Do people really call the police when children are cheering too loudly for a kickball game, when ducks are trying to cross the road, or if the moon is shining too brightly in their bedroom window? If youre from Lake Oswego, Oregon, you know they do.
Thats because readers of the Lake Oswego Review, the towns local newspaper, have been following these types of calls for years in their famous police log.
Over the years, the Reviews publishing of the local police log has risen to legendary status. In addition to being one of the favorite things that Review readers love about their local paper, the police log has also received national attention having been read on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and even The Daily Beast honored the log by calling it one of Americas most absurd newspaper police blotters.
Now fans of the police log can enjoy the Reviews first book, No Call Too Small, a compilation of more than 800 of the Review staffs favorite calls by local residents from 2009 to 2014. Sure to crack a smile on the most persnickety of souls, we apologize in advance for any milk snorted through noses, busted guts and uncontrollable giggling. Heres just a sample of all the gems youll find in this book.
4/9/10 6:37 p.m. Advice was sought about a possible Vietnamese gang doing a phone survey.
11/21/10 1:48 p.m. An 11-year-old daughter began screaming after she was not allowed to use Facebook.
4/29/11 7:13 p.m. Some odd juveniles on Bandy Road are lying on manhole covers and talking into them.
4/28/10 7:57 p.m. An angry-looking crowd of people and dogs were seen heading up Country Club Road seemingly chasing somebody. They turned out to be a runners club.
6/9/11 12:44 p.m. Two baby ducks fell down a drain on Hopkins Lane, but an officer rescued them and returned them to the welcoming wings of their mama duck.
6/15/10 10:57 p.m. What at first appeared to be a drug deal turned out to be the passing of a blackberry pie in a bag.
4/24/10 5:08 p.m. A child was walking around with a prop knife stuck in his head.
8/17/11 2:39 p.m. A strange raccoon has been entering a womans house, stalking her cat, opening her refrigerator and drinking milk.
1/25/13 5:36 p.m. A woman who lives on Oak Street became suspicious when she discovered a wet footprint on her front porch. Upon further investigation, she discovered that the footprint was her own.
7/3/09 3:59 a.m. Following up a report of screaming at a residence on McVey Avenue, an officer defused a situation by assisting in the making of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
No Call too Small
The book is available in area stores and online at Amazon.com (Search - No Call Too Small). For more information or to schedule interviews, contact J. Brian Monihan, Lake Oswego Review publisher, at 503-546-0784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the police log and its authors
For the last two decades, the Lake Oswego Review has been poking fun not at the police department, but at the calls they respond to. Over the years, some have questioned if the calls in the log are real. They are. However, we believe the genius of our police log is in the prose, the choice wordings and a touch of (ahem) poetic license. At the Review, writing the police log is an honor and a rite of passage.
The log was featured in the Daily Beast http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/11/in-oregon-no-silly-call-is-too-small-for-papers-police-blotters.html
About the Lake Oswego Review
The Lake Oswego Review is dedicated to being the best source of local news and advertising for the Lake Oswego community. The paper was named Oregons best weekly newspaper for 2014, earning the prestigious General Excellence award from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The Lake Oswego Review is published every Thursday and mailed to more than 7,500 households in Lake Oswego and Dunthorpe and is read by more than 19,000 readers. Our website, LakeOswegoReview.com, has a readership that exceeds more than 4,000 readers every day.