Forest Grove Police Log: Aug. 2-8
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 522 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Aug. 2
• A local hotel reported that a group of teenagers were causing a scene and provoking a security guard. Officers found the youths, who said they were searching for secret passages before the security guard caught them. They were trespassed from the location.
• Police received a tip that a possible drunk driver was coming into town via Northwest Gales Creek Road, swerving all over the road. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. She was later found to have nearly three times the legal blood alcohol content.
• A caller reported a pickup and trailer were parked on a church lot and that the resident was allowing their dog to defecate in the caller's backyard. Officers contacted the trailer owner, who advised she would move along and find elsewhere for pet relief.
Saturday, Aug. 3
• Officers stopped a vehicle driving erratically along Highway 47 in the middle of the day. Police found the driver to have a suspended license and no insurance, and a search yielded a significant amount of methamphetamine, benzodiazepine and property believed to have been stolen.
• Police were called to a possible domestic disturbance in an apartment complex. On arrival, officers learned that a child with autism spectrum disorder was acting out some frustration, but he was not a danger to himself or others, and parents had the situation under control.
• A woman reported that a suspicious vehicle leaves her apartment complex at the same time every evening. She inquired as to whether it was an undercover police vehicle transmitting soundwaves into the complex. It is not.
Sunday, Aug. 4
• A convenience store employee reported that a very intoxicated man was acting belligerent and threatening employees after being declined the purchase of alcohol. As police were arriving, the man attempted to flee on his bicycle. Officers caught the man a few blocks away and, after a brief struggle, took him into custody on multiple charges.
• Officers received a call from an individual who reported they were unable to get up and that their caretaker was not responding to any calls for help. After several minutes of pounding on the door, ringing the bell and calling the caretaker's number, officers eventually made contact. Police are investigating the circumstances.
• Officers checked on a man seen laying on the ground in the middle of a business parking lot. Police found the man to be noticeably under the influence of drugs; he was advised to move along and warned that any further police contact would result in a trip to a detox facility.
Monday, Aug. 5
• A caller reported a possible fight between the occupants in an adjacent hotel room, with a shouting match regarding a possible robbery and sex offenders. Police found no such altercation in the hotel, but they did note the television volume may have been somewhat high.
• A caller reported a litter of puppies were in a pen near a local church. Police found the dogs to be associated with a truck and trailer belonging to a known transient. Vehicles were provided with tow notices.
Tuesday, Aug. 6
• Forest Grove police responded to a Washington County deputy's traffic stop where a man admitted to speeding and swerving along David Hill Road and B Street in an attempt to impress his girlfriend. Police also learned that during his escapade, he nearly struck a couple out for an evening walk. The man was arrested on multiple charges, presumably squelching his romantic endeavors.
• The Forest Grove Police Department welcomed upwards of 1,500 guests to its annual National Night Out event at Pacific University.
• A caller reported a teens playing ding-dong-ditch in the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately for the juveniles, their exploits were caught on camera and a follow-up from officers initiated.
Wednesday, Aug. 7
• A caller reported a man working out in the back lot of the police department. Officers contacted the man, who advised he was pumping iron while his children were being tutored at the library.
• Police responded to a location from which an incomplete 9-1-1 call had originated. Officers arrived to find numerous children at the house, with one playing with a phone. The officer provided the children with a short lesson on the importance of only using 9-1-1 for emergencies.
• A caller reported two men on bicycles knocking on windows and doors in a residential area. Police were unable to locate anyone matching the description.
Thursday, Aug. 8
• Officers checked on a small child who was reportedly walking alone around a busy intersection. The child advised that he was on his way to get candy but was unaware that money was required. Officers returned the boy home and briefed the mother on the child's adventure.
• A caller reported that he had allowed an unknown man to come into his residence, who subsequently took a vessel of spare change and ran out the door. Police are investigating.
• A caller reported multiple youths were putting bottles in the road for cars to run over. Police found the street clean upon arrival and conflicting stories regarding the incident, but no evidence of a crime.
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