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Police reports: Gun-toting man at Lookout Ridge, discord at Goodwill, more ...

Police were called Jan. 1 to Ashwood Road for a vehicle theft report. A man there said he left his vehicle running in a parking spot but made sure it was locked while he went back inside his residence briefly. The vehicle, a Hyundai sedan, was gone. A possible suspect was seen just prior to the theft. Loss: $7,000.

Officers responded Jan. 2 to Jake’s Wayback Burgers, 8470 City Centre Drive, for a suspicious activity report. The restaurant owner reported that a man entered the business and looked around, as if scouting for security cameras. The man later exited the building and was seen walking around the perimeter, eventually peering into the office windows. The man left after he realized employees were watching him.

Police conducted a traffic stop Jan. 3 outside Stoneridge Golf Course, West Lakeland Township. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a Phoenix, Ariz., motorist who said she did not have a driver’s license. She gave police the name of a 21-year-old woman who had a warrant for her arrest. Police arrested the woman and found an oxycodone pill in her pocket. Two bottles containing an oily substance were found inside the car, which was towed after the woman was taken to jail in Stillwater. She was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree drug possession, giving police a false name, no insurance and no driver’s license.

A Stonemill Farms Curve resident reported an attempted burglary Jan. 3 at his home after alarms were tripped. Marks were found near a patio door, but on the interior of the home – not the exterior.

A Woodbury woman reported Jan. 5 that her son had been assaulted by his father.

A resident in the 3000 block of Arden Place reported suspicious sounds Jan. 5. The caller reported hearing “banging” noises coming from the basement. Police found nothing suspicious. When officers went to check the exterior, more bangs were heard coming from neighboring houses. Cold weather was suspected to be the culprit.

An employee at Valhalla Place, 6043 Hudson Road, reported Jan. 6 that someone entered her office and stole her purse. The purse was later found in a men’s restroom on the building’s second floor. A credit card and cash were missing.

Workers at Lookout Ridge, 8595 Central Park Place, reported Jan. 6 that a man wearing a holstered handgun was at the playground. The employee said the man was not causing trouble, but that the exposed pistol raised alarm among parents at Lookout Ridge. Police spoke with the man, a White Bear Lake resident, who was described as cooperative and in possession of a permit to carry. The man told police he had recently returned from military service in Afghanistan and wanted to “get people used to open-carry.” An officer told the man that though there are no signs prohibiting guns posted outside Central Park, that staff had requested he secure the pistol in his car. The man complied with the request without incident.

Workers at Goodwill, 10450 Hudson Road, reported Dec. 31 that a customer got argumentative with a cashier. Police located the suspect driving in the area. Police made contact with the man – a Maplewood resident who had two children riding in the vehicle – after he parked the car. He said he got into an argument over a price tag and that the issue had been sorted out. Workers later denied initial reports that the man had struck and threatened a cashier, but requested him to be trespassed from the store.

An officer on patrol performed a traffic stop Jan. 2 at Valley Creek Road and Settlers Ridge Parkway. The officer immediately smelled marijuana while talking with the driver, a Forest Lake man. The man was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was cited and released.

Police were called Jan. 2 to Eagle Creek Lane and Eagle Valley Drive for a report of people fighting in the street. The people, a husband and wife in town from Florida for the holidays, were found intoxicated and arguing. Family was called and insisted that the couple would be spending the night in separate bedrooms.

Workers at Cowboy Jack’s, 1690 Woodlane Drive, reported Jan. 4 that a male who was trying to fight with staff had been detained. Staff said the man, a Woodbury resident described as drunk and disorderly, had fallen on a door while attempting to exit the restaurant and sustained a bloody nose. An officer gave the man a ride home.

Police on patrol stopped a vehicle Jan. 4 on Norma Lane for a cracked windshield and tabs that expired in 2011. The driver, a Little Falls, Minn., man who initially gave police his brother’s name was found to have a licensed that was canceled due to a threat to public safety. The man was also found with a 0.09 blood-alcohol content; he was arrested and jailed in Stillwater.

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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