Washington County police blotter
- December 21, 2012 - 5:21 PM
Shooting complaint. Two shots were reportedly heard close to a home in the 5000 block of Odell Avenue. Police found a man in the area who admitted shooting twice at a woodpecker. He was advised that was against the law.
Lighting concern. Someone in the 7000 block of Lake Elmo Avenue complained about spotlights from a neighbor's residence shining on his home. The complainant said the lights were on timers but they were on at the moment. Police advised it was a civil issue and the complainant stated he planned to contact the city about the lights.
Suspicious occurrence. A real estate agent selling an empty home in the 70 block of Quant Avenue reported finding someone living on the property. Police contacted the owner who said the individual had permission to be on the property to take care of a few things for the owner. Police advised the owner he should've communicated that to his agent.
Hunting complaint. Police checked on a report of four hunters, for the second day in a row, cleaning birds on the side of the road in the area of Norell Avenue and Morris Trail. Police found two vehicles parked in a no-parking area that belonged to a group of hunters. Police advised the hunters it was considered littering to leave bird feathers and carcasses on a public right of way. Citations were issued for the illegally parked vehicles.
Criminal damage to property. All four tires were slashed on a vehicle in the 1200 block of Guthrie Avenue. The victim suspected her brother did the damage.
Hunting/trapping/trespassing complaint. A property owner in the 15000 block of Oakhill Road reported finding a live trap with a raccoon in it on his land. He checked with people he'd given permission to hunt on his land and they didn't set it. He also found signs of an animal being dragged off his property.
Prowler. A resident in the 11000 block of Penfield Avenue reported hearing something hit a window on the back of her home. Police found three screens removed from the windows and an arrow. The resident explained the screens were off because she had been cleaning the windows earlier and the arrow was her son's. Police also saw a raccoon running from the yard when they went around back.
Suspicious item. Police responded to a report of a suspicious basket on the side of the road in 600 block of Markgrafs Lake Drive. The complainant stated it had been there several days and he didn't want to open it. An officer located what was a plastic box and removed the lid to find it full of dirt.
Child welfare concern. Police received a report of two small children left in a vehicle while their mother went into a store in the 10000 block of Hudson Road. When police arrived the mother had returned to the vehicle and explained she was only gone a few seconds. She was reminded of the dangers of leaving children in a car alone, and that she also needed a booster seat for one of the children.
Handicap parking violation. The driver of a vehicle parked in a handicapped spot in front of Trader Joe's, 8960 Hudson Road, was asked to move and given a verbal warning for parking there.
Items are selected from reports made to police departments and are not intended to provide a comprehensive picture of crime.
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