Police report: Marijuana in our apartment buildings and schools, an apartment fully engulfed in flames, and many break-ins by juveniles
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Police observed marijuana shake on the seats and floor of a locked Pontiac Bonneville near the intersection of Tower Court and Tower Drive, after a report of suspicious activity at 12:55 a.m. Nov. 3. On a daily basis, multiple males in a Chevy Tahoe have been meeting at midnight in the cul-de-sec and reportedly smoking marijuana. The driver and owner of the Bonneville are known to police.
A Woodbury resident called police at 5:12 a.m. Nov. 4 when she found a large plastic knife, commonly used in connection with Halloween costumes or for a kid’s toy, by her newspaper. Her lawyer told her to report any suspicious incidents to police, because she has had 20 years of issues with her ex-husband following her or showing up at her residence. He has never done anything like this, she told police.
During a showing on Nov. 4, Woodmere Apartments smelled like marijuana -- inside the apartment and from the common area. Police arrived at 2:40 p.m. and also smelled a light odor of drugs, so they attempted to contact several apartments, to no avail.
Woodbury Public Safety responded to a report of eight people yelling and throwing things at 4:14 p.m. Nov. 5 near the Valley Creek Mall Subway. A Woodbury woman and a St. Paul man were fighting in public after a recent break-up. Words were exchanged, she twice drove over his feet, an altercation started, a Subway employee broke it up, and the woman smashed a cellphone on the ground. No one wanted to press charges.
Residents of a second-story apartment in the 6800 block of Ashwood Road were approached by police about the smell of marijuana coming from their unit at 7:20 a.m. Nov. 6. While they denied smelling anything, they were ID’d as the residents of the suspect apartment. Police advised them of the complaint.
A Middleton Elementary School student was suspended after climbing on top of lockers and shoving the principal. Police responded at 9:47 a.m. Nov. 6, when the student became calm and was transported to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul at his father’s request.
Staff at East Ridge High School noticed a student smoking in the girls restroom and called police at 2:40 p.m. Nov. 6. They found drug paraphernalia and a green leafy substance, consistent with marijuana, among her personal items. She was dismissed from school, and reportedly suffered sanctions at home.
A Woodbury woman reported a fight at 9:34 p.m. Nov. 6 in a parking lot along Cobble Hill Alcove, but police found two adults jumping a car and four children running around the lot, being rowdy. They were advised of the complaint and asked their kids to stop screaming.
At 11:44 p.m. Nov. 6, Woodbury Public Safety received a winter parking request in the 3600 block of Bailey Ridge Court. The caller was advised that winter parking ordinances were not being enforced, and no further action was taken.
At 6:11 p.m. Nov. 7, an officer responded to a report of drug activity near the intersection of Radio Drive and Interstate 94. Police checked the area for people allegedly smoking marijuana in a vehicle, but had to clear for a higher-priority call.
At 8:39 p.m. Nov. 7, a group of 20 teens were involved in a disturbance in the 7700 block of Cayenne Plaza W. The complainant asked what they were doing and they didn’t respond. It was reportedly odd for such a large number of kids to be outside her residence.
At 9:46 p.m. Nov. 7, along Cayenne Plaza, a third-degree burglary and possible gunshots were reported. Officers observed kids at a party, learned of three males being turned away because the mother didn’t know them, and heard about a vandalism incident during which a complainant had chased kids away from two homes. They allegedly damaged a garage service door at one house. At the anoother house, a garage light was criminally damaged for the second time in two weeks.
Five minutes later, police were called back to Cayenne Plaza for a report of two juveniles punching out a window and entering a garage. The complainant told police the house might not be occupied. Suspects ran through yards to escape.
At 2:22 p.m. Nov. 8, a Woodbury man allegedly committed fifth-degree domestic assault against his live-in girlfriend. Police found the woman lying on the floor in the kitchen of a home along St. John’s Place. The man was arrested.
An attempted break-in was reported at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the 2300 block of Sumac Way. Someone had tampered with the handle of the door between a garage and house. The screws that hold the door on had been undone and half of the handle was on the ground. It is not believed that someone entered the residence.
Police responded to a domestic situation at 8:07 p.m. Nov. 8 along Cayenne Plaza. An anonymous caller had heard yelling, items being thrown and sounds of a struggle. A woman said: “Help me!” Officers announced themselves and entered the house through an open rear patio door. The woman, who in fear but not injured, came out of the hallway to the master bedroom, appearing emotionally upset. Her husband hid in the bedroom until officers proceeded down the hallway, giving him a verbal command. Deemed noncompliant, the man was handcuffed without incident. He was arrested and jailed for alleged fifth-degree domestic assault. It was his second arrest in five years for domestic assault; police believe disposition to be pending on the previous allegations.
A verbal domestic dispute occurred at Red Roof Inn at 11:26 a.m. Nov. 9. A couple was struggling with life decisions and treatment for methadone.
One third-floor apartment unit was fully engulfed in flames when a police officer arrived at 12:09 p.m. Nov. 9. The officer assisted in evacuation of the large apartment complex and firefighters from Woodbury, Oakdale, Lake Elmo and Cottage Grove were listed as some of the responding agencies.
Police were called at 5:59 p.m. Nov. 9 to a disturbance in the 7200 block of Guider Drive. The owner of Crown Villa Apartments had sent a rent bill to a collections agency and during a meeting with two women, one of them became frustrated, started swearing and knocked over several items in the office. One woman, who was not listed on the lease, was trespassed from the premises.
At 10:51 p.m. Nov. 9, the owner of a red Hyundai Elantra called police with a description of a juvenile who was observed tampering with the vehicle. The boy tried the driver-side handle of the locked car, which was parked in the 7700 block of Cayenne Plaza W.
At 11:23 p.m. Nov. 9, a juvenile was caught tampering with a motor vehicle in the 2300 block of Cascade Plaza S. The suspect is known in the neighborhood, and security camera footage shows multiple instances of him rummaging through the inside of a Geo Prism parked in the driveway. The complainant had planted in the vehicle empty Marlboro cigarette packs containing M&Ms and a piece of purple-colored chalk. The suspect took the bait.