Friday, July 28, 2006

Grass Valley Police Blotter vol. IV

At 1:21 p.m., a man called from the 100 block of Scotia Pines Circle to report a juvenile's father drove by yelling at him. He also found a rock in his yard.

[Was the driver yelling at the caller or his own child? Was he yelling a threat or was it perhaps a warning to watch out for that rock in the caller's yard. Later one of the caller's shoe laces became mysteriously untied.]

At 1:06 p.m., a caller from Highway 20 reported a possible bicycle accident a mile above Uren Street. The ambulance was canceled. No medical attention was needed. Cyclists had been lost.

[What was it about being lost that made this situation look like an accident? Or was the bicyclist lost in the sense of being dead?]

At 9 p.m., a caller from DarkHorse Road reported two people were walking toward Combie Road and they had been in the area for several hours. Another resident told the caller he witnessed a man strike a woman and it appeared the woman was trying to evade the man.

[I can see how people in law enforcement might come to view the general public with a cynical eye.]

An 11:10 a.m. a caller from the 29400 block was screaming into the phone that her husband had broken her legs and then hung up.

[No word if the police followed up at the Soprano residence.]

At 1:05 p.m. a caller in the 16800 block of Southridge Drive reported receiving harassing phone calls from gay rights and anti-abortion groups for the last month.

[How odd that this person should form the intersection of interest for these two groups. Still, it is nice to see them getting together on something.]

At 1:35 p.m. a caller from the 17200 block of Benedict Canyon Lane reported someone drove onto his yard the previous evening and ran over his dog.

[I would like to report a country western song in progress...]

At 2:20 p.m. a caller from Upper Circle Drive reported a person was posting wanted posters of him all over the street.

[A new level of neighbor relations!]

At 5:05 p.m. a caller from the 16300 block of Norlene Way reported someone had smashed her van, motor home and a dirt bike with a hammer.

[For me, the mental images are either of a very large hammer or Hot Wheels(tm) sized vehicles.]

At 6:26 p.m., a caller from the 17000 block of Alexandra Way reported someone threw a rock, putting a hole in their trailer.

[Hell of an arm on whoever did that... or hell of a cheap trailer.]

At 9:37 p.m., a caller from the 11400 block of Marjon Drive reported his ex-girlfriend came to his residence and punched him in the face several times.

[Ouch! And no arrest reported. Does that mean he had it coming?]

At 10:30 p.m., a caller from Pasquale Road reported hearing six gunshots.

[Unusual precision for a member of the general public!]

A 10:40 a.m. caller said last weekend while at a restaurant on Sutton Way, a man kept driving by and yelling at him, "I'm going to blow up your Jeep!"

[This call came in on Tuesday, so it didn't seem that he took the threat seriously. Odd behavior all around.]

At 9:21 p.m. a man called from the 200 block of Sutton Way to report that his girlfriend had just assaulted him. When police arrived, he was arrested for assault and violating a restraining order.

[All his pals are no doubt telling him "Smooth move! You called the police on her, yet you got hauled off!"]

At 12:20 p.m., a caller from a grocery store on the 600 block of Freeman Lane reported that an unshaven, dirty-looking man with long dark hair may have been mentally unstable or having medical problems. A second caller said the man stripped down to his underwear and was attempting to use public transportation. Police checked the area and were unable to locate the man.

[Attempted use of public transit in ones skivvies. No word if he was successful in his attempt. It has to be the heat.]

At 2:48 p.m., a caller from the 100 block of Neal Street reported a juvenile had a knife. Police made contact with the juvenile, and the knife was taken for safekeeping.

[Safekeeping! I wasn't sure that was a single word, but Merriam-Webster seems to think it is. Does "safekeeping" mean the kid is going to get it back some day, or that it is being kept safely away from him?]

At 5:13 p.m., a caller from the 17000 block of Norlene Way reported a broken-down red golf cart in front of a house. Deputies were unable to locate the driver.

[It was inevitable, with the rise in the use of small electric vehicles, that someday they would start age and break down on the public streets. Soon you will begin to find them up on blocks in front of rural mobile homes.]

At 4:01 p.m., a caller from the 400 block of Nimrod Street reported a fight between Girl Scouts and horseshoe players. Deputies made contact. It was only a parking dispute.

[It is entries like this that make me regret that there is no video associated with the police blotter. You have to believe the police were eager to roll on this call, just to clear up the mental image of Girl Scouts vs. Horseshoe Players in a battle royale. Then it turns out to be a parking dispute.]

At 6:06 p.m., a caller from the 400 block of Nimrod Street reported four men were sitting in front of a bathroom by a horseshoe pit drinking beer. The people were cited for violation of a city ordinance.

[They were, no doubt, still cooling off after the big confrontation.]

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