2012 Best of Blotter

December 25, 2012

By Staff

Throughout the year, the police blotter chronicles criminal masterminds, traffic snags and occasional oddities beneath tongue-in-cheek headlines.

The items included below — culled from 12 months of police reports — highlight humorous and strange happenings from the year:

Private eye

Police contacted a Sammamish woman after she drove over a planter strip in the 3300 block of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast on Jan. 26. The collision damaged the underside of her vehicle, causing it to leak transmission fluid. She told the officer she believed she had been followed and her vehicle had been bugged with surveillance devices.

Donation frustration

Police responded to suspicious activity at a donation bin in the 600 block of Northwest Gilman Boulevard at 3:25 p.m. June 7 as a man and his girlfriend attempted to retrieve clothing accidentally placed in the bin earlier. The girlfriend verified the story, and the man retrieved the items and departed.

American idle

Police responded to a noise complaint in the 100 block of Northwest Dogwood Street at 11:39 p.m. June 20 after a caller reported a man singing loudly in the area. Police located the man on the roof of his home and asked him to keep the noise down.


Flintoft’s Funeral Home & Crematory, 540 E. Sunset Way, requested a police escort for a funeral before 11:24 a.m. July 13. When officers arrived for the detail, they discovered the procession had already left the funeral home.

H is for hoodlum

Police responded to malicious mischief in the 200 block of Southeast Clark Street at 10:44 p.m. July 15 after a caller reported a child vandalizing a sign. The officer contacted an 8-year-old girl who admitted to pulling down half of the letter H from a sign. The officer took the girl to her mother, and the mother said she intended to make arrangements to pay for the damage.

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