From the public files of the La Crescent Area Police Department.

Friday, July 28

Background check regarding conditional offer of employment with the City of La Crescent. Main Street.

1:10 a.m. Lost property reported. Fourteenth Drive.

5:40 a.m. Emergency Medical. Second Street.

6:07 a.m. Suspicious person reported in backyard of residence. Officer was unable to locate individual. Hills Drive.

9:15 a.m. Welfare check. Contact made with subject of concern. Jonathan Lane.

10:12 a.m. Shore Acres Bypass opened for over size retail delivery truck. Shore Acres Road.

12:45 p.m. Juvenile welfare check. Senn Lane.

12:47 p.m. Shore Acres Bypass opened for cement delivery truck. Shore Acres Road.

1:56 p.m. Complaint of harassing text messages. Welshire Drive.

3:17 p.m. Assist other agency.

3:33 p.m. Juvenile welfare check.

4:01 p.m. Juvenile welfare check.

4:46 p.m. Driving complaint on a motorcycle. Vehicle not located. Fourteenth Street and Hwy. 16.

8:34 p.m. Report of trees on fire. It was a brush pile that had been lit for disposal. County Road 6.

10:34 p.m. Traffic stop. Verbal warning for illegal lane use. Hwy. 16/26.

11:15 p.m. Driving complaint of wrong way driver. Hwy. 14/61.

Saturday, July 29

12:26 a.m. Traffic stop with verbal warning given for illegal lane use. Second Street and Chestnut Street.

4:06 a.m. Suspicious activity. Contact made with subjects. Walnut Street.

7:23 a.m. Person has not returned to pay for fuel purchase. Third Street.

7:48 a.m. Report of a natural gas order. Fifth Street.

12:11 p.m. Possible vehicle fire. Lancer Boulevard.

1:43 p.m. An 18-year-old Dakota man cited for speed with endangerment. Hwy. 14/61.

4:59 p.m. A 42-year-old La Crescent man arrested for threats of violence with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. A loaded .357 handgun was recovered. Sycamore Street.

10:19 p.m. Suspicious activity reported. Walnut Street.

Sunday, July 30

5:13 a.m. Door check, building secured. Walnut Street.

10:43 a.m. A 19-year-old La Crescent man cited for speed. Jonathan Lane.

11:55 a.m. A 51-year-old Brownsville woman cited for speed. Hwy. 16/41.

1:20 p.m. Motor vehicle crash reported. A 31-year-old Houston man cited for driving the wrong way on a one way roadway and leaving the scene of property damage crash. Kistler Driver and Hwy. 16.

1:46 p.m. Assisted Houston County Sheriff’s Office with a roll over crash. Driver of vehicle was subject of an earlier driving complaint in the city of La Crescent. County 21/9, Houston.

2:23 p.m. Stolen bicycle in city of La Crosse. Owner believed item maybe located in La Crescent.

3:25 p.m. Property damage reported. Landscaping shrub believed to been run over by a vehicle during the night.

3:46 p.m. Remove unwanted individual from facility, Second Street.

6:40 p.m. Minor two vehicle property damage crash reported. A 21-year-old La Crescent man cited for failure to drive with due care.

7:09 p.m. Minnesota State Patrol requested LCPD to respond to Interstate 90 for a wrong way driver. Request was cancelled while enroute, I-90.

9:01 p.m. Attempt to serve arrest warrant. Redwood Street.

9:21 p.m. Traffic stop- verbal warning for illegal driving conduct. Hillview Boulevard and Hwy. 14/61.

10:56 p.m. Winona County Sheriffs Office assistance. Officer cancelled enroute. Knob Hill Road, Dakota.

11:02 p.m. Neighbor dispute reported. Eleventh Street.

12:05 p.m. Assisted Houston County Sheriff’s Office deputy with traffic stop. driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Twilite Road and Hwy. 14/61.

12:27 p.m. Verbal domestic argument reported, Lancer Boulevard.

Monday, July 31

1:28 a.m. Traffic stop. Driver discharged firearm at officer who approached vehicle and officers returned fire. A high speed chase pursued with suspects fleeing in vehicle continuing to shoot at pursing officers. Suspect vehicle hit stop sticks and fled on foot with firearms into a nearby farm eventually giving up. One 19-year-old Holmen, Wis. man and one 19-year-old Kellogg, Min. man were arrested. Sanden Road and Hwy. 44.

6:58 a.m. Assisted with a stalled motor vehicle that lost rear wheel. Stood by providing traffic control until wrecker arrived. Hwy. 14/61.

