I used to read the police press releases when they came across the fax machine at KTVZ, curious about the criminal activity going on in Bend – especially around my neighborhood. I’d see the names of people I knew (or knew of) getting arrested for DUIs, or having been the victim of a petty theft. It used to be a rarity to see a stabbing, meth lab, or marijuana-grow operation.
I still read the Bend & Redmond police logs (although the Sheriff’s logs are now private) and whereas I used to recognize a name every other day, now, the people mentioned are all strangers to me.
Since moving to Baker, I try to read the local police logs every morning after I scan our local newspaper. I’ve learned, very quickly, that not much goes on in this town. It’s no wonder the newspaper is such a pleasant read.
So now, I present to you, Why I Love Baker City:
5/31/2007 11:10 Dry Creek Cutoff Road
Dispatch received a report of a cow caught in a cattle guard
Deputy Ash responded and cleared
5/31/2007 15:26 Valley Street at the Bridge
Dispatch received a call to report a cat with his head in a can.
Sgt Yeaton and 3 young boys responded and saved the cat from the can.
5/31/2007 16:21 Geiser Pollman Park
Dispatch received a report of a found item.
5/31/2007 17:35 C Street off of Cedar
Dispatch received a report of a dog at large
So, after helping the neighborhood cow, a cat stuck in a can, and someone turning in a found item, the cops were called about a loose dog.
Not a bad gig, being a cop in Baker.