-harm, and both parties were released and advised to go their separate ways for the night.
• A caller reported a suspiciously parked vehicle in which an occupant was ducking down as if wanting to be unseen. Police found a rather intoxicated man who explained he was just attempting to get some sleep. He was warned not to drive the vehicle.
Saturday, Aug. 25
• A patrol officer stopped a driver known to have a suspended license driving down Pacific Avenue. A consent search of the vehicle yielded what appeared to be methamphetamine in the driver's seat. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
• Police responded to a location where an unintelligible 911 call originated. Officers located a heavily intoxicated woman on the porch of the location asking for an ambulance. She was transported to the hospital.
• A bartender reported a fight had broken out at the location. Officers located one individual who claimed a man had come into the establishment and pushed him, which led to a physical altercation. The other party had left prior to police arrival, and officers were unable to locate anyone matching his description.
Sunday, Aug. 26
• While on patrol, an officer spotted an elderly female spray-painting "Google Women's Equality" on a sign posted on an empty lot on a busy intersection. She was given a citation and advised to leave the area.
• A woman called police to report an altercation with her ex-boyfriend. The fight, police learned, was over money for a bus pass the caller allegedly promised to give the boyfriend. No injuries or evidence of a physical fight was found. They were advised to quiet down for the night.
Monday, Aug. 27
• A caller reported a vehicle with out-of-state plates driving poorly along Pacific Avenue. Officers tracked the car to a local dining establishment and contacted the man as he was enjoying a milkshake. The man was not under the influence, but he did express surprise at how aggressively Oregonians seem to drive around him.
• Officers responded to a location where a woman in distress had reportedly made suicidal threats. Officers found the woman, knife in hand, and were able to convince her to go to the hospital. She was taken in on a peace officer hold for her safety.
• A bartender reported being assaulted by a woman, sustaining injuries that required a trip to the hospital. The alleged suspect called in a short while later to report that she had been assaulted at the bar. Officers are investigating the incident.
Tuesday, Aug. 28
• A caller reported that their dog had been reacting to something suspicious in their backyard for over 20 minutes and asked police to check the premises. A strong odor at the location suggested the culprit to be a skunk.
• A night shift officer pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and found the driver had an outstanding warrant. A search of the vehicle also yielded drugs in the possession of the passenger. Both driver and passenger were arrested.
• A caller reported a young man with a bandana around his face walking through town at night. Officers contacted the man, who stated he was just trying to keep warm while walking to a friend's house.
Wednesday, Aug. 29
• Police responded to a non-injury crash blocking an intersection at 19th Avenue. One driver was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device, the other for driving while suspended and no insurance.
• A woman reported that multiple bags of cans were stolen from her back porch.
• A caller reported a suspicious person in a church parking lot late at night, yelling and possibly intoxicated. Police found a couple of individuals who were playing basketball but not making any excessive noise.
Thursday, Aug. 30
• A caller reported their 5-year-old accidentally fastened a set of handcuffs to his foot and that the key had gone missing. Officers were able to assist the youth in breaking free.
• A store employee reported a man and his mother had been in an argument inside the location and that the man's hand was gashed and bloody. Police learned he had punched a brick wall out of frustration, but that no crime had been committed.
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