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There's no call too small for Lake Oswego police

Best of the 2013 blotter


The Lake Oswego Police Department fields all kinds of calls, from theft and domestic violence incidents to children refusing to go to school, sibling spats and ducks trying to cross the road. While officers respond to many calls that are serious in nature, the following is a look at the lighter side of crime in the city in 2013.

JANUARY

1/4/13 4 p.m. A man in black was reportedly acting strangely and doing “Karate Kid” type moves around George Rogers Park.

1/7/13 9:10 p.m. A resident of Kimberly Circle locked himself in handcuffs and had to be rescued.

1/24/13 4:27 p.m. Cats keep coming into a yard on Lower Drive and doing damage.

1/25/13 5:36 a.m. A woman who lives on Oak Street became suspicious when she discovered a wet footprint on her front porch. Upon further investigation, she discovered that the footprint was her own.

FEBRUARY

2/19/13 3:22 p.m. A wandering German shepherd fell asleep on Lakeview Boulevard.

2/22/13 1:10 p.m. A goose apparently suffering from an old leg injury was helped by an officer. The goose is now eating and appears healthy.

MARCH

3/5/13 7:58 p.m. Noises have emanated from a house on Lakeview Boulevard for the past three nights that sound like furniture is being thrown around.

3/6/13 1:15 p.m. A very large man wearing a beanie is arousing suspicion after walking down North State Street for the past few weeks. The big guy also wears a Raiders jacket.

3/10/13 9:49 p.m. After getting into a verbal fight with his parents, a 13-year-old boy was found hiding in the yard next door. He was wearing a ghillie suit.

3/13/13 10:14 a.m. A male is getting dressed and undressed on Eaglecrest Drive.

3/14/13 11:49 a.m. A subject came into a building on Mercantile Drive and claimed to be a federal agent. He was not believed.

3/20/13 3:09 p.m. A neighbor is harassing and threatening a man over the landscaping he is doing in the area. 3/20/13 10:45 p.m. Two suspicious men wearing suits were seen entering a bank on Mercantile Drive. It turned out they were bank employees. 

3/21/13 11:30 p.m. A husband feared his wife had run off until she finally came home from an auto shop.

3/22/13 11:50 a.m. A suspicious subject was walking in circles around First Citizens Bank as he talked on the phone. 

3/24/13 4:34 p.m. A careless window washer was getting passersby wet as he washed windows on McVey Avenue.

by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO - Lake Oswego Police Officer Nathan Burk is among law enforcement officers who have been eating lunch with Lake Oswego High School students. His visit was part of a program bringing a stronger police presence into local schools in 2013.

APRIL

4/2/13 9:33 a.m. A man who has an archery range in his yard is disturbing neighbors when he shoots arrows.

4/3/13 2:11 p.m. Upstairs neighbors are walking too loudly in their apartment.

4/27/13 5:07 a.m. A son is incurring his mother’s wrath because he keeps coming home after curfew.

4/27/13 1:24 p.m. When an owner was informed that his dog was being aggressive, his response was laughter.

4/28/13 12:15 p.m. Two large soccer nets were placed in a traffic lane on Lilly Bay Court. This was bad enough, but four children were also playing soccer.

4/29/13 12:34 p.m. A mother has locked her daughter out of the house because she refuses to clean her room.

MAY

5/2/13 12:59 p.m. A resident was surprised when his neighbor’s dog came in through the doggie door of his house on Glacier Lily Drive.

5/3/13 11:19 a.m. A dog owner stoutly defended his dog against charges that it was barking at night and keeping his neighbor awake.

5/6/13 8:37 a.m. The horrible noises coming from a tree on Central Avenue were feared to be coming from a cougar.

5/7/13 7:40 p.m. A mother became highly upset and verbally abusive when a neighbor told her daughter not to walk on her lawn.

5/10/13 4:15 p.m. A suspicious chunk of feces was discovered by a man pressure washing a roof on Juarez. The washer has saved the feces and taken photos of it for any future investigation.

5/11/13 5:05 p.m. A driver wants to file charges against a motorist who flipped him off.

5/12/13 2:17 p.m. Juveniles are trying attract attention to their lemonade business by running into traffic on Melrose Street.

5/13/13 5:43 a.m. A man had such a bad dream that police were called.

5/14/13 9:53 a.m. A man is searching for the wallet he threw in the trash a couple months ago.

5/14/13 3:04 p.m. A careless skateboard geek is impeding traffic on McVey Avenue and South Shore Boulevard. He is also flipping off those gazing at him with disapproval.

