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A look at the Law Enforcement Log, Oct. 1-6

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo by Rhonda Silence
Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo by Rhonda Silence

Each week the Cook County Sheriff’s Office provides a brief report of calls made to the Cook County Law Enforcement Center. WTIP requested more information on the following incidents. This report provides more details on calls logged by law enforcement dispatchers from Oct. 1-6.

The report started with a call to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office about a jack pine blocking the southbound lane on the Gunflint Trail just before 6 a.m. Oct. 1. Information was given to Cook County Highway Department.

A husky was spotted hanging out at Great Expectations School at 8:35 a.m. Oct. 1. The school asked if a deputy could come get him. A voicemail was left for the owner who came to pick up the dog. A female party was issued a citation for a dog off leash in city limits.
The dog was back at the school the next day at 12:39 p.m. and knocked down a student who was outside at recess. The sheriff’s office spoke with the owner who retrieved the dog. The male party was issued a citation for having a dog off leash in the city limits.

A party reported that some wires were stolen from a property in Schroeder Oct. 1. The possible theft is under investigation.

A party contacted the sheriff’s office on October 1 to report the receipt of harassing emails. A record of the emails will be kept on file and the sheriff’s office suggested that the party apply for a harassment restraining order.

At 2:36 p.m. Oct. 1, a party reported that an agitated male was heard talking about needing to find a place to live so he could stay out of jail. The man said he wanted someone to hit him over the head with a beer bottle. The reporting party said it seemed that he was trying to find someone to fight with. Sheriff deputies were unable to find the party, but will keep an eye out for him while on patrol.

A $20 counterfeit bill was turned in to the sheriff’s office Oct. 1 from Java Moose. The bill will be mailed to the Secret Service, which handles counterfeiting cases.

At 3:55 p.m. Oct. 1, a call came in from Minnesota Power in Schroeder. The caller reported that a party knocked on the door saying he doesn’t have any money and needs a ride to the city. The reporting party gave him phone numbers for Arrowhead Transit and the law enforcement center. The party said the man headed down the highway, saying he needed to get to the Cities to get a passport. A deputy responded and found the man walking. It was a party that was known to law enforcement from a number of suspicious activities last week. The party was advised to go to Duluth where more services are available. He was given a ride to the county line and informed that Cook County will not be providing any more services for him, if he should return.

At 4:40 p.m.  Oct. 1, there was a call of threats in Grand Marais. It was an altercation between kids at the skate park. The matter is under investigation.

At 7:07 p.m. Oct. 1, a woman reported an injured deer in the middle of Highway 61, between Tofte and Lutsen. Deputy patrolled the area, but was unable to locate the deer.

The sheriff’s office received a report of fraudulent charges on a person’s credit card Oct. 2. Party doesn’t believe any funds were lost and they are going through all the steps for identity theft with the credit card company, which suggested she also contact law enforcement. 

A miscellaneous fire call was logged at 11:55 a.m. Oct. 2. There was no fire; this was a scheduled monthly countywide paging test.

A deputy was approached at 1:14 p.m. Oct. 2 by a party asking about the rules for ATVs in the county. The deputy advised the party of the county ATV ordinance. The party thanked him and went on his way.

There was a report of a motor vehicle accident at 8:32 p.m. Oct. 2. A 16-year-old female backed into a vehicle of another 16-year-old female. No injury, no major damage. Parties exchanged insurance information.

A party reported a burglary at 10:05 p.m. Oct. 2, stating that he had a litter of kittens in his camper. When he checked on them this evening, two kittens were missing. Party says he searched the camper thoroughly and can only find the mother and one other cat. Party thinks someone who came to look at the kittens earlier may have taken them. Another party is coming to get the kittens tomorrow. Kittens were eventually found in a cupboard in the camper.

A report of a stolen vehicle was received at 6:30 a.m. Oct. 3 from a party in Duluth. The party said the vehicle may be headed up the shore. Cook County advised the party that a report should be made in Duluth, since the theft happened there. Party called back to let law enforcement know that the vehicle had been returned to him.

At 9:50 a.m. Oct. 3, the sheriff’s office heard a secondhand report of a person in a red and blue Chevy Impala possibly dealing drugs at a hiking trailhead. The sheriff’s office checked Cascade and Temperance River and other highway pull-offs. No vehicle matching that description could be found.

