Police report: Trashing a law office, setting fires in school, flushing leftover marijuana
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
● At 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, in the 3500 Fairfax Lane, a resident returned home to find ajar the door between the garage and house. She thought she heard a cough from inside the residence, so she left and called 911. Officers found the outside of the house to be secure, and nothing suspicious and no signs of criminal activity were found inside.
● At 8:01 p.m. Feb. 17, a Darque Tan employee called police about a customer who smelled of marijuana, and an officer explained businesses’ options to refuse service. The employee wanted to document the incident.
● A 2008 Polaris FST LX snowmobile (valued at $5,000), trailer ($1,500) and two covers ($100 each) were reported stolen at 9:22 a.m. Feb. 18 from a garage in the 6000 block of Hudson Road. The garage door appeared to have been pried open or broken into. One victim lives in St. Paul, the other in Riverview, Fla.
● When police knocked on a room door at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 2:37 a.m. Feb. 19, it took several minutes for the occupants to answer. They were flushing the last of their marijuana down the toilet. Throughout the hotel hallway it smelled of marijuana, and officers had been called to assist in evicting the renters of the room and encouraging payment of the hotel’s smoking fee. The occupants -- a St. Paul man, a Bloomington man and an Oak Park Heights woman -- left without incident.
● An accident caused injuries at 6:44 a.m. Feb. 19, near the intersection of Lake Road and Devonshire Drive. A Woodbury woman and a Cottage Grove man crashed. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the report, and Twin City Towing arrived on scene to assist.
● Overnight Feb. 18-19, someone trashed the Harden Law Office in Woodbury and stole a Bose stereo, a lamp and a vacuum cleaner. The cash box was taken and the vending machine pried open. Police officers were called at 9:18 a.m. Feb. 19 to find filing cabinets knocked over, along with drawers and files. Apparently, any suspects accessed an underground garage and forced entry into the law office.
● A juvenile whose mom says the girl sets fire to things when mad will not be charged with arson by the Washington County Attorney’s Office, after police were called to Woodbury High School at 12:12 p.m. Feb. 19. With a friend, the student set a piece of paper on fire, held it up to the fire sprinkler near the gym, threw it into the trash can, and walked away. They both went to the track above the gym, and the student lit more paper on fire and dropped it. The incident, which occurred Feb. 18, was not the first time she has set something on fire in a school setting; there was another incident in 2014. The girl had been under peer pressure to set the recent fire, she told police. School consequences were set in place.
● A resident along North View Lane reported a break-in in progress at 7:16 p.m. Feb. 19. Someone was attempting to use a key at the front door, and later the resident found the front-door light bulb had been broken. The complainant’s wife saw a small sports-utility vehicle pulling out of the driveway, but they didn’t have a suspect description. Police advised the resident to call back if the suspect or vehicle returned.
● When police arrived at an apartment in the 6800 block of Ashwood Road, the party was over. While Woodbury Public Safety found no truth to the allegation of marijuana use in the residence, the party was loud. The renter asked her visitors to leave at 12:41 a.m. Feb. 20.
● A Hudson, Wis., juvenile ran a red light at 12:32 p.m. Feb. 20, hit a vehicle driven by a Stillwater woman, and received a citation for inattentive driving. The woman injured her head, but was not transported to the hospital. The girl was looking down at her cellphone to navigate when she saw a yellow light changing to red and proceeded through the intersection of Hudson Place and Commerce Drive. Moderate damage was caused to both vehicles’ front ends.
● At 2:13 p.m. Feb. 21, police documented an assault report in the block of 8600 Savanna Oaks Bay. A Woodbury man, whose girlfriend lives at the address, went to pick up his girlfriend’s daughter, mentioned to the complainant’s boyfriend that he didn’t like the complainant’s boyfriend threatening his girlfriend, and then struck the complainant’s boyfriend in the chin with a closed fist. None of the involved parties sought charges against the others.
● At 1:14 p.m. Feb. 22, a group of East Ridge High School students were asked by police to cease sending harassing communications to each other. The text messages, sent 10 days earlier, were derogatory toward the recipient’s gender and relationship status. The juveniles were warned that future harassment might result in additional criminal action.
● An accident occurred on the exit ramp from Interstate 94 to Radio Drive at 8:14 a.m. Feb. 23. One driver experienced neck pain but also declined medical transportation.
● Woodbury Public Safety responded at 1:23 p.m. Feb. 23 to the 200 block of Radio Drive, where tools were stolen from a plumber at the under-construction Residence Inn by Marriott. The foreman, from Big Lake, Minn., said several thefts have occurred on the construction site despite private security firm’s attempts to secure the building. The list of stolen items included a battery pack, charger, drills, Sawzall, flashlight, hammer, level, Phillips bit set, screwdrivers, flatheads, Cresent wrench, needlenose pliers, wrench kit, and tool bag. The total loss had not been calculated at the time of report.
● Police visited Woodbury Leadership Academy for a request to document a “problem parent who has been confrontational and disruptive with staff” for weeks, according to an initial complaint report. At 2:42 p.m. Feb. 23, police took a statement from the recipient of vague verbal threats.