Police Blotter: Woman Attacked by Labradoodle in Mercerwood

The following information from June 21 - 25 was supplied by the Mercer Island Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A 51-year-old Mercerwood woman was walking her black poodle, "Mikey" June 21 at 7:43 p.m. when they were attacked by a tan Labradoodle that had left its yard on the 4100 block of 93rd Avenue SE.

The poodle suffered a wound to the left side of its rear hip and the woman suffered puncture wounds and cuts as she tried to protect her dog.

The Labradoodle was uninjured and was taken back home.

June 21

Renton Woman Arrested on I-90 for DWLS
A police patrol checking vehicle registrations on Island Crest Way noticed a Silver Honda Civic entering eastbound I-90 was flagged for a suspended license. The 39-year-old Renton driver kept driving for 2 miles after the officer's lights were illuminated and sirens turned on until she pulled over. She was arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended license, her vehicle towed and impounded, and was also cited for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Man Charged With Driver Inattention in Island Crest Way Crash
A Lexus RX330 SUV trying to turn onto westbound SE 47th Street from northbound Island Crest Way was struck from behind by a Chrysler 300 at approximately 35 miles per hour, causing significant damage to both vehicles. The Lexus was still operable and the owner of the vehicle drove the vehicle home under its own power. The driver of the Chrysler, a 62-year-old resident, said he didn't notice the vehicle was waiting to turn and suffered minor injuries to his right side. He was cited for driver inattention.

June 22

Rear Window Smashed by Teen Vandals With Toolbox
The rear window of a Toyota 4Runner was shattered by a toolbox thrown by an unknown person at 11 p.m. parked at a home on the 1600 block of 72nd Avenue SE. The window was damaged just after a group of teenage Bellevue residents were denied entrance to a party held at the residence.

June 23

Tools Valued at $1,200 Stolen from Shorewood Building Site
Miscellanious power tools were stolen from a locked storage unit on the 9000 block of East over the last 2 months, including saws, mechanical routers and a smoothing plane. There were no signs of forced entry in the burglary.

Valuable Serving Spoons Stolen From Family Silverware
A 57-year-old resident of a home on the 9100 block of SE 54th Street said two Gorham Colfax sterling silver spoons were missing. She suspected her son's ex-girlfriend, a 25-year-old Clyde Hill woman, had stolen the spoons while she was out of town. Her son said she opened a drawer and asked about the spoons while she was in the house.

Leaf Blower Lost on Mercer Island Street
A Kirkland man driving down the 8000 block of West Mercer Way lost an orange and gray leaf blower around 5 p.m. somewhere between the 8500 block and the 6000 block of West Mercer Way.

June 24

Hiking Gear Stolen From Unlocked Car in Open Garage
A 64-year-old resident of a home on the 7800 block of 81st Place SE reported his unlocked Honda CR-V was broken into overnight. A Black Diamond hiking pack and several clothing and hiking items packed inside was taken from the SUV in an unlocked garage.

June 25

Local Teens in Marijuana Bust at Island Crest Park
Five local teenagers in were detained at 12:02 a.m. for questioning when they were found in the park afterhours. A search of a 15-year-old's backpack turned up marijuana inside and upon questioning also turned over a film canister holding more marijuana. He was arrested, processed and later turned over to his parents. The parents of the other four 16-year-old teens — two girls and two boys — were contacted by police and later picked up from the park.


(Ed. Note: The headline blotter entry was edited for accuracy and identifying names were removed pending charges, if any. Patch editorial policy does not permit publishing identifying information about persons, such as their name, exact street address or name of a pet, unless they are charged with a crime.)

Bonnie Beddall June 27, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Here on the island I have seen a large number of dogs not being secured or being off leash while not in designated off leash areas. Years ago, I too was bitten by a dog as I was trying to protect my (on leash) dog from being attacked by another (off leash) dog, and received deep puncture wounds in my dominant forearm. I lost time off work because I couldn't write or move my forearm. All because of an irresponsible dog owner. The owner thought her dog was harmless. Truth is, dogs are animals and as such have animal instincts - and even the most harmless looking dogs can bite small children and other animals. As dog owners we MUST be responsible and keep our dogs on leash and when at home, dogs should be contained securely in our yard. Oh, and it is not cool for off leash dogs to come running up to strangers and even "un-cooler" when the owner then says "Oh, my dog is harmless." Not a good way to make friends or influence people.
K Bear June 27, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I completely agree with you Bonnie. I have been to my favorite parks, Park on the Lid and Clarke Beach, and there are numerous dogs off leash running around while their owners throw balls and walk around. Not only does this present likely harm to others enjoying the park (people and animals) but I have also witnessed owners not picking up after their dogs on the baseball and soccer fields. This leaves a ‘messy situation’ for our kids when they play sports, don’t you think? Dog owners need to pay attention to park rules as they are sharing these spaces with other non dog owners! Please be responsible.
Kendall Watson June 27, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I'm glad that Bonnie seems to have picked up on the nub of the problem here, which is that the dog (this is undisputed by both parties) was off-leash. I spoke to the owner of the Labradoodle last night and the conversation raised several questions about the veracity of what exactly the word "attacked" means (it could have simply meant the dog rushed up to the other dog and exciting it — but nothing more). This seems to me to be a good time to just remind everyone reading this that NO POLICE BLOTTER, IN ANY PUBLICATION, IS EVER INTENDED AS INCONTROVERTIBLE FACT (sorry about the all-caps, but this needs emphasis). The concept of the "Police Blotter" is simply this: A "snapshot" in time of police activity through the eyes of the responding officer. That's it. It is often very accurate, but some details are occasionally wrong. The police do their best to accurately capture all of the facts on the ground, but there are often two sides (or more) to the story, and police are often forced to choose between them in the interest of public safety. My 2 cents.


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