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6:24 a.m. Welfare check. College Avenue S. Police received a report of a male sleeping in the hallway of an apartment hallway, outside of a residence. A strong odor of alcohol was present on the man’s breath, and he blew a .157. The man was transported to his home.
6:20 p.m. Burglary. 19th Avenue NE. The renter of a storage shed found the lock missing from her door, and items had been rifled through. Nothing was missing or damaged other than the lock. The mini-storage owner looked for additional damage, and thought someone had also gone through another unit. Both sheds were secured.
10:19 a.m. Traffic stop. College Avenue S. A vehicle was observed by police speeding away from the stop sign at Minnesota Street and College Avenue. The officer observed the driver traveling at a speed of 44 mph in a 30-mph zone, and looking down at her phone. After being stopped, the driver admitted to texting her sister. The driver was issued a citation for texting while driving, and given a verbal warning for speeding and not having a driver’s license in her possession.
4:55 p.m. Disorderly conduct. Minnesota Street W. A 21-year-old female reported being assaulted at a local bar. After reviewing a video and speaking with the suspect – a 22-year-old female – the suspect admitted to the actions. A citation was issued.
6:44 p.m. Drug possession. Minnesota Street W. While checking a residence for a suspect in another matter, police detected the odor of marijuana. The resident admitted to smoking marijuana and provided police with a baggie containing a small amount of the substance. The 22-year-old male was cited for possession.
12:13 a.m. Minor consumption. College Avenue S. An officer was flagged down by CSB Security. They had an intoxicated 18-year-old male who was verbally uncooperative, and had provided them with a fake ID. A strong odor of alcohol was coming from the man. He was issued a citation for minor consumption and possession of a fraudulent driver’s license, and released to a sober friend.
10:53 p.m. Open container. Minnesota Street W/2nd Avenue NW. A patrol officer observed a 22-year-old male standing on the sidewalk drinking a can of beer. The officer stopped the man, collected the open can and a sample, and issued a citation.
10:58 p.m. Minor consumption. 2nd Avenue NW. Police observed a 20-year-old male walking north with a backpack on. As the officer approached the male, he walked away at an angle. The officer stopped him to check for alcohol in the backpack, which the man denied. Multiple containers in the backpack did not contain alcohol. However, a gatorade bottle in a side pouch had an odor of alcohol coming from it, and the man admitted it contained ‘captain,’ meaning Captain Morgan Rum. The male had a blood-alcohol content of .108, and was issued a citation for minor consumption.
9 p.m. Gas leak. Elm Street E. A minivan was observed leaking gas. The driver was advised by the manager of a local business, but was not concerned and left. The fire department placed absorbent material down, and the registered owner of the van was billed for the work.
10:26 p.m. Medical. 1st Avenue NE. A minor female dislocated her knee, and was lying on the ground in a little pain when an officer arrived. Gold Cross rescue transported the patient to the St. Cloud Hospital.
9:37 p.m. Suspicious person. Elm Street E. An employee at a local business stated a female who looked to be in her mid-20s with a strong Russian accent was pulling on the doors of area businesses. The suspect came into the employees business and said she was trying to sell bracelets to raise money for family back home. The employee was suspicious because it was so late in the evening. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived, but the employee said the female was driving a blue minivan with out-of-state plates.
4:43 p.m. Property damage. Minnesota Street E. Police received a call that mailboxes had been damaged, two of which had been removed completely from their post. Police met with an individual who stated he accidentally hit the mailboxes while attempting to park their vehicle on the south side of the street. His mirror was damaged on the passenger side. Insurance and contact information was exchanged between the driver and renters.
9:47 p.m. Officer request. 4th Avenue N. A resident called and asked for an officer to come, as their back door was open upon returning home. Police searched the home and found no sign of tampering.
10:58 p.m. Open container. College Avenue N. Police observed a male walking in front of the police department holding a can. Upon approach the 21-year-old male attempted to hide the can at his side. The man stated the can was a beer and was open. He was issued a citation for his open container.