A new dance step in New Brighton

A new dance step in New Brighton

Police responded to a report of a woman sitting in a vehicle at Fifth Avenue N.W. and Sixth Street N. W. with two flat front tires and the door open, crying, in the pre-dawn hours of April 6. She told officers in slurred words, “I have no idea of what I hit and I’ve had way too much to drink.” More challenges for the 31-year-old Minneapolis woman, who thought she was in Bloomington, included field sobriety tests. The woman, unable to stand, was also unable to walk a straight line on either of two sets of nine steps. She dropped her right foot seven times while dancing around, hopping, and waving her arms for balance. After testing .18 percent BAC on the Datamaster, the woman was given a notice and order of driver’s license revocation. Her vehicle was impounded, the license plates removed and destroyed and she was booked at the jail on a fourth-degree DWI charge.

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Arden Hills

All in a night’s work
• Vandals possibly thinking ahead made off with a first aid kit from the warming house at Perry Park after they used a fire extinguisher to redecorate the building as well as the men’s restroom during the weekend of March 28. That exercise was apparently so much fun they took the fire extinguisher with them. They might need the first aid kit if, park maintenance folks, facing an all-day clean-up chore, catch up with the vandals.
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Mounds View

• A witness called police March 29 to report a man brandishing a knife and threatening a woman on County Hwy. 10. The 22-year-old man was jailed on felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault. The victim, also 22, was not injured.
• A man stopped by an Edgewood Drive apartment March 28 to visit a friend. The visitor, who was drunk, entered the apartment with muddy boots which set the resident off. Fists flew, uniformed intervention was called, and the 29-year-old host was soon on his way to jail on an assault charge. A Hennepin County gross-misdemeanor arrest warrant for carrying a gun without a permit sealed the intoxicated 23-year-old visitor’s temporary fate at the jail, as well.

Fishy burglary
• A woman arrived at her Greenfield Avenue apartment on April 1 to find a Samsung television, an entertainment center and a 55-gallon home to a variety of tropical fish, missing. She called police and reported the burglary. If you’re wondering if it was an April Fool’s Day prank, it was not. An investigation quickly revealed that her live-in boyfriend had moved out that day and taken the fish tank and the other items. Ownership is in dispute and the couple was advised to settle the matter in civil court.

Playing with fire
• A woman amused herself March 30 in the hallway of a Quincy Street apartment building by lighting a cardboard box on fire. The 25-year-old was cited for gross-misdemeanor fourth-degree arson and placed on a psych hold at a local hospital.

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New Brighton

They’ll steal anything dept.
• A large pile of brush, sitting on the front lawn of a Forest Dale Road residence since a tree was taken down last year, was reported stolen April 6. “The brush pile had been there since last fall and I was going to use it for landscaping this spring,” the 70-year-old homeowner said.

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North Oaks


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St. Anthony

• A 50-year-old woman who had not bothered to apply for a Minnesota driver’s license was arrested March 25 at 32nd Avenue N.E. and Edwards Street. She was also cited for not bothering to obtain insurance and failing to register her vehicle within 60 days of residency.
• The 36-year-old man was pulled over at Lowry Avenue N.E. and Stinson Boulevard March 26 for the defective muffler and also arrested for driving after license suspension and failure to show proof of insurance.
• An intoxicated woman was arrested March 27 in the 3500 block of Stinson Boulevard on a second degree DWI charge based on a BAC of .25 percent, more than three times the legal limit, and gross-misdemeanor child endangerment for having the poor judgment to drive drunk with a four-year-old child in her vehicle. The 22-year-old local was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

Passed out
• A man was found passed out flat as a tortilla, or better yet, a pancake March 25 in the doorway of a pancake restaurant in the 3700 block of Stinson Boulevard. The 54-year-old, who tested a whopping .26 percent BAC, was taken to a local hospital to sober up.

• She did everything right in attempting to sell a cell phone to a stranger March 29. The 20-year-old met the “buyer” in a public place, even taking a friend along. But the thief grabbed the phone, jumped in his vehicle, and sped away, knocking down the victim and her friend, who were not seriously injured. Now the good news: The 19-year-old was identified and mailed a citation for misdemeanor theft.

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• Ex-fiances still living together mixed it up in the pre-dawn hours of April 7 until the 30-year-old man threw the 22-year-woman against the wall. When she left and tried to drive away, he jumped on the hood of her vehicle and kicked in the windshield. That will get you arrested and thrown in jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth degree assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

• Were they teenage prowlers or was it an attempt to blame teenage prowlers? That remains a mystery, but what deputies do know is the Garmin GPS unit that was taken in the vehicle break-in April 3 in the 1000 block of Amble Drive was recovered nearby. The four Tootsie Pops however, were not.

There goes another Honda
• A ‘99 Honda CRV went missing the night of April 9 from the driveway of a residence in the 1000 block of Bridge Street.

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Vadnais Heights

It’s all in the timing
• Deputies responding to a 911 call in the wee hours of April 7 saw signs of struggle through the window. They went in through the unlocked door and saw broken furniture, pictures knocked off the wall and the 45-year-old caller on the floor. The victim said after the boyfriend arrived home from the bar in the wee hours, she brought up a couple of issues like money and the house not being cleaned. He responded by slugging her and she called 911. The victim asked deputies to not arrest the man, at least until he did his chores, but the 41-year-old was jailed on pending charges of fifth-degree assault, domestic assault and disorderly conduct.

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