Arcata Police Log: Dough Boy And Zig Zag Drive A Dude Mental
• Monday, January 28 9:30 a.m. A possibly color-blind man wearing a green vest over a white hoodie with tan pants strolled through Sunny Brae, lashing passersby with verbal abuse and starting arguments. He was arrested on a public drunkenness charge.
12:30 a.m. A woman experienced “puffiness” about her face.
12:59 a.m. After a staff dinner, a Plaza business employee started acting weird and making co-workers uncomfortable. His text messages weren’t threatening, just strange.
10:48 a.m. The now-former employee’s e-mails escalated to a more harassing tone.
12:50 p.m. A woman left a car unlocked with the keys in the ignition at 14th and I streets a day or two ago, and now it was missing. The car was registered to her mother in Vermont.
6:05 p.m. An ex-girlfriend broke keys off in the door lock while attempting to enter a Seventh Street mobile home.
7:15 p.m. A Union Street apartment dweller reported her downstairs neighbor banging on the ceiling and yelling, “I am going to rip her skin off.” Then the first floor resident called to report the upstairs person dropping things on the floor. Police forged an armistice under which both would keep the noise down and resolve things civilly.
10:31 p.m. A Grant Avenue resident said he had a “feeling” that someone was on the way to kill a person there. He wouldn’t provide a location because “they” were listening to the scanner.
• Tuesday, January 29 1:39 a.m. A man in a white hat lounged around at an H Street apartment complex like he owned the place. After a brief incursion into the laundry room via a window, he cooled his heels on someone’s porch. Police came and arrested him on a warrant.
9:37 a.m. A high school student was cited for bringing cannabis to school.
10 a.m. A father complained about his son’s mother repeatedly spanking the boy. He also said she maintains a website on which she advertises herself as a “call girl.”
2:16 p.m. Tools valued at $3,000 were reported stolen from a home on Ribeiro Lane, and a suspect was named.
5:13 p.m. A woman said she let someone take her Italian greyhound to see if an adoption would work out. That was a year ago, and he kept the dog.
3:21 p.m. A red-haired male driver was reported recklessly road-rage rampaging in the area of Arcata High School.
4:17 p.m. After hitting a street sign, the reckless driver became mired in a grassy area off Alliance Road near M Street. Described as “highly intoxicated,” the driver was arrested on a DUI charge, taken to the hospital for a blood draw and then jailed.
5:32 p.m. A huge man who “barely fit” into a car drove from one parking spot to another in a Uniontown parking lot, and was reported “reaching over and under the steering wheel.”
• Wednesday, January 30 10:59 a.m. Mystery surrounds a house on Lewis Avenue. A neighbor reported that it smells like “weed.” People are frequently seen entering with empty duffle bags, then leaving with them full – of something. One day, a line formed at 7 a.m. in front of the house. But what could be going on there?
3:26 p.m. A Valley East Boulevard resident sorta kinda couldn’t find his AK-47. It had been left unloaded inside a case under his couch. He had taken it out and “showed it off to a lot of his friends.”
4:01 p.m. A bike vs. car collision at Alliance Road and Foster Avenue left a cyclist bleeding from the head, but conscious and breathing.
4:05 p.m. An employee at a Weott Way health clinic became frustrated at her personal healthcare service and blurted out in front of two other staff members a threat to “blow up” the facility. After being counseled for the statement, she quit.
7:55 p.m. A 69-year-old woman having trouble getting out of the Community Forest was found OK on Trail 11, and was given a courtesy ride back to her Diamond Drive home.
11:45 p.m. A bearded ’n’ beanied man fled a Uniontown variety store with the succulent innards of a wine box – the plastic bladder of vino. Caught, arrested, banished and jailed.
• Thursday, January 31 9:34 a.m. A Wyatt lane resident was creeped out, both by the numerous holes in the common wall which she shared with a male neighbor, and by the strange-acting neighbor. An officer went to inspect the holes, which looked like typical holes consistent with wood grain, old paint and tacks that had held up wall hangings. The officer even checked the other guy’s residence, and didn’t see anything consistent with peep holes or surveillance. The woman said she would be moving out.
2:28 p.m. A J Street resident said that a man robs her home during the five minutes it takes her to walk to a nearby food truck, during which she leaves her door unlocked. She said he has stolen rubies, diamonds, gold, her driver’s license and passport.
4:11 p.m. A Cropley Way resident came home from work to find that his home had been burglarized via an unlocked garage door. Stolen was a bottle of booze and some change. The house had been burgled last August as well.
• Friday, February 1 2:16 a.m. A man in a Uniontown store’s delicatessen appeared a mite wobbly and was opening packages of food. He was arrested on shoplifting and public drunkenness charges.
11:48 a.m. A man complained of various people threatening him. One antagonist was “Dough Boy,” who had menaced him near the Plaza, while “Zig Zag” had stolen his dog. The man was deemed mentally disturbed and taken to the nervous hospital.
8:24 p.m. A shaven-headed man in a military jacket sat cross-legged and hunched over on a stone bench behind an historic Plaza storehouse. When spoken to, he simply mumbled. He was arrested on a public drunkenness charge and a video game console impounded.
• Saturday, February 2 4:17 p.m.
The bongos had bobbled for hours
Turning Ninth and H smiles to glowers
A cop came around
But the noise had died down
Due to special drum-deadening powers
8:13 p.m. A woman said she was leaving her boyfriend after finding a syringe full of blood in their home. She was concerned that he might be planning to infect her with something, and didn’t feel this played a proper role in a caring relationship.
8:28 p.m. A man at the donut shop said he was having “a 5150 moment.” Asked what he was going to do, he said, “What do you think?” He didn’t seem 5150 enough to commit.
8:50 p.m. The same man called from a nearby book store, saying he was suicidal and homicidal. He questioned the medical qualifications of the officers who had just evaluated him, and asked if they were doctors. Told he could go to the hospital for another evaluation, he hung up, but then called back to offer another quip: “Fuck you.” After calling four more times, police located and arrested him on a public drunkenness charge.
• Sunday, February 3 12:48 a.m. An unnamed agency was planning a federal warrant sweep the next day and asked for mug shots of five individuals, one of whom was located in Arcata.
7:35 p.m. A man in a downtown restaurant refused to pay his bill, sexually harassed staff and made people uncomfortable. He was found on the Plaza and arrested on a public drunkenness charge.
8:26 p.m. As a man talked on his cell phone at the Community Park, a guy in a hoodie grabbed the phone from his hand and ran off.