Dog Poop Fairy Leaves Three-Bag Blessing – October 10, 2011
• Friday, September 2 10:26 a.m. Two women argued at a cell phone store, and one suggested that they “settle this outside.”
11:48 a.m. An Austin Way resident called about a sick male cat he was holding in a portable kennel. The full-grown cat weighed just 3 pounds, and was very ill with its eyes injured and bleeding. The cat had resided at a home down the street, a resident of which said he didn’t want the cat, nor to “waste his money on medical bills.” The owner was contacted and was to take the ailing animal to the veterinarian.
3:08 p.m. A man pinned under a tractor on Anderson Lane declined medical assistance, so fire and ambulance response was cancelled.
5:17 p.m. A wallet with cash inside was turned into a G Street bank, which found no ID but did find two baggies containing white powder. The wandering wallet next made its way to the police department.
8:06 p.m. A woman said that while walking home, she and a friend encountered three youths dressed in black. They asked if she had a lighter, then if she had any pot. The woman felt threatened and got out her cell phone, and the teen inquisitors scampered.
8:18 p.m. A woman reported seeing a man and woman yelling, then an angry man exit a home, then re-enter and slam the door. He told police he was upset about losing a video game.
• Saturday, September 3 1:05 a.m. A Zehndner Avenue resident said a man was banging on windows and skulking around backyards. Through a window, the man said he was “looking for someone’s number.”
2:55 a.m. Chevret-Vaissade Park’s playset was found fully engulfed in flame. The police account (see page 1) explains what allegedly happened.
12:01 p.m. Three possibly drunk/high teenage girls knocked over a store’s clothing rack and then argued with an employee about it. Police found the terrible trio at Samoa Boulevard and Union Street, where mom was called to pick ’em up.
12:44 p.m. A man who was already drunk snabbed a bottle of tequila from a Uniontown supermarket and sauntered out. When confronted by an employee, he handed the booze back, but was soon arrested on a drunkenness charge at Fifth and E streets.
5:02 p.m. A Zehndner Avenue resident complained about one of the grow houses on that street.
6:05 p.m. An Alliance Road resident reported that a youth threw a dead gull at her apartment. An officer picked up the defunct seabird for disposal.
• Sunday, September 4 8:51 a.m. Blakeslee Avenue roommates bickered at neighborhood-serenading levels. After being advised of civil remedies, a fresh dispatch from the strife zone came in, reporting that one disputant had locked the door and wouldn’t let the other take a shower. Eventually one of them eft to “cool off.”
9:58 a.m. A K Street car wash was apparently struck by a vehicle, with chunks of it left behind. Witnesses said a spray-painted black school bus with a VW van sticking out on top and an air conditioner hanging off the back had hit the building, then pulled out.
6:56 p.m. Hoodie-ensconced philosophers quibbled over quiddity’s finer points at an Alliance Road mini-mart. “I know where you live, bitch,” reasoned one participant.
Monday, September 5 12:58 a.m. Poised atop a neighboring restaurant, a tagger blatantly spray painted “KAUA” in giant letters in the brickwork of an historic Plaza storehouse. He kept it up even as police coalesced around the site. Arcata Fire came with ladders and the man was arrested on a malicious mischief charge. A maintenance person who later had to paint over the large tag also became the subject of a skeptical police inquiry.
12:58 p.m. One man supposedly followed another with a camera on Blakeslee Avenue. One account held that the followee pushed the camera out of the way and said, “Hit me,” at which point the cameraman took him up on the offer and struck him in the head, teeth and throat, then grabbed him and held him in a hostile embrace for a time.
• Tuesday, September 6 12:41 a.m. A man reported his wallet stolen, with the debit card quickly used at three central Arcata liquor stores.
2:22 p.m. A Uniontown business reported two deposits totaling $1,500 never being deposited at the bank by an employee whose last day on the job was August 28. And $100 in cash register change was missing. The employee had been problematic, had been given the choice of quitting or being fired but was apparently entrusted with fungible assets right up to the last minute of her employ.
