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Nice car, terrible driver
Responding to a report of a red Jaguar “all over the road” and passing other vehicles on the shoulder the afternoon of Dec. 18 on eastbound I-694, deputies caught up to the sports car now found rocking back and forth on a snow bank in the median at U.S. Hwy 10 and Hwy. 96 with a half-bottle of vanilla vodka rattling around under the passenger seat. The driver, a 36-year-old St. Cloud woman, tested a whopping .28 percent BAC on the Data Master and was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on a felony first degree DWI charge based on her alcohol level and several previous misadventures behind the wheel.
A 13-year-old boy was arrested on an assault charge in early December at Edgewood Middle School for shoving another student. He was sent home. Later the youth, who has a history of disruptive behavior, threatened the same student via Facebook and this time was transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center on a felony terroristic threat charge. He was also cited for possession of tobacco.
A cab arrived at a County Road I apartment building on Dec. 11 showing $60 on the meter. The passenger said she didn’t have it and a negotiation settled on $21.50. The woman said she’d go into her apartment and be right back with the money. She never returned, police were called and the woman, who had identified herself earlier, was mailed a citation for theft.
A 36-year-old man was jailed on a violation of a no contact order and domestic assault after he punched his 27-year-old girlfriend in the mouth Dec. 16 at an Ardmore Avenue trailer park.
A homeless couple was visiting a relative at an apartment complex Dec. 16 when unpleasantness occurred. The 32-year-old man was jailed on a domestic assault charge for hitting his 36-year-old girlfriend in the face.
A 20-year-old man with no permanent address took a cab to grandma’s Cleveland Avenue apartment on Dec. 25 for a surprise Christmas visit. When he told the driver he couldn’t pay the $40 fare, a scuffle broke out, the cabbie called 911 and the homeless man hightailed it inside. Officers responded to the sound of a scuffle coming through the open 911 line, and, when grandma turned down the request for help with the fare, the grandson was arrested. He was booked at the jail due to his NPA status.
The owner of the old but mint condition 1988 diesel-fueled Mercedes 300E left the car running in a closed garage on Pike Lake Drive overnight Dec. 20, because he was having trouble getting the twenty-five year-old vehicle started. The Mercedes, valued at $20,000, was gone in the morning.
Drivers work out while thieves break in
Three cars in the lot were rifled while their drivers worked out at a health club in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road. On Dec. 22, a fitness buff left his keys in an unlocked club locker and his iPhone and wallet also went missing. Leaving your car keys accessible is not recommended but it did save him from a broken window. The next evening a thief shattered a vehicle window, making off with an overpriced Prada purse, makeup and $50 in cash. The victim said the purse was valued at $1,000 and the total loss amounted to $1,655, including the window. Minutes later there was more action in the lot when another vehicle window met a similar fate. Stolen were an empty computer case and a bag containing dance shoes. The total damage and loss in that incident was pegged at $335. No suspects.
A thief may have placed a set of bath towels under the tree on Christmas morning. At least that’s what was stolen in the first block of Buchal Heights Dec. 23 after UPS left the package on a doorstep.
A flurry of funny money was passed at the big-box store during the first two weeks of December. The benign bills were turned over to the U.S. Secret Service. No suspects.
A drunken male was found Dec. 10 in the men’s room of a grocery store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road. Police were called and the 69-year-old was given a ride to Ramsey County Detox.
A vehicle displaying a month-old, 21-day license was pulled over Dec. 12 at St. Anthony and Stinson boulevards and the 24-year-old male driver arrested.
Fifteen drivers with licensing difficulties - they were either suspended, revoked, cancelled or never had a license in the first place - were arrested in the city during the week of Dec. 9.
A Blaine boy was listening to his iPod-equipped headphones the morning of Dec. 9 at Oak Grove High School when a 16-year-old Vadnais Heights girl, hearing the music, didn’t like it and slapped the 17-year-old upside the head. That caused a stir and the teen was soon on her way to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center on an assault charge.
A homebound woman asked the boyfriend to bring her food after work. He did, but threw it in her face. He then punched her in the head and stomach and threw her to the floor before fleeing the scene, according to the report. After calling for help, the 41-year-old victim told deputies the boyfriend had assaulted her “numerous times” during their 11-year relationship. Authorities are looking for the 41-year-old charmer who faces a possible felony domestic assault charge.
When a thief follows a delivery truck, hoping for a package left for later pickup, there will be of course, a surprise inside. This thief, risking a criminal record, a court appearance and a fine, is now the proud owner of a candle, a refrigerator magnet, a tree ornament and a pair of men’s pajamas, total value of $85, after the box was stolen Dec. 22 in the 3500 block of Owasso Street.
A snowmobile made it all the way to the end of a driveway before breaking down in the 400 block of Horseshoe Drive. Thieves still managed to make off with the ‘93 Polaris XLT 600 overnight on Christmas. Theft of the $1,100 machine was reported to the National Crime Information Center.
A grandpa was arrested after he became confrontational with deputies who arrived the night of Dec. 20 to find out why he had kicked his grandson out of the house a day earlier. The 16-year-old youth was found outside wearing only a pair of swim trunks and said grandpa had slapped him before kicking him out. The teen was hospitalized on a psych hold. Meanwhile 67-year-old grandpa, who was taken to the ground and later tased by a deputy after some chest bumping, was jailed on an “obstruction of the legal process with force” charge.
The old girlfriend “hitchhiked” to the 55-year-old man’s house the night of Dec. 21 but was told she was not welcome. The 41-year-old began swinging wildly then bit the man in the arm, according to the report. The victim’s 86-year-old mother was on the scene and told deputies she was in fear for her safety. The old girlfriend fled the scene but was later collared and jailed on an assault charge.