5/16/13 5:19 p.m. A 30-pound potbellied pig on the loose on Meadows Road is now in the custody of the Lake Oswego police.by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO - This pig was responsible for one call Lake Oswego police responded to in 2013. In May, Officer John Brent wrestled the squealing animal, which had managed to elude neighbors, into a patrol car and took it downtown, where the porker waited in a holding cell until its owner called and came to fetch it.

5/16/13 10:32 p.m. A wife sought police input on how to keep her husband from bothering her.

5/17/13 8:15 a.m. A roommate has moved out as agreed. She also took her former roommate’s washer and dryer and owes her rent, which was not as agreed.

5/18/13 8:08 p.m. A mysterious male wearing a mask and carrying a broom handle is walking behind Lakeridge Junior High School.

5/19/13 2:48 p.m. Four teens suspected of some strange mischief by dunking a car battery were actually students testing an underwater camera in the river for a school project.

5/23/13 4:59 p.m. Two people were reportedly making rhythmic movements in a restaurant bathroom on Boones Ferry Road.

5/24/13 8:52 a.m. Traffic on Boones Ferry and Country Club roads was disrupted by jaywalking ducks.

5/28/13 9:05 p.m. Neighbors and police rushed to a home where a child was heard yelling at his mother to leave him alone. It turned out that the boy refused to clean his room.

JUNE

6/2/13 6:24 p.m. A man came home to find that his place had been trashed. He is afraid of how his roommate will react when he shows up.

6/2/13 9:01 p.m. A boy with anger management problems became terribly upset when not allowed to watch what he wanted on TV.

6/6/13 7:36 a.m. What was at first thought to be a snack bar burglar at Old Waluga Park turned out to be the sound of an ice maker on its last legs.

6/6/13 1:50 p.m. A mutt defecated in a woman’s yard on Wax Wing Circle. Police are investigating.

6/11/13 12:25 p.m. A woman wants to kill the coyotes who keep coming into her yard. Police advised her not to do this.

6/11/13 1:04 p.m. A woman who keeps coming up with weird ideas is starting to worry her sister.

6/11/13 2:18 p.m. A brother keeps breaking items and then calling his sister to say, “Excuse me, ma’am” over and over.

6/13/13 2:19 p.m. Passersby were concerned that a tree leaning over Boca Ratan Drive was about to fall over onto the roadway. However, it was determined that the tree has always leaned this way.

6/14/13 10:20 a.m. A son that was sleeping too soundly did not answer the phone when his mother kept calling.

6/14/13 2:08 p.m. A man is feeling let down after finding he did not actually win a million dollars and a new car.

JULY

by: REVIEW FILE PHOTO - Kai, one of the Lake Oswego Police Department's renowned K-9s (the other is Charger), had to undergo surgery in 2013 to repair wear and tear he suffered in the line of duty. The 8-year-old German shepherd had two hernias and a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left rear leg. His veterinarian believed hed make a full recovery, though, and serve the city for another two or three years.7/8/13 10:37 p.m. Some weird juveniles took a watering can to the park, took photos of it, then returned it.

7/9/13 11:40 a.m. A woman refused to stop cutting flowers around Mt. Jefferson Terrace, even though she had a trunk full of flowers.

7/10/13 12:05 a.m. A neighbor is talking too loudly in his back yard.

7/11/13 10:31 a.m. A man’s reward for breaking up a dog fight at the dog park on Stafford Road was getting slugged by another dog owner.

7/11/13 3:05 p.m. The sounds of a zipper being zipped, a puppy, a child and an adult were heard over a wireless open line.

7/16/13 10:44 a.m. A firecracker woke up a woman during the night and she is mad as heck about it.

7/17/13 8:50 a.m. A man was stunned when he went to an open house on Summit Drive and opened a door on the second floor, and there was nothing there — no stairs, no deck, nothing. The city building department is looking into this.

7/20/13 5:33 p.m. A dog was so happy to be taken out of a crate that it finally quit barking.

7/23/13 12:57 p.m. A mother is worried because her adult children are threatening to move back home.

7/23/13 6:35 p.m. An elderly woman thought to be in trouble was just listening to the end of a radio program before she got out of her car to deliver some mail.

7/24/13 11:59 a.m. When a woman went to help a man lying on the side of a roadway, he told her to beat it.

7/24/13 5:45 p.m. A search for a missing 5-year-old son ended under the child’s bed.

7/27/13 8:59 p.m. An outbreak of unneighborliness between neighbors on Da Vinci has resulted in them throwing things on each other’s property.

7/30/13 6:36 p.m. People became worried when a female listening to a voicemail suddenly burst into tears.

AUGUST

8/3/13 10 p.m. A dirty bathroom with no toilet paper caused unhappiness for a pedestrian on State Street.

