A look back at 2011 month-by-month through the best reports from the West Linn Police Department

Information for the public safety column comes from the public records of the West Linn Police Department.

Authorities filed reports on the following incidents in 2011.


1/7, 5:18 p.m.; A woman on Bellevue Way was suspicious that a man claiming to work for Comcast was just trying to determine if her husband was home. Turns out the man really was from Comcast.

1/16, 1:53 a.m.; An alarmed homeowner on Riverknoll Way arrived home to find the back door open and graffiti on the window. Officers determined that the wind blew the door open, and the graffiti was nothing more than paint on the plastic covering the windows during the home's remodel.

1/17, 9:55 a.m.; Officers were alerted to the fact that two 5-year-olds were standing on the corner of 10th Street at Eighth Court.

1/24, 5:34 p.m.; A woman reported that a gold SUV stopped to pick up a young child, or a small adult, on I-205 at 10th Street.

1/25, 7:32 p.m.; A man at Market of Choice was swinging around a stick and seemed really out if it.

1/25, 8:14 p.m.; A very long-legged brown goat was sighted entering a yard on Horton Road.

1/30, 5:10 p.m.; In a fight over skating etiquette, two males threw two other skaters' skateboards over the fence.


2/2, 7:32 p.m.; A woman reported that her ex-husband was trying take the door off her car in the 3400 block of Vista Ridge Drive.

2/3, 8:53 a.m.; A teen driver in a silver four-door vehicle continuously drives around the corner of Horton Court and Horton Road without stopping.

2/3, 4:45 p.m.; An unfamiliar person was reported walking around a house in the 1900 block of Hillhouse Drive. Turns out it was the homeowner's brother.

2/4, 4:14 p.m.; Two teens who 'appeared to be up to no good' were parked at the end of Ireland Lane in a black Infiniti.

2/5, 1:38 p.m.; A woman was going door to door not selling anything but just 'practicing her people skills.' Since she had no permit to do this, she was asked to stop.

2/5, 9:58 p.m.; A man reported a suspicious light brown car with the motor running in the 19000 block of Hidden Springs Road. Officers determined the owner was working on the truck, so the motor was running.

2/6, 8:43 a.m.; An anonymous caller alerted police that 'Steven' would be coming to the location to watch the Super Bowl in a white Dodge XTra. 'Steven will be drunk because he is always drunk,' the caller said.

2/6, 1:45 p.m.; A man reported an unknown person was in his house on Saddle Court. Turns out it was his 31-year-old grandson.

2/7, 6:38 p.m.; A short man carrying a clipboard who seemed 'sketchy' knocked on the door of a residence in the 18000 block of Upper Midhill Drive.

2/14, 5:18 p.m.; A 25-year-old woman reported that she was the 'holy messenger' but was unable to go out and notify people because her possessed father confiscated her cellphone.

2/14, 6:05 p.m.; A man who has video surveillance on his house on Charman Street reported a man came to his door wearing gloves, looked around, waved at the camera and left.

2/17, 8:02 a.m.; A perceived break-in to a residence on Holly Street turned out to be a person passing out fliers.

2/19, 10:58 a.m.; A man complained that his neighbor had been running his vehicle for 15 to 20 minutes on Wisteria Court. The noise from the car was making his dog bark.

2/25, 6:26 p.m.; An anonymous caller reported people in a white car on Brandon Place 'smoking something more powerful than pot.' Officers determined they were smoking cigars.


3/1, 9:41 p.m.; A man reported that the father of his fiancée was harassing him and his fiancée through text messages, notes and personal visits.

3/10, 6:49 p.m.; A 14- or 15-year-old male with long brown hair was running down the sidewalk at I-205 and Willamette Drive with his pants down. He was with two juvenile women who had their pants on.

3/11, 10:30 p.m.; Six juveniles at Coeur D'Alene and Vista drives were carrying seven dozen eggs. When asked, they said they were going to make pancakes.

3/14, 9:08 p.m.; A suspicious man was reportedly on foot in the 5400 block of West A Street. Officers checked him out, and he is the janitor at West Linn High School.

3/18 12:54 a.m.; A possible Dumpster fire was reported at Rose's Restaurant and Bakery. Turns out it was the steamcleaners cleaning the Dumpsters.

3/18, 11:46 a.m.; A young man reported a dispute with his 16-year-old brother. To settle things, the boys' mother was contacted at work.


4/2, 3:55 a.m.; A suspicious light was flashing on a stairway on Broadway at McKillican Street. It turned out to be a toy.

