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. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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Two St. Paul Park men are charged with allegedly abusing four children ages 4 through 11. Jon A. Heise, 32, and Harley D. Manning, 22, are charged with allegedly punching, burning and choking the children between March 15 and June 15, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. The kids, ages 4, 7, 9 and 11, are not in protective custody, but they are distanced from the men accused of abusing them, said St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan. The children's mother was dating Manning, and Heise was Manning's friend, the complaint says.
Two women were charged with mail theft after a Cottage Grove man spotted them while walking his dog and called police. Chelsea J. Johnson, 30, of Maplewood, and Wanda L. Warden, 31, of South St. Paul, were seen going through mailboxes on Timber Crest Drive in Cottage Grove, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Police responded to the area, and saw 10 mailboxes from 6610 Timber Crest Drive to 6642 Timber Crest Drive and four mailboxes from 6600 Timber Crest Drive to 6624 Timber Crest drive were open, according to the complaint.
A Cottage Grove man was charged with aiding and abetting theft for allegedly breaking into vehicles and stealing items. Kevin M. Dotson, 20, admitted to police that he stole a $1,000 Dell laptop computer, a $100 pair of snowshoes and other items from vehicles, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Police found Dotson and another man in the 1700 block of Century Circle in Woodbury around 4:33 a.m.
When Greg Wilwert won a $100 gift certificate for new glasses from Cottage Grove Eyecare Clinic at a Chamber of Commerce networking event, it seemed it was his lucky day. At the time, though, he had no idea how lucky he was. It was Dr. Trent Cole who during his eye exam in May urged Greg to go get a physical -- which ultimately led to a diagnosis of a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cole was concerned because he had spotted broken blood vessels -- typically a symptom of high blood pressure, Greg said. Greg went to HealthPartners Clinic the next day.
In the back corner of the Bulletin office, we have shelves of books that contain all the old issues of the paper dating back to 1962. Some of the best reads we find paging through those old editions are the columns.
A Cottage Grove couple faces drug charges after police found they were allegedly carrying methamphetamine in their underwear. Amber L. Reyes, 27, allegedly had 5.15 grams of methamphetamine in her bra and Ryan B. Nilo, 27, allegedly had 11.03 grams of the drug in his underwear, when police searched them June 29, according to the Washington County District Court Complaint. Officers stopped the car Nilo was driving near 70th Street and Highway 61 because they knew Nilo had a suspended Minnesota driver's license, the complaint says.
A 20-year-old man is charged with allegedly having 67 grams of marijuana in the trunk of his car on Sept. 7 when Cottage Grove officers searched it. Ryan D. Kleschold, listed as having no permanent address, admitted to police that the marijuana, as well as a mirror, digital scale, pipes, grinder and other paraphernalia in the car belonged to him, according to the Washington County District Court complaint. According to the complaint, someone called police to report young people in a gray car in the 7600 block of Hinton Avenue who appeared to be snorting something off of a mirror.
Before Rebecca Eckes went in this spring for what her family hoped would be the last of many surgeries, she, her husband Shane and their five kids drove to Florida to enjoy the beach and a day in Disney World. It was a step toward normalcy, Eckes said, as was her March reconstructive surgery which re-arranged the skin on her stomach to look a little more like it did before she got a hysterectomy and was infected by a flesh-eating bacteria, before she underwent 18 surgeries in the space of a month to cut out infected portions of her stomach and upper legs, before she lost her job due to inabil
The wanted sex offender who police think accompanied a Cottage Grove runaway teen was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday, said U.S. Marshal Deputy Thomas Volk. Alexius J. McMullin, 36, is wanted in Washington and Hennepin counties and could face federal charges, Volk said. He was arrested at an apartment building without incident, Volk said. Police believe McMullin was with a 14-year-old girl who was missing for three weeks in July until she turned herself in at a Las Vegas Greyhound bus station.
A Cottage Grove resident whose dog died of heat stroke while out in hot, humid weather on Tuesday faces animal cruelty charges. Charges are pending against Jonathan J. White, 26, whose 2- to 3-year-old black and tan pit bull was spotted tied to a tree in the 8000 block of Scott Boulevard around noon Tuesday, said Cottage Grove Police Department Capt. Pete Koerner. The dog could not access shelter or water, he said.