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9:52 a.m. Theft. College Avenue N. Business reported sometime over the weekend, their yellow marquee sign was stolen from the front of the building. Sign worth $250.
12:04 p.m. Accident. C.R. 75/Northland Drive. Three-vehicle accident involving a city vehicle. Since a city vehicle was involved, Waite Park officers wrote up the crash.
1:51 p.m. Alarm. C.R. 75 E. Alarm at business. Owner of building set off alarm. All O.K.
8:36 p.m. Hazard. Ash Street W. Barricades from roadwork on Minnesota Street were blown over. Caller was concerned someone might run over them. Road-closed signs were down on both ends of the construction. Officer placed them back up.
2:46 p.m. Neighbor dispute. Iverson Street W. Woman stated her children were being harassed/bullied by other children. Spoke with several children within the complex about the issues. Nothing further.
1:26 a.m. Vehicle fire. Seventh Avenue SE. Responded to a vehicle on fire in the driveway. Arrived and vehicle was fully engulfed. Vehicle was parked about 15 feet from the residence. Occupants of residence were all outside. Spoke to owner of vehicle and he stated he parked the vehicle at approximately 12:30 a.m., locked the vehicle and had his iPod plugged in and charging inside the vehicle. He was advised to contact his insurance company. Vehicle towed away.
9:40 a.m. Gas smell. 12th Avenue SE. Received a few calls of natural gas smell. Found maintenance being done by Xcel at border station on Ridgewood Road NE. Wind caused odor to drift over city of St. Joseph. Nothing further.
1:50 p.m. Dog. Sixth Avenue SE. Arrived at residence on a barking-dog complaint. Dog was barking on officer’s arrival. Nobody was home at the time. Office left business card in the door. Later spoke to owner about the barking dog and advised her to try and correct the problem. Warned her about citations if problems occur again.
3:59 p.m. Unwanted person. Minnesota Street E. Complainant called and stated a woman entered his apartment without permission the previous day. He stated she had come and gone from the apartment but not within the last month. On this date she entered the apartment, went to the kitchen and grabbed a large knife and started cutting her wrists. He had to physically wrestle the knife out of her hands to keep her from harming herself. She was later picked up by Sartell Police and brought to the ER for evaluation.
2:24 p.m. Theft. First Avenue NW/Ash Street W. Stop sign at intersection was missing from the post. Contacted city maintenance to come and replace the sign. Approximate value of sign is $100. No suspects.
7:39 a.m. Hazard. C.R. 75/C.R. 133. Report of bags of mulch in the roadway. Officer arrived on scene. It appeared a bag was hit and there was mulch left on the roadway. All bags were gone. County maintenance notified.
6:48 p.m. Gas. Fifth Avenue NW. Homeowner hit a gas line by his house while digging with a front-end digger. He did not call Gopher One for marking. Fire department stood by until Xcel arrived. Fire chief did not need officer to stay.
7:40 p.m. Disorderly. Minnesota Street E. Person was mad and thought other gentleman was cheating with his wife. Fight broke out between the two. Wife was able to get them apart prior to officer’s arrival. Officer took statement from all three. Wife left for the night with their two children. The two men were advised to stay away from each other. Sent to city attorney for possible charges. All refused medical. Photos taken.
8:08 p.m. Found property. Cedar Street E. Complainant noticed an in-transit plate on a car at auto business. He took it so no one would steal it overnight. Will have day shift return it.
9:31 a.m. Welfare check. Third Avenue NE. Gentleman reported his sister had not been seen for several days and had not shown up for work. She sent him a text saying she was fine and it was a long story, but wouldn’t say where she was. He stated she had drug issues in the past and thinks she is back on them. She is depressed, diabetic and has none of her medication. Officer tried to contact her by phone and tried to contact her friends with no success. Her cell phone was pinged in St. Cloud within 2,800 meters of the tower. Officer advised he would try to locate her and check her welfare.
2:09 p.m. Theft. First Avenue SE/Able Street E. Report of a stop sign taken from the intersection. Value $100.
5:19 p.m. Fraud. Baker Street E. Woman wanted to report what she felt was a scam. She responded to an Internet ad for being a caretaker and based on the letter and check sent, this is a scam for money. Letter and check scanned into laser fiche. No further action.
5:30 p.m. Found property. College Avenue N. License plate found and turned over to officer. Owner contacted. Plate at front desk to be returned.
11:11 p.m. Vehicle pursuit. Attempted to stop motorcycle for traffic offense. Motorcycle took off and officer pursued vehicle. Officer terminated pursuit.
3:37 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. Able Street E/Fifth Avenue SE. Vehicle was parked close to the intersection. It had a manual transmission and was unlocked, so officer was able to push it close to the curb so it no longer posed a hazard.
4:39 p.m. Vandalism. Third Avenue NE. Sometime after 10 a.m. tires were stabbed while parked at the house. Both right side tires on his truck, both right side on his trailer and right side on pop-up camper. The tires were all facing the north. A beeper system on the mailbox was also broken. Value of damage $1,000. Second time this has happened. Previous occurrence was in November 2012.