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Police Blotter: Bullets Fired Through Man's Condo Ceiling

The following information from July 31 - Aug. 6 was supplied by the Mercer Island Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Town Center condo resident contacted after he discovered a bullet had been fired through the ceiling of his home for a second time in the past two months.

Police say the 26-year-old resident of The Clarice Condominums at 2811 75th Place SE contacted Mercer Island Police on Aug. 2 after he returned home at 7:55 p.m. and discoved a fresh bullet hole in his ceiling and another bullet lodged in his floor. A similar occurrance happened two months ago but he said he didn't report it. Police were able to dislodge one of the bullets for evidence.

Police were unable to contact the 56-year-old resident above him about the illegal discharge of a firearm.

Aug. 6

Organ Speakers Stolen From St. Monica Church
reported the theft of several large Allen Organ cabinet speakers from the loft area of the church sanctuary. the reporting party said he believed the theft occurred sometime over the past six months.

Mini Front Loader Found near
A police patrol discovered a walk-behind Toro Dingo mini front loader was left abandoned on the east shoulder of the 8400 block of East Mercer Way adjacent to a driveway at around 10:16 p.m. The construction equipment still had the keys in the ignition Police say marks on the roadway make it appear that the equipment may have been unloaded in the middle of the street and moved to the shoulder, then abandoned. Police impounded the vehicle.

Aug. 5

Vehicles Blocking Roads Towed in Parking Scramble
An unoccupied Honda Accord on the 7200 block of North Mercer Way, a silver Ford Windstar van and gray Toyota Prius on the 2500 block of 71st Ave. SE were all towed after they were parked partially blocking the roadway at around 1:10-1:15 p.m.

Water Balloon Volley Damages Boater's Laptop Computer
A 26-year-old Suquamish man was boating on Lake Washington when a water balloon launched from shore went through the vessel's window and exploded on a laptop computer, valued at $2,000. The man attempted to contact the group who threw the water balloon at him at a home on the 2400 block of 60th Ave. SE, but "he was given the runaround". Police later identified the 80-year-old homeowner (another boater was reportedly near Faben Point on Aug. 4).

Woman Claims Estranged Husband Entered Home
A 40-year-old resident of a home on the 8900 block of SE 44th Street reported her estranged husband — a 46-year-old Issaquah man — entered her home under suspicious circumstances sometime over the weekend.

Aug. 4

Delivery Truck Knocks Down Albertsons Lampost
A delivery truck and trailer knocked down a lamppost at the 77th Ave. SE entrance to at 12: 11 p.m. as he attempted to make a turn into the parking lot. No injuries were reported and the trailer was undamaged.

Parking Irritation on Forest Avenue
A 54-year-old resident of a home on the 4300 block of Forest Avenue SE claimed a Honda Prelude was parked on her property at 2: 50 p.m. and looked through a wallet and purse in the car in order to find a way to contact the car owners. The car owner was upset the woman had entered the vehicle, though the police officer noted that the car may have been resting on private property.

Colorado Woman Loses Purse 
A 19-year-old Greenwood Village, CO woman visiting a home on the 2400 block of 66th Ave. SE reported her beige Marc Jacobs purse wallet stuffed with $110 in cash, credit cards and other items was missing at 6:47 p.m. She last recalled seeing the wallet at around noon that day.

Ding-Dong Delinquents Busted for Pot
Fearing for her safety, a resident of a home on the 4600 block of 89th Ave. SE reported several teenage boys attempted to open one of her home windows at 8:20 p.m. Police later stopped a group of youths who said they were playing a "game of ringing doorbells". A search of a 16-year-old teen yielded a small amount of marijuana. He was detained and later turned over to his parents, pending charges.

Falling Object Damages Minivan on Eastbound I-90
A 48-year-old Bellevue woman was driving eastbound on I-90 and had just driven through the Island Crest Way overpass when her Honda Odyssey was struck by and unknown object at 10:38 p.m. The object left a deep gouge in the vehicle's roof, but no injuries were reported.

Aug. 3

Dog Bites Woman in First Hill Driveway
A 22-year-old Bellevue woman trying to attend a party in the First Hill neighborhood walked down the wrong driveway and was attacked by a dog on the 2700 block of 69th Ave. SE. at around 1 p.m. The woman reported the attack some 9 hours afterwards, expressing concern that the dog had all of its appropriate shots.

Burglars Take Jewelry, Valuables From Mercer Island Estates Home
An unlocked home was burglarized on the 8500 block of SE 76th Place and occurred sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. A 46-year-old resident reported numerous items of jewelry, cash and a laptop were stolen — including a platinum ring studded with seven diamonds, a pairs of gold and diamond earrings and a swiss-made Raymond Weil wristwatch. Police were able to recover fingerprints as evidence from the scene.

Aug. 2

Pot-Smoking Youths Busted in Mercerwood
Police contacted three 21-year-old residents parked in a blue Toyota Previa minivan on the 4200 block of Shoreclub Drive at 1:44 a.m. and noticed smoke rolling out of the vented windows and a marijuana bong at the front passenger's feet (he was also holding a jar of suspected marijuana). The men consented to a search of the vehicle, which yielded additional marijuana in the back-seat passenger's backpack. Two of the men were arrested for marijuana possession, taken to the MIPD station, processed, cited and released.

Man Fears Computer Trespassing By Remote Computer Tech
A 61-year-old resident of a home on the 8000 block of Avalon Drive said a person claiming to be affiliated with Microsoft allegedly trespassed in his computer at 6:30 p.m., taking control of the device. The suspect claimed to be called "John Anderson from TECHE4PC.COM" when the man became suspicious and ended the phone call. He disabled his computer, canceled credit cards and checked his bank account. No losses or unauthorized charges were found.

Teens Cited For Underage Drinking at East Seattle Home
Responding to a noise complaint, Mercer Island police arrived at a home on the 2200 block of 66th Ave. SE at around 10:53 p.m. and saw four teenagers sitting around a table on a front deck. Two 19-year-old residents admitted to drinking and had open beet bottles in front of them, and they were both cited for underage drinking.

July 31

Autistic Boy Runs Away From Home
The guardians of a 15-year-old autistic boy reported the teenager missing from their on the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive at 7:45 a.m. The youth has been involved in many related incidents over the past several years, and is believed to be a potential danger to himself and others. Child Protective services were notified of the teen's disappearance.

Divorcé Thought Burglar was Ex-Husband
A resident in the process of divorcing her husband reported an undisclosed amount of cash, a portable generator and several bottles of wine and champagne were stolen from her residence on the 4200 block of West Mercer Way. The woman noticed the items missing on June 15 but thought her husband had taken them — but later learned that he didn't have possession of them. She also told police that her children had accidentally left the garage door of the home open several times.

Kendall Watson August 10, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Favorite comment of the week via our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/MercerIslandPatch) from Lauren Kathryn Scratch Simmons: "Not as crazy as Renton and Ranier Ave..... That's why we moved here."

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