• Sunday, May 13 8:46 p.m. A man at a Union Street apartment building likes to walk around with no clothes on.
• Monday, May 14 8:15 a.m. Sometime overnight, money was stolen from a Plaza restaurant, possibly by a former employee.
9:34 a.m. An H Street business complained of a white car that parks in its lot, the driver coming and going throughout the day. The driver was warned not to park there any more.
12:17 p.m. A woman’s wallet was stolen Friday night from a Plaza bar, and by Monday money had been withdrawn at a bank in Colorado.
4:50 p.m. A woman gave a ride to a man against whom she had a restraining order, with predictable consequences. After he mentioned that he was going to “destroy” her, she dropped him off at a gas station. He then went over to a nearby golden arches to plot her destruction.
4:20 p.m. A downtown ATM user was approached by a young woman who said she was collecting money for a local high school event. Asked where she was from, the girl said “New Jersey.”
7:08 p.m. A mother said she hadn’t been able to contact her son all day, but the address she gave didn’t match the one police had for the guy during prior contacts. He told police that his mom was deceased and that the concerned caller was his girlfriend, and he would call her.
9:09 p.m. A caller said that a man was pushing himself backwards in a wheelchair at the Community Center, but it wasn’t clear that he was doing so with benefit of pants. Police determined that he was wearing shorts.
• Tuesday, May 15 9:25 a.m. A tall, thin man who enjoys his coffee and newspaper on the bench outside City Hall reportedly throws the cup, paper and other trash on the ground every day and leaves. This day, his refuse was blowing all over the place and Public Works was tired of picking up after him. Police found and advised him of the complaint.
11:47 a.m. A man complained that two pit bulls had attempted to steal his groceries in a Valley West breezeway.
12:52 p.m. A gaggle of goodtimer galoots glugged noon-hour brews outside a Valley West burger joint. The guzzlers then decamped and re-coalesced out back of a nearby pit bull-infested breezeway. Police checked their papers, which were in order, and they moved along.
2:38 p.m. Someone gained a debit card using another person’s Social Security card, then went on a spending spree with it – $44 at CVS, $140 at Safeway and $174 at Ray’s.
3:26 p.m. At the pit bull-riddled Valley West shopping center, a woman reported a golden brown terrier trying to bite her in the neck. Only her jacket was injured.
3:49 p.m. A woman said she was told by her son’s friend that his stepfather hit her sister. Say what?
7:02 p.m. A two-opportunivore set of slithy toves conducted recon at 10th and H streets, peering into vehicles for valuables and appraising the security of bicycles in the area.
7:31 p.m. A neighbor dispute escalated to the standing-in-the-driveway-shaking-a-stick threshold, and there was even mention of use of a bat to exact neighborly justice. An officer’s attempt to communicate with the stick-wielding neighbor ended with a slammed door.
8:03 p.m. A man standing facing a fence and talking to himself on D Street said he was doing so because he was upset. Apparently mentally ill, he said he had no plans to leave Arcata.
• Wednesday, May 16 8:11 a.m. A woman reported a decapitated baby doll being placed on her car.
1:06 p.m. Someone complained about Big Al’s property being left on the pedestrian overpass. An officer talked to him.
1:10 p.m. An $1,800 Yamaha Mini-Disc Recording System, serial no. PZ01167, was reported stolen on Boyd Road.
2:04 p.m. A child was brought naked to a scheduled visitation.
4:01 p.m. A caller reported a man in a baseball cap and tank top carrying out the misogyny commonly associated with these disreputable garments by yelling at a woman and making her cry, then taking a swing at her. Police found her unharmed and the argument verbal only, but they warned the man to contain his furies.
4:10 p.m. A neighbor reported a house with a sign on the front door directing visitors to the back door, a route utilized by a “huge amount” of visitors at all hours. The caller suggested that it might be a grow house.
• Thursday, May 17 11:30 a.m. The crying of a possibly unattended baby emanated from a window with tiger curtains and an upside-down For Sale sign. An officer talked to the mom.
1:19 p.m. A dog wearing a harness but without a person holding onto it romped insolently at a Valley West pre-school, nipping at one child. The dog was caught and its owner located and cited.
2:43 p.m. Someone complained of travelers clustering by the Veterans Park. They were waiting for the night shelter bus.
4:16 p.m. A man said that he had driven to Arcata with a female friend. On arrival, he went into a book store and left her in his car. He said she drove it around the block and parked it, which he thought rather strange. Then she started throwing money out the window, with passersby scrambling to fetch it. She then said she was going to report him to the police “for a crime” and fled the vehicle, leaving behind her dog, purse and cell phone. He said he was worried for her mental health.
4:30 p.m. A Chester Avenue resident said she left her dresser out on the front curb and someone took it. The previous week, someone snagged her ladder.
5:52 p.m. A man with a backpack and puppy got all argumentative at a Sunny Brae shop, and had to be warned to be polite.
6 p.m. Two women were reported fighting at a Plaza bar. One wore a “cat in the hat” hat.
• Friday, May 18 7:25 a.m. Spring Street seems to have a multiple pit bull problem.
8:31 a.m. An erratic driver who swerved and lurched his way to the hospital wasn’t drunk. The goofy driving was due to a medical issue.
10:12 a.m. A $2,000 PA system was stolen from a storage locker, but later recovered.
5:09 p.m. A local company received an online contact request from someone who gave the name of “Death,” and a phone number of “666-666-6666.” A second contact request form had the same name and number, but referred to the company’s VP and said he would be “starting a witch hunt,” helpfully adding “I’m 39.” The IP traced back to Colorado, where two former employees live.
• Saturday, May 19 9:15 a.m. A man, a woman and a violin on the pedestrian footbridge. Oh, and a bottle of alcohol. But when police arrived, all were safe and sober.