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Ritzville Police Department Dispatch Reports: July 4, 2019


Last updated 7/3/2019 at 11:58am

May 5, 2:55 p.m. — An officer was requested to respond to a local truck stop to assist a subject in getting a dog out of a locked vehicle. The dog accidently locked the vehicle while the owner was outside. The phone numbers of the local tow companies were provided to the subject after the officer was unable to get the vehicle unlocked. A local tow company responded and unlocked the vehicle. The dog was fine.

May 5, 8:23 p.m. — A complaint was received from a subject advising that there was a small dog running at large on east Fir Avenue. The owner was contacted and warned about allowing her dog to run at-large and was advised to get the dog licensed or she would be cited. She advised she would comply.

May 6, 1:01 p.m. — A subject called advising that UPS had delivered some packages to a neighbor’s residence but the neighbor had moved out. An officer was able to contact the subject that had recently moved out. She was on her way from Lind to retrieve the packages as they contained baby formula.

May 6, 5:57 p.m. — A report was received from a citizen regarding a broken sprinkler at the baseball fields. One of the baseball coaches had taken care of the problem.

May 7, 8:42 a.m. — A complaint was received from a subject who was not satisfied with the untimeliness of receiving his deposit back from an extended rental at a local motel. He lost his cool with the manager and made some threats. An officer was able to contact the subject and advised him it was not even his rental unit so he had no reason to be upset with the way the deposit was going to be handled. He was also warned about his threatening demeanor. The deposit is a civil issue and will not be handled by the police.

May 7, 11:50 a.m. — A call was received advising of an emotionally disturbed individual in a wheat field south of west First Avenue. The family member advised that the subject did not have any shoes on and was now sitting in the wheat field. An officer responded and made contact with the subject, who had calmed down and agreed to walk over to his family who was waiting for him.

May 7, 1:00 p.m. — A complainant called advising at 8:10 a.m. this morning a gold vehicle driven by a local high school student had driven past the red flashing lights on a parked school bus. The vehicle and driver were identified and contacted. The driver was confused on when she had to stop and thought if she was going away from the bus it was alright to pass. She was given a verbal warning. There was a five-hour delay in reporting the incident.

May 7, 2:45 p.m. — Several vehicles parked on west Main Avenue were tagged and will be towed as apparently abandoned vehicles if they are not licensed or moved within seven days.

May 8, 9:17 a.m. — A request was received to have an officer contact a subject on east Alder Avenue and have them contact a family member that has not heard from them for quite some time. The subject was located and the message given requesting they make the call.

May 8, 10:05 a.m. — A request was received from a sheriff’s department in Nevada for an officer to attempt contact with a subject living in Ritzville. The subject was requested to call a family member. When contacted they said they did not want to return the call and provided the officer with a reason. The subject was then asked to call the requesting sheriff’s department in Nevada and explain the situation.

May 8, 10:09 a.m. — A request was received for an officer to respond to a local gas station to assist in getting a vehicle unlocked that had a young child locked inside. The officer responded and called a local towing company to respond to unlock the vehicle. The car was unlocked and there was no signs of the child being in distress.

May 8, 10:55 a.m. — A request was received from a local resident on Weber Road regarding the speed of vehicles. An officer made contact with the complainant. A speed trailer was placed in the area but the complainant was advised the speed trailer is used in other locations also. It was explained to that complainant that that particular road in front of his house was actually a county road even though his house was in the city limits. The city officers have all been made aware of his complaint and concerns. They will be addressed by increasing patrols in the area to address the concern. The complainant was also given the suggestions to call the sheriff’s department and request to speak to a deputy about his concerns.

May 8, 11:07 a.m. — A call was received from a residence on west Fourth Avenue regarding a possible exposure to methamphetamine. The complainant was requesting his residence to be searched by a K-9. The subject was referred to the sheriff’s department and the WSP as the city does not have a K-9.

