There's little question that police serve as heroes in the community.

They respond to some of the nastiest calls: Shootings, domestic disputes, robberies, sexual assaults and all other sorts of crime.

And then there are woodpeckers and women trapped in fancy cars.

"Just last weekend a woman pulled into the station parking lot honking her horn. She couldn't figure how to get the door to her BMW open. She couldn't get out of her car," said Delmont police Chief Tim Klobucar.

Police respond to a variety of calls. Some are serious, others not so much. Most calls, though, require attention.

"It does take up a good deal of time dealing with the nonsense. It's a shame," said Capt. David Rutter, a 13-year veteran with the Uniontown Police Department.

Rutter's department gained some national attention last month after CNN picked up a short item from the Tribune-Review that detailed a complaint police got from an unhappy pot purchaser.

City detectives were forced to investigate a complaint that a resident smoked some "nasty" marijuana. Turned out the substance most likely was oregano.

The silliness of that call belied the seriousness of situation.

"He had some mental health issues. It wasn't a laughing matter," Rutter said.

Still, other calls can't help but prompt laughter.

There was the case where the woman sprinkled flour in her garage to ferret out unwanted visitors. When she saw footprints in the flour, she called the cops.

"Turned out she walked across the floor herself and called police when she thought somebody was there with her," Rutter said

Some odd police calls stick with you, officials say - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review