Forest Grove Police Log: Aug. 23-29
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 509 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Aug. 23
• A storage company reported that a man had constructed walls within his rented unit and appeared to be transforming the space into a small house. It was further reported that he was frequenting the location in the middle of the night dressed as a clown — which is not criminal. The man was advised that further violations of his rental agreement would result in eviction.
• A woman asked police to remove her ex-husband, who was in her garage drinking. Police learned the couple was still married and that the man was living in the home. When officers provided the woman with some options, she alleged the man was seeing another woman and insisted he be arrested. Police advised that they cannot arrest people for infidelity.
• A caller reported that a woman, possibly intoxicated, was sitting on a corner crying. Police located the woman, who had fallen off her skateboard and had minor injuries. She declined medical transport.
Saturday, Aug. 24
• A secondhand store reported that a man had attempted to donate a portable toilet and, upon being refused, dumped the item at a nearby bus stop.
• Police responded to a crash in a local fast food drive-through. Neither party was injured; however, one driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
• A patrol officer spotted a suspicious vehicle that appeared to be attempting to evade the officer. The vehicle was then found unoccupied on a side street nearby. A short while later, officers spotted the driver walking his dog a few blocks away. On contact, officers found the man had a suspended license; he was issued multiple citations.
Sunday, Aug. 25
• A caller reported that she had hit a dog while driving along a busy road and that other citizens were giving her grief about the accident. On arrival, officers found a large crowd of people who were upset about the incident. However, officers determined there was no malicious intent or crime, and all parties went on their way.
• A caller reported that a store was refusing to sell him a rifle because his address was not listed on his driver's license.
• A citizen reported that a man resembling the Bouncing Bandit (Aug. 20) was seen near a local shopping center. Officers contacted the man, who admitted to being the subject of a surveillance photo he was shown but stopped short of admitting to any alleged thievery. Police continue to investigate.
Monday, Aug. 26
• An officer was flagged down by a citizen who reported that a woman was suffering a medical emergency at a nearby transient camp. On arrival, officers learned the woman had been incapacitated for nearly two days while suffering from a stroke. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue responded, and the woman, completely paralyzed on one side of her body, was carried out of the camp and transported to the hospital.
• A man reported that he had picked up a woman at a bar, taken her home, and was now missing property and a gun safe key. On contact, officers sorted out that the "bar" was actually a convenience store parking lot, and that he had not only provided the woman with cash, but kindly brought her home so she could charge her phone. Police are investigating.
• A man called dispatch and whispered a series of remarks about a car and a possible crash, and then reported that people were hiding in a tree outside his residence. Officers arrived and found neither a crash nor anyone in the tree. The man then told police his grandmother had asked him to call police as she thought she heard something.
Tuesday, Aug. 27
• A caller reported that he had pre-paid to rent out a room in a local residence, but that the room was actually unavailable and the homeowner had skipped town with the money. Officers are investigating.
• A caller reported that they had sent sexually explicit photos of themselves to someone they met online and was now being asked to send money for a plane ticket under threat of said photos being disseminated. The caller was encouraged to block the person on social media. This is a twist on common "sweetheart" scams; police advise citizens to be cautious when sending cash to or sharing images with individuals they do not know personally.
• A store employee reported that he had loaned his phone to a woman who used the phone for some 20 minutes and then ran out the door. Police are investigating.
Wednesday, Aug. 28
• A woman flagged down a patrol officer to turn in a backpack she allegedly found in the area that contained a number of identification cards, checks, and lists of account and PIN numbers. Officers are investigating.
• Night shift officers responded to a location after a man reported someone was attempting to break into his trailer. On arrival, officers found no sign of any suspicious activity and no one in the area. However, the man continued to insist he could hear people outside. Officers determined the man had been drinking and may have some ongoing mental health challenges. Police contacted the man's daughter, who agreed to care for him for the night.
Thursday, Aug. 29
• A caller reported finding a hole in a residential window that appeared to have been made by a glass cutter. Officers surveyed the area and determined the likely culprit to have been a rock from a nearby rock bed that had been disturbed by a riding mower.
• A convenience store reported that a woman was sitting in her vehicle in the parking lot nodding off, possibly under the influence. Officers contacted a very tired woman who had pulled over for a caffeinated beverage on her way home from work in East Portland.
• A caller reported that a man came to his door in the middle of the night claiming that he was being chased. Officers located the man a short distance away and subsequently arrested him on multiple outstanding warrants.
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