Featured Stories


King City police chief presents 'class' on Marijuana 101

Now that summer is here, the King City Police Department has continued to be busy responding to a normal summertime call load. Police calls for welfare checks, noise complaints and traffic complaints seem to be most prevalent.

The Fourth of July was normal with a few calls about fireworks and several noise complaints after 10 p.m. There were no arrests or citations issued for violations of the fireworks laws.

Scam reminder

We are still receiving a significant number of scam calls. Remember that if you receive a phone call or letter indicating that you have won a prize to a contest that you did not enter, you are probably being scammed. Never send money or personal information, and if you are unsure if it is a scam, contact the police department.

Lost dog ID

Recently a resident brought a found dog to City Hall. He had found the dog wandering in his neighborhood, and the dog had no collar or license tag. The on-duty officer contacted Washington County Animal Services to pick up the dog.

Animal Services responded and was able to determine that the dog had a chip and was able to scan it to determine the owner. Unfortunately, the chip had a California address. As a result. the dog was taken to the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter. It appears that the owner might have moved to Oregon and did not update the chip with new address info or purchase a dog license.

It is important that dog owners update their information as well as make sure that they purchase a Washington County dog license from animal services. Such actions allow an officer to locate the owner of the dog, and the dog avoids a trip to the animal shelter.

Recreational marijuana

On July 1, 2015, recreational marijuana became legal in the state of Oregon. Residents have asked, “What is the law?” The first segment of the new law deals with personal use. There are other components that deal with dispensaries and selling of marijuana.

For now I want to address the rules for personal use. The law provides the following:

Use is permitted by adults 21 and over;

You can use it at home or on private property, but use in public is illegal;

You may possess up to eight (8) ounces at home and one (1) outside the home;

You can grow up to four (4) plants per residence, but they must be out of public view;

Driving under the influence is illegal;

You can share or give away marijuana, but you can’t sell or buy the marijuana until licensed retail shops are open;

You can make marijuana edibles at home or receive them as a gift, but you can only use in private;

You can’t take recreational marijuana into or out of the state.

There is legislation that will allow medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana starting Oct. 1; however, such sales can be prohibited by cities and counties. Recreational dispensaries will be open sometime in 2016.

During the next several months, additional information will become available on rules for sales, location of dispensaries and other elements of the recently passed legislation. If you have any questions about recreational marijuana use, feel free to contact me, and I will attempt to get the appropriate and accurate response to your questions.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

We all know someone who has or does work in a retail store. More than likely, the person has a multitude of shoplifter stories. Often within the stories, the shoplifter thinks they are smarter than the loss-prevention personnel.

In this shoplifter story, our “smarter-than-you” shoplifter goes into a local boutique to demonstrate her skills. While in the boutique, Ms. Shoplifter pilfers several animal-print pieces of clothing. Figuring that she got away with the theft, she takes photos of the loot and places the photos on Facebook. Needless to say one photo is a selfie of our shoplifter wearing a leopard print dress. As a result, law enforcement became aware of the suspect and arrested her.

Now, like some real leopards, her view of the world is through bars.

Until next time be good, be neighborly and be safe.