There's no call too small for the men and women of the Lake Oswego Police Department


9/27/18 10:34 a.m. A caregiver told police that her elderly client's personal documents and licenses had been stolen, prompting fears that she might now be at risk of identity theft.

9/28/18 9:55 a.m. Ten gallons of gas and a leaf blower were taken from the back of a GMC Sierra pickup on Majestic Court.

9/29/18 12:17 p.m. Coats were taken and the steering column was damaged overnight by thieves who ransacked a green Honda Pilot on Kruse Oaks Drive.

9/30/18 2:46 p.m. A taxi driver called from outside a business on State Street to report that a customer had refused to pay a $70 fare.


10/1/18 2:32 p.m. A Nissan Xterra was reported stolen from in front of a house on Mulholland Drive.


10/1/18 4:20 p.m. Someone tried to open a bogus Sprint account using a Lake Oswego man's personal information.


9/24/18 8:50 p.m. When a young man (who was home alone) got out of the shower earlier in the evening, his mother told police, he discovered that the front door was unlocked and that someone had apparently entered the house and opened all of the kitchen drawers and cabinets. Nothing appeared to be missing, Mom said; in fact, valuables in plain sight were left untouched.

9/25/18 7:43 a.m. Was someone trying to burn down an office building on McVey Avenue? That's what a women told police after twice finding small fires in a flower pot near the elevator, but a check by firefighters revealed otherwise. Turns out someone had been using the flower pot as an ashtray for their smouldering cigarettes; it has now been relocated by the management.

9/25/18 8:11 a.m. A passerby told police he thought someone was living in a van down by the river, but responding officers found no one home and determined that the vehicle was legally parked on Oswego Pointe Drive.

9/25/18 11:13 a.m. A concerned grandmother told police she doesn't know how or why squirrels are dying on her Lee Street property, but she's now found three of the deceased critters and is worried about the safety of her grandkids.

9/25/18 1:17 p.m. A member of a local homeowners association called police to complain about one of his neighbors, who has a "poorly maintained fence" and aggressive dogs. A notice from the HOA did no good, the caller said; the offending homeowner only added a couple of flimsy boards to the fence, which borders a common walkway. Police could only offer options and advice.

9/25/18 2:59 p.m. A howling dog was left alone at a house on Oakridge Road for two days, prompting a neighbor to call police. But when officers tracked down the pooch's owner, they learned that the man was in the process of moving out of the house and had left the dog to protect the property. The pet may sound distraught, he said, but it has food and water and is being visited every day.

9/25/18 6:25 p.m. Police explained the benefits of stopping for pedestrians to a driver they tracked down after a woman reported that she and her dog were almost struck on Andrews Road by a Toyota van that blew through a stop sign.

9/25/18 7:10 p.m. Vandals scratched the letter "B" into the side of a Subaru Forester on North State Street. No explanation, no suspects.

9/26/18 2:15 a.m. A disoriented man called police from the bus bench at Boones Ferry and Twin Fir roads and asked for help getting home. It wasn't a medical emergency, he said; he'd just had a lot to drink.

9/26/18 9:10 a.m. A Laurel Street resident told police she wasn't very happy about a nearby construction project. Work vehicles park in tenant-only spots, she said. She overheard one worker say he was drunk on the job. The fumes are just nasty. And the crews start so early in the morning that she's losing sleep. A responding officer found most of the claims unjustified, though, and said there's not much the LOPD can do about the smell and noise.

9/26/18 9:50 a.m. School officials evacuated River Grove Elementary and called first responders after a "rotten egg" smell wafted into classrooms, prompting fears of a natural gas leak. But as firefighters responded to the scene, they noticed a strong odor coming from a truck that was pumping sewage from a septic tank close to the school and determined that it was, in fact, the source of the nasty smell. A check of classrooms and the school boiler room confirmed that there was no leak.

9/26/18 6:31 p.m. A resident of Majestic Court told police a group of kids were playing in the middle of the cul-de-sac and that he was concerned about their safety. A responding officer determined that the kids were just fine.

9/26/18 9:20 p.m. A "disoriented, intoxicated" man told police that he had fallen down a hill while walking back from a bar in Washington Square. Officers gave him a ride home.

9/27/18 2:20 a.m. A resident of Tualata Lane called police to report that a neighborhood dog had been barking nonstop for over an hour. Turns out the freaked-out pooch had good reason to howl: it had apparently been sprayed by a skunk, and its owner was now airing out the house and giving it a bath.

9/27/18 9:09 a.m. A man in ratty clothes with a mask or hat around his face was spotted walking through the First Addition neighborhood, looking in cars and checking out backyards. He was gone by the time police arrived, however.

9/27/18 1:12 p.m. A former tenant who allegedly left the property in bad condition sent a threatening email to his ex-landlord. No idea what prompted the email now, the landlord said, but he just wanted police to be aware of the incident.

9/27/18 2:28 p.m. A man stopped by the fire department's South Shore station to see if firefighters could help him put a collar back on his dog. They did. And while they were at it, they also cleaned a small cut on the man's hand with saline and applied a small adhesive bandage.

9/28/18 1:44 a.m. A resident of an apartment complex on Carman Drive called to complain about the noise coming from a nearby unit. Sounded like a group of people were singing the Happy Birthday song, she said.

9/28/18 11:45 a.m. A passerby told police he thought it was odd that a man playing on his phone in Millennium Plaza Park was wearing a hoodie with the hood up because, well, it was warm outside. Besides, the caller said, the man was "acting erratic" and kept eyeballing him. When officers arrived, though, they found the man was just sitting in the park, minding his own business, and they let him be.

9/28/18 12:31 p.m. An unhappy homeowner on Glenmorrie Drive told police he believed his neighbor had come onto his property and cut down small trees and branches. He didn't want to press charges, though; just wanted the incident documented.

9/29/18 12:41 a.m. "No Parking" signs from Friday's high school homecoming parade were apparently still in place at Third Street and Evergreen Road hours after the marchers had dispersed, prompting a very upset caller to demand that they be removed immediately because there was no parking available for the farmers market.

9/29/18 11:07 a.m. Parents told police they might have an address for the place where their runaway 17-year-old son was staying and asked for advice about how to keep him there until they could get him to a wilderness camp later in the day.

9/29/18 12:05 p.m. A homeowner asked for extra patrols in her neighborhood after three teens banged on her door and then took off toward Palisades Elementary on bicycles. The hooligans had done the same thing the night before, the caller said.

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