Each day, dispatchers from the seven police departments in San Luis Obispo County take dozens of calls from residents seeking help for issues ranging from minor disputes to serious crimes. The Tribune provides coverage of serious crimes every day on its news pages. Here is a look at some of the other, more unusual calls as found in recent police logs from Paso Robles.
Take it and leave it 7:32 p.m. Jan. 28, 1200 block of Dorothy Street
A woman said a transient was coming into her yard and taking things and then leaving things. She said he was not there at the moment, but there was a jacket and shirt on her front lawn she thought belonged to him.
Tobacco lobbyist 7:53 a.m. Jan. 29, 24th and Spring streets
A man in a white truck approached a group of kids and tried to get them to take cigarettes.
Deer ticked 7:51 p.m. Jan. 29, 1600 Country Club Drive
A deer was stuck in the mud near the fifth fairway on the golf course.
Odd find 8:40 p.m. Jan. 29, 180 Niblick Road
A man said he found a credit card in his wallet that did not belong to him.
The car will win 7:55 a.m. Jan. 30, 900 block of Walnut Drive
A resident said his neighbor was driving at a high rate of speed up the street, so he stepped out in front of her vehicle. The driver then accelerated, causing him to jump out of the road to avoid being hit. The police dispatcher told the man he shouldn’t put himself in the roadway in an effort to discourage speeding. He wanted the incident logged because the driver told him she was going to call the police, and he wanted to do so first.
Dirty birds 10:32 a.m. Jan. 31, 1900 Ramada Drive
A resident called 911 because he was concerned about the Arco/Jack in the Box having pigeon feces that fall onto the top of vehicles if they are parked under the overhand. The man said he complained to the business, but the have done nothing to fix it. He said he felt it was a health hazard.
Neighborhood drama 2:02 p.m. Jan. 31, 2400 block of Winding Brook Road
A resident said there was a mountain lion in open pasture land, and there was a sheep down. The resident said he was about a half-mile away and looking through binoculars. Police dispatchers notified Fish and Game and the school resource officer at the nearby school, as the kids would be dismissed shortly after the call. The resident called back a short time later upset that he had not seen someone respond to the area. Awhile after that, frantic neighbors of the original caller were dialing 911 because he was going door-to-door to warn them. Fish and Game said a warden had been in the area for an hour and saw the dead sheep, but it had no signs of trauma to indicate it had been attacked. It appeared to have died of natural causes. The warden also said the area was not conducive to mountain lions as there was too much open space. The only wildlife he saw were a ground squirrel and a large house cat.
Road block 2:44 p.m. Jan. 31, 1100 Spring St.
Two people driving trucks had stopped in the middle of 12th Street and were talking to each other. They were blocking traffic and yelled at anyone who expressed opposition to their actions.
Still feels like home 3:42 p.m. Jan. 31, 1300 block of Stoney Creek Road
A couple said they recently purchased a home and three times they have returned to the house and the garage door was open. They suspect he previous owner, who had come to the address looking for a package he said was delivered there. Another time the previous owner walked into the house while the new owners were home.