9:25 a.m. Bicycle Safety presentation to adults and juveniles. Hill Street.

9:56 a.m. Report of a substantial natural gas leak within a business. La Crescent Fire Department paged and immediate vicinity was evacuated for safety. Upon the power and utilities having been disconnected. The building was vented and area subjects were advised they could return as gas company repaired the leak. Walnut Street.

10:33 a.m. Shore Acres Bypass opened for a dumpster delivery. Shore Acres Drive and Road.

12:03 p.m. Report of a down power line. Line determined to be data transmission line and appropriate utility company contacted. Redwood Street and Seventh Street.

12:17 p.m. Shore Acres Bypass opened for delivery of construction equipment. Shore Acres Road.

12:40 p.m. Concern for dog inside of parked vehicle. Owner spoke to about concern for animal’s welfare. Main Street.

2:27 p.m. Welfare Concern. Second Street.

3:15 p.m. Stolen cellphone reported. Lancer Boulevard.

3:26 p.m. Welfare concern. Second Street.

3:59 p.m. Live trap request. Main Street.

4:38 p.m. Welfare concern. Elderly subject had entered residence unannounced to homeowner. Subject is known to police and care facility staff was advised of unsafe behavior. Elm Street.

5:05 p.m. Traffic stop-verbal warning given for distracted driving. Walnut Street.

7:03 p.m. Parking complaint. Spruce Drive.

7:46 p.m. Report of vehicle fire. Vehicle was not located. Twilite Road and Hwy. 14/61.

8:34 p.m. Civil standby request- officer stood by without incident. Kistler Drive.

9:17 p.m. Juvenile welfare concern. An adult relative was located to assume temporary custody. Oak Street.

10:56 p.m. Complaint of harassing telephone calls. Second Street.

Tuesday, Aug. 1

5:17 a.m. Driving complaint. Vehicle not located. Twilite Road and Hwy. 14/61.

8:30 a.m. Shore Acres Bypass opened for refuse container delivery. Shore Acres Road.

8:38 a.m. Welfare Check. Contact made. Ninth Street.

9:44 a.m. Shore Acres Bypass opened for a refuse container Delivery. Shore Acres Road.

1:31 p.m. Emergency medical. Third Street.

1:40 p.m. Auto unlock requested. Vehicle opened. Hill Street.

1:51 p.m. Two vehicle minor property damage crash in a private parking lot. Hill Street.

2:24 p.m. Numerous pieces of wood removed from roadway. Twilite Road and Hwy. 14/61.

3:47 p.m. La Crescent juvenile on a skateboard observed to have illegally discarded a plastic drink bottle. Second Street.

4:17 p.m. Report of a caning left in a locked motor vehicle. Dog was briefly left and had sufficient ventilation. Walnut Street.

4:28 p.m. The 11th Annual National Night Out Event, Seventh Street.

Wednesday, Aug. 2

8:13 a.m. Emergency medical, Valley Lane.

9:55 a.m. Juvenile welfare check. Poplar Street.

1:49 p.m. Fingerprinted for Minnesota teacher licensure. Main Street.

3:17 p.m. Emergency medical. Crescent Hills Drive.

6:15 p.m. Report of a subject attempting to convince passing persons to assist in pushing his stalled vehicle while stopped in the traffic lane. A 51-year-old La Crescent man was intoxicated and arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Thursday, Aug. 3

12:36 a.m. Emergency medical. An intoxicated male laying on the Sportsman’s Landing dock. A 38-year-old La Crescent man was not in medical distress and was arrested for violated court order in having consumed alcohol. DNR Landing and Hwy. 14/61.

5:09 a.m. Found cell phone. Later returned to owner. Jonathan Lane.

6:59 a.m. Report of a deer stuck in a fenced in back yard. Deer found eating fallen apples in yard and walked through open gate unharmed. Hill Street.

12:57 p.m. Welfare check. Main Street.

3:12 p.m. Fingerprinted for employer background check.

4:20 p.m. Abandoned bicycle in park picked up for safekeeping. Jonathan Lane.

4:33 p.m. Project lifesaver battery change and visit. Regent Drive.

5:19 p.m. Motor vehicle unlock. August Hills Drive.

7 p.m. Assist Houston County Sheriff’s Department with a welfare check. Subject was taken into custody by HCSO for a health and safety commitment.


Benjamin Pierce is a news reporter for the River Valley Media Group working for three weekly newspapers that cover Bangor, Onalaska, Holmen, and West Salem in the dairy state. He also covers La Crescent in Minnesota and can be reached at 608-791-8311.

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