Beauty school fights and grammar school frights

Oakdale Police
INCIDENTS
Car trouble: An  Oakdale 38-year-old woman told police on Jan. 12 that her soon-to-be-ex-husband, 36, was stealing her car. The officers informed the woman that her dispute was a civil one, because the couple is still married and the car was purchased when they were married.
However, since the car is registered in her name, the woman told police that she would call her attorney to “figure it out.”

ASSAULT
Not very pretty: The Globe College of Cosmetology on 10th Street was the site of an alleged assault on Jan. 11 against a 48-year-old teacher by a 29-year-old student whom the professor had apparently terminated from the school’s roster. According to the student’s report, after she had been expelled, she told her teacher to “shut up” and “quit talking” many times until, supposedly, the teacher grabbed the young woman by the throat. The student then left the building.
However, a second disturbance report was filed by the teacher, who claimed no such assault took place, but only that the student, from Minneapolis, began yelling threats and the professor told her to leave and not to return. According to the report, the student was leaving the building upon the officers’ arrival and the teacher did not wish to press any charges. No injury was found on the student at the time and the case is pending further investigation.

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Shell shock: An unused 12-gauge “slug” shotgun shell was found by a parent just outside the front door of Castle Elementary School around 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 11. The teacher who alerted police to the discovery said she had not noticed the shell when she arrived for work around 7 a.m. but that a parent who found it on the sidewalk turned it over to her.
Police took the shell for disposal. There are no suspects at this time.
Understandably ‘spooked’: Officers responded to a home on the 600 block of Goodwin Avenue on the evening of Jan. 11 when a 48-year-old man claimed that an unknown vehicle had pulled into his 38-year-old neighbor’s driveway, honked, waited for the man to approach the driver’s window, then drove off, knocking over the neighbor’s garbage in the process. The incident occurred between 2:30 and 3 p.m. that afternoon and the complainant said it has happened somewhat regularly between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., though it was the first time the garbage had been overturned.
In an interesting side note, officers reported the man told police that he had drawn a chalk outline of a dead body with ketchup splattered in the middle of it on his own driveway next to his van. He believed this may have “spooked” the car on his neighbor’s property.

ARRESTS
‘Strapped’ with stash: In the early morning hours of Jan. 11, an anonymous caller told police that a 20-year-old Forest Lake man at Rack ‘Em Up on 10th Street had told him that he was “strapped,” leading the complainant to believe the man had a weapon (specifically a knife) in addition to some controlled substances. Based on the caller’s description, police located the man at the establishment and asked to speak with him outside.
When the man was informed of the complaint, he reportedly said he “wasn’t going to lie” and confessed to having amounts of cocaine and ecstasy on his person. After placing the illegal drugs (which later tested positive) on the trunk of the officers’ squad car, the man was booked and held for a formal complaint to be filed. The suspect was not carrying any weapons, however.

THEFT
Not just chump change: Approximately $500 in coins and $40 in folded bills were stolen from a home on the 2300 block of Grenadier Avenue, a 59-year-old woman told police Jan. 10. The woman believed a relative may have been the culprit who stole the money from glass jars in her closet because she has the keys to the home and “has a drug problem.”
Police obtained fingerprints from the jars and an investigation is pending.

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