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April 18

• Police responded to a shoplifting complaint and drove up just as the suspect was polishing off the fifth of five bottles of Robitussin he allegedly took from the store without paying.


April 23

• Shortly after midnight, two officers were called to a local discount store to deal with an irate customer. The man had brought groceries to the till to purchase and offered his payroll check to be cashed. But when the check was run through a third-party clearing service, it came back repeatedly as being a problem, and had an 800 number to call to resolve the situation. The man became very upset, according to cashiers and managers, and refused to leave the store until the situation was resolved. But the employees told the man he'd have to call the third-party company in the morning. The other customers in line with the man even offered to pay for his groceries and he could resolve the situation the next day, but he refused. Police eventually escorted the man outside to talk, but he refused to leave. The officers told him he could be charged with trespass or disorderly conduct if he didn't leave. The officers gave him a ride home and charges are pending after getting statements from the employees.

• Police investigated an altercation between an employee of a business and a man who was applying for a job there. The two men were known to each other from a drug conviction in the past. The applicant said the employee followed him out to his car and repeatedly threatened him and threatened to kill him. The employee denied following the applicant, and said the applicant had sworn at him and he just walked away.

April 27

• Around 5 p.m., a woman on a bus line going through Wadena got off the bus during a stop and drank cooking sherry and vanilla extract -- both containing alcohol -- and urinated on the carpeted floor in the lobby. She then was found in a retired school bus, believing it to be the bus she was supposed to board. She was given a breath test and registered .257 blood alcohol content. She was denied entry to the actual bus, and was charged with disorderly conduct.

• A woman talked to a deputy in reference to her brother making remarks he was going to come to Minnesota and take her and her brothers "to the grave" with him.

April 28

• No one was injured in a crash between a car and a semi tractor in Verndale at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Brown Street.

April 30

• A semi went through a railroad crossing at U.S. Highway 71 and allegedly tore off the crossing arm at the railroad tracks. The river of the semi denied doing it. Burlington Northern was contacted.

May 1

• The front door of a local business was reportedly shattered. The business boarded up the door.

• A two-vehicle accident was reported at the intersection of Second Street NW and Deerwood Avenue. No one was hurt, but both vehicles sustained damage. The accident was reported around 7:30 p.m.

• The sheriff's department participated in a mock riot drill at the mounted posse clinic.

May 3

• Officers were assisting a family with an attempt to locate a woman who was having marital issues and no one had heard from her or could reach her on her cell phone. The woman was still missing at the time of this report. She was driving a white pickup.

These reports were derived from Wadena Police Department incident reports and Wadena County Sheriff's Department call logs.