Police report: Officer confiscates knife at ERHS, disorderly conduct charges come down at WHS, neighbors threaten juvenile caught during thefts
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
At 1:55 p.m. Nov. 10, Woodbury Public Safety responded to the 9000 block of Highview Lane for a report of an electrical burning smell. Firefighters found no smoke, no flames and no problems.
Police received a juvenile complaint at 5:10 p.m. Nov. 10 from a resident in the 7700 block of Cayenne Plaza. Twenty-three minutes later, the father of the 15-year-old boy expressed concerns about neighbors engaging in a threatening verbal interaction with his son. Police made it clear that “threats cannot be made to one another, despite being out of emotion or possible criminal charges could follow,” the initial complaint report said.
Woodwinds Health Campus contacted Woodbury Public Safety before employees conducted three missing-baby drills to be held during the week of Nov. 10, a day on which staff located the empty bassinet, alerted other employees and found the fictitious baby prior to police officer arrival at 7:46 p.m.
Police were called to Copper Cliff Trail for what turned out to be an unfounded report of a fight at 9:44 p.m. A resident said he heard two men arguing and a fence rattling in his yard. An officer hid in the complainant’s backyard for several minutes and checked the entire area. No noises were heard, and no one was found.
At 8:37 a.m. Nov. 11, Woodbury police responded an intersection near Royal Oaks Elementary after the driving of a 911 caller’s daughter upset a pink-haired pedestrian. The man, who was walking with his 8-year-old daughter at the intersection of Queens Road and Steepleview Drive, ran down the Woodbury complainant’s 2001 Nissan Exterra. He struck one of her vehicle’s side mirrors with his hand, and broke it. Witnesses described the man, who was gone upon officer arrival, as wearing blue jeans and a dark-colored sweatshirt. Damages are estimated at $400. Police classified the incident as road rage.
At 11:35 a.m. Nov. 11, after the Veterans Day assembly at Woodbury High School, teasing led to pushing and shoving between a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy in an upper hallway. They ignored attempts of a female teacher to break up the punching and kicking, and friends eventually pulled them away from each other. Both students reported to assistant principals’ offices and stated that they knew what they were doing was wrong but also didn’t want to back down “when they were being swung at,” the initial complaint report said. Police sent video evidence to the Washington County Attorney’s Office for disorderly conduct charges, and the boys received citations prior to leaving school grounds.
Aware of a dispute between multiple parties at East Ridge High School, the school resource officer met with a 15-year-old girl from Woodbury at 11: 50 a.m. Nov. 11 about possible felony charges. For protection, she had offered a knife to one of the parties involved in the dispute. The other student refused. School administration found out, searched the 15-year-old’s locker, then summoned her to the school office for a recorded, noncustodial interview. At first she was deceptive, but eventually she admitted to concealing a pocket knife in her shoe. The girl expressed remorse. Her parent took her cellphone before leaving.
A girl’s iPhone was taken from a Woodbury Middle School classroom, and her mother called police at 7:01 p.m. Nov. 13. The mother tracked the phone to a nearby neighborhood, where the mother spoke with a high school-aged student who later found the phone in her yard. The screen was smashed and repairs were estimated to cost $140. Police spoke with a suspect and his mother, but found no evidence. Officers listed the 12-year-old boy as no longer a suspect. No one was prosecuted for actions that might’ve amounted to misdemeanor theft or vandalism. The victim’s mother planned to follow up with middle school staff.
Police responded for a report of an interrupted theft at 7:17 p.m. Nov. 13. After catching a 15-year-old white male rummaging through a vehicle along Cascade Plaza South, a 32-year-old man chased the boy to an address along Caulfield Plaza, where he confronted the suspect in front of the boy’s mother and friends. After his phone alerted him to security camera activation, the complainant viewed his vehicle as the suspect entered and tampered with it. Then, the complainant looked through his daughter’s bedroom window and ran. The complainant saw the suspect change clothes, put on a fishing hat, and come out the front door to meet friends. When the man yelled that he was going to beat up the boy, the boy went to the front of the house and was ushered inside by his mother. Police were told that the boy was out to dinner at Alcapulco. The boy, who denied involvement, left fingerprints on the driver’s-side door of the vehicle, and surveillance footage was collected.
At 9:16 a.m. Nov. 14, police responded to a possible burglary in progress along Village Court. A complainant spotted someone in a neighbor’s house while the neighbor was on vacation, but no one responded when the complainant rang the doorbell. Police checked the interior of the house after obtaining the garage door code from the homeowner. All windows and doors were secure, and nothing was amiss.
An 18-year-old man from Woodbury met a 16-year-old boy at Edgewater Park, and police were called at 4:39 p.m. Nov. 14 for a report of possible drug activity. The black Pontiac Sunfire occupied by the males emitted a slight marijuana odor, but no contraband was found. Both of the subjects agreed to leave the area.
A resident along Rainier Bay suspects a Minneapolis man threw a large rock through her bedroom window at 2:25 a.m. Nov. 15. A K-9 was engaged to track west to the area of Interlachen Parkway, on the north side of Rainier Drive.
An 89-year-old Woodbury woman received in the mail a citation for semaphore violation after a two-car accident at Valley Creek Road and Valley Creek Plaza. at 10:23 a.m. Nov. 16, a vehicle driven by another Woodbury woman was making a left turn into the shopping center, while other ran a red light, causing the crash. Both vehicles were towed, and the elderly woman was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
At 5:53 p.m. Nov. 16, police responded to Valley Creek Apartments, in the 1600 block of Century Circle, for a strong smell of marijuana on the first floor. Police checked three floors of the building, finding no smell, then attempted to contact the complainant without success.