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Police reports: Beach mayhem at Carver Lake, woman encounters burglar, more ...

A resident in the 6000 block of Upper Afton Road reported June 18 that 22 tiki torches were stolen from his property. Loss: $330.

Police were called June 18 to Carver Lake Beach for a fight report following numerous 911 calls. When police arrived, they witnessed the suspect speeding through the parking lot in a vehicle, which went airborne over a walking path and crashed through a fence. The driver, an Oakdale man, attempted to turn the vehicle around. He was ordered to the ground by police and arrested. The suspect, whose blood-alcohol level was 0.23, was taken to Woodwinds Health Campus for evaluation of his injuries. The man was set to be formally charged after blood testing was complete. Two other men – one from Minneapolis, one from Newport – were issued disorderly conduct tickets following the incident.

Officers responded June 18 to a dangerous weapons report at Bailey Road and Woodlane Drive. A man and woman from Woodbury said they were at Super America on Norma Lane when they were approached by two other people who asked if they were with another man. The female victim “responded in a way that was perceived as disrespectful,” prompting the female suspect to swear at her. The suspects, a Woodbury woman and a Lake Elmo man, attempted to start a fight with the other two, who left the gas station. The suspects pursued the victims. At one point the Lake Elmo man produced a small black pistol and said “What’s up now?” The victims didn’t press charges.

An anonymous caller reported June 19 that two dogs were left unattended inside a minivan with the windows rolled up while parked at Target, 7200 Valley Creek Plaza. The driver, a Welch, Minn., woman, was cited in the incident.

A juvenile female reported June 19 that her bicycle was stolen from the R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place. The unlocked bike had been left unattended in a bike rack for over an hour. Loss: $100.

Police were called June 19 to Carver Lake Beach for a possible fight. The caller reported a group of about 20 people were gathering around and a fight seemed imminent. Police arrived to find a Cottage Grove (couet kamrath) man and a Burnsville man (bohrer) fighting near the beach. The Cottage Grove man disobeyed an officer’s commands to stop throwing punches and was tased. He was arrested and jailed on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. The Burnsville man was cited and released. A man and woman from Newport were also cited, though the extent of their involvement was not clear in the report.

Officers responded June 20 to a fight call on Vining Drive. The complainant heard people arguing outside. Police arrived to find several drunk people outside a residence talking. A man said he and his female roommate had been arguing about keeping their apartment clean. No assault occurred.

A St. Paul man reported June 20 that his wallet was stolen while left unattended at Carver Lake Beach. Loss: $25. No suspects

A Farmington man reported June 21 that his briefcase was stolen from his vehicle parked at Cowboy Jack’s 1690 Woodlane Drive. Police spoke with employees at the restaurant who remembered the man from the previous night. The man had been extremely drunk and refused to leave. When staff threatened to call police, he left, went to his vehicle, got his phone and briefcase, and left in a taxi. Police determined no theft occurred in Woodbury.

A Drake Road resident reported an interrupted burglary on June 22. The woman said she heard her dog barking downstairs. She entered her kitchen, where she saw a man standing next to a patio door, which had been left unlocked. The man, described as wearing all dark clothes, appeared disoriented, responded, “Oh, sorry,” and bent down to pick up his shoes before leaving on foot toward Tamarack Road. Police did not locate the man.

Police running registration checks June 22 at the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, determined a St. Paul woman staying there had an outstanding Dakota County warrant. Officers also arrested a St. Paul man in the room who admitted to hiding because of an outstanding warrant he had. Both were jailed in Stillwater.

A Woodbury man reported his children’s bicycles were stolen June 23 outside a home on Pinnacle Way. The bikes, valued at a combined $800, had been left outside a friend’s house.

Police were called June 23 to a Woodbury home for a burglary. Someone entered the home through an unlocked sliding-glass door. An Xbox and 30 video games were stolen. Police did not release the approximate location of the burglary.

An officer on patrol at 1:38 a.m. on Wedgewood Alcove located a group of young-looking males sitting on a street corner. Due to their “young appearance” and time of night, the officer met with the group. The males, all adults, said they were “hanging out trying to find something to do.” They were advised to go home.

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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