A Wadena business manager reported he had received a partial payment of $150 from someone who was being investigated for embezzling $667.65 from the company. On advice from an attorney, that money was returned as the investigation continued. The woman also left a note saying she was sorry for taking the money and did it to keep her family together.
A woman reported she had been side-swiped by another vehicle in traffic at the intersection of U.S. Highways 10 and 71. The driver of the other car left the scene. The only description of that vehicle is that it was white and was driven by a middle-aged man.
Police received a report that someone was driving a vehicle down the street with no tire with a small child inside the vehicle. Police found the vehicle and believed it was involved in a rollover. There were corn stalks in the grill of the car, the driver's side tire is missing and the car appeared to have been driven on the brake rotor, the back bumper was completely gone and the vehicle was missing both license plates.
Authorities found a bumper with a license plate attached that matched a call from the previous evening. The bumper and a tire were found in a ditch, and the vehicle appeared to have taken out a telephone box.
Police investigated a report of two puppies that had been tied up and tangled up for two days with no food or water. The caller reported one of the puppies was skin and bones. The owner of the pets reported she would try to get rid of them on Craig's List, and had taken them in as strays. Police informed the woman she needed to take the dogs to the Humane Society. She brought a black lab there but said she had sold the other dog to someone in Brainerd.
Four fire rings were reported stolen from Cottingham Park.
Contraband was found on a jail inmate.
A caller reported to report an out-of-control teenager. Someone was sitting on him until help arrived.
A caller reported a domestic disturbance with a man with a bat going after another person.
Three vehicles were involved in an accident when the first two had stopped in traffic along U.S. Highway 10 in Wadena and a third vehicle rear-ended the second car, pushing it into the first. The driver of the third vehicle said she was distracted by something in her back seat. She was cited for inattentive driving. No one was injured in the accident.
Police arrested a suspect after a report of 4-5 people who were fighting. The man registered a blood alcohol content of .257 and his probation agent ordered his arrest.
Police retrieved a shotgun from a residence in Verndale after a woman there was threatening a man with it.
Police spoke to a man who had gone to wire money via Western Union because he had allegedly won several million dollars in a Las Vegas drawing. In order to claim the prize, he needed to wire $765 to a man in California, and then someone was supposedly going to deliver the millions of dollars. Police informed the man it was likely a scam and he should not send any money. Police asked the man if he had given out any personal banking numbers or information, and he said he had not.
A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle just before 3 a.m. The woman suffered a leg injury, left leg pain, a broken right ankle and blood loss. She was airlifted by a medical helicopter.
A man called police and wanted his sleeping wife removed from his house. He said he didn't feel safe with her there. Police found her sleeping on a couch downstairs with earplugs in her ears. She said she would leave the following day, but said it was 2 a.m., and she couldn't leave now. The man said she had to leave, and was upset police wouldn't remove her. The two had argued earlier in the night because she told him she planned to file for divorce and now had a boyfriend. Police explained since they were still married, she had a right to be there and they couldn't remove her and told the man there had to be a more workable solution than removing her from the house. The man told police to "get the [expletive] out" and "thanks for helping."
A caller reported a 15-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy were fighting.
A caller in a camping area of a park reported hearing footsteps in a nearby wooded area and some talking. Earlier in the night, she had heard the same thing and hit the panic button on her car alarm to scare the people away.
A woman with a serrated knife had been cutting herself and threatened to go after law enforcement personnel with the knife if they came after her. She was separated from the knife and taken to the hospital.
These reports were derived from Wadena Police Department incident reports and Wadena County Sheriff's Department call logs.