Arcata Police Log: We May Not Be Able To Use These Three Teeth

Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union

• Monday, January 6 8:12 p.m. A father and ex-husband attended a daughter’s basketball game in violation, said the mother, of a restraining order.

Friday, January 10 6:39 a.m. Someone from Burnt Ranch reported someone calling to say he won a fabulous $500,000 prize, but that first he had to send $2,000 in taxes. The caller was referred to HCSO.

8:42 a.m. “I’m gonna come and rape you,” said a male voice on the phone to a Fifth Street businesswoman. She told the caller she was calling the police, and he didn’t call back.

10:08 a.m. A citizen expressed concern that, given the frequency of disreputable-looking vehicular traffic in the area, a home on Escarda Court might be a meth or heroin dealership.

10:24 a.m. The Burnt Rancher called in again. Turns out he did wire the sweepstakes scammer the two thou. Now the plan was to try to get a bank to void the transaction.

2:37 p.m. A massive Valley West assault-related motel imbroglio resulted in multiple arrests and vehicles towed.

3:03 p.m. An ex-husband grabbed a woman’s hand outside a store and asked her how their son was doing. He’s not supposed to do that, according to the restraining order.

3:51 p.m. Wyatt Lane residents moved away and left their gray cat behind to fend for himself. He was limping around in the front yard and looked pretty thin.

4:31 p.m. One man’s reign of error involved bedeviling peaceable donut shop she-patrons the night before, and now fussing with people at Fifth and G streets while carrying a tree branch.

• Saturday, January 11 12:52 a.m. A musician with a vehicle full of equipment was, by his account, almost run off the road by another vehicle. He followed it to the hospital, where he found that the other driver was a mother rushing her injured daughter to the ER. The musician wanted an officer there for civil standby and insurance exchange info so he could file a claim for his possibly damaged musical gear.

11:18 a.m. A man inspecting a downed, then upped, billboard said a guy from a sign company came by and quipped that he’d shoot anyone who tries to damage the wobbly sign.

2:52 p.m. Is that a grow house on Davis Way? How quaint.

• Sunday, January 12 12:43 a.m. Valley East Boulevard apartment dwellers who’d been compelled to turn down their thundering music compensated for the temporary loss of annoyance by stomping on the floor, slamming doors and yelling.

1:50 a.m. The Valley East obnoxillators swarmed the front area of the downstairs apartment with baseball bats, so the resident pulled out his gun, but, he said, didn’t brandish it. The loudies went back upstairs to be loud some more, while the downstairser put his gun back away.

• Monday, January 13 1:13 p.m. Long past checkout time, guests at a disreputable Valley West motel locked the door from the inside and blocked entry by staff, possibly on the assumption that motel officials would just give up and let them stay there indefinitely. It didn’t work out that way.

• Tuesday, January 14 5:48 p.m. A woman complained that her ex-boyfriend was stalking her by following her on the freeway, in violation of a protective order. She said she was now following him through the city, and was told to stop doing that.

11:10 p.m. A man airing out his junk refused to leave an H Street club, but then did, to everyone’s relief.

• Friday, January 17 9:41 a.m. Ten gallons of paint and possibly some tools disappeared from a Mack Road porch.

10:44 a.m. Three women near the Ball Park were reported rolling “marijuana joints” and then smoking these marijuana joints. They and their marijuana joints were gone when police arrived.

1:12 p.m. A man said to be the employee of a nearby café “went nuts” and threatened to shoot and kill everyone at a Plaza bar, but instead settled for knocking over some bar stools.

• Saturday, January 18 1:48 a.m. A scab-covered man was reported running around in a Uniontown parking lot.

• Sunday, January 19 10:05 a.m. After her iPhone was stolen at a party the previous night, a Coombs Court resident used “Find My iPhone” to trace the device to a suspect’s residence. It was soon returned.

1:32 p.m. After his iPhone was stolen at a party the previous night, an Aloha Way resident used “Find My iPhone” to trace the device to a residence in Eureka.

3:22 p.m. A woman said her leashed dog was bitten by a loose pit bull at the entrance to Trail 1 in Redwood Park.

• Monday, January 20 1:55 a.m. Two women walking northbound on L.K. Wood Boulevard with a toddler in a stroller voiced disparaging evaluations of each other’s mental health and behavior. “You’re attacking me,” said one. “You’re crazy,” replied the other.

