Police blotter March 13
March 13, 2013
At about 12:01 p.m. Feb. 28, police found an Eastlake student in his car on the 22800 block of Northeast Street filling the bowl of a bong.
The officer believed the student was filling it with marijuana. The student, who said he was on a lunch break, disposed of the material he’d already placed in the bowl.
Police confiscated the rest and placed it into evidence. The student was able to produce a medical marijuana license.
At about 12: 54 p.m. Feb. 26, a woman was walking her dog along the 1200 block of 211th Avenue Northeast when she noticed a body in her neighbor’s yard.
She could not see any movement, such as breathing, and called 911. Police officers and EMTs from Eastside Fire & Rescue responded.
The man’s body was mostly concealed by overgrowth of rhododendron and blackberry buses. He was on his back, face up. A single croc-style shoe was near him. He had on socks, shoes and pants.
Police were able to contact a friend of the man, who was identified as the property owner, who had last spoken to him Feb. 18. The friend estimated the man was spending about $150 per week on alcohol.
Police found no evidence of foul play. The King County Medical Examiners Office is investigating the cause of death.
Keeping the peace
Police went to a home on the 1500 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast at about 9:17 p.m. Feb. 25 to assist as a man collected items from his former home in accordance with a court order.
Lost and found
At 5:21 p.m. Feb. 24, police responded when someone noticed a lost backpack near Christa McAuliffe Elementary School.
Within the backpack was marijuana, a bong, a glass pipe, and other drug paraphernalia. Police took the items for disposal.
A man called police at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 to report disturbing threats coming in via Facebook.
The man had accessed his Facebook account and checked his “other” messages section, which he’d never done before. He found messages equal to about 15 double-sided pages filled with nonsensical ramblings. Included among them were threats to kill “you” and other veiled threats.
The threats were from a former neighbor who had moved to North Dakota about four years ago. The incident is only being documented at this time, since the threatened man is nervous that the person making the threats knows where he lives.
They were going to consult with their neighbors who have also been the subject of similar attention.
Police responded to Good Samaritan Episcopal Church after reports of a car prowl between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. Someone smashed in a car window and took a laptop. There are no suspects.
At about 12:10 a.m. Feb. 23 Police pulled over a vehicle for going 49 mph in a 40 mph zone near the intersection of 228th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Eighth Street.
Police noticed the driver slurred his speech and repeatedly tried to shake the officer’s hand.
Another officer trained in investigating potential cases of driving under the influence responded and found the driver standing behind his car, swaying from side to side.
The man refused to take sobriety tests, and police took him into custody.
Police explained to the man his constitutional rights and that he had been arrested for DUI. They further explained that his car had been impounded.
The man had a difficult time understanding the situation, but eventually talked with his lawyer. He still refused to submit to a breath test, so police obtained a search warrant and drove to Harborview Medical Center where a nurse drew blood for analysis.
Once the results are back, police will forward the information to prosecutors.
Police responded to a home on the 1500 block of 220th Avenue Southeast when the person renting the property reported a burglary that had happened sometime between 7:20 a.m. and 3:50 p.m. Feb. 28.
Police believe someone used a key from a nearby laundry room to access the main home. They then took jewelry, a laptop, a pillowcase, and an iPod. Police found no fingerprints.
Police responded to the Saxony Apartments when a man called to report that someone had broken into his work truck sometime over the night of Feb. 27-28. They took boots, a hard hat, business cards, rain gear and an air meter.
As police attempted to obtain fingerprints, they discovered that the suspect was likely wearing gloves. Police asked the truck’s driver to submit the serial number for the air meter.
Driving while revoked
Police on patrol at 11:03 p.m. Feb. 27 noticed a vehicle drive by near the 4700 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and checked its license plates. They noted it had been sold several months ago and was over the allotted time for transfer of title.
When the officer pulled the car over, the driver explained the car belonged to her boyfriend. After the officer ran her information, he found her driver’s license had been evoked for an unpaid ticket. She said she was unaware her license had been revoked.
Officers responded to a home on the 20700 block of Northeast Eighth Street when the property owner said a burglary had happened sometime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 25. Someone had entered her home and taken an xBox 360, two controllers and four games. Nothing else was missing.
The woman is going to cancel her credit cards to avoid possible purchases and find the unit’s serial number for police.
At About 2:14 a.m. Feb. 24, police pulled over someone driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone, near Southeast 32nd Street and Issaquah-Pine Lake Road.
The driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and her breath smelled of alcohol. She said she was sober, but as the officer talked with her, he became suspicious.
She failed field sobriety tests and was taken back to the station. She blew a .088 and .086 on the Breathalyzer at 2:52 a.m. The legal limit is .08. She then called a friend to pick her up.
Driving while suspended
At 2:52 p.m. Feb. 19, police were driving through a parking lot at the 2900 block of 228th Avenue Southeast when they checked a vehicle’s license plates. Records showed the vehicle’s registered owner had a suspended driver’s license.
Police pulled the car over and the driver said he’d been making payments to get his license back, but may have missed his last one. Police arrested the man for driving with suspended license. A passenger in car, with a valid license, was able to drive away.
Police responded to Safeway when workers there reported a man had shoplifted several hundred dollars’ worth of alcohol between 7:45 and 8:08 p.m. Feb. 27.
After police arrived, they talked with store employees who showed the officer security footage, and noted the bottles taken were almost identical to a previous shoplift. Store employees also noted that the man had dropped his ID during a previous shoplift and the security footage looked like the same man as in the ID.
The store employee was able to give officer’s a description of the vehicle involved, as well.
Officer’s ran the man’s information through law enforcement databases and found he lives in Federal Way and has an outstanding warrant from Auburn for forgery, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A man called police when he found his home on the 26600 block of Southeast 31st Street had been burglarized sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The man arrived home to find the front door slightly ajar, but thought his wife may have left it open. He asked his wife, and she said she had not.
He later discovered that his wife’s purse and another bag were missing from the house. Combined, the bags had cash and jewelry worth about $8,350.
Upon arrival, police found signs that indicated someone might have used a pry bar to open the back door.
Police found no fingerprints and photographed the pry marks on the door as evidence.
Items in the police blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.