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The Forest Grove Police Department describes calls for service from April 15-21, 2022.

Editor's note: Police logs are a partial accounting of law enforcement calls, based on activity reports and descriptions generated by participating police departments. All persons accused of a crime are legally considered to be innocent until proven guilty.

Friday, April 15

Night shift officers attempted to stop a vehicle for following dangerously close behind another vehicle. The suspect vehicle refused to stop. For safety reasons, the officers elected not to pursue but did respond to the registered owner's address. On arrival, it was learned the registered owner's teen had taken the vehicle. The juvenile admitted to eluding the officer and subsequently received numerous traffic citations and a referral to juvenile services.

Officers checked on a man who was reportedly standing in the intersection of 19th Avenue and Main Street throwing beer cans and food around. On contact, police did not find any evidence of a crime and were able to calm the man down. He picked up his mess and was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Police responded to an apartment complex where a caller reported they could hear a woman yelling for help inside one of the units. An officer made entry through an unlocked window and attended to the woman, who was down on the ground, until medical personnel arrived.

Saturday, April 16

Officers are investigating after a caller reported a man had started a small fire near the base of a tree using a neighbor's doormat. Incidentally, the same man was seen in the vicinity of a trash compactor fire next to the Forest Grove Safeway around the same timeframe. A K-9 track was unsuccessful; the investigation is ongoing.

A local sweets purveyor reported a man helped himself to gelato he neglected to pay for and left the location. Officers were unable to locate anyone in the area.

A patrol officer stopped at a local convenience store to satiate his thirst, only to bump into the gelato bandit from earlier in the day. The alleged thief was further found to have an outstanding warrant and an excessively lapsed sex offender registration. He was arrested and lodged at the jail by the still-thirsty officer.

Police were tipped off to a supposed cache of stolen catalytic converters at a location on the edge of town. On arrival, officers did not find any converters, but they did recover a previously reported stolen bicycle. The bicycle was reunited with its owner.

Sunday, April 17

A local coffee stand reported a man snatched the cash from their tip jar and ran off. Officers found a man in the area that matched the suspect's description. He admitted to the theft and was further found to have outstanding warrants. He was arrested and lodged at the jail.

Officers were called to a local restaurant where a fight had broken out between two women. After a short investigation, officers arrested the instigator. She was lodged at the jail for harassment, criminal mischief and unlawful use of pepper spray.

Police responded to a two-vehicle crash outside a local convenience store, during which minor injuries were reported and both vehicles were significantly damaged. While waiting for tows, a citizen informed the officer that a man was seen walking through the area with his pants down. Officers located the man, whose belt was too loose to be effective. The officer assisted in making a new hole in the belt.

Monday, April 18

A local convenience store reported a group of men walked off with a case of imported pilsner and a Bimbo Pastry.

A caller reported his friend fell unconscious after the two smoked fentanyl in the caller's vehicle. Officers arrived and were successfully able to revive the friend; he was transported to the hospital.

Night shift officers were called to a local shopping center where a physical altercation between two men had broken out. Officers separated the pair and found an argument had ensued and escalated, but neither had any injuries or wanted to be a victim. They agreed to move along in separate directions.

Tuesday, April 19

Officers assisted Forest Grove Fire & Rescue in responding to a structure fire on the edge of town. The cause was determined to be a malfunctioning hot plate.

A caller reported that someone flashed an unkind hand gesture at the caller's son and walked away. While rude, bird-flipping is not a crime.

Police responded to a report of an altercation between two men at their residence. Police found no evidence any crime had occurred but did transport the aggressor due to the hospital for evaluation.

Wednesday, April 20

A caller reported their neighbor constructed a covered patio that did not appear to follow building codes or seek a permit. They were advised to contact City Hall.

A caller reported the bartender at a local watering hole had mixed up the caller's credit card with another patrons. The incident was resolved prior to police intervention.

Officers are investigating after multiple rolls of house wrap were taken from a construction site on 19th Avenue.

Thursday, April 21

Police received multiple calls regarding throngs of presumably hungry drivers waiting their turn for fried chicken backed up along Pacific Avenue, blocking entrances to other intersections. Officers discussed the matter with the new business's manager.

Swing shift officers located a man sitting in an alcove adjacent to the Forest Grove police station late at night. He just so happened to match the description of a suspected graffiti artist in town. During a short interview, he admitted to the graffiti and was issued a hefty citation for criminal mischief.

A caller reported a suspicious van driving around a neighborhood that appeared to be casing homes. Officers located the van and found a delivery driver was looking for a residence to which a package had been incorrectly delivered. No crime.


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