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9:35 p.m. Noise. Fourth Avenue N. Dispatch notified officers of a possible alarm going off in a school. When the officer arrived in the area, they met with someone from the building. They discovered the alarms were smoke detectors in a nearby dumpster and they were echoing off the building. The detectors had recently been in a rainstorm and were most likely defective causing them to alarm. The officer removed the batteries from the alarms and the noise stopped.
9:42 p.m. Intoxicated person. Le Sauk Drive. Officers were requested for an intoxicated woman who was stumbling and slurring words. Staff wanted her removed from their business. Officers were able to assist with getting the woman to go to the hospital to be checked.
8:58 p.m. Unwanted. Sandstone Loop S. Officers were called for a suspicious vehicle that was parked in the complainant’s driveway and then left. The officers checked the area and were unable to locate the vehicle. The officers responded to the complainant’s home, and she told officers she saw headlights in her driveway. She went outside to see what was going on and confronted the men in the vehicle. The complainant told the officers the men said they were checking their blinkers but seemed very jittery. The vehicle then left the area. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the vehicle and no license plate was obtained.
9:08 p.m. Assist agency. Highway 10. An officer overheard State Patrol air information about a stolen vehicle. The caller was following the vehicle southbound on Highway 10. The Sartell officer set up at the Highways 10 and 15 split. Benton County was able to stop the vehicle before it got to the split.
5:34 p.m. Trespassing. CR 120. An officer was requested at a business for a man on the property who had been trespassed from the store in January. When the officer arrived, the man was in the store. The officer was provided with a signed trespass notice from January. The officer made his way to the electronics section of the store where the man was located, detained and escorted back to an office. The man told the officer he had no idea he couldn’t be in the store. The man was issued a new trespass notice by the store and the officer issued a citation. The man was released a short time later.
2:50 a.m. Personal assist. Third Street S. Dispatch requested an officer to respond for a male party calling in that his girlfriend took his keys and would not give them back. Dispatch advised the man may possibly be impaired and a woman in the background was requesting officers to respond. When officers arrived, they met with a male party who appeared under the influence. The man told officers he wanted his keys so he could leave. The officers spoke to the woman, and she said she had just gotten home, and he wanted to take the car. She refused to give him the keys and hid them due to his level of impairment. She just wanted him to go inside and go to bed. The officer spoke to the man again and explained the situation, and the man agreed to go inside and go to bed.
11:05 a.m. Dog. 2 ½ Street N. Dispatch was called about a barking dog complaint. The male caller told dispatch he could see a squad at the house, but the dog was outside barking and was very tired of the dog always barking. The officer was there for a separate matter and the owner told the officer they had just put the dog out when the officer arrived. The homeowner brought the dog back in the home so it would no longer be an issue.
8:28 a.m. Threat. 23rd Street S. An officer was requested to speak to staff about a threatening voicemail that was received at a business. There was a voicemail left at a clinic that was threatening, but not directed to any one staff member directly. The officer met with the business and discussed options. The patient was no longer welcomed at the establishment and had been discharged from their care. The officer was able to find a name attached to the phone number and had St. Cloud Police Department do a welfare check on the individual. The business didn’t want to press charges at this time.
11:39 p.m. Agency assist. Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids Police Department requested Sartell police to assist with a pursuit of a vehicle that had failed to stop for one of their officers. As a Sartell unit became in position, they took over as lead of the pursuit. The officer attempted a PIT maneuver and made contact with the vehicle but did not fully disable it. The vehicle continued and was traveling at speeds that were not safe for a residential area. The vehicle was eventually successfully disabled using another PIT maneuver. Sartell assisted with giving commands to the driver and a Sauk Rapids officer detained the man. Sauk Rapids police officers took over the scene.
5:23 p.m. Hazard. Riverside Avenue S. An officer was requested at a residence after a road work sign was placed near his driveway and he couldn’t see oncoming traffic when entering Riverside Avenue. The officer tracked down a construction worker and asked about the sign. The worker told the officer he would take it down and contact the correct company to have it removed.
2:23 p.m. Suspicious vehicle. 19th Avenue N. An officer was dispatched to a call of a suspicious vehicle at a home taking pictures. The officer was informed the neighbor has video of a man and it was provided to the officer. The officer noted a truck parked about two houses down, what appears to be a man walks into the caller’s yard and takes photos. The man starts walking back to the truck, then starts jogging to his truck. The vehicle slowly drives away after the man gets into the vehicle. No plates were able to be obtained due to poor quality of video. The caller advised the officer there was no reason for someone to be there taking photos or at their home.
12:22 a.m. Property damage. Riverside Avenue N. While an officer was on another call, they came across damage done to the pavilion in Watab Park. There was spray paint on the corners of the pavilion, damage to some picnic tables and top bricks on some of the pillars were broken off. Unknown when the damage occurred. Photos were taken and sent to Sartell Maintenance for repair. It should be noted Watab Park is currently closed due to the road construction but will reopen once the construction is complete.
10:42 p.m. Shoplifting. CR 120. Officers were called for a man known to store employees for shoplifting and had already been asked to leave the store. When officers arrived, they were informed the man was leaving in a blue minivan. Another officer was able to stop the vehicle and they located three men inside. The officer made contact with the shoplifting suspect and had him step out. The officer requested identification from the driver, and he was given a driver’s license. Another officer arrived on scene and found the identification card did not match the driver. The officer had the driver step out and it was found he had given a false name. The correct name was found, and dispatch confirmed the man had a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest. As the man was searched for officer safety, drug paraphernalia was found. A K9 unit from a nearby department arrived and marked the vehicle as having potential narcotics inside. The vehicle was searched; narcotic like substances and drug paraphernalia were found. The driver was booked into Stearns County Jail on the DOC warrant and new pending charges. The shoplifter was cited for shoplifting and was able to do a sign and release for his warrant. The third man was released without charges.
5:05 p.m. Stolen vehicle. CR 120. Dispatch requested an officer respond for a vehicle that was stolen from a parking lot. The officer was informed the vehicle owner parked the car in the lot around 8:30 a.m., the doors weren’t locked and the keys were left inside. The owner reported the vehicle to be worth $24,000 and signed the stolen property form. The officer made contact with security and was able to review video. Two male suspects were found entering the car, and still photos of the suspects were taken. This call is still under investigation.