Police report: Restaurants pass underage-alcohol tests, somebody steals $500 in hardhats, dinged Dodge Challenger
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
East Ridge High School administration became aware that a student from Woodbury was carrying a bottle suspected to contain alcohol on Sept. 29. The student, who is not 21 years old and did not have permission from parents to consume alcohol, admitted to underage possession and consumption of beer on school property. The case was referred to the Youth Service Bureau, where the boy will be required to take part in a chemical awareness program. Sanctions will also occur at home. While the student acted lackadaisical but honest, his parent’s attitude was good, according to Woodbury Public Safety’s initial complaint report.
Theft from a vehicle was reported at the Red Roof Inn at 4:21 p.m. Sept. 29. Items worth almost $1,300 went missing overnight, including five hardhats, two welding jackets, two pairs of welding gloves, five pairs of welding lenses, thee pairs of channel locks, two Cresent spud wrenches, two round two-hole pins, a Huntsman welding hood, shin-high steel-toe work boots, screwdrivers, grinding wheels, a welding stinger with 6 feet of wire, welding rings, welding wheels, wrenches and a flashlight.
Cheers Pablo, Angelina’s Kitchen, Eagle Valley Golf Course, Carbone’s Pizzeria, Short Stop Wine & Spirits, Thanh Truc Restaurant, Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Kwik Trip, Ray J’s American Grill, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Punch Neopolitan Pizza, Sushi Tango, India Palace, Cub Foods, Cravings Wine Bar, Akita Sushi & Hibachi, Sheraton Hotel, the Tavern Grill, Noodles & Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Cowboy Jack’s, Yang’s Chinese Restaurant, Keys Cafe & Bakery, Walmart and Tamarack Taproom successfully passed alcohol compliance checks with Woodbury Public Safety, according to a Sept. 29 initial complaint report.
At 3:15 p.m. Sept. 30, a couch caught on fire in a home along Lilac Lane and the house became fully engulfed in flames. Woodbury Public Safety responded, along with Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Oakdale and Lower St. Croix Valley fire departments.
Woodbury police assisted the Minnesota Department of Corrections by visited the apartment at 4:40 p.m. Sept. 30 along Ashwood Road. The initial complaint report associates notes that officers knocked on the door of an active DOC fugitive who is listed on the apartment lease. Among his alleged offenses: “assault with weapon,” the report said. No contact was made, and multiple phone calls were made without success.
At 7:46 p.m. Sept. 30, police responded to a report of an intruder in a home along Andrea Drive. The complainant heard whispering and proceeded to hide on the roof. Officers checked the interior and exterior of the house and no nothing was found.
At 8:27 p.m. Sept. 30, the fire at a house along Lilac Lane rekindled and firefighters put out flames at the rear side of the home.
Police responded at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 2 for a student carrying a box cutter at a location along Pioneer Drive. The boy was honest, polite and apologetic about the situation, which involved his friend being threatened, and the boy carrying the weapon for protection. It was confiscated. He also had ADHD medication and a flask, which were turned over the nurse and school resource officer respectively. A long discussion about rules and regulations took place. The boy had no prior history.
Sometime during the workday Oct. 2, a white 2014 Dodge Challenger was damaged in the parking lot at Dean’s Foods, in the 1900 block of Wooddale Drive. At 6:50 p.m., after the owner, a St. Paul woman, got home from work, she reported the property damage -- a dent near the bumper -- to police.
Police stood by at 4:38 p.m. Oct. 2 as a potentially unruly customer left Fun Jumps, in the 700 block of Commerce Drive, without incident.
At 1:01 a.m. Oct. 3, police assisted a Wild Bill’s patron who was removed from the business. The Roseville man’s cell phone had been broken in the process, and he was asking for the restaurant to pay the insurance deductible. “Clearly intoxicated,” according to the initial complaint report, the man admitted to being verbally argumentative with bouncers. He said they threw him to the ground. During the course of the discussion with police, the man became argumentative with police and hung up. The complainant stated he was not treated right by staff.
At 9:45 a.m. Oct. 3, cleaning staff at Extended Stay America found marijuana and paraphernalia in plain view in a hotel room. When approached by police, the renter of the room, a man from Milwaukee, agreed to leave. No citation was issued.
Three locks were broken on storage units at Simply Self Storage, in the 800 block of Weir Drive, and a possible suspect was recorded by surveillance cameras. The complainant, an employee, notified tenants to see if anything was missing.
Firefighters put out a vehicle fire at 4:14 p.m. Oct. 3, near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Woodbury Drive.
Woodbury Public Safety sent a medic to an accident with injuries at 4:35 p.m. Oct. 3, near the intersection of Manning Avenue and Valley Creek Road in Afton. A motorist was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after a car and motorcycle crashed.
At 7:11 p.m. Oct. 3, three suspicious vehicles pulled into the Liberty Ridge Elementary School. The car were gone on arrival.
At 7:36 p.m. Oct. 3, drug activity was reported in the 2200 block of Sumac Circle. Not far away, police stopped a car with two occupants, both Woodbury residents. The passenger admitted smoking marijuana. A parents came to get the vehicle, and because of the suspects’ honesty and parental involvement, there were no charges. Police disposed of the drugs and paraphernalia.