Police report: Ref ejects dad from basketball tourney, a Nerf gun battle wages, and a couple of single-car accidents
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
* The complainant in an assault that occurred May 3 along Grand Isle Place returned to the police department to speak to an officer on May 5.
* A road hazard was reported to police at 3:31 p.m. May 5. Near the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Interstate 494, a vehicle pulled onto the shoulder so that people could get out and pick up clothing from the ditch. Information was transfered to the Minnesota State Patrol.
* On May 6, a woman screaming about a burglary called police from a business in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive. Her things went missing after just getting released from the hospital. Upon police arrival, the complainant -- whose name, sex, address and date of birth were redacted from the police report by Woodbury Public Safety -- said she didn't need police assistance, entered a vehicle and left. Police redacted the number from the address of the business.
* Suspicious activity was reported in the 1400 block of Queens Drive at 8:43 p.m. May 6. Concerned about employees at a movie theater, a complainant told police the interior doors to the business were unlocked while exterior doors remained open. Employees told police they leave the vestibule open so that Metro Transit commuters can wait inside if it is too cold, too hot or raining.
* Police received to a report of a theft in progress May 7 in the 1500 block of Regatta Drive. An unknown male was crouching behind a trailer with a gun, possibly trying to steal the trailer. It was only after the 911 call took place that the complainant realized the weapon was a Nerf gun and began laughing. Police counseled parents whose kids were involved in game and warned of possible disorderly conduct charges for continued behavior that alarms neighbors.
* An accident caused injuries near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Interstate 494. An ambulance transported a victim to Woodwinds Health Campus. The Minnesota State Patrol handled the call, with Woodbury Public Safety assistance.
* A referee ejected a parent from his child's basketball game during a tournament at Woodbury High School. Police were advised at 11:40 a.m. May 9 that the disorderly man had threatened to come back for a 1:30 p.m. game.
* An accident with injuries occurred at 11:56 a.m. May 9 near the intersection of Radio Drive and Interstate 94. Minnesota State Patrol took the lead after a car hit the guardrail and Woodbury Public Safety received a report that the driver appeared to have passed out.
* Two men got into verbal and physical altercations at the front doors to a business in the 10200 block of Hudson Road. One man fled the scene, while the other man left through another door, reportedly saying something to the effect of: "I don't want to go back to jail." Neither party called to report an assault, and the business' employees were advised to call back if the men returned.
* At 8:01 p.m. May 9 at Lake Middle School, police responded to a trespassing complaint. Behind the school, where athletic equipment is stored, juveniles were climbing on the roof. Officers checked the area with negative results, and the complainant later advised the mischievous kids were no longer in the area.
* At 7:15 a.m. May 10, an accident caused personal injury to a driver whose vehicle hit a pine tree at a residence near the intersection of Pioneer Drive and Bailey Ridge Drive. The single-car crash was witnessed by two others, who found the driver alone and unresponsive. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.10, a blood draw was taken, parents were notified, and fourth-degree DWI charges are pending the results of the blood test.