8/5/13 8:29 a.m. A nervous man was jumping in and out of bushes as cars passed on Highway 43.

8/10/13 2:52 a.m. A man got upset about seeing a bird stuck in a cup holder in a truck. However, an officer found that it was only a toy mouse.

8/11/13 8:15 p.m. Six subjects playing kick ball on South Shore Boulevard agreed to quit cheering so loudly.

8/22/13 5:59 p.m. A custodian at Lake Oswego High School became trapped in a restroom when the doorknob was removed. A police officer arrived to open the door.

8/23/13 5:06 p.m. A customer aroused suspicion with his constant trips to the bathroom. His trips turned out to be legitimate.

8/23/13 8:39 p.m. A man and a woman walked into a church and reported that they were no longer having problems.

SEPTEMBER

9/3/13 2:42 p.m. A mother is distressed because her two sons will not stop fighting.

9/4/13 8:48 a.m. A brother keeps emailing his sister despite her requests for him to stop.

9/9/13 8:58 a.m. An ill duck was trapped on a building ledge on Meadows Road. Efforts by county sheriff’s deputies to access the duck were not successful. The problem was turned over to the managers of the building.

9/11/13 9:48 p.m. A man thought to be missing actually endured two flat bike tires, thus delaying his arrival.

9/13/13 11:47 p.m. While seeking to find the source of the odor of marijuana, a man discovered a wandering skunk.

9/14/13 7:15 a.m. A renter refused to let a plumber in even though his apartment was flooding.

9/15/13 5:50 p.m. What seemed to be a loud, vociferous argument turned out to merely be two drunk friends walking home.

9/16/13 8:47 a.m. A coyote attacked a squirrel and a peacock on Cortez Court. It got the squirrel but the peacock escaped.

9/17/13 8:26 a.m. A woman is denying accusations by her ex that she has mental problems, but she does want police counseling on how she can stop being such a fast driver.

9/19/13 1:31 p.m. A neighbor has been using an ultrasonic device on a dog. The dog’s owner resents it.

OCTOBER

10/1/13 10:06 a.m. A man was weirdly waving his arms as he stood on a street corner. It turned out he was listening to music while waiting for a bus.

10/3/13 10:23 a.m. A guitarist is trying to promote his musical career by jumping in and out of traffic.

10/6/13 4:15 p.m. A lionhead rabbit has been eluding a woman’s efforts to catch it.

10/6/13 10:01 p.m. A mother managed to lock herself outside of her house. She was unable to rouse her 13-year-old son, who was sound asleep inside.

10/8/13 12:12 a.m. A woman called in to say that she had smoked marijuana and now felt like she was going to die. Rest was recommended.

10/14/13 4:30 p.m. A 10-year-old boy walked down Boones Ferry Road but came running back and hid behind a tree after a possible boogie man dressed entirely in black chased him. The conclusion of this strange episode is not known.

10/15/13 6:15 p.m. Disconcertion is being caused by a loud, belligerent person who is dragging a cat around on a leash.

10/18/13 8:42 a.m. A suspicious-looking man with a beard and long nose was staring in a disconcerting fashion at a house on Uplands Drive.

10/18/13 11:43 a.m. A woman who was reportedly talking to ghosts as she walked around an apartment complex met with an officer, who found her to be sane.

10/18/13 3:03 p.m. A woman kept yelling “Help me!” until a police officer arrived to help her. It turned out she was having digestion problems.

10/18/13 8:11 p.m. Despite now being persona non grata, an ex-girlfriend is refusing to leave her ex-boyfriend’s house.

10/20/13 4:41 p.m. A customer walked into Taco Del Mar and threw a picture on the wall to the floor, breaking its glass. The customer will no longer be eating tacos at Taco Del Mar.

10/22/13 6:41 p.m. A neighbor’s dog is running loose and scared a woman on Britten Court.

10/23/13 8:02 p.m. A woman has received seven texts that say terrible things about her.

10/24/13 8:12 p.m. A man stumbling along Fosberg Road was simply very tired of walking. He was given a ride home by officers.10/25/13 8:59 a.m. A man walked into a veterinary clinic and placed a restaurant check holder on the counter, then walked backward out of the office. This odd incident was caught on video tape.

10/25/13 3:29 p.m. After informing a truck driver that there was oil leaking from his vehicle, a man was told to mind his own business.

10/28/13 3:40 p.m. After declining an offer of friendship, a woman is now getting into arguments with the housesitter next door.

10/29/13 9:49 a.m. A mother decided to call the cops after being plunked by a full can of soda thrown by her daughter. However, the mom just couldn’t press harassment charges against her girl.

10/29/13 11:52 a.m. A great Dane named Shamus has run away. He should be easy to spot.

