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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As a 25-year veteran and Minnesota House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, I’m always looking for ways to help our veterans and ease their transition back into civilian life. One of my colleagues, Rep. Keith Franke, is new to my committee but already hitting the ground running.
Last year, black high school students in District 833 graduated at nearly the same rate as their white classmates, evidence of an achievement gap closure in a year that also saw the district’s highest overall graduation rate of 92.6 percent. Movement toward closing the graduation gap among white students and minority classmates was evident in a Minnesota Department of Education graduate rates report released Feb. 22.
A St. Paul Park man who police say was found hiding in a cemetery after a high-speed pursuit and two-hour search is charged with a pair of felonies. Brandon Lee Martinez, 26, is charged with receiving stolen property and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle in Washington County District Court. The charges stem from a Jan. 27 traffic stop that turned into a high-speed chase from St. Paul Park to Woodbury. According to the criminal complaint:
Recently reported criminal activity.
A Cottage Grove woman allegedly broke into her ex-boyfriend’s home, changed clothes and stole money and a gift card. Stephanie Jean Thomas, 35, is charged in Washington County District Court with second-degree burglary and fifth-degree methamphetamine possession in connection with a Feb. 6 incident.
A Maplewood man with four prior drunken driving convictions is charged again after police say he was driving drunk at over 100 mph on Highway 61 in Newport. Carl Larenzo Harris, 39, is charged with felony drunken driving in Washington County District Court in connection with the Jan. 29 traffic stop. He also faces a second felony drunken driving charge as a result of his blood-alcohol concentration. Prosecutors also charged Harris with felony fifth-degree possession of cocaine.
A routine traffic stop in St. Paul Park for a missing license plate led to a big discovery.
Police tickets issued in recent weeks.
One person was reported injured in a house fire early Sunday in Cottage Grove.
The bus assistant who police say was recorded molesting young students aboard a District 833 school bus has resigned.