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Grand Coulee Police

10/12 - A woman on Weil Place told police that some kind of oil was poured on her doorstep. She said that there were foot prints leading from next door to her door. Police took note of the type of shoe imprinted in the oil. The woman said she saw a known party in the vicinity and police looked for the man and when they found him he had on shoes similar to those imprinted in the oil. Police took the shoes as evidence and sent the report to the county prosecutor’s office.

10/14 - Police had a conversation with six children, 7 and 8 years old, who were playing in a homemade fort and rolling rocks down close to the highway across from Pole Park. The children were attending a birthday party at the time. Police notified parents of the incident.

10/15 - USBR Plant Protection asked police to check on what they called a suspicious person on “Bunny Hill” who was looking at the Grand Coulee Dam project through binoculars. Two officers responded with their own field glasses, looking for the person but couldn’t find anyone.

- A motorist stopped an officer to tell him that they had just hit a deer about a mile outside the city limits. The officer went to the site and found a deer, still alive, dragging his hind legs. The officer put the deer out of its misery and then smashed its antlers so no one would violate the remains.

- Plant Protection asked police to come to Guard Post 5 because one of the Bureau of Reclamation security guards had closed a gate on his vehicle. The police report said that the security guard’s vehicle suffered about $750 in damages. There was no damage to the gate.

- An officer had a radar reading of a motorist going 67 mph in a 35 mph zone and stopped the driver in the 5800 block in Electric City. The Electric City resident was cited for going 32 mph over the speed limit, operating a vehicle without insurance and not having his driver’s license on him. The citation penalties came to $1,023.

10/16 - A woman called police when one of her sons allegedly bit her on the arm while she was separating them during an argument over a video game. Police talked to the youth and explained that if he were an adult, he would be arrested and taken to jail.

- Police got an 11-year-old’s shoes back for him. The boy had loaned his shoes to a friend, who then loaned them to another friend. The owner of the shoes was afraid that the third party might keep the shoes. Police found the youth with the shoes who readily returned them.

10/17 - A motorist pulling a trailer was stopped when the officer noticed the trailer didn’t have any lights on it. When told why he was stopped, the driver said he forgot to plug in the lights. The driver went back to the trailer and discovered there were no lights on the trailer. He was cited for a defective tail light, no turn signals and failing to carry his registration.

- An Electric City man reported that a stray dog got into his chicken pen, forcing two chickens to escape and mortally wounding a third. He asked what the police could do. The officer planned to patrol the area to see if he could locate a loose dog.

- The manager of La Presa Restaurant told police that a person who had eaten there became abusive and used profanity when he received his bill. The man told police that he had received phone calls from the man and wanted them stopped. Police tried to call the man but couldn’t reach him.

- It was reported that someone on Boulder Avenue was feeding wild turkeys and had maybe one trapped. Police went to the location and found several turkeys in the yard and three dog dishes there, all empty. A look around the property didn’t produce any captive turkeys and an alert was given to the Fish & Wildlife Department.

10/18 - An Electric City man was in dispute with two people whom he had given permission to clean up around his property and with one to whom he had agreed to sell a junk vehicle. The potential purchaser reportedly then took the windshield off of it and installed it in his own rig. The dispute was over returning the windshield or paying for the vehicle. The party said he was waiting for the title of the vehicle before he paid for it. Police advised the two to come to some agreement.

- A person notified police that a deer had been struck and injured on SR-174 and “D” Street. When police arrived the deer was dead and the state Department of Transportation was notified.

- An Electric City man told police that a person was trespassing on his property by parking on 2nd Street and putting “junk” on his property. He told police that he owns 2nd Street.

- A woman on Burdin Boulevard told police that someone had stolen her two dogs. She later told police that they got loose and she found them.

- USBR Plant Protection asked police to search for a man about 30 years old who was seen on the Brett Pit Access Road. Police looked for the man but couldn’t find him.

- A Curlew driver is in a heap of trouble after police stopped him on Midway after noticing his vehicle license was expired. They reported that he had a suspended license, was operating a vehicle without a required interlock, had a trip permit violation where a date had been changed, was driving under the influence, had an expired registration, and was operating a vehicle without insurance. Police also said they found inside the car an opened container of beer and a needle and materials used in taking methamphetamines. The car was impounded and the resulting report was sent to the prosecutor’s office.

10/20 - A man who lives on the Elmer City Access Road told police that someone stole two bicycles from his backyard while he was at work. He said the bikes were rare and their combined value was $3,000.

- A woman on Burdin Boulevard called police to report that a woman was blowing her leaves out onto the city street. An officer said he would check to see if that was illegal.

- Residents of a Hill Avenue apartment told police that someone had broken the windows in their truck and taken two hunting knives, some CDs and a cell phone.

- USBR Plant Protection reported that a pickup pulling a trailer appeared to be setting up for the night in the upper Visitor Center parking lot. An officer went to the area and was advised by the occupants that they were just fixing dinner and would be on their way in about 15 minutes. Plant Protection agreed to the delay.

10/21 - Plant Protection advised police of a man taking pictures of the dam and Guard Post 1. Police talked to the man and he said he was a contractor on the new school project and just taking pictures of the dam. He showed the pictures to the officer and one was of the top of the dam and Guard Post 1. He deleted that picture and said he didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to take pictures.

- An Electric City man found a wallet in the Safeway parking lot and turned it in to police. The wallet had over $400 in cash in it. Police returned the wallet to its owner.

- A woman from Electric City shopping at Safeway told police that someone had opened the lid of an ice chest she had in her vehicle while she was shopping. She stated that nothing was missing.

Coulee Dam Police

10/15 - An officer noticed that a car driving past him had a side window completely covered by mud. As he followed the car he could see that the windshield was shattered so he stopped the vehicle. The officer learned that the driver was in violation of his learner’s permit and didn’t have insurance. He was cited for this and warned on the windshield problem. A licensed driver was sought to take charge of the vehicle.

- A driver who didn’t have a side mirror on his vehicle was stopped and given a warning to get it fixed.

10/16 - A driver was stopped when the officer noticed that her tail light was broken and it was emitting a clear light. He wrote her citations for a suspended license and no insurance. A licensed driver was sought to take charge of the vehicle.

10/18 - A woman on River Drive told police that a neighbor’s two dogs barked most of the night and she wasn’t able to sleep. She said the neighbor said if he put them in the garage they would continue to bark. The officer said he would send the owner of the dogs a letter telling him he was in violation of the city code and if he didn’t quiet the dogs down he would be cited.

10/20 - The same woman on River Drive complained again to police about barking dogs, and held the phone out so the officer could hear them bark. The officer went to the residence where the dogs were located and advised the owners of the problem. One of the owners said the dogs were barking because of racoons and that he would take care of the problem.

 

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