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Most unique Hastings police calls of 2013 compiled

Hastings police are called to a number of unique calls every day. Those calls are chronicled on Page 4A of the Star Gazette every week, and we often hear from readers that those reports are among their favorite parts of the paper.

This week, we looked through all of our old issues and compiled this list of the most unique calls from 2013.

Here they are:

Jan. 3

• Cable wires leading to a business were cut. The business is located in the 1500 block of Vermillion Street.

Officers have investigated and made contact with a man who had a room at a nearby motel. He was interviewed and admitted that he had cut the wires. He did so, he said, because he has been having some discomfort on the left side of his brain. He said he believes the discomfort may have been caused by the wires.

He was arrested for a felony charge of criminal damage to property.

Jan. 15

• A juvenile at a shelter in the 300 block of Sixth Street was threatening staff members with butter knives in a fashion resembling the movie “Wolverine,” according to the police report.

She had four to five butter knives in her hands and said she was going to cut someone.

She was cited for disorderly conduct.

Jan. 25

• A dispute between family members about a cat defecating on the floor prompted a call to Hastings police.

One resident said she cleaned the feces off the floor and put it in a bag, which she placed on the counter for another resident of the home to dispose of.

Another resident took offense to the bag on the counter, which prompted an escalating verbal argument. Officers were summoned and mediated.

Feb. 12

• A man reportedly damaged property at a business in the 1100 block of Bahls Drive. A man had damaged a bracket for a security camera.

The damage appeared to stem from an argument two men had about puzzles. One man was accusing another of stealing his puzzle pieces, preventing him from finishing his hobby.

A man was seen using his cane to move a security camera that had been trained on the room where the puzzle was being put together.

The man who damaged the security camera told police he was tired of having people spy on him. He agreed to pay for the damages.

Feb. 14

• The interior of a trailer on Radford Road was destroyed.

Holes were punched in the drywall and the kitchen was destroyed. An estimated $1,000 in damage was done to the trailer.

The caller reported he found the damage when he returned home at 1:30 a.m. He called police at 5:50 a.m. The man told police he had started drinking alcohol to calm himself down upon seeing all the damage. He told officers he wanted to make the report so that he wouldn’t be blamed for the damages. He was being kicked out of the residence the next day for not paying rent, he said.

No footprints were visible in the snow outside the residence.

Officers are following up with the man.

Feb. 14

• A man was arrested after attempting to steal $607.41 in meat and seafood products from a store in the 1700 block of Market Boulevard.

The thief admitted to attempting to steal the merchandise, but not with the final amount that the store calculated.

“I took the stuff, but I didn’t take that much,” he told police, referencing the fact that he knew it was a misdemeanor to take less than $500 worth of items. He thought the value of the items he attempted to steal was closer to $400 and said he had been keeping track.

Feb. 16

• Shoplifting was reported in the 200 block of 33rd Street at 12:56 p.m. Officers cited one person.

A man was seen entering the store and asking for a lobster. He walked around the store for a period of time, then left the store without paying after putting it in a shopping bag.

He was stopped outside by the store’s security personnel.

He said he realized he hadn’t paid for the lobster, but said he was too lazy to go all the way back in and pay for it.

Feb. 19

• Hastings police were called to check the welfare of a male in the area of 10th and Tyler streets at 7:01 a.m.

The man was reportedly falling down and covered with snow. He was found to be intoxicated and was in town for a court date. The man had walked from Prior Lake for the court date.

His attorney was called and was told the man was being taken to detox.

Feb. 27

• Four juveniles were seen damaging milk jugs at a store in the 200 block of 33rd Street. Two one-gallon jugs of milk were smashed on the floor, and the teens recorded the incident on their cell phones.

Officers identified the suspects and they were cited for disorderly conduct.

March 4

• Officers were called to a store in the 1700 block of Market Boulevard at 2:12 a.m. on the report of a man using merchandise in a store that he hadn’t paid for. He was putting bandages on a wound.

The man was found to be incoherent and erratic. He appeared to be under the influence of a substance and ultimately it was determined he had a warrant for his arrest.

He was arrested on that warrant and booked into the Dakota County Jail.

March 12

• At 8:14 a.m., a caller in the 300 block of Cari Park Lane reported that he awoke to find an intoxicated man sleeping on his couch.

The drunk man was thrown out of the home, but he then proceeded to start banging on the door of the home. Officers arrived and spoke with the man.

He told officers he lived at the residence and was confused as to why he was kicked out of his own residence.

He told officers that he entered the home through an unlocked sliding door. He went to sleep on the couch and had urinated on himself.

He had a blood-alcohol content of .29.

He was not charged but was taken to detox.

March 17

• Officers responded to the 200 block of 33rd Street on the report of a suspicious person. The call came in at 2:40 p.m.

