A woman was accused of shoplifting a Valentine monkey toy from a local store. The woman said her 1-year-old son had been playing with it, and she often lets the child play with merchandise while in the store, but then gives it to the clerk and tells them she doesn't want to buy it when she gets done shopping. A clerk reported the woman had indicated she had already paid for the toy. The woman has a theft charge on her record from 15 years ago and was charged with ID theft 10 years ago.
Wadena police responded to a report of an intoxicated man around 10 p.m. They found the man sitting in a pickup. He was slurring and drooling as he talked, and couldn't sit up straight, an officer reported. Police asked him for his name. He asked the officer for his name, which he gave. Police asked him for his ID. He asked the police for their ID. Police asked the man to take a breathalyzer, which he attempted but didn't blow hard enough on the device to register his blood alcohol level. The officer reported the man made an "aggressive move" toward him, and later raised up his legs in an attempt to kick the officer. He was taken to jail and given dry clothes, as his were wet. The man hit his head twice on the wall of his cell as he attempted to get the pants on. The officer tried against to get a breathalyzer result, and this time was successful. It was .345, more than four times the legal limit to drive in Minnesota.
An officer handled a call of a barking dog. The owner has had four warnings in the past between 2008 and 2010, two administrative citations during that period, and one state citation. He will be mailed another citation, the officer reported.
A woman reported the theft of a 5 1/2 horsepower Johnson boat motor, three fishing rods and a gas tank from a boat.
A man reported someone tried to gain entry to his residence by prying open a door. It was believed this happened Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.
A caller reported someone in the jail had smuggled in a cell phone and was making calls and sending texts to the caller. Jailers questioned him and the man admitted having the phone.
A caller asked about her 14-year-old daughter who was seeing a 20-year-old man. She was advised to get an order for protection.
A 911 hangup call led authorities to a domestic disturbance where a man allegedly choked a woman. The man had fled, and the woman was arrested for an unrelated offense: drinking alcohol while her probation forbid it. The man was found about 10 hours later and arrested.
A landlord reported problems with two tenants who had moved out and taken the landlord's couch and dog kennel with them. One of the renters said they did have the items, and would drop them back off. The couch was returned, but the landlord said it looked like it was thrown off the back of a vehicle and was now damaged. The dog kennel was not returned at the time of the police report.
A man was walking his dog along Southbrook Drive when two pit bulls came running toward his dog. One of the pit bulls grabbed the man's dog by the neck while the other grabbed his dog by the hind quarters. The man said he was able to kick the two pit bulls until they released his dog, and he couldn't find any puncture wounds on his dog. An officer visited the home and when he knocked on the door, no one answered, but a Rottweiler came to the picture window and began to "bark and grown violently while pounding his head on the window." The officer left but later made contact with the owners. He told them they would be receiving paperwork classifying the dogs as "potentially dangerous" animals.
The sheriff's office responded to a one-vehicle accident due to a washed out road on 151st Avenue. The road was closed due to the flooding. The driver was taken to the hospital and complained of vision problems following the accident.
A prisoner was injured on his right hand while he was on the Sentence to Serve crew working. He was taken for medical treatment.
Todd County requested Wadena County assistance with a high-speed chase. The vehicle was in the Aldrich area.
A man and woman reported they had left their residence on March 11 and returned on March 16 to find the door knob not working. Upon closer inspection, the door appeared to have been pried open with a crow bar. The couple went through the home and didn't notice anything missing. Even a computer and two TVs were left behind. The police officer photographed damage to the door and door jamb.
These reports were derived from Wadena Police Department incident reports and Wadena County Sheriff's Department call logs.