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“Relax, it’s FedEx.”
The FedEx slogan didn’t work as the dog, which had been lounging in the front yard of the residence on Keithson Drive Dec. 27, lunged at the driver as she approached the front door with a package, biting her in the leg. The victim was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The suspect was “quarantined” at the residence by Ramsey County Animal Control until the owner could show evidence of current rabies vaccination.
Both halves of a married couple were heard slapping each other silly in their apartment the day after Christmas. They were arrested after that activity was reported to police by a neighbor. The 27-year-old husband and the 23-year-old wife were each charged with fifth-degree domestic assault. Both battlers were booked at the Ramsey County Jail (into separate accommodations.)
A Falcon Heights man was written up for a half-dozen offenses after he was stopped in the wee hours of New Year’s Day at I-35W and County Road H for a lane violation. The 29-year-old was cited for second-degree DWI and second-degree BAC test refusal based on previous alcohol-related offenses, driving after license revocation, failure to surrender impounded license plates and open bottle. The man’s vehicle was impounded for forfeiture and he was booked at the jail.
Officers responded to an alarm in the wee hours of Jan. 4 at a liquor store in the 2800 block of County Hwy. 10 where they found a shattered glass window and footprints in the freshly fallen snow. The prints led to a residence in the 7600 block of Silver Lake Road where two boys, a 15-year-old from Apple Valley and a 16-year-old from Spring Lake Park were soon collared, charged with felony burglary and transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center.
A 14-year-old who threatened her mom with a knife at their apartment on New Year’s Eve was charged with felony terroristic threats and booked into the county JDC.
Three women knocked on the door of a trailer in the 2000 block of Stratford Avenue the night of Jan. 3. When a resident opened the door, three male accomplices forced their way in. The suspects bound and duct-taped the two people inside and the six, all described by the victims as “young Asians,” fled the scene in a black Toyota sedan after helping themselves to a substantial amount of cash.
An officer responding to an alarm Jan. 11 found the glass door of a coffee shop in the 1400 block of Silver Lake Road smashed to smithereens and the inside door to an office kicked in. An undetermined amount of cash went missing in the overnight burglary. No suspects.
At least one passing opportunist rummaged through vehicles overnight in the attached garage of a residence in the 1900 block of Serendipity Court. In the morning a resident, who had inadvertently left his overhead door open all night, found the glove boxes and center consoles rifled and CDs and an MP3 player gone missing.
It’s the season opener for those folks who want your W-2s, 1099s and other tax-related documents so they can fill out your tax returns and get their hands on your refunds. This warning comes from New Brighton Police who encourage you to report anyone lingering around your mailbox or any other untoward activity by people that appears suspicious. Remove your incoming mail as soon as possible and avoid using your unsecured curbside box for outgoing mail.
A 32-year-old man pulled over for passing in a no-pass zone at 37th Avenue N.E. and Coolidge Street was also arrested Dec. 20 for driving after license possession, no proof of insurance, and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
A Roseville boy was arrested on New Year’s Day at 29th Avenue N.E. and Silver Lake Road and charged with DWI. The 16-year-old, also charged with pot possession and running a stop sign, will now face the music at home after he was released to the custody of a parent.
Leave your hypodermic needles in the car when you go shoplifting so, when you’re caught, you’ll avoid that charge. A 38-year-old man was caught red-handed with $178 in stolen merchandise at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road on Dec. 28 and charged with theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. His 37-year-old female partner in crime, who was needle-less, was only charged with theft.
A 31-year-old woman kicked off 2014 with a scheduled court appearance when she was arrested for shoplifting $57 worth of goods on New Year’s Day at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road.
Shop ‘til you drop
They say bad luck happens in threes. A man who had been harassed by three women inside the big-box store Jan. 3 was followed outside and sprayed in the face with an irritant, then assaulted by the trio. A 22-year-old woman was booked at the jail for “felony assault use of tear gas without defending.” Her accomplices, ages 41 and 18, were cited for assault and released. Paramedics treated the victim for eye injuries. What set the women off is unknown.
Unpleasantness developed the evening of Jan. 11 between the 45-year-old local man and his 31-year-old Anoka girlfriend. The girlfriend expressed fear for her safety after the boyfriend brandished a knife and threatened to cut his own throat. While waiting for deputies to respond to her 911 call, the boyfriend jumped on top of her car and smashed her windshield with a hammer. He was charged with felony domestic assault based on previous convictions and transported to a local hospital on a pysch hold.
A cashier at a discount store in the 900 block of County Road E, under investigation for a $50 short count, was transferred to another register where he promptly pocketed a $15 gift card that a guest inadvertently left behind. The 18-year-old man was cited for the two thefts totaling $65 and is no longer with the company.
A St. Paul woman stopped at the big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E the evening of Jan. 8 for some last-minute shoplifting, taking her pot pipe along with her. After pocketing a can of dog food and a tube of nail glue, the 24-year-old, who was wanted on both Ramsey and Hennepin county warrants for her arrest, was charged with theft and possession of drug paraphernalia and booked at the jail.
Another suspected shoplifter was encountered by big-box asset protection employees the morning of Jan. 9 as he attempted to leave the store with a cart filled with stolen merchandise. After a short struggle, the suspect fled the scene, abandoning the cart filled with mostly toiletries, valued at approximately $500, but was quickly located in a nearby sports bar restroom and taken into custody. The 37-year-old White Bear Lake man had arrived at the store in a Kia Soul found to be stolen out of Dakota County. He was booked at the jail on a charge of felony possession of stolen property.