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Police reports: Preacher problems, gun-toting road rager, late-night swimmer, more ...

A man reported Aug. 27 that while he was driving in Woodbury, a man in a red Oldsmobile Alero pointed a silver handgun at him during a road rage incident. The suspect followed the complainant to the Kwik Trip on Hudson Road. Surveillance footage capture at Kwik Trip revealed the suspect’s vehicle and a portion of its license plate. Police went to Walmart on Hudson Road, where the suspect was located. The man, an Apple Valley resident, admitted to much of the allegations and was arrested. A gun and marijuana were found in the vehicle. The man was jailed on suspicion of terroristic threats involving a firearm and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

A man phoned police Aug. 27 to report that he had confronted his church pastor following services held at Central Park. Citing “skewed preachings,” the man sought a police investigation into the verses the pastor had been preaching. The man was told to find a new church if he didn’t like the pastor’s sermons. The man read the officer a Bible verse and thanked the officer before hanging up.

Police took a stalking report Aug. 28 from a Woodbury woman who said that someone had moved her garbage can from the street to inside her garage. The woman said she leaves her garage open for donations to be dropped off. The woman, who has placed multiple unfounded stalking reports in the past, requested an officer stay outside her night all night. Police told her that service was not possible, but that extra patrol would be requested.The next day the woman reported her stalker took a gold butterfly from her hallway. The information was documented.

A Woodbury woman reported Aug. 29 that a young man dressed in a Jimmy John’s shirt approached her at Target, 449 Commerce Drive, asking for money. The woman said the encounter marked the third time the man had approached her at Target in the past few months. The woman told the man she was calling police, which prompted the man to apologize and leave.

A resident in the 7500 block of Bailey Road reported Aug. 30 that an animal was trapped in her wood stove. An officer removed a small bird from the stove and relocated the animal outdoors.

Officers were called Aug. 30 to the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, for a suspicious activity report. A caller reported seeing a male and a female near a van possibly exchanging drugs. Police located the suspects. The activity witnessed had been a woman displaying her bug bites.

A Woodbury man reported Sept. 2 that while he was riding his bike outside Wendy’s, 8376 Tamarack Village, his glasses fell off. When he turned to retrieve them, he saw a male stomped on the glasses. The man, described as wearing a bandana, a multi-colored short-sleeved shirt and a beard, was reportedly joined by about 15 others described as “Amish” looking. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

An officer on patrol Sept. 2 spotted a juvenile male swimming in the Colby Lake pool while it was closed. The officer spoke with the male, a junior at East Ridge, who said he had been out walking his dog when he decided to go for a swim. He was driven home to his father and given a verbal warning for trespassing. The boy apologized.

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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