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1:45 p.m. Fire alarm. Eighth Avenue N. Dispatch requested an officer to respond to a residence for a fire alarm going off and the smell of rotten eggs. The officer arrived at the same time as the Sartell Fire Marshal. The home was checked and the alarm. The fire marshal did not see anything of interest. The home was checked with meters, and nothing showed gas leaks. It was discussed with the homeowner it may have been the water softener. Homeowner was notified by both departments to call if anything changed.
9:17 p.m. Driving complaint. 10th Avenue N. An officer was dispatched to call a resident who had a complaint about driving conduct. The man told the officer a four-door sedan with a loud exhaust was driving recklessly around the neighborhood and then into the parking lot. The vehicle then drove inside a garage, but the caller did not know which garage it was. The caller told the officer he would try and get a license number next time he saw the vehicle. The caller also said he would be reaching out to the building manager.
9:30 p.m. Fireworks. Fifth Street N. A caller called dispatch and would not give much information other than neighbors were setting off fireworks and it was near Fifth Street and the park. When the officers arrived on scene, they noted the fireworks did not appear to be illegal and that it was no longer occurring. The officer called the caller back and informed them if they started to set them off again to call.
8:51 a.m. Suspicious person. Third Avenue N. Dispatch received a call of a suspicious man sitting on a boulder near the bus entrance at Riverview School watching kids on the playground. When the officer arrived in the area, he found the man and talked to him. The man told the officer he was watching his two kids playing on the playground. The officer did check the area for other parties that matched the description from dispatch but did not find anyone else matching.
8:50 a.m. Suspicious activity. Second Street S. An officer was dispatched to a suspicious activity call where a man appeared to be attempting to break into a business. The officer met with the owner of the business and was informed around 3:44 a.m. cameras caught a man looking into the windows of the business. The suspect was walking east and appeared to be a young man, dressed in dark clothing. The man then walked to another business picked up a rock and came back to the business. The man then pulled his hood tight over his face and started to pace a bit. The man then pulls on the business door handle, but it was locked. The video then shows the man walking away from the business. The officer was able to see a squad car driving past at this time in the video.
4:30 p.m. Harassment. CR 120. A customer at a business called dispatch stating Superman was harassing people, yelling at them and leaning up against a cash register. The officer arrived on scene and met with Loss Prevention staff. They informed the officer they had already spoken to the man ‘Superman’ and he seemed fine. They had not gotten any complaints while he was there. The officer said he had already left the store. The officer told them to call if any other issues arise.
9:57 a.m. Dog. Second Street N. An officer was dispatched to a female party calling in; she was trapped inside her vehicle because the neighbor’s dog was outside of it, growling at her and she feared it would bite her. The dog did leave the property prior to the officer’s arrival. The woman told the officer this was not the first time she has had issues with the dog. The officer informed the woman of the dog ordinance within Sartell and told her to call while it’s happening. The officer was able to track down the dog’s home and spoke to a woman there. They told the officer the dog was being watched by someone else and it took off on him. The officer explained the dog-at-large ordinance and told the owner next time they would be cited for it.
9:55 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm. 18th Avenue N. An officer was dispatched to a carbon monoxide alarm going off in a home. The caller told the officer the detector was sensing natural gas. The officer noted he did not smell anything upon his arrival. The officer checked the home with a detector and did not get any readings. The alarm was about seven years old. The Sartell Fire Department arrived on scene and checked the home; they were able to determine the alarm was malfunctioning.
7:28 p.m. Unwanted. Pinecone Road S. Officers were dispatched for a man harassing customers and staff. The complainant told the man they could not sell to him, and then the man went outside and was harassing people as they walked in and out. The man left prior to officer’s arrival. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the description.
11:27 a.m. Unwanted. Le Sauk Drive. Officers were dispatched to an unwanted person who was refusing to check out of their room, the woman had already been asked to leave. Officers arrived and were informed the guest was supposed to check out at 11 a.m. but was not answering the door. The officer knocked on the door and the woman came to the door. She was very intoxicated, and the officer noted the smell of vomit was overwhelming. The woman was unable to care for herself adequately and was transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
8:18 a.m. Harassment order violation. Fourth Street N. An officer was dispatched for a violation of a harassment order by contacting a third-party person known to the victim. The officer was informed this morning the suspect had contact with the victim’s current boyfriend via text messages. After reviewing the messages, the officer contacted St. Cloud Police Department to go to the suspect’s address and to arrest him on the violations. The officer was informed the suspect was detained and met with them at the Stearns County Jail. After the officer completed the interview, the suspect was left in the care of the jail until he could be seen by a judge.
10:59 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 120. An officer was wrapping up another call when they saw a semi leaving the parking lot. The officer was behind the semi and noticed the passenger side taillight was not working. The officer conducted a traffic stop; after the officer identified the driver, the driver told the officer he was revoked. The officer and dispatch were unable to get the license plate to come back, so the VIN was run. The semi was not stolen, but there was some confusion who the semi belonged to. The semi was in the turn lane and needed to be towed to a safe location. The driver was issued a citation for driving after revocation. The officer told the driver what the owner of the semi needed to do to get the truck back.
1:38 a.m. Intoxicated person. Third Street S. Officers were dispatched to an intoxicated man in a complex not wearing any pants. When officers arrived on scene the man had been given a pair of pants by another resident. The officers were able to locate the man’s apartment within the building. He showed signs of impairment but only claimed to having two beers. The man denied needing medical assistance and assured he had access to a phone if he needed help.
10:03 p.m. DWI. CR 120. Dispatch received a call about a vehicle being all over the roadway. An officer was dispatched and able to catch up to the vehicle. The officer witnessed multiple moving violations and initiated a traffic stop. As the officer did this, the vehicle turned into a driveway, the officer saw the garage door going up. The officer made contact with a male driver and noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle. The officer asked the man a few questions and he admitted to drinking wine at dinner. The man agreed to do field sobriety and submitted to a breath test, which indicated impairment. The man was detained and left in the care of the Stearns County Jail.