Police report: Unruly parents, nicotine delivery devices and safety concerns at local schools
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 7:47 a.m. March 1, a 911 caller reported parents typically pull over on Valley Creek Road to drop off students at Woodbury Middle School, an action that sometimes cause a safety hazard as children then run through the school parking lot. Extra patrol was requested, and Woodbury Public Safety advised the caller to call back with suspect information in the future.
• A Woodbury Leadership Academy parent was trespassed from school after she disrupted a school board meeting, posted a school board member's personal information online, and verbally confronted a teacher at school. Police responded to WLA at 7:52 a.m. March 1 to talk about the ongoing issue, then issued the trespass notice.
• At 2:24 p.m. March 1, a Minneapolis woman drove her car into Dr. Mark Wilhelm's dentist office building, in the 6800 block of Upper Afton Road. She was reportedly slumped over the wheel after the accident. Police and firefighters responded, as did the doctor of the driver. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the report.
• The rear brakes of a semi-trailer overheated and started the truck on fire at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Woodbury Drive. Woodbury Public Safety responded at 4:18 a.m. March 2, controlled traffic, and put out the flames.
• Police responded to a report of possible drug activity at 4:12 p.m. March 2 in the 2100 block of Tower Court. Woodbury man often parks in the cul-de-sac and walks to a neighboring house, which the 911 caller found suspicious. Police attempted to call the registered owner of the vehicle with negative results. At this time, no criminal activity is suspected by police.
• A Woodbury High School student was caught with a nicotine delivery device at 11:28 a.m. March 3. He admitted to purchasing the e-cigarette on Craigslist and e-juice from an online retailer, as well as possessing—at home—a glass bowl typically used from marijuana.
• At 2:11 a.m. March 4, a white car struck a house in the 8600 block of Quarry Ridge Lane. The driver's preliminary breath test indicated a 0.23 blood-alcohol content, and the South St. Paul man was booked at the Washington County jail. He and his passenger, a Woodbury man, were uninjured in the crash. The car was towed to an impound lot.
• One Woodbury man accidentally cut off another Woodbury man while they were driving on Settlers Ridge Parkway. The second man turned onto Bailey Road, tailgating the first vehicle. The first man responded by giving the finger and doing several brake checks, causing the second man to slam on his brakes and lose control of his lunchbox. The second man stopped his truck, got out, and walked toward the first vehicle while yelling. Then the first vehicle drove off. When they spoke with police, both men admitted they had acted inappropriately and with disregard for others' safety. No charges were filed, but the incident was documented at 8:25 a.m. March 4.
• Police observed a car-vs.-wall incident at 3:22 p.m. March 4 on Interstate 94, near its intersection with Century Avenue. The driver was able to turn around and drive away from the scene, and the Minnesota State Patrol followed the vehicle off the interstate.
• The Holiday Inn Express & Suites room occupied by a Woodbury woman and West St. Paul man was emitting a strong odor of marijuana when police arrived at 3:10 p.m. March 5. A small baggie of drugs was destroyed, and the occupants were cooperative with their eviction from the hotel.
• On a tip about the presence of drugs in a hotel room, officers conducted a knock-and-talk visit at 10:29 p.m. March 5 at the Red Roof Inn. A St. Paul resident invited police to conduct a search of the room, and various methamphetamine pipes, other drug paraphernalia and an extended 9mm magazine were found. The occupant denied the items were his, instead blaming an Oak Park Heights woman who rented the room.
• At 12:12 p.m. March 7, near the intersection of 70th Street and U.S. Highway 61 in Cottage Grove, Woodbury Public Safety responded to a call for mutual aid. Two vehicles had crashed, causing injury, and the Minnesota State Patrol wrote the report.