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A look at the Law Enforcement Log, Sept. 24-30

Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - WTIP photo
Cook County Sheriff's Office lights - WTIP photo

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 September 24 – 30.
 
 Sheriff deputies assisted the public by standing by while a party with an order for protection retrieved items from a residence in Grand Marais on September 24. 
 
 A party was stopped for driving an unregistered vehicle on September 25. Party had just purchased the vehicle and was in the process of getting it registered. The motorist also had no proof of insurance. He told the sheriff deputy he would provide it to the sheriff’s office. The proof of insurance was received via email on September 26. 
 
 A hit and run was reported near the Holiday station in Grand Marais at 2:58 p.m. on September 25. A party called to say a blue truck, pulling a white trailer with a brown or wooden canoe on top had hit his truck and tore off the bumper. The party provided a license plate number and sheriff deputies found the driver of the blue pickup up the Gunflint Trail. The sheriff deputy found a dent on the fender of the trailer that appeared to match how the reporting vehicle was hit. The driver said he did not realize he hit anything. The driver was camping at Trail’s End camping, but will send a current copy of insurance to the sheriff’s deputy. 
 
On September 25, Sheriff deputies delivered a trespass letter for a party in Grand Marais, listing several locations at which that party is not allowed.
 
At 8:33 p.m. on September 25, a party reported threats from a person trying to buy a car from him.  
 
Sheriff deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at the Grand Portage campground at 7:50 a.m. on September 26. An argument escalated to a physical struggle and a female party was knocked down. A male party was arrested. 
 
 There was a fraud call in Lutsen on September 26. The reporting party said the call was a “shakedown.” 
 
At 6:33 p.m. on September 26, a party called the sheriff’s office expressing concern about an apparently homeless person hanging out by the Tofte General Store and Coho Café. Cook County Public Health and the Salvation Army were contacted and assistance was given to the man. 
 
On September 27, a party renting a cabin on east Highway 61 called to report that a male was sleeping on the deck. It was the same homeless man from the September 26 call. He told sheriff deputies he wanted to go to Canada, but is not Canadian, has no passport and no money. Deputies advised him to head south toward Duluth where there are more services available to help him. The party declined. Deputies advised him that he could not stay at the rental party and he agreed to leave.  
 
The Sheriff’s Office received calls from a party stating that her mother had received been threatened by a Grand Marais man. The daughter said it was a dispute over a bill. Sheriff deputies will speak with the party.
 
A hit and run was reported on the Ski Hill Road in Lutsen at 1:31 p.m. on September 27. A party said they witnessed a black Chevy pickup with Wisconsin plates hit another car. The caller said after hitting the vehicle, the owner of the Chevy got out, took a picture of the damage and the license plate of the car they hit, and asked a bystander if it was their car. When the party said no, the motorist in the Chevy left the scene. 
 
A party called to report that a dump truck threw a rock and chipped the windshield on their 2004 Honda Element on September 27.  The owner of the dump truck was found and insurance information given to the motorist. 
 
Law enforcement dispatchers were called on September 27 from a party seeking a phone number for Wreckless Towing. The party couldn’t find a current number. Instead of giving out a private number, dispatchers contacted Wreckless Towing and gave them the party’s phone number. 
 
  At 7:33 p.m. on September 27, a party from Lutsen Resort called to report a stolen purse. The party believes a person in a wheelchair may have stolen it. Deputies responded and looked at a family photo taken at dinner in which the black purse was visible, as well as a party in a wheelchair nearby. Staff at Lutsen Resort said they believe they know who the offending party was and offered assistance. The party was found and returned the purse. A family member had mistakenly taken the purse, thinking it belonged to another family member. Contents of the purse were undisturbed. 
 
A call reporting suspicious activity came in at 8:39 p.m. on September 27. The caller said there were people at the Christine Lake boat landing. Car lights were going on and off. Sheriff deputies found a party at the landing who said they were just trying to get some sleep and denied flashing lights.
 
