Monday, June 3:
At 10:58 a.m., officers responded to a report of shoplifting on South Pokegama Avenue in Grand Rapids. Officers arrived on scene and the suspect admitted to putting two fishing lures in her pocket in an attempt to steal the items, valued at $3.95 each. The suspect was issued a no trespass notification from the business for a period of one year, as well as a citation for shoplifting.
At 11:43 a.m., officers responded to a call for a welfare check on Stoeke Street in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, her boyfriend had been distancing himself from family members and other people that are close to him and had stated that “he didn't care what happens to himself.” Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the male. During the course of the conversation, the male was advised of the information provided by the reporting party. The male told officers he had prior knowledge that the reporting party was going to make the call, but denied being suicidal or having any thoughts of harming himself or others. The male explained to officers that he had come into a financial hardship. The male was educated about the existence of the Crisis Response Team and was told if he ever needed to speak with someone, he could dial 211 or go to the Grand Rapids Emergency Room.
At 1:55 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a vehicle that was damaged by fire sometime the night prior. The owner advised deputies that she left the vehicle the night prior due to a flat tire. Upon arrival the next morning, she found the vehicle a complete loss. There are no suspects at this time.
At 6:23 p.m., officers responded to a report of an accident at the intersection of County Road 67 and Hughes Road in Grand Rapids. There were no reported injuries.
At 7:13 p.m., officers responded to a report of a weapons fire on River Road in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, approximately 30-40 gunshots were heard in the area. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with a few residents who believed the gun shots were coming from Davis Road. Officers patrolled the surrounding area and were unable to locate any gunshots.
At 9 p.m., officers responded to a report of theft on NE 4th Street in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, a female stole a breakfast sandwich with a value of $2.69. The suspect took the sandwich, heated it up in the microwave, and then left the store without paying. Staff had video surveillance of the female which officers reviewed. Officers identified the suspect through past law enforcement contacts. Staff believed the suspect stole other items but could not pinpoint what else she took. Officers left the store in an attempt to locate the suspect.
Tuesday, June 4:
At 10:21 a.m., officers responded to a report of an animal complaint on South Pokegama Avenue in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, a deer was inside the old Ground Round Restaurant. Upon arrival, officers were able to navigate the deer through the construction zone and out the front door. The whitetail doe caused moderate damage to glass mirrors while occupying the men’s bathroom. Upon exiting the bathroom, the deer was extremely stressed and hostile with officers, attempting to jump through several exterior glass windows, but was unsuccessful in doing so. The whitetail doe later exited the front door of the business and fled the area. Within a minute of the deer leaving the site, Itasca County Communications received a call from an individual stating she was traveling northbound on South Pokegama Avenue when a whitetail deer came out of nowhere, running into the rear driver's side door of her vehicle and causing severe damage. The deer then fled the scene on foot.
At 2:53 p.m., officers responded to a report of an accident on SE 21st Street in Grand Rapids. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the driver of the vehicle, who said she was traveling west bound when a deer ran out in front of her van. Damage to the van was disabling. The deer was still alive and on the side of the road. The driver did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident. The deer was disposed of and picked up by Public Works.
At 3:57 p.m., officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on SW 8th Avenue in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, a male was on her property and is believed to be high or drunk. Officers responded to the scene and located the male, who had an overwhelming odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from his person, slurred speech and poor balance. Upon running the male through communications, it was learned that he had an active 3rd degree gross misdemeanor warrant out of Anoka County. The male was placed under arrest on the active warrant, and transported to the Itasca County Jail.
School Bus Stop Arm Violation:
At 4:14 p.m., officers received a call of a stop arm violation on County Road 76 in Grand Rapids. The report was that there were no kids on the ground. Officers went to the vehicle’s registered owner’s house and got no answer at the door.
At 4:22 p.m., officers responded to a report of theft on SE 29th Street in Grand Rapids. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with staff who reported that on June 2, two females were involved in a transaction at a self-checkout register. The females failed to property scan all items that were later removed from the store. The suspects paid $34.03 when the total should have been $102.46, for a total theft of $68.43.
