Pullman councilman hospitalized after neighbors report bizarre behavior

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 4:53 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Police took Pullman City Councilman Derrick Skaug into protective custody Wednesday after neighbors at his apartment complex reported he was throwing furniture off his deck, putting stickers on car windows and acting strangely.
 
Sgt. Jake Opgenorth said officers made a welfare check and Skaug initially locked himself in his bathroom. The 23-year-old was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital because officers felt he was acting irrationally.
 
Police had also been at the apartment early Wednesday on a noise complaint and asked him to turn down his music.  Officers said they had received several calls Tuesday night about a man running around in boxer shorts and holding a knife near Skaug’s apartment.

Investigators said Skaug posted several comments on his Facebook page about the government shutdown, including one which read "I'm leaving, it's over…goodbye.”

Skaug is a former vice president of Associated Students of Washington State University. He was appointed to the Pullman City Council to fill a vacant position in May of last year. He was not at Tuesday's meeting.  Authorities said his term expires in November and he was not seeking a new one.

On whether the Pullman City Council can ban Skaug from showing up before his term is over, Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson said a decision has yet to be made.  Johnson said the council is waiting for more information from police and medical personnel before making that call.  Johnson added the counil was happy Skaug is receiving medical care and treatment.

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