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Mercer Island Police Blotter | April 15

Vandalism

An unknown person shattered the windshield of a Mercer Island Parks Department vehicle with a rock sometime between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on April 6. The vehicle was parked in front of the equipment house at Luther Burbank Park.

Car accidents

An accident involving a bicyclist occurred at Island Crest Way and S.E. 47th Street on April 10. According to the report, a bicyclist was crossing Island Crest Way, westbound, at S.E. 47th Street in a marked crosswalk. A Seattle Police Department motorcycle was headed northbound on Island Crest Way and stopped for the cyclist. A second vehicle, heading southbound on the inside lane of Island Crest Way, also stopped. A third vehicle, heading southbound on the outside lane of Island Crest Way, failed to stop for the bicyclist until just before impact, when the driver applied the brakes. The car slid 110 feet into the intersection. The cyclist turned away from the vehicle. The driver’s side mirror of the car struck the bike’s handle bars, knocking the cyclist down. The cyclist suffered a sore hip from the accident.

A Mercer Island police officer, who was using a city vehicle to tow a boat on I-90, was involved in an accident on April 5. According to the report, the accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. at the I-405 off-ramp. The Washington State Patrol was called to investigate the accident and determined that the officer was not at fault. Details of the accident were not mentioned.

A T-bone accident occurred at the intersection of Island Crest Way and Parkside Lane on April 7. According to the incident report, a woman took a turn from Parkside Lane heading northbound onto Island Crest Way. A second vehicle, traveling southbound on Island Crest Way, struck the turning car on its driver’s side. The woman turning onto Island Crest Way failed to yield the right of way. No injuries were reported.

The manager of an Island veterinary clinic reported on April 7 that somebody, claiming to be an employee at the clinic, was “phoning in” drug prescriptions to local pharmacies. The fraudulent calls occurred six to eight weeks ago at Walgreens, and have continued regularly for the last two to three months at the Costco pharmacy in Kent.

Fraud

A Mercer Island woman reported identity theft on April 9, claiming that an unknown person forged a check for $5,000 on March 17 and then another on March 19 from her Wells Fargo account. A third forgery occurred on April 7, this time for $8,893. At the time of the police report, the total loss was $18,893, yet there was an indication that an additional $15,000 had been misappropriated. The victim is the co-owner of an account that she shares with her mother, who has dementia.

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