4/3, 7:42 p.m.; A 9-year-old girl was shot by a 13-year-old with a BB gun. All parents were contacted. The gun was destroyed by the 13-year-old's father.

4/3, 10:19 a.m.; A dump truck dumped part of a load on a man's car on I-205 at Highway 43.

4/7, 7:32 p.m.; A 40-something-year-old unshaven man in a green car was driving slowly and erratically on Clark at Long street. When he pulled over and approached the reporter's car, it was apparent he was wearing a gray nightgown.

4/10, 2:13 p.m.; An 8-year-old who lives on 19th Street claims she was kidnapped when she was 3 and that her real parents live in Texas. Officers determined this was unfounded.

4/12, 1:48 p.m.; A woman at the Willamette Terrace Apartments reported her roommate put bleach on the carpet in her room and on everything inside her dresser.

4/12, 6:24 p.m.; An anonymous caller believed a prostitute went into the home of single man who never has any visitors. The female was wearing a black dress, lacy stockings, high-heeled shoes and carried a massage table and a 'bag of stuff.'

4/17, 2:53 p.m.; Officers were asked to assist a man in getting his marijuana growing equipment back from someone unwilling to return it.

4/18, 10:02 p.m.; A mother reported that her 7-year-old son was hitting her with a baseball bat. She took it away from him, but he took it back. Her husband and daughter were also at the scene.

4/19, 5:16 p.m.; A neighbor on Horton Road was trapping squirrels. The caller would like the trapper to let them go.

4/21, 2:54 p.m.; A 19-year-old threatened his brother with a sword when he told him he'd eaten his French fries. The sword bearer was lodged at Clackamas County Jail for menacing.

4/22, 10:43 p.m.; Ten teenagers were being very loud on a local playground as they hunted zombies with Nerf guns, a game they were playing under parental supervision.

4/29, 1:28 p.m.; A citizen turned in M80s found by a fishing dock. Evidently someone wasn't going to let the big fish get away.


5/7, 9:15 p.m.; Police helped extinguish a chicken coop fire before the eggs were too scrambled.

5/10, 2:44 p.m.; A report of a drunk driver in the Barrington Drive and Salamo Road area turned out to be a driver whose contact lens had popped out while he was driving.

5/25, 2:23 p.m.; A man returned to his Aztec Court home to find his dogs locked in a bathroom and alcohol, narcotics and gold missing.

5/26, 11:45 a.m.; Holes were drilled in the front tires of a motor home parked on Long Street, which made some sense, considering the vehicle's owner heard a strange hissing sound at about 11 p.m. the previous night.

5/30, 4:28 a.m.; People swimming in the nude were making too much noise on Maple Street. Police spoke with the swimmers, who agreed to take their activities inside.


6/9, 8:00 a.m.; A peacock making a colorful runway performance was seen strutting down Willamette Falls Drive.

6/12, 8:15 p.m.; A woman reported the theft of a Buddha statue from her garden, a sign someone is in for some bad karma.

6/14, 6:32 p.m.; The missing Buddha garden statue miraculously reappeared.

6/10, 10:36 a.m.; A citizen was upset there was nothing they could do to stop neighbors from spraying unfortunate raccoons with a water hose to keep the creatures off their deck.

6/24, 7:14 p.m.; Police were called to a domestic disturbance where the husband had run over the family's cat. The wife was upset, but the husband was taking the cat to the vet.

6/27, 7:35 p.m.; A man complained about a loud chicken on York Street.

6/27, 2:02 p.m.; A man reported seeing another man urinating behind the caller's house.


7/4, 9:52 p.m.; Five juveniles were seen walking toward the high school with their pants down.

7/11, 3:28 p.m.; A rebellious roller skater was seen gliding northbound on the vehicles-only Interstate 205 bridge.

7/12, 1:52 p.m.; Emmanuel Presbyterian Church reported that someone had taken liberties with a sign out front, spray-painting an 'f' onto the word 'art.'

7/16, 4:00 p.m.; A caller requested that the loudspeaker at the West Linn Old Time Fair be turned down.

7/26, 8:25 p.m.; What was thought to be a suspicious vehicle casing the neighborhood turned out to be a student driver learning to drive a stick shift.

7/26, 11:21 p.m.; The party missing chairs on Rogue Way reported that syrup and vinegar had been poured on their car. Officers suspected the culprits were also responsible for moving road cones and smearing cat food on cars.

