April 28, 2023
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A female driver in a pickup truck ran over a fire hydrant on Gable Avenue, Stacy, destroying the above ground component of the breakaway hydrant. Incident happened about 6 p.m.
Structure fire reported at 275th Street about 6:30 p.m. Lakes Area officers gave an assist with scene control, Wyoming fire and police handled. No injury reported.
November 12 a disorderly allegedly intoxicated person was arrested at an address on Schulze Ave. in Center City about 6:50 p.m. The suspect was attempting to operate a vehicle, and first was taken to Fairview Medical Center.
A barn fire was reported about 8 p.m. Sunday, November 5 north of Center City at Little Lake Road. Firefighters kept the fire contained to two structures, and horses stabled at the start of the incident were successfully moved to pasture. No cause was reported in the preliminary report. Crews spent about four hours on-scene.
October 29 the state patrol helicopter helped check out a 9-1-1 call that had ended abruptly and authorities were concerned. The patrol from the county and a Lakes Area officer went to a Stacy area address about 2:20 a.m. and found a cellphone that was apparently used to make the emergency call, in the woods. After thoroughly looking around the property and not finding anyone, the scene was cleared without an arrest.
A SWAT team and drone callout were needed at an address in Nessel Township, October 17. A call about 3 p.m. reported threats from a subject who was at the property, later found by responding authorities in a garage there. The suspect was reported as potentially armed as well. The incident was resolved and the scene was finally cleared about 10 p.m.
October 15 Residential burglaries reported in Chisago City, Matthew Drive and Mattson Lane. Detached and attached garages entered, as well as dwelling.
October 8 Lakes Area Police got a report of a large sum of cash taken from an envelope at a Sylvan Avenue address. Unclear if it was taken from the U.S. mail.
October 1 Two arrests were made in connection with a suspicious vehicle at Rush City Holiday Station. Deputy observed around 9:45 p.m. what appeared to be a transaction between two cars. A vehicle was gone through and meth was reportedly found. Two men are facing charges for possession and sales, and one suspect reportedly tried to enter the jail with contraband in his sock.
Fun fact: The national incident based reporting system or NIBRS data show that for 2021, Chisago County got 613 reports of incidents, (there was no population estimate provided) Lakes Area Police recorded 409 incidents (for a population of 10,026) North Branch 366 total offenses (of a population of 10,908) and Wyoming Police reported 160 incidents (for a population of 8,112.)
A loss of power in Chisago City September 3, created a bunch of extra hours and reports for local law enforcement, not to mention work for Xcel Energy crews. The power went out to 3,125 customers Sunday, according to the Xcel Energy spokesperson. Loss of power triggers security and medical device alarms and businesses lacking generators had issues. This outage also involved firefighters being sent to deal with a smoldering tree reported tangled with an energized power line, on Johnson Lane. The resulting smoke etcetera was noticed about 3:45 p.m. Two thirds of the affected Xcel customers were reconnected in about 90 minutes and the remainder came back on the grid by a little after midnight, Theo Keith added.
August 20 the state patrol released a preliminary report that a Chisago City resident was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a fatal crash in Chippewa County. The patrol said Kayla Bluhm, 20, was in a Chevrolet Equinox that collided with a Dodge Caravan at Highways 40 and 29 about a quarter-to-one in the afternoon. She was transported to Montevideo Hospital for care. The crash was at a four-way stop in Grace Township.
Sunday, August 13 complaint of loud party on Olinda Trail in Lindstrom at an apartment complex. Four cited for underage consumption by Lakes Area Police. Call came in at 1:35 a.m.
Lakes Area Police were sent to a CO2 alarm but no hazard was detected. Incident was on Wallmark Lake Drive about 6:39 p.m.
Area law enforcement had multiple encounters with wildlife over the past week, they dispatched a sick raccoon, put down a deer with a broken leg, tended to an owl that was injured and went to the raptor center, and collected a fawn deceased in rural Chisago City...this was in addition to the usual domestic animal incidents.
Lakes Area Police took a call that a man had set up an on-line date with an individual who was to meet him at the South Center Lake boat access, but instead the complainant was allegedly stabbed and robbed. The victim said two males arrived at the landing about 10:40 p.m. July 11, a struggle with a knife ensued and they had fled the scene. The victim, 27, suffered minor cuts and called authorities from his residence. Soon after, police located the two suspects, in their vehicle crashed at Hwy. 97 and Olinda, in Washington County. One suspect, Saia Solomon D’Silva, 19, from Farmington, is charged with aiding and abetting assault and aggravated robbery, and the driver, 20, from Woodbury remains hospitalized.
June 27 Theft of a scooter from a business in Rush City, reported about 6 p.m. The item is black with yellow rims. Camera footage of street activity is being reviewed.
Multiple incidents over the week involving males on the ground. Lakes Area Police responded to a report June 24 of a man lying in the roadway at Lofton and Chisago Boulevard about 10 p.m. He said he was doing a one-wheel manuever and crashed and hit his head. Later, a half-hour past midnight there was a report of a naked man at 284th and Old Towne Road in Chisago City. Lakes Area officers located him and had a medical transport take him to an area facility. June 23 a male was called in as “down” at Old Towne and Hayes Street on the sidewalk. Police responded about 1:15 p.m. and learned he had fallen while walking. He was transported to St. Croix Medical Center.
June 15 ATV crash near Jonquil Drive and 276th sent a female juvenile to Regions Hospital about 5:25 p.m. Three 13 year olds were found riding ATVs on city street minus their required safety training certificate. Lakes Area is following up on.
On any given weekend you will probably encounter a group of motorcyclists out on the roads, doing a fundraiser or other event in Minnesota. Thanks to a 2012 law passed in St. Paul— the group, if it’s larger than 20 bikes, is allowed to have a flagger and move through traffic as a unit.
May 29 A Center City downtown building was vandalized with graffiti and law enforcement was called a little after midnight. Camera footage was reviewed and juvenile suspects identified, and parents were conferred with.
May 20 a dog bite was reported in Lindstrom, Neal Avenue. Animal is current on vaccinations, LAPD are looking into the incident. The subject was walking along the street when he was bitten.
May 3 A youth found a handgun in wooded area in Chisago City and Lakes Area Police took possession. The serial number had nothing attached and authorities will retain the firearm.
A man incarcerated for criminal sexual conduct with two minor-aged males as his victims, in 2001, was back in county jail this week, booked on a probation violation. Rodney Owen Scofield will serve out a stayed sentence of 54 months, as decided in a hearing April 24, before Judge Trevino. He was held locally pending transfer to St. Cloud Correctional Facility.
The distracted driving law enforcement saturation effort resulted in multiple cellphone violations being ticketed throughout the county last week.