Smoking can be dangerous

Smoking can be dangerous

Add this to your long list of reasons to not smoke — it may save you from a kidnapping. A 20-year-old woman went outside a Shoreview apartment building for a smoke last September and was grabbed and thrown into an SUV by a knife-brandishing suspect known only at the time as “Smelly.” Smelly was attempting to influence the victim’s testimony in a pending fraud case, according to a recent criminal complaint. An accomplice drove the SUV to a White Bear Lake gas station while Smelly physically assaulted the victim. There the pair left a door ajar and the woman escaped. Smelly, who was identified as a 30-year-old Oakdale man who now faces a felony kidnapping charge, is currently behind bars serving time on unrelated theft and burglary convictions.

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Arden Hills

• The scrappers attempting to hide at the Twin City Army Ammunition Plant were no match for the K-9 partner. After seeing tracks in the snow and signs of a forced entry the morning of March 16, deputies brought in the dog, which located the four men faster than a fat kid chasing an ice cream truck. The scrappers — three from Blaine and an older homeless man who was probably not part of the group, but hey, the dog was told to round up everyone, were charged with felony burglary and booked at the jail. Two backpacks filled with metal components were found and one of the Blaine men was also charged with felony possession of burglary tools.
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Mounds View

• A woman told police that she received a text March 19 from a woman she owes money to, threatening her with bodily harm if she didn’t pay up soon. Interesting.

I want to go to the mall
• When the boyfriend told his juvenile girlfriend that his parents were going to the Mall of America March 8, and he wanted both of them to go along, she said she didn’t want to. That didn’t set well with the 20-year-old and he threw her down, whacking her arm on a bedrail. The 17-year-old was transported to the hospital for treatment of the arm injury and the boyfriend was cited for domestic assault.

“She looked at me!”
• It’s touchy when you have a restraining order against you, yet you ride the same school bus as the girl you are supposed to stay away from. A 15-year-old Irondale student told police March 13 the other 15-year-old girl looked at her on the bus. A violation of a restraining order? An investigation continues.

Signs of spring
• It was all in night’s work for spray can-armed taggers who uglied up a work truck and a tractor-trailer in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10 during the weekend of March 8. No suspects.  
• Delinquents on a spraying spree busied themselves tagging property March 13 behind Mounds View Square. Three juvenile males and a female were seen running from the painted pole, structure and Excel Energy box, making a clean getaway.

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New Brighton

Unusual request
• “Let me in!” the drunk yelled, as he pounded on the sliding glass door of a residence in the 2100 block of Violet Lane at 3 a.m. March 24. “Or give me $100!” He added. The homeowner called police and officers found the man, still on the deck, proned him out at Taser point and cited him for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana. The homeowner didn’t recognize the  27-year-old Shoreview man who was taken to Ramsey County Detox. “He probably had the wrong address,” an officer said.

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North Oaks


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St. Anthony


• Off to an early start on building a questionable driving record, a 21-year-old woman was arrested March 16 in the 2500 block of Kenzie Terrace for driving after license cancellation, no proof of insurance and expired license plate tabs.
• Two women who rolled a cart filled with $500 worth of merchandise out of the big-box store on St. Patrick’s Day were confronted by security in the parking lot. The suspects fled, but a 36-year-old, slower than church music, was collared by store security. The faster suspect, identified as a 31-year-old, got away with the cart. An investigation continues.

• After a March 15 shout-out with an acquaintance, a 26-year-old man fell down and was run over in a trailer park in the 2500 block of Lowry Avenue by another guy’s vehicle, which kept going. Police are looking for the 35-year-old driver on pending gross-misdemeanor charges of criminal vehicular operation and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

Bad language? Please!
• Management at the big-box store called police March 12 about a 19-year-old woman causing a scene and using profanity in the store. The teen agreed to leave and find another place to wait for her bus.

Criminal sexual conduct
• Police are investigating the March 12 report of a juvenile girl, age 14, allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old man. The girl’s parents were advised.

Old enough to know better
• Employees reported a drunken man inside a restaurant in the 2800 block of 39th Avenue N.E. on St. Patrick’s Day. The 73-year-old who tested .29 percent BAC, better than three times the limit for driving, was transported to a local hospital.  

Social problem
• A 21-year-old social problem was removed March 6 from a condo in the 3600 block of 37th Avenue N.E. The 21-year-old man was booked at the jail on charges disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and criminal damage to property.

• A woman on Foss Road reported the theft of 80 Vicodin pills on March 4 and asked for a copy of the police report. The pharmacy requires a written copy of the theft report in order to fill a duplicate controlled substance prescription.
• In an odd sequence of events, a 63-year-old man rode his bike through the snow to the big-box store March 15 in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road. While he was inside, a thief rode away in the cold on the $60 bike.

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• Or just sloppy housekeeping. Most likely a burglary. A snowplow driver noticed the front door of a residence in the 600 block of Randy Avenue kicked in around 4 a.m. March 16 and called 911. The home was unoccupied but appeared ransacked, with drawers and cabinets left open, clothing and other items strewn about, and cables and a TV stand in the living room, but no TV. A piece of jewelry was found in the driveway. Neighbors didn’t see or hear anything unusual and there were no footprints leading to and from the house, but it had recently snowed. Investigators aren’t calling it a burglary yet — they want to talk to the homeowners who are apparently traveling.

Car vs. building
• A tenant called 911 the morning March 24 when she heard a car run into her Owasso Street apartment building. The 19-year-old driver from Little Canada, who was still in the car when deputies arrived, was booked at the jail on a DWI charge.

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Vadnais Heights

• What were they arguing about at the bowling alley, alcohol, love or money? Those are pretty good guesses, but no, it was about which is the best bowling song. The March 22 rift continued after they got home where the 35-year-old live-in boyfriend pulled the 31-year-old woman by the hair and punched her in the face. She called 911 and the suspect was arrested and jailed on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

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