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A Newport man allegedly fled police at speeds higher than 100 mph in a stolen car while drunk. Damien A. Anderson, 31, is charged Washington County District Court with fleeing a police officer, theft of motor vehicle and third-degree DWI in connection with an alleged incident on Dec. 7. According to the court complaint, an off-duty Drug Enforcement Agency officer saw Anderson's car traveling more than 100 mph with its lights off and began pursuing him with his emergency lights on in the area of eastbound Highway 36 and Keats.
An armored truck driver has been charged with stealing $10,000 out of a Cottage Grove ATM he filled with cash. Aaron R. Richey, 30, of Waconia, is charged with one count of theft in Washington County District Court. Dunbar Armored discovered the money was unaccounted for Jan. 13, and reported the theft to police Jan. 15, according to the Washington County District Court complaint. The money had been stolen from an ATM at the Wells Fargo bank on East Point Douglas Road, which Richey had loaded Jan.
The following incidents recently appeared on the Cottage Grove Police Department call log: A resident in the 8800 block of 91st Street reported Monday, Dec. 14, that someone fraudulently purchased an $800 item on their credit card. A car accident involving a semitrailer occurred Monday, Dec. 14, at about 11:47 a.m. in one of the roundabouts on Jamaica Avenue and Highway 61. No injuries resulted from the accident. A man reported Monday, Dec.
A 14-year-old girl told Cottage Grove police that a middle-aged man urged her to get into his pickup truck as she walked to her bus stop on 70th Street South at Meadow Grass Lane Monday morning. The girl was walking along 70th Street when a dark-colored Chevrolet pickup pulled up alongside her, according to a Cottage Grove Police Department press release. The man, about 40 to 50 years old, asked the girl if she needed a ride.
In the midst of summer, when thoughts of Christmas are far from most peoples' minds, Cottage Grove resident Bill Johanson was diligently planning his outdoor holiday lights display. He estimates he spent about 120 hours on his computer programming the various lights in his yard at 8638 Hadley Ave. to flash to the music of 21 different Christmas songs, which he broadcasts to anyone within about a block of his house using a low-power FM transmitter. "You just keep poring over and over it again and keep playing it back until you get the synchronization right," he said.
The best thing about the holidays is that they remind us to think about how fortunate we are, and to share our good fortune with others by giving of our time and money. You don't have to look far to give -- there are plenty of opportunities to give locally. A Touch of Home, a group established in 2003 and based at Crossroads Church in Woodbury, sends care packages, letters and cards monthly to troops overseas. Their hope is to remind the soldiers that they're cared about and appreciated, and to bring a smile to their faces, one group member told me.
Elaine Oftedahl's miniature Christmas village started with just 10 ceramic houses. She'd expand her village a little every year, and now complete with a ski slope, airport, ocean, farm, racecar track and about every kind of shop you can imagine, it has outgrown her home. "I like to collect things," she said. "It just gets out of hand." Oftedahl is opening up the collection to the public on weekends at the big shop at Raceway to Fun. She grew the collection over 30 years and said she has probably put tens of thousands of dollars into the pieces and scenery.
Cottage Grove mother of four Andrea Carpenter estimates she's been to about 2,000 of her children's sports practices and games ...
When Sheka Mansaray got in trouble as a child, his punishment would be to extract the moral from one of his grandmother's stories and tell her how it applied to what he had done. "She raised me when I was in Sierra Leone and she was like my best friend," said Mansaray, a Park High School graduate who came to the United States in 1998 to live with his aunt due to the fighting in his home country.
A Cottage Grove man who allegedly worked with two juveniles to steal from cars and garages in Cottage Grove had his first appearance in court in early November. Michael J. Hannah, 18, of Cottage Grove, is charged with multiple counts of theft and burglary for alleged break-ins in the area of 78th Street and Jorgensen Avenue. According to the court complaint, a Cottage Grove police officer detained a 17-year-old, one of three young males she had seen breaking into motor vehicles around 1 a.m. April 23.