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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A Cottage Grove man was sentenced last month for head-butting a police officer. Michael S. Benner, 27, was ordered to spend three years on probation and complete 59 days' worth of jail time through a Sentence to Service program after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault against a police officer. He was sentenced Dec. 12. The criminal complaint described Benner's crime this way: Early in the morning of Aug. 20, 2011, a Cottage Grove police officer was dispatched to the 8800 block of Greenway Avenue on a report that a young man was walking through someone's backyard.
Stolen vehicle A St. Paul man was arrested for driving a stolen car after he tried to steal gasoline from a Cottage Grove gas station, according to police. An employee at SuperAmerica, 7162 East Point Douglas Road, reported a gas drive-off about 1:45 a.m. Jan. 3 and provided a license plate number. Police located the suspect vehicle traveling on Highway 61 and made a traffic stop. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of St. Paul. Police arrested James D. Fulliam, 26, of St.
Newport's search for a new city administrator may be over before it really got started. The City Council is set to vote Thursday, Jan. 17, to appoint Deb Hill as the next administrator. Hill works as an accountant for the city. If hired, Hill would replace outgoing City Administrator Brian Anderson.
A St. Paul Park man with two previous domestic assault convictions faces a new felony charge for allegedly assaulting a woman and a separate charge for slapping a police officer. Washington County prosecutors charged Charles A. Rychlicki, 24, with felony domestic assault and interfering with a police officer following a Dec. 21 incident in St. Paul Park. According to the criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court: Police were called to an apartment in the 1100 block of Fifth Street shortly before 4 a.m. for a medical situation.
A St. Paul Park woman was charged with a felony for allegedly hitting an EMT during an ambulance run. Toni L. Pulver, 46, faces a charge of fourth-degree assault on an emergency medical worker in Washington County District Court. Her next court appearance is set for Jan. 17. According to the criminal complaint: Cottage Grove EMTs were dispatched to a home in the 600 block of Pleasant Avenue for a woman who was intoxicated and may have fallen and hit her head. The woman, identified as Pulver, agreed to be transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital. During the ambulance ride to St.
Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating a suspect in a St. Paul Park gas station robbery. A man entered the SuperAmerica store at 545 Summit Ave. early Tuesday with a bandana over his face and his hands in his pockets, grabbed money and ran from the store south toward Broadway Avenue, according to police. The store clerk said the suspect did not show a weapon or indicate that he was armed. The incident was reported at 2:50 a.m. The man was captured on a store security camera. The police report described the suspect as a black male about 6 feet tall and 190 to 200 pounds.
Sandra Carson worked for years as a registered nurse in a variety of settings including a hospital and nursing home. Then she spent three years caring for her elderly mother in her home and discovered her passion in the process. "Nobody knows what it's like until you do it; it's just a huge responsibility," Carson said of providing at-home care. "But it was so hugely rewarding for me." Carson often talked with her friend and coworker Eva McMullin about the joy she found in providing at-home medical care. "She kept after me and said, you need to do this," Carson said. Together the St.
A reward is being offered to help find Danielle Jelinek more than a month after the Cottage Grove native disappeared. Authorities say Jelinek was last seen early Dec. 9 at the home of a male acquaintance in rural Chisago Lakes Township.
Cottage Grove's former city hall building is proving valuable while vacant for at least one group: law enforcement. A few weeks after a SWAT team practiced in the building, police canine officers from surrounding cities and counties searched for hiding suspects and stashed narcotics in a recent training exercise. Cottage Grove police canine handler Mike Vandervort, who helped to organize the training, said the building works well for their drills because it's mostly empty and has an unusual floor plan with many small rooms and storage areas.
Kathy Rustin-Westphal wanted the name Kate. Rustin-Westphal, of St. Paul Park, vied Wednesday for the title of Klondike Kate of 2013, the vivacious dance-hall-style singer in the St. Paul Winter Carnival celebration. A Cottage Grove native and Park High School graduate, Rustin-Westphal was one of three finalists in the Klondike Kate contest at the Prom Center in Oakdale, but came up short of receiving the title and sash. She competed in 2012 as well. "It's so much fun," she said.