Roadway Wallowers Practice Transcendental Medication – September 16, 2012
• Saturday, August 11 10:08 a.m. A man in knit cap and “street” clothing was reported carrying a puppy “like baggage after it did not want to [or couldn’t] walk any more.” Police had a good idea who it was, and looked for him in order to deliver an admonishment.
10:18 p.m. At 10th and G streets, a man complained that people were following him in a small truck, causing a problem regarding his service puppy. Someone else said he had been carrying the puppy by the collar, cutting off its air, that it had been shaking and had possibly passed out. He told an officer that he was the victim of a conspiracy involving multiple people. One woman was to be admonished for harassment, and the restraining order process was discussed.
12:02 p.m. An unlocked bike was stolen from out front of a market on westernmost 11th Street. The suspected thief was dubbed “pathetic slim” by someone on Craigslist.
12:35 p.m. A bike was stolen from out front of a Mexican bagel shop on I Street.
7:02 p.m. A C Street resident arrived home to find two men “digging through” a mailbox which serves three to five residents there. On being spotted, the two men drove of in a car which had been parked alongside the mailbox. It didn’t look like anything had been taken.
7:37 p.m. A gyre of hobos, guitars, puppies, yelling and smoky emissions engulfed an alley off downtown H Street. Police dispersed a tatter of travelers.
8:28 p.m. When a small Plaza shop couldn’t take a had-been-drinking man’s $100 bill, he exploded with threats at the employees. His wife took him home.
9:31 p.m. A man cowered behind the Veterans’ Hall, saying that someone in the area was planning to attack him. He hadn’t seen anyone, but that was because he was legally blind. Nor had he heard anyone, and his hearing seemed intact. He would only repeat that he “feels like someone is going to attack him.” He then became upset at questions and hung up.
9:55 p.m. A woman and her boyfriend argued as they drove toward Arcata on SR 299. After he threatened to throw her dog out the window, she got out of the car in Valley West, went to a gas station and called the police.
10:10 p.m. A schizophrenic man called from the porch of his house, saying that he felt homicidal. His wife and the knives were still in the house, and though he had just been discharegd from a mental health facility that morning and was taking his meds, he wanted to go back. He was advised to stay on the porch, and from there he was picked up and returned to the facility.
• Sunday, August 12 5:16 p.m. A man called to report that he saw a bumper sticker on a car parked on G Street that he considered vulgar, so he tried to peel it off. The car’s owner came out and told him to leave, so he did.
6:14 p.m. A passerby noticed three people lying in the road on lower G Street. Though the caller suggested that they may have been meditating, an officer found two of them drunk and took them to jail.
8:32 p.m. A man reported his girlfriend’s phone having been stolen and ransomed for $300.
11:58 p.m. A rear-entry was attempted at the Pleasure Center, though the windows appeared to have been broken out from inside. The suspect, who wasn’t located, likely sustained “significant” injuries in the messy exit. Power to the building had also been tampered with.
• Monday, August 13 2:54 p.m.
A bongo recital up-bubbled
At Ninth and H, where travelers grovel
The drummer unleashed
His dog and his beats
Till cops brought new calm to the rubble
3:05 p.m. A cell phone left on a Valley West restaurant table disappeared during a trip to the bathroom.
3:06 p.m. A car left unlocked on Old Arcata Road easily surrendered a GPS unit, glasses and miscellany.
4:55 p.m. A mobile home fire on Cedar Drive left two adults and a child homeless. The Red Cross was notified.
5:42 p.m. A woman in a large blue shirt cut a flag off a Westwood Center coffee shop’s sign, then trudged northbound. Caught and detained at gunpoint, she was deemed a hazard to herself and institutionalized.
6:42 p.m. A man called to say that he had found a purse containing a wallet with credit cards, a Bible and other purse stuff outside City Hall. Asked for his name and phone number, he said he would drop the purse on the ground and leave.