By Chewelah Chief of Police Mark Burrows
The Chewelah PD handled around sixty calls last week, here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the details. We’re at just over 2000 calls for the year, this week 28 of the calls were officer contacts such as traffic stops, suspicious vehicles and suspicious people; a man with mental issues caused a commotion at the grocery store at 0400 hrs; a report of a child custody dispute; and a citizen reported seeing an elderly man acting strangely near Quartzite Loop.
We identified the man after talking with the complainant. A black BMX bike was turned in as found property; a citizen complained that five dogs were barking in a yard in the 300 block of S. Stevens; again, numerous wolf/dog sightings; dispatch received a report from an uncooperative caller that a man had fallen off his bicycle just before 0100 hrs; and two people were detained after they were caught making a drug transaction on surveillance video south of town. A homeless man was caught stealing items; a dog was reportedly seen wandering down the centerline of several streets; and an officer assisted the S.O. with the recovery of a stolen vehicle and trailer south of town. An unwanted person was reported hanging out at a school. The man drove away and was jailed for Driving with a License Suspended in the 1st Degree…and not having an ignition interlock….long back story on that one.
A miscellaneous complaint; two suspicious vehicles; several traffic situation complaints; a civil standby; found property; a DV report (domestic violence); an officer assisted the S.O. on a report of a theft of cash ($480) south of town; and someone damaged the car wash and stole a spray nozzle. A juvenile problem; a disturbance at the hospital; threats; a warrant suspect was located and taken to jail; and a citizen complained that a bunch of kids on bikes were making noise near Lincoln and Victoria…at midnight. A burglary complaint; an assist on a ‘man down’ call; an assist to the S.O. on a disturbance complaint; an animal complaint; a welfare check on children; a 911 call was made over gossip; a threats complaint; and a few citizens called 911 after witnessing various types of drama. 911 was designed for reporting actual emergencies, not emotional drama.