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10:12 a.m. Vehicle in ditch. CR 75/I-94. A 33-year-old female’s vehicle ended up in the ditch. Police responded and supplied lights as the vehicle was pulled out.
8:06 p.m. Domestic. I-94/CR 159. The Minnesota State Patrol came upon a fight at the St. John’s exit. Police also arrived, and stood by until everyone was under control.
11:35 a.m. Found property. Elm Street E. A 48-year-old man brought a cell phone into the police station that he found in a local parking lot. As he turned it into police, the phone rang. An officer spoke with the owner, and after meeting the owner, a 35-year-old woman from Willow River, and verifying her identity with her driver’s license, the phone was returned.
8:26 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Ridgewood Court. Police responded to the call about a suspicious vehicle. The driver was a local tenant.
4:43 p.m. Medical. 5th Avenue NW. Police received a call of a 75-year-old male who was weak and having difficulty breathing. Gold Cross arrived and took control of the man.
6:02 p.m. Driving complaint. 2nd Avenue NW. A driver called in a complaint of a tractor with no lights heading east on CR 75. Police pulled the tractor over on CR 133. All lights appeared to be on and working.
7:52 a.m. Tampered vehicle. Ridgewood Court. Overnight, a trailer was gone through at a local business. It was undetermined if anything was stolen at the time.
7:59 a.m. Car fire. CR 134/CR 75. A driver called because while driving all of his lights came on, and when he exited the vehicle it was on fire. Police were able to extinguish the flames before the St. Joseph Fire Department arrived. A tow truck was called.
12:07 a.m. Verbal. Northland Drive. Police received a call saying a neighbor was having a verbal argument for more than an hour. Police did not hear anything upon arrival, and the resident said they were alone and playing video games.
1:48 a.m. Felony drug offense. I-94. A Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a speeding pickup. The deputy found approximately 50 grams of a substance which was field-tested to be methamphetamine, along with $8,500. The persons in the vehicle, Colin Nicholson and Matthew Emerson, both 24-years-olds from Maplewood, Minn., were arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail.
9:05 a.m. Theft. Ridgewood Court. Sometime in the previous week, someone took about 80 gallons of diesel fuel out of the tank of a semi, valued at $240. The issue on Dec. 29 may be related.
8:48 p.m. Fireworks. 3rd Avenue NE. Police observed two large, aerial fireworks in the area. After searching the area, police did not find anyone.
12:43 a.m. Medical. Minnesota Street W. A 22-year-old male was unresponsive but breathing at a local bar after becoming very intoxicated. Gold Cross was dispatched and the male was brought to the St. Cloud Hospital.