Washer/Dryer Combo Repurposed As Tool Of Torment – September 28, 2010
• Friday, August 13 12:12 p.m. Someone complained that Big Al stepped out in front of his car at 17th and G streets and showed him his “MY DOGS ARE IN JAIL” sign. The driver said that Al was mad because he knows that he patronizes the gas station/mini-mart in Valley West that he was made unwelcome at. An officer visited 17th and G, but didn’t see Alfred committing any traffic violations.
12:34 p.m. A man in a baseball cap and camo jacket was reported carving something into the sidewalk at the Transit Center. He was arrested on a malicious mischief charge.
1:19 p.m. A South G Street residence has become quite the hot spot on the social circuit. So much so that “different groups of people” camp out on the front lawn every night, some giving indications of indulging in trendy chemical amusement aid.
3:17 p.m. Dissolute younglings made off with three rings valued at $80 from a Plaza shop. The girl wore a green sweatshirt, had a star tattoo on her face and tons of bling. The boy was thin, in white t-shirt and bluejeans and dishonest.
4:43 p.m. Some shaved-head freakshow in a hoodie with no shirt on underneath is said to be stalking a 16-year-old.
6:36 p.m. A weedeater and leaf blower disappeared in Valley West for a $475 net loss.
9:42 – 10:05 p.m. Artistic endeavors, from fire dancers to high-decibel music, generated complaints and police visits in an F Street parking lot and a Sunny Brae shopping center, finally explaining why there’s an exclamation point in Arts!Arcata.
10:14 p.m. Alcohol blood levels rose concurrently with negotiations breaking down and roommate relations becoming rather noisy on South H Street, the issue being whether travelers should sleep in the yard.
• Saturday, August 14 1:01 a.m. A mini-mart clerk’s assessment of a customer as “transient looking” turned out to be accurate, since he was no longer there. What was still there was a counterfeit $20 bill.
2:56 a.m. A mental health worker had a personal crisis requiring intervention and committal.
12:49 p.m. When two Uniontown supermarket workers’ cars went doink in the parking lot, one of the drivers refused to supply insurance information. Police came to help the person overcome this disclosure deficit.
5:40 p.m. An emotionally unstable person suspected monitoring by the FBI, and started snipping wires with pruning shears.
6:16 p.m. Dogs ran wild at the Boat Basin, until the owners were apprised of the Arcata Municipal Code.
6:41 p.m. A white pooch with yellow spots was managing the best it could applying dog logic in a human world, specifically a motel in Valley West. First the dog escaped from Room 111, and wound up in the front office. But as an employee called police, the dog escaped and returned to the room.
7:12 p.m. Two galoots became a little too burly for a Valley West home of honest goodness, evading reprimand by police by leaving in a pickup truck.
• Sunday, August 15 9:12 p.m. A woman reported finding a doll with Satanic writing on it on her porch. She’d found another devil doll there in March, but didn’t report it. The bedeviled woman called back a bit later to add that she and her daughter are mentally ill.
• Monday, August 16 1:31 a.m. Funtimers out for a cruise around the Plaza thought that their world outside their car was a trash can, as they freely ejected trash through the window. An officer stopped and admonished them.
3:06 a.m. Sketchy lurkers huddling around a car on the Plaza’s west side were told to disperse, didn’t, were recontacted in more depth and an outstanding warrant was discovered, for which one sklurker was cited.
4:06 a.m. A gas station break-in at 11th and K streets yielded Marlboros and Camels.
7:43 a.m. Smoke and flame erupted near Seventh and Union streets when a campfire got out of control. Three trashcamps were found, and soon, Ecotopia’s landscape was lined with soggy, charred garbage.
9:54 a.m. A veterinary worker was bitten on the wrist by a cat, which couldn’t be later located.
2:32 p.m. A dope-chugger at the transit center blew smoke at a man and his child as they passed.
