Police Log: May 17, 2017

Posted 5/16/17

The Port Townsend Police Department responded to 232 calls for service between May 8 and May 14, 2017, including 5 911 calls, 3 burglaries, 2 incidents of driving while intoxicated and 88 traffic …

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Police Log: May 17, 2017


The Port Townsend Police Department responded to 232 calls for service between May 8 and May 14, 2017, including 5 911 calls, 3 burglaries, 2 incidents of driving while intoxicated and 88 traffic stops. The following were among the incidents reported:

Police responded to an area on Discovery Road at 4:50 p.m. on May 8 when a city inspector reported a woman was kicking over road cones because she was angry about all the construction in the area. She was warned about her actions and told not to kick any more cones.

At 5:45 p.m. on May 8, an officer found a man asleep on the curb at the Food Co-op. After being awakened, the man agreed to move on.

At 10:08 p.m. on May 8, police were called to assist port security after a man reported the attempted theft of an inflatable dinghy. The owner of the dinghy wanted the incident documented and gave police a description of the vehicle that he believed the alleged thief was driving.

A man contacted police at 1 p.m. on May 9 to report that he had found a lock box and several purses containing identification at a work site on Howard Street. Police took possession of the items for further investigation.

At 7:15 p.m. on May 10, police stopped a vehicle traveling at 47 mph in a 30-mph zone eastbound on Sims Way. The driver did not have vehicle registration or proof of insurance. Citations were issued for all offenses.

Officers responded to an address on Jefferson Street at midnight on May 10 after the homeowner called to say she saw a ball of fire going past her house. She told police she thought it fell near her neighbor’s house. Officers spoke with other individuals in the area. No one else saw the fireball. A search was made of the area, but nothing was found. Officers concluded it might have been a flare.

An employee at Manresa Castle Hotel contacted police at 8:41 a.m. on May 11 to report an issue with a man who was found behind the bar in the breakfast room at the hotel. After hotel staff asked the man to leave, he told them he would be back for his things. The reporting party asked police to remove his things and issue the man a trespass admonishment. The officers were unable to locate the man and advised hotel staff to call 911 if he returns.

At 8:30 a.m. on May 12, police discovered a paint spill, amounting to approximately 1 gallon, on Sims Way. The officer flagged down a vehicle that had sustained damage from the paint spill. The officer then took photos and gave the driver the incident number for insurance purposes. Police will attempt to locate the person responsible for the spill.

A man called the police department at 3:45 p.m. on May 12 and asked to speak with an officer about traffic in the roundabouts. An officer spoke with the man and explained the laws regarding traffic circles. (Washington state’s traffic circle law can be found in RCW 46.61.135.)

At 8 p.m. on May 12, an officer took a report from a woman who said she had ordered a package that had been delivered to the wrong address. She called the delivery service, and the driver attempted to retrieve the package, but could not locate it. The woman contacted the supplier of the purchased item and was told she would need to provide them with a copy of the police report before they would refill her order.

An officer on patrol at 7:15 p.m. on May 13 discovered three vehicles parked and their inhabitants camping at the dead-end area of Howard Street. There was trash and debris found at the site. It was discovered that the individuals camping in the vehicles were not the ones creating the mess. The officer explained that 24-hour camping was not allowed in that location. The vehicles left the area.

At 10:33 p.m. on May 13, an officer was called to a local bank after it was reported that a laminated sheet was taped to the front of the ATM machine with instructions for users to leave their ATM cards in the machine. Those directions are contrary to those given by the bank. The reporting party told the officer he just wanted to report what he found.

Police were called to the Farmers Market on Tyler Street at 12:30 p.m. on May 13 after receiving a report of a woman yelling and making a scene. The woman was carrying a bundle of fencing that she believed was of inferior quality. She was standing in front of a booth operated by someone associated with the company that had installed the fence at her residence. She had left the area before police arrived.

A man called police at 2:15 p.m. on May 13 to report that his daughter had assaulted his son and then left the area, heading east on Sims Way. The man said his daughter was staying at a local motel, but he didn’t know which one. Police checked motels in the area and the suspect’s residence, but were unable to locate the daughter.

The owner of a store on Lawrence Street contacted police at 3:15 p.m. on May 13 to report a man sitting in front of the store and drinking. The owner wanted the man to be removed.

At 3:30 p.m. on May 13, officers were called to an address on Water Street where a man was threatening to throw people off the dock. The reporting party said the man had not been physically violent, but the caller was concerned the situation could escalate. Officers issued the man a 14-day trespass admonishment from the area and then gave him a ride away from the downtown area.

At 6 p.m. on May 13, police responded to a business on Water Street, where a man was in the bathroom and would not come out. He had blocked the door with his belongings. Officers talked the man into coming out of the bathroom and issued him a trespass admonishment for one year.

A man contacted police at 6:45 p.m. on May 13 to report a man sleeping in the breezeway of a business near Polk Street and blocking the back entrance to the building. As the subject had been banned before, he was arrested and transported to jail.

An employee at a motel on Water Street contacted police at 10:20 a.m. on May 14 to report a group of people had built a camp in some weeds west of the parking lot. One customer at the motel found a syringe in the parking lot. An officer walked out to Indian Point and found one new camp set up behind no trespass signs and a large amount of trash and debris from three other abandoned camps. Photos were taken of the area, and the officer spoke to motel staff, suggesting they caution people about walking in the area.

At 2:25 p.m. on May 14, police responded to a call from a man who said a home he recently purchased on McNeill Street had been rifled through. He had been working on the house to clean it up after the previous tenant had left it full of junk. It was unknown if anything had been taken. The man requested extra patrols in the area.


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