Police on call: Best hits off scanner in 2012
Editor’s note: On a daily basis, Daily Sentinel reporters pore over police reports and keep an ear on the police scanner to monitor law enforcement activity. Over the course of 2012, the newsroom took note of those reports and calls that were particularly, well, strange. Here are the items that made the final cut:
■ June 15: Police were called to a report of a “white male in a wheelchair wearing a fly-fishing vest, rolling on Patterson and pointing a gun.” The man was unarmed and an officer reported the subject was “wheeling away from me.”
■ June 17: A Grand Junction man phoned dispatchers to report his neighbor’s “shiny new truck was causing him to go blind.” It wasn’t clear how the report was handled.
■ June 20: Police were called on a report of “a woman in a bikini running from a scene” accompanied by a “man with an ax in his back pocket.”
■ June 21: Grand Junction police and emergency medical services were called on a report of a “37-year-old male conscious and breathing, saying he ate some hot sauce and can’t get up.”
■ July 7: Police were called to track down an intoxicated male who left Community Hospital with an IV still in his arm.
■ Aug. 16: A man called 911 to report he was “overdosing on marijuana” and possibly having a heart attack.
■ Aug. 24: A small child was heard screaming during the night in Palisade. Officers located the screams, which turned out to be a man blowing into an elk bugle.
■ Aug. 24: Police in Grand Junction were called on a report of a man who removed his pants and was bathing in the fountain at Fifth and Main streets.
■ Aug. 25: Police in Palisade were called on a report of a naked female walking northbound on Main Street, while her “clothed boyfriend was following.”
■ Sept. 3: Dispatchers called Fruita police to investigate a reported “naked man in the lake” who was “trying to start a fight.” No other details were aired.
■ Sept. 3: Police were called in Grand Junction on a report of an adult male who was intoxicated and had bitten his mother. The reporting party, however, was observed by officers outside wearing a “biking top” and “a piece of shorts.”
■ Oct. 7: Authorities deemed unfounded a report from a highly intoxicated man who reported smoke was covering Mount Garfield.
■ Oct. 26: Police in Grand Junction were called to investigate a sighting, deemed suspicious by someone, of an individual walking around town wearing “pink, fuzzy-striped, boot-like slippers” who was holding a leopard-skin bag.
■ Nov. 9: Police in Grand Junction investigated a report of a man “in camouflage, crawling around in the parking lot, possibly intoxicated” in the area of 28 Road and North Avenue. It was 3:30 p.m.
■ Dec. 23: Police were called on a report of a man swallowing Christmas lightbulbs on 15th Street.