Reality Check


Whenever I start stressing out over the big city crime wave sweeping into my neighborhood – gang shootouts in front of the local Irish pub, bodies buried in the blackberry brambles up the street, homeless junkies accosting library patrons – I search out the Westport Police Blotter. Does the trick every time. Here’s an example from last week:

Monday, October 20, 2014

5:31 a.m. – 1800 Block S. Montesano. Citation: Correction Notice Defective License Plate Light.

12:54 p.m. – 1000 Block S. Montesano. Citation: Speeding – 49/35-mph zone. Fine: $154.

6:05 p.m. – 900 Block S. Montesano – Cranberry Motel. Suspicious Vehicle. Motel management advised male subject he could no longer be at location as he does not rent a room or trailer space. Subject complied and left area.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10:51 a.m. – 2500 Block N. Harms. Suspicious Activity. Report of white male moving something on beach trail. Subject gone on arrival. Officer found four pieces of cut driftwood.

12:16 p.m. – Forrest & Sprague. Citation: Failure to Stop at Stop Sign. Fine: $124.

2:35 p.m. – 2400 Block N. Nyhus. Theft. Officer returned phone call concerning theft of camping gear.

5:00 p.m. – 600 Block N. Montesano. Verbal Warning: given for Talking on Cell Phone while Driving.

8:39 p.m. – Uptown Business Alarm. Employees on scene. Unsecured window blown open by wind. No signs of criminal activity.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

7:36 a.m. – 200 Block Surf. 911 Open Line. Determined to be from school bus heading toward Ocosta School. Student reported she wanted officer to “take her teacher away.” After speaking with principal, student and teacher, complaint determined to be non-criminal and unfounded.

6:42 p.m. – 300 S. Forrest. Verbal Warning: Inoperative Tail Lamps.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

9:33 a.m. – 2400 Block N. Nyhus – Totem RV Park. Theft. Male subject reported belongings taken but unsure what was missing, stating he “had a stroke last night.” Refused aid and appeared fine. Stated woman who lived in trailer park knew where his things were. Park manager said no woman lived in trailer male subject pointed to. Officer advised male to seek medical attention and provided him with statement form to complete.

12:54 p.m. – 400 Block S. Hoquiam. Suspicious Person. Reporting party stated two teens were walking southbound, possibly “casing” houses. Officer checked area with negative results.

6:08 p.m. – Surf & Hancock. Public Assist. Male subject found uncapped needle while walking near beach entrance. Needle placed in Sharps container. No more needles located.

7:37 p.m. – 1100 Block N. Montesano. Verbal Warning: Defective Tail Lamp.

10:47 p.m. – 1400 Block S. Agency Assist for APD/Welfare Check. Female requested welfare check on her boyfriend. Every time male is contacted he states female is ex and he does not want contact. Officer will request clerk check how many times this year officers have been called for welfare check and contact City Attorney for possible charges on female.

Friday, October 24, 2014

10:17 a.m. – 1200 Block W. Sherman. Vehicle Prowl. Reporting party advised two vehicles parked in front of her house were prowled and change taken from them.

10:17 a.m. – 200 Block W. Hunley. Agency Assist for CPS. Officer arrived with CPS representative and attempted contact, but it appeared no one was home.

4:43 p.m. – 500 Block S. Gold. Reporting party called Public Works regarding mattress left in street. Public Work advised reporting party to call APD. Officer contacted Street Department.

5:55 p.m. – 800 Block S. Forrest. Trespass. Reporting party stated male covered in mud went onto property marked “No Trespassing.” Officer located male. and Citation: 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass.

11:16 p.m. – 1600 Block N. Montesano – Hungry Whale. Public Assist. Officer assisted employee locked out of business by wind.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

10:41 a.m. – Woods south of Brumfield Construction. Firearm Discharge. Officer heard several loud gunshot-like noises coming from area, located soup can with holes, checked area and spoke with male subject who said he used the can as BB gun target. Officer located white plastic BB near can. Unknown if can is related to shots that were heard. No complaints of gunfire reported.

5:57 p.m. – 100 Block N. Forrest. Suspicious Vehicle. Report of vehicle stopped in area for 15 minutes. Vehicle located. Subjects had stopped to eat their chicken. No criminal activity.

9:37 p.m. – 900 Block N. Montesano. Verbal Warning: Inoperative License Plate Light.

11:12 p.m. – 800 Block S. Montesano. Agency Assist for GHPUD. Officer located downed wire that led directly to meter box on side of residence. Officer taped off area and had Dispatch advise PUD.

Sunday, October 26, 2014.

1:54 a.m. – S. Forrest & W. Lila. Agency Assist for SBEMS. Female subject stated she had taken psilocybin mushrooms and was dying. SBEMS responded and transported to GHCH. Officer followed ambulance due to subject being mildly combative.

9:07 a.m. – 1400 Block S. Montesano. Suspicious Person. Reporting parting (sic) stated he observed white male, 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing dark gray hoodie looking in mailbox. Officer checked area with negative results.

8:59 p.m. – 900 Block S. Surf. Suspicious Activity: Persons. Unknown subject(s) in area with flashlights. Officer checked area with negative results.

10:54 p.m. – Suspicious Activity: Vehicle. Running vehicle pulled off to side of roadway. Officer made contact with occupants. No criminal activity evident. Passenger lives in area.

I feel so much better. And once again long for my fictional cabin on the coast where the worst the police have to fret over is some guy pulled to the side of the road eating a bucket of chicken, or some fella walking down Surf Street with a flashlight, or a rusty pickup truck with in inoperable license plate light. Oh utopia!

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