If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 363-8250 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or access its tip site at www.tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime.
3:11 p.m. Speed. 1350 Minnesota St. W. While working traffic on the west side of Minnesota Street, an officer was operating a speed radar while other officer stopped vehicles. Upon approach, an officer clocked a vehicle going 47 mph in a 30-mph zone. The driver stated he was “just speeding up as he left town.” The officer issued a citation for 40/30 and explained where the speed limit changed.
11:18 p.m. Vandalism. 19 Minnesota St. W. While on bike patrol with a reserve officer, two officers observed four people who appeared to be drawing something on the side of a garage just north of the Local Blend. As officers headed toward the garage, the four people noticed and started walking away. Upon approach, the officers noticed a big penis was drawn and the word “dictation” was spelled out on the cement blocks using blue chalk. Officers stopped the four individuals and spoke with one of the individuals who had blue chalk on their right hand. All four individuals denied involvement. Officers could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt who vandalized the garage. All individuals were released.
4:25 p.m. Bus stop-arm violation. 110 Second Ave. S.E. Officers received a school bus stop-arm violation from Trobec’s Bus Service. While stopped at a bus stop with eight-way lights flashing and stop-arm extended, the suspect passed the bus on the left to enter his driveway 40 ft. ahead of the bus. The officer made contact with the driver who admitted he did not stop when the school bus arm was extended but stated he did not realize the bus had its lights on until he had past. A citation was issued for school bus stop-arm violation.
1:56 a.m. Intoxicated person. 109 Minnesota St. W. While on routine patrol, an officer spotted a male passed out outside of Sal’s bar. The male suspect was extremely intoxicated and stated he was waiting for a ride from the bartender. The employees of the bar did not realize there was a man waiting outside for them. The officer recorded the suspects breathalyzer test at .21. Detox was full so the officer eventually released the suspect to a friend.