Forest Grove Police Log: July 26-Aug. 1
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 428 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, July 26
• A night shift officer stopped a vehicle going in excess of 90 mph on Highway 47 through town. On the stop, the officer noticed the driver and passenger switch seats before the officer made contact. The charade was unsuccessful and both parties were ultimately arrested, the driver for driving under the influence of intoxicants and the passenger for underage alcohol possession and interfering with a police officer.
• A man reported that he left his pickup running in the parking lot of a local bar and that it had inexplicably gone missing when he stepped in for a drink. While taking the report, police were informed of a crash west of town involving a pickup similar to the one stolen. Officers found the pickup had crashed into a ditch, but witnesses advised the driver had fled on foot. A K-9 unit was deployed with no success. Officers are investigating.
Saturday, July 27
• A caller reported that some unknown persons stole items that had been marked for a garage sale and then plastered her vehicle from hood to trunk with salami. Police obtained security footage from neighboring residences.
• A man reported that he discovered marijuana in his son's backpack. He was provided with information about local resources.
• A caller reported a suspiciously parked vehicle near a water treatment center, and that the occupants appeared to be using drugs. On contact, officers found three individuals known to police in the vehicle, two of whom were arrested for probation violations.
Sunday, July 28
• Officers are investigating a series of attempted break-ins to mailbox units.
• A man requested police intervene after he was denied entry into a local watering hole. He was advised that the business reserved the right to refuse him entry if they saw fit.
• A night shift officer spotted a vehicle associated with possible drug activity parked outside of a local residence. The vehicle left shortly after, but was subsequently stopped for a traffic violation. A K-9 search yielded both drugs and multiple Taser units, which were illegally in the possession of the driver, who was a known felon. She was arrested.
Monday, July 29
• Officers are investigating an alleged road-rage incident in which one driver exited their vehicle and then elbowed the other driver's back window and completely shattered it.
• Police received multiple reports about a team of men selling tainted, non-USDA-approved meat out of the back of their van. Officers are investigating, but they believe there is no link between this call and Friday's cold-cut caper.
• A caller reported a man was "screaming his head off" at a bus stop at the east end of town. Officers found the man, who apologized and agreed to quiet down while waiting for his bus.
Tuesday, July 30
• A bus driver reported a woman acting aggressively toward other passengers. The woman presented an expired bus pass and was attempting to get onto a bus that was going out of service. While uncooperative and verbally combative, she was eventually persuaded to get off the bus.
• Police responded to an assisted living community where an incomplete call to dispatch had been made. After a short investigation, officers traced the call to a resident, who was fine but had some issues in getting her pain medication.
• A caller reported his garbage bins had been stolen from in front of his home. Police were able to sort out that waste services had picked up the bin on accident.
Wednesday, July 31
• A caller reported that they had sent more than $2,000 via a money-wire service to an individual with whom they had developed a romantic online relationship, only to find out the romance was a fraud. Officers are investigating, but advise that "sweetheart swindles" are a very real and common scam.
• Officers responded to a residential street where multiple people were reportedly engaged in a physical altercation. Parties were separated, and officers learned the fight began with two brothers over the non-payment of rent and then escalated as others attempted to break up the fight. No injuries reported and all parties went their separate ways; the instigator was arrested for disorderly conduct and violating his probation.
• A man contacted police after realizing that the $15,000 worth of gift cards he had purchased were part of a scam. Officers are investigating. Police remind the public to never send funds to anyone you do not know, and that no legitimate agency or organization would require payment via gift cards or money wire.
Thursday, August 1
• A man was arrested for theft after he left a store without paying for merchandise, literally right in front of two uniformed officers.
• A caller reported two adults were smoking marijuana in their vehicle with a baby in the back seat. Officers located and stopped the car and found no signs of impairment or marijuana use.
• Police responded to a residence where a married couple were embroiled in a heated argument during which the husband locked the wife out of the house, causing the wife to break the garage window to get in. Police arrived and were able to restore peace and separate the parties.
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