Dispatch Desk

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January 7

3:30 a.m. -- A caller from College Street complained of a dog that had been barking for over an hour. The responding officer found the dog in question and sent it to its room.

7:41 a.m. -- County and state police were informed of a driver supposedly driving erratically near the junction of US Hwy 62 and Hwy 23 South. No trace was found.

4:55 p.m. -- A visitor to the police station reported an ID theft. Talked to an officer, decided no report was necessary.

7:53 p.m. -- A caller reported he was hit by another male but did not want to press charges.

January 8

7:50 a.m. -- A caller from Oakridge Drive told police he was assaulted with a screwdriver. Officers arrived and talked with the parties, who agreed to go separate ways. A report was taken. Flathead or Phillips?

7:45 p.m. -- A male caller intent on repossessing a car from its owner called for help from near a local bank. The caller seemed drunk and was rude. The female car owner said the repo man had no papers authorizing him to take the car but that she actually was behind on her payments and was letting him take the car back to the dealership.

January 9

9:35 a.m. -- A police detective narrowly avoided a collision due to a dog running loose on the highway. Animal Control located both dog and owner. The owner, who is disabled, said she was letting the dog run loose and chase her car for exercise. Animal Control advised her she was breaking several laws and causing a serious hazard for drivers. She loaded up the dog and went home with a strong warning not to do it again.

11:56 p.m. -- A caller reported losing his wallet, possibly at a local supermarket/family center, and asked them to keep an eye out in case it turned up.

January 10

12:21 a.m. -- A false security alarm was reported at a big old mansion up on the highway.

2:04 a.m. -- Another false alarm, this time at a local dispenser of foot-long sandwiches. The store manager came and locked up. No sandwiches were harmed.

6:33 a.m. -- A caller advised she was following a car that was swerving and had actually run off the road near Rock House Road before stopping at a convenience store on the edge of town. Police checked the last place it was sighted but it was gone on arrival. County law was notified.

11:56 a.m. -- A flatbed semi was lost on the Historic Loop for awhile but found its way out by the time police arrived to help.

12:17 p.m. -- The owner of a downtown nautically themed bar called to report a dine-and-dash on New Year's Eve. The officer took a report.

2:40 p.m. -- A caller advised a female had jumped out of a vehicle at a local medical park pharmacy in a psychotic state and was "running around." Police and EMS located the individual and took her to the hospital.

2:55 p.m. -- A local woman turned herself in for failure to pay on a passing violation. She posted out with cash.

5:32 p.m. -- An officer checking things out at at a really big city park outside town noted someone appeared to be living in their vehicle and left a note for day shift to check the area later.

6:14 p.m. -- A caller passing through Huntsville heading for Eureka reported a house burning up ("flames up in air, very tall") and a car parked watching it burn. Madison County was notified to tone out the fire department.

January 11

2:07 a.m. -- While checking doors downtown, an officer found an unlocked tattoo parlor. He checked the building, found everything okay, and locked up on his way out.

3:09 a.m. -- A passerby called to say he saw someone -- "a man with long hair" -- inside a local convenience store when it should have been closed, but the responding officer searched the building high and low and nobody was there.

7:29 a.m. -- A motion alarm set off probably by the big power outage the other night, sent officers to check a local pharmacy. Nothing was suspicious.

11:14 a.m. -- A caller from Ridgeway advised her dog was attacked while they were on a walk by an Australian herding dog running loose on the street. No immediate injuries visible on her dog. Animal Control and the responding officer made contact with both dog owners. Citations were issued for "dog at large." One time my 2nd ex-wife got a ticket for having a "pig at large." The judge laughed, but she still had to pay court costs.

11:56 a.m. -- A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a young lady for an outstanding warrant from Madison County. Not fun.

12:04 p.m. -- A caller reported seeing three white males walking westbound on Van Buren Avenue going through mailboxes in the area of Pine Mountain Jamboree. The responding officer checked the area without witnessing any hanky panky but followed up by contacting the caller for more info.

2:37 p.m. -- A caller reported white males in a dark blue Toyota Forerunner with "busted out windows" stripping copper from the old abandoned convention center. The vehicle left heading eastbound. Maybe the same guys who were stealing mail.

6:50 p.m. -- A caller from a local inn reported a guest who was "mentally challenged" had gone for a walk three hours earlier but had yet to return. Fortunately, a passerby gave the guy a ride back home within the hour.

7:43 p.m. -- The owner of a local lodge called to ask police to pick up a very large knife found in one of the rooms because of the presence of small children.

January 12

12:13 a.m. -- A caller reported the new air conditioner put up on the back of the Auditorium was "making a lot of noise" and thought it was about to break down. The responding officer agreed it was a bit loud but there was no way to tell if it was about to break. A note was left for the building inspector.

2:06 a.m. -- A caller from Rock House Road reported a red Jeep Cherokee that keeps pulling into his driveway, turning off its lights, and then leaving whenever he turns on his porch light. Three times this had happened since midnight. The responding officer staked out the area and did see a gray jeep go down the road and immediately back out, but no red jeep.

4:29 a.m. -- A caller from North Main reported a busted water main. "Thousands of gallons of water are coming out." Public Works was notified.

January 13

2:51 a.m. -- A caller from the the one all-night convenience store in town called to say there were two guys fighting in the store, one extremely intoxicated. The responding officer arrested the drunken fellow for public intox.

2:56 p.m. -- A routine traffic stop at the corner of US Hwy 62 and Judah Street resulted in the arrest of a male for driving on a suspended license.

7:37 p.m. -- A caller reported a red Mustang "driving all over the road" at 28 mph heading into town from Hwy 23 South. An officer located the vehicle heading east on 62 out of city limits and notified the county.