On Monday morning the 911 center dispatched officers to a bank alarm. Two Chewelah officers and a Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the bank and learned it was a false alarm. If you see officers carrying rifles and taking positions around a bank that’s usually what’s happening.
Last week the Chewelah PD handled approximately 53 calls. Ten of them were traffic stops; six or seven suspicious people were contacted; five suspicious vehicles were checked; and officers booked an adult female into jail after investigating a domestic assault. The intoxicated prisoner hurled numerous personal insults and threats at the arresting officer. A citizen reported a custodial dispute; two calls were related to possible mental problems; and a concerned citizen reported that dogs were barking in a van near the hospital. When the officer checked on the animals he discovered that the vehicle was parked in the shade and the dogs were not in distress. Officers responded to trespassing complaints; received info reports; an harassment complaint; and responded to three reports of traffic situations in progress. One guy on a fast ‘Bavarian Motor Works’ motorcycle received a ticket and a slow-moving semi was stopped for obstructing traffic by driving 35-40 mph down 395. The truck driver was arrested for suspicion of DUI. Two citizens requested that officers check on friends; a disturbance complaint; a juvenile runaway report; a P.O. violation; and a security check. The 911 Center reported an incomplete 911 from a cell phone; an area check; an assist to another agency; and a theft was reported after a man pushed a shopping cart out the front door of the grocery store. The suspect was later located and cited for the theft. A burg report; a misc report; a noise complaint; an unwanted person; a report of an electrical fire; and an officer responded to the aid of a motorist who’d grilled an Odocoileus virgininaus that was attempting to cross the highway south of town.
-By Chewelah Chief of Police Mark Burrows