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Police reports: Gang-related beat-down, sticky mailbox, traffic cone shenanigans

A Minneapolis woman reported Aug. 6 that while house-sitting for her daughter in the 11000 block of Stonemill Farms Curve, discovered that keyless remote entry pads and a mailbox were Super-glued shot at the residence. A possible juvenile suspect was identified.

Yang’s Restaurant, 1568 Woodlane Drive, reported Aug. 6 that a person posing as an Xcel Energy employee threatened to cut off natural gas service at the business without payment. Police attempted to call the number back without success.

A Woodbury woman reported Aug. 6 that her daughter’s bicycle was stolen from the Dancing Waters Recreation Area. A bike helmet was also taken. Loss: $200.

Police were called Aug. 6 to Auto Works, 380 Rivertown Drive, for an irate customer. A woman was harassing customers in the parking lot and screaming at workers. The woman was gone when police arrived.

Officers responded to a road rage complaint Aug. at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road. The two drivers were yelling at one another. Officers received differing stories from both drivers, who were warned about behaving that way in public.

Police were called Aug. 8 to Green Mill, 6025 Hudson Road, for a fight involving three men. A man in town from Chicago was drinking beer with two strangers who had struck up a conversation involving their respective gang affiliations. The three men went outside, where the Chicagoan was slugged in the face. The suspects ran off. The victim “was not overly cooperative” with police, telling officers the assault was gang-related and “the only thing I want is to find them and kill them.” The man, who had a bloody nose, added that the suspects were “lucky … they are not at my crib.” He refused medical attention. A Green Mill employee said it appeared the victim was the one who provoked the fight. He was trespassed from the restaurant.

A Woodbury man reported Aug. 8 that the previous day he was involved in a traffic encounter that prompted another motorist to follow him home and yell “I’ll be back for you.” The complainant said he may have angered the driver. Crime prevention was discussed.

A Hastings woman on Aug. 8 reported hearing three Woodbury juveniles talking about burning up outhouses. Police made contact with the boys, who were told that “they had better make sure no outhouses catch fire over the next few days,” lest they be named as suspects. The boys said the report was a misunderstanding.

A Woodbury woman reported Aug. 10 that she was assaulted outside Wild Bill’s, 546 Commons Drive. The complainant said she thought a woman from a different vehicle had scratched her SUV. The complainant was struck in the head after confronting the suspect. Workers at the restaurant who witnessed the incident said the suspect had only shoved the Woodbury woman.

A resident in the 9500 block of Wedgewood Drive reported Aug. 10 that about five gallons of gas had been siphoned from his vehicle overnight.

An anonymous caller reported Aug. 11 that a road prank had been laid at Woodbury Drive and Lake Road. Someone had moved traffic cones to block exits at the new roundabout, causing drivers to continue to drive in circles. The cones were removed.

A Woodbury resident reported suspicious activity Aug. 12 in the 2900 block of Edgewater Lane, where men were spotted carrying backpacks into the woods. Police located the men, who said they sometimes go fishing in the area, but were not carrying fishing gear with them. They were advised of the complaint and checked for warrants.

An anonymous caller reported Aug. 13 that traffic construction barrels had been moved around at Woodbury Drive and Lake Road, causing traffic problems. Police moved the obstructions out of the way.

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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