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One car held for ransom, another stuck on railroad ties

June 14th, 2013 2:31 pm by Staff Report

One car held for ransom, another stuck on railroad ties


• Saddle sore. A man’s wife may be a lone rider unless police are able to recover his saddle. He woke up one morning after riding horses with his wife the night before and noticed his barn door open and the saddle missing. The saddle was taken sometime between 11 p.m. on June 10 and 7:30 a.m. on June 11. A breast plate, breast plate strap, saddle blanket, saddle pad and a Big Horn Pioneer 16’’ saddle were all listed missing.



• Man punches, breaks McDonald’s window. A 19-year-old man may not have liked the way a manager at the East Main Street McDonald’s told him and his friends to stop leaning on the window on June 7. He punched the glass damaging it entirely and was estimated to cost $3,000 to fix it.



• Man outmaneuvers police to escape. A man was driving at a high rate of speed, dangerously passing vehicles on the shoulder of South Roan Street after he backed his car into the patrol car that was chasing him on June 9. Police lost sight of the car around the 2700 block on South Roan. Police are attempting to identify the man and he will face charges of leaving the scene of an accident, evading arrest and reckless endangerment.



• Railroad ties up driver with jail time. When police arrived to help a woman whose car got stuck on railroad ties near Duke Street, she proclaimed, “I’m not drunk! Breathalyze me now!” Although the woman who said these things to police on June 7 may not have been drunk, police suspect she had been smoking marijuana because she smelled like it, failed a field sobriety test and was “sweating profusely.” No paraphernalia was found but she was charged with driving under the influence.



• Man holds woman’s car for ransom. A man is asking for $300 in order for a woman to get her car back after he stole it from her driveway. The suspect was a friend of the victim and asked for her car keys to retrieve clothes from inside the vehicle. Instead, he drove off and spoke with the victim briefly to say he would be back later. The man stopped answering her calls that day. The man made one phone call the next day to her requesting the money. Police had one suspect in mind because the woman said the man was on work release and did not turn himself back in that night.



•  Gang signs? A 17-year-old boy suffered facial fractures after two men attacked him for wearing a red bandana in his back pocket and trying to dial 911 on June 8. When they approached to talk to the victim, the men asked the boy what the color represents and he told them it didn’t mean anything. The boy said they continued to ask the same question and then asked what was in his pocket. While reaching in his pocket to try to dial 911, he was punched in the face by one of them. His second attempt to call 911 resulted in more punching and kicking from the two assailants. He suffered possible facial fractures.



The Police Blotter is compiled from area law enforcement reports.


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