Police report: Two lost wedding rings, baseball fan shot with pellet gun, two garage burglaries
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 1:46 p.m. June 21, a Woodbury man reported two lost wedding rings to Woodbury Public Safety. The complainant believes he lost them on June 15 or June 16 on Metro Transit bus No. 355, which drops off at 4 p.m. at the Woodbury 10 Theatre.
• A 22-year-old Marshfield, Wis., man was cited for driving 81 mph in a 55-mph work zone at 3:56 p.m. June 21, near the intersection of Century Avenue and Interstate 94.
• Woodbury firefighters responded to a fire call at 6:21 p.m. June 22 along Grand Forest Lane. The complainant could see flames inside an oven during self cleaning, then shut off the cleaning cycle. While that extinguished the fire, the oven was smoking when firefighters arrived. Firefighters and complainant discussed cleaning options for the future.
• A gas fireplace was malfunctioning at 8:51 a.m. June 23 along Regatta Drive. The complainant, a woman, told Woodbury Public Safety that the house smelled like gas and Xcel assisted the firefighters.
• At 7:43 p.m. June 23, police responded to Key Inn Suites, in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive, for a report of a White Bear Township man assaulting his ex-girlfriend the previous night. The 42-year-old man had allegedly committed a domestic abuse no-contact order (DANCO) violation, injuring the woman at the motel.
• Police were called to an altercation at 11:53 p.m. June 23 at Woodbury 10 Theatre, where several people were arguing with employees after patrons left their cellphones on during a movie.
• Juveniles were playing near a red barn kept locked up on city property in the 11500 block of Valley Creek Road. At 3:47 p.m. June 24, after a 911 caller heard a loud bang, police responded, noted no criminal activity, and advised the juveniles of the complaint and to leave the area.
• At 12:39 a.m. June 25, a group of people were setting off fireworks near Wilmes Lake and generated a police call. Officers spoke with a 21-year-old West Lakeland Township woman and a 20-year-old Woodbury man who remained when the rest of the group fled on foot—probably afraid to get a ticket. Police advised the man and woman of the noise complaint and told them to go home and not shoot off any more fireworks.
• Woodbury Public Safety was called to an accident with injuries at 2:11 p.m. June 25, near the intersection of Seasons Parkway and Radio Drive. One person may have been trapped in a vehicle and two people were injured, the 911 caller told dispatch. A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee struck a 2010 Toyota Corolla, causing injuries to both drivers and tows for both vehicles. The 65-year-old Edina woman driving the Jeep was cited for failure to yield. She and the Woodbury woman driving the Corolla were out of their vehicles upon police arrival and they received medical attention.
• On the way to work at 4:20 p.m. June 25, a police officer noticed a sports utility vehicle blocking a lane at the Tamarack Village entrance from Radio Drive. The driver of the reddish-purple SUV, later described as a white female with brown hair and about age 40, was talking to a 16-year-old bicyclist. By the time the officer turned around to try to make contact, both the bike and car had left. The boy suffered minor injuries. A while later, the victim's father called to document the incident. He couldn't provide the further information or a license plate number for the SUV. No crime occurred, according to the initial complaint report.
• At 6:25 p.m. June 25, at Key Inn Suites, in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive, motel staff called 911 for police assistance with a disturbance. A complainant who pre-paid for a room after booking it online was "very verbal" in the background of the call, according to the initial complaint report. Her assigned room was very dirty, smelled and had a very large stain of unknown origin in the center of the bed, the customer said. She didn't think it was a good environment for her 1-year-old child and wanted a refund, which front desk staff wouldn't give. The customer was advised of the civil nature of the complaint and about available civil options. She was assigned a different room but also charged an extra $10 for the child. She said she decided to only give her baby a bath before staying somewhere else for the night.
• An estimated $1,565 in tools and an iPod was stolen between the hours of 6 p.m. June 25 and 9 a.m. June 26 from a car parked in a garage in the 1300 block of Woodhill Court. Police were called at 10:19 a.m. June 26. The incident, classified by police as first-degree burglary, occurred after a resident left the access door unlocked overnight. Someone entered through the backyard gate and took the items out of a 2016 Acura RDX.
• Woodbury police assisted Minnesota State Patrol with traffic control around a three-car accident at 1:46 p.m. June 26, near the intersection of interstates 94 and 494 in Oakdale. Although a woman involved in the accident wasn't feeling well, no ambulance was requested.
• A two-car accident occurred at 9:43 p.m. June 26, near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Radio Drive, causing minor injuries. Everyone involved was from Woodbury. One 25-year-old driver was cited for a semaphore violation, no one was transported by ambulance, and both cars were towed. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the accident report.
• At 6:58 a.m. June 27, a complainant reported an alleged first-degree burglary occurred overnight June 25 in the 1200 block of Cedarwood Place. A green 1999 specialized Hardrock Classic mountain bike valued at $400 was stolen from a garage that was left open 12 inches for ventilation. The complainant told police that someone must've crawled under the overhead door and exited via the service door.
• An accident caused injuries at 7:23 a.m. June 27, near the intersection of Bailey Road and Fairway Drive. A 70-year-old St. Paul man was cited for inattentive driving after crashing his 2004 Honda Element into the rear end of a 20-year-old Minneapolis man's 2014 Toyota Prius, legally stopped while waiting to make a left turn. The Minneapolis man was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and the St. Paul man to United Hospital in St. Paul. Both vehicles were towed.
• Someone in the woods near the ball fields at Potawatomi Park shot a Little League baseball fan in the calf with a pellet gun at 8:19 p.m. June 27. The victim, a 50-year-old Woodbury man watching his son play ball, refused medical attention for the wound to his left leg. No one saw the shooter, and police checked the woods near Woodhill Court with negative results.