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Basketball courts at Liberty Park damaged | Renton police blotter
The following information was compiled from City of Renton police reports.
Someone vandalized the basketball courts at Liberty Park overnight on May 11.
A representative of the Jamal Crawford Foundation, which maintains the basketball courts, reported to police that someone apparently shot through the backboards with a pellet gun.
The basketball courts are at the park on Houser Way; the incident was reported the morning of May 13.
By the time police arrived, the Parks Department had already cleaned up the broken glass from the backboards.
The repair costs are estimated at $1,500.
The representative said the courts have security cameras and the foundation would contact police if the incident was caught on tape.
Police reported that the foundation is willing to assist with prosecution if the suspect is caught.
Friends turn on partyer
Friends of a 19-year-old turned on him after a night of partying on May 12.
Police were called to a residence on Kirkland Place Northeast at about 11 p.m. for a reported intoxicated man who had been assaulted by some friends.
When they arrived, they found the 19-year-old sitting next to his father and vomiting.
He told police he was jumped by two of his friends after a night of drinking and smoking marijuana.
Apparently they were all intoxicated and he thought they took his cell phone.
The young man stated he did not know where his friends lived and would not tell police.
Police observed that he was heavily intoxicated.
The fire department treated the man at the scene.
The case is pending further clarity of actual events.
Man told to stop cutting trees
Renton man got caught cutting city trees to improve his view on May 12.
A 49-year-old Renton man called police to report someone was cutting trees on the north side of his property just before 9 a.m.
The man lives in the 1500 block of South Fifth Place.
He asked the workers cutting the trees to show their permits and they refused to identify themselves.
The man believed the trees to be environmentally protected.
Police arrived and contacted the owner of the property, who was on the scene supervising the work.
The 79-year-old man told police he had permission to cut the trees, but he could not produce any documentation to back up his claim.
Police stated that it appeared the man was topping the trees to improve his property’s view.
A tree was topped to approximately 15 feet from the ground. It did appear to police that the trees were on city property.
Police instructed the man to stop cutting the trees until he had permission from the City of Renton.
Wrong ID gets man into trouble
Police arrested the “wrong man” after he gave them a false identity on May 11.
An officer stopped the 25-year-old man in the 800 block of Harrington Avenue Northeast at about 11 p.m.
The man was riding a bike and not wearing a helmet or any reflectors, a violation of city code.
When police asked the man his name, he gave his brother’s name instead.
Police then promptly arrested the man after they discovered multiple warrants out for his arrest.
Police read the man his rights and transported him to jail before they contacted his mother, who told them they had the wrong person in custody.
The man said he used his brother’s information because he thought he had a warrant of his own out for arrest.
He told police he was afraid to tell the truth, because he did not want to be called a liar.
The man was cited for providing false information, given a written warning for riding a bike without a helmut and booked into jail.
Couple fights over house work
A Renton couple got into a tussle about house work and the man was arrested on May 11.
The 23-year-old girlfriend became angry when she came home from work and discovered her boyfriend had stayed home all afternoon and smoked marijuana instead of clean the house.
Police reported to the residence on Eagle Ridge Drive at about 7 p.m.
The woman reported that she asked the 23-year-old man she had been dating and living with for six months to leave when he got upset.
He called her names and threatened to hit her.
Then when she asked for the keys, he grabbed her, pushed her to the ground and pushed the back of her head towards the ground.
He left when she threatened to call police.
Police arrived and while talking to the woman, the man called and asked if police were there.
The woman stated that they weren’t there and he could come pick up his belongings.
At about 11:30 p.m., the man returned to the residence and was arrested for investigation of fourth-degree assault.
Fire in trash can extinguished
Police investigated suspicious fire activity on May 11.
A person had seen a man throw a lit match into a trash can and then run away headed south on Northeast Sunset Boulevard.
The incident was reported at about 5 p.m. and flames were coming from the trash can.
The fire department was called and put the fire out by the time police arrived.
A fireman told police he believed he knew who the suspect was in this case and believed him to be mentally disturbed.
The description of the suspect matched that of the firemen’s suspect.
There was no damage caused by the fire and police do believe the man who might be responsible suffers from some kind of mental condition.
Police decided that charges in this case were not necessary.