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Police reports: Raging motorcyclist kicks vehicle, parking lot lovers, deck fire, more ...

An officer on patrol Aug. 21 on Afton Road near Tower Drive reported seeing a bus blowing heavy black smoke from its rear area. The smoke, which blew so thick that the officer was unable to see through it, prompted the driver to stop the vehicle in the middle of the street. The driver, a Woodbury man operating the bus for East Suburban Resources, said he had advised his manager of the problem and was told to continue driving it. The officer told the man to contact the manager and have the bus brought in for maintenance “as it was more than likely not safe to operate.”

A resident in the 6100 block of Birchwood Road reported Aug. 21 that her home had been struck with an egg while she was on a walk. A possible suspect vehicle was spotted.

Police were called Aug. 23 to the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, for a disturbance involving a brother and a sister fighting. The siblings had been separated by the time police arrived. The brother, who listed no permanent address, was taken by officers to the Dorothy Day homeless shelter in St. Paul, where workers turned the man away since the shelter doesn’t take boarders after midnight. He was returned to the Red Roof, where the other occupants allowed him to spend the night.

Police were called Aug. 24 to a road rage incident on Kingsfield Lane near Lake Road. The complainant, a Woodbury man, said he had accidentally cut off a pickup truck and a motorcycle near Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive. The motorcyclist, described as a tattooed man wearing a cut-off T-shirt and heavy work boots, pulled up alongside the complainant, yelled at him and ordered him to get out of his car. The complainant drove away down Lake Road and spotted the motorcyclist following him again. At one point, the motorcyclist kicked the side of the car, leaving a large dent. The kick was issued while the motorcyclist was driving about 30 mph.

A worker at Elite Liquor, 8472 Tamarack Bay, reported Aug. 24 that two suspects from a previous shoplifting incident had returned to the store. The suspects left in a vehicle and were followed by the store manager on Interstate 94 until he lost them in traffic. Video surveillance showed the suspect hadn’t stolen anything on Aug. 24, but one suspect had an active Department of Corrections warrant for arrest.

Police and firefighters responded Aug. 25 to a home on Commonwealth Avenue for a structure fire. Occupants were awakened at 4:42 a.m. by the smell of smoke. The residents found their deck on fire and were able to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. Smoldering cigarette butts left in a flower pot on the deck were believed to have caused the fire.

A Woodbury man reported suspicious activity Aug. 25 near the start of the Woodbury Days Grande Parade after observing a man carry a backpack, and then leaving the area without the backpack. Police learned the man, who was seen leaving in a vehicle, had given the backpack to his mother at the parade after spending the night at his father’s. Police determined there was no criminal activity.

Police received an anonymous report Aug. 25 of indecent exposure occurring inside a vehicle parked outside Woodbury 10 Theare, 1470 Queens Drive. An officer found the occupants, a Circle Pines man and and a Woodbury woman, were engaging in sexual activity. The couple, described as cooperative, was “coached on proper places to do such activity” and advised that they could be cited for their conduct.

An officer on patrol Aug. 25 at Woodbury Days was advised of malicious mischief at Potawatomi Park. An anonymous citizen reported finding a swastika drawn in the gravel of a baseball field there, likely by someone’s foot. A star had also been drawn, along with the word “swag.” No suspects were identified.

A customer at Cowboy Jack’s, 1690 Woodlane Drive, reported Aug. 25 that numerous items were stolen from her vehicle. Stolen items included a GPS unit, a bin with emergency roadway devices including jumper cables and a set of in-line skates.

Police were called for a suspicious person Aug. 26 at Motherhood Maternity, 8390 Tamarack Village. A man was observed entering the store, then watching couple inside. The man followed the couple out, then sat in his vehicle and stared at a store employee. The worker called police, who interviewed the man. The man was immediately confrontational, telling officers “I am a Woodbury resident just trying to find a job.” The man told police he had applied for a corporate job and “wanted to see how the business operated.” He admitted his behavior was out of the ordinary and left after speaking with officers.

Workers at Cravings Wine Bar, 755 Bielenberg Drive, reported Aug. 26 that two large hibiscus plants placed outside the business had been stolen. Loss: $200.

Police and firefighters were called to a fire at Globe University, where a bush was found burning. A witness said she saw three juvenile females light a Roman candle near the bush, then run off toward Globe. No suspects were located.

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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