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Flaming plant damages home in Arden Hills
Bulletin Area police reports week of May 21, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
Don’t use a plant as an ashtray
A homeowner out on her deck in the 1100 block of Carlton Drive for a smoke the night of May 4 satisfied the urge and stuck the butt in a potted plant. Hours later, the combustible soil, along with the plant, caught fire and damaged her siding, deck, grill cover and plastic furniture to the tune of $2,500. Old, dry potting soil made from shredded wood, bark or other materials can be flammable, the Lake Johanna Fire Department wants you to know. There have been several other fires this year started in potted plants, a spokesperson for the department said.
Fast-acting girlfriend saves towing charge
A local woman, wanted on an Anoka County warrant for her arrest for failure to appear in court on a driving after license cancellation (DAC) charge, was pulled over May 6 for DAC again, this time at County Hwy. 10 and County Road H2. While an officer was removing the license plates from the vehicle, the 43-year-old girlfriend called the owner, her boyfriend, who quickly arranged for a private tow before the car could be impounded.
Criminal damage to property
Jennifer Lawrence had never used a bow and arrow before preparing for her role in “The Hunger Games.” An arrow was found imbedded 25 feet up in the side of an apartment building April 29 in the 7600 block of Woodlawn Drive. While both of these statements are true, they don’t appear to be connected.
An intoxicated woman screaming obscenities at a neighbor working in his yard in the 8300 block of Greenwood Drive May 5 was told by police to take her newly acquired citation for disorderly conduct and go back in the house.
Everything but the kitchen sink
A kitchen sink was not found in this fellow’s vehicle, but he was arrested for violating just about everything else. Stopped at Groberg and Adams streets on May 7, the 36-year-old local was charged with running a stop sign, fourth-degree DWI, third-degree blood-alcohol test refusal, driving after license suspension, open bottle and failure to provide proof of insurance.
That’ll do it
When the girlfriend arrived home a little early on May 1, she found the boyfriend in bed with his ex-girlfriend. That’ll do it. Unpleasantness, including strangulation, developed and when the girlfriend, perhaps now another ex-girlfriend, tried to call 911, the boyfriend grabbed the phone and threw it off the third-floor balcony. Using a neighbor’s phone, the woman called authorities, police arrived, and the 23-year-old man was booked at the jail on felony domestic assault and gross-misdemeanor 911 call interference charges.
A 36-year-old local woman who had previously been “trespassed” from a store in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10 for reasons not released was sighted on site and cited in the store May 1.
A heavy wooden wishing well was dug out of a backyard overnight May 8 in the 1400 block of Mooney Drive. “It’s heavy, probably take two people to carry it,” said the former owner of the four-foot tall structure. The wishing well was valued at $200.
A 15-year-old Toro lawnmower valued at $50 and left outside to fend for itself May 8 in the 1400 block of Champion Drive was reported stolen May 10.
A wooden windmill lawn ornament valued at $200 disappeared overnight May 9 from a yard in the 1400 block of Champion Drive.
A smashed window in a Honda Accord parked in the 300 block of Cleveland Avenue was enough to let the owner know May 9 that his Ovation Legend 1717 guitar did not survive the night.
Thieves drilled out a door handle between May 9 and 12 to get into a bank of garages in the 300 block of Old Hwy. 8 S.W. Not finding anything interesting in the first one, they broke through the drywall into the adjoining space where they found a treasure trove of custom-made bicycles. Missing are three Stretch Beach Cruisers: a dark purple model, a black model and one bike that was partially built; and two Chopper models, one chrome and one black and both with “ape hanger” handlebars. The five bikes were valued at a total of $2,000.
No news is good news.
A curious prowler broke into a lock box making off with the master keys and key access cards April 29 at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Stinson Boulevard. If identified, the prowler will be facing a charge of felony criminal damage to property. An employee advised that the entire building would have to be rekeyed at an estimated cost of $5,000 due to the loss of the master keys.
Illegal window tint
A shy 30-year-old woman hiding in the shadow of an illegal window tint was also cited for driving after license suspension and no proof of insurance after she was pulled over April 28 in the 3700 block of Silver Lake Road.
Pot and a pipe
A teen was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a pipe May 2 at SAVHS. The 16-year-old youth was cited and parents were informed.
Procrastination pays off
A woman found her vehicle fuel door open and her gas cap unscrewed the morning of May 1 in the 3700 block of Foss Road. There was no loss because she had not gotten around to refueling and there wasn’t much more in her tank than fumes, she reported.
In second place May 4 with a great big .30 BAC and showing the usual signs, a 32-year-old man “staggering” down Stinson Boulevard was given a ride and released to the custody of an adult friend.
Just edging him out for first place with a whopping .31 BAC on May 4 was a 48-year-woman “stumbling” on the sidewalk in the 3000 block of Old Hwy. 8. She was released to the custody of an adult friend.
A couple in the process of breaking up and making a chore out of it the evening of May 2 spent some time hitting each other in her vehicle. The 37-year-old woman got out and the 36-year-old man drove off. She reported the vehicle stolen but later cancelled the report. There is a current charge of gross-misdemeanor domestic assault against the boyfriend pending approval of the county attorney’s office.
Responding to a report of a “suspicious vehicle” on Oak Grove Parkway just before noon May 7, a deputy woke the man inside. Learning quickly that the Akeley, Minnesota resident was wanted on an Anoka County felony warrant for fourth-degree assault on a police officer, the deputy ordered him at gunpoint to “prone out” on the ground. The man initially complied, but soon got up and the footrace was on. The deputy won that contest and the 31-year-old suspect was booked at the jail for the warrant, misdemeanor fleeing police on foot and driving with a suspended license.