WHPS report for March 17 – 23

March 17
WHPS received a complaint of a vehicle going west on Highway 12 in Maple Plain near County Road 90, that could not stay between the lines. Police located the vehicle and observed the vehicle cross the fog line several times. The driver had no signs of impairment and said he was afraid of the oncoming traffic.

At 7:11 a.m., a caller reported a vehicle had been parked for 30 min in front of a house being remodeled at 4900 County Road 6 in Independence. The driver was “strolling around.” The driver was the painter waiting for the contractor to open the house.

At 7:31 a.m., a caller near County 6 and County Road 92 in Independence reported a pickup truck with the words “powerfully green” on it was speeding and out of the traffic lane. The area was checked and the truck was not located.

At 12:37 p.m., a complainant reported a vehicle was speeding and traveling over the center and fog lines in Corcoran. WHPS Officer caught up to the driver at County Road 11 and East Lake Rebecca Road in Independence. The 41-year-old male driver from Zimmerman stated he was on his way to his grandpa in Delano and didn’t think he was speeding. He admitted to looking at his phone using the GPS and could’ve been swerving. Police did not detect any signs of impairment. The driver was warned to stay off his phone.

At 3:49 p.m., a caller near Townline Road and Eagle Ridge Road in Independence reported a large tarp was in the roadway. Police found an open paint and plastic tarp in the roadway and removed both of them.

At 7:46 p.m., police were dispatched by radio to a traffic complaint and possible road rage incident heading westbound on Highway 12, near County Road 6 and Baker Park Road in Maple Plain. Police made contact with the driver, a 76-year-old male from Delano who stated the person in front of him was driving really slow and he tailgated the vehicle for a short period to try and get them to go faster. The driver he was following, a 63-year-old male from Maple Plain then hit his brakes hard and “brake checked” him. Police confirmed both drivers’ stories. Police explained to the 76-year-old driver proper driving etiquette and that if he sees driving that is a concern he needs to call 911. Neither drivers were issued citations, but both were at fault and had negative driving conduct.

At 8:25 p.m., police responded to a 911 hang-up in the 2600 block of Providence Path in Independence. Police were met on the front steps by two teenage males, one lived at the residence. He said he had been goofing around with an old phone and mistakenly dialed 911. He apologized and stated his parents were not at home and that everything was fine.

WHPS responded to assist Orono Police with a personal injury crash at Highway 12 and Willow in Long Lake. The driver stated she was driving east on Highway 12 and something large all of a sudden hit her windshield and smashed it. The driver had glass on herself but did not have any injuries, nor did any of the passengers. It is unknown what hit her vehicle.

March 18
A resident at 1700 Baker Park Road rported receiving harassing text messages from a previous customer who was unhappy with his cabinets. The customer was contacted and told do not contact the resident, it is a civil matter and he needs to document his concerns and go to court.

At 2:55 p.m., a resident at 3100 Nelson Road in Independence reported she found a female in a black jacket, with capri pants, lying down in the ditch at the end of her driveway looking at the sky. The resident made contact with the unknown female, who was visually upset. She stated that she was coming from Buffalo and just wanted to get to Minneapolis to see her kids. The female asked if she could get a ride. The resident said no, but she would call the police and they could help. The female said she did not want the police called and left walking eastbound on Highway 12. Police checked the area and no one was found.

March 19
At 12:41 a.m., WHPS received a driving complaint of a vehicle swerving between lanes, traveling towards Maple Plain. Police located the vehicle, observed it cross into a turn lane then swerve back and move into a turn lane before stopping at Budd Avenue and Highway 12 in Maple Plain. The driver was identified as Kenneth Wayne Carlson, 52, from Savage. Carlson provided a breath sample the resulted in .14 percent breath-alcohol-concentration. Carlson was arrested for Fourth Degree DWI.

At 4:56 a.m., a resident reported two males approached the house at 5600 County 6 in Independence. Orono Police were given the information and the area was checked and the vehicle was not located. The resident did not recognize the males, but was unsure if she should call until after they left. She was advised to call 911 immediately if they came back as it is important to call as soon as possible on such an event.

An elderly female at 4200 Woodhill Dr. in Independence was having breathing problems was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

A resident at 5000 Broadmoor Dr. in Independence received a phone call from an out of state number indicating that they won a white Mercedes and $10,000 in gas. They were instructed to go to any Wal-mart to pick up the car. Resident wanted to know if this was a scam. He was advised it was and the call back phone number has been listed in numerous scam attempts. A complainant at 1800 Newport Street in Maple Plain stated he and his wife were doing jumping jacks work out and his downstairs neighbor came to their apartment and complained about the noise. Complainant and neighbor were advised nothing criminal is happening. Both were advised to bring the noise complaint to management.

