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Police Blotter

A rescue mission to free a beaver, a bus vs. drop box collision and a phantom stuck elevator

Beaver rescue mission

At around 11:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, UW-Eau Claire police were called to Putnam Park for a beaver stuck in a hole in Putnam Rock.

The officer met the caller near the park entrance. The caller said he had tried to use sticks to free the beaver before calling. When they walked to the rock, the officer reported seeing a large beaver trapped in a drilled hole in the rock. 

The officer tried placing a log in the drilled hole for the beaver to free itself, but they wouldn’t move. He then called the Eau Claire Police Department’s community service officer, who arrived with a catch pole.

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The community service officer freed the beaver with the catch pole and released it into the Chippewa River. The beaver did not appear to be injured.

Bus vs. box

At around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, an officer responded to a call from the McIntyre Library circulation desk. 

The library supervisor said a patron told him a blue passenger bus had struck the library drop box along the Roosevelt Avenue turn-a-round while attempting to turn at around 5 p.m. that day.

The officer went to the drop box and saw the four corner posts had been damaged and it had moved 3-5 inches from its cemented spot on the sidewalk.

Security camera footage shows a blue Trobec’s passenger bus traveling along Roosevelt Avenue between 5:03 and 5:05 p.m. that evening. 

The next morning, the officer called Trobec’s Bus Service, which said it would investigate the crash and get back to him.

Trobec’s called back around 2:54 p.m. They said they had watched the bus camera videos and confirmed the crash took place at that time and location. They also said the responsible driver likely didn’t notice the collision due to the minor scratches on the bus.

The company agreed to provide the driver’s information and the insurance information.

Elevator stuck?

At around 7:47 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, campus police were called to the Flesch Family Welcome Center for a stuck elevator. 

The call said elevator cart No. 1 was stuck. But when the officer arrived he did not see any problems with the elevator. He tested it and it was working normally.

The officer talked with the Flesch Center front desk staff, they said they were not aware of any issues with the elevators.

Mohr can be reached at [email protected].

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