3:31 p.m. A blue van and white car with dogs inside park every day at a Valley West mobile home community. The windows are rolled up and steamy, and the dogs confined inside the vehicles just bark and bark.
3:36 p.m. The bitey cat and its owner were located.
4:03 p.m. Burglars broke into a Plaza Chinese restaurant, took beer and tip money and made a mess in the kitchen for a $500 loss.
4:26 p.m. A Plaza shop employee withdrew $500 from the business’s account, but wasn’t authorized to do so and later left the shop’s employ.
• Tuesday, August 17 8:14 p.m. A weed whacker and leaf blower left unattended in Valley West either eloped or were stolen.
• Wednesday, August 18 11:34 a.m. After looking at the fugly flatbed with a tractor on it and the tan four-door sedan parked on Lewis Avenue for six weeks, a resident got fed up and called police.
12:38 p.m. A morphine salesman made an unsuccessful solicitation on the Plaza.
3:46 p.m. A man in blamecasting mode complained to police that his public drunkenness arrest was illegal and that police refused to investigate a $1,600 grand theft. The latter incident had to do with a trailer storage bill, and was a civil matter.
10:26 p.m. To the annals of human conflict, add an innovative new means for exacting revenge on your downstairs neighbor – turning the washer/dryer on and off.
• Thursday, August 19 1:39 a.m. A flaming couch at Sunset Avenue and Ross Street will never again host a bong-sucking college student, that is, unless he or she wants to sit on waterlogged, ashen debris with jagged springs sticking out of it. Just call it sofa extreeeeme, dude!
11:40 a.m. A man on Union Street was found not breathing. The coroner was called.
2:41 p.m. A man at 14th and C streets inadvertently butt-dialed police from his cell phone.
• Friday, August 20 8:48 a.m. An unlocked bicycle on a Western Avenue porch didn’t survive the night.
• Saturday, August 21 1:11 a.m. A 911 caller on a cell phone told the CHP, “I was sleeping behind the library,” and then the phone went dead.
1:50 a.m. When an unlocked bike at 14th and J streets disappeared (of course), the owner called his dad in Los Gatos, who then called APD.
1:57 a.m. Ten to 12 sophisticates gathered around a car at 18th and H streets, its stereo pummeling the area with the simpletonian grunts and thuds loosely correlated with music these days. Streetside yelling and drinking proved all-consuming pastimes for the assemblage, but a cop car’s arrival buzzkilled the enchantment factors.
4:09 a.m. A man with shoulder-length hair pounded on a Margaret Lane front door. When the resident answered, the man asked him for a glass of milk.
12:22 p.m. A paycheck from the Boys and Girls Club was found on the Plaza.
7:17 p.m. A camper started a campfire at the Marsh and then left the area. The smoke led to emergency response, averting further Marsh destruction.
8:01 p.m. A man reported being harassed and pepper sprayed by a raving drunk. Responders flushed his eyes as he sat on the curb at 10th and G streets.
8:18 p.m. A bear roved a Fernwood Drive front yard, finding no picanick baskets.
10:40 p.m. A neighborhood-blasting party was warning-noticed on Western Avenue.
10:38 p.m. A neighborhood-blasting party was warned on Bayside Road.
10:54 p.m. A neighborhood-blasting party was warning-noticed on Spring Street.
11:10 p.m. A neighborhood-blasting party was warned on 18th Street.
11:21 p.m. A party on Spring Street resumed blasting the neighborhood five minutes after cops delivered the friendly warning, and was dispersed, with the host cited.
11:11 p.m. An apartment building-blasting party on Foster Avenue reduced its volume slightly and temporarily on a neighbor request, then came roaring back. Police becalmed the zone.
11:40 p.m. A neighborhood-blasting party was reported in an alley in the 1100 block of H street. Police found several folks participating in a “rush” for the Chi Fi fraternity. Organizers were issued a warning notice, warned about civil liability and advised of laws regarding operation of a bar.