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9:45 a.m. Theft. St. John’s Court An officer was requested to call a business owner in regard to a theft. The owner informed the officer, person(s) unknown took some items off the construction site sometime overnight. The owner stated a shoe print was located, and photos were taken of it. The officer had the owner fill out a theft form; total loss was $205.
10:58 p.m. Intoxicated person. Second Street S. Officers were dispatched to a business that needed assistance with an intoxicated person being disorderly. When officers arrived, the male was in the entryway of the business and had calmed down some. The male told the officer another male had touched his girlfriend, he was upset and intoxicated. The officer waited for a sober driver to arrive and then cleared.
9:16 a.m. Suspicious person. 12th Avenue S. Officers were notified of a suspicious person near a wooded area and a sidewalk. The officer was informed the male had been walking in and out of the woods with a box for 30 minutes. The male would walk up to a motorcycle parked on the sidewalk then back to the woods. The officer located the male who informed the officers he was trying to find a location to take pictures and film a large bird, possibly an eagle, flying in and out of a nest. He also informed the officer the cardboard box was garbage he found in the woods. The wooded area belongs to an apartment complex and the male resided at the apartment. The male was allowed to carry on, and the complainant was informed of what was going on.
8:35 p.m. Verbal. Fourth Avenue S. Officers were notified of a verbal occurring in a nearby apartment. Officers responded and spoke to the residents who had been arguing but nothing physical had occurred. Officers discussed how both people had residence and placing property in the hallway was not OK. Both parties agreed to be civil for the evening.
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6:28 p.m. Unwanted. Le Sauk Drive. An officer was dispatched to the location for an unwanted vehicle with three occupants blaring music and making verbal threats to guests and staff. Staff did not feel comfortable getting a license-plate number. The officer was not able to locate the vehicle upon arrival. The officer advised staff to call back if they returned.
8:52 a.m. Vandalism. First Street N. An officer was dispatched to a vandalism complaint that occurred around 2 a.m. The homeowner informed the officer they were woken up by their dog barking and saw a Chevy truck driving away with no lights on. The homeowner checked their cameras and saw a male enter onto their lawn; the male stole flags and yard signs. The flagpole where the flag had been ripped off was damaged. Also, a wood side from a trailer on the property was taken. In all $450 worth of damage and loss occurred.
3:59 a.m. Unwanted. Twin Rivers Court. Officers were requested to check on an unwanted vehicle in a parking lot of a closed business. The caller stated the vehicle looked like someone was sleeping in it because there were blinds covering the window. The officer arrived and made contact with the driver of the vehicle. The driver stated he had had an argument with his girl, left the area, and then fell asleep in the lot. The driver had to call for a ride since he did not have a valid license. The ride was on the way to pick him up and staff was notified.
10:18 p.m. Unwanted. Connecticut Avenue S. Officers were requested to respond to a residence for an unwanted intoxicated male. When officers arrived, they were informed the homeowners had met the male party at G Allen’s and they invited him to their home because they didn’t want him driving home. Once the male was at their home, he started causing problems with the homeowners and they called for police assistance. The officers noted the male’s intoxication level was fairly high, and the male was unable to take care of himself. The officer tried assisting with finding someone local to pick him up, but they were unable to. The male was transported to Detox and left in their care for the night.
10:06 p.m. Suspicious activity. 14th Avenue E. An officer was dispatched to a work vehicle that was parked in a cul-de-sac that had water draining from it, and the water was going into the storm drain. The officer was able to locate the project manager’s phone number and left a voicemail. A short time later the officer received a call back; the project manager stated the truck should not be draining water. If they had planned to drain it, it would be empty by now. The officer was able to close the valve and assumed the vehicle had been tampered with.
8:06 a.m. Abandoned vehicle. Seventh Avenue N. An officer was working an abandoned vehicle call. The officer had chalked the tires and was waiting 72 hours to see if the vehicle moved. During the 72 hours the parents of the owner called in stating it was their son’s vehicle and he is in Iowa. The son called a short while later stating he would have the vehicle moved sometime today. The officer informed the male if the vehicle was not moved it would be towed the following day.
9:57 a.m. Info. 16th Avenue N. An officer was dispatched to a residence for a complaint of a male shooting a squirrel within city limits. The complainant stated the male shot the squirrel and it died under their swing set. The male came onto their property and picked up the squirrel. The officer arrived at the male’s address and spoke to him about city ordinance and shooting within city limits. The male did not confirm or deny shooting the squirrel. The male stated he understood and didn’t have any questions.
11:24 p.m. Citizen contact. 23rd Street S. While an officer was on routine patrol, they observed a vehicle in a nearby parking lot driving fast and doing donuts. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver. The driver was advised to make better choices and a warning was given.
3:27 a.m. Vehicle in the ditch. Riverside Avenue S. An officer received a report of a vehicle in the ditch. The officer arrived and found the vehicle had been abandoned. The vehicle appeared to have been there a period of time due to snow covering. The vehicle swiped a power pole upon entry into the ditch; the pole was unaffected. The officer tried calling the registered owner, but the phone was off. The officer was able to make contact at the owner’s apartment. The owner stated he had lost control of the vehicle on slippery roads and planned on having it towed out in the morning. The vehicle was not blocking or a hazard.
1:30 a.m. Unwanted. Co. Rd. 120. An officer was dispatched to a business for an unwanted male refusing to leave the cart area. The store wanted the male removed since they were closed for the night. The officer spoke to the male, who stated he got in an argument with his girlfriend and walked to the business to warm up. The male stated he was looking for a homeless shelter to stay at for the night. The officer was able to locate an available bed and transported the male to the shelter.