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A Woodbury woman reported July 1 that older skateboarders at the Ojibway Park skate park were being rude and yelling at younger children there. The woman confronted the older skaters, who were described as “very confrontational.” The woman was advised to call police if she sees the skaters again so “police can give them a talking-to.”

An Ojibway Park Court resident reported July 1 that between 1 and 4 p.m. a man came to her came to her door asking if anyone lived there. The man left after the complainant confirmed her residency.

Police were called July 1 to Bielenberg Sports Center ball fields for a fight between two softball teams. The crowd was dispersing by the time police arrived. Officers stood by as the combatants left.

Sweet Peas Floral, 783 Radio Drive, reported July 3 for a disgruntled customer. The angry customers – an engaged couple – said they unsuccessfully tried breaking an agreement with the business to provide flowers at their wedding. The couple sought a refund, which was not immediately granted. The couple was told to leave for the day and to return later to speak with the owner.

A Green & White Taxi cab driver reported July 4 that he was assaulted by a passenger at 6940 Ashwood Road. The driver got into an argument with the passenger, a Maplewood man, who punched the driver in the head and spit on him. The driver drove off for his own safety. Police caught the suspect, who admitted to arguing with the driver, but denied the assault. He was cited for fifth-degree assault.

Security guards at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported seeing a man steal merchandise during a trip to the store’s restroom. Police were called and stopped the vehicle the man entered. A search of the vehicle turned up a syringe the man said was loaded with methamphetamine. The man, who listed no permanent address, was arrested and jailed in Stillwater on suspicion of fifth-degree drug possession and two theft counts.

Police were called July 4 to CVS Pharmacy, 2150 Eagle Creek Lane, for an irate customer. The customer, a Woodbury woman, became upset after her request to fill a prescription to be picked up by her son earlier in the day was denied. The woman was trespassed from the store.

An anonymous caller reported July 4 that a Forest Boulevard resident was seen standing fully naked in front of his door performing a sexual act. The witness said she walked past the man’s front door and saw him masturbating. Police went to the man’s house, where he answered the door wearing only a pair of shorts. After being confronted with the report, the suspect denied pleasuring himself from behind his screen door. He claimed he was looking out his door from a rocking chair. The man was informed that lewd behavior visible to the public is illegal.

Police were called July 6 to Ojibway Park for a fight among teenagers near the volleyball fields. One of the combatants, a juvenile male, said the fight was organized through Facebook after an online fight over a girl. The male sustained a bloody mouth during the fight. He was not cited for the incident, but was given a verbal warning.

A Collingwood Lane resident reported July 6 that his wooden coffee table valued at $300 was stolen from his unlocked garage stall.

A Leyland Trail resident reported July 7 that his medication was stolen sometime over the past month. Several family members had visited the home during the time frame, but he didn’t suspect them of stealing the anxiety pills.

A Boy Scout troop leader from Woodbury reported July 7 that six American flags temporarily distributed throughout the community for the Fourth of July were stolen. Loss: $120.

An officer on patrol July 7 at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported seeing an able-bodied man park and walk from a vehicle displaying a handicap placard. The man walked back out of the store with an able-bodied woman – the daughter of the man who had been issued the handicap placard. She admitted to using her father’s placard because she recently had back surgery. She was issued a parking violation. 

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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