Law and Order: Police chief accused of setting off fireworks, crabby streets and cars in the way of parade route
September 18, 2012
ISN'T THAT A PARENT'S JOB?
On Sept. 1 at 5:36 p.m., police were called to the 1200 block of Kirkwood Court on a report of a juvenile problem. When police arrived a man asked police to explain to his two sons and stepdaughter, all younger than 9, that throwing rocks at people was bad. Police told the children that it was a crime if they were going to throw rocks at people.
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BE CAREFUL WHO YOU ACCUSE. IT COULD COST YOU BIG BUCKS On Sept. 1 at 8:40 p.m., police were near the 200 block of Walnut Street when they saw fireworks going off. In the 300 block of Walnut Street, police could see a man through a wood fence, holding a tube and setting off another firework. Police called out to the male and asked him to meet them out front with his fireworks. Police explained to the man that fireworks were illegal. The man said he was not aware of the law and had set them off before with his neighbor, the police chief. Police asked where the officer lived that set off the fireworks with him and the man pointed at house on the corner. The officer then told the man that house belonged to him and he had never set off fireworks with the man. Police issued the man a $500 citation for fireworks violation and confiscated all other fireworks.
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DRINKING AND DRIVING (FLOATING) APPLIES TO BOATS, TOO … On Sept. 2 at 10 minutes after midnight, police were called to 1600 Pelican Lake Point on a report of suspicious activity. When police arrived they saw a boat on the lake without lights on. When they located the two men with the boat, they were trying to pull it onto the beach. The two men were visibly intoxicated with a strong odor of alcohol on their bodies. The boat was full of water with beer cans floating in the boat. The men told police the boat flipped over and that was why it was full of water. They told police no one was driving the boat, that they had "floated" out from their house. Police warned the men that drinking and going out on a lake in the middle of the night was not a smart thing to do. The men apologized, and police walked them home.
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EXPENSIVE APPLE PIE On Sept. 2 at 3:02 p.m., police were called to the 1100 block of Walnut Street on a report of littering and dumping. Police were told in a phone call that the man at that address was sweeping crab apples from a tree into the street. A town employee told police the man had been warned previously not to do that and the town wanted him cited. Police went to the location and saw that there were two piles of crab apples on the north side of the driveway and more crab apples in the street in the front of the house. Police took pictures of the scene and contacted the homeowner and cited him with a $70 fine for littering.
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COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE, LIKE A $100 TOW BILL On Sept. 3 at 7:55 a.m., officers on patrol looking for vehicles parked illegally on the Harvest Festival Parade route noticed two cars at 5th and Walnut streets. Police called a tow company they had prior arrangements with to tow a 1991 blue Honda and a 2003 blue Saturn. They were towed to legal locations elsewhere. Owners had to find them when they came back.