Police responded to a fire alarm at 6600 Fogelman Road in Independence. After arriving on scene, police were canceled, because the alarm was caused by construction workers.

At 6:08 p.m., a resident near Budd Avenue and Oak Street in Maple Plain reported that two males, one wearing a black and red jacket, threw a rock at a glass table that was on Oak Street with a “free” sign posted by it. Police were delayed in responding, later checked the area and did not find the males. Police did find the glass table, which was shattered.

A caller at 800 Copeland Road in Independence reported a person had fallen off a horse and was in and out of consciousness. Police arrival found the female on the ground and conscious. She complained of no other injuries besides minor head pain. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Police saw a tow truck pulling a silver SUV that had significant front end damage out of the ditch at 5500 Pagenkopf Road in Maple Plain. The female driver stated she was going west on Pagenkopf Road and was having difficulty seeing due to the setting sun. She tried to shield her eyes from the sun, but was unable to do so sufficiently, ended up taking a curve too wide and drove into the ditch, hitting a tree. The female was not injured.

March 20
Police on routine check found a business door unsecured at 5500 Pioneer Creek Drive in Maple Plain. Orono PD assisted in checking the interior of the building, where no entry was found.

Parents who were unable to reach their son for several days requested a welfare check on him at 1500 Howard Ave. in Maple Plain. Police checked the apartment, but he was gone. Police left their business card for him to call. Few hours later the son called stating he was at Ridgedale Library looking for a job and he would call his parents. All was OK.

Police were dispatched to a grass fire at 3800 Lake Haughey Road. Police found the homeowner had been burning sticks in less than a 3’ by 3’ burn size, which does not need a burn permit. The fire had gotten out of control and was spreading to the swamp. Delano Fire Dept responded and extinguished the fire, which burned approximately a half of an acre of swamp that the homeowner owned.

Police responded to a business alarm that was sounding for front door glass breakage at 5200 Main St. in Maple Plain. Police spoke with a patron who was leaving who stated the alarm was not going off. The building was checked and it was unknown why the alarm went off. The building owner responded stating recently he has had issues with the alarm.

An elderly female with heart problems at 1500 Wyman Ave. in Maple Plain was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

At 10:10 p.m., a resident at 5600 County Road 6 in Independence reported she found out who the unknown male was at her door on March 19; she had a Harassment Restraining Order against him. While police and the resident were speaking, a vehicle pulled into the driveway behind the squad car and a male approached the door asking to speak with the resident. The male was identified who had the HRO against him. Police placed him under arrest for violating an Order for Protection, Harassment Restraining Order. The male was transported to Hennepin County Jail.

March 21
Police responded to a church parking lot at 1800 Budd Ave. in Maple Plain for a panic alarm periodically going off on an abandoned vehicle, but no one was around. The registered owner did not answer his phone. Police disconnected the battery and left a business card on the dash advising the owner the battery was disconnected. The church did not want the vehicle towed.

At 11:15 p.m., police observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder at Budd Street and Pagenkopf Road in Independence. A female was sleeping in the front seat with camera equipment set up. Contact was made with the driver, who was waiting for the northern lights. All was OK.

March 22
A resident at 1800 Budd Street N in Independence received a call and the caller stated they were with Publisher’s Clearinghouse and she’d won $800,000. She said she didn’t believe them and the caller hung up.

Someone broke into the storage area under the announcer’s booth at Northside Park in Maple Plain. The person also attempted to break into the concession stand, but did not get in.

A stalled semi-truck was blocking the southbound lane at County Road 11 and County Road 92 in Independence. Police observed long tire skid marks leading up to the truck. Contact was made with the driver, who stated his truck brakes all of a sudden locked up and he couldn’t get them to release. A mechanic was on the way. Police assisted with traffic control until the mechanic arrived and was able to fix the truck

March 23
At 1:18 a.m., police observed vehicle swing wide into oncoming turn lane, than back into the lane of travel near County Line Road and Highway 12 in Independence. The driver, Linda Lee Carpenter, 59 from New Hope was arrested for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol and was transported to Hennepin County Jail.

Police responded to a garage fire and found a detached pole barn engulfed in flames at 2300 Nelson Road in Independence. Delano Fire Department was assisted by Maple Plain and Watertown Fire Departments. The fire was extinguished. The pole barn was demolished and the animals inside perished.

A caller near County Road 92N and Highway 12 in Independence reported a large amount of plastic wrap north of the roadway. Police removed the wrap and disposed of it.