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 and San Luis Obispo.
Fowl play 3:01 p.m. Sept. 25, 1800 block of Westfield Road in Paso Robles
A resident said their son’s bird was killed by drowning, and the resident thought it was done by a neighbor who always complained about the bird. Officers investigated and said there was no proof the bird was murdered. The officer contacted the neighbor, who said he had nothing to do with it.
Call off the bomb squad 3:17 p.m. Sept. 26, Target in Paso Robles
A large black backpack was left unattended in the middle of a parking space in the Target parking lot. A citizen said it was not there when they parked 30 minutes earlier. Officers asked Target security to check the surveillance camera. Officers arrived and found a Target associate took the bag in the store and determined it was empty.
Everyone’s a suspect 3:39 p.m. Sept. 27, 1100 Spring St. in Paso Robles
A man with black hair and sunglasses had been sitting by the horseshoe pits in City Park for more than two hours. A passerby thought it was suspicious the man was not sitting on his bench, but was sitting on his “haunches.” Officers checked on the man, who was sitting on a bench reading a book.
Crooked customer 5:41 p.m. Sept. 27, 1104 Pine St. in Paso Robles
A woman had been inside a restaurant for nearly two hours and ordered food and wine and then said she could not pay. The woman had been arrested several times at downtown businesses for the same type of thing. The business decided not to prosecute, and only wanted her to leave the business and not return.
Barking mad 2:57 p.m. Sept. 28, 2305 Theatre Drive in Paso Robles
A man said he was parked in front of a store when someone parked next to him and hit his car with their door. When he confronted them they started barking at him and yelling obscenities. Dispatchers then received a call from the other subjects who said the original man was the one who was calling names.
Security fail 1:26 a.m. Sept. 29, 1103 Spring St.
A woman at the Paso Robles Inn was lying on the ground in the parking lot between two cars. It was unknown if she needed medical aid or if she was drunk and security did not want to approach. Officers arrived and security showed them where the woman was lying unconscious. She was taken to the hospital.
Cat fight 10:09 a.m. Sept. 29, Lark Drive in Paso Robles
A resident said he thought a mountain lion was “facing off” with a black house cat. Officers were unable to find anything.
Newspaper wars 1:08 a.m. Oct. 3, 3985 S. Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo
A paper delivery driver said he was assaulted by another paper delivery driver.
Special effects 5:51 a.m. Oct. 3, 3860 S. Higuera St. in San Luis Obispo
A resident reported seeing red and white smoke, but was unable to tell where it was coming from. It was determined to be the marine layer and lights from a shopping center.