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Crime too Close to Home

Glen Avenue was blocked off by police Wednesday night. Although the article below says police were called to the 100 block of Glen Avenue, it was specifically 167 Glen Avenue, right next door to FPNA member Steven Beck (163 Glen Avenue) who forwarded this news article on WOWT.com (see link below)

http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Suspect-booked-for-attempted-murder-after-bloody-clash-on-metro-street-399811721.html

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Raccoon with Distemper

A raccoon in the advanced stages of distemper was seen early Tuesday morning on Park Ave. Animal Control came immediately to get the very sick animal. There is no cure and it will be euthanized. Animal Control said that the raccoon population has exploded in the east end of town and with it, distemper will also be present in a large number of them. Symptoms are: confusion, blindness, mucus discharge, or wandering aimlessly. They will also lose their fear of humans.

While raccoon distemper will not affect humans, it will be contagious to unvaccinated dogs or cats. Keep your pets away from an infected raccoon and do not handle them unless you wear gloves. Call Animal Control immediately.

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Neighborhood Watch – Crime Thwarted

A crime or possible crime was thwarted in the early morning hours of August 10th in the alley behind upper Glen. About 4:40 a.m. Cindy Muschall (332 Glen Avenue) heard a metal grating noise like something was being dragged down the alley. She investigated by stepping out onto our 2nd floor balcony and saw a vehicle, A red Ford Ranger with Nebraska plates and a trailer attached parked in the alley behind 406 Glen Avenue. After a few minutes she stepped back inside, that is when she saw a man run from behind the garage at 334 Glen Avenue. The man ran off up the Alley toward 5th Avenue,
She immediately called the police, and woke me up to help. Three CBPD units arrived. I met them in the alley and gave them an account of what Cindy saw and a description of the man. In his 20’s, lite build wearing jeans and white striped shirt. The police combed the entire length of the alley to investigate any possible break-ins or tampering with garage doors or windows. They did not locate the man but the truck and trailer plates were run and it turned out to be stolen. The truck and trailer were towed away. A good reminder if you see something say something.

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Police Omaha Advisory Board and Our Neighborhood Watch

All,
Mark Hansen (332 Glen Avenue) sits on the Police Advisory board. Last night at their monthly meeting requested that officers begin cruising the ally from 5th to High school. He mentioned that there have been several break ins or attempts lately and maybe a drive up and down that ally a couples times a night may prevent further activities. Along with our Neighborhood Watch emails people can contact Mark with issues to present to the Chief of Police at their monthly meetings.

Questions or concerns can be sent to mshansen2@cox.net

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Phone Scam Alert

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Please see the following from Mark Alba our PAR officer:

Neighborhood watchers, the CBPDhas had a few calls on a scam going around the city. The phone call plays out as; Hello Mr. or Mrs. Citizen, Congratulation’s you have just won a new car and one million dollars. The only thing you have to do to collect your new car and the million dollars is to bring $1,500.00 cash and meet me at a local shopping center. And of course don’t tell anyone about this we don’t want any publicity. The targets for this scam have been senior citizens. So please let your seniors and the other folks in your watch area know what is happening with this scam.

Officer Mark Alba

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FPNA Neighborhood Watch: Suspicious Vehicle

Neighborhood Watchers be on the lookout for a 2003 Pontiac Bonneville Gray in color Iowa license plate 390YTR. This vehicle is of interest to the police and we would like to speak with the person(s) driving the vehicle. This would be in reference to the theft of mail from mail boxes. Please take no action of your own other than calling the police. So if you see this vehicle, call 911 right away and report it.

Thank you

Officer Mark G. Alba

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FPNA Neighborhood Watch

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Doug Norton’s house on 102 Park Ave was vandalized Saturday night. The thieves took the AC unit (outside), busted the back door in and cut all the copper water lines out of the house. If anyone has seen an unusual vehicle in the driveway this last week, please let Doug know. Doug filed a report but the police were not very responsive about finger printing or checking the scrap metal dealers. Any help would be appreciated. It is a terrible thing for people to destroy property instead of getting an honest job like the rest of society has to do.

