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Court date changed in Pulkrabek assault case

Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek faces his first court appearance next month in a domestic assault case.

Pulkrabek was charged last week with misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with a May 30 incident at his Woodbury residence. Pulkrabek has denied the allegations against him.

Pulkrabek is schedule to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. July 27 in Center City. A Chisago County judge is hearing the case to avoid a conflict of interest. The arraignment was scheduled for July 19, but Pulkrabek's attorney sought a continuance because of a scheduling conflict, a court spokeswoman said.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court:

Police were called to Pulkrabek's residence at 10992 Oak Circle on Memorial Day. The female caller, identified in police records as Jill Samuelson, told an officer that her boyfriend of two years, identified in the complaint as Pulkrabek, had been watching her cat at his residence. When she went there to get the cat, she and Pulkrabek got into an argument over his alcohol use. The woman said that during the argument she went into a bathroom to retrieve a make-up item and put it in her purse. She said Pulkrabek grabbed her by her hair and forcefully threw her onto his bed, pinning her and placing his arm across her neck. She kneed him to get him off of her.

The complaint alleges that Pulkrabek grabbed Samuelson's hair and dragged her down stairs and out the front door. She was able to walk while he dragged her.

Pulkrabek admitted to police that he had been in a verbal argument with Samuelson because he thought she was stealing the make-up item from his bathroom, according to the complaint. He recently called the accusations false.

"I am looking forward to proving my innocence as the judicial process moves forward," he said earlier this month.

Woodbury police investigated the incident, and Washington County Attorney Pete Orput referred the case to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for review. The Ramsey County prosecutor declined to pursue a felony assault charge, but recommended the Woodbury city attorney charge Pulkrabek with a misdemeanor.

Pulkrabek represents District 2 on the County Board, which includes part of Woodbury. At the time of the incident, he had been living at the Oak Circle residence for about six months, separate from his wife, Lori, an Oakdale City Council member.

The Woodbury residence is owned by Brian LeClair, a former state senator.

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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