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12/19 - A burglar at Sunbanks Lake Resort made off with several tools from a storage shed. Entry to the shed was gained with a key, suggesting, the report stated, that the party had access to a key. The person only took tools that worked. Batteries from various vehicles were also taken. The thief used a sled to transport the stolen items and the tracks led over the hill toward Sunny Drive in Electric City.

- A man who is banned from a property at Continental Heights told police that he was only returning his sister’s car. He was advised if he did this again he would be arrested.

- A resident on Dill Avenue requested more patrols in the area because he believed there was drug activity in the facility.

- Police responded to a call to Boulder Avenue, where officers found a man who had stabbed himself in the arm with a knife. The man resisted help, but EMTs responded and took him to Coulee Medical Center. While being treated there, he allegedly kicked an officer on the side of the head. After treatment, he was arrested for assaulting a police officer and taken to Grant County jail. Jailers were advised that the man needed to be seen by mental health.

12/20 - Police checked on a burglar alarm at a residence on Loma Lane in Grand Coulee. The officer found that all the doors were secure. The owner was notified and said he would go home and check the house out.

12/21 - An official at the Variety Store told police that a plastic bag with a crystal-like material was found in the store. It was turned over to police.

- Three fishermen were asked to leave the North Dam area after dark.

- Washington State Patrol pursued a vehicle from Omak and asked that a spike strip be placed on the roadway near Highway Tire. The vehicle being pursued used the River Road and bypassed the area. Later, the pursuit was ended and the vehicle in question was located, unmanned at Central Drive in Coulee Dam. The report didn’t state what occurred after that.

12/22 - A Butler Square woman was cited for not having insurance and for following another vehicle too closely after she ran into the back of another car near Federal and Main. Damage to one vehicle was estimated at $1,000, and to the vehicle that struck it, $2,500.

- Two men were cited for attempting to siphon gas from a vehicle parked near NAPA Auto Parts. They were chased away by the owner of the car and later apprehended in Coulee Dam near the Columbia River Inn. One of the men, from Keller, had a number of warrants for his arrest. He was booked. The other man, from Nespelem, was cited.

12/23 - USBR Plant Protection advised police that a man was fishing near the canal gates after dark. The man was advised that the area was closed after dark and left.

- An woman living on Goodfellow Avenue in Electric City was stopped when an officer noticed that a small child was not in a restraint seat. The officer noted that another small child in the back and also not in a restraint seat. The woman was cited for failing to use child restraints, having no insurance and not carrying her registration in the vehicle.

- One woman was cited after failing to yield to another vehicle at Spokane Way and Main Street. She tried to avoid another vehicle but ended up hitting it.

- Police checked on a report of an assault at a Hill Avenue apartment, where an officer was advised by a woman that a man staying with her had been assaulted by a group of men who had entered the apartment. None of the people involved were still around when police arrived.

- A Grand Coulee man was cited for failure to obey an officer’s demand in two instances, rendering criminal assistance to his wife, and being in possession of heroin, after the officer noticed his wife who was wanted on a warrant. The officer saw the wanted woman in the car in Coulee Dam and ordered the man to stop. He got ahead of the officer and the woman jumped out, avoiding contact with police. The officer looked for the woman but couldn’t find her. The report is being sent to the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office. The officer was in Coulee Dam on another call when the incident occurred.

- Police are asking the prosecutor to file criminal trespass charges against an Electric City man who was on the Center Lodge Motel property after having been banned from it.

12/24 - Police arrested a woman in the Pleasant Valley area. She was known to have a Department of Corrections warrant for her arrest. A search of her coat pocket disclosed she had what she acknowledged as “heroin” in her possession, along with a smoking pipe. She will be charged on that issue, and for giving false information to a police officer. She was taken to Grant County jail on the warrant.

- An officer assisted in traffic control when a vehicle that had lost a tire was blocking one lane on the Coulee Dam Bridge. The officer tried to put the tire back on but the lug bolts were stripped. A wrecker came to remove the vehicle.

- A woman on Weil Place reported her vehicle had been stolen. Later the vehicle was impounded in Spokane. There was no information on who had taken the vehicle.

- A Grand Coulee woman advised police that her vehicle was struck by another on the highway near the Visitor Center and that when she confronted the driver, he sped away. Police took a picture of the damage but could not locate the other vehicle.

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