In the parking lot, officers found a male suspect asking people to blow into his ignition interlock system.

Officers made contact with the man. They could detect an odor of alcohol coming from the man. The man said he had stopped drinking 12 hours ago.

March 18

• Officers responded on the report of a possible assault in the 1100 block of Bahls Drive.

Two female residents of a complex had a disagreement. The disagreement stemmed from how one person telling the other how to cut cake. One person was shoved.

April 6

• An intoxicated patron caused a disturbance at a bar in the 2100 block of Vermillion Street.

The patron refused to leave.

Officers arrived and tried to get the man to take a portable breath test. The man told Hastings officers that he would only “deal with a federal sheriff’s deputy.”

April 20

• A person being removed from a bar in the 1800 block of Vermillion Street became disorderly and was cited.

At 2:20 a.m., a group of women part of a bachelorette party was being asked to leave and wouldn’t do so.

One woman continually swore at the two bartenders on duty, and one took a swing.

A woman returned and ended up in a fight with a bartender, pulling her hair during the scuffle.

The incident happened very quickly, the bartender said. The bartender told police: “I just remember her head going back and forth like a bobblehead doll.”

May 1

• A resident complained that his neighbor’s cat was coming onto his property and urinating in the 1400 block of Riverbluff Drive.

May 5

• Officers responded on the report of a teen who was burned at 4:55 p.m. in the 500 block of 35th Street.

Apparently, a group of teenagers was messing around with nail polish remover. It had been spilled on one of the teen’s pants.

During the course of that, there was an attempt to burn the excess fluid off the pants. When the nail polish remover was ignited, the individual’s pants and clothing started on fire.

The female victim sustained burns over approximately 20 percent of her body. She was transported to the hospital.

May 18

• A home in the 100 block of State Street was burglarized. An LG phone and a Samsung phone were stolen.

While the residents of the apartment were home, four men entered their apartment and assaulted one of the residents. The four assailants were asking for the “money and the sh*&.” It appeared as though the assailants had the wrong address for their shakedown.

June 9

• An order for protection was violated and the offending person was arrested. The arrest took place at about 3 p.m.

The man was seen running away from police with a chihuahua near the intersection of highways 61 and 10. He locked himself in an office until officers rammed a door to get at the man. He dove out a window, crashed through the glass, landed on the ground and was tazed. The chihuahua was recovered.

June 12

• Officers got word a vehicle had just been stolen in the area of Third and Maple streets.

Officers responded to the area.

It turns out that the driver had just returned from a nearby casino, where he had picked up a friend. He was supposed to be giving her a ride to Forest Lake. He had gone inside to get some gas money.

When he came back out, the car was gone.

The person in the car decided she’d just drive to Forest Lake, as it was taking him too long to come out of the house.

She was stopped and taken into custody. The car was recovered.

June 18

• An employee theft was reported in the 1700 block of Frontage Road. A store security officer saw an employee stealing donuts and scoops of ice cream and reported the theft to police.

The loss was estimated at $8.

The employee admitted to stealing the ice cream. He was cited for theft.

June 20

• Two neighbors in the 100 block of State Street were having issues and officers mediated.

One of the problems between the two parties is that the man involved continually revs his engine and talks to the woman’s cat.

June 26

• An unknown male walked into a residence in the 300 block of Cari Park Lane at 11:58 p.m.

The male walked into a bedroom, turned on a light and woke up the couple that was sleeping in the room.

The male asked the couple if they had seen his friend. He then asked the couple for some beer. That’s when the couple asked him to leave.

He then got into a white minivan and left the area.

Officers searched the area, but they were unable to locate the suspect.

June 27

• Shoplifting was reported in the 1700 block of Market Boulevard at 1:12 a.m. Two large packages of meat were tucked under the thief’s shirt. He then left and got into an older green Dodge Caravan and fled.

June 30

• An assault was reported at 1:08 a.m. in the 1800 block of Vermillion Street.

A woman reported she was in the bathroom of an establishment when she was kicked in the ribs by another person.

Both parties were intoxicated.

The case remains under investigation.

July 2

• An officer responded to the report of a thief at a store in the 200 block of 33rd Street at 8:01 p.m.

A male put a deli sandwich, a can of frappucino and a can of Mountain Dew Kickstart in his shorts and fled on a bicycle, which was pulling a small cart.

July 22

• A man reported a neighbor’s dog was in his yard and had knocked over his garbage can.

When the man confronted the dog’s owner, he said he was threatened. He told police the dog’s owner said, “Maybe I’ll come over there and kick the sh*# out of you.”

The call came in from the 3200 block of Cannon Street.

The case remains under investigation.

Aug. 7

• Officers received a report of a man who was huffing in a vehicle. He had passed out while he was in the drive-through at Burger King. The vehicle was found at 11:19 p.m.

