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3:38 a.m. Speeding. CR 75/I-94. Officer clocked a vehicle going 68 mph in a 60-mph zone and observed a tail light out. Officer stopped the vehicle and met the driver. The driver knew about the tail light and was unable to provide proof of insurance. Officer issued the driver a citation for no proof of insurance and warned on speed and the tail light. The driver understood the citation.
13:01 p.m. Deposit. Callaway Street E. Took city deposit from city hall to Sentry Bank with no issues.
10:40 a.m. Abandoned property. College Avenue S./Field Street. Officer observed a bike laying on its side for the past few days that had not moved then stopped and collected bike. Pink girls Kulana brand bike. Officer ran through dispatch, cleared and tagged bike with a property tag. Took photos and brought to city maintenance.
11:31 a.m. Forced entry. 10th Avenue SE. Caller reported an entry door and jamb had been damaged. Looking at the door, it appears there had been some damage prior to this call, however, the trim and jamb were pushed out. Caller said they will fix the door. No other damage to the door. No footprints.
4:50 p.m. Vehicle crash. CR75/CR 133. Officer arrived on scene and spoke with both drivers. Vehicle 1 was stopped at the merge to go westbound onto CR 75 from CR 133. Vehicle 2 rear ended vehicle 1. Officer spoke with both drivers and they agreed there was less than $1,000 of damage. Officer did not observe any fresh damage to either vehicle. Officer documented drivers, passengers, vehicles and insurance info, and took photos. No crash report will be written. Officer provided both drivers with a business card and case number in case something changes.
7:34 p.m. CO alarm. 10932 Minnesota St. W. Officer arrived on scene with fire department. Residents were not sick. Firefighters scanned for carbon monoxide and found none.
8:42 p.m. Harassment. 1006 Baker St. E. Officer was dispatched to a harassment. One party was upset because says other party owes her drug money. Other party insists she doesn’t. Both parties say the other owes them money and each wants other to stop calling them. Both parties say they have blocked each other so there shouldn’t be any more harassment.
6:20 p.m. Vehicle crash. CR 133/320th Street. Caller told officer he was northbound on CR 133 and struck a deer. Driver stated the deer ran off, but he believed it was severely injured. Officer asked if any of the occupants of the vehicle were injured, and they stated no. Driver stated he wanted a crash report for insurance. Officer gave driver a business card with the incident report number and told driver if he needed it, he can call the police department. Officer took pictures of the vehicle, which will be added to the case file. Officers attempted to locate the injured deer but were unsuccessful.
3:08 a.m. Fire. Elm Street W. Officer was dispatched to a possible building fire. Upon arrival, officer made contact with the owner who stated he woke up and saw smoke. Officer checked the building inside and out with no fire/smoke, but building did smell of cigarettes. Caller told officer it was probably cigarette smoke from his sister. Officer observed caller smelled of alcohol.
4:54 p.m. Abandoned property. Callaway Street E. While on patrol, officer observed a mountain bike near the front door of the government center. Nobody was around it. The bicycle was a Schwinn. Officer ran the bike and it came back clear. Officer photographed, tagged and transported the bicycle to cold storage.
10:37 a.m. Speeding. College Avenue S./Field Street. Officer observed vehicle southbound on College Avenue. Radar locked speed at 47 mph in a 30-mph zone. Driver said she did not know how fast she was going but said she knew it was a 30-mph zone. Vehicle had expired registration from September 2022. Citation issued for speed; warning given about registration. Radar was tested prior to officer’s shift and found to be working properly.
11:36 a.m. Lost property. Callaway Street E. Complainant stopped at police departemtn to report he lost his key at the La Playette last night. Complainant said it’s a single Jeep key for a Wrangler on a red lanyard. Nothing has came up yet but if found will call the complianant.
2:24 p.m. Accident w/o injuries. 20th Avenue SE. Officer responded to a crash without injuries. Semi tractor was stopped at a red light. Black Tahoe was behind semi; driver stated he was distracted and rolled into the back of the semi. No damage to semi; moderate damage to front bumper of Tahoe. State accident report filed.