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9:27 a.m. Accident. Second Avenue NW/CR 75. Officer arrived and observed two vehicles off the roadway and skid marks through intersection. Driver of vehicle 1 stated he was eastbound on CR75 attempting a right turn, when his car slid on the snow-covered roads and he hit driver of vehicle 2. Driver of vehicle 2 stated he was stopped at the stop sign on Second Avenue NW, when he noticed vehicle 1 was sliding toward him hit his car in the front driver’s side. Driver of vehicle 2 complained of soreness. St.Joseph Fire Department arrived and checked him out; he did not want an ambulance however stated he would be going in to his physician to be checked out on his own. Officer issued citation to driver of vehicle 1 for failing to drive with due care as it appeared by his skid marks he was travlling too fast for the road condition.
9:55 a.m. Accident. Second Avenue NW/CR 75. Officer was dispatched to a crash and spoke with drivers. Officer then issued a citation to driver for fail to drive with due care as he was traveling too fast for road conditions.
8:33 p.m. Neighbor dispute. Able Street E. Officer was dispatched for a neighbor dispute in regards to the neighbor calling the fiancée a name. The couple walked out to their car when their neighbor called the gal an obscene name. The woman stated she did nothing nor said anything to the neighbor to deserve that. The woman said she is working on obtaining an harassment restraining order and that she wanted this incident only documented.
11:33 p.m. Hit and run. Northland Drive. Officer arrived and saw vehicle on scene with front driver damage. This was the striking vehicle. No hit and run. The other vehicle involved had rear passenger damage. This vehicle was parked in the parking lot and not occupied. The driver of the suspect vehicle said his windows were not defrosted all the way and he did not see the car. Both parties exchanged info; photos were taken.i Dec. 10
5:43 a.m. Loud music complaint. 10th Avenue SE. Complainant said his neighbor was playing loud music. Officer went up to the second level and put their ear close to all the doors. Officer was unable to hear music or noise at this time. There was no ordinance violation.
11:56 a.m. Accident. Cypress Drive. Officer was dispatched to a crash. Complainant reported her driveway was partially blocked and she struck another vehicle while backing up causing damage to the rear of the other vehicle and to the left side rear of her vehicle. State accident report filed.
4:33 a.m. Parking violation. Second Avenue NW. Officer observed several vehicles parked on the grass of rental property for several nights to avoid winter parking violations. Forwarded to city property development manager.
4:51 a.m. Parking violation. Elm Street E. Officer observed several vehicles parked on the grass of rental property for several nights to avoid winter parking violations. Forwarded to city property development manager.
1:31 p.m. Snowmobile fire. CR 3/Wobegon Trail. Officer responded to a snowmobile fire. Officer arrived after sheriff’s deputy and learned the snowmobile caught fire east of CR 3, approximately 100 yards. Officer observed the snowmobile to be fully engulfed. St. Joseph Fire Department arrived and were able to extinguish the flames. Owner is making arrangements to have remains removed; they are off to the side in a safe location.
10:38 a.m. Vehicle in ditch. Minnesota Street W/CR 2. Officer received a phone call from the administrative assistant who said she had received info there was a vehicle in the ditch. Officer responded and located a vehicle stuck in the snow in the north ditch. A flat bed was on scene to pull the vehicle out. The tow company employees on scene told officer the vehicle belonged to a college student and they were asked to pull it out and then park it in the park n ride. The vehicle did not have any damage. Officer stood by with lights until the vehicle was removed.
5:52 p.m. Resident contact. Dale Street E. Officer was dispatched to the complainant who wanted information about snow plowing and garbage. She said the road was plowed but not the cul-de-sac and her garbage was not picked up. Officer spoke with city maintenance who stated they were coming out later in the night to finish plowing and half of the garbages were done and the others weren’t. Officer apprised the woman about the situation.
5:37 p.m. Reckless driving. 10th Avenue SE. Officer was dispatched to a driving complaint in the area. The complainant stated a black Ford Ranger blew a stop sign and was doing donuts. Officer drove in the area and where the complainant said the vehicle was heading and could not find it. Unable to locate.
10:09 p.m. Driving complaint. CR 75/CR 133. Officer was dispatched to a driving complaint. The complainant said he followed a car that was swerving on the road. Officer checked the area and was unable to locate the vehicle.
2:32 p.m. Elm Street E. Officer was westbound on Baker Street E. crossing 12th Avenue when officer observed a vehicle with 2021 registration. Officer turned around, observed the vehicle was northbound, caught up to the vehicle and ran the plate, which came back revoked-plate impound. Officer conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at O’Reilly Auto Parts parking lot. Officer spoke with the driver, who stated she thought she had renewed registration last summer. Officer asked driver if she knew why the plates would be revoked. She stated her husband had recently received his third DWI a couple months ago and she doesn`t live with him anymore. The woman had a few children in the vehicle and a couple in car seats so officer said he would follow her back to her residence so she could get home and take the plates off the vehicle. Officer advised the woman she would have to work with the DMV to get new plates for the vehicle but would have to get a different vehicle to get there. Officer told her she could not drive the vehicle once at her residence. Officer then took the plates off the vehicle, answered the woman’s questions, told her he would not issue a citation as of now unless officer see her driving the vehicle without plates and she said she understood. Officer placed the plates in evidence to be destroyed.