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Police reports: Suspicious door-knocker, SWAT call-out, garage sale concerns, more ...

Police were called May 6 to East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, to perform a narcotics sniff. The school’s liaison officer and staff requested the call-out after receiving a report of burnt marijuana in the boys locker room. A Woodbury police dog alerted officials to two lockers, one of which had an unknown substance in it. “Writings suggesting drug use” were found in the other locker.

Police were called May 7 to Colonial Graphics, 6053 Hudson Road No. 154, for a burglary report. Stolen items included camera lights ($800), a $300 television and carrying case ($200). There was no sign of forced entry. No suspects.

An Oakdale man reported May 9 that he was assaulted at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road. He said he was followed from Stillwater by a man known to him who punched him in the mouth for no reason. The Oakdale man sustained a chipped tooth, but did not wish to pursue charges.

Police were called May 9 to the 8300 block of Marsh Creek Road for a woman possibly attempting to pass a fake $100 bill at a garage sale. Police couldn’t locate the suspect.

A Woodbury motorist reported May 10 that she was followed home by another driver. The other driver, also a Woodbury resident, screamed at the complainant about speeding and running a stop sign. The complainant denied the traffic violations.

A Woodbury woman reported May 10 that a man photographed her child at a garage sale on Grand Forest Lane and left.

Police were called May 11 to Tamberwood Trail for a dog fight. A caller said one dog might have already been dead. Police arrived on the scene to find dogs playing in the back yard of a home. It was determined the dogs were just playing rough. No dogs were found to be injured.

Woodbury police executed a search warrant May 13 in the 2100 block of Hemlock Boulevard. The SWAT team was called to the location after police received information that a man with a warrant was there. Officers called the man on the phone, but he hung up, prompting the SWAT team to be activated. The man eventually came out with his hands up. He was arrested on the scene.

Security at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported May 13 that an employee had been caught on video stealing. The worker, a Stillwater woman, admitted to the theft; she was mailed a ticket for theft by swindle.

Police were called at 1:43 a.m. May 14 to Perkins, 7325 Currell Blvd., for two intoxicated men. A caller reported the men were making rude remarks to a server and swearing. The men had left before police arrived.

Cambridge Transportation, St. Paul, reported May 15 that a driver had been assaulted by a client outside Valhalla Place, 6043 Hudson Road. The suspect, a Minneapolis man, was mailed a fifth-degree assault citation.

A Maplewood woman emailed police May 15 about a road rage incident that occurred at Valley Creek Road and Radio Drive. Police contact the registered owner of the offending vehicle, a Woodbury woman. She said she was in the hospital at the time of the incident. She said her sister might have been the offending driver.

A resident in the 2100 block of Hemlock Boulevard reported May 15 that his attached garage had been burglarized. Tools were found missing and a vehicle parked inside had been tampered with.

Police were called to a suspicious activity report on May 15 in the 2200 block of Lamplight Drive. A bearded man wearing a Twins cap knocked on a resident’s door and claimed to be with ADT Security. While talking with the man – who suggested  the resident get a security upgrade – the resident never witnessed work credentials for ADT. The complainant called ADT, which confirmed it does not send out door-to-door sales representatives.

A resident in the 10000 block of Water Lily Lane reported an attempted burglary on May 16. The resident found pry marks on a door frame, though no entry was made to the home.

Police were called May 16 to westbound Interstate 694 for an indecent exposure report. A motorist was seen exposing himself while driving. Minnesota State Patrol investigated the report.

Workers at the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, reported a fight in progress on May 17. Police located the combatants – a woman and her boyfriend – and determined no one was injured. Officers gave the man, a St. Paul resident, a ride to Interstate 94 and Mounds Boulevard.

A Wimbledon Place resident reported May 17 that a dead squirrel was found on the sidewalk. The carcass was placed in a trash can.

Police were called May 18 to the 10000 block of City Walk Drive for a fight. The incident involved a cab driver and a fare that was picked up 23 miles away in Minneapolis. The suspect, a Minneapolis man described by police as drunk and belligerent, denied the cabbie payment and interfered with the cabbie’s door.  An officer helped mediate a settlement between the two before the Minneapolis man was transported to a detox facility. His blood-alcohol content was 0.18.

Officers responded May 18 to Woodbury Drive and Bailey Road for a man with a gun. Police determined the suspect was a juvenile male playing a game of “airsoft” with a replica handgun that shoots a rubber projectile. The boy and a friend were told that the public boulevard was a prohibited area for such activity.

A juvenile male reported May 19 that his iPad was stolen from the bleachers at Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive, during an ROTC competition. Another student reported a missing phone and wallet. No witnesses or 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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