The week in crime May 17

1. Last weekend, Westside Park, Eyota. Vandals wrote their group’s name, the "Jones Street Boys" on the interior wall of the pavilion at Westside Park during the weekend. They also stacked picnic tables and put garbage cans on top of the tables. There was similar activity a couple months ago when the Jones Street Boys wrote the name on a wall of the school district bus barn. Gang activity has been ruled out.

2. 1:15 p.m. Monday, Minnesota Highway 19 one mile south of U.S. 61 near Red Wing. A semi-tanker carrying manure went off the highway, forcing about a 2-hour traffic delay on Monday afternoon as authorities closed that stretch of road. Some bulk manure leaked from the truck. The driver was taken to the hospital but his information about his injuries wasn’t available.

3. 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Westfire Grill, 2403 Superior Drive N.W. Police were called to a large fight. A Westfire employee told police about 15 people were involved in more than one altercation. Chairs and bottles were thrown inside the restaurant during the melee. The employee said he’d break up one fight and another would break out. The fighting spilled out into the parking lot. Some participants fled when police approached. There are unconfirmed reports that at least three people were injured.

4. Just before midnight Wednesday, 500 block of Vintage Road Northwest in Oronoco Township. A deputy investigating a suspicious car near a shed found a 27-year-old Oronoco man sleeping in the car. The man ran away. The deputy tried to slow him down with the stun gun three times before the suspect fell to the ground. The man broke away, got into his car, got onto U.S. 52, crossed the median and drove in a ditch before halting. Other officers had arrived by then. The man was subdued by another stun-gun shot. The man tried to choke himself with a telephone cord at the jail, authorities say, but deputies rescued him, and the man was taken to detox.

5. Late Tuesday night or early Wednesday, Rochester Public Works garage, 10 block of Civic Center Drive Northeast. Burglars broke in. Coins were taken from parking meters that were at the garage. There was no estimate of the loss. The thieves entered through a window.

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