Doug Norton at ttereve91@gmail.com

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Neighborhood Watch: Phone Scams on the Rise

Phone scams are hitting the area again. Here are some of the scams the department has dealt with:

You get a call in the middle of the night and it is the police telling you that your grandchild has been arrested and needs money for bail. You are trying to wake up and figure out what is going on when someone gets on the phone and says grandma this is your favorite grandson or granddaughter (never says his or her name). The half sleepy you says Tommy?,Yes it’s me Tommy and I am in trouble and need money for bail. Then the “police” get back on the line and give instructions on how to transfer money to a location via Western Union or some other wire service.
The Western Union form has a section that warns about senders not to send money for an unconfirmed emergency related to a grandchild or other family member.
If you get one of these calls before you send money check it out; call the person that needs the bail money you may find they are sleep in their beds, or call their parents see where the child is located. Get the name of the police officer and police department that called and get a call back number.

The department has been made aware of the following; “I have been receiving several scam calls on my cell phone lately. They are coming from various phone numbers:
(268) 762-0004: from Antigua/Barbuda (848) 459-4922: from NJ (904) 239-5694: from FL (767) 275-9061: from Dominica (305) 507-4771: from Miami, FL (507) 124-5698: from MN (207) 121-4587: from ME
The one time I spoke with the caller; he is male with a heavy Middle Eastern/Indian accent and states he is from the Department of Medical Compensation or the State Medical Health office. He knew my name and asked if I had a surgery recently. I stated that I had but I did not tell him the kind of surgery. He stated (assumed) that since I have had side effects from my surgery (I have not but didn’t tell him that) that I qualify for compensation for my side effects. I asked the caller for their name (Aaron) and the phone number. The number he gave me after fumbling for a while was 848-459 and that was it. I asked to call him back after checking with my Doctor and the hospital and he stated that this was my one and only chance at getting the compensation. I asked to speak to a supervisor and he said he was the supervisor. I asked if there was a manager or VP, President, etc., that I could speak with, NONE. Then I stated that I was not a stupid woman and that I knew this was a scam and would appreciate that they remove me from their calling list and that I had my phone registered on the DO NOT CALL list. He got very belligerent and said you sound like a very stupid woman, cursed at me and I hung up.

I have been reading the comments on a website (800notes.com) regarding the phone number that I typed in (848) 459-4922 and they have similar stories and comments in regards to this issue.
I am receiving calls from the list of phone numbers above multiple times a day (which I ignore and put on my block list) and I got a call at 5:44AM this morning from the Antigua/Barbuda number.” This was all from a Neighborhood Watch Captain who wanted to make sure that we were all aware of cell phone scams and not to fall for them.

All the scams have taken on a new life because of the internet. Scams that use to come in the mail are now making the rounds on the internet which can reach 100,000 of victims at one time. All the bad guy needs is a few victims to send money to him and it is a good day for the bad guy.
We all have to remember that personal information is so easy to obtain these days and we all need to be careful in how we dispose of personal information. It is best to shred any papers that have your name address or any type of information about you. You don’t have to have a shredder, a sharp pair of scissors will do the job just as well.

CLICK HERE for a link to FBI page about scams

If you did not initiate the call do not give out any information to the caller.Just remember the old adage: ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’. Take the time to check things out before sending money.
The bad guys don’t hibernate, they stay active in all kinds of weather. So stay aware and protect yourself and your families.

Officer Mark G. Alba

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Neighborhood Watch: Phone Scam

Neighborhood Watchers keep aware. Today I was informed about a phone call that was received by someone in our city.

The call was a scam. This lady was promised $7,800.00 dollars by the government in the form of a grant. A grant she would never have to pay back. All she had to do is go to Wal-Mart, CVS or Walgreens and buy a $5.00 dollar “Green Back Money scratch Voucher”; and call a number with the area code 202 before stepping into the store. Of course she would have to send $150.00 for processing charges, and she was even given a file number.

The lady who told me about this scam wanted to get the word out. Obviously the lady did not send any money because she believed the old adage ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is’.

Officer Mark G. Alba

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Fountain Stolen On Park Avenue

Yes, the subject line is correct. Bill Mann and Bob Pashek at 151 Park Avenue are missing their giant vintage fountain that they spent years finding, months installing, and more months landscaping. They discovered, on Christmas Eve of all days, that it was gone! The wonder is how this could have occurred without someone noticing. And that’s the point to be made here—how could this have happened without someone noticing? Friends, those green “Neigborhood Watch” signs in our windows aren’t just for show. We have a reputation of watching out for one another, as the signs say.

If you have any information or saw anything suspicious on Dec 23rd or 24th on the lower part of Park Avenue please contact Bill or Bob at bpashek@cox.net.

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