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Man Assault Officer After Fight

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08/31/2009 - 10:15 AM

Just after midnight Sunday morning, officers were dispatched to 1550 St. Germain Street East to break up a fight in a hallway. Police found 24-year-old Opiew Oman and began giving him medical attention. That's when police say Oman swung at an officer. As he was being taken into custody, police say Oman fought several officers and kicked an officer in the side. Oman faces charges of 4th degree assault, gross misdemeanor, obstructing the legal process, and disorderly conduct.   

Puppy Stolen

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08/31/2009 - 10:00 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is requesting help from the community in searching for a four month old Yorkie Poo puppy. The dog was stolen from the 1000 block of 13th Avenue South on Sunday. The puppy, who responds to the name Cocoa, was outside for about 15 minutes when her 19-year-old owner reported an unknown person entered her yard and took the animal.


The dog was described as black in color with tan fur around the face and legs. The puppy weighs approximately four pounds and was last seen in a black collar with a silver heart.


If you have any information on the whereabouts of this dog, you are asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200.
 

Officers Seek Young Drinking Drivers

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08/28/2009 - 10:20 AM

Officers Seek Young Drinking Drivers

Stearns County law enforcement is on the lookout for young adult drinking drivers. It’s part of a statewide end-of-summer DWI enforcement effort to crack down on young adults and underage drinkers.


From 2006-2008 in Minnesota, almost 26,000 young adults, ages 21-24, were arrested for DWI. In that same time period, 70 young adults were killed and another 200 were seriously injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes.


The enforcement effort started on August 21st and runs thru September 7th.
 

Farmers Market Begins Monday

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08/28/2009 - 10:05 AM

Farmers Market Begins Monday

Starting Monday, Saint Cloud State will become part of a local fall tradition by launching a weekly Farmers Market. The Atwood Memorial Center Community Farmers Market is a collaboration between the university and local growers, and serves as an opportunity to provide the community with the freshest foods while helping support local agriculture.


The markets will be held at Atwood Memorial Center from 11 A-M to 2 P-M on these dates: August 31st, September 14th, 21st, 28th, and October 5th.
 

10-Year-Old Boy Arrested for Robbing Home

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08/28/2009 - 10:00 AM

A 10-year-old St. Cloud boy is being held for court after stealing more than $1,000 worth of electronics from a home with no one inside. It happened just before 9:00 pm Thursday on the 2800 block of 4 ½ Street North in St. Cloud. The boy was arrested and brought to the Lino Lakes Juvenile Detention facility where he is being held for court on burglary and damage to property charges.

Possible Phone Scam Alert

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08/27/2009 - 9:40 AM

Possible Phone Scam Alert

The St. Cloud Police Department is alerting the public of a possible telephone scam. At least two people have received automated calls claiming to be from the water treatment department. In the call, the automated voice states that St. Cloud city employees are going door to door conducting water testing. Throughout the recorded message, the person who answers the phone is asked several questions which require the input of personal information via the phone keypad.


Please be warned, there is no water quality testing currently being conducted in St. Cloud. Callers should ignore this automated message and not provide any personal information. Anyone with information about this possible scam is asked to call St. Cloud Police at 251-1200.
 

St. Cloud Unemployment Rate Drops

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08/27/2009 - 10:20 AM

St. Cloud Unemployment Rate Drops

Amid the economic doom and gloom nationwide, there are signs of hope in St. Cloud. The city’s unemployment rate fell to 7.7% in July, that’s an incredible drop, down from 8.3% in June. St. Cloud’s July unemployment rate is also less than the state average of 8.1%.


Minnesota Department of Employment Commissioner Dan McElroy says, “This is encouraging news, because the job gains were widespread across industry sectors.”
 

St. Cloud’s unemployment rate of 7.7% is still two full percentage points higher than it was one year ago.
 