7/27, 12:37 and 12:55 a.m.; Officers noted vehicles on Derby Street and Suncrest Drive had been smeared with cat food and sardines.

7/27, 6:58 a.m.; Cats are surely going hungry, as a Suburan on Derby Street was also smeared with cat food sometime overnight.


8/10, 10:17 a.m.; A resident on Holly Street felt a new neighbor's 'Children Playing' signs created a hazard in the roadway, and that children were defacing the neighborhood with sidewalk chalk.

8/18, 6:45 a.m.; A 5- and a 7-year-old called police saying they were home alone and scared. Their mom was found sleeping upstairs.

8/18, 7:53 p.m.; Ducklings in distress were reported at Willamette Park. The responding officer found no troubled ducks.

8/27, 9:10 a.m.; A caller said a male subject had come out of the bushes with a stick and run at the car at Mary S. Young Park. The stick bearer said the driver was doing cookies in the gravel lot. Officers advised the man not to approach strangers with sticks.


9/4, 12:40 p.m.; An injured squirrel was reported at Sunset Primary School. It was dispatched via shovel.

9/11, 12:32 a.m.; Plastic wrap was reported at Cedaroak Primary and across the road, but police couldn't find it.

9/16, 6:02 p.m.; A 14-year-old was hitting her parents with a hanger.

9/30, 9:30 a.m.; A house's windows were shaking from all the noise at Bolton Primary School's jog-a-thon.


10/6, 4:34 p.m.; An 8-year-old and an 11-year-old were out of control. The kids calmed down and went to their rooms.

10/6, 8:29 p.m.; A man and woman were shining lights into car windows in the 22000 block of West Bluff Drive. It turns out they were looking for their cat.

10/12, 2:31 p.m.; A woman removed a 'Yes on 3' ballot measure sign from a yard on the 2500 block of Pimlico Drive and stomped on it because 'she just didn't like the sign.'

10/13, 4:40 p.m.; A suspicious woman was taking pictures of a house in the 3000 block of Dilon Lane. She was researching red houses to choose a color for her home.

10/9, 7:43 p.m.; Police helped with a deer in a pool in the 18900 block of Walling Circle.

10/31, 8:45 p.m.; A knife-wielding Mickey Mouse scared some kids near Beacon Hill Drive and Riverknoll Way.


11/1, 11:01 p.m.; A homeowner heard her garage door open in the 19700 block of Suncrest Drive. It was set off by the remote in her purse.

11/2, 6:05 p.m.; An unfamiliar man walked his dog in the 2000 block of Sunray Circle two days in a row.

11/12, 10:48 a.m.; Someone smeared poop on a slide at Tanner Creek Park. Police roped it off with caution tape.

11/12, 3:42 p.m.; Two kids started throwing cookies when they were asked to leave Willamette Primary.

11/21, 12:42 p.m.; A short driver was having a hard time with the pedals and was driving sporadically on northbound I-205 near the Tualatin River.

11/22, 3:45 p.m.; A 13-year-old was driving his dad's SUV up and down the 2100 block of Nolan Lane.

11/23, 10:19 p.m.; A 14-year-old was hysterical and refused to obey.

11/23, 1:08 p.m.; Two suspicious Bible-carrying men approached a home in the 2100 block of Peregrine Court.

11/18, 2:41 p.m.; A raccoon was acting strangely and fled when approached at Marylhurst and Valley View drives.

11/22, 9:06 a.m.; A sick raccoon was on a back patio in the 2600 block of Hill Drive.

11/24, 9:22 p.m.; A huge buck was standing near 22800 block of Willamette Drive. It 'may be sick.'


12/3, 7:07 p.m.; A Scrooge stole Christmas lights from the 1700 block of Marylhurst Drive.

12/3, 4:54 a.m.; A woman was heard crying. It turns out it was a drunken man in pain from a recent surgery.

12/3, 9:12 p.m.; A large man ordering a Happy Meal from McDonald's was found suspicious.

12/9, 9:13 a.m.; A woman's sister took her computer to get fixed but never returned it, and now the sister is impersonating her on Facebook.

12/15, 10:40 a.m.; A new employee at Island Tanning 'freaked out' when she was told she was early and commenced to throw lotion bottles.

12/19, 11:26 a.m.; A man and a 4-year-old girl who were 'hunkered down' raised suspicions at Mary S. Young Park. It turns out was a dad with his daughter who wanted to go 'camping' with her dolls.

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