(By Chewelah Police Chief Mark Burrows)
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. – George Washington
The Chewelah PD handled approximately 62 calls, here’s the rundown. Officers responded to three alarm calls; assisted the Sheriff’s Office on several calls near town; and a citizen filed an information report after an ex-boyfriend made threats. A civil standby; a disturbance complaint; a person was reminded that camping is not allowed in the park unless you’re in the RV park; and a man was refused service and trespassed from a convenience store for exhibiting very strange behavior. We received a complaint of a distressed puppy; a welfare check; civil papers were served; two collisions were reported; and a young woman was taken to jail on warrants. A Juvenile problem was reported; an anonymous person complained of an unattended fire at a yellow house near Colville Ave and 4th St. W.; and we received two reports of vehicle prowls. Please remove your valuables from your vehicles and keep them locked. One citizen said his vehicle wouldn’t lock & the only things stolen were a jacket and a bottle containing 104 pain pills…..pretty obvious what’s going on there. Officers responded to two dog complaints. One was in the W. 500 block of Main Ave. If you own a black and white Boxer-mix, your neighbors would really like it if you’d keep your dog on a leash and/or in your own yard! Another dog complaint was ongoing barking at Court Ave. and Victoria St. A vehicle was repo’d; a fireworks complaint; an eviction; 27 traffic stops; another warrant arrest; two DV calls; and a complaint of loud music at just before midnight. On one of the traffic stops, K-9 Rebel indicated the vehicle smelled funny. A very small amount of meth and paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle. Officers also responded to calls of traffic hazards and traffic situations; an abandoned vehicle; another suspicious person; an incomplete 911 call.