• Monday, January 20 2:56 a.m. A man was reported stabbing cigarettes with a knife in front of a perpetual donut shop.

2:56 a.m. A person who had recently begun chemotherapy treatment passed away at home.

5:32 p.m. Taking a drunken dump in the shrubbery is grounds enough for an arrest and banishment from an H Street business.

• Tuesday, January 21 9:30 a.m. A G Street business’ balcony also serves as an al fresco restroom for surreptitious dumpage with a view.

5:47 p.m. A car vs. bicycle vs. mattress vs. nimrod imbroglio briefly befestered a G Street bank’s parking lot. A driver said that he had turned into the lot, his view of which was partially obscured by a mattress, and crunched a bike that was lying there. Suddenly, like a Jack-in-the-Box, this crabby geezer popped up to upbraid him in an “aggressive and threatening” manner about the bruised bike. At this, the driver called police and the bike guy said, “I don’t want to get in trouble,” and rode off on the seemingly functional bike. An officer arrived and checked the car and driver, which survived the contretemps undamaged.

• Wednesday, January 22 7:46 a.m. A Valley West drunk maintained an unsustainable lifestyle by strewing garbage under a tree near a fast-food stand, then yelling, swearing and “freaking out” at passersby. Arrested.

3:08 p.m. A man arrested at a Valley West motel left behind so much pot debris and personal effluvium that the staff asked police for help in disposing of it.

• Thursday, January 23 1:25 a.m. Someone played an incredibly cruel prank on a woman, calling her at this hour and pretending to be her daughter, then stating she had been raped and was at “a hospital in Arcata.” Police called local hospitals and found no sign of the woman. A friend had dined with her and left about 9:30 p.m., and she was OK then. Finally the supposed rape victim called and said she was fine, and that someone was pulling a hoax on her mother.

11:56 a.m. A busted-up woman bleeding from the head came into a California Avenue market reporting that she had just been in a bicycle accident. She was taken to the hospital. Then someone called and said they had found three of her teeth. The hospital said the teeth could be brought in, but that they may not be able to do anything with them.

12:55 a.m. Loungeabouts, their loose dogs and their stenchy cigarettes infested the playground at the Community Center for a time, because they could.

1:06 p.m. Some druggy dingbat keeps helping himself to the coffee at a G Street bank, and won’t take go for an answer. The combative coffee cadger slumped away as police were called.

• Thursday, January 23 4:52 p.m. A huddle of “hobos” was reported clustering at 10th and J streets, openly selling and smoking pot. An officer waded into the weedy warren of wanderers, arresting one on a warrant.

6:10 p.m. A resident at an Alliance Road apartment complex complained that a neighbor had been starving one dog, had acquired another and “has no business in having another animal.” The dogs were checked and were  found in fine fettle.

7:38 p.m. A resident at another Alliance Road apartment complex complained that a neighbor was putting notes on her car telling her that she couldn’t park it in the street.

8:18 p.m. A man went in to a Valley West motel and offered to trade an iPad for two nights’ stay there. When refused, he handed the iPad to someone else in the lobby and left.

• Friday, January 24 11:19 a.m. A high schooler complained that his mother was verbally abusing him, and told him that she’d get a restraining order against everyone who helps him. Counseling has been scheduled.

11:43 a.m. A boy said his brother stated that he was going to shoot their father and “bury him 20 feet in the ground.” The threat was unfounded.

9:25 p.m. Something named “Willow” reportedly ran up and snatched a woman’s glasses off her face on Taven Row, then ran away.

9:30 p.m. A backpack-bedecked man did a $12.82 scarf ’n’ scram at a Plaza restaurant.

• Saturday, January 25 3:17 a.m. A man called from a G Street address complaining about noise there. Asked where exactly he was, he said Stromberg Avenue. Asked how G Street noise could bother him on a street which is 1.6 miles away, he hung up.

6:18 a.m. A man’s insomnia led to talking to himself, then walking around his apartment breaking things. He was ambulanced to the nervous hospital.

10:34 a.m. A bald guy in camo pants with a t-shirt wrapped around his neck shadow-boxed and shouted at himself in the 800 block of D Street. Alcohol affects people in vastly different ways, but the drunk tank brings a common conclusion to such episodes.

• Sunday, January 26 9:14 p.m. Embrazened by alcohol, a woman’s male roommate drunkenly aggressed upon her by “hanging in her doorway.” She recommended the drunk tank as a more suitable hangout for him, but he stopped bothering her and went to bed.

