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NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

A worker at Papa John’s, 1960 Donegal Drive, reported July 15 that someone with garbled speech called to place a pizza order. When asked to provide his phone number, the caller said “I’m coming in to rob you for pizza.” The complainant said he was unable to retrieve the caller’s information other than the name “Danny.” The complainant suspected it was a prank call.

Police were called July 15 to the Stonemill Farms development for a report of shots fired. Dispatchers received a call from an anonymous complainant who said shots were fired at a house in the area. Two juvenile suspects were identified. Police did not provide any other information about the incident.

A Woodbury resident reported July 16 that his wife and a female neighbor had gotten into an argument. The man said he thinks the neighbor has been holding a grudge against him ever since an incident at Home Depot several years ago. The neighbor reportedly seems to “force” greetings when seeing him in public. The complainant asked the officer to speak to the neighbor about her attitude. The officer told the man he couldn’t do so unless a crime was involved.

A Woodbury man reported July 16 that another motorist was seen throwing items from a vehicle driving down Woodlane Drive. The complainant said he spoke to the driver after seeing him drive poorly and after watching food being launched out the window. That prompted the motorist to present his middle finger to the complaint and assail him with profanity. Police located the vehicle, a lawn care truck driven by a West St. Paul man. A back seat passenger admitted to tossing a hot dog bun out the window. All of the lawn truck’s passengers said the West St. Paul man was driving recklessly and that they, too, were sworn at after urging him to pull over. No charges were filed.

Officers on patrol July 17 on Windmill Curve stopped a vehicle for suspicious activity. As an officer approached the vehicle, three males fled on foot and got away. One male remained and consented to the search of a backpack in the vehicle, which contained drug paraphernalia. More paraphernalia was found elsewhere in the vehicle. The driver, a juvenile male from Woodbury, identified the three other males. Formal charges were pending with Washington County prosecutors.

An anonymous caller reported July 17 that a man in the 8800 block of Spring Lane was seen beating a small white dog. Police spoke with the suspect, who admitted to spanking the dog with a leash and kenneling it in the garage because it relieved itself in his house. The officer inspected the dog, which did not have any physical signs of abuse.

A female complainant reported July 18 that she was sexually assaulted by a taxi cab driver who had picked her up at a Maplewood hospital. When he dropped her off at home, the man grabbed her breast twice, told her she was beautiful and requested her phone number. The suspect, a Minneapolis resident, denied the assault. He was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and jailed in Stillwater.

A St. Paul motorist was cited July 19 for speeding and driving after revocation after being clocked driving 102 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 94 in Woodbury.

Officers were called July 20 to Arby’s, 9975 Hudson Road, for a road rage report. A Hudson man said he and another motorist nearly collided in traffic. The suspect, a Woodbury man, got out of his vehicle and, without a word, slapped the complainant’s driver’s side mirror -- the impact from which knocked the mirror to the ground. The suspect, described as being in his 30s, got back in his vehicle and left. Police located the suspect, who corroborated much of the story, but claimed the mirror fell off when the complainant drove the vehicle and it struck his hand. Possible charges were being considered.

A juvenile male reported July 21 that he was robbed earlier in the night near the Woodbury YMCA. He said he was attacked and robbed by a Woodbury man who took the complainant’s phone and $85 in cash. Police located the phone at the suspect’s home.

A Woodbury man found his garbage can on fire July 22 outside in his driveway. The can melted all the way to the ground. The fire appeared to be intentionally set, though no suspects were identified.

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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