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Cottage Grove police reports


A theft was reported May 27 at Cottage Grove Middle School. A make-up bag was stolen from a student's locker. A juvenile female from the school was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for theft.

A resident in the 8400 block of 85th Street reported May 27 that an Xbox video game system valued at $583 was stolen from the residence. Police had a possible suspect.

BP gas station, 8490 Jamaica Ave., reported a $50 gas drive-off May 29. Police were working on a possible suspect based on surveillance video.

A Cottage Grove man reported May 29 that someone entered his vehicle and stole $25 cash and work identification from his vehicle while it was parked in his garage in the 9100 block of Janero Avenue. The garage door was not secured.

A Cottage Grove woman reported May 30 that a license plate was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road.

An Oakdale-based lawn service reported May 31 that a weed trimmer was removed from a work trailer parked in the 7300 block of 99th Street. No value listed.


A Cottage Grove man was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman known to him and possessing drug paraphernalia. Police arrested Philip M. McKee, 35, after responding to a physical domestic call May 28 at a home in the 7800 block of Hearthside Court. McKee allegedly pushed a 32-year-old woman down on the ground. He was transported to the Washington County Jail.


A 55-year-old man was arrested for allegedly threatening a woman during a domestic incident. Police arrested Anthony L. Tischler, of Cottage Grove, on May 28 at a residence in the 11000 block of West Point Douglas Road. Tischler allegedly caused fear by threatening the 53-year-old woman, the report said. He was transported to Washington County Jail.

A Cottage Grove man was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threats after he allegedly threatened a roommate with a gun, police said. Frank A. Zywiec, 66, was arrested May 28 following a call to a home in the 10000 block of Ideal Avenue. Zywiec allegedly made references to having a shotgun and made threats involving the gun to a 43-year-old male coworker living at the residence, the report said. He was transported to Washington County Jail.


A Cottage Grove woman reported May 29 that her purse was stolen from her residence in the 8900 block of Jasmine Lane. No sign of forced entry. Loss: $200. Subsequently, there was a report of unauthorized activity on some of her bank cards.


Cottage Grove firefighters on May 29 extinguished a small grass fire in a wooded area of Hamlet Park.

The Cottage Grove Fire Department responded to a reported dumpster fire May 29 in the 7700 block of Hinton Avenue.

Gun complaint

Police received a report May 29 of juveniles walking with a handgun near 70th Street and Hinton Avenue. Two juvenile males were found to be carrying replica BB guns. The kids were returned to their parents.

Property damage

A Cottage Grove man reported May 30 that someone put portable construction signs on the topper of his pick-up truck, leaving paint marks, while the truck was parked in the 7300 block of Homestead Avenue. No damage reported to the truck body.

Police received a report May 31 that an unknown person threw a rock through the window of an excavator at a construction site in the 9100 block of Hemingway Avenue. Damage to the ignition was estimated at $250.

Disorderly conduct

Two juvenile males at Cottage Grove Middle School were given verbal warnings following a reported disorderly conduct incident May 30 at the school.


A Cottage Grove woman reported May 31 that someone removed the cover from a boat parked in the 9600 block of Heath Avenue. The woman also reported that someone had stolen a spare tire from the driveway.


A Woodbury man reported May 31 that unauthorized purchases totaling $172 were made from his checking account at Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road.


A minor accident involving a vehicle and a bicyclist was reported May 31 in the parking lot of Rainbow Foods, 7282 East Point Douglas Road. There were no reported injuries and the driver and the bicyclist handled the issue between themselves, the report said.

Suspicious activity

A Cottage Grove resident reported May 31 that he saw an unknown male looking in the windows of a home in the 8900 block of Hallmark Avenue. There was nobody outside the residence when police arrived.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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