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6:37 p.m. Assist agency. Highway 15. Officers were called for a semi that failed to stop in time for southbound traffic at a red light and collided with a sedan. Officers were informed while the semi was trying to stop the eastbound traffic light turned green and a sedan went and collided on the passenger side of the semi. Drivers were instructed to stay in their vehicles due to heavy traffic and slippery conditions. Crash occurred in the intersection which is the State’s jurisdiction. Officers assisted with obtaining driver and vehicle information until State Patrol arrived on scene and took over the crash.
6:13 p.m. Neighbor dispute. Brookwood Line. An officer was dispatched to a neighbor dispute over placement of snow. The officer spoke to the male caller who was adamant the neighbor was pushing snow into his property and the roadway. The officer arrived in the area and found no road obstructions. The officer found the corner in question and found the fire hydrant was also accessible. The snow was pushed into a corner away from the caller’s address. The caller threatened if the officer didn’t speak to the other man and make him fix it, he would simply push the snow back after the plows came through. The officer spoke to the other man, who expressed he clears multiple neighbors’ yards, and thought the snow would be best where he put it as it was away from driveways, so when plows went through it wouldn’t get pushed back in. The officer spoke about ways to maybe plow in the future to try and keep the peace in the neighborhood.
7:23 p.m. Suspicious activity. Sixth Avenue S. Officers were dispatched to the area for two people wearing dark clothing going door to door. The caller was home alone and was scared. The officers were able to determine the two individuals were solicitors for Everlight Solar, who had already stopped in at the police department earlier in the day to obtain a permit.
6:30 p.m. Community policing. Fifth Street N. An officer did a walkthrough of Pine Meadow Elementary School while the school was hosting a family night event. The officer spoke to the public and interacted with families in the school. The officer also noted no parking issues outside of the school.
11:26 a.m. Theft from vehicle. Second Street S. An officer was dispatched for a report of a theft from vehicle; the caller told dispatch her purse was taken from her unlocked car. The officer arrived and spoke to the woman, who stated her purse was missing and there was already a charge on her card at McDonald’s in Sartell. The officer made contact with McDonald’s and found the person used the stolen credit card. When the person made the purchase, they also used their McDonald’s app. McDonald’s was going to search for more information for the officer off the app. The officer returned to the store where the purse was stolen and reviewed video. At the same time, McDonald’s called the officer and gave a name and license plated used in the purchase. The officer was able to locate the vehicle’s owner information and made contact. The owners were the parents to a woman who drives the car. The woman first denied it, stating they found the purse and she and her friend planned on returning it until the officer recapped the whole chain of events. All parties involved returned the purse and payment for purchases made. The victim chose to not press charges on the women.
2:39 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Ninth Avenue N. Dispatch received a call about a car in the nearby parking lot with the panic alarm going off. The caller told dispatch it had gone off about six different times and they could see blue flashing lights. The officer arrived in the area and could not hear or see anything. The officer called the caller back and she told them that it had shut off and was unsure where it was coming from now.
7:57 a.m. Crash. Riverside Avenue N. An officer was dispatched to a crash involving a school bus. A van traveling northbound on Riverside Avenue slid in the snow and struck the Trobec’s bus traveling in the southbound lane. The officer noted no injuries from the parties in the vehicle or on the bus. The officer took photos and assisted with the driver exchange information.