• Monday, January 27 2:05 a.m. A rebellous herd of cows wandered onto southbound U.S. Highway 101 south of State Route 299. A breakaway faction then headed intothe  northbound lane. The CHP came to assist APD, and for the next couple of hours, the officers were busy guiding traffic through the thicket of roaming bovines while re-pasture-izing same.

• Monday, January 27 9:37 a.m. Oscar the Allegedly Frequently Loose Beagle was reported roving freely around Buttermilk Lane and Crescent Way. • Tuesday, January 28 6:48 p.m. An F Street resident reported an upstairs neighbor possibly setting small fires in his apartment. Burning smells emanated from the apartment, and flickering light could be seen in the windows.

8:58 p.m. A person was reported going through “a maniac stage,” in which he thought famous people were talking to him.

11:53 a.m. A traffic sprite, this one of the garment-tossing variety – briefly juked, jinked and jived among passing vehicles on 13th Street.

1:02 p.m. Police received a text message stating, “It will play the good cop bad cop racket on you for life using everyone around you to keep you confused if you let it (unintelligible) 12 and 14.”

7:25 p.m. A vehicle swerved at people on Alliance Road, they said. The occupants yelled and blew smoke on the pedestrians, making it difficult for them to see and breathe.

7:55 p.m. A man at Spear Avenue and RibeiroLane said a dark-colored pickup truck had almost run him off the road. He avoided a collision, but some type of device on the truck then blew smoke at him.

11:04 p.m. After using alcohol and pills, a mentally disturbed man set fires and got gasoline on himself. He was hospitalized and committed.

• Wednesday, January 29 4:38 a.m. A loud commotion

Near Mickey D’s, Carl’s Jr.

Hoodied man running

9:38 a.m. Another traffic whisperer flitted about near Grotzman and Bayside roads, swinging his hands and drinking coffee. He was rescued and taken to the nervous hospital.

• Wednesday, January 29 11:56 a.m. A long-out-of-business South G Street radio station is now just a playground for chainlink fence-cutting, motion sensor-smashing, wall-tagging vandals.

2:19 p.m. A woman walked into a downtown store and said she’d been kicked in the vagina on the Plaza three days previous.

2:28 p.m. A woman in a red skirt and boots smoked, yelled obscenities at passersby and demanded money at 11th and H streets.

4:06 p.m. A wallet was stolen at a Wiyot Way healthcare facility, was taken into a women’s restroom, gutted and left an empty husk.

6:25 p.m. People were seen emerging from that hidey-hole entrance to the roadside foliage along Samoa Boulevard. Some people don’t like to walk past there because of the voices and activity emanating from down amid the dense shrubbery.

10:12–11:04 p.m. Hostilities erupted on the Plaza…

11:47 p.m. …and an injuree showed up at the ER with a broken jaw.

• Thursday, January 30 7:51 a.m. A Valley West resident received a call from “Windows” – embodied in an “Indian-accented” voice – telling her that something was trying to hack her computer, which wasn’t turned on at the time.

10:51 a.m. At Carls Jr., you’ve got outstanding warrants.

12:07 p.m. There was no break-in damage to the Sunset Avenue vehicle robbed of a wallet, driver’s license, registration and credit cards. No need – the driver left it unlocked for the thief’s convenience.

12:52 a.m. The initial report of a Bayside Road burglary involved theft of cigarettes and a laundry basket, but this proved unfounded.

3:48 p.m. A resident of the 100 block of East 13th Street reported regular “bomb explosions” occurring in his neighborhood once a week in different locations. The last one shook his house, scared his dogs and left a huge cloud of smoke.

• Friday, January 31 1:45 p.m. A man who stayed at a Valley West motel claimed to be a veterinarian who had forgotten his wallet at an animal show in Red Bluff. He was supposed to have money wired to him at the motel, but his vehicle registration returned to a different name than he provided.

• Saturday, February 1 1:26 a.m. A man reported his girlfriend loaning her car to a woman, who then loaned it to a man that the girlfriend didn’t want to have the vehicle.

• Wednesday, January 29 11:56 a.m. A long-out-of-business South G Street radio station is now just a playground for chainlink fence-cutting, motion sensor-smashing, wall-tagging vandals.

