Pot-smoking “chief inspector” found with gun in park

Bulletin Area police reports week of Oct. 23, 2013 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills Mounds View New Brighton North Oaks St. Anthony Shoreview Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills

— Two cell phones disappeared from a cube farm in the 4000 block of Lexington Avenue the morning of Oct. 2 while the workers were away. The thief’s take at the office building included a Galaxy phone valued at $700 and an iPhone worth $600. No suspects.

— A shopper at a grocery store in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue reported the theft of her wallet, which had been in her purse in her cart the evening of Oct. 15. In a tip for the shopping public, a female law enforcement official told the Bulletin, “If I walk away from my shopping cart, my purse goes with me.” The loss was a reported $200.

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Mounds View

— A man who beat up his girlfriend after she returned to their trailer from the bar was arrested Sept. 27. The 26-year-old woman arrived home at 4 a.m. from the Fridley bar, which closed at 2 a.m. The 35-year-old upset boyfriend punched the 26-year-old twice in the face and several more times in the stomach. She called 911 and he was charged with domestic assault and booked at the Ramsey County Jail.

— A Brooklyn Park man, frustrated in his Oct. 3 attempts to check out a book at the Ramsey County Library branch on County Hwy. 10 began yelling at library staff. Police arrived and, hey, I know what you’re thinking, but no, the 43-year-old man was not “booked,” just cited for disorderly conduct.
— Following an arrest for domestic assault, a 30-year-old local man was on his way to jail Oct. 4 but was taken to a hospital instead after injuring himself by repeatedly banging his head on a hard post in the back of the squad car.

Criminal damage to property
— A pair of knuckleheads were introduced to ordinances against careless driving Oct. 2 for doing “doughnuts,” causing damage to the Edgewood Middle School football field. The maneuver, also know as “turning a yard,” is hard on a vehicle‘s suspension system, but maybe the two 16-year-old boys were driving someone else’s‘ vehicles and didn’t care about suspension systems.

— Another sodbuster did an estimated $291 in damage to the Lambert Park ball field on Jackson Drive the night of Oct. 7. No suspects.

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New Brighton

Camping in the park
— A Public Works employee informed police Oct. 9 about a “camper” in Hansen Park sitting in an easy chair and smoking marijuana.  The suspect had a fire pit, picnic table, grill, cooler, and several “easy chairs,” at his site, which was partially hidden behind tree branches and vines. A pot pipe was on a stump he was using as a table, but what really got the officers’ attention was the .45 cal. handgun on the ground next to his easy chair. “I’ve got a permit,” the camper said quickly, flashing his wallet, which had a badge on the front that read “chief inspector.” The permit was valid and the badge belonged to his “deceased father,” the man said. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and ordered to get his belongings out of the park.

Marco Nimley?
— Officers quelling a riot at a nightclub in the 400 block of Old Hwy. 8 the night of Oct. 13 cleared out a large group fighting in the party room, arresting the chief suspect in the commotion — a man who told them he was Marco Nimley from Upper Darby, Pa. They checked that unlikely story and learned that he actually was from Upper Darby but there was no one named Marco Nimley. After he was pepper-sprayed earlier by a nightclub security guard, he may have wished he was back in Upper Darby. The 20-year-old was treated for facial burns by Alina and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and false information to police. He was jailed on a felony warrant for his arrest for terroristic threats.

Phone home
— Smart phones were disappearing at a rapid rate the first week of October at Irondale High School. Owner security around the pricy devices could have been smarter — a Galaxy II valued at $510 disappeared Oct. 2 from a backpack left in the women’s locker room; an iPhone 5 priced at $794 went missing from a purse left on the athletic field Oct. 3, and an LG Optimus L9 worth $240 was taken Oct. 5 from an unsecured locker in the women’s locker room.

— A woman sitting in her vehicle in the Highview Middle School parking lot was robbed around 8 p.m. Oct. 10. A man approached her Lexus and, when she didn’t understand what he was saying, she opened the door.  The suspect climbed in, jumped on the 42-year-old Chanhassen resident, took a couple of swings, grabbed her purse and fled the scene in a four-door gray sedan. The victim thought that he was a passenger in the vehicle. He was described as black, 18-20 years-old, five-foot-eight to five foot-nine, and slender, wearing a hat, jeans and a multi-colored jacket. Surveillance video is being examined. 

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North Oaks

— One of the drivers in a three-car chain reaction on Hodgson Road the afternoon of Oct. 3 kept nodding off during an interview by deputies. The 53-year-old said he “dropped his phone, looked up and boom!” Drug use is suspected and charges are pending results of the blood test.

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St. Anthony

Criminal damage to property
— Havoc was wreaked on a car Oct. 1 when a large chunk of cement was thrown through the window in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Foss Road.  No suspects.

Road rage
— Following a dustup between two drivers Oct. 4 at 39th Avenue N.E. and Harding Street, the suspect in the second car approached the first driver, a 21-year-old woman, and threatened her. An investigation continues.

Sign of the times
— A male teen was arrested Oct. 1 for possession of an e-cigarette at SAVHS. The 15-year-old’s citation read “possession of a nicotine delivery device.”

— Slobs-of-interest took a handicapped placard from an unlocked vehicle Sept. 30 in the Wally World parking lot in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road. That will save them a few steps walking toward the big-box store — until they’re caught.

— The impudent shoplifter not only left the convenience store in the 3800 block of Stinson Boulevard Oct. 5 without paying for the soda and an e-cigarette, he also grabbed an employee’s cell phone on the way out. The loss was estimated at $330.

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— The living situation was a bit tenuous — the suspect resides in a Shoreview apartment with his toddler son, his adult brother and their 52-year-old mother. Grandma told dad she was tired of babysitting the young’n and that set him off. He pulled mom’s hair and threw her to the ground on Oct. 8. The 28-year-old was arrested on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct and booked into more comfortable surroundings at the jail.

“Hard object in pants”
— Deputies on routine patrol at the closed Lake Owasso Beach the night of Oct. 15 came upon a man emerging from the darkened vending machine area. He appeared “nervous” according to a deputy’s report, but with all his experience, he shouldn’t have been. The 39-year-old Minneapolis man had an extensive criminal history — 21 arrests — and has used a recorded 14 aliases. He had a “hard object in his pants,” according to the police report, which turned out to be a 12-inch crowbar in his waistband. He was also carrying a screwdriver and a headlamp along with a bag containing 41 quarters, 19 nickels, 17 dimes and 21 pennies. The suspect was booked at the jail on a charge of felony possession of burglary tools.

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Vadnais Heights

Sweet 16
— A 16-year-old youth missed his Oct. 5 curfew, even texting mom and dad that he was not coming home. St. Paul PD found the teen the next night at a “Sweet 16” party at the Newell Park Recreation Center.

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