Weather Forecast


Police reports: Drive-thru fistfight, confrontational cyclist, underage party, more ...

Police were alerted June 11 that a red van was spotted trailing a mail truck in the 1200 block of Saddlebrook Lane and stopping at mailboxes. Police stopped the vehicle, driven by a Woodbury man, who said he was putting brochures into mail slots but not opening the boxes.

A Minneapolis man reported June 11 that his car was stolen at Holiday Station, 757 Radio Drive. The man said he and two friends came to Woodbury and stopped at the gas station. The car owner went inside to buy bottled water under the assumption that his female passenger would pay for gas at the pump, so he left the keys in the car. The car was gone when he came back. After several minutes went by and he realized it wasn’t a prank, he called the police. Officers completed a stolen vehicle report, but the man refused to sign it and objected to listing the vehicle as stolen, stating “he would like to take care of this on his own.” The man called back hours later to report the car as stolen and was told he’d need to complete paperwork in Woodbury, prompting him to say he was “going to think about it.” He returned to Woodbury on June 12 to list the car as stolen but refused to turn over any information on the suspects. The car was later found in Minneapolis.

Police were called June 12 to the 3000 block of Tanner Road for an underage drinking party. A complainant reported seeing at least a dozen young people around the house drinking. Police issued a social host citation and a noise complaint ticket to a resident of the house.

A Cresthaven Trail resident reported June 12 that his female neighbor had been disrespectful and had instructed children to throw a football at his window. The complainant said the football incident was retaliation for noise complaints he had made against her. Police were unable to contact the suspect.

A Stillwater man reported June 13 that a cyclist wearing a soccer jersey was riding in the middle of westbound Valley Creek Road traffic near City Centre Drive. The complainant shouted at the cyclist to get off the road and onto a bike path. The cyclist followed the complainant to the BP gas station on Woodlane Drive at Valley Creek Road and confronted the motorist. The cyclist said he would take the motorist to court, took a photo of his truck, but rode away after being told the police were coming.

Workers at Golf Galaxy, 9780 Hudson Road, reported the theft of golf balls. A man entered the store, picked out 12 boxes of high-end golf balls. Workers discovered the theft after he and a suspected female accomplice left. Loss: $576.

Police were called June 14 to Wild Bill’s, 546 Commons Drive, for an assault. A woman said she was walking to her vehicle when she was confronted by an unknown woman who hit her in the face. Another woman attempted to break up the scene and was also slugged by the suspect. The suspect was not located.

Police were called at 2:23 a.m. June 15 to a fistfight in the drive-thru at McDonald’s, 1759 Weir Drive. Officers arrived to find a St. Paul man and a Woodbury woman in the bushes near the restaurant. It was determined that the fight started while a female passenger was attempting to place a drive-thru order, but was interrupted by the Woodbury woman. This caused words between the two male occupants of the vehicle, who then slugged it out in the drive-thru lane. The driver and the other female drove off before police arrived. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident.

An Evergreen Echo resident reported June 15 that his home had been burglarized. Someone broke down the back door to his garage and entered his home, taking a television, a computer and $300 cash.

A Rimbley Road resident reported finding a chicken in her backyard June 15. An officer collected the chicken and took it to the Animal Humane Society.

An officer on patrol June 17 at Super America, 6401 Lake Road Terrace, noticed a vehicle parked in a handicap stall without displaying an accompanying handicap placard. The officer spoke with the driver, who admitted he didn’t have a handicap placard. The officer also noticed a strong scent of marijuana, so he asked the driver to exit the vehicle in order to search it. The driver, a Woodbury man, rolled up the window and exited the car. He then shut the door, told the officer he couldn’t search the car and attempted to push past him. The officer placed the suspect against the vehicle to control him while the man protested that he knew his rights. A search of the vehicle turned up burning-hot marijuana pipe in the center console next to a marijuana grinder and additional paraphernalia. A search of the trunk yielded a coffee can packed with multiple baggies, pipes, drug paraphernalia and more pot. The suspect was cited for obstructing the legal process, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and a handicap parking violation. He apologized for his behavior and was released.

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

(715) 426-1072