Information from the public safety column comes from the records of the Lake Oswego Police Department. Police recently filed reports on the following incidents:

1/2/08 3 a.m. Two cars collided on Bryant Road. Damage to the cars was about $1,500 and one of the drivers was cited for careless driving.

1/2/08 8:24 p.m. At Highway 43 and Laurel Street there was a large tree down that caused a minor vehicle accident.

1/3/08 2:45 a.m. A vehicle ran into a fence on South Shore Boulevard and took off.

1/3/08 12:34 p.m. Two cars were involved in a collision on Kruse Way. One driver was cited for failure to avoid a stopped vehicle.

1/4/08 4:27 p.m. There was a two-car collision on First Street. One of the drivers was cited for making a dangerous left turn.

1/8/08 7:19 a.m. A man said he had been hit earlier in the day at a crosswalk on Kruse Way.

1/3/08 10:04 a.m. At the Shell station on A Avenue, a person in a green Taurus paid for gas with two gift cards, but didn't have enough money to cover the remaining $14.77. The person then left without paying. Police went to the person's apartment but could not locate the alleged gas thief.

1/3/08 2:43 p.m. A 22-caliber rifle, a Crossman air gun, a piece of art and $70 were stolen from a home on Morningview Circle.

1/4/08 6:40 p.m. At the Glass Butterfly on A Avenue, a young man was believed to be stealing boy's clothing. He had strawberry blonde hair and jeans and left on foot. The caller found that nothing was taken.

1/6/08 12:08 a.m. At the Plaid Pantry on Pilkington Road, some juveniles took an energy drink.

1/1/08 9:23 p.m. Kevin Harris, 37, was arrested on suspicion of DUII and reckless driving on Galen Street.

1/3/08 8:16 p.m. Grayson T. Motsch, 20, was arrested on suspicion of DUII on A Avenue. He was also arrested on suspicion of failure to perform the duties of a driver.

1/3/08 10:42 p.m. Cheryl Cook, 61, was arrested on suspicion of DUII on South State Street.

1/7/08 6:19 p.m. Thomas Claridge Michell, 53, was arrested on suspicion of DUII on A Avenue.

1/1/08 4:26 p.m. While delivering newspapers on Lake Front Road, a person said the car in front of her kept stopping and the driver in the car was yelling at her.

1/1/08 5:06 p.m. An elderly man was seen walking up McNary Parkway. A person stopped and asked him if he wanted a ride and the man almost got in but then changed his mind.

1/1/08 9:04 p.m. A woman reported hearing noises, like someone walking around on her front porch. She thought she heard footsteps, but police didn't find anyone.

1/1/08 10:27 p.m. On Hillside Drive, a homeowner said the doorbell had just rung and he found obscene writing on the front window. There was no damage to the window and the writing was then wiped off.

1/1/08 11:45 p.m. Two squirrel feeders were damaged at a home on Jean Road.

1/2/08 1:36 a.m. Racial slurs were found written on a car window on Cherry Crest Avenue. The writing was washed off.

1/2/08 2:38 a.m. A person who took a cab home requested extra patrols to watch his blue Jetta, which was left in a parking lot on North State Street.

1/2/08 3:29 p.m. A caller on Evergreen Road requested extra patrols after finding that a porch light bulb had been removed and items were missing from the yard.

1/2/08 4:29 p.m. A yard on Fifth Street with trash was attracting rodents. An officer checked at the home but no one was home. The officer followed up with the homeowner to discuss the nuisance complaints.

1/3/08 10:31 p.m. A loud band was playing on Cortez Court.

1/3/08 10:59 p.m. A person arrived home on Tree Top Lane and discovered that a Welcome to Durham sign had been left in his yard. Officers took the sign, which belongs to the state Department of Transportation. Turns out, the home was not annexed by Durham in the middle of the night.

1/3/08 11:06 p.m. At Waluga Junior High, a raccoon and her babies were found. Police were called because there was concern the raccoons might be rabid.

1/8/08 10:29 a.m. An officer found an unattended child in a vehicle on Meadows Road. He found the mother and warned her of potential child neglect.