2:19 p.m. A woman walked into a downtown store and said she’d been kicked in the vagina on the Plaza three days previous.

2:28 p.m. A woman in a red skirt and boots smoked, yelled obscenities at passersby and demanded money at 11th and H streets.

4:06 p.m. A wallet was stolen at a Wiyot Way healthcare facility, was taken into a women’s restroom, gutted and left an empty husk.

6:25 p.m. People were seen emerging from that hidey-hole entrance to the roadside foliage along Samoa Boulevard. Some people don’t like to walk past there because of the voices and activity emanating from down amid the dense shrubbery.

10:12–11:04 p.m. Hostilities erupted on the Plaza…

11:47 p.m. …and an injuree showed up at the ER with a broken jaw.

• Thursday, January 30 7:51 a.m. A Valley West resident received a call from “Windows” – embodied in an “Indian-accented” voice – telling her that something was trying to hack her computer, which wasn’t turned on at the time.

10:51 a.m. At Carls Jr., you’ve got outstanding warrants.

12:07 p.m. There was no break-in damage to the Sunset Avenue vehicle robbed of a wallet, driver’s license, registration and credit cards. No need – the driver left it unlocked for the thief’s convenience.

12:52 a.m. The initial report of a Bayside Road burglary involved theft of cigarettes and a laundry basket, but this proved unfounded.

3:48 p.m. A resident of the 100 block of East 13th Street reported regular “bomb explosions” occurring in his neighborhood once a week in different locations. The last one shook his house, scared his dogs and left a huge cloud of smoke.

• Friday, January 31 1:45 p.m. A man who stayed at a Valley West motel claimed to be a veterinarian who had forgotten his wallet at an animal show in Red Bluff. He was supposed to have money wired to him at the motel, but his vehicle registration returned to a different name than he provided.

• Saturday, February 1 1:26 a.m. A man reported his girlfriend loaning her car to a woman, who then loaned it to a man that the girlfriend didn’t want to have the vehicle.

11:48 a.m. A woman in a long wool overcoat with a car on Spear Avenue seemed out of place to a caller, who said “the vehicle is too fancy a car for the female to be driving.” She was seen rummaging through the fancymobile, then walked away.

6:02 p.m. Someone left tire tracks in a Patrick Court front yard, and tipped over several planter boxes the previous night.

• Sunday, February 2 1:46 a.m. The car that now fell into the wrong hands was now at risk of being “torched,” according to texts from the guy who has it.

11:42 a.m. When McKinnon Court residents moved out, a neighbor watched as they kissed a calico cat, put its food dish by the garbage can, then left in a white, four-door sedan.

• Monday, February 3 12:04 a.m. A previously reported shoplifting was logged, this one involving two pairs of jeans and a sweatshirt stolen from a Plaza shop. The she-thief hopped in a black pickup truck and zoomed away.

12:19 a.m. Downing a bottle of schnapps only seemed to anger a man on 10th Street, and make him louder.

10:47 a.m. A Golf Course Road business received an undelivered package marked “return to sender.” But the biz hadn’t mailed the package, which was stuffed with processed cannabis.

11:20 a.m. Would-be tenants signed a rental agreement with the owner of a 14th Street residence, and turned over a check for $3,675, which was cashed. But county records showed that the home’s actual owner was someone else entirely.

• Tuesday, February 4 6:46 p.m. A man reported leaving an array of handguns at an unknown residence, these including a .38 “Russian,” a .38 black powder revolver and two Colt replicas. Instead of returning the guns, the person who had them was threatening to rape the man and his girlfriend.

• Friday, February 7 4:30 p.m. A man selling a book for $150 on that skeeze-wracked List of Craig’s received a check for $1,745. He was suposed to cash it and send the balance of $1,590 to a Pennsylvania address, then find out afterward that the check was bogus and be stuck for the entire amount, a returned check fee and a lost book. He chose not to take advantage of this procedure.

7:10 p.m. A less-than-model citizen who had been caught stealing items from a Valley West store was reported walking back and forth out front of the shop calling the staff profane things and making throat-cutting gestures. He was arrested for trespass.

5:21 p.m. A Valley West woman reported the theft by her father’s friend of a diamond ring and bottle of Victoria’s Secret Tear Seduction Perfume.

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  • Red_Geologist

    You need to change this column more often, it starts stink after the first week!

  • April Rose King

    We need more police logs, Captain!

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