May 8, 12:27 p.m. — A call was received from a subject on Jefferson Street regarding an ongoing animal problem. The issue is that a subject walks her dog off of its leash from time to time (against city ordinance) and the dog attacked her. No actual injury was sustained but the dog had bitten the complainant’s pant leg and nipped at another subject’s hand in the past. This is not the first time there has been a documented report of the same violation. Warnings had been previously given for the same violation. A notice of infraction was issued to the animal’s owner that she was in violation of the animal ordinance.

May 8, 12:30 p.m. — A residential alarm was received from a location on Division Street. Upon arrival the officer made contact with an adult and a child. It was determined the subjects were taking care of the residence while the owner was gone and set the alarm off before they could get to the alarm panel and shut off the alarm.

May 8, 4:50 p.m. — Two vehicles on east Second Avenue were tagged for not being licensed or being apparently abandoned. They will be towed if not licensed or moved within seven days.

May 9, 9:28 a.m. — A subject called to report he had lost a black cell phone near the post office. If it’s turned in the complainant will be notified.

May 9, 10:30 a.m. — A complainant on Cherry Avenue advised that a portable air compressor had been stolen off her front porch last night. Through interviews an officer learned the compressor may have been taken to a residence on Fifth Avenue and it may be hidden in the garage at that location by a person renting a room at the residence. One of the subjects interviewed said the compressor was seen in the garage earlier in the day. The property owner was contacted and advised the officer he could cut the lock off the garage and look for the stolen compressor because she had not given anyone permission to lock her garage. The lock was removed and the garage searched, but the compressor was not located. The compressor is described as a black, Central Pneumatic, 25-gallon portable compressor.

May 9, 1:04 p.m. — A citizen reported that there was a down power line on north Division Street. An officer responded and located a wire rolled up lying against a power pole that was determined to be a phone wire. No danger was present.

May 10, 9:30 a.m. — A subject turned in a debit card that was found on Smitty Boulevard. An officer contacted the bank and asked if they wanted it sent in. The bank advised to destroy the card and said they will re-issue a new card to the cardholder.

May 10, 1:55 p.m. — Dispatch received a call from a subject that had found a pit bull running loose on east Birch Avenue and now had it in her apartment and wanted it picked up. The officer on-duty responded and placed the dog in the pound with fresh food, water and the air conditioner turned on. A short time later the dog’s owner contacted the officer and retrieved the dog. A notice of infraction was issued for failing to license the dog.

May 10, 6:35 p.m. — A call was received advising of a small, tan in color, longhaired dog running at-large near Third Avenue and Columbia Street. An officer checked the area several times but was unable to locate the dog.

May 11, 12:17 p.m. — A request for a welfare check was received from the library as there was a subject inside that was acting strange. After some discussion the subject was voluntarily transported to the hospital for an evaluation.

May 11, 2:23 p.m. — A call was received advising of two male subjects wearing black pants walking around the cars parked in front of the courthouse looking inside them. An officer checked the area and several vehicles in the area. All were secure and the suspicious subjects were not located.

May 11, 8:50 p.m. — A complaint was received advising of a barking dog near 11th Avenue and Division Street. An officer checked the area several times and was unable to locate the barking dog or the residence described by the caller.

May 11, 8:57 p.m. — A complainant called from an address on east Sixth Avenue advising someone was digging in her yard against her house near the phone line box. An officer responded and checked the yard finding no sign of any digging in the yard, and flowers growing under the phone line box had not been disturbed. The complainant told the officer he was lying and he should get his glasses fixed. She also said if the police did not catch the man that has been living in her house she was going to hit him in the head with a brick. The officer told her he could not catch someone that is not there and cleared the call.

May 11, 9:05 p.m. — A complaint of loud music coming from the skateboard park was received by dispatch. An officer checked the area and contacted several subjects at the skate park who said they did have their music on loud, but turned it off before the officer arrived.


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