A nap on the ramp in Arden Hills

A nap on the ramp in Arden Hills

A nap is usually a good thing, except when you’re on an entrance to a freeway. A man found asleep behind the wheel on the I-35W ramp to Hwy. 96 at 3 a.m. March 16, was awakened, failed FSTs, and was arrested on a DWI charge. An inventory of his vehicle prior to impounding turned up a large amount of cash and a big duffel bag filled with a green leafy substance, later proving to be the wacky weed. The 34-year-old Vadnais Heights man was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

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Arden Hills

• Deputies responded to a March 17 complaint by an upset woman who said her fiancé had been physically and sexually abusive. The 50-year-old man had pinched her, slapped her and hit her with a belt during their six-year relationship, the 52-year-old woman said, and that she was afraid of him. The fiancé was jailed on charges of domestic assault, fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct.

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Mounds View


A bad day
• He didn’t know it but after his credit card was declined at the pump, the motorist’s day was about to get worse. The 55-year-old local hurried into the station in the 2200 block of County Road I March 13 to find out what the problem was and threatened to assault the 45-year-old clerk as if it was her fault. The clerk called police and the man was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on a charge of “assault-causing fear.”

Alcohol involved?
• Officers arrived at a trailer on Buckingham Lane March 7 on a report of a catfight. Determining that a 35-year-old local woman who had fled the scene was the aggressor, a pick-up-and-hold was issued for the suspect and she was eventually located and booked at the jail. When the 43-year-old female victim was asked what the fistfight was about, she replied, “I’m not sure.”

Good investment
• Two boys, ages 12 and 13, putting their school-issued computers to good use at Edgewood Middle School March 1, Googled photos of youths with unfortunate facial features, telling each other, “This looks like you!” That led to trading knuckle sandwiches right there in class which led to assigning the lads to a Northwest Youth & Family Services diversion program.

Hitting: over the phone?
• Responding to a March 11 domestic assault call, officers heard a woman say “stop hitting me!” through the closed apartment door. Once inside, they arrested the 21-year-old husband on a domestic assault charge. Then the 22-year-old wife said, “He didn’t hit me.” “But we heard you say, ‘stop hitting me!’” an officer said. “I was on the phone,” the wife replied. That didn’t work and the husband was booked at the jail on a domestic assault charge.

Spitting man
• Police answered a call from an apartment building in the 7600 block of Edgewood Drive the night of March 6, regarding a disturbance in the parking lot featuring a “loud, spitting man.” Officers decided a jail cell would be a fit place for the 23-year-old spitter from Minneapolis so that tenants could get some sleep, but by the time the long ride to jail was over, the charge against the suspect had been enhanced to “felony terroristic threats” after the suspect repeatedly told an officer he was going to kill him.


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New Brighton


• A man heading eastbound at 3 a.m. March 14 on I-694 at Silver Lake Road collided with a concrete median, bounced off and kept on going. Two other motorists reported this and deputies were in hot pursuit. The suspect, now heading eastbound, swerving, and driving with no lights was pulled over at Long Lake Road. The confused 34-year-old Woodbury man, who appeared to be under the influence of prescription drugs, was booked at the jail on charges of fourth-degree DUI, pending the outcome of a urine test.
• A local woman won’t be slicing any pineapple rings for a while, but hopefully she’s figured out a way to feed her dog. The 35-year-old was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day, with her kids in tow, at a store in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road for shoplifting a pineapple slicer and a bag of dog food. The suspect, who said she’d had “no intention” of paying for the $22 worth of items, was cited for misdemeanor theft.

Meth for sex
• Police stopped a driver for traffic offenses March 14 at County Road E and Old Hwy. 8. He was cited but it was his passenger that really attracted their interest. On top of the woman’s purse, in plain view, was a pipe, commonly used for smoking meth, and which contained a white powdery residue. The woman admitted possessing a half-gram of the drug and blurted out that she trades sex for the contraband to “a drug dealer who likes me.” The 48-year-old Brooklyn Center woman was jailed on felony probably cause possession of narcotics.


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North Oaks


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St. Anthony

• A woman reported a physical assault by her boyfriend March 7. Bruising was observed on the 25-year-old victim, who was referred to a woman’s shelter and given information on obtaining an order for protection. Police are looking for the 26-year-old man on charges of domestic assault and gross-misdemeanor interference with a 911 call.

Overage drinking
• A drunken woman — really drunk — weaved her way from the passenger side of a vehicle March 8 into a grocery store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road. Complaints were received and police were called. The 51-year-old female was asked to leave after being released to the custody of her father.

• It’s another word for chewing tobacco, and, according to the Urban Dictionary, it’s a way to say it so your parents won’t know what you’re talking about. That didn’t help a 17-year-old boy who was arrested at SAVHS March 4 for possession of the chew. His parents were informed. On a related note, the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta reports that nearly 30,000 Americans learn that they have mouth or throat cancers each year.

• A man sprinted out of the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road March 4 with an estimated $30-$40 worth of stolen items, fleeing the scene in a gray Chrysler Sebring. Employees will advise police when the video starring the shoplifter is ready for pickup so he can be arrested.

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Close call
• A door was found propped open, a bolt cutter on the floor and other evidence of scrap metal thievery was found inside the former Home of the Good Shepherd, now an unoccupied building in the 5100 block of Hodgson Road the morning of March 18. Luckily for the scrappers, the building was empty; it is often used as a training site for the Ramsey County SWAT team as well as the county’s K-9 partners.

Nipped in the lip
• A Shoreview babysitter was nipped in the lip by a dog March 9 as she cared for the family’s child. The 20-year-old woman reported the event and, according to a deputy’s report, was transported by Alina to a local hospital for treatment. The old, short-tempered  shorthair — hey, he’s 13 — provided up-to-date evidence of his required vaccinations and no citations were issued.

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Vadnais Heights

Irish temper?
 • Unpleasantness developed between an ex- boyfriend and the mother of his children March 17 when the man arrived to pick up the kids. Dad grabbed 27-year-old mom, slamming her into a wall and throwing her to the floor. Deputies were on this quickly, booking the 29-year-old White Bear Lake man at the jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

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