Police report: Stolen boyfriend-girlfriend photos, an angry roommate with a knife, and a driver with foggy windows cuts off police officer at 2 a.m.
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A River Falls, Wisc., man rolled his car at 3:05 p.m. Dec. 29, along Bielenberg Drive, but he escaped unscathed. The Oldsmobile he was driving slid through the corner near the former Hartford building and went off the road, hitting a streetlight and arrow street sign while totaling the sedan. The car was towed.
At 11:15 p.m. Dec. 29, police responded to a report of a possible break-in along Vining Drive. Officers spoke with a possible suspect, but they determined he was not involved. A maintenance man arrived on scene and verified everything was OK. The complainant was advised.
Woodbury Public Safety cleared a home along Courtly Alcove after a man reported an oven fire at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Upon firefighter arrival, the fire was out but the house was smoky.
Two suspicious vehicles parked in the lot adjacent to Bielenberg Sports Center at 11:31 p.m. Dec. 31. People were jumping on the hoods of their cars. The 911 caller stated they might be intoxicated. The complainant offered no vehicle description nor license plate information. Police checked the area with negative results.
At 12:10 a.m. Jan. 1, police responded to the area of Robinwood Way for a report of scraping and banging sounds coming from the nearby ice rink. Officers checked and nothing was located. There were fireworks going off, which might have caused the noise.
At 2:08 a.m. Jan. 1, near at the intersection of Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road, a vehicle with foggy windows turned left from the right-turn lane, cutting off a police vehicle in the left turn lane. The driver, a Woodbury resident, couldn’t see out the front or rear windows. A traffic stop resulted. The officer smelled alcohol in the vehicle, but when the driver submitted to a preliminary breath test (PBT), his blood-alcohol content registered 0.000. Two passengers, one of them a high school freshman, admitted minor consumption, blew a 0.05 and a 0.12, and were cited and released. The cooperative juvenile was given a ride home and a referral to the Youth Service Bureau. His father seemed concerned, officers noted. The driver was cited for having a suspended license and an open bottle, and released. Another passenger, with a valid license, drove the car from the scene.
Police responded, with negative results, to a noise complaint at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1, along Vining Drive. Neighbors were banging on the walls of an adjacent townhouse to the complainant’s home.
At 1:42 p.m. Jan. 1, smoke was reportedly coming out of the window of a home along Vining Drive. Woodbury firefighters responded for a possible house fire. The homeowner had burned a plastic utensil on the stovetop, and he brought a firefighter inside to visually confirm that there was no fire. The homeowner continued to ventilate the residence. No Woodbury Public Safety assistance was necessary.
At 5:18 p.m. Jan. 2, Woodbury Public Safety responded to a fire call under the bridge at the intersection of Interstate 494 and Tamarack Road. The caller said his blue Saturn was actively on fire. Firefighters found that it had overheated, they called for a tow truck, and the Minnesota State Patrol wrote a report.
At 1:56 a.m. Jan. 3, along Columbia Court, police were called to a verbal dispute between roommates. Two roommates were arguing, and when a third man went downstairs to see what was going on, one of the roommates was lying on the steps. He was extremely intoxicated, so the man escorted his roommate to his room. The drunk man exited his room, grabbed a kitchen knife and began rambling about the argument. While he didn’t threaten anyone with the knife, it was taken away and he was restrained until Woodbury police arrived. Officers handcuffed him and transported him via ambulance for a medical evaluation.
An attempted break-in was reported at 10:58 p.m. Jan. 3, along Vermillion Bay. Someone was heard at the door, the dog was barking, and when the complainant turned on the lights, an unknown car sped away toward Settlers Ridge Parkway. Extra patrol was requested.
A possible fire was reported at 12:28 a.m. Jan. 4, at Ray J’s American Grill. White smoke was coming from the roof, the complainant said. Firefighters found a crew steam cleaning, which was causing the steam viewed by the 911 caller.
Police checked on a report of a man in a sweatsuit knocking on doors at 4:08 a.m. Jan. 4 at Red Roof Inn. Officers didn’t observe any suspicious behavior.
At 4 p.m. Jan. 4, a burglary was reported in the 6800 block of Ashwood Road. About $200 worth of CDs were stolen from a 2014 Ford Focus parked in an unattached garage. Also missing were a wallet, $1 in change, photographs of the complainant and her boyfriend, and the owner’s manual for the car. The owner’s manual was valued at $25. The burglar had opened the unlocked overhead garage door. The victim didn’t know who to suspect.
An accident with minor injuries occurred at 4:06 p.m. Jan. 4, along Century Avenue, near Carver Lake Beach. The driver, a juvenile, was transported to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, her vehicle was towed, and police notified her mother.