Police report: Intoxicated men throwing rocks, video of a motorcycle accident, another fire on a deck
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 8:26 a.m. June 14, police were called to the 1200 block of Lakemoor Drive for a report of disturbing the peace. A resident requested to talk to police about a frequently low-flying helicopter. An officer explained that the public nuisance was a result of the copter spraying a nearby pond for mosquito control. The information was news to the complainant, and she said she understood.
• A Schuler Shoes manager called police at 10:43 a.m. June 14, a day after a man and woman purchased and ordered some shoes, paying with two $100 bills that later proved to be counterfeit. Police talked to the man, who owns property in Texas, where on April 12 he had withdrawn $3,000 cash from a Wells Fargo Bank in Port Isabel. Two to four weeks ago, he also made a withdrawal from Wells Fargo in Hudson, Wis., the man told police. A Woodbury Public Safety evidence technician followed up on the bills. One was passed three times in November and December 2015 in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Hinckley. The other was passed two times last December in Forest Lake and Roseville. The bills were logged into evidence and will be sent to the U.S. Secret Service.
• At 9:10 a.m. June 15, a 57-year-old Woodbury woman was riding her bicycle along Bailey Road in Woodbury, where she was hit by a car driven by a 45-year-old Woodbury woman. The accident occurred while the bicyclist crossed Lydia Lane from a bike path near Bailey Nurseries. The driver, in a 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, was cited for failure to yield the right of way. She said she didn't see the bicyclist, who then suffered a laceration on her forehead, was evaluated by emergency medical services, and refused transportation by ambulance. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the accident report.
• Police arrested a man with a warrant out for his arrest at 3:03 p.m. June 16 at the man's home in Woodbury. After he was handcuffed, a search of his person yielded a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. The man argued his rights were being violated and refused to walk until he knew his friends were video recording the incident. A friend also took custody of his children while he was transported to the Washington County jail. The man was cited for possession of marijuana, which was logged into evidence. Squad and body camera video were downloaded.
• At 4:01 p.m. June 16, officers responded to a call about a disturbance at Babies R Us. Two women, upset about staff's refusal to return merchandise, would not leave the store. The customers reviewed the store's return policy and disagreed that the transaction couldn't be completed without a picture ID. They were swearing, yelling and otherwise being verbally aggressive. It should be noted that officers recognized the women from previous shoplifting incidents in and around Woodbury. The customers were advised to contact corporate headquarters if they wished to file a complaint against management for how the situation was handled. Police were asked to document the incident, rather than pursue charges or trespassing.
• A 33-year-old Maplewood man came away with an injury and a citation for failure to yield after an accident at 5:20 p.m. June 16 near the intersection of Radio Drive and Hargis Parkway. His vehicle was northbound on Radio, turning left on a flashing yellow light while another car proceeded through a green light. He failed to yield, and both vehicles were severely damaged and towed. The man and his passenger, a 13-year-old girl, were transported by ambulance for treatment of injuries. The other driver, 47, suffered minor cuts to his hand but also refused medical attention.
• A 21-year-old Woodbury man was speeding—63 mph in a 35-mph zone—near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Parkside Drive. A citation was issued at 11:07 p.m. June 16.
• Firefighters put out small flames at 12:54 a.m. June 17, in the 3600 block of York Drive. Woodbury Public Safety evacuated four townhouse units because the gas hookup was on fire and smoking.
• A pile of mulch under a deck lit on fire at 9:05 a.m. June 17, in the 4500 block of Bailey Lake Drive. The complainant put it out with a hose but also expressed concern that the fire would restart. Upon arrival, firefighters found no fire.
• While under arrest for an outstanding warrant, a 40-year-old Cottage Grove man repeatedly asked to go to the bathroom. When escorted to the facilities, he pulled down his shorts and an officer advised that he had dropped his marijuana. "Yep," the man said, and he decided he no longer had to urinate. At 9:49 a.m. June 17, at Country Inn & Suites, the man was arrested and cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was handcuffed and transported to the Washington County jail to be booked on the warrant.
• At 1:38 p.m. June 18, a motorcyclist was injured by debris falling from a trailered boat near the intersection of Woodbury Drive and Interstate 94. The motorcyclist was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the accident report and released video to Twin Cities TV stations. It's possible the boat owner lives in south Maplewood, according to Woodbury Public Safety's initial complaint report.
• While firefighters were on their way at 5:44 p.m. June 20, a resident extinguished a fire that started with a gas grill on a deck in the 1300 block of Whistler Point Road.
• A customer in the Taco Bell drive-thru heard a loud bang, described to police as an explosion that shook the ground, from a transformer at nearby Ideal Credit Union. Firefighters responded at 11:14 p.m. June 20 to find a very light haze and the smell of smoke.
• Officers responded to a disturbance at 12:40 p.m. June 21, along City Walk Drive. Two or three men were reportedly throwing rocks at each other while intoxicated. Police checked the area, but no fight was located.