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Burglary, property crimes remain low in Lake Shore in 2013

Lake Shore police had a total of 1,690 incidents in 2013, which is a slight increase from 2012’s 1,672 incidents and a decrease from 2011’s 1,747 incidents.

Police Chief Steve Sundstrom reported to the city council Monday, Jan. 27, that burglary and property crimes continued to remain low in 2013. The department responded to 46 medicals, 70 alarms, 74 disorderly or disturbance complaints, and 82 public assists.

There were no structure fires and one vehicle fire.

The city had no fatalities or serious injuries on city roads. Police arrested 10 drivers for DWI and issued 213 traffic citations, responded to 18 vehicle crashes and 21 vehicles in the ditch.

Police issued 194 speed citations and warned 596 motorists for traffic violations. The department issued 11 citations for underage alcohol consumption and made a combined total of 26 arrests for various offenses.

Lake Shore police participated with Cass County in Toward Zero Deaths enforcement throughout 2013, and contracted with Zorbaz to provide an additional officer stationed at Zorbaz during summer weekends.

The department also contracted with the Gull Chain of Lakes Association, providing an officer at the DNR boat access on select dates throughout the boating season.

In a monthly update, Sundstrom reported that from Dec. 23 to Jan. 26, police reported 88 incidents, including 32 traffic-related incidents and 56 miscellaneous calls.

Traffic-related activity included 20 miscellaneous warnings, seven vehicles in the ditch, two property damage crashes and one driving after cancellation.

Miscellaneous calls included 16 residential alarms, 11 public assists, five medicals, five theft complaints, two recover stolen property, one assault complaint, one snowmobile crash, one suspicious activity and one burglary complaint.

Lake Shore police assisted Nisswa police once and Cass County deputies twice.

In other public safety action, the council approved Sundstrom’s request to buy a 2014 Ford Utility Police Interceptor from Mills Ford for $26,713, replacing a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria.

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