Blotter: Fire climbs moss to treetop, reignites hours later; man attacks cars with hammer and crowbar

Police and fire agencies in the Snoqualmie Valley responded to the following calls:

  • Friday, September 8, 2017 2:38pm
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Snoqualmie-North Bend Police Department

Sunday, Aug. 20

Theft: At 5:28 p.m., police were called to a report of two shoplifters who were seen stealing meat and seafood from a business in the 400 block of East North Bend Way, North Bend. The shoplifters drove away, but police were able to stop the vehicle and take the subjects into custody.

Monday, Aug. 21

Juvenile problem: At 8:30 p.m., police were called to Community Park on SE Ridge Street, Snoqualmie, after a caller reported seven juveniles in a tree. When police arrived they found the subjects burning something and jumping over it with bikes and skateboards. The responding officers got all the subjects’ contact information, had them clean the surrounding area and then called their parents to pick them up.

Suspicious: At 8:59 p.m., police were called to the 400 block of Main Avenue S, North Bend, after receiving reports of someone yelling for help. The officers were unable to find anyone yelling for help, but discovered that the caller had been drinking and warned him about the North Bend disorderly conduct ordinance.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Weapons offense: At 8:18 p.m., a man yelling, damaging cars and threatening his neighbors on Harding Place, Snoqualmie, was reported to police. The man had a hammer and a crow bar and was destroying property including cars. He was also reportedly doing donuts in his car in the cul de sac. Officers arrived on the scene and detained the man.

Juvenile problem: At 9:28 p.m., callers on SE Ridge Street complained that a group of juveniles was ringing doorbells, then running away. Officers located the juveniles at Cascade Elementary and told them to stop what they were doing, since it was rude, and annoying to homeowners.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Suspicious: At 1:13 a.m., a resident of Nye Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, reported a strange car parked with its lights on. Police found it was just three moms talking. There was no crime.

Snoqualmie Fire Department

Thursday, Aug. 24

Illegal burn: At 4:16 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to a burn complaint in the Riverbend community. On arrival, they found a homeowner burning yard debris. The homeowner was advised to obtain a permit before burning, and firefighters put out the burn.

Friday, August 25

Fire: At 12:49 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to a small fire located on the Ridge. Upon arrival, firefighters found a dead log on fire with the surrounding brush also burning. They extinguished the fire and investigated the scene. It appeared people had been there dumping trash. Snoqualmie Police also responded but said they stated they did not see anyone leaving the area as they arrived.

Assist: At 5:20 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters assisted King County Sheriff’s Office with a subject who reportedly had attempted suicide.

Flooding: At 8:36 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters were called to a report of flooding, caused by a truck backing into a hydrant, breaking it. The truck fled the scene. Water was flowing downslope into a driveway and home area from a broken pipe feeder line when firefighters arrived. They shut off the water line, then assisted the homeowner with diverting the water away from the home and into the yard.

Saturday, Aug. 26

False alarm: At 9:20 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to a fire alarm, but found no fire on arrival. The location was a construction site, and the alarm was in test mode due to the project work being done.

Fire hazard: At 10:02 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters received a report from a passerby of a burn pile off Reinig Road. They arrived at a home and found an approximately 15×15 foot burn pile. The homeowner said he was “just burning junk and pallets.” The crew reminded him of the dangerous environmental conditions, and assisted him in putting out the fire.

Monday, Aug. 28

Fire: At 3:24 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to a reported brush fire near the end of Terrace at Raines Ave. The caller reported the fire as slow moving and spreading to the timber. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke emitting from the woods and after investigating, they located 20×20 foot, slow-moving brush fire in heavy duff and timber slash. The fire had run up the trees about 35 to 40 feet, along the moss growing on the trees. Firefighters initiated an aggressive attack and quickly controlled the fire. The caller met the crew and reported that his children had discovered the brush fire after hearing popping noises, and they notified him. They had tried to extinguish the fire, but couldn’t because it was already so large. During the cleanup of the scene, firefighters noticed there was construction debris near the point of origin. Several new-looking match books were also found. Snoqualmie Police were notified of the find, and collected the match books as evidence. Police officers stated that a homeless camp had been recently removed from the area and the occupants had left substantial trash deposits behind. Firefighters overhauled the entire fire scene and soaked the area prior to leaving.

Collision: At 4:41 a.m., firefighters responded with other agencies to a reported six-vehicle, noninjury accident on westbound I-90. The crew assisted with traffic control and assisted clearing the roadway until 10:23 p.m.

Barbecue: At 5:24 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to a complaint of smoke and burning on SE River Street. They observed a small amount of smoke which smelled like a barbecue, then contacted the homeowner, who said he’d just grilled a steak, but did not have a fire. They determined he used a barbecue grill and left the scene.

Flare-up: At 6:53 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of a possible bark fire at the scene of an earlier brush fire. The caller said he’d seen only one spot of fire that appeared to be extending in the area. Firefighters investigated and found a branch that appeared to have fallen out of a tree that earlier had flames run up the moss on the outside, and was now starting to smolder. Firefighters doused the whole area and cleared the scene.

Medical aid: In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie EMTs responded to 18 medical aid incidents bringing the total number of calls to date to 742.

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