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Police reports: Suspicious clover hunters, rock-throwing teens, neighbor dispute, more ...

A Woodbury motorist reported June 17 that he was being tailgated by another vehicle on Valley Creek Road at Colby Lake Drive. The motorist admitted the tailgating began after he cut off the vehicle on the highway. The tailgater eventually drove off.

A Schooner Way resident reported June 18 that an “old, blind” snapping turtle was in the middle of the road. Police arrived to find the animal in the complainant’s yard. “The turtle appeared to be fine and was going about its business as usual,” the report states. No additional police assistance was required.

Police on patrol outside Applebee’s, 10150 Hudson Road, reported finding a car parked in a handicap stall without displaying a handicap placard. As the officer was writing a ticket, the driver came out of the restaurant displaying her placard. She was issued a verbal warning.

A resident in the 6800 block of Sandlewood Road reported June 20 that a male and a female had been picking at grass for two hours in the front yard of a vacant home. Police made contact with the suspects, a Woodbury woman and a Cannon Falls, Minn., man, who were found to be hunting four-leaf clovers. According to the report, the people “were very pleased with the volume of the four- and five-leaf clovers they had found.” No problems were discovered; the duo was allowed to resume its hunt.

Police were called June 20 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a bicycle theft. A woman said she had left her unlocked bike outside the store and it was gone when she returned.

Officers responded June 22 to Oak Knoll Drive after a caller told dispatchers he heard someone screaming from a neighbor’s house, “Don’t leave me here. I’m afraid he’s going to burn the house down.” Police spoke with a juvenile female there and found that an unwanted relative had been at the house but was now gone. Another family member was home to care for the girl.

Police and firefighters were called June 22 to a motorcycle fire at Woodbury Drive and Bailey Road. The owner of the motorcycle, a Woodbury man, said he was driving it to a friend’s house to work on the motorcycle’s starter when it died in the middle of the roundabout. While attempting to restart it, the engine popped and began to produce flames. The motorcycle, a 1978 Suzuki, was fully engulfed shortly after.

Police were called June 22 to Aspenwood Plaza for a neighbor dispute. A woman had approached two other residents and asked them to stop swearing in front of children there. The complainant said that prompted one of the suspects to behave rudely toward her. Police spoke with the suspect, who said she felt as though people were “teaming up on her” to get her kicked out of her unit. All parties were advised to cease contact with one another.

Officers responded June 22 to Halstead Trail for teenagers throwing rocks. Police were unable to locate suspects.

An Aspenwood Plaza resident reported June 23 that two birds – possibly “love birds – that looked out of place were spotted in a tree. The birds flew off when an officer arrived to check on the situation.

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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