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Police reports: Pepper-spraying shoplifter, methadone clinic slugger, more ...
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A Cherry Lane resident reported Jan. 21 that he heard a loud bang against his house. He found a broken egg outside a door to the home, but no sign that it had struck the house. The man later told police the suspcicious egg could be removed from the suspect list since it had fallen and broken earlier. Nothing outside the home was found to be disturbed.


Police were called Jan. 13 to the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, for an argument between a renter there and the manager. The argument stemmed from an Arizona man and his girlfriend leaving towels and bedding soiled. The man claimed the soiled linens were the result of the girlfriend getting sick due to a recent surgery. The couple had requested a different room and was denied on account of the condition the last room had been left in. The Arizona man left after being advised by police to take his complaints to the Better Business Bureau.

A Woodbury woman reported Jan. 14 that she saw a camera attached to a black box on a traffic sing near Weir Drive and Upper Afton Road. Police said the equipment was “most likely for a traffic study.”

A Woodbury Lake security officer reported a theft and an assault Jan. 14 outside Victoria’s Secret. The security guard became suspicious after seeing a woman run to the middle of the parking lot. As the security guard spoke with the woman, two other women ran toward them with a tote bag loaded with Victoria’s Secret merchandise. At the same time, the guard was alerted to a theft at Victoria’s Secret involving the three women in the parking lot. The suspects loaded into an SUV. As the guard began taking down license plate information, one of the suspects sprayed the guard in the face with pepper spray. The store did not seek prosecution of the case, which was being investigated as an assault.

A resident in the 2500 block of Windsor Lane reported Jan. 15 that all the mailboxes on one side of the street were open, though the mail carrier hadn’t yet come for the day. Police classified the report as suspicious activity.

A resident in the 3800 block of Benjamin Drive reported Jan. 16 that his neighbor’s dog was using his yard for a restroom.  The suspect, a Newbury Road man, said he does walk the dog past the complainant’s home, but always picks up the feces. Police warned the man that it is against local laws for dogs to relieve themselves on any private property other than their owners’.  The suspect apologized.

A Newbury Road woman reported Jan. 17 that someone knocked the head off a large snowman in her front yard. The resident was concerned due to a recent burglary in the neighborhood.

A man reported Jan. 17 that he was assaulted at Valhalla Place, 6043 Hudson Road. The complainant said a man he knew walked up to him in the lobby and slugged him in the face. The incident stemmed from the disputed claim that the complainant owed money. The suspect was later barred from the methadone clinic.

A Scarborough Lane resident reported Jan. 17 that he heard gunfire in the area. Police made contact with the complainant’s neighbor, who admitted to setting off mortar-style fireworks near his garage.

A Woodbury woman reported Jan. 17 that she was worried about her 18-year-old son after he came home with vomit on his jacket and then passed out. Suspected drugs and a scale were found in the car he drives. Medics came to check on the male, who was determined to be OK.

Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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