(MARK BURROWS/Chewelah Chief of Police)
Week of January 9, 2020
During cold winter weather make sure your pets can stay warm and that your dogs have a city license. Chapter 6 of the Chewelah Municipal Code clarifies that no one may keep a dog inside the city limits without obtaining a dog license/tag. If your dog escapes and is found wearing a collar with a city tag it’s a lot easier for officers to ID where the dog belongs. The fines for dog at large are $100 for the first offense, $150 for the second, and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Also, when feeding pets, avoid feeding nuisance animals. The Chewelah PD is no longer checking out skunk traps so you will need to purchase your own trap or arrange for a nuisance trapper to help you. Traps are pretty affordable and the Dept of Fish and Wildlife has a list of nuisance trappers in our area. In 2019 the Chewelah PD responded to 2297 recorded incidents.
Last week we responded to 47 calls & here’s your overview. Officers responded to two burglary alarms; an area check; one burglary of an unoccupied building; two citizen assist calls; two assault complaints; and five reports of disturbances caused by people. Only two of the disturbances were in town and the others were assist calls to the Sheriff’s Office. The S.O. and WSP help Chewelah many times per year, it’s called ‘mutual aid’, and that’s a win-win for citizens. Officers responded to three dog complaints last week; a domestic argument; a fraud complaint; an info report; and a fireworks complaint! Security checks; a suspicious vehicle; a theft report; two minor collisions south of Chewelah; a traffic hazard; a traffic situation; two welfare checks; and officers stopped eighteen cars for various reasons. Drivers were ticketed for speeds of 40 m.p.h. and 46 m.p.h. in 25 m.p.h. zones. Lastly, as of January 1st of this year all pistol permit business will be handled by the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office.