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

North Oaks

• The carcass of a dead cat was reported on the north shoulder of westbound Highway 96 early in the morning June 4. Actually, it was the remains of a large snapping turtle. North Oaks Public Works Department was notified.

• A Pine Road resident called 911 the morning of May 31 to report a suspicious male in her neighborhood. Deputies responded and found the man, by then walking down North Mallard Road, not far away. The 31-year-old, who said he had walked to North Oaks from Centuria, Wisconsin, was booked into jail on a trespassing charge after he told deputies he wasn’t sure why he was in the area. 

• A part of a camera was discovered installed in a public restroom by a worker performing routine maintenance at the Waverly Gardens senior home in the 5900 block of Centerville Road June 7. An investigation is underway.

• Dogs on Dogwood Lane, no strangers to county Animal Control, were written up again on June 10. The 55-year-old owner of the pair of black labs is looking at charges of mistreatment of animals, unlicensed dogs, dogs not under control and public nuisance after the pair’s latest four-hour romp through their neighborhood.


• Eleven ducklings were pulled out of a sewer drain the morning of May 31 on West Royal Oaks Drive, reunited with Mom and relocated to a nearby marsh by members of the Shoreview Public Works Department where they can play “follow the leader” without putting their lives on the line.

• A 23-year-old Gramsie Court woman told deputies she had suffered bruises and scratches on her throat at the hands of her 33-year-old boyfriend after a fight June 3. The 22-year-old northeast Minneapolis man was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and booked into jail.

• An Asbury Street resident called about a possibly sick opossum in her backyard the morning of June 3 that has not moved since the day before. That’s maybe because the opossum is dead. The woman was given a list of wildlife contractors that can take care of the matter.

• A small bird — perhaps a swallow — created a stir at Island Lake Elementary School around lunchtime June 5 when it flew around the lunchroom despite efforts by maintenance and kitchen staff to dispel the intruder. The school resource officer equipped himself with a lift and a hand net and managed to chase the little bird out a window. 

• Acting on a tip, deputies arrested a man and a woman — both wanted on warrants — in the 1500 block of Hall Street. The 38-year-old Shoreview woman was wanted on a warrant for felony possession of drugs and harboring a fugitive, and the 35-year-old Columbia Heights man on a felony warrant for violating an order for protection.

• A Sauk Rapids woman left her vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Hall Street overnight June 2. In the morning the 37-year-old found a broken window and her purse containing change, various IDs and regular purse stuff, gone.

• A Royal Oaks Drive man, who was being processed in the holding jail June 5 on a state Department of Corrections warrant for felony aggravated robbery, gave up two baggies of white powder hidden in his anal cavity, which later tested positive as meth.

• A driver left his vehicle for repairs overnight June 5 at North Suburban Auto Care in the 400 block of Highway 96, giving the key to an employee on the scene. The 2010 Volkswagen Beetle was taken overnight and found damaged the next morning, three blocks away. An investigation is underway.

• A homeowner on Snail Lake Boulevard looked out her front window June 6 and saw two packages that had been delivered and left on her porch. She figured she’d get them later. Later, the smaller of the two was gone. She brought in the larger box and everything she was expecting was accounted for. So what was in the other box? 

• An employee at a gas station in the 3400 block of Rice Street called 911 the morning of June 7 about a vehicle that had been at the pump for a very long time. A responding deputy found the driver wrapped around the steering wheel, asleep. The 34-year-old South St. Paul man with a criminal record was found to be in possession of a baggie of meth, a pipe, burglary tools and a clip holding 9 mm ammunition. 

• A driver left his vehicle in the Red Robin parking lot on Gramsie Road with the keys inside overnight June 8. The next morning the car was gone. It was recovered later that day in a nearby hotel lot with backseat damage and impounded. An investigation continues.

• An argument over how much TV the kids should be watching June 8 led to a falling out between mom and dad on Hall Street. Mom, 28, was treated for facial bruises and dad, 39, was on his way to jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

• A thief with took two bottles of Grey Goose vodka and two bottles of Patron tequila in his jacket before leaving the liquor store the evening of June 9 in the 400 block of Highway 96. The high-end booze was valued at a total of $148.

• Teens approached deputies in a fast-food parking lot shortly after midnight June 11 about a girl with them who had passed out from alcohol consumption. The 17-year-old was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Teens and adults alike are reminded that you won’t be charged with a crime when you save someone from a life-threatening situation.

• A thief cut the cables on three iPhones the afternoon of June 11 at Target on Lexington Avenue, made for the door and fled the scene on foot. The young male was wearing a black Nike sweatshirt, according to witnesses.

• A deputy stopped a driver for expired license plate tabs on June 11. In addition to the expired plates, the 56-year-old Minneapolis man was cited for driving after license suspension, no insurance and a broken windshield. His vehicle was impounded.

• A 64-year-old local woman went for a walk in Snail Lake Regional Park June 12 while a prowler broke her $300 car window, making off with her $12 reading glasses.

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