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Police find teens using drugs, alcohol in four incidents over same weekend | Mercer Island Police Blotter
Police broke up a group of juveniles using marijuana and alcohol at Mary Wayte Pool on Friday night, busted a group of teens with drugs at Islander Middle School and stopped a speeding vehicle whose occupants were in possession of marijuana on Sunday.
Reckless driving: A witness reported a reckless driver in a parking lot in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue S.E. at 8:55 a.m. The vehicle, a 2012 Scion, went onto grass and over a sidewalk while leaving the property. Police stopped the vehicle and cited the driver, a 48-year-old Mercer Island woman, for reckless driving. A video of the incident was recorded.
Accident: Two vehicles collided at the entrance of the parking garage in the 7800 block of S.E. 27th Street at 11:50 a.m. A Lexus was exiting the parking garage while a van was leaving the maintenance area, and neither driver saw the other vehicle coming. The Lexus was towed from the scene. No injuries were reported.
Burglary: Someone damaged the front door of a residence in the 6200 block of 82nd Avenue S.E. sometime after Friday, Oct. 5. A burglar tried to pry open the front door, and failed. The door and its frame had scratch marks that could have been made by a screw driver.
Runaway: A woman reported that her 17-year-old son ran away from home, on the South end, on Oct. 1 and did not return. The woman did not believe he was in danger, as he had been in contact with her by phone and texting.
Fraud: A 33-year-old woman attempted to cash a “washed” check at the Chase Bank drive-thru in the 7900 block of S.E. 28th Street at 4:30 p.m. Becoming suspicious of the check, the teller asked the woman to finish the transaction inside. The suspect then drove away and left the check behind with a driver’s license. The check had been stolen, and belonged to a Kirkland resident.
Accident: A Ford Focus went off the road on a curve and struck a tree in the 5400 block of East Mercer Way at 12 p.m. The 20-year-old driver, who said he was unfamiliar with the road, was cited for negligent driving. His vehicle left 54 feet of skid marks on the pavement and in the dirt. The driver said he was traveling 30 mph. His vehicle was towed from the scene.
Bike found: A girl’s bicycle was found propped against a tree in the 2700 block of Island Crest Way, on the eastern side, at 1:52 a.m.
Trespass at pool: Police found six juveniles, all Mercer Island boys, in the Mary Wayte Pool building after hours at 1:53 a.m. The teenagers fled the building but police detained and arrested one 16-year-old for trespassing. The group had been smoking marijuana inside the pool area. Police took marijuana into evidence, along with two cases of beer, a bong, bag of cups, skateboard and San Disk memory card.
Liquor violation: Police arrested a juvenile suspect, 17, at 3:33 a.m. in the 9100 block of S.E. 42nd Street. The boy had been drinking and had been involved in the pool trespass incident several hours prior. He was released to his father.
Harassment: A 41-year-old Mercer Island woman reported being harassed by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend. The suspect, a 33-year-old Maple Valley resident, set up a fake Facebook account impersonating the victim and sent several harassing emails to the victim.
Valuables found: A small drawstring bag full of jewelry, foreign coins and medallions was recovered in a vacant lot next to the reporting party’s residence after noon in the 8400 block of West Mercer Way, on the South end.
Theft: A hybrid mountain/road bike worth $800 was stolen out of an open carport between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the neighborhood east of Homestead Field, in the 8200 block of S.E. 41st Street.
Drugs: Police observed a vehicle enter the Islander Middle School back lot and park behind the storage container at 12:59 a.m. in the 8200 block of S.E. 72nd Street. Police arrested one of the four occupants of the vehicle, a 17-year-old Mercer Island male, at 1:04 a.m. for being in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. There was a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Police found a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue in the suspect’s pocket. The three other subjects were all males, age 16.
Burglary: A resident of The Mercer apartments reported a burglary that happened on June 27. A couple’s apartment was broken into between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. A Sony laptop, iPod and $50 in cash were stolen, in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street.
Drugs: A police officer stopped a speeding vehicle at 4:55 p.m. in the 7900 block of East Mercer Way. An odor of marijuana was detected inside the vehicle. Police detained the three juvenile occupants of the vehicle, notified their parents and found unpacked marijuana and paraphernalia in the vehicle after searching with consent. The teenagers, all Mercer Island boys, were released to their parents.
Criminal impersonation: An unsolicited debit card was opened in a South end man’s name on Sept. 20. A direct deposit of social security checks was made with the card, and the victim — instead of sustaining loss — received actual checks. The victim reported the incident to the Social Security Administration and contacted Netspend, which issued the card, to cancel the card.
Drugs: A police officer responded to a report of suspicious activity and stopped a vehicle at 9:10 a.m. in the 3700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. There was an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle, occupied by two men, ages 23 and 33, and when the officer asked for the marijuana to be handed over, the passenger complied. The officer issued a citation.
A Mercer Island man reported seeing someone dash around the hedge behind a dumpster at 1 p.m. in the 7800 block of S.E. 30th Street. He found a rubber glove and plastic bag of syringes with heroin stashed away, and notified police.
Abandoned vehicle: Police impounded an abandoned Infiniti G20 parked, unoccupied, in a lane of travel in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way at 8:34 a.m. The vehicle was registered to a Mercer Island man.