Police Blotters – January 2008

There were only a few notable calls to the police in the last month. This area of the Sierra Nevada foothills got quite a bit of snow in January, so perhaps the weather kept the crazies inside or away from the phone. If fact, most of the calls to the police reported last month were weather-related — trees that blew down into the roadway, cars that had spun off the road, etc.

But what this month lacked in quantity, it made up in quality. I think the caller who mistook a midget for a child and the person who thought someone had been “buried alive” are among the best I’ve ever encountered.

  • 12:26 a.m. – A caller reported an animal was under the caller’s deck and chewing on some wiring.
  • 11:11 a.m. – A man called to report someone hooked a chain to his mailbox and dragged it down the street.
  • 6:03 p.m. – A caller reported a drunken man was urinating on the property.
  • 11:15 a.m. – A caller reported a 5- or 6-year-old child was shoveling snow. The caller was concerned the child would be hit if he didn’t get off the roadway. A deputy checked the area and contacted two adult “little people.” All was fine.
  • 1:02 p.m. – A man said he just moved from South Carolina and he believed he was being stalked by some people from Georgia. He believed his brakes had been tampered with, and someone left a cell phone under a mangrove tree.
  • 8:30 p.m. – A man called to report he saw a man’s face in a window about 20 minutes ago at a mortuary, and he believed one of the “dead people” had been buried alive. When the dispatcher asked the man if the face could have been one of the business’s employees, he said, “No, you should have seen his face.” Police contacted the business owner, who said employees had been at the business at the time of the call. No one had been buried alive.
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