If any readers have tips concerning crimes, they should call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for crimes.
3:55 p.m. Traffic stop. College Avenue S./Iverson Street. A vehicle was witnessed traveling 47 mph in a 30-mph zone. The driver stated she was not aware of her speed. She was issued a citation and released.
7:47 p.m. Noise complaint. Iverson Street W. When offender was confronted, she stated it was her anniversary. Party was advised to keep noise down.
8:04 p.m. Theft. 1st Avenue NE. Theft of a 2008 white Apple laptop (valued at $1,200), a white Galaxy S4 cell phone with turquoise blue soft cover (valued at $600) and a white USB charger cord (valued at $20) while vehicle was parked and locked at the Wobegon Welcome Center parking lot while complainant was on a bike ride sometime between 6:30 and 8 p.m. No damage incurred to vehicle so caller unsure how thief got in. Items were sitting on the front passenger seat. A wallet that was in the center counsel was still there. Complainant will call back with serial numbers of stolen property. Later, complainant called to say she did remember her vehicle was unlocked while she went to use the restroom when she first arrived but then was locked prior to leaving for her bike ride. She stated she was also missing a medium beige tote with pink letters saying “Lozilu Women’s Mud Run” (valued at $10).
1:32 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Elm Street E. Manager of a local business called to say there was a semi parked in the business parking lot. He said they have a company policy that states employees cannot leave premises until the lot is cleared. Officers contacted semi driver who agreed to move the rig.
2:57 a.m. Driving complaint. Ridgewood Court. Call from off-duty dispatcher who witnessed a semi go through a red light by Mill’s Fleet Farm. Officer stopped semi at CR 75 and CR 3. Driver stated he noticed light changing but did not have time to stop because he was loaded with more than 22,500 pounds of product. Warning issued.
7:37 p.m. Neighbor dispute. First neighbor was mowing. Second neighbor called to say first neighbor was spraying dirt and leaves toward his property. First neighbor told officers he was going to clean other neighbor’s property but that second neighbor started yelling at him. First neighbor said second neighbor had recently thrown dog poo and grass clippings on first neighbor’s yard.
1:01 a.m. Dog. Iverson Street W. Caller had small white dog with a pink collar contained in his garage. No ID tags were on dog. Caller seemed to know which address dog came from. Officers left voicemail for dog owners and instructions no ticket would be issued for this event, but warned citation would be issued if future occurrences. Upon contact with dog owner, owner said they plan to install underground fencing for dog but in the meantime dog has been getting out of kennel without their knowledge. Officer explained dog-at-large ordinance.
12:45 p.m. One-car accident. Minnesota Street E. St. Joseph male driver was traveling eastbound and light was red. He said he didn’t notice other vehicle when turning until last second and struck a curb and street sign trying to avoid the vehicle. County maintenance was notified.
4:23 p.m. Verbal. 3rd Avenue NE. St. Joseph male called the police and had an open line. Dispatcher could hear verbal argument. Upon arrival, officers witnessed verbal between father and son. Son had a laceration on his neck he stated was from a knife he used to try and kill himself. Son fled on foot but was apprehended by police and ultimately transported to St. Cloud Hospital for an evaluation.
8:05 p.m. Extra patrol request. Northland Drive. Apartment manager requested extra patrols at the complex due to an increase in thefts from vehicles.
8:23 p.m. Theft from vehicle. Northland Drive. Complainant said her vehicle had been broken into sometime between 6:30 a.m. and noon. No sign of forced entry. Her husband’s subwoofers, amplifier and speaker box were stolen from the trunk. No serial numbers or model numbers were available. No suspects.
1:51 a.m. Illegal burn. Minnesota Street W. Officer was driving west on Minnesota Street and observed black smoke. Contacted tenants and found they were burning prohibited materials. Citation was issued.
8:47 a.m. Suspicious persons. Ridgewood Court. Owner stated two males in full tattoos were inside the store just walking around and not talking. He thought they might be casing the place. When they went back to their van, they sat inside for about three minutes then drove away right when officer arrived. Officer could not locate van.
7:14 a.m. Hazard. Ridgewood Court. Excavating vehicle dropped rock across CR 75 intersection. Officer directed traffic while excavators used a front loader and shovel to remove debris.
11:26 p.m. Date Street W. Missing person. Welfare check on individual caller knew was intoxicated previous evening and had not heard from. Missing person was also known to have taken seizure medication, had left on foot and did not have cell phone. Caller found individual on the afternoon of the next day and reported he was fine.
2:39 p.m. Theft. CR 75 W. In the past month, caller reported a duel-axel trailer was stolen from his property. The 6-foot by 10-foot black trailer has wood sides and flooring, older chrome wheels, a spare tire mounted on the front and is missing the rear ramp. Value $1,500.
5:05 p.m. Two-vehicle accident. CR 133 S./15th Avenue NE. Vehicle 1 was pulled off on shoulder. Vehicle 2 was traveling in lane of traffic. Vehicle 1 began to make a U-turn. Vehicle 2 attempted evasive action by crossing into opposite lane to avoid collision. Vehicle 1 struck vehicle 2 in the passenger side sustaining severe front-end damage. Vehicle 2 sustained severe passenger-side damage. No injuries. Driver of vehicle 1 issued citation for illegal U-turn.