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Police reports: Poolside assault, World Cup fever draws alarm, playground push-down, more ...

Police were called June 24 to the Dancing Waters pool for an assault. A woman went to the pool with her kids but the key fob she used to open the gate didn’t work. She asked a man inside the pool to let her in. The request was denied. The woman left, then returned with another malfunctioning key fob, and watched as the man inside the pool area helped someone else with a malfunctioning fob enter. The woman found her way inside the pool area, which prompted the man inside to ask her who let her in. His profanity-laced comments were met by the woman’s husband, who entered the scene. He was chest-bumped by the male suspect, who then punched the husband in the mouth. The woman’s husband sustained a fat lip. The suspect, a Woodbury man, was cited for fifth-degree assault.

Officers and firefighters responded June 25 to a dishwasher fire in the 6000 block of Hudson Road. The fire was out before police arrived.

Police were called June 26 to Woodwinds Health Campus, 1925 Woodwinds Drive, for an assault report. A man in the emergency room had a cut to his arm that he said he sustained at a party. He declined to discuss details of the assault with police.

Police responded June 27 to a home on Prospect Curve for possible burglary. A man there told dispatchers he was fighting with someone trying to break into his home. Police arrived and found the caller had barricaded himself in a bedroom. After being talked out of the room, the man admitted to drug use and hearing voices from “invisible friends.” He was given an emergency psychological commitment to a Regions Hospital.

Police and firefighters were called June 27 to a house fire on Sherwood Road. Officers arrived to find a controlled recreational fire as the culprit behind the report.

An anonymous caller reported June 27 that people waving baseball bats were in a vehicle driving around at Bailey Road and Woodbury Drive. Believing the suspects were “messing around,” the activity prompted the caller to “mess around” as well. Police made contact with the suspect’s vehicle and advised the juvenile driver against the perils of such activity.

Police were called June 28 to a Guider Drive parking lot for a report of a man and a woman in a fight. The officer found a man and a woman sitting peacefully on a bench. The man told the officer he and his girlfriend were both of Colombian descent and were out having a cigarette during halftime of the Colombia-Uruguay World Cup soccer game. The man explained that the loud talking he associated with his native culture may have raised alarm. The officer updated the man on the score of the game, which pleased the man. He was advised to keep the noise down.

A Woodbury woman reported June 29 that her son was thrown off the Middleton Elementary slide by an adult male. Police met with the victim and another boy who said the victim threw something that accidentally hit another child in the back. That prompted the suspect to yell profanities at them and to push the victim off the slide onto the ground. The boy has not hurt. Police did not locate the suspect.

A Woodbury woman reported June 29 that a male neighbor threatened her son. The neighbor confronted her to tell her that her son had dropped a broken stick in his yard and had aimed a laser pointer at his window the day before. The woman said she would have her son apologize to the man, but was concerned because the neighbor threatened to harm the boy if the behavior continued. She was advised to wait for the man to “cool off.”

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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