5 p.m. A Janes Road RV park resident reported the maintenance man using a leaf blower to “blow the windows” of his trailer and confronting him. He was told how to get a restraining order.
5:25 p.m. After one woman was reported overdosing on heroin in Redwood Park, she was taken to the hospital and two colleagues were arrested on public drunkenness charges.
• Wednesday, September 7 1:34 a.m. Ever since a tenant moved into a J Street apartment, noxious chemical smells have been issuing from therein as though drugs were being manufactured there.
9:05 a.m. Someone used a Baldwin Street resident’s credit card to charge things on chemistry.com and match.com and to purchase CDs, possibly setting the stage for romance. Alas, the $400 plane ticket had been denied, possibly preventing consummation of any online hookup in actual meatspace.
4:23 p.m. Surveillance footage showed a ponytailed man and his fat, red-haired girlfriend ripping off a smartphone from a Sunny Brae shop. The phone was deactivated.
4:24 p.m. A Virginia Way resident reported a continuing problem with someone leaving bags of dog poop by his front door. On this day, three bags full of canine emissions had been deposited there by unknown forces.
8:42 p.m. A man complained of having been released from county jail without pants or shoes.
8:50 p.m. A woman said she dropped her purse, and when she retraced her steps, she found it but with her IS and Social Security card missing.
• Thursday, September 8 11:36 a.m. Someone complained that “Papa Bear” had been leaving his belongings behind an F Street apartment building, and had left a threatening note warning of dire consequences if the stuff was moved.
• Friday, September 9 4:43 p.m. A Union Street resident who got a “cashier’s check” for $2,850 was instructed to keep $450 for her trouble and wire the balance to Malaysia. This particular person wasn’t bamboozled by the illusory bucks, and took the fake check to police.
8:27 p.m. A woman went out with a man “somewhere in Arcata” on a date arranged through an online service. Romance did not blossom. She refused to go with him to get some beers and then go back to his house, which she thought might be somewhere around Samoa Boulevard and G Street. She fled to a Eureka restaurant, where she received texts from the man threatening to find her and tell her husband they had gone out. She was afraid to go home, and an officer advised her to have EPD to do patrol checks. The text messages didn’t rise to the level of criminal threats, but a message was left for the non-gentleman to quit bothering her.
• Saturday, September 10 5:08 a.m. Bit of a problem on Spartan Street, where residents at one address like to stay up all night yelling, “Fuck the neighbors!”
Little is known of the beats
Emanating from Eighth and G streets
When police-man arrived
The bongos, short-lived
Had beat out a hasty retreat
3:54 p.m. A man was admonished for calling 911 over a car parked in a handicapped zone, especially since the vehicle had the required placard.
7:17 p.m. A man at Heindon and Janes roads made a spectacle, if not a fashion statement in his orange t-shirt and tan cargo pants by staggering and waving his arms around.
7:40 p.m. On Blakeslee Avenue, a man in a hat and wig was reported causing an argument with some girls there. They said he had told them they had to go home with him. Police made a public drunkenness arrest.
• Sunday, September 11 11:49 a.m. A Margaret Lane resident reported a laptop computer stolen from the home the previous night.
• Monday, September 12 8:20 a.m. A woman left a bag visible in her car, and the window was smashed to get at it.
12:53 p.m. A man said he was struck by a Jeep going 2 mph near a Sunny Brae market, and his arm was injured. Police found the supposed victim, contacted his parole agent and then arrested him on suspicion of filing a false police report.
4:22 p.m. A woman walked her dog on Hallen Drive and was surrounded by three unleashed pit bulls. They got faces full of pepper spray, and the pit bulls’ owner was contacted by police.
8:11 p.m. A Buttermilk Lane resident hadn’t been heard from for three days, but the car was in the driveway and lights were on inside the home. Police made entry, then contacted the on-call chaplain and the coroner.
11:11 p.m. Extra patrols were requested at the iCenter cannabis shop at 11th and K streets as the operator, his ma and pa and a small squad of helpers moved out the night before a sheriff’s deputy and a locksmith were to arrive and do what innumerable official pieces of paper couldn’t.