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Police log: Banks and Forest Grove

Forest Grove

Feb. 9

n A woman called police after her husband accidentally shot himself in the leg while trying to clean his gun. The man was also intoxicated. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

n A man called police and said he had a knife and was going to hurt himself because he didn't care for himself anymore. He was transported to the hospital on a police hold.

n Police assisted several motorists throughout the evening and night who got stuck in the snow.


Feb. 10

n Police were called to help a motorist who got stuck in the snow trying to transport his son to the hospital for a medical emergency. This was one of several motorist-assist calls.

n A caller reported a machete lying in the road on Pacific Avenue near Safeway. Someone retrieved the machete just prior to police arriving.

n A woman reported that her son ran away from home wearing only pajama bottoms and no shoes. While police were looking for him, he reportedly returned home.


Feb. 11

n A man reported that he was being poisoned by a local coffee shop. After talking with an officer about it, he agreed that perhaps this was not actually happening.

n A resident reported a scam from a Craigslist ad they posted. The suspect agreed to rent a place for $1,100 but sent a check for $3,000 and asked the resident to send back the change. The original check was fraudulent.

n A man was transported to the hospital after overdosing on alcohol and morphine.


Feb. 12

n A resident called to report a shot being fired and a thump against their door early in the morning. Police determined the noise was from the newspaper being thrown against the screen door by the delivery person.

n A woman at an assisted living center called police claiming the facility was withholding her medication. Police determined this was not occurring.

n Police assisted staff at Forest Grove Tuality Hospital after a patient became uncooperative.


Feb. 13

n An unknown suspect pried open the door to an apartment complex facilities room and then pried open a freezer. The suspect got away with cake and some cookies.

n A complaint was received about Obama protesters in the greenway near Safeway. The officer determined their actions were in compliance with the law.

n A man was reportedly in a parking lot yelling at who he insisted was a large African American male who was “harassing him.” Police found no such person in the area and believe the man is suffering from mental health issues.

n A man called police wanting assistance in contacting a suspect who damaged his pickup. The officer learned the suspect was actually a 6-year-old boy who crashed his bike into the truck door while playing. A civil compromise was worked out between the victim and parents of the “suspect.”


Feb. 14

n Valentine’s Day was a busy day for police. Officers responded to a woman who was assaulted by her live-in boyfriend. She was transported to the hospital with head trauma. Police later located the boyfriend, arrested him and lodged him at the Washington County Jail.

n Police responded to a domestic disturbance between a daughter and mother on Hawthorne Street and were called back a second time to the same address when the argument heated up again. The daughter was so intoxicated she was eventually transported to a detox center.

n A woman intentionally overdosed on numerous drugs and other substances. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

n A man called police because he was upset that his 20-year-old girlfriend was sending nude pictures of herself to a 30-year-old man. Officers said it was not illegal, but maybe not a good idea.

n Police responded to a domestic disturbance between two women in front of a restaurant. One woman explained to police that she was arguing with her wife because she decided to drive her car while intoxicated. Police spoke to the other woman and arrested her for DUII. Her blood alcohol level was .14 percent.

n A woman called police after a man approached her car and started banging on the window. Police found the man who stated he was simply looking for a ride to North Plains. The man then remarked that the "Holy Ghost" was pointing him west. He then left walking westbound.


Feb. 15

n A man called to report that someone hacked into his bank accounts via Facebook. His wife, however, told police it was all in his head and that he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Officers couldn’t determine a crime.

n Police responded to the Gales Creek Tavern after a vehicle reportedly hit a stop sign there and was last seen heading toward Forest Grove. While heading to this location, the officer came upon the suspect vehicle, which drove into the officer’s lane and nearly crashed head-on. Officers stopped the car near the city limits. A Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested the woman driver for DUII, hit-and-run and reckless driving.

n A man was arrested for strangulation, felony assault and criminal mistreatment after he struck his 14-year-old daughter in the face and choked his wife. The man also broke several televisions and pieces of furniture. He was lodged at the Washington County Jail.

n A staff member from an assisted living center made an incomplete 911 call asking for help. A struggle could be heard in the background before the line when dead. Officers arrived, but front desk staff members were not aware of a disturbance. An employee was finally located and they had been in a struggle with a dementia patient.



n About 20 people were reported to be outside Banks Billiards fighting. It appeared some incident occurred, but nobody wanted to press charges.

n On Sunset Avenue, several work trucks were broken into and the brass and copper fittings were taken.

n There was a verbal domestic altercation on Market Street between a mother and son. The son was intoxicated and eventually left.

n There was a robbery on Northwest Trellis Street. The suspect knew the victim, beat him up and stole his property. A man and woman were arrested that night, one on a warrant.

n Someone was using the Quail Valley Apartment dumpsters to dump their trash even though they don’t live there. A woman was arrested.

n A woman and man were arrested on Main Street for possession of drugs.

n A burglary occurred on Northwest Sunset Avenue. Several electronic items were stolen.

n Officers were called to Northwest Ashton Drive on a report of child abuse. The mother of a 13-year-old said the child’s grandfather choked the boy. Officers interviewed parties involved and determined the call to be unfounded.

n A theft was reported from Banks High School.

n A man called from near Arbor Park and Jarvis Place and was making suicidal threats. He was taken into protective custody.

n Officers set up a radar trailer on Banks Road and Main Street for a week. The average speed was close to the limit posted on both roads, but maximum speeds on Banks Road reached 54 miles per hour and maximum speeds on Main Street reached 63 miles per hour.


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