May 25, 8:41 a.m.: City employees discovered that someone had carved swastikas and the words “White Power” into a picnic table at a municipal park on Blaine Avenue. A crew was dispatched to sand out the offensive vandalism. The case is under investigation.
May 25, 9:27 a.m.: A person reported that when he went to work the night before his property was clean and empty, but when he got home there were two bikes in his yard. He had no idea who they belonged to, so an officer placed them into found property in hopes the owner would turn up.
May 26, 3:53 a.m.: Officer was dispatched to a 911 call about a customer dispute at a business. On arrival the police learned from an employee that he had asked a customer who was standing around but not buying anything to step outside during cleaning if the customer was not making a purchase. The customer became upset, yelled, and stormed out of the gas station. An officer contacted the still irate man a few blocks away. Ultimately he and the business both decided it would be a good idea for him to not return.
May 26, 11:53 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to 911 hang up at a residence. The person at home claimed she did not call 911, but that her neighbors had tapped into her phone line and have been calling 911 to harass her. She explained that she has unplugged her phone for that very reason. This sounded like a good idea to the officers.
May 27, 12:30 p.m.: Police responded to the area of Peace Portal and Bell Roads for a report of a peacock strutting its stuff in the roadway. Officers arrived to find that the bird had already flown off in search of a larger audience. Animal Control was notified in case an owner was out searching for the bird.
May 27, 8:15 p.m.: A resident called to complain of loud and disruptive behavior on F Street. Police arrived to find several children having a great time in a neighborhood playground. An officer contacted the reporting party, who voiced an opinion that kids shouldn’t be “running wild.” The officer asked the person to better describe “running wild,” to aid in determining if a criminal act had occurred. The complainant responded by swearing at the officer and slamming her door shut, much to the consternation of her fuzzy little dog, which was left stranded on the porch beside the bemused policeman. The resident threw open the door, retrieved Fuzzy, swore at the policeman some more and slammed the door shut again, this time locking it behind her. The officer left Fuzzy to her fate, the kids to their play, and returned to patrol.
May 28, 12:30 p.m.: While on follow up for another call, officers were approached by a resident who reported a home burglary. A week prior the family had gone out for a couple of hours one evening, and came back to find their yard gate open and the dog running free. There was no forced entry to the home but someone had gotten inside. The criminal made a bit of a mess, stole three cans of beer, then added insult to felony by leaving the refrigerator door standing open. No suspects or witnesses have been identified. Officer were advised for extra patrols.
May 29, 12:07 a.m.: An officer spotted a young teenager riding his bicycle through a commercial area and stopped to chat with the youth. The boy explained he’d stayed too late at a friend’s in Blaine and now intended to peddle home through the darkness to Birch Bay. Police called mom, and she felt that her son would be safer spending the night in town with a relative. The officers concurred, and gave the teen and his bike a ride to his grandmother’s house.
May 29, 9:50 a.m.: A church representative came to the police to report damage to a large decoration on one of their outside walls. The vandalism likely occurred Friday night, when someone used a knife to cut an “X” across a large emblem promoting diversity. An officer estimated the damage to be about $250. Police are investigating.
May 29, 10:22 p.m.: A apparently well intentioned good Samaritan left a beer-soaked purse at the back entrance to the police station. The purse contained ID and personal care items. Officers are hoping to find the owner in better condition than her soggy satchel.