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A Woodbury man reported Dec. 18 that his 18-year-old son had punched out a window in his sister’s car. Police interviewed the teenager, who said he became enraged after missing the bus for school and learning his sister wouldn’t give him a ride. The male punched and shattered the window as she backed it out of the garage, leaving her with minor cuts from the glass. He then punched his sister in the arm. The 18-year-old male was arrested, jailed in Stillwater and mailed a domestic assault citation.

An anonymous caller reported loose horses near Radio Drive and Lake Road. Officers corralled the horses into a police station garage bay. The animals were fed and watered until the owners were located.

Police were called Dec. 19 to Cochrane Circle for an assault report. A man there said a woman he had met on argued with him over money. The woman said the man threw a water bottle and a lighter at her, while the man said the woman had hit him with a tool. Police spotted a syringe lying around and some marijuana on a coffee table. The two combatants denied ownership of the items; police discarded the pot and told the woman to leave.

Workers at Becker Furniture, 10150 Hudson Road, reported a belligerent customer on Dec. 19. A Hudson woman at the store was upset over a refund issue and became verbally abusive. Staff noted the woman had called and visited the store multiple times with the same complaint. She was trespassed from the store but asserted that she would “follow up with corporate.”

Police responded Dec. 20 to Goodyear, 1707 Weir Drive, for a disturbance involving an upset customer. The customer refused to stop causing a scene and yelling, which prompted the call to police. The suspect, a South St. Paul man, was gone by the time police arrived.

A Domino’s Pizza manager called Dec. 21 to report an assault involving a delivery driver. The incident occurred when the driver and the customer argued over cash vs. credit-card payment. The men engaged in physical struggle over the pizza, half of which was dumped on the customer’s apartment floor. One man received a hand injury from a fall that occurred during the tussle. The customer, who appeared heavily intoxicated to police, was taken to Woodwinds Health Campus for an evaluation. Both men were counseled on their behavior; no charges were filed.

Police on patrol Dec. 22 witnessed a vehicle leaving the area of Montrose Road and Lamplight Drive, where a party bus was unloading. One of the vehicles revealed the registered owner had a warrant for his arrest and a revoked driving status. As the officer began following a line of vehicles leaving the area, the suspicious vehicle broke away from the pack. During a traffic stop, an officer was overwhelmed by the smell of peppermint in the vehicle. Both the driver and passenger denied drinking. The driver, a Woodbury man, was given a breath test, which revealed a 0.019 blood-alcohol level. He was arrested on suspicion of underage consumption and the warrant. The passenger, also of Woodbury, was also cited for underage drinking.

Police made a warrant arrest Dec. 23 of a St. Paul man at the Super America on Norma Lane. The arrest was executed during a traffic stop. The suspect gave police a false name, false date of birth and refused to comply during arrest. His real name revealed he was wanted for violating an order for protection.

Police were called Dec. 24 to Falling Water late for a bomb threat. A resident’s ex-girlfriend had dropped off items outside his home and told him that they contained a bomb. There was no bomb, but the complainant noted that the woman, who has a history of making threats, had called him about 60 times that day and had emailed him. An officer encouraged the man to apply for an order for protection.

A Woodbury man reported an assault Dec. 24 at Rainbow Foods, 7050 Valley Creek Plaza. The complainant was putting his shopping cart away in the parking lot and saw a vehicle parked in front of the cart corral. The complainant told the suspect “Nice park job,” which elicited a response and a profane gesture by the suspect. The suspect later approached the complainant in the parking lot, where he manhandled him and said, “If you ever do that again, I’m going to kill you.” Bystanders urged the suspect to go, which he did. Police were unable to identify the suspect.

A Woodbury woman reported Dec. 27 that there were two vehicles parked on the path to Powers Lake. Police determined the vehicles belonged to ice fishermen and that there was no problem.

Officers were called Dec. 28 to Panera, 1775 Radio Drive for two people slumped over in a vehicle. Police determined the two people were sleeping and showed signs of drunkenness. Neither person was behind the wheel. A relative came to help the people, who were described as polite and cooperative.

A Woodbury man was leaving Gander Mountain, 10470 Hudson Road, on Dec. 29 when he was assaulted by a Lake Elmo man. The victim said he was struck twice in the face.

A resident in the 2200 block of St. Johns Place reported Dec. 29 that her residence had been burglarized. About $1,300 worth of hockey equipment was stolen from an open attached garage while the home was occupied. The complainant later reported the equipment was recovered.

A Cochrane Circle resident reported Dec. 29 that a window peeper was spotted outside her home. A woman said someone walked up to her patio window and looked in her townhome. Police did not find a suspect.

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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