1/3/08 10:50 a.m. A woman was at Mary's Woods and refusing to leave. Security officials said they had dealt with the woman before and she had wandered onto the campus, going into secure areas, wandering the halls and talking nonsense.

1/3/08 11:15 a.m. At Alderwood Apartments on Kerr Parkway, a woman was in the office refusing to leave. She was the daughter of a former tenant.

1/3/08 1:48 p.m. The owner of a property on Meadowlark Lane said a Honey Bucket portable toilet had been placed in her yard. Police found that the Honey Bucket was actually on a neighbor's property. It may have just seemed a lot closer than it was.

1/3/08 11:15 p.m. A person was receiving e-mails from another person attempting to start an argument. The person had a restraining order against the antagonistic e-mailer.

1/4/08 12:03 p.m. On Bayberry Road, a man was seen apparently going through mailboxes and garbage cans. Police caught up with him and found he was dropping off business cards to residents.

1/4/08 2:22 p.m. A woman requested that an officer search her car for her late husband's 25-caliber pistol. Police didn't find the gun.

1/5/08 1:04 a.m. A caller said she heard a neighbor screaming. Police arrived and found that the neighbor was just dreaming.

1/5/08 2:18 a.m. A woman was at the door of a homeowner saying she was drugged and needed a ride home. She was given a ride to 7-11, where she met a friend and got a ride home.

1/5/08 9:59 a.m. A man and woman were walking their boxers off-leash and the dogs charged at another dog in its yard. An officer contacted the owner of one of the attacking dog and issued a warning.

1/5/08 11:41 a.m. While she was out on a walk on Boca Ratan Drive, a woman said a suspicious male approached her and was talking to himself. When the woman ignored him, he ask her if she wanted a bullet in her head. She turned down that offer.

1/5/08 2:33 p.m. On North Shore Circle, a woman was sitting in a white Jeep for two hours, looking nervous. An officer contacted her and found she was the owner of the house, which was for sale, and she was waiting for a real estate agent. Further evidence that we're in a buyer's market.

1/5/08 3:13 p.m. A caller said a man was at her place, throwing all her belongings into the street. Police came and found no crime; just a domestic dispute.

1/5/08 6:40 p.m. An approximately 14-year-old girl was walking on Highway 43, appearing disoriented.

1/5/08 9:54 p.m. A group of juveniles ripped a stop sign out of the ground and took off running. They left in a gray Dodge pick-up.

1/6/08 4:54 a.m. A caller said the neighbors had been fighting all night. A woman had a bloody nose, from the fighting. Officers checked, however, and found that was not the case.

1/6/08 10:13 a.m. Some apparently violent neighbors told a woman that they were going to get a gun and force her to leave. Officers checked, and found this was not the case. The woman was warned to use 9-1-1 for emergencies only.

1/6/08 12:12 p.m. A unknown person was walking a dog, when the dog stopped and urinated in a person's yard. When approached, the dog owner flipped off the homeowner. Police determined there was no crime.

1/6/08 2:54 p.m. A vehicle almost hit a man on Charles Circle. The man called to say the near miss happened the night before. An officer found the driver, got him together with the man and the driver apologized.

1/7/08 10:47 a.m. Police were called when a squirrel came down a homeowner's chimney and was running around the house. Possibly there's a nut shortage in the area?

1/7/08 11:21 a.m. At Foothills Park, a dog fell off a ledge. The owner called police, who came and rescued the dog. The dog suffered minor injuries.

1/7/08 12:56 p.m. Two people were seen on a woman's property on Lanewood Street placing stakes in the ground. She asked them to stop and they refused, saying they were doing a state survey. They left prior to police arrival.

1/7/08 1:36 p.m. An elderly man was following and harassing employees at U.S. Bank. He was asked to leave, but refused.

1/7/08 4:08 p.m. While a girl was walking home from school, a man in a silver extended cab pick-up asked her if she wanted a ride. The man also asked her sister. Police could not find the driver.

1/7/08 4:10 p.m. A man was seen pushing a shopping cart on Greenwood Road. He was going door-to-door, knocking on the doors. A police report said he was 'mentally challenged' and appeared to be collecting cans.

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