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CO Report July 18: BWI arrest made during bachelor party

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week of responding to reports of suspicious fishing activity, miscellaneous wildlife calls, and a large inflatable swimming platform that was left tied up to and blocking a public water access. Publi...

CO Karl Hadrits (Crosby) reports activity this week of responding to reports of suspicious fishing activity, miscellaneous wildlife calls, and a large inflatable swimming platform that was left tied up to and blocking a public water access. Public accesses, WMA's, and other state properties were checked for flooding and wash-out damage from the recent heavy rains, and fishing, boating, and ATV activity was patrolled.

CO Tim Collette (Pequot Lakes) worked area lakes for boating safety issues and checked anglers. A Boating While Intoxicated arrest was made after a member of a bachelor party on a pontoon boat threw a wine bottle in the air, landing in the water, while motoring across the lake.

The pontoon had to be towed to shore as none of the party was sober enough to operate the boat.

The officer also assisted the aviation unit for a telemetry flight and was the observer and camera operator.

CO Joyce Kuske (Little Falls) received a TIP call of someone shooting geese in their front yard on the Mississippi River. CO Kuske investigated and found that a homeowner did not like the geese wrecking their grass. Enforcement action was taken for taking geese out of season.

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Officer Kuske assisted the Little Falls PD with recovery of a stolen boat that was found tied up along the Mississippi River and handled complaints of people drinking alcohol at a public access.

CO Paul Kuske (Pierz) spent time dealing with computer troubles and issues. Problems continue to persist at the Pierz Lake Public Access. Consumption of alcohol and intoxicated people at the site are a common complaint. With the high number of people that use the area to swim and picnic, law enforcement has stepped up patrols and taking more enforcement action. Many people complain that it has become a hard access to launch a boat at because of all the extra activity there. CO Kuske is working with Parks and Trails to review usage at the site.

CO Krauel (St. Cloud) spent the week checking anglers and working boat safety. Krauel also took several wildlife complaint calls. CO Krauel increased patrols for illegal Off Highway Motorcycles after noticing extra damage in area ditches. One individual that CO Krauel stopped thought that even though he knew it was illegal to ride an OHM in the ditch, it would be OK since he was just going to a neighborhood garage sale that had "really good stuff." CO Krauel also found an individual that was violating an order for protection. The individual was turned over to the local police department. Enforcement action was taken for operating an OHM in a road right of way, violating an order for protection, no license in possession and insufficient PFD's on a watercraft.

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