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Hudson police reports: Lawn mower mayhem; Fish put down vehicle vent

Lawn mower mayhem

Damaged property was reported at 1:15 p.m. in a parking lot on Laurel Avenue on Friday, June 8. A man reported he was using a lawn mower to cut the grass near the parking lot and lost control of the mower while driving down a hill. The mower struck a vehicle in the lot and caused a flat tire.

Harassment ongoing

Harassment was reported on Friday, June 8 by a man who said his ex-girlfriend has been harassing him for the past several months. He said they broke up about ten months ago, but she continuously calls, texts and messages him over social media, sometimes several times in a several minute span. He also said he is attempting paternity tests to see if the baby the woman had after they were broken up is his. Police advised him to block the number and speak with the county for a restraining order.

Something rotten

Something rotten was the cause of a police visit to Redwood Drive at 5 p.m. Friday, June 8. The complainant said when starting her vehicle earlier that day she noticed the strong odor of rotting fish. Upon exiting her vehicle she noticed two small holes in the plastic cover near the air intake vents close to the windshield wipers. The damage and the smell were not there the previous night when she parked her vehicle at 4:15 p.m. She said she believed someone broke the plastic and then put some type of fish product down the vent. Damage of the vehicle was estimated at $500. The officer on scene noted the odor inside the vehicle.

Knocking at the door

A woman reported suspicious activity at 2:16 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on Oak Ridge Circle after she noticed a vehicle park in front of her residence before she heard knocking at her front door. The woman said when she went to the front door she could hear the subject attempting to break in by turning the door handle multiple times. The woman later called dispatch to inform police that her landlord was the one who knocked on the door.

Neighbor dispute

Officers responded to Aspen Drive for a neighbor dispute at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9. One neighbor pointed out several child handprints on his new vehicle's door, and said the handle had been broken by the other neighbor's child. An officer was able to show that the handle was not broken. The first neighbor apologized and said he did not realize that was how the door handle moved on the vehicle. He then pointed to several scratches along the driver's side of the vehicle and said he was concerned the child had caused them by playing too close to the vehicle. The second neighbor said she had been watching the child and had not seen the child do any damage. Officers noted on closer inspection that the scratches appeared to be old and due to rock chips or door dings. An officer informed the first neighbor that a 2-year-old is not capable of forming criminal intent to damage property and therefore the most they could do would be to draft a report to forward to his insurance company.

Counterfeit bills

Police responded at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, June 9 to Walmart on Crest View Drive for a report of counterfeit bills. A man was attempting to make a wire transfer with money consisting of counterfeit bills. When police arrived on scene, the man had left. Staff turned over two $20 notes believed to be counterfeit. When attempting to make the $1,000 transaction the man told the cashier he didn't know where the two $20 counterfeit bills came from. He replaced them with two additional bills. He first agreed to wait for police but then stated he would leave. He provided his identification and contact information before leaving. During later contact the man said the counterfeit bills could have come from one of a few places where he broke larger bills.

Vehicle damage

• A hit and run was reported on St. Croix Street near First Street at 2 a.m. Monday, June 11. A parked vehicle facing east on St. Croix Street was struck from behind by a vehicle that also struck a stop sign on the corner. The vehicle then fled the scene east on St. Croix Street before making a right onto Second Street. The vehicle was described as a silver SUV by witnesses.

• Vehicle damage was reported in the Hudson Hospital parking lot at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 12. The back window of a vehicle parked in the lot was broken. Surveillance footage showed the damage was caused accidently by a rock thrown from a lawn mower about a half hour before police were dispatched.

Fraud caller

An unknown caller tried to pass as a complainant's grandson at 2 p.m. Monday, June 11 during a phone call to a residence on Aldrich Avenue. The woman said the voice did not sound like her grandson, so she hung up the phone.

Public property damage

• Vandalism was reported to the bathhouse at Lakefront Park on First Street on Tuesday, June 12 shortly before 10 a.m. Hudson Public Works painted over the vandalism and sent a photo to police. Cost of damage including materials and labor was estimated at $500.

• A fire hydrant was struck and moved several inches on Fourth and Orange streets. The damage was noticed on Friday, June 15 and it is unknown when it occurred. The Hudson water department reported the cost would be about $5,000.

