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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District 833 will change 11 elementary school start times and force later school days next year at St. Ambrose Catholic School and the Math and Science Academy.
A summary of recently reported criminal activity in Newport: Theft A Cottage Grove woman told Newport police March 6 that her purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked at Red Rock Manor, 1421 10th Ave. Loss: $150. Assault Police responded to a domestic incident March 8 at a home in the 1100 block of Mark Court. A man and woman were verbally fighting and then fell to the floor while fighting over car keys, according to the report. Neither wanted to pursue criminal charges.
The Newport Park Board has announced the 2014 Newport Parks Photo Contest.
A woman told police a man sought her out as he was pleasuring himself in his car in a Cottage Grove parking lot. According to Cottage Grove police, a man sitting in a vehicle outside Target at about 4 p.m. March 11 called a woman over to his vehicle. When the woman approached she could see that the man was masturbating. He asked her where the nearest Domino’s Pizza is located. The women moved away and called police. She was able to provide only a brief description of the vehicle and did not have the license plate number.
A man was arrested for a weapons violation following a suspicious incident at Target, 9300 East Point Douglas Road. A police officer on patrol shortly before 9 p.m. March 9 saw a vehicle that had been involved in previous retail crime. The officer observed the vehicle as multiple passengers went into Target. Store security then called police out of concern that one of the suspects had concealed merchandise. The suspects exited the store, got into vehicle and left.
A summary of recently reported criminal activity: Drugs A 16-year-old Cottage Grove boy was given a juvenile ticket for possession of drug paraphernalia and underage tobacco possession following a March 7 traffic stop at 80th Street and East Point Douglas Road. A 19-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia following a March 7 traffic stop at 80th Street and East Point Douglas Road. Theft Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road, on March 8 provided C
State funding toward a new law enforcement and emergency training facility may draw more project partners and help define the building’s use.
A Northern Tier Energy representative said new company managers will meet with state lawmakers to discuss concerns that gas prices at the firm’s SuperAmerica stores are higher near the St. Paul Park refinery than elsewhere in the Twin Cities.
Theft Police were called Feb. 27 to the Napa store, 1586 Hastings Ave., on a shoplifting report. A man entered the store, took a can of spray lubricant to use on a seized lock on a vehicle outside the store. When an employee confronted him, he told him to call police. The suspect told police he wanted to set up an account with the store.
Most police work is reactive. An officer might answer a call for help, stop a vehicle for speeding, investigate a burglary or sort out details after a messy domestic dispute. A new effort by the Cottage Grove Police Department, however, is aimed at preventing crimes like those from ever occurring. The department has assigned six officers to its new CITE program (Criminal Interdiction and Traffic Enforcement). The officers are pulled off of most routine patrol duty to focus on proactive police work.