“A neighbor’s dog came into the yard and killed our rooster” was reported to the sheriff’s office in an Eastern Oregon community in early May.
A couple of “deceased chickens” also merited a call to police in another report.
Meanwhile, a driver told a sheriff’s deputy that she swerved to avoid hitting a deer and her car ended up in the ditch.
These abbreviated reports often appear in weekly newspaper in summaries of fire and police reports. Some readers may question whether they merit publication because they seldom include names of people who make the reports. Readers, however, often recognize addresses and can guess who registered the complaint and who may be the victim.
In any event, these fire and law enforcement reports are grass-roots examples of how newspapers inform as well as entertain readers about community events.
As a reader of several weekly newspapers, I decided to share examples that appeared recently in reports by police departments and sheriff’s offices:
Three male subjects are walking up the street knocking on doors.
I have two miles left of gas in my car. If I run out of gas, I will need help.
Someone is trying to put a knife under the door.
A disabled semi is blocking the Lexington bound lane.
A 62-year-old male fell. He doesn’t appear injured, but they can’t get him up.
Found a dead deer in garage. Door open.
A male is sitting in the skate park drinking a 40-ounze beer and looks very intoxicated.
My girlfriend attempted to commit suicide within the last 20 minutes.
Five Black Angus cows are on my property.
A neighbor came out with a frying pan and threatened her daughter with it.
Two subjects argued for four hours last night, then the male flattened the female’s car tires.
I’m being blackmailed by e-mail.
A kayak is trying to come off the top of a car on the highway.
A large yellow lab mix is on the front porch and is blocking the only entrance to my house.