The driver was arrested for DWI.

Aug. 13

• A woman woke up in her residence in the 600 block of Westview Drive and found someone else in her apartment.

The woman was either intoxicated or on some type of drugs, the resident said. The intoxicated woman was going through the resident’s cupboards and eventually left.

Aug. 26

• A man fishing along the Mississippi River was confronted by an ex-girlfriend. She started yelling and swinging at him. He tried to restrain her.

She bit his left shoulder, dug her fingernails into his chest and punched him in the mouth. He was able to get away and left the area.

Aug. 28

• A driving complaint led to one person being arrested in the 2000 block of Vermillion Street at 11:10 p.m.

Officers responded and found the vehicle near Domino’s Pizza. Nearby they found a man on the ground sleeping. Officers woke the man. He said he was tired so he pulled over and laid down to take a nap.

Sept. 1

• A fight was reported in a taxi van at 2:14 a.m. in the 2100 block of Vermillion Street.

One male was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to the police report, the perpetrator was in the back of the vehicle and said he felt like he was going to vomit. The person sitting in front of him said “You better not puke on me.”

The perpetrator asked the man, “What are you going to do about it.”

He then slapped and hit the other passenger.

Sept. 20

• A resident called to report that her neighbor was exposing himself.

The man frequently walks out of his back door while naked. He can often be seen sitting naked on his steps.

Officers talked to the man, who denied the activity. He did say that he may have urinated outside.

The man was warned.

Sept. 21

• An assault was reported in the 1000 block of Fifth Street. A juvenile reported he was hit in the head and officers could see a wound on the juvenile’s eye.

A group of boys was playing football in Lions Park. A few more children came into the park and started to push them around.

Apparently the bad blood exists because the person who got punched is dating one of the boy’s ex-girlfriends.

“That’s for breaking my heart,” said the boy who did the assaulting.

Oct. 2

• A cat attacked a man and his dog in the 200 block of Second Street at 12:57 p.m.

The man kicked the cat numerous times to get it off his dog. The cat then scratched the man’s legs before it ran away.

Oct. 9

• Officers were asked to check the welfare of an elderly female who had parked behind a school in the 1500 block of 14th Street at 6:27 p.m.

The woman was found next to her vehicle and was identified by police. The woman said she was out for a walk and thought parking behind the school was a good idea.

The woman then asked the officer on duty if he wanted to come over to her house for a drink. She also offered him a banana.

Oct. 16

• A driving complaint led to a DWI arrest at 10:45 a.m. near the Dakota County Government Center.

The suspect in the case drove his motorcycle to the county courthouse to make a court appearance. The judge hearing his case detected an odor of alcohol and eventually the man took a PBT. He had a reading of .18. He said he had been drinking until 4 a.m. and then when he woke up he realized he had court at 11 a.m.

Hastings officers were called and arrested the man as he was leaving the courthouse.

The man acknowledged to officers that he had made some “poor decisions.”

Nov. 4

• One person was arrested on a probation violation warrant at 1:27 p.m.

The perpetrator was also charged with possessing a small amount of marijuana.

She had gone to the juvenile detention center at the county government center to visit a family member.

Officers learned of her presence and responded. That’s when they found the marijuana and arrested her.

Nov. 4

• Harassing communications between three juvenile females was reported at 1:53 p.m. in the 200 block of General Sieben Drive.

One had told another that “snitches get stitches.”

Nov. 6

• Officers were called on the report of a fight in the 1700 block of Frontage Road at 1:53 a.m.

Officers responded but couldn’t find anyone fighting.

Just then, a male approached the officers and said: “You’re looking for me. I stole three pairs of pants.”

The man was arrested for theft and driving after revocation.

Nov. 8

• A man was taken to detox and charged with disorderly conduct following an incident at 4:03 p.m. in the 500 block of Westview Drive.

The man was asked if he had any weapons on him. That’s when he turned around, pulled his pants down and mooned a female officer on the force.

Nov. 16

• A man fell asleep behind the steering wheel of his vehicle while it was stopped in the wrong lane at a stoplight at the intersection of Vermillion and Fourth street.

He was cited for careless driving.

Nov. 17

• While at a bar in the 2100 block of Vermillion Street on another call, officers learned someone was at the establishment with a warrant out for his arrest.

The man eventually fled from police. The officer deployed his taser and shot the man in his back, which stopped the fleeing suspect. He tumbled to the ground and hit his face on the pavement. He was transported to a hospital for care, and was cited.

Dec. 18

• A male running up and down Vermillion Street was flashing passing motorists his middle finger.

Officers chased after the man and apprehended him.

He had a warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested on the warrant and for fleeing a police officer on foot and disorderly conduct.

There was no information in the report concerning his reasons for using his middle finger with such high frequency.