Monday, March 10, 2008

Arcata Eye, a must are some examples

• Saturday, February 9 8:22 p.m. It could be called aggressive panhandling, standing at Samoa Boulevard and G Street and trying to stop traffic to ask drivers for money. It could also be called bumper pool.

11:57 p.m. There was no one home in the 1500 block of Beverly Drive, and any effect of the officer’s business card may have had on the endlessly barking dog was not measurable by current scientific instrumentation.

4:30 p.m. Two boys opened the door to the porta-potty at the skate park and threw in lit matches.

5:55 p.m. A customer came out of a Westwood Center shop to find that someone had locked their bicycle to hers.

7:43 a.m. A car was broken into on Iverson Avenue and subjected to severe rummaging. And yet, nothing was taken.

8:01 a.m. The same thing happened on Villa Way, with valuable items fondled but not taken.

9:26 a.m. A red mountain bike was stuffed into a porta-potty at the Community Center, presumably for entertainment purposes.

9:55 a.m. The windows on a shovel loader were painted over on Fifth Street. This occurred two months previous, but the victim reported it just now because of the news stories about APD catching all the vandalism suspects lately. Maybe...?

10:38 a.m. Over to Daniels Street, where a car in a driveway was rummage-rifled and nothing taken.

11:27 a.m. Another car, this one inside an open garage on Daniels Street, was gutted of goodies.

11:51 a.m. Another bonus bag o’ cannabis “stems and unusable” was found at a Uniontown shopping center.

4:12 p.m. The first political sign of election year was stolen from a front yard on California Avenue. Aw geez, here we go.

5:05 a.m. A man was reported trying to light a Plaza building on fire, and police raced to the scene. What they found was a guy on the southeast corner of the Plaza trying to kill a spider on the wall.

8:06 a.m. An Alliance Road youth refused to get outta bed and go to school. Police intervention was somehow averted.

10:45 a.m. And our lives just wouldn’t be complete without the streetcorner traveler yelling obscenities on the Plaza, turning the leisurely croissant noshing at a nearby bistro into a thing of horror.

• Valentine’s Day 1:25 a.m. A woman walking to work in the 900 block of G Street said she had been subjected to racial slurs. The alleged slurrer denied it, but lashed the police officer with verbal abuse as he walked away.

8:01 a.m. Someone parked a car in the intersection of 27th Street and Alliance Road and walked away. Police pushed it to the side of the road.

It never ceases to amaze me the comedy that seems to ensue daily in Arcata California.