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Police reports: Armed man at post office, suspicious swimmer, contractor squabble, more ...

Police were called May 27 to the 8700 block of Rainier Alcove for a prowler. A resident of a lower-level walkout heard a male voice blurt out an expletive just outside her window. A half hour later, the woman went outside to check on the situation. She found a log had been removed from her woodpile and was now sitting outside her bedroom window. The woman said the man’s expletive may have been prompted by him stepping in a full kiddie pool also located outside her bedroom window. Crime prevention was discussed.

A complainant reported May 27 that a man was seen outside the Woodbury post office, 7595 Currell Blvd., retrieving a pistol from the trunk of his car, securing it to a hip holster and leaving the area in the vehicle. The man did not have the gun inside the post office; the complainant, however, “deemed the activity inappropriate.” Police were unable to locate the armed man.

Police were called May 28 to a home in the 4800 block of Woodlane Drive for a report of baby raccoons that had been contained. The homeowner had killed the mother raccoon due to its aggressiveness. Its three babies were collected by police and turned over to the Roseville Wildlife Center.

A Century Circle apartment resident reported May 29 that his Playstation 3 console was stolen from hit residence. Loss: $180.

A Woodbury man contacted police May 30 to see if city law governs lawn mowing after 10 p.m., noting that his neighbor does so. Police confirmed that lawn mowing between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. is illegal in Woodbury. The complainant did not seek follow-up action.

A Maplewood resident reported at 5:45 a.m. May 31 that a man was seen swimming in Carver Lake while a dog was barking on the beach. Police were unable to locate the swimmer or the dog.

A Lake St. Croix Beach contractor called police June 2 to report a problem with a client on Fox Run Road. The resident hired the contractor to do tile work, but the contractor asked the resident to help with the job. When the contractor when to collect his $1,300 payment, the client refused because he had helped with the job. The contractor said the homeowner was verbally abusive during the confrontation and that he “refrained from punching (the resident) in the face.” The resident took that information as a threat and expressed fear that the contractor would kill his wife and children “because he made a threat to punch him,” officers reported. Officers attempted to calm the resident and advised both men to seek action through civil court to resolve the problem.

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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