The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:
An officer stopped a vehicle on the 400 block of 11th Avenue S. at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 15 for a moving violation. The officer spoke with the driver, a 62-year-old Forest Lake man, and noticed numerous signs of impairment. The man was arrested for DWI and given a breath test, with a result of 0.13. He was released to his son.
A suspicious 911 call led officers to an area on 12th Street SW., where they located a man and woman in a vehicle. Both were not cooperative with providing information and identified themselves by different names. It was determined that the male had a felony warrant for his arrest, and a male who had been seen leaving the vehicle when police arrived had multiple felony warrants. That suspect was later located, and drug items were also recovered from inside the vehicle. A 36-year-old Duluth man was arrested for giving false info, for possession of a controlled substance and on a St. Louis County warrant. A 29-year-old Duluth woman was cited for obstructing legal process, and a 50-year-old Duluth man was arrested for fleeing on foot, obstruction of legal process and multiple warrants on file for Aitkin and St. Louis counties.
Forest Lake police assisted the Forest Lake Fire Department at the scene of a reported house fire in the 22500 block of Jeffrey Avenue N. around 9:20 p.m. Jan. 16. The complainant reported she could hear fire in the chimney, but an officer on the scene did not observe flames. However, the fire department was able to locate a source of heat on the second floor.
A dump truck became entangled in power lines near Hilo Lane N. and Highway 97 around 1:15 p.m. Jan. 16. An officer made contact with the driver, who was advised to remain inside the vehicle due to possible power line contact with his truck. The driver stated he was southbound on Hilo and did not know his dump was in the up position. Eventually, Xcel Energy cleared the lines and assisted with freeing the truck from the wires.
Officers responded to a location on Hardwood Creek Trail at 5:53 p.m. Jan. 15 after they received a call about a snowmobile accident. On arrival, an officer located the snowmobile and a 19-year-old Crystal, Minnesota woman who was injured. She was complaining of significant pain in her right knee and left arm. Her step-dad reported that he had been the rear passenger on the snowmobile when he reached up to the handlebars and inadvertently hit the accelerator, which ejected him off the back. The woman continued on and veered to the right, striking several trees. Both were wearing helmets at the time. Officers helped move the woman from the crash site to an ambulance, and she was taken to North Memorial Hospital.
The Stillwater Police Department reported the following incidents:
An officer on patrol in the Stillwater Marketplace at 2 a.m. Jan. 14 noticed a vehicle parked in the parking lot of the nearby car wash. The officer took note of the license plate and determined the vehicle was stolen out of St. Croix County, Wisconsin. The officer stopped the vehicle in the 2500 block of Orleans Street W. and a 24-year-old Stillwater man and a 21-year-old Houlton, Wisconsin woman were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. They were booked and held at Washington County Jail.
An officer on patrol came across a man passed out in a vehicle in the 1800 block of Market Drive. When awakened, the man admitted he had been driving the vehicle. The officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and had the man, a 39-year-old Osceola, Wisconsin man, perform sobriety testing. The officer had probable cause to arrest, and the man was transported to Washington County Jail, where he agreed to a breath test, with a result of 0.15. The man was booked and released to a responsible adult.
A 37-year-old Stillwater man with an outstanding felony warrant from the Minnesota Department of Corrections was found at a residence in the 500 block of Churchill Street W. on Jan. 13 after police received a tip there was a wanted fugitive hiding out at the residence. The man was booked and held at Washington County jail for the Department of Corrections.
A 17-year-old Stillwater boy was issued a juvenile citation for tampering with a motor vehicle and fleeing on foot shortly after midnight Jan. 10. He was seen entering vehicles in the 1400 block of Highland Court. When an officer arrived, he observed a party flee through the backyards. Officers put up a perimeter and tracked him on foot. The 17-year-old was apprehended by an Oak Park Heights officer who saw him and gave short foot pursuit. The Oak Park Heights officer had observed the juvenile tampering with a parked motor vehicle. Several witnesses came out and indicated they saw the juvenile suspect walking through various yard and entering storage sheds. It doesn’t appear anything was stolen at this time.
On Jan. 9 around 11:20 p.m., a 17-year-old Stillwater boy was issued a citation for misdemeanor theft, underage consumption and tampering with a motor vehicle. He was apprehended in the 1400 block of Fourth Street S. A homeowner in the 1300 block of Fourth Street S. said she observed a person with a flashlight look into her vehicle. After officers arrived they went outside and determined that items had been moved around the vehicle. The complainant indicated that a phone charger was now missing. Officers checked the area and found the juvenile hiding in a business near Sixth Avenue S. and Orleans Street. The young man was known to police as an individual suspected of theft. He was wearing multiple layers of dark clothing and had a large bulge in his front pocket. He also appeared inebriated. A breath test showed he was over the legal limit and he was arrested. It was found that the bulge was $50 in change. Officers also found a black and red cell phone charger, reportedly taken from the complainant’s vehicle. The juvenile also had some fireworks on his person. He claimed all the change belonged to him and he happened to find the phone charger. He was turned over to his parents.
A homeowner in the 200 block of Country Road contacted police to report that sometime overnight between Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, an unknown person or persons tipped over all her patio furniture and knocked over some planters.
A road rage incident was reported Jan. 13 around 3:15 p.m., when several parties came to the Washington County Government Center. The incident occurred in the 500 block of Main Street in downtown Stillwater. A 49-year-old Boyceville, Wisconsin man was involved in an incident with a 56-year-old Forest Lake man and a 34-year-old North St. Paul man (the latter two were father and son). The men had some type of altercation on Highway 36 and ended up on Main Street S. The Wisconsin man claimed he was struck in the face with a baseball bat by the North St. Paul man, who claims the other man pulled a knife. A knife and bat were recovered from the respective parties. The Boyceville man claimed the incident started somewhere on Highway 36, where the road merges from two lanes to one. He said the Forest Lake man sped up and wouldn’t allow him to merge. At a stoplight, the father and son team got out of their vehicle and began pounding on his windows and pulling on the door handles. The Boyceville man said he displayed his knife, hoping it would cause them to leave. The two vehicles continued to downtown Stillwater, where the Boyceville man said he rolled his window down to speak to the other driver, at which point he was struck in the face with the butt end of a baseball bat. He did have a bloody nose as well as a bruise and abrasion on his left cheek. The Forest Lake man and son left the scene, followed by the Boyceville man, and pulled into the parking lot of the Government Center. The Forest Lake man said that the incident did begin over the merging but the Boyceville man exited his car and threatened them with a knife. When traffic began to move again, he and his son drove around the vehicle on the shoulder and pulled into the parking lot, at which point the Boyceville man blocked them in. The pair were backing up to get away when the other man got out of the vehicle; the son exited to protect the father and struck the man with the end of the baseball bat, then retreated to his own vehicle. The officer receiving the report wasn’t able to find other witnesses. It was referred to the county attorney’s office for review, since all parties involved committed felony-level assaults.