Sticky fingers

• Theft was reported from a building under construction on Maxwell Drive at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. A box of brass plumbing valves, last seen on Thursday, June 7 were missing from the building. Graffiti of genitalia measuring 10 feet was also found spray painted on the floor, as well as human feces in the middle of the floor on the opposite side of the building. The valves are valued at $180 and damage from the vandalism is expected to cost $450.

• At 2:25 p.m. Thursday, June 14 Kwik Trip on Crest View Drive reported a theft. The manager informed police that sometime in the last 24 hours someone drilled in the lock on the vacuum cleaner coin box. There was enough money in the box for approximately six uses. He said likely about $75 was stolen. The lock is estimated at $35 to replace.

• A theft was reported on Second Street on Saturday, June 17 shortly after midnight. The complainant stated she was hanging out in Hudson with a friend today, and had brought a backpack full of antiques to sell to an antique dealer. The backpack also contained a Taser, jeans and camera. The woman and her friend got into an argument and the friend got upset and got into her vehicle to leave. She then told the complainant, "Good luck getting your backpack," before leaving. The antiques in the backpack were valued at about $1,000, and the other items were valued at $500. An officer called the friend, who said she had not seen the complainant in a few days and was not in Hudson that night. The friend was reluctant to answer questions and refused further questions before hanging up mid-conversation. Over the next two days, the officer left three voicemails with no response.

• Hudson Police assisted St. Croix County dispatch with a loaner vehicle from a dealership reported stolen after attempts to contact the current user went unreturned. The vehicle was tracked through On Star to Ward Avenue. An officer made contact with the woman the car was lent to. She told officers the car was loaned to her and another person, and the dealership must have been calling that person. She gave the keys over and retrieved property from the vehicle. Other property was left in the vehicle, but she said it was not hers and did not indicate who it might belong to. The car was towed to impound for pick up by the dealership.

Sleep study gone awry

Police responded to Hudson Hospital at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 for a disorderly patient. Staff told police a member of a sleep study became upset because he felt they were dismissive and rude to him. The man said he told one of the staff members to shut up, but did not yell or become disorderly. Staff said he has been verbally abusive towards staff and threw things around the room. He was escorted out of the hospital, and was calm and cooperative with police.

Feels threatened by pamphlets

A woman reported suspicious activity at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 on Laurel Avenue after she received pamphlets she felt were threatening. The four pamphlets from Citizens for the St. Croix Valley included one that included a statement on if one is feeling harassed or intimidated by the Hudson Inclusion Alliance. The woman said her husband is a part of the alliance and they recently spoke about it at the Hudson Common Council meeting. She said she felt the brochures were sent to her as a warning or threat and wanted to have the activity documented.

Missing person

A missing person was reported at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. The caller stated his wife had not returned from lunch with friends. The last contact he had with her was a half hour before when she had taken a wrong turn and was lost. She was no longer answering her phone. Contact was later made with the woman who was in Kenyon, Minnesota. Local police were out with her.

Suspicions at school

At 11 a.m. Friday, June 15 a River Crest Elementary staff member reported suspicious activity that occurred that morning. She said she observed a couple picking up a piece of metal on the sidewalk. She said the couple stated they were walking on the trail and noticed the metal. She told them they could not have the metal and to leave the property and not return. The couple was compliant and left the area.

Concerning letters

A complaint of concerning letters from a St. Croix County Jail inmate was reported on Friday, June 15 at the Hudson Police station. Two women said they had been receiving a letters from an inmate and were scared of the sender and what will happen when he gets out of jail. The two said they were looking to get a restraining order, and police also advised them to share their concerns with the District Attorney's office.

Critter patrol

An animal complaint was made at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16 for a cat abandoned at a residence on Amherst Circle. The caller said her neighbor had passed away a few months ago and the house hasn't been kept up by the neighbor's children. She said a cat had been left behind in the residence and was crying nonstop. She said the house is full of dog feces and trash. The neighbor was advised that an officer could not enter the house without consent or a warrant, but would pass the condition of the house to city and fire inspectors to determine if it should be condemned. The neighbor was also told animal control could respond if she had possession of the cat. The neighbor later captured the cat and said she was willing to keep it until animal control could respond as it looked sick.

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