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Accidents and fire calls for Dec. 26 - Jan. 9

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• Police responded to a minor crash at the intersection of Vermillion and 15th streets at 2:47 p.m. Dec. 26. While stopped at a red light on eastbound 15th Street, a Cannon Falls woman was rear-ended by Thomas O'Brien, 20, Hastings. Damage was limited to two small scratches on Schuette's vehicle.

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• Firefighters responded to a report of a cooking fire in a multi-family dwelling in the 400 block of Ramsey Street at 1:45 p.m. Dec. 27. The fire did not spread out of its original container and was out upon arrival.

• A business in the 500 block of Spiral Boulevard reported a smell of gas inside the building at 8:45 a.m. Dec. 30. Firefighters used a gas monitor but got no readings. They notified Center Point Energy of the incident.

• A manager at Hastings Chrysler Center called police to report a customer had accidentally backed into a 2012 Dodge Avenger on the lot. Gabriel Sherman, 57 of Lake Elmo, told police he had been looking at the cars and backed into the vehicle. Sherman's car had no damage, but the front bumper of the Dodge had been pulled away from the fender. Damage was estimated between $500 and $700.

• A pickup was the only vehicle involved in a crash at the intersection of Ravenna Trail and Polk Avenue at 3:26 p.m. Dec. 31. No injuries were reported.

• While driving eastbound on 15th Street, Amanda Sykes, 40 of Hastings, got distracted and struck an unoccupied vehicle that was legally parked on the street. Damage was estimated at more than $1,000. There were no injuries, and no citations were issued. The incident was reported at 4:06 p.m. Dec. 31.

• A hit-and-run was reported at 2:47 p.m. Jan. 3 in the 400 block of Vermillion Street. A pickup owned by Dale Sieg, 58 of Inver Grove Heights, had backed into an Audi legally parked on Vermillion Street. There was no damage to the car other than a small bend in the license plate. Police asked an Inver Grove Heights officer to contact the pickup's owner, identified by his license plate, and notify him of the complaint.

• Firefighters extinguished a tree on the ground that was burning in a field in the 18000 block of Joan Avenue Jan. 3. No permit had been issued for the fire. The incident was reported at 6:08 p.m.

• Two vehicles collided at the intersection of 15th and Eddy streets at about 3:19 p.m. Jan. 4. William Morey, 79 of Hastings, was driving southbound at Eddy Street and had stopped for the stop sign at 15th Street. He told police the sun was in his eyes and he thought all vehicles had cleared the intersection. When he proceeded, he slightly struck the back of another vehicle. There was minimal damage, no injuries and no citations.

• The Hastings Fire Department provided mutual aid to a building fire on the University of Minnesota property in Rosemount at 2:37 a.m. Jan. 5. Hastings provided water, firefighting apparatus and manpower. They were on scene until about 6 a.m.

• A Dumpster fire was reported at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Westview Drive at 10:09 p.m. Jan. 5. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which did not appear to be suspicious.

• A single-vehicle rollover was reported at 10:41 a.m. Jan. 8 in the 9500 block of St. Croix Trail South. No injuries were reported.

• Firefighters responded to a report of a cooking fire at 7:45 am. Jan. 9 in a multi-family dwelling in the 1100 block of Bahls Drive. The fire did not spread beyond its container.

Information for this report is obtained from both the Hastings Police and Fire departments.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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