Police report: Bee hive in roadway, gun pointing on the highway, council member shuts down fireworks
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• An accident caused injuries at an off-ramp at the intersection of Radio Drive and Interstate 94, and Woodbury Public Safety was called to the scene at 3:26 p.m. June 28. As a 2012 Honda Odyssey proceeded through a green light onto Woodbury Lakes Road, a 2015 Nissan Rouge struck the Odyssey. The drivers, both from Woodbury, were injured. Police cited the driver of the Rouge for failure to drive with due care.
• Woodbury police and medics assisted the Minnesota State Patrol after a car hit a tree and went into a pond at 2:42 p.m. June 30, near the intersection of Lake Road and Interstate 494. A Woodbury paramedic determined that the driver, transported from the accident scene by ambulance, was possibly impaired.
• At 3:45 p.m. June 30, near the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Bielenberg Drive, a 62-year-old Eagan man received a citation for failure to drive with due care. He and a 53-year-old Oakdale woman were injured in an accident that occurred because the man looked down at his global positioning system (GPS) and rear ended the woman's vehicle. Both parties were transported to Woodwinds Health Campus. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote a report.
• At 4:05 p.m. June 30, police responded to Key Inn Suites for a report of an unwanted male. Police approached a 32-year-old Lockport, Ill., man who was sitting with luggage on a sidewalk between rooms at the former Red Roof Inn, unable to pay for a room, and arguing with a motel staff member who asked him to leave. He blew a 0.34 on his preliminary breath test and was transported to Dakota County Receiving Center in Hastings, for detoxification.
• After receiving a report of three males lighting a bowl of marijuana in a red Ford Focus, police checked the area near the intersection of Radio Drive and Valley Creek Road. The car was gone upon officer arrival at 7:36 p.m. June 30.
• At 9:29 a.m. July 1, in the 8000 block of Hemingway Ave. S. in Cottage Grove, Woodbury police assisted with a home invasion, providing a K-9 officer and his partner to clear the house where a homeowner had been tied up. No one was in the house. The suspects broke into the house and fled the scene. A woman was assaulted and then escaped to call 911. No ambulance was requested. Cottage Grove police handled the investigation.
• At 2:46 p.m. July 1, near the intersection of interstates 94 and 494, three vehicles got into an accident. The 911 caller sounded shook up, according to the initial complaint report. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote a report.
• A Woodbury City Council member called police at 9:21 p.m. July 1 to the area of Jewel Drive for a report of large overhead fireworks. An officer drove through the neighborhood for an extended period of time, but couldn't locate the source of the fireworks.
• A family from Jordan, Minn., crashed into a cable barrier along Interstate 94 at 4:39 p.m. July 2. The front driver's-side tire broke after a tie rod busted on their 2012 Jeep Liberty, resulting in a loss of steering. No injuries occurred among the six occupants of the vehicle, and four of them were transported to a nearby gas station to await a ride from family located in the southwest metro area. The Minnesota State Patrol wrote the report.
• Fireworks were reported at 1:09 a.m. July 3, in the 10400 block of Grand Oaks Trail. Until police arrive, residents had been lighting off fireworks every three minutes, a 911 caller told officers. The show stopped after police advised the residents of the complaint.
• After a 1:54 a.m. July 3 call to police, officers visited with a man who caused a disturbance at Cowboy Jack's and then ran. The intoxicated man was yelling at customers, but his friends called a cab to take them all home. No crime was committed.
• Police responded for a report of a beehive near the intersection of Highpointe Road and Tower Drive. At 3:49 p.m. July 3, a 911 caller told dispatch there were "thousands of bees swarming" the area after the hive fell into the road. The complainant called out of concern for neighborhood children's safety. Officers were unable to locate the bees or their hive.
• At 8:54 p.m. July 3, in the 11100 block of Sweetwater Path, an anonymous caller alerted police to kids shooting off fireworks in the street without parent supervision. Upon officer arrival, parents were seated in lawn chairs watching the patriotic display. The police advised the children and their parents of the complaint and asked them to clean up when done. On the subject of lighting fireworks in the street the complainant asked further questions, the answers to which the officer was unsure, according to the initial complaint report.
• At 10:15 p.m. July 3, fireworks were landing in a yard along Rimbley Road. The 911 caller wanted to remain anonymous, fearing retribution from those who were shooting off the fireworks—they allegedly are members of the Ku Klux Klan. The next day, the complainant visited the police station to tell officers the fireworks weren't coming from the alleged terrorists' house but from the area of Tower Drive.
• Fireworks were being shot off from a vehicle parked in the parking lot of a closed business at 10:20 p.m. July 3, near Bielenberg Sports Center.
• A gun-pointing incident occurred at about 12:38 a.m. July 4 near the intersection of interstates 94 and 694. Heard over the Minnesota State Patrol radio, officers took the call as information only due to no vehicle description, no follower, and officers being out of position to respond.
• At 9:21 p.m. July 4, near the intersection of Woodlane and Guider drives, a car with three 22-year-old occupants from Woodbury was stopped for a broken license-plate light. The driver was warned for having no valid driver's license, and the front-seat passenger was warned for the glass marijuana pipe found under the seat.
• At 10:27 p.m. July 4, near the intersection of Pelto Path and Sailor Way, police were called for a report of loud fireworks. Police spoke to multiple people cleaning up used fireworks, and they all stated that they were done for the night. No violations were observed by police. Officers advised a thankful complainant of the police findings.