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Officers: Domestic calls frustrating to deal with

By Sarah Smith

A frustrating call for help in a domestic disturbance Monday left Hubbard County and Park Rapids officers scratching their heads.

The call, at the Middle School apartments, involved a mother calling on behalf of her daughter, who the caller said was involved in a domestic argument with a boyfriend inside one of the apartments.

Officers needed to make numerous calls to locate the exact apartment, then radioed dispatch to say they were done chasing ghosts when no one answered at the door of the apartment in question. If the woman wanted help she could contact authorities herself, one officer radioed in. Officers were done chasing an unwilling participant.

The woman finally met the officers outside the complex after several minutes of the cops’ time had been exhausted.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said if you factor out all the calls for help, the cold winter, he thinks, hasn’t exacerbated the need for help between men and women who can’t get along and are cooped up together in the cold.

“No, I don’t think our numbers are any higher than normal,” Aukes said. “It’s like anything. A few of them surface and then we have a lull.”

But Aukes said, “I’m not saying the cold doesn’t play a role and it probably does.”

Overall, Aukes thinks the calls come in at a steady pace. But for those involved in Monday’s call, the frustration of dealing with a woman who first called Mom for help, then decided she didn’t need it but kept calling, Monday was just another day on the job. 

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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