A caller reported debris in the northbound lane of Highway 61 at 8:20 a.m. on September 28. Caller said it looks like a 4-5 foot piece of metal; perhaps a fender or bumper. The item was removed from the road at 8:39 a.m.
 
A party called the sheriff’s office on September 28, with questions and concerns about a protest or march on Fifth Avenue West in Grand Marais about a week earlier. The party said there were a lot of people with signs, close to traffic. The party wanted to know if there was a permit for this protest and stated that this was a bad location for this. Party was told no permit was needed and that law enforcement would not become involved unless it was a violent protest or it prevented entry to a business. Party said the concerns should be a matter of record. 
 
A motorist called law enforcement on September 28 to report a car/deer collision by North Shore Waste. No injuries, but the driver needed to make a report for insurance. 
 
A party called from a Superior Hiking Trail trailhead in the Lutsen area at 12:32 p.m. on September 28, asking for assistance. Party said she had rolled her ankle. She said it was swollen and she would not be able to hike back to her vehicle. She doesn’t have her wallet, so can’t pay for the shuttle service.
 
Grand Portage Ambulance was paged to a possible overdose on Mineral Center Road at 12:58 p.m. on September 28. Party was found walking on road in no apparent medical distress, but became abusive to ambulance personnel. Party was transported to North Shore Health.
 
A party on West Highway 61 called on September 29, reporting that some kids in a silver Subaru had dumped a bunch of garbage. Reporting party asked if sheriff deputies could look at video footage.  
 
 At 7:15 a.m. on September 30, Minnesota Power’s Taconite Harbor Energy Center employees asked if sheriff deputies could accompany them as they investigate a possible trespass incident. The entire Taconite Harbor property was inspected and it was discovered that trespassers gained entry to the plant by climbing a smoke stack and entering a hatch on the 6th floor. A beer can was found on the 4th floor, believed to be left behind by the suspects. It does not appear that anything is missing from the plant and Minnesota Power staff is securing the area where entry was made.
 
A welfare check was requested for a party in Grand Marais who sent some weird texts at 3:30 a.m. Deputies spoke with the party, who was having some relationship and personal problems. Deputy shared some resources for help. Party said they would reach out to family and friends as needed. 
 
As always, there were a number of calls about animals in the law enforcement log.  A gray, medium-sized cat was found on Fall River Road in Grand Marais on September 24. Cat was given to Arrowhead Animal Rescue.  
 
At 6:30 p.m., on September 25, a party called to report that the dog they were taking care of had run off. The missing dog is a pit bull/Rottweiler mix named Diesel, with a bright orange collar. Diesel was found at 8:11 p.m.
 
Another animal call was recorded when a party came into the law enforcement center to get a permit to take possession of a road kill deer on the Gunflint Trail, a “button buck.” Permit given. 

 

At 7:10 a.m., on September 27, a caller contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report a half dead skunk in the roadway on the Caribou Trail. The party thinks it might be possible to save it. The call was referred to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. 
 
Later that day, at 10:31 a.m., a party called about a dog off leash near the tennis courts at the YMCA. The dog is a golden retriever and is often off leash at the tennis courts.  Deputies located the dog and owner. The dog was friendly. The owner had a leash with him and stated he will keep the dog on the leash from now on.  
 
Another missing pet call came in at 5:17 p.m. on September 29. A husky named Jack was reported loose and headed toward IGA. When sheriff deputies responded, they found the dog was back home. Owner was advised that her dog cannot wander onto her neighbor’s property and the next time it happens, a citation would be issued. 
 
Another lost dog call came in at 2:59 p.m. on September 30. A black and white cocker spaniel named Buddy was loose. 
 During this time period, there were 10 medical calls. 
 
Deputies worked with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol under the joint monitoring program Stonegarden; conducted ATV patrols and checked 33 businesses and residences.
 
There were 23 traffic stops resulting in reprimands or warnings. Another 15 stops ended with citations for the motorists.
 
Dispatchers reported 26 crank or misdialed 9-1-1 calls and citizens reported seven items lost or found. 
 
For non-emergencies, call the Cook County Sheriff's Office at 218-387-3030.  If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.