Banks, COLUMN, Crime

Banks July 2022 Police Log

As presented to the Banks City Council by Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to serve the city of Banks

The following are notable calls for service within the city.

7/1/22-Wilkes/Parmley-Traffic Stop for a violation leads to the identification of a wanted felon who was taken into custody and lodged in the Washington County Jail.

7/5/22 -Banks High/Main St -Fire Hydrant was struck and stolen from the scene. The missing hydrant was later found in Union Point Cemetery and there are no suspects.

7/6/22 -Commerce/Sunset -2 juveniles trespassed on the mill property and caused damage while building “forts” in the wood stacks. Both juveniles were identified, and some very upset parents handled the discipline and worked with the mill manager to find a resolution to the incident.

7/11/22-Banks -An adult called into 911 stating they took multiple pills to end their life and deputies were able to track that person down and get them placed in protective custody at a hospital.

7/31/22 -Banks -Juvenile abuse allegations were investigated, and final disposition of the investigation was reviewed by detectives, there will be no further information about this case.

Other mentionable calls, I had a theft from Main Street Pizza of a cell phone and the victim did not stay on scene to make a report and was not answering the phone number he gave as a message line, so technically no victim. But thru the video of the incident, I was able to identify the thief and later confront him into returning the phone to me. The following day I was able to locate the phones owner and return his property. The suspect was told that Main Street Pizza did not want him to return.

I also conducted a welfare check of a family in a van just outside of town on 47 and Wilkesboro. The family had been on a trip from Sacramento and due to a vehicle breakdown, that took all their money to repair were stranded in the area. Our Banks assistance fund you provided for our discretionary use was able to provide bottled water and two bags of ready to eat foods provided by the Food Bank and they were also given two Subway gift cards to have a fresh meal and $25 in gas to get them headed on their way home.

In addition there have been no crashes at Hwy 26 and Sellers since I last updated you.

Chas Hundley is the editor of the Banks Post and sister news publications the Gales Creek Journal and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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