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Police reports: Infant left in hot car, lawnmower vs. vehicle, wild times at Wild Bill's

An Ashley Lane resident reported June 25 that a plumber doing work at her house reported he needed parts. The resident made out a $200 check for parts, which the plumber took. The plumber cashed the check a day sooner than the resident had asked and didn’t return, nor did he answer his phone. The plumber did leave tools behind, however.

Police were called June 25 to Target, 7200 Valley Creek Plaza, for a disturbance involving two people arguing in the parking lot. A woman on the scene said the man parked next to her slammed his door into her. He contended that their doors smacked while being opened at the same time. Both drivers were visibly upset. An officer helped advise them on the situation.

A Woodbury woman reported June 25 that her husband had assaulted her. The woman described agitating her husband and provoking the physical confrontation. The woman, whose blood-alcohol content was 0.10, said the husband was trying to get away from her throughout the struggle. Police located the husband, who said his wife was on new medication. No evidence of an assault was detected.

An anonymous caller reported underage drinking June 26 in the 8100 block of Marsh Creek Road. Police arrived to find several males outside a home arguing about a Cottage Grove incident. No signs of alcohol were detected.

A Woodbury woman reported suspicious activity June 26 at Balsam Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway. The woman reported seeing a man wearing a “full-on” jacket that she thought suspicious, considering the weather. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

Police were called to Alderwood Circle June 28 for a prowler report. No prowler was located.

Officers responded June 29 to Wild Bill’s, 546 Commons Drive, for an unruly customer. A man there bought shots and drinks, then left after giving the bartender a credit card. The card was declined and the bar manager tracked the man, an Edina resident, to a nearby restaurant and had him return to settle the tab. The man returned upset and tried to flee the bar by jumping over the deck after his card was again declined. He was detained by staff. Police found the man yelling “I’m rich, you’re poor. I can do what I want,” while being restrained by staff. Police took the man to detox.

A resident in the 9400 block of Wedgewood Drive reported finding swear words written on her vehicle in window paint. The woman suspected the mischief was probably related to her juvenile daughter.

A Woodbury resident reported June 30 that he and his wife were returning home from a walk on Manning Avenue and spotted a man bent down in front of the resident’s car. The suspect entered an SUV and left. The resident discovered his car’s license plate had been stolen.

An anonymous caller reported July 1 that an infant had been left alone inside a car parked outside Keys Café, 1750 Weir Drive. The car’s rear windows had been cracked and a baby was inside screaming. Another child, age 8, was also inside and opened the door for the officer. The infant appeared flushed, distressed and in need of medical attention, so an ambulance was called; the infant was taken to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. The 8-year-old was released to her moth. The children’s grandmother had been in charge of the children at the time.

An anonymous caller reported a car vs. a lawnmower July 1 on Woodlane Drive. Officers found the lawnmower operator who said he was mowing his lawn and attempted to press the brake, but accidentally stepped on the accelerator, causing the lawnmower to strike a trailer being pulled by the automobile. The lawnmower driver, who was bleeding from the head and arm, was repeatedly advised to seek medical attention, but refused.

Police, acting on a tip that a renter at the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, was involved in drug dealing, interviewed the room’s occupants. Officers spotted evidence of drug sales and received permission to search the room from the renters, a St. Paul Park woman and a Maplewood woman. Police turned up several Ziploc baggies and bindles, two glass meth pipes, a marijuana pipe, a digital scale and a key used to remove security tags on DVDs. While the Maplewood woman appeared honest and upset that the items were in the room, the St. Paul Park woman “was not as forthcoming or honest.” Items were seized for destruction, but no charges were pending.

Workers at Elite Liquors, 8472 Tamarack Bay, reported June 26 that two people teamed up to steal a $30 bottle of liquor. License plate data turned up a suspect, who was identified in a photo lineup, and mailed a citation at his North St. Paul 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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