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K-9 Hector Hits the Jackpot: LFP Police Blotter

In another incident, a club customer claimed he didn't know that private dances cost $30 each, and came up short of cash.

The following information is selected from Lake Forest Park Police reports for March 25-30. Where an arrest is noted, it does not indicate a conviction.

In the last week of March, the Lake Forest Park police responded to a citizen report of a suspicious vehicle in the 18300 block of 28th Ave NE. A Lake Forest Park officer located the vehicle with two occupants. Subsequently, officers believed illegal drug activity was involved and deployed the City’s drug-detecting dog, Hector. Hector gave a positive responsive for illicit drugs. The occupants refused to allow officers to search the vehicle and a search warrant was obtained.

In the search of the vehicle, officers located suspected narcotics, drug paraphernalia, vehicle prowl and burglary tools, 100+ vehicle and residential keys, along with various pieces of jewelry. Charges are pending further investigation.

March 25

  • A Lake Forest Park resident reported that someone opened a credit card in their name, upon receiving a call from a financial company wanting to confirm a suspicious purchase.

March 26

  • A driver was cited for reckless driving after speeding into an intersection and squealing the tires and swerving, almost hitting a police car head-on.

March 27

  • Police were called to a club on Bothell Way where the manager said a customer refused to pay. The customer said he didn’t realize the dances cost $30 each, and he was $40 short of cash for the bill. His friend came to the rescue and paid his tab.
  • A local resident’s purse was found in the back yard of a home, after apparently being stolen from the victim’s car. She hadn’t reported it yet because she had to go to work in the morning.

March 29

  • A local resident of Beach Drive NE reported that someone had gotten into his garage, stealing a bike and stereo equipment.
  • Residents of the Forest Park Condos reported that their gas tanks were open and both were missing about a half tank of gas.

March 30

  • Police attempted to stop a car that was driving recklessly on southbound 522 near Déjà vu around 3 a.m., and then crashed at 140th and 522. Two males fled the vehicle, while a female passenger stayed on the scene. Shoreline Police attempted to track the suspects with a K-9 unit, but didn’t find them. The vehicle was totaled and towed, and a stop sign destroyed.
  • A resident saw a man drop a bag of copper near 147th in a wooded area. Lake Forest Park and Shoreline Police looked for the man but did not locate him, and it’s not known where the copper came from.
Greg Johnston (Editor) April 10, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Here is a fun tribute to K-9 Hector from our LFP friend Jean Monce Bryant: Hector is a special guy He’s always on his toes He likes to travel with the cops The scent of drugs he knows He helped to make a timely stop His nostrils did the rest They found the car was full of drugs That Hector is the best There used to be a certain phrase “When Hector was a pup” But we can be so proud of him Our Hector has grown up
Rob April 11, 2013 at 05:19 AM
There is something I have been curious about. With the new law, it is not illegal to possess a small amount of marijuana. Presumably , the dogs are trained to signal an alert for marijuana. So, if it turns out the dog hit on what was marijuana in the car, is it a legal search? I know the search was conducted with a warrant, but the warrant was issued on the basis of the dog alert. Do the dogs need to be retrained at this point to not alert on marijuana? I am glad these people were taken off the street, but I am curious about reasonable searches going forward. This would be a good question for the Shoreline police going forward.
Greg Johnston (Editor) April 11, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Rob, it appears that many local law enforcement agencies are already training their dogs not to alert handlers to pot: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Legal-pot-means-big-changes-for-states-drug-sniffing-dogs-199043431.html

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