Police report: Battling with Nerf guns in public, putting out fire at Bailey Lake, throwing a candle at an ex
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 6:03 p.m. April 6, a resident of Lancaster Cove reported a burglary. After a recent hospital stay, she returned home to find her alarm deactivated and a service door unlocked. Bank records, bank statements, pension info and trust booklet were missing, and the furnace room had been rearranged. The complainant wanted police to document the issue without coming to her house.
• A homeless man, living out of the Roseville Red Roof Inn, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at 10:03 p.m. April 6, near the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Weir Drive. After hurriedly backing up to the Shell gas station, the man told police he had prepaid for gas but then forgot to pump it. A squad car made multiple passes through the parking lot for about 20 minutes, then took up a vantage point across the street. The man drove his vehicle back onto Weir Drive, made a U-turn and was followed by the officer, who noticed an inoperable license plate lamp and pulled over the vehicle. A K-9 alerted to presence of drugs, and searches turned up a glass jar of marijuana in the center console, two pipes, a scale, a "one-hitter style pipe," according to police.
• At 11:32 p.m. April 6, Police cited a Woodbury man for possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana. The driver was stopped for having a faulty passenger's-side headlight and admitted she had the drugs. A glass pipe, a grinder, and a plastic box with multiple containers of a green leafy substance—weighing more than 8.5 grams—were seized and logged into evidence.
• A Woodbury man called 911 about suspicious activity at Wells Fargo Bank, along Norma Lane. An occupant of a newer, black Ford Explorer attempted to sell stereo equipment out of the vehicle. Police checked the area after the complaint's call, which was at 2:27 p.m. April 7.
• Assisting the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Woodbury Public Safety helped create a perimeter while deputies searched for a suspect with multiple warrants, at 10:01 p.m. April 7, in the 15800 block of 32nd St. S. in Afton.
• Police cited a Woodbury woman for careless driving after the 25-year-old hit a sign at 12:17 p.m. April 8, near the intersection of Bailey Road and Radio Drive.
• A man called police to Kingfisher Lane at 10:42 a.m. April 9 for a report of an alleged domestic assault. After the man spent the night at an ex-girlfriend's house, the woman woke up upset with the him for an unknown reason. She asked him to leave and got into the shower. While he was packing his belongings, she got out of the shower, yelled at him to leave, kicked him, slapped his face, and threw a candle at him. The complainant doesn't want to pursue charges.
• At 4:52 p.m. April 9, along Richmond Parkway, Woodbury Public Safety was called to a possible electrical fire. A lightswitch was smoking. Firefighters confirmed that the fire was out.
• Police responded to a disturbance at 9:31 p.m. April 9 at the Tamarack Tap Room, where two patrons threatened employees. "Males said they'd take them out back and mess them up," according to the initial complaint report. A 49-year-old from Woodbury and a 50-year-old from Lino Lakes were issued trespass notices, and police released the would-be assailants into the custody of a sober driver. The business didn't press charges. Officers advised the men that if they violated the trespass notice, they would be charged and transported to jail.
• Police were called at 11:15 p.m. April 9 for malicious mischief in the parking lot of O'Malley's Irish Pub. A 19-year-old Woodbury man admitted to police that he and another vehicle occupant had been driving around the lot, shining a flashlight into other vehicles. They were taking part in a Nerf Gun War and ensuring no one was hiding in an effort to tag out a friend. An officer advised the vehicle occupants that if they are to play the game, they need to follow the rules and not generate police calls.
• At 1:23 a.m. April 10, officers were dispatched to Wild Bill's Sports Saloon for a fifth-degree assault and located a man fleeing the scene due to an outstanding warrant. The man was arrested but found to be uninvolved in the assault. The victim denied medical attention for his injuries. Suspects fled the scene in a black sports utility vehicle, prior to officer arrival.
• Possible prostitution was reported at 1:53 a.m. April 10 at Country Inn & Suites. The complainant told police about suspicious activity: females kept going in and out of the building. Multiple squad cars checked the area, driving through the parking lot but finding nothing.
• It is unknown what caused the fire at 11:58 a.m. April 10 along Bailey Lake. Woodbury Public Safety located and firefighters extinguished an active wildfire about 50 yards off the shore, near the 9300 block of Erin Court. Two residents told firefighters that no one was burning anything that day, but someone was having a bonfire on the other side of the lake the previous night.
• At 9:36 a.m. April 11, theft was reported by the owner of a shopping center in the 8100 block of Coller Way.
• A vehicle whose occupants were suspected of smoking marijuana was gone upon officer arrival to the 10400 block of Grand Valley Lane. The call about suspicious activity came in at 4:39 p.m. April 11. Occupants of a gray sports utility vehicle had been passing something around.
• At 5:46 p.m. April 11, police were called to the 10200 block of Grand Forest Lane for a carload of teenagers smoking marijuana. The suspicious vehicle had been located in a rear parking lot in the Grand Reserve neighborhood, but it was gone upon officer arrival.
• Drug activity was reported at 10:10 p.m. April 11 at Extended Stay America. People in a black sedan offered oxycodone for sale, then left the area. Officers searched Hudson Road, as well as other nearby hotels and gas stations, but the vehicle was not located. The call was classified as information only.