Medical Marijuana Dispensary Committee Members Appointed
In August, we updated you on the new law that requires the Oregon Health Authority to license marijuana storefront or "collectives". Sheriff Garrett expressed his concerns that HB 3460 does not provided sufficient funding or regulatory power for the licensing authority to stand up to multi-million dollar criminal marijuana enterprises. The health authority has now assembled the committee that will set the rules for dispensaries. Sheriff Garrett is comfortable that this includes experts who will represent the law enforcement and prosecutorial perspective. The committee's first meeting will be Friday, September 20.
DUII Double-Header in Beaverton
On September 4, Deputy Povolny observed a possible DUII driver in a Subaru on SW Millcreek Street in Beaverton. He momentarily lost sight of the vehicle when the driver turned onto a sidestreet. When he caught up to the vehicle, it was parked in a driveway with an Acura parked just behind it, partially in the roadway. Deputy Povolny began talking with the Acura driver who was still in his vehicle . . . and also intoxicated. Both men were arrested for DUII.
You Never Know How a Call Can Evolve -- Aloha
Firefighters requested police backup on August 20. They were trying to enter a home in Aloha to render medical assistance to a woman, but an agitated male ran them out of the house. The man could not be persuaded to grant access, so deputies entered the home as community caretakers. They found the woman who appeared disoriented and was asking for medical help. The man became more agitated - then headed toward a rifle propped in the corner of the room. Deputies quickly arrested and charged him with Interfering with EMS, Resisting Arrest, and Obstructing Governmental Administration. His wife was transported to the hospital for an unknown medical emergency. You never know how a "simple" call will evolve.
You Never Know How a Call Can Evolve -- Beaverton
Numerous deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance on August 24. A neighbor reported hearing a female screaming for help and lots of banging noises in the apartment next door. The followup investigation revealed that two adult women had gotten into a fist fight when one accused the other of eating all her chocolate.
Police Impersonator Calling About Warrants
Several local police departments are receiving complaints about a warrant payment scam. Victims report that a person is calling random citizens and advising them that there is a warrant for their arrest. The caller then explains how the person can purchase a prepaid card to clear the warrant and avoid arrest. A real law enforcement agency will never call citizens to demand money for any reason. This is just a scam attempting to cheat you out of your money. If you receive a call from law enforcement that seems suspicious, always hang up and call the agency at a published number to confirm the call is genuine. If you are a victim of this scam or if you have information, please call (503) 629-0111. Audio of scammer.
Criminal Mischief at Aloha High School
On August 25, a citizen reported seeing a student using a black Sharpie marker to write all over a dumpster. Deputies arrived and interviewed the male who was still present. He admitted to using a black Sharpie to cross out silver spray paint that had been put on the dumpster by someone else. He is sick of seeing the graffiti all over. He was cited for Criminal Mischief III.
High-Centered and Snockered in Tigard
Found with his vehicle high-centered on a railroad tie in someone else's yard on August 25, this driver was very intoxicated . . . and honest:
How much have you had to drink? A bunch.
Can you feel the effects of the alcohol? Oh yeah.
Will you perform field sobriety tests? I won't be able to do anything.
Why? Because I am inebriated.
After one field sobriety test, they called it a day. He was arrested for DUII.
Scam Victim Narrowly Escapes Losing Thousands in Portland
Deputy Frank Ward responsded to a bank on the report that a man was about to fall prey to a scam. The man had just withdrawn thousands of dollars and left when a deputy first arrived, but he was contacted within minutes at a nearby store. A male caller told the victim that he had won a large amount of money, about $500,000, and that he would have to pay the taxes on the money before it could be delivered. The caller gave him directions to wire the money to a male located in Romania. Bank employees were clearly concerned that he almost lost his money to something they suspected of being a scam. The near-victim was greatly appreciative and gave credit to his wife who told him not to send the money in the first place! The investigation is ongoing.