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• Deputies responded to a report of a man screaming for help inside the secured TCAAP property at 4 a.m. Oct. 16. MnDOT opened the gate on the west end and deputies brought out a confused man bleeding from a head injury. The 53-year-old from Columbia Heights had crashed through a fence and kept driving. He may have rolled the vehicle, which was found on its wheels with a dented roof, a deputy says. The man was charged with third degree DWI pending the results of the alcohol content of more blood that he was asked to produce.
• Bad blood among neighbors was blamed for a free-for-all that began around a pool table in a bar in the 4700 block of Hwy. 10 just before midnight Oct. 17 and continued at their residences across the highway. A 48-year-old male victim was “jumped,” according to a deputy’s report, by a 49-year-old man and his 24-year-old son who punched and kicked him in the face and ribs. A 20-year-old woman was “thrown backwards” after the scuffle moved across the highway. A felony assault charge is pending a medical report on the male victim.
• Police responded to a parking lot in the 7500 block of Greenfield Avenue Oct. 9 on a report of a woman who hit the father of her child in the face with a tire iron. The 25-year-old woman was booked at the jail for third-degree gross-misdemeanor assault and the 28-year-old man was taken to a nearby hospital with facial injuries.
• Neighbors reported an “obnoxious” woman at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of County Hwy. 10 the night of Oct. 12. The 28-year-old was told by police to knock it off or she was going to detox if they were called back. The police were called back, the woman kept resisting and was taken to jail instead of detox on charges of disorderly conduct and gross-misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process with force.
• Mom 34, and her daughter, 15, were involved in a hair pulling incident the night of Oct. 10, and mom was cited for domestic assault.
• Responding to a report of a house shot in the 2200 block of Pinewood Drive Oct. 8, officers dug a 22-cal. slug out of the siding. No suspects.
• When a woman carrying a baby was accused of shoplifting at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road Oct. 8, she handed the infant to a male accomplice and made tracks. The 37-year-old man refused to cooperate with police and was charged with obstructing the legal process. The 36-year-old woman was identified by employees through a photo lineup and charged with misdemeanor theft. The baby was not charged.
• A moviegoer suffered a broken passenger window and the loss of an iPod Touch, an iPod Nano, a backpack, clothing and three miscellaneous chargers during a car break-in in the parking lot of a movie theater the afternoon of Oct. 6 in the 2400 block of County Hwy. 10. The total loss was estimated at $400.
• Three large TV sets were stolen in the middle of the day Oct. 11 at a hotel in the 2200 block of County Hwy. 10. Burglars cut the screens to ground level guest rooms, making off with a pair of 37-inch Panasonic units and a 32-inch model, brand unidentified. The total loss was estimated at $2,000.
“No fruit left”
• A man taken into custody for driving 80 mph on northbound I-35W, a 60 mph zone, blurted out to the arresting officer, “there’s no fruit left,” although a lime was found rolling around on the floor of the vehicle along with a half-bottle of low-end vodka and a bag of ice cubes. The suspect was handcuffed to a wall in the DWI testing area at the station Oct. 18 to prevent him from “urinating on the telephone books.” The 36-year-old Blaine man tested .18 percent BAC on the Datamaster, more than twice the legal limit, and was booked at the jail on a second degree DWI charge based on two previous convictions. His vehicle was impounded for forfeiture.
• A local man took a cab from the Dakota County Jail to New Brighton Oct. 11, racking up a $114 fare, then ran into his trailer without paying. The cabbie called police. Officers talked the suspect out of the trailer, arrested him on a “theft of services” charge and transported the 25-year-old to the Ramsey County Jail on a misdemeanor arrest warrant that had been issued earlier.
• Officers stopped a man at Silver Lake Road and 39th Avenue N.E. who looked like he was used to bad news and was about to get more. The pedestrian walked into traffic on Oct. 5 causing a squad car to come to a sudden and abrupt stop. The 26-year-old was charged with disorderly conduct.
• How’s this for a bad combination —speeding, no insurance and driving “unsafe equipment.” The 20-year-old man was arrested Oct. 8 at 37th Avenue N.E. and Chandler Drive.
• Two adult female suspects entered a bank in the 2700 block of 39th Avenue N.E. Oct. 12, each requesting a $500 cash withdrawal on their credit cards. Both sets of identification appeared to employees to be fake. When questioned, both suspects left the bank, abandoning the credit cards. An investigation continues.
• Two boxes were delivered to the front steps of a residence Oct. 9 in the 2900 block of Silver Lake Road. A thief picked them up. The resident had no idea of the contents.
• Desperate but determined thieves cut the lines and hoses to a washing machine Oct. 12, flipped the unit over, and cut off the top to get at the coin box. The loss was estimated at $30 and the damage was estimated at $400. The criminal damage to property occurred at an apartment building in the 3800 block of Highcrest Road. No suspects.
”It’s time for Jim Beam”
• It’s time for Jim Beam” goes the slogan, and the shoplifter heartedly agreed, grabbing a bottle and concealing it under his jacket. He also picked up a case of beer, too big to steal, and attempted to pay for it, but his credit card was denied. There are no suspects in the Oct. 11 theft of the Jim Beam valued at $14.99 from the liquor store in the 100 block of County of Road E, but a surveillance tape is being checked for clues.
• A neighbor identified the prowler Oct. 13 who had been peering in her bedroom window on an “increasingly frequent basis.” She recognized the neighboring youth who she said was also lighting fires under her pine trees. She informed dad who said he would speak to his 11-year-old son. If the activities continue, the sheriff’s office will step in.
Sleepover gone bad
• A deputy on routine patrol at 3 a.m. Oct. 12 found a darkened vehicle in McCullough Park with three 15-year-olds inside — two girls and a boy. The boy had his dad’s car but no license. One girl was supposed to be at the other girl’s residence for a sleepover and she had been there but no one was sleeping. The boy admitted to smoking marijuana and was cited for violation of an instructional permit. Dad came and picked up the youth and his car. Another dad arrived and returned the girl teens to the sleepover.
Asked to disrobe
• “Nothing good happens after midnight,” my mom used to say. She was wrong, but oh boy, sometimes it’s the truth. A 12-year-old girl, on the computer at 2 a.m. Oct. 20, thinking she had accessed a website advertised as “talk to a celebrity,” was asked by a male, who apparently had a visual of the preteen, “to disrobe.” Horrified, she reported it to her parents who reported it to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office. Her parents may also have asked her why she was on the computer at 2 a.m., but the report, taken very seriously, was turned over to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.