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Police report: Fugitive arrested, party in hotel manager's room, suspicious RV

Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

• At 1:40 p.m. May 10, firefighters were called to a sparking powerline in the 6200 block of Ridge Drive. The line was arcing in the backyard, and the caller feared a tree would catch on fire.

• Two drivers were transported to the hospital after one of them, a 77-year-old Oakdale woman, ran a red light and hit a car driven by a man from River Falls, Wis., at 11:18 a.m. May 11 in the intersection of Radio Drive and Pinehurst Road. Both cars were towed, and the woman received a citation.

• Woodbury Public Safety arrested Michael R. Blank at 6:27 p.m. May 12 at the Red Roof Inn, after a tip led Oneida County Sheriff's Office to request that local police check a hotel room for the man, for whom the Wisconsin sheriff's office had recently issued a felony escape warrant. Blank, 50, had previously been held in county jail in Rhinelander, Wis.

• At 11:16 p.m. May 12, at an address along Ashwood Road, drug activity was reported. The complainant smelled marijuana coming through the vents in her apartment closet and bathroom. Police couldn't locate the source of the smell.

• An accident at 6:07 p.m. May 13 caused injury to a front-seat passenger in one of the cars involved. Two vehicles were traveling northbound in the 400 block of Weir Drive, when one car made an unexpected U-turn and was struck by the following vehicle. The driver who made the U-turn, a 40-year-old St. Paul man, was cited for inattentive driving. The other driver, an 18-year-old Woodbury man, was cited for no proof of insurance. One passenger, a 19-year-old Woodbury woman, experience neck pain and was transported to the hospital. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote an accident report.

• Woodwinds Health Campus security called police at 2:50 a.m. May 14 for a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. A white and brown-striped recreational vehicle contained an old coffee can with a hole, out of which protruded wiring and an over-the-air TV antenna. The registered owner of the RV had been arrested the previous night, and security was OK with leaving the RV there.

• Police responded at 10:55 a.m. May 15 at the Red Roof Inn for a complaint of a missing wallet. The previous night, the hotel manager had invited two guests into his room. They left at 3 a.m., and he found his wallet missing at 10 a.m. and accused the guests of taking it. After the guests' hotel room and their car were searched, his wallet wasn't located. He was advised to cancel his credit cards and report any fraudulent activity.

• Suspicious activity was reported to police at 10:07 p.m. May 16, along Grand Valley Lane. Parties were found to have been smoking e-cigarettes. There was no sign of drug use, and no crime had occurred.