The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:


North Oaks

•Following a crash on Village Center Drive the morning of March 25, one of the drivers involved, a 50-year-old local man, was arrested on a DWI charge. His BAC was above 0.16 percent, which is at least twice the legal state limit. He was booked into the Ramsey County Jail.

•Witnesses were finally able to call 911 following an out-of-control squabble between sisters, ages 58 and 53, over the care of an elderly parent March 26 at a residence on Evergreen Road. The matter was referred to the city attorney regarding a pending charge of “interference with a 911 call.”

•The overstuffed U.S. Postal Service mailbox at Highway 96 and Centerville Road gave up another check that had been deposited, this one on the first of April. The $160 check in an envelope was hanging out of the overstuffed blue box the afternoon of April 3, when it was picked off, washed, and rewritten, followed by an attempt to cash it. A 36-year-old local woman with a history of mail theft was found in possession of the check.

•The “jury duty scam” nearly claimed a local victim April 4. A Skillman Lane resident was told by phone she had not shown up for jury duty and needed to pay a $1,480 fine. She was told to purchase a Moneypak with cash and to call for further instructions. Once you purchase the Moneypak and give someone the account numbers, your money is gone. Instead, the suspicious 70-year-old went to the Sheriff’s Office and reported the scam. By the way, the victim was never called for jury duty, and in any case, there is no fine for missing the assignment.


•A Chow on the loose was reported to county animal control the afternoon of March 22. Care Bear had broken free but was still dragging the wire tether and metal stake from his North Owasso Boulevard yard. Care Bear was picked up at Hillcrest Animal Hospital two days later by his owner.

•A woodchuck, more commonly known as a groundhog, was reportedly stuck in a fence the evening of March 28 along Owasso Heights Road, according to local residents. Punxsutawney Phil’s lookalike was gone when deputies arrived.

•A St. Paul man was “trespassed” March 28 from a residence in the 3900 block of Gramsie Court for “repeated behavior.” No other information about the 35-year-old was released.

•U.S. mail delivered recently to curbside boxes on Horseshoe Drive and Maple Lane was recovered in the street the morning of March 28.

•A sweatshirt and a wallet containing a debit card were stolen from a vehicle parked at the dog park at Lexington Avenue and County Road J while the driver walked his dog the evening of March 28. The debit card was used three times during the two-hour period the theft remained undiscovered. No forced entry to the vehicle was found.

•A Chisago City man reported the loss of a $475 battery March 30 from a front-end loader at a construction site in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road between March 14 and March 30. No suspects.

•Taking a midday break at the Reach Academy cafeteria March 30 with other students, a 16-year-old argued with staff, refused to follow directions, and threatened a male teacher, saying he would “put him in a coma.” The “large-framed male” was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.

•A Suzanne Avenue resident who neglected to close her overhead garage door April 1 was thanking her lucky stars it didn’t turn out worse than it did. A prowler entered the attached garage, then the house, making off with the 60-year-old homeowner’s purse. A neighbor found the purse and its contents — except for $50 in cash — in her yard the next morning.

•A cab driver who brought a passenger to a Lexington Avenue apartment building at 2:39 a.m. April 1 wouldn’t let the 23-year-old out of the cab until she paid the $60 fare. The woman said she didn’t have the money and the cabbie called 911. An arriving deputy offered to walk the woman to her apartment destination to possibly borrow the funds, but the woman refused, saying she’d take her chances in court. She was cited for “theft of services” and released.

•Following an April Fool’s Day celebration at a Knight Street mobile home park, a couple, both 31, argued into the evening — he said they were friends, she said they were more than just friends. Annoyed neighbors called 911 and the matter was referred to the city attorney’s office for possible charging.

•Checking behind an apartment building in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue on April 1, deputies found three 20-year-old males asleep in a vehicle. Awakened to face the music amidst the strong odor of marijuana, the three were each charged with possession of the 21 grams of pot found in the vehicle.

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