Police report: Possible swatting incident, student bumps high school staff, and pouring hot tea on a child
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
* A failure-to-yield citation was issued to a driver who caused injury in an accident on June 3 near the intersection of Woodduck Circle and Bluebird Lane.
* Police assisted with the eviction of a St. Paul family from a business in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive. The family had five occupants in a four-person room, refused to pay the bill, gathered their belongings, were given a ride to another motel, and were verbally trespassed from the Woodbury business.
* Police identified a suspicious 911 call as a "possible swatting incident," according to a police report. A male caller at 6:27 p.m. June 3 claimed another male staying in a particular room at a hotel in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive was "packing a 9mm," then hung up. Dispatchers called back and an unknown person answered, said the suspect had pointed a gun in the caller's face an hour earlier, then hung up again. When officers called the room, a female answered the phone. She was detained and the room was cleared. Police contacted the suspect, a Woodbury resident, who has no permanent address, had been at work all day, denied owning a gun and was advised of the reason for the police response. The woman was released into the room.
* Police responded at 12:06 p.m. June 4 to a report of malicious punishment of a child that allegedly occurred in Woodbury. A teacher was present while a mother struck the teenage child's hand with a hard glasses case in response to a lie. She also slapped the child in the face and threatened to pour hot tea on the child. The victim cried and was very upset but also unwilling to speak at length about the incident. Police asked yes-or-no questions and, via phone, social services was contacted about the incident.
* At 12:13 p.m. June 4, a St. Paul man was evicted from a hotel in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive for nonpayment. The man gathered his belongings and was trespassed from the property.
* At 12:05 p.m. June 5, a student bumped a staff member after being turned away while attempting to speak to another student who was on in-school suspension at a school in Woodbury. The school didn't immediately press charges. School staff handled any required parental notification.
* A three-vehicle accident occurred near the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Interstate 494 at 12:15 p.m. June 6. A Lakeland man was cited for rear ending one car, driven by a Woodbury woman, who then crashed with the third car, driven by a St. Paul woman. All of those involved exchanged insurance information and denied medical attention. Police completed a state accident report. The incident was classified as a property damage accident caused by careless/reckless/exhibition driving.
* A Rockhopper specialized mountain bike was stolen June 6 from a Woodbury resident who failed to lock it up outside the library. The blue and chrome bike has an estimated value of $500. Police have no suspects.
* Police observed lewd behavior occurring between two 20-somethings on June 6 near the soccer fields in the northwest portion of Summit Point Park. A Woodbury man and a Minneapolis woman were advised that their behavior was unacceptable in a public park and that future activity would result in citations.
* At 1:50 p.m. June 7, police responded to an accident with injuries near the intersection of Upper Afton Road and Century Avenue. A driver from St. Paul did not see a motorcyclist from Woodbury. While the traffic light was green, the southbound motorcycle turned left in front of a car headed northbound on Century. The motorcyclist's shirt was torn and he suffered an abrasion on his chest, but he declined emergency medical services. He was warned for failure to yield the right of way. Minor vehicle damage was caused, and neither vehicle was towed.
* At 6:32 p.m. June 9, a female motorcyclist from Woodbury rear ended a car, driven by a Woodbury man in the intersection of Tamarack and Summerwind Road. The car had stopped halfway through its turn from Summerwind onto Tamarack, impeding traffic. Injuries were not detailed in the Woodbury Public Safety report, rather a state accident report was completed.