May 18 St. Joseph police blotter

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If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime.

May 5

9:18 p.m. Warrant. CR 75 and Eighth Avenue NE. An officer noticed the brake lights on the car in front of him were not working. The officer pulled over the car and identified the male driver. The officer found the driver had a Sherburne County warrant and his license was revoked. The warrant was confirmed and the officer placed the suspect into custody transporting him to Stearns County Jail.

May 8

12:07 a.m. Warrant. 20th Avenue NE. While exiting the Kwik Trip parking lot, an officer observed a vehicle and randomly ran the license plate through the system. The suspect had a warrant out for his arrest. Information was relayed to another officer who observed a woman get back into the driver’s seat and the car began to exit the parking lot. The vehicle was stopped. The female driver was not the suspect stated in the warrant but was driving with a revoked license. A citation was issued for driving after revocation. The officer followed the vehicle home because there were two children in the back seat.

May 9

5:15 p.m. Crash. CR 75 and Ridgewood Road. An officer spotted a two-vehicle collision. The officer stopped and spoke with the individuals involved in the incident. Vehicle one was westbound on CR 75 and started to slow down for the stop light at Ridgewood Road. Vehicle two was also westbound and rear-ended vehicle one because of  speed. There were no injuries and both vehicles sustained minor damage.

May 10

2:31 a.m. DWI. CR 2 and Minnesota Street W. While in the St. Joseph park-and-ride lot, an officer observed two vehicles on Minnesota Street. One of the cars kept driving while the other pulled into the parking lot and flagged down the officer. A man said he was behind the vehicle and observed it had a flat tire and was all over the road. The car had also been in an accident and when the man made contact with the driver she appeared to be drunk. The officer eventually stopped the female driver and subsequently arrested her for a DWI.

10:08 p.m. Drug paraphernalia. Minnesota Street E. and Eighth Avenue NE. An officer spotted a vehicle traveling east in front of him with a burned-out headlight. The officer made a U-turn and stopped the vehicle. Upon walking up to the driver’s side window, the officer could smell a strong odor of burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. There was no marijuana on the suspect but leftover residue on the grinder and glass pipe. A citation for drug paraphernalia was issued.

May 11

11:56 a.m. Fraud. Minnesota Street W. An officer met with a woman who said she had received a call from an unknown number claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. The caller told her to buy $1,500 in Google Play and give the codes to him over the phone. The woman did as she was instructed and later came to realize it was fraudulent.

8:14 p.m. Assault. Schneider Drive. Officers were dispatched to an assault in progress. Reports claimed someone had been struck with a bat. Upon arrival, the officer was told the suspect had left. The officer spoke with the victim who stated he got into an argument with the male suspect who hit him with the bat three to four times. The victim and the suspect were mutual friends so the victim did not want to press charges or give a statement.

11:21 p.m. Driving after revocation. CR 75. An officer noticed a vehicle in front of him drifting to the center line. The passenger-side tires were across the center line at one point. The driver continued to ride the fog line so the officer pulled the vehicle over. The officer told the driver he stopped him for his driving conduct and asked for his license and registration. The driver was not able to provide his license but provided a valid poof of insurance. A records check determined the driver had a suspended license. A citation was issued and a valid driver was called.

May 14

8:20 p.m. Theft. Fourth Avenue SE. A woman reported her bicycle stolen out of her apartment bike rack over the weekend. The bike is a specialized one which is pink/white with a value of $1,000. The bike was entered as stolen through dispatch.

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