10/30/13 2:25 p.m. A thoroughly bungled 911 call turned out to be a child playing on the phone.

10/31/13 2:17 p.m. A black poodle dressed for Halloween is now missing.

10/31/13 6:41 p.m. A skinny man in a gray sweat suit is walking around and carrying his shoes. This is thought to be odd.

NOVEMBER

11/1/13 7:51 a.m. Three teens were going in and out of an apartment on Kerr Parkway all night and are now sleeping in the laundry room.

11/2/13 10:06 p.m. A man carrying a crowbar aroused worry in a woman. But it actually turned out to be a flute.

11/5/13 2:16 a.m. A mother asked the police to help urge her son to come out of the basement.

11/5/13 11:59 a.m. While hitchhiking on Greenbrier Road a man broke into a dance. He was found to be normal and later he caught a bus.

11/6/13 11:10 a.m. A school principal accidentally dialed a wrong number and was threatened by the man he talked to. Later, the man apologized for his vile temper.

11/8/13 8:51 a.m. A man wearing a plaid shirt looked dazed and out of it when he walked very slowly into a coffee shop. However, he was not as spaced out as he looked.

11/8/13 6:36 p.m. A woman became spooked when a man in sagging clothes took multiple photos of her car.

11/9/13 8:43 a.m. A dog owner was caught in the act of not picking up following his dog’s bowel movement at East Waluga Park.

11/10/13 3:43 p.m. A man seeking to hire two ugly prostitutes for $20 wrote his ambition on a sign and carried it around the meridian on Kruse Way and Kruse Oaks Boulevard.

11/12/13 4:28 p.m. A fellow with a bizarre sense of fashion is wearing his pants so low that he is exposing his backside during a stroll around Westlake Park, where children are playing.

11/13/13 11:09 a.m. A little white dog is making it very uncomfortable for a man on his walks around Morningview Circle. The small but intimidating pooch comes right up to the man’s legs.

11/14/13 9:45 a.m. Two suspicious loiterers at a business turned out to be culinary students.

11/25/13 9:51 a.m. People at Millennium Plaza Park became scared when they saw a man with a fully exposed butcher’s knife coming their way. However, he turned out to be a chef who was merely going to work.

11/28/13 9:28 a.m. A bearded, hairy, skinny man with a camouflage duffel bag aroused suspicion on Summit Ridge Court when he stopped at a house and asked the layout of the neighborhood.

11/30/13 7:38 a.m. A woman feared to be dead in her car was just sleeping.

DECEMBER

12/2/13 1:40 a.m. A man requested that police talk to him about things in his life that are bothering him.

12/2/13 2:45 p.m. After answering a knock at her door on Park Forest Avenue, a woman was confronted by a man who stared at her.

12/3/13 11:38 a.m. An elderly man keeps allowing his dog to defecate on a woman’s lawn. After asking him 20 times to stop this activity, she now wants the oldster and his defecating dog trespassed.

12/4/13 11:01 a.m. A 14-year-old boy refuses to get out of bed and go to school.

12/4/13 2:31 p.m. A mother came home to find her 17-year-old daughter and her four friends rolling joints on the kitchen table and the house smelling to high heaven of marijuana.

12/4/13 4 p.m. Residents on Hastings Drive were concerned about a dog that was not using its doghouse despite the inclement elements.

12/5/13 8:20 a.m. A sign saying “No Trespassing” on McNary Parkway has been treated with the greatest disrespect, with people not only trespassing but turning the sign around, cutting wires and allowing their dogs to take dumps on the property.

12/5/13 11:51 a.m. Officers rushed to a scene to help a baby in a locked car in front of a sushi restaurant. However, the “baby” turned out to be an adult male.

12/7/13 4:13 p.m. A man found a sleeping bag in bushes near Hidalgo. He suspects someone has been sleeping in it.

12/8/13 2:36 p.m. Because his neighbor in a condo is acting strangely, a man suspects he is holding hostages.

12/9/13 10:18 a.m. A beaver suddenly appeared on the roadway on Iron Mountain Boulevard.

12/10/13 4:21 a.m. A Siamese cat that had been missing for two weeks suddenly showed up at its home on Ash Street.

12/13/13 12:04 p.m. Barking dogs are disrupting the concentration of physicians while they are doing procedures.

12/14/13 6:38 p.m. A ring of teenage doorbell ringers was chased by a man who managed to grab a shoe off one of the youngsters fleeing down Kingsgate.

12/16/13 5:42 p.m. A small light-brown terrier wearing a sweater with a penguin that says “Sloppy Kisses” was found on Sierra Vista Drive. A good Samaritan is holding onto the pooch with the embarrassing sweater.



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