Avon Girl Hurt in Rollover Crash

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08/27/2009 - 10:00 AM

A 17-year-old Avon girl is injured after rolling her car in Avon Township. It happened Wednesday morning on County Road 54 near Tower Road. Isabella Platenberg was driving westbound when she hit the gravel shoulder, overcorrected, and lost control of the car, which rolled into the ditch. Platenberg was taken to the Albany hospital.

Veterans Drive Lane Closure

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08/26/2009 - 2:30 AM

The City of St. Cloud would like motorists to be aware of lane closure that is expected to cause traffic delays. Road construction will close the outside westbound lane at the intersection of Veterans Drive/8th Street North and 44th Avenue North.
Construction will be taking place from 7 A.M. through 3 P.M. this Thursday and from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. this Friday.

 

St. Cloud APO Public Meeting Thursday

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08/26/2009 - 2:30 AM

The St. Cloud Area Planning Organization is holding an informative public meeting to discuss the Roadway and Non-Motorized portion of the 2035 Plan. The meeting will take place Thursday, August 27, at 7 P.M. at Waite Park City Hall.
The organization’s staff is seeking public opinion on components of the plan which addresses how money should be invested in transit, bike/pedestrian, safety, and expansion projects through the year 2035.
 

Highway 23 Resurfacing Every Thursday Night

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08/26/2009 - 12:00 PM

Beginning Thursday, August 26th motorists traveling westbound on Highway 23 in St. Cloud between Cooper Avenue and Highway 15 will encounter left lane and interchange closures for road resurfacing. Paving operations will be conducted every Thursday evening for the next four to five weeks.
Crews are conducting routine maintenance operations to the pavement surface to extend the life of the roadway.
Lane and intersection closures will be removed by 5:30 AM each Friday morning.
Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly and with caution through the work zone especially at nighttime when sight distances are lessened.
All work is weather dependent.
 

Benton County Robbery

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08/26/2009 - 10:30 AM

Two male suspects have been arrested for a robbery that occurred at about 3:00 Wednesday morning on the 10th block of 16th Avenue Northeast. Prior to the arrival officers were advised that the front window of a building was broken and two males were seen in the area. Police say 18-year-old Vance Orth of St. Cloud and a 14-year-old St. Cloud juvenile broke into the building and stole items. Orth and the juvenile male have been charged with 3rd degree burglary. Orth is currently being held in the Benton County Jail while the juvenile is being held at the Lino Lakes Juvenile Facility.

19-Year-Old Assaulted and Robbed

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08/25/2009 - 9:25 AM

KVSC has learned about another report of a man being attacked and robbed over the weekend. It happened early Sunday. A 19-year-old man from Mankato told St. Cloud Police he was assaulted by four to five black men while in the 400 block alley between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue South. The victim told officers he fell to the ground during the assault and the perpetrators stole his cell phone. The victim was brought to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call St. Cloud Police at (320) 251-1200.

Police Searching for Thief

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08/25/2009 - 2:45 AM

Sauk Rapids Police are looking for the person who stole items from a home Monday afternoon. It happened around 1:30 pm on the 900 block of 2nd Avenue South in Sauk Rapids. Police say someone entered the home through an unlocked door and stole 40-50 cans of beer, money and other items.


On the same day, there was a burglary just two blocks away from that home where an unknown person removed a window screen and took various items from inside the home.


Witnesses told police a well-dressed black man was going house to house in the neighborhood asking for directions. He is described as 5'5", 140 pounds, and wearing a dress shirt.


If you have any information about either of these robberies, call the Sauk Rapids Police Department at (320) 258-5341.
 

Police Find Stolen Cell Phones

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08/24/2009 - 9:45 AM

St. Cloud Police found several stolen cell phones early Sunday morning. While investigating a robbery, officers discovered several cell phones on one of their suspects. 19-year-old Ali Mohammed Hussein, also known as Ali Omar, of St. Cloud, could not explain who the phones belonged to. Police learned the phones were stolen during another robbery earlier in the night in which a group of about 10 men assaulted and stole items from three college students.

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