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School days ahead mean buses and students on streets

Since my last column, the King City Police Department's activities have moderated. However, we still are receiving many calls involving frauds and scams. As a reminder, if you come across an offer too good to be true, it isn't, so you should avoid the temptation.

Make sure that you regularly check your bank accounts, investment accounts and credit card accounts for abnormities or activities that you did not authorize. In all questionable situations, contact your bank if appropriate and the police department.

School days ahead

It is the time of year when we begin to think of fall and all the fall activities, including the beginning of school. It is also the time that we retool our driving habits by remembering the speed rule in a school zone and that during both morning and afternoons there will be kids getting or off school buses.

As a refresher, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on days that school is in session, the speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph. If the school zone has posted amber lights, the speed is 20 mph when the lights are flashing.

Deer Creek Elementary School in King City has school-zone flashing amber lights, both at the beginning of the school day and at the end of the school day. It is a good practice to always slow to 20 mph when near a school, a school crossing or when children are present.

It is also important to be aware that during early morning and afternoon hours, children are being picked up or discharged from school buses. When you see a school bus and its red lights are flashing, you must stop and allow the children to get on or off the bus. Failure to do so can lead to a citation with a hefty fine.

In King City, Fischer Road, Beef Bend Road and 131st Avenue are the areas you'll most likely encounter a school bus picking up or discharging children.

So be aware, be alert and let's have a safe school year.

New patrol vehicle markings

You may have noticed King City police vehicles are a new brand as well as having a new design. The Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles are being phased out due to the cessation of production, and King City is replacing the Fords with Dodge Chargers. To fit the body style of the Dodge, the marking on the vehicles has been changed.

Let us know what you think.

CERT returns

After our summer hiatus, the King City Community Emergency Response Team program will meet in September to discuss the direction of the program. All current CERT members and residents interested in serving the King City community are invited. This meeting will be an open forum, accepting comments from those CERT members and interested residents in attendance.

We hope to have a great dialogue and develop a plan for the successful future of our vital program. All current CERT members will be notified by letter of the date, time and location of the meeting. Those non-member residents who want to attend should call King City City Hall at 503 639-4082 to find out the time and location of the meeting and to let Sam know that you will be attending the meeting.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

Sometimes people's actions make you wonder. This event took place in the great state of Texas.

A 21-year-old son- in-law decided that stealing was a lot better and easier than working. So he comes up with the idea to steal a blank check from his mother-in-law and write in the amount. After forging the check, this industrious individual went to a local bank to cash the check.

Upon presenting the check to the teller, the teller immediately realized something was up and contacted the police. The police responded and arrested the individual for passing a bad check. During the arrest process, they found that our bank customer also had a gun in his possession and some marijuana. (Extra charges were made).

Oh, by the way, the amount that our now-arrested subject had written on the stolen check was 360 billion dollars.

So until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.