Blinded by lights, bank threats: Snoqualmie Valley police calls

Police departments in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls recently:

Snoqualmie Police

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Reckless Driving: At 10:33 p.m., a patrolling officer received a call from a Department of Transportation Worker, who was observing an older blue pickup truck swerving northbound on Snoqualmie Parkway. The officer contacted the driver, who denied he'd been driving recklessly, and said he'd been swerving because the approaching officer's headlights had blinded him. The officer followed the man, still swerving, home.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Under the Influence: At 9:04 p.m. an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle at Orchard Drive and Gravenstein Court, because the registered owner's license was suspended. The owner had his 5-year-old son in the passenger seat, and said he was dropping him off at a children's party. The officer smelled alcohol and after further investigation, determined that the driver had been drinking, and after conducting sobriety tests, arrested him for driving under the influence.

Suspected Prowler: At 7:28 p.m., police received a report of a man looking into vehicles in the 8200 block of Railroad Avenue Southeast. The man was wearing a baseball cap, and a dark coat with white sleeves. Officers were unable to locate the person, but no cars had been broken into.

Friday, Dec. 30

Stolen firefighter gear: At 10:16 a.m., a resident of the 7800 block of Melrose Lane Southeast reported that his pickup truck had been robbed on Nov. 4, and a duffle bag with about $750 worth of Eastside Fire & Rescue equipment had been taken. The victim said King County Sheriff's personnel had located his EF&R badge about a week later, at Rattlesnake Lake.

North Bend Police

Wednesday, Jan. 4

Shoplifting: At 2:02 p.m., a business manager in the 300 block of Main Avenue South reported that at about 8 a.m. a man had entered his store and appeared to be shopping, asked a few questions, and then stole a pair of boots.

Tuesday, Jan. 3

Threats: At 10:15 a.m., a bank employee was confronted by an angry customer in the 100 block of Bendigo Boulevard North, and reported it to police. The teller said the man walked up to his counter and said he had a problem with the bank. He threatened to kill the employee, and blow up the bank.  Stolen Meds: At 9:25 a.m., a resident came to the North Bend transfer station to report that someone had stolen her methadone over the holidays. She'd hidden the medicine in her closet, but over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, she said she had 16 family members visiting, and the drug was gone after the holidays.

Friday, Dec. 30

Fraud: At 12:24 p.m., a woman reported to police that someone had made fraudulent charges to her bank account that day. She was notified by her bank, Bank of America, that three purchases of $800 each had been made from her account.


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