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Lt. Ben Uitenbroek from SPPD helps direct the downtown parade on July 4, 2024. (Metro Wire photo)

Police & Sheriff calls, July 5-8

Editor’s note: Police received numerous calls for complaints of noise, fireworks, etc., July 4-6, and not all are included here. 

July 5, 2024

Traffic: A 31-year-old woman received a traffic warning during a stop at Rogers and Clark streets at 8:01 a.m. The reason for the stop was not included in the blotter.

Hazard: A tree was blocking part of the road at Wood Ln. and North Point Dr. at 8:55 a.m. The tree was moved by the city streets department.

Welfare Check: Police conducted a welfare check on the 3300 block of Church St. at 9:33 a.m. No report was required.

Disturbance: A disturbance was reported at 1501 North Point Dr., Sentry Insurance, at 9:46 a.m. An investigation is ongoing but no further information was included in the blotter.

Grillin’: Police and firefighters responded to a report of a homeless person living inside the bus shelter at 1200 Main St. and grilling food inside the shelter at 12:08 p.m. No further details were included in the blotter.

Homeless camp: Police were called to West River Dr. and West Pleasant St. at 1:24 p.m. when a 71-year-old man reported finding a group of people living in tents along the Green Circle Trail.

Crash: Police responded to a two-vehicle collision in the parking lot of Metro Market, 1500 Pinecrest Ave., at 1:41 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Tables are turned: A 20-year-old woman called police to Willow Brooke Point Senior Living at 1:43 p.m. to report three men, ages 54, 66, and 68, were smoking marijuana. No further details were included in the blotter.

Fire: Police and firefighters responded to Chase Bank, 601 Main St., at 3:10 p.m. when a caller reported a car was on fire in the parking lot. No one was injured.

Crashes: Police responded to a two-vehicle collision near Hwy. 10 East and Old Highway 18 Rd. at 3:25 p.m. Another collision was reported in the area at 4:46 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Brainless: Police were alerted that people were “shooting off fireworks and doing donuts” in the parking lot at 1200 Main St. at 9:04 p.m. No additional information was included in the blotter.

Wow: Police responded to the 1100 block of Main St. at 9:28 p.m. when a caller reported that a 29-year-old man “punched a window to a truck” in the area and then walked away. The owner of the vehicle did not wish to pursue charges.

Dumpster fire: Police and firefighters were called to the 1200 block of River View Ave. at 8:20 p.m. when a caller reported a fire inside a dumpster.

July 6

Saving the day: An 84-year-old woman called police to the 3300 block of Vine St. at 3:29 a.m. to report her neighbor’s inside lights had been on for an extended period of time, and that the dog was barking. First Responders learned that the neighbor had suffered an injury and was in need of assistance.

Man on the run: After receiving a tip, police learned that fugitive Matthew Garsomke was involved in a collision near Meals on Wheels, 41 Park Ridge Dr., at 11:58 a.m. They located him a short time later at Metro Market, 1500 Pinecrest Ave. A brief foot chase ensued but he was ultimately taken into custody. Police say they believe he’d been living in Iverson Park since he absconded from custody a week prior.

Squatter: A 67-year-old woman called police to the 1500 block of Water St. at 5:15 p.m. to report a squatter was living in an apartment there.

Wannabe startin’ something: Police were called to Joe’s Bar, 831 Main St., at 11:22 p.m. when a caller reported that a man was attempting to “get into a fight” with the bouncer. No further details were included in the blotter.

Creepy creeper: A 20-year-old woman called police to complain that a man was “asking little kids to go into the bathroom” at KASH Park, 1201 West Whitney, at 10:09 p.m. No further details were included in the blotter.

July 7

Fight: Police responded to Icon, 956 Main St., at 12:32 a.m. when a caller reported that a bouncer was fighting with a man on the sidewalk in front of the bar. But no one would provide information to the police.

Later: Police were called back to Icon at 2:25 a.m. when someone reported a man had fallen on the ground and was bleeding from his face. No further details were included in the blotter.

And again: Police were called again to Icon at 2:46 a.m. when a caller reported he’d been “jumped.” No further details were included in the blotter.

Bad patient: Police responded to Aspirus Stevens Point, 900 Illinois Ave., at 9:10 a.m. when a caller reported that a 57-year-old female patient had struck a healthcare worker in the ER.

Sign theft: A caller reported to police at 12:33 p.m. that a stop sign and post were missing from the intersection of College Ave. and Phillips St.

Gas thief: Employees at BP, 4928 Main St., called police at 1:07 p.m. to report a 20-year-old female motorist pumped $27.06 in fuel and then drove away without paying.

Assault: A caller reported a sexual assault had occurred near Division and Clark streets at 1:52 p.m.

Crash: Deputies and paramedics were called to Weir Blvd. and East Maria Dr. in Hull at 7:17 p.m. for a one-vehicle collision. The 47-year-old male motorist was airlifted for treatment.

Brats: Police were called to Ben Franklin Jr. High, 2000 Polk St., from where three girls were throwing fireworks as passing vehicles at 7:54 p.m. No further details were included in the blotter.

July 8

Suspicious: Police stopped to check on a suspicious woman in front of Hobby Lobby on Hwy. 10 East at 1:07 a.m. The woman said she was homeless and did not need assistance.

Duck rescue: Police and firefighters responded to Church St. and Minnesota Ave. at 7:36 a.m. to rescue some ducks that fell into a storm drain.