Forest Grove Police Log: Jan. 24-30, 2020
During the week, Forest Grove police officers were engaged in more than 426 activities, both reported and self-initiated.
Friday, Jan. 24
• A caller reported a woman approached her during her exercise class asking for money and requested police instruct the woman to not return to the location. She was advised to contact the building owner.
• A caller reported secondhand information that someone had been seen crawling through the window of a women's clean and sober house. Upon further inquiry, officers learned the caller was a jilted ex of one of the residents attempting to stir up trouble. The caller was issued a criminal citation for initiating a false police report.
• While patrolling along 19th Avenue, an officer spotted a man known to police to have an outstanding warrant riding a bike that had been reported stolen. He was arrested.
Saturday, Jan. 25
• A caller reported a pair of pants had been stolen from an apartment complex laundry facility. On contact, the woman advised that the pants might have been misplaced and that police assistance was no longer needed.
• Officers contacted a man known to police to have a no-alcohol stipulation on his probation in a convenience store purchasing alcohol late at night. The man also admitted he had been drinking. He was arrested.
• Police responded to a location from which an incomplete 9-1-1 call had been made by a woman whom dispatchers advised was in distress. On contact, the residents advised they had gotten into a heated verbal argument only. Police found no sign of injury or criminal activity.
Sunday, Jan. 26
• A caller reported a man was burning something and begging for food in a fast-food drive-through. Police found the man was attempting to keep warm with a coffee can full of smoldering briquettes, but no fire; he was trespassed from the location and left without incident.
• Police were called to a vacant house, currently up for sale, after a bike was found in the backyard and the heat turned on inside. Officers cleared the house and found clothing and sound equipment inside as well. Officers are investigating.
• A caller reported their developmentally delayed son had left the house several hours prior not dressed for the weather and had not yet returned. The son called home shortly thereafter and was found at a friend's house.
Monday, Jan. 27
• A caller reported an unknown vehicle had driven through and damaged her garden bed. Police are investigating.
• A concerned caller reported a fire at a neighboring residence where the soon-to-be-evicted occupants were burning "catnips and other things." Officers found the occupants were burning some old firewood, but no damage to the property. No crime.
• Police received multiple calls throughout the day (with several more during the week) regarding disputes between ex-boyfriends and -girlfriends over returning or sharing belongings. All parties were advised these matters require civil remedies.
Tuesday, Jan. 28
• Police received a tip that a possible stolen vehicle was seen near a local park driven by a man wanted by police. Officers located the vehicle nearby and a K-9 track successfully located the suspect. After a brief chase, officers arrested the man and found a copious amount of property not belonging to the suspect; an investigation is underway.
• Police contacted a local youth who posted a photo of himself vaping in a classroom on social media. He was referred to juvenile services after marijuana was also found in his possession.
• Officers responded to a report of a man assaulting another man with a chain along Pacific Avenue. Police were unable to locate anyone in the area.
Wednesday, Jan. 29
• A caller reported a man driving on the outskirts of town had stopped, made suicidal statements to the caller and then flashed a firearm before driving away. Officers and deputies responded and were able to locate the man; he was taken into custody on a peace officer hold.
• A swing shift officer spotted two cars racing down Pacific Avenue and turning south onto Highway 47 late at night. Officers cut them off at the B Street intersection and cited both drivers for speed racing. A short while later, officers witnessed another vehicle driving at a high speed along 19th Avenue. The officer stopped the vehicle and cited the teenage driver for careless driving and minor in possession of marijuana.
Thursday, Jan. 30
• A caller reported that someone had deleted emails from his account. A quick investigation revealed the perpetrator to be his ex-girlfriend, to whom he had given the password. He was advised to change the password.
• A caller reported a person in a vehicle at the car wash was attempting to sell fake jewelry to people. Officers were unable to locate anyone in the area.
• A campus public safety officer reported a large group of teenagers were causing a scene and refusing to leave campus. On contact, the youths told police they were only arguing because the officer had "disrespected" them. Officers advised the youths of the trespass ordinance. They opted to get on a bus and leave voluntarily.
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