Fishing complaint. Someone in the 100 block of Dellwood Avenue reported a group in a boat fishing too close to shore on White Bear Lake. The complainant said the group insisted they could fish wherever they wanted. The complainant said he called authorities before things escalated. The group in the boat left upon a deputy’s arrival.
Texting while driving. A deputy observed a driver holding his phone and moving his thumb on Manning Avenue near Hwy. 36. The driver explained he was contacting a friend about meeting for pizza. He was given a citation.
Found item. A Stihl chain saw was found near Lakeland Elementary School, 475 St. Croix Trail. The person who found the chain saw informed authorities that if no one claimed it, they’d like to have it.
Parking complaint. Several vehicles were reported parked on a property in the 600 block of Quinnell Avenue. A deputy found two of five vehicles parked less than a foot onto the property’s grass and determined all were parked legally and safely to allow other vehicles to drive on the road.
Suspicious person. While on patrol an officer observed a male on a bench near the playground at Walton Park, 1584 Hadley Av. at 3:30 a.m. The male said he was walking home from a friend’s after softball games and was tired. He said he would leave shortly. The officer drove by 15 to 20 minutes later and the male was still sitting there. He was given a ride home.
Miscellaneous information. An officer checked on a report of a possible underage driver in the 1000 block of Geneva Avenue. The caller estimated the driver’s age to be about 11 or 12. Contact was made with the juvenile who was 16 and had a valid driver’s license.
Animal complaint. Officers corralled nine chickens that had escaped their coop and were running around the neighborhood in the 1600 block of Gershwin Avenue.
Neighbor complaint. Someone in the 11000 block of Penfield Avenue reported their neighbor was trapping and killing cats. The complainant said the neighbor was using a live trap baited with a can of tuna. A deputy contacted the neighbor who said they’d only trapped two squirrels and had set them free. The deputy thought the trap they were using was too small for cats.
Neighbor complaint. A resident in the 11000 block of Walnut Lane reported neighbor children playing hockey in the street and blocking traffic. After a conversation with the resident an officer determined he was only calling because his daughter was the subject of a recent driving complaint made by the parent of one of the kids playing hockey.
Suspicious activity. Police received a report that smoke from teenagers smoking marijuana floats into the complainant’s window three townhouses over in the 3200 block of Countryside Court. Officers sat outside the residence on two separate occasions but witnessed no such activity.
Suspicious activity. A man pumped $42.79 worth of gas into a vehicle at Super America, 1551 Woodlane Dr., and then noticed a police car pull into the lot. At that point he tore off tape from his rear license plate that made the “J” a “U” and took off running, failing to pay for the gas. The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted and paid the bill. She said the vehicle had been loaned to a family friend and didn’t know why he took off running.
John Wareham • 612-673-7759
Items are selected from reports made to police departments and are not intended to provide a comprehensive picture of crime.