At 5:07 p.m., officers responded to a report of a scam on Pine Ridge Road in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, she was on her computer when a pop-up appeared. The pop-up stated her computer had a virus and the firewall needed to be updated. The reporting party stated she then clicked on the pop-up and her computer froze. The reporting party stated she then contacted her bank and advised them of the incident. They advised her that they had already received a false transaction on her credit card.
At 5:43 p.m., officers responded to a report of property damage at the intersection of 5th Street NW and NW 10th Avenue in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, their vehicle was shot with a paintball. There was no damage to the window of the vehicle near the area impacted. The reporting party provided officers with an idea of where the incident occurred, and there are possible suspects that officers are investigating.
Wednesday, June 5:
At 6:46 a.m., deputies responded to a one-vehicle roll-over on County Road 57 in Bovey. The driver admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.
At 5:08 p.m., officers responded to a report of panhandling on SE 13th Street in Grand Rapids. According to the reporting party, a male was at the door of a business asking for food. The reporting party said she brought out some groceries for the male, which were then loaded into the back of a vehicle. The reporting party stated the panhandling was not aggressive. Officers arrived on scene and made brief contact with the party, who stated that they had fallen on hard times and were stranded in Grand Rapids. They were just looking for some assistance.
Thursday, June 6:
At 10:46 a.m., deputies responded to a report of fraud on County Road 35 in Deer River. According to the reporting party, someone used their ATM in Texas to withdraw $202. The reporting party’s bank was notified of the incident.
At 11:22 a.m., officers responded to a report of a gas drive-off on NW 4th Street in Grand Rapids. The total amount of gas stolen was $45.46.
At 11:46 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a gas drive-off on U.S. Highway 169 in Grand Rapids. The incident involved two suspects.
Friday, June 7:
Fire - Structure:
At 5:57 a.m., deputies responded to a report of a possible electrical fire on Stephens Street North in Taconite.
At 6:43 a.m., officers responded to a report of a vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of River Road and SE 23rd Avenue in Grand Rapids. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the driver of vehicle one, who stated he was sore but was refusing medical attention. The driver stated he was traveling west on River Road when vehicle two crossed over the center line and was driving directly at him. The driver stated he moved as far onto the shoulder of the road as possible, but vehicle two hit him head on. He stated the driver of vehicle two had her phone in her hand and was looking down. The driver of vehicle two advised officers she was in much pain and could not provide much further information. While administering first aid, officers smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver of vehicle two. Also observed in the back passenger floor was 1.75 ml of strawberry Daiquiri made with Rum. Due to Meds 1 providing medical attention to the driver of vehicle two, and transporting her to the emergency room, officers were not able to administer a PBT or field sobriety test.
Fire - Other:
At 11:16 a.m., deputies responded to a stove on fire on Bittners Point Road in Bovey.
At 5:59 p.m., deputies responded to a report of a cabin burglary with forced entry and property stolen on White Sands Road in Nashwauk.
At 9:21 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop on North Little Sweden Road in Nashwauk which resulted in an arrest for DWI and other charges.
Saturday, June 8:
Fire - Other:
At 1:20 p.m., officers assisted the Grand Rapids Fire Department with a possible vacuum station fire at a carwash on NW 4th Street in Grand Rapids. When officers arrived, the vacuum was no longer smoking. However, a strong odor of smoke persisted in the air. The fire appeared to have originated from the electrical motor heads that were fire/heat damaged. Responding officers and firefighters noticed a lot of water in the vacuum can portion, possibly due to someone sucking water and caused damage to the electrical motor.
Sunday, June 9:
At 1:57 a.m., officers on patrol observed a vehicle with its flashers on on East U.S. Highway 169 in Grand Rapids. Officers observed the vehicle was in the yard east of the round a bout and had hit a tree. The airbags were deployed but there was no one around. Officers looked around the area and were unable to locate anyone. The vehicle was towed.