A woman called police after she found a puppy in a white plastic bag inside a garbage can at Wal-Mart. The puppy was very cold and wasn't able to move its hind legs very well, possibly from an injury. The woman took the puppy home to care for it. She provided police with information about when she made a purchase at the store, which helped them pinpoint when the puppy was thrown in the trash can. Police planned to review surveillance tape from the store to determine who left the puppy in the garbage can.
Two vehicles were involved in a crash on First Street Northwest when the lead vehicle stopped and the trailing vehicle didn't see the first vehicle stop and ran into it. One of the drivers complained of a stiff neck. The accident happened around 3:30 p.m.
Deputies assisted with a possibly suicidal male who had taken a large amount of pills.
Wadena police responded to a call of a possibly intoxicated man in the caller's neighbor's yard. Two officers found a man lying in the snow in the 300 block of Northwest Deerwood Avenue. The man was very talkative and identified himself. He asked the officers if they were familiar with some Brainerd officers he knew. The man was confused about where he was -- he knew he was in Wadena but wasn't sure exactly where. He was given a breathalyzer test and registered 0.156. He was put in the squad car because he looked cold and police didn't know how long he had been there. He was checked for warrants and probation, and he was off probation and didn't have any warrants. Meanwhile, a second man came walking up and police asked him what he was doing. He said he was looking for his friend, and pointed to the first man. Police asked the second man what the first man's name was, and he replied, "what did he tell you?" The second man was 18 years old and looked intoxicated to police. He was also on probation on a juvenile file. Police gave the second man a breathalyzer and he registered 0.126. He was brought to the jail to be held until he was sober. The first man was also issued a citation for minor consuming and possession of drug paraphernalia, but he wasn't arrested. Police found him a sober friend who could take him in for the night.
A city worker in Wadena reported he and his estranged wife were going through problems and she had boxed in his vehicle at a work site. The worker later informed police they had talked through the problems.
A caller reported possible abuse at a nursing home after an elderly resident had a "goose egg" on his head and scratches on his face.
Authorities looked into a possible burglary attempt in Wadena. A male in a gray jacket was seen with a flashlight attempting to enter the rear of the building.
Police stopped a vehicle near a burglary scene. The occupants were acting very nervous, and eventually admitted there were "illegal things" in the vehicle. The illegal things were confiscated.
A man on South Jefferson Street in Wadena was outside of his residence swinging nunchucks and a knife around.
A caller reported a neighbor girl came over to her house to report her mom and dad had been fighting. Police assisted with a domestic disturbance.
A window on the south side of the new Wadena-Deer Creek High School was reportedly compromised. An officer checked and discovered the wind had likely blown the window in. Nothing appeared to be damaged or out of order, the officer reported.
A storage building on U.S. Highway 10 was broken into. The suspect was wearing a cowboy hat and driving a gray van. He also had a pony tail and appeared to be Native American.
Deputies assisted with an alleged overdose in the Menahga area.
A caller reported a man passed out in an apartment building in Wadena. The officer went to the location and tried to talk to the man to wake him up, but it didn't work. When the officer shook the man, he woke up. The officer asked him who he was, and he said, "I'm your neighbor." When the officer explained to him he wasn't his neighbor, the man produced ID that showed he lived elsewhere in Wadena. The man was found to be on probation, and had conditions for his release that prohibited him from drinking alcohol. He was held in an isolation cell until he sobered up.
These reports were derived from Wadena Police Department incident reports and Wadena County Sheriff's Department call logs.