Forest Grove Police Log: July 31-Aug. 6, 2020
Friday, July 31
• A local business reported a driver had jumped the curb and drove erratically through the parking lot, possibly to avoid backed-up traffic. Officers reviewed video footage and determined there had been no damage, nor anything rising to the level of criminal conduct, but they advised the caller to call back if it continues to happen.
• A caller reported they had received a package of unsolicited plant seeds in the mail from China. Similar deliveries have been reported around the United States. Authorities ask any citizens who receive such packages not to open or plant the seeds, but instead to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture for instructions on where to send them.
• Officers responded to a restaurant where a fight was reportedly underway. The victim stated her ex-boyfriend was at the location with his new girlfriend, who allegedly threw a cup of coffee and assaulted her, then left. Officers were unable to locate the suspect but are investigating.
Saturday, Aug. 1
• A local hotel reported a large quantity of marijuana was found inside the room of an evicted guest. Officers seized around 1.5 pounds of marijuana and began an investigation for unlawful possession.
• A caller reported that she had taken possession of an abandoned turtle approximately a year ago, but now the original owner had repossessed the reptile, only to return it a few hours later. Officers are investigating.
• A vehicle traveling about 60 mph in a 30 mph zone passed a patrol officer along Pacific Avenue. The officer turned around and found the vehicle crashed into a tree a short distance away. Both occupants were entrapped. Forest Grove Fire & Rescue successfully extricated the occupants and they were transported to the hospital for serious injuries. The Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team was activated to investigate the crash. Though it is still under investigation, officers determined that alcohol was likely a factor.
• A convenience store employee reported a man was inside the location with a golf club. Officers contacted the man, who stated he was having a medical issue. He was transported to the hospital.
Sunday, Aug. 2
• A caller reported an escalating argument between a man and woman in the middle of the street late at night. Officers arrived and found the pair arguing over the man's poor life choices, but there was no evidence of anything criminal. They were advised to take their heated discussion elsewhere.
• A convenience store reported a woman came into the location screaming and otherwise causing a scene, possibly experiencing mental health issues. Officers contacted the woman, who told police she was having a rough day, and determined she was able to care for herself. She was asked to move along, which she did without further incident, and was trespassed from the location.
• A caller reported a screaming match and a physical altercation between a man and a woman in and along Pacific Avenue. Officers contacted both rather inebriated parties, who advised their dispute had been verbal only. They agreed to move along and stay out of the road. No crime.
Monday, Aug. 3
• A caller reported two juveniles stole packages off a porch on Main Street and ran away. A passerby stopped the youths and recovered the packages, which police then took into evidence for safekeeping until officers could make contact with the residents. The juveniles apparently fled prior to police arrival. Officers are investigating.
• Officers responded to a location from which an off-duty sheriff's deputy reported a man well-known to police bleeding from the nose and allegedly strangling his dogs with their leash. The deputy detained the man until Forest Grove police arrived. He was ultimately cited for disorderly conduct.
• A caller reported that someone from the U.S. Census Bureau came to her door and was very "persistent."
Tuesday, Aug. 4
• A caller reported four juveniles were destroying a metal railing along B Street. Police contacted the youths and found they were actually fixing the railing.
• Officers responded to a fight in progress at a local hotel. On arrival, police found a pushing match between two men stemming from one allegedly having a more-than-friendly encounter with the other's girlfriend. They agreed to separate for the night.
• A caller reported two suspicious persons walking through a neighbor's property. On arrival, officers found one individual whom had been previously trespassed and also had an outstanding warrant. He was given issued a citation and released.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
• A caller contacted officers to report that his neighbor had reported him as missing and to discuss information he saw about himself on the news. Officers were unable to find any reports that he had gone missing and contacted the caller's caregiver, who advised he had been experiencing mental health issues.
• A caller reported that someone in a group chat on social media threatened to come to his house and assault him because of opinions expressed online. The threats did not rise to the level of a crime, although officers advised the caller to contact police again if anyone showed up.
• Officers arrested a man after he allegedly attempted to push and strangle a friend who had apparently poured his beer down a drain. He was taken to jail.
Thursday, Aug. 6
• Officers responded to a three-car rear-end wreck on 19th Avenue. Police sorted out that the at-fault driver had been distracted after leaning over to pet his cat. He was cited for following too closely and driving without a license.
• A caller reported hearing a woman yelling for help inside her residence. Police arrived and found she had fallen and was unable to get up. Officers entered through a window and opened the door for medical personnel.
• A customer at a fast food restaurant reported a man in a purple windbreaker was telling other patrons to give him money and possibly had a weapon under his jacket. The suspect was gone on police arrival, and officers learned no weapon had actually been seen. Officers performed an area check but were unable to locate anyone in the area matching the description.
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