Blotter | Armed man confronts bill collector; resident foils package thieves by throwing a rock at their car

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

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

Snoqualmie Police Department

Monday, March 27

Theft: At 1:52 p.m., police were called to report the theft of a “sleeping sombrero” statue from the 7000 block of Center Boulevard SE, Snoqualmie. The owner of the statue contacted the suspects through Facebook and they agreed to return it.

Tuesday, March 28

Noise complaint: At 12:25 a.m., a homeowner on the 37000 block of SE Fury Street in Snoqualmie called police to report a car alarm going off at night, waking him up. Officers found the vehicle and left a business card on the window.

Noise complaint: At 9:47 p.m., a loud noise coming from a parking lot on SE Mayrand Lane and Center Boulevard SE in Snoqualmie was reported to police. Officers found the noise was created by employees of a restaurant cleaning out the grease traps.

Wednesday, March 29

Suspicious: At 12:21 p.m., police were called to the 7000 block of Douglas Avenue SE, Snoqualmie, where a homeowner reported someone was banging on his door. The homeowner confronted the subject, while armed and the two men got into an argument. It turned out the subject was a Puget Sound Energy employee, trying to collect an overdue bill. He left when police arrived.

Thursday, March 30

Suspicious: At 6:25 a.m., a man sleeping in front of a business on the 300 block of SW Mount Si Boulevard, North Bend, was reported to police. The caller woke the subject up, but he refused to leave. When police arrived the man agreed to leave the location.

Theft: At 1:02 p.m., police were called to the 700 block of SE 11th Street, North Bend after two subjects driving a mini-van stole a package that had been in front of the caller’s front door. The homeowner threw a large rock at the vehicle and told them to give the package back. The suspects returned the package and left the scene. Police were unable to find the vehicle.

Suspicious: At 7:13 p.m., a caller told police a man was following her, from the library to a nearby store on the 7000 block of Center Boulevard SE, Snoqualmie. She said the man had made her nervous at the library, because when he stood up, he nearly leaned on her. Police contacted the man, who didn’t know she’d gone to the same store. He said he didn’t mean to make her nervous.

Snoqualmie Fire Department

Thursday, March 30

Broken light: At 11:15 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to a non-emergency report of a smoke smell inside a home on Ogle Ave NE, North Bend. The resident said the smell was strongest in the garage, and had been noticeable for 30 minutes. Firefighters saw no visible smoke, except from the chimney, and no electrical issues. They also noticed no odor in the garage, but saw that a light in the garage had a bad ballast, causing the light to flash. They disconnected the light from the wall and found that the ballast was hot to the touch, and had a slight odor. They advised the homeowner to replace the ballast or the fixture, and to call back if there were any other issues.

Friday, March 31

Car trouble: At 6:41 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to multiple reports of a vehicle on fire on eastbound S.R. 18 near Tiger Mountain Summit. Dispatch reported that the burning vehicle was occupied and had fire dripping from the undercarriage. The crew reached the vehicle but saw no fire. They investigated and determined that there had been a fire, caused by a mechanical breakdown, but the fire burned out once the motor was turned off. Firefighters turned the incident over to the State Patrol.

Saturday, April 1

Car fire: At 10:44 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters were dispatched to a possible car fire on Railroad Avenue SE. A medic unit was in the area and arrived before the fire crew, and crew members used an extinguisher to put out the fire. The owner of the vehicle said he was driving to North Bend when the oil light came on, then he smelled and saw smoke coming from the back of the vehicle. He got out and saw a small fire under the vehicle, in front of the engine.

Sunday, April 2

Carbon Monoxide: At 11:54 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters were dispatched to an audible carbon monoxide detector alarm sounding at home on SE Aspen Lane, Snoqualmie. The crew arrived and spoke to neighbors who said they could hear a chirping sound coming from the garage. Firefighters opened a few windows and doors to ventilate the area, and used a five-gas monitor to determine the air was clear before leaving the scene.

Tuesday, April 4

Flue shut: At 6:35 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to the Salish Lodge and Spa for an automatic fire alarm. They arrived to find that a fireplace flue had been closed in a guest room when the fire was lit. They assisted with ventilating the room and hallway.

Wednesday, April 5

Dryer problem: At 10:09 a.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded with other units for a report of a possible structure fire on SE Swenson Street, Snoqualmie. They found no sign of fire when they arrived. The homeowner said it may be a problem with the furnace, which she’d shut down. She also said she’d seen white smoke near her garage door, by the dryer vent. Firefighters checked the home’s exterior, the walls, appliances and vents, and found no obvious problems. There was a small amount of condensation on the siding near the dryer vent indicating significant steam production. It was likely the result of the dryer being set to the wrong cycle. The crew left instructions with the homeowner for follow-up.

False alarm: At 1:19 p.m., Snoqualmie firefighters responded to the Venture Commerce Center for a reported automatic fire alarm called in by the alarm company. They arrived to find the building completely evacuated, with contractors on site. The unit appeared to be under renovation. The crew was met by a contractor who said the alarm had been set off by drywall dust. The smoke heads did not have any covers. Firefighters advised the contractor and building owner that the alarm heads needed to have dust covers while renovations were being done.

Medical aid: In addition to the above calls, Snoqualmie EMTs responded to 14 medical aid incidents, bringing the total number of calls to date to 292.