King City's Chuck Fessler introduces new police officer and announces drug take-back day

I hope everyone's summer has gone well.

The King City Police Department has experienced a 20 percent increase of calls for service over the past two months. We attribute the increase to the summer weather with more people out and about, which is normal for this time of year.

More scams

Scams never seem to end. The following scam has been occurring across the country: Men posing as representatives from a local utility (PGE, for example) call unsuspecting people and inform them that they are behind on their bill and demand immediate payment or the service will be discontinued.

Nationally, thousands of dollars have been lost to this scam. If you receive this sort of call from a person pretending to represent a utility and demanding money, hang up and call the respective utility. If the person is pretending to be with PGE, call 503-228-6322. In any case, do not send/give money or provide credit card information.

Disposing of clean-up materials

Usually fall is that time of year we start to put things away for the winter. During the process, we often get rid of items that we don't want or need anymore. Following is information on where to dispose of some common items.

Clean-up often involves the disposing of many items such as paints, garden sprays, etc.

People may want to contact Metro at 503 234-3000 for disposal information if you have items like these: paints and stains; batteries; pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and poisons; art and hobby chemicals; motor oil and anti-freeze; aerosol spray products; thinners and solvents; medical syringes and blades; cleaners and disinfectants; and fluorescent bulbs, tubes and ballasts.

You may drop such material at one of two locations: One is Metro Central Station, 6161 N.W. 61st Ave., Portland, which is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the other is Metro South Station, 2001 Washington St., Oregon City, which is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Always be careful when handling anything that is deemed hazardous.

Disposing of old drugs

Once again, the King City Police Department is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Drugs Day.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., your old or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can be dropped off at the King City City Hall, 15300 S.W. 116th Ave.

The only items not taken are syringes, injectables, chemotherapy medications or medical waste.

If you have questions, feel free to call me at 503-620-8851.

New police officer

Starting Aug. 21, there was a new officer patrolling the streets of King City.

The new officer is really not new but is a returnee after a period with the Sherwood Police Department. The officer is Greg Hirsch, so when you see him, say hello and welcome him back.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

Many physicians say that to keep healthy, a person should get six to eight hours of sleep per night. It appears that some criminals either disagree or just ignore the advice. In this case a thief failing to heed the advice decided to carry out his activity with little sleep.

The thief broke into a vehicle with the intent to steal the vehicle's stereo. The crime was reported to the police by a passing citizen, and the responding police officer found the thief fast asleep in the vehicle with his hands still clutching the stereo.

Even more strange, the arresting officer had to read our "sleepy" thief his rights three times as he continued to fall asleep during the first two. Our thief must either get a new mattress or stay away from using drugs!

Until next time, be neighborly, be safe and be good.

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