There was a motor vehicle accident on the Gunflint Trail at 11:57 a.m. Oct. 3. A man from Superior, Wisc. was driving a 2007 Freightliner. He attempted to pass a man from Ft. Collins, Colo. in a 2015 Toyota Highlander and struck the left corner of the Toyota. No citation was issued.

A call came in reporting a dead deer in the middle of the northbound driving lane on West Highway 61 at 1:47 p.m. Oct. 3. The call was transferred to Minnesota State Patrol.

There was a report of a black and white husky named Jack running loose at 6:32 p.m. Oct. 3. While the reporting party was on the phone, the children who own the dog came and got him.

A party called to report a call about her student loan at 9:53 p.m. Oct. 3. The company said they wanted to get her back on track with public service loan program. Party gave banking information and is concerned this was a fraud call.

The convenience store in Grand Portage called at 8:44 a.m. Oct. 4 to report an unwanted person at the store, sitting out front and asking people for money since 6 a.m. Deputies found party who declined a ride, saying he wanted to walk to Duluth. The party called later from Grand Portage Human Services, stating that he does want a ride after all. A sheriff deputy dropped the party at the Caribou State Wayside.
A call came in for public assistance at 6:01 p.m. Oct. 5. The party said it was not an emergency, but they needed a ride from their location on White Sky Trail in Lutsen to another Superior Hiking Trail parking lot. Cook County gave the party numbers for hiking trail shuttle services.
There was a report of a domestic disturbance in Grand Portage at 1:33 a.m. Oct. 6. A male party was arrested.
On Oct. 6, at 11:33 a.m., a party reported that their backpack was stolen from their vehicle overnight. The incident is under investigation.
There was a report of a rollover accident at 3:06 p.m. Oct. 6 between the county line and Taconite Harbor. There were two occupants in the vehicle and the reporting party said they were out of the vehicle and talking. Tofte and Schroeder Fire Departments, Tofte First Responders, Silver Bay Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol responded.

A party in a personal vehicle pulled over to the accident above and got sucked into the ditch at an angle. The party called at 3:14 p.m. saying they need to be pulled out. Minnesota State Patrol said the tow vehicle for the accident could also assist that person.

A party reported an altercation with someone in Croftville at 3:44 p.m. Oct. 6. They wanted to speak to a deputy.

A party called to report a missing dog in the Devil Track area at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 6. The white husky has been missing since yesterday.

At 7:33 p.m. Oct. 6, a party called the sheriff’s office because they were not sure who else to call. He had camped at a site at Cascade River State Park for a few days and when he returned to the site this evening, there were other people in his campsite. Party showed them his reservation for the site and he said they became belligerent. The sheriff’s office suggested the man contact the campground host, but the man could not find their after-hours number. The couple moved to another campsite, but the party was still concerned. The sheriff’s office told him to call if he felt unsafe. A deputy drove through the campground a couple times during the night.  

A party called to say they hit an owl at 8:24 p.m. Oct. 6. The owl was alive and in the back seat of their car. The call was transferred to the Minnesota State Patrol dispatch for advice.

At 9:47 p.m. Oct. 6, a party called looking for information for a towing company for assistance with a flat tire.

During this time period, there were 14 medical transports, including one at 10:13 a.m. Oct. 4 from a party who was ill, but didn’t want an ambulance. The party was coming down the Arrowhead Trail in a private vehicle and just wanted to let the hospital know. The information was given to the emergency room.
A public assistance request came in at 4:54 p.m. Oct. 4 which ended up being a medical call. A 55-year-old female who fell on the steps by a Temperance River waterfall had a probable broken ankle. Tofte First Responders and Cook County Ambulance were paged and were on scene by 5:03 p.m. The patient was transported at 5:50 p.m.
On the law enforcement log this week, deputies conducted 33 checks of residences and businesses. There were 46 traffic stops—14 warnings, 20 reprimands and 12 citations.
Law enforcement dispatchers handled seven crank or misdialed calls.
For non-emergencies, call the Cook County Sheriff's Office at 218-387-3030.  If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.