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Police reports: Gun-pointing incident, combative neighbors, privacy invasion at Tamarack Village, more ...

Woodbury police were called July 31 to two reports of invasion of privacy – one at JC Penney, 8348 Tamarack Village, the other at Cub Foods, 8432 Tamarack Village. The same man, a Columbus, Minn., resident, was identified in both incidents, for which there were no details.

A Newbury Road resident reported July 31 that a neighbor came to her home, where she shouted obscenities at her and her adult children. Police spoke with the suspect, who said she and other neighbors had grown tired of the complainants’ loud music and vehicles parked in the street. She also referenced “inappropriate gestures” made by the complainant’s adult children. After being ordered to find a common ground by police, a trespass notice was issued against the suspect, who refused to sign the document.

Workers at Caribou Coffee, 8320 City Centre Drive, reported a man was drinking alcohol from a bottle in front of the shop and bothering customers for two hours. Police arrested the man, a Woodbury resident, who was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was jailed in Stillwater.

Police were called to Hazel Trail for a neighbor dispute. A man in his beer can-strewn garage complained to police that his neighbors were yelling at each other while cleaning the neighboring townhome. He said he went to the residence, yelled at them to “shut up,” which prompted them to get mad at him. The officer “explained that there are more tactful ways to talk to people and (the man) understood.”

A Home Depot worker reported Aug. 1 that after leaving work at 1:44 a.m., he stopped at the Hudson Road stoplight at Radio Drive. While stopped, a two-door car pulled up alongside with two occupants who yelled obscenities at him. The passenger then produced a handgun and pointed it at him. The complainant said the incident was seemingly random and unprovoked. No suspects were located.

Police conducting a routine traffic stop Aug. 1 learned the plates on the vehicle did not match the registration. Investigation into the occupants revealed the passenger, a male with no permanent address, had a warrant for his arrest. A search of the vehicle turned up a backpack containing drugs. It was later learned the license plates were stolen. The driver, a male who also had no permanent address, was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree drug possession, possession of a dangerous weapon, illegal use of plates and possession of stolen property.

An officer at the Woodbury police department noticed a vehicle behind the station on Aug. 1 driven by a woman who waved at the officer, who was on foot. A check of the vehicle revealed it was stolen. The officer gave chase in his squad. The suspect fled in the vehicle. The officer performed a “pit” maneuver at Interlachen Parkway and Colby Lake Road. The driver, a St. Paul woman, had cut her wrists and leg after the emergency stop. She was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for evaluation.

A woman reported Aug. 2 that he witnessed a motorist pull his vehicle off to the side of Lake Road, open up a door and hit someone inside the back of the vehicle. Police made contact with the suspect, a Woodbury man, who said he pulled over because his son was kicking the driver’s seat. The man denied striking the child. Police were unable to contact the child, who was in school.

A Shadow Creek resident reported Aug. 2 that someone broke into her house through a kitchen window and stole $8,000 worth of belongings. No suspects were located.

An International Falls, Minn., woman rearended a Woodbury police squad car on Aug. 2 on Woodlane Drive at Valley Creek Road. There was no visible damage to either vehicle. The woman, who had no proof of insurance and no driver’s license in possession for the vehicle, which she had bought from her boyfriend the day before, said she was trying to plug in her phone charger when the crash happened. She was cited for no proof of insurance, no driver’s license in possession and inattentive driving.

A Woodbury man reported Aug. 2 that his daughter had witnessed a man pleasuring himself inside a parked vehicle at Target, 7200 Valley Creek Plaza. The man was reportedly video-taping himself during the incident. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

A resident in the 700 block of Winterberry Draw reported Aug. 2 that her home had been burglarized. A Nintendo Wii, along with 30 games, were missing. Loss: $900. A possible suspect was identified.

Police were called Aug. 3 to a Woodbury home for a burglary report. Three male teenagers were witnessed trying door handles in the area before entering a garage and taking a set of golf clubs. The suspects, who were not located by police, fled the area afterward.

A resident in the 6000 block of Kalen Drive reported finding a bull snake living in the bushes at her home. Neighbors told her there are many such snakes in the area. The officer suggested the complainant contact a pest control company or the Department of Natural Resources.

A resident in the 9800 block of Wedgewood Circle reported Aug. 5 that she saw an animal that appeared to be a cougar at about 8 a.m. in her yard. No further information.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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