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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Theft Wal-Mart, 9300 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Dec. 11. The suspects fled in a vehicle and were not found. Holiday gas station, 8101 Hadley Ave., reported a $59 gas drive-off Dec. 11. East Suburban Resources, 8619 East Point Douglas Road, reported Dec. 12 that catalytic converters were removed from two work vans. Police received a report Dec. 12 that a portable ice-fishing house was stolen from Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, 9940 East Point Douglas Road. Loss: $100.
Property damage Police received a report Dec. 14 that a vehicle had been spray-painted in the 9400 block of Hallmark Avenue, causing $100 damage. A short time later, a similar report was made in the 9400 block of Hale Avenue, where a garage door and a vehicle windshield were spray-painted. Police believe vandals went to the first house by mistake. Public nuisance
Attempted theft Residents at homes in the 1700 block of Dayton Avenue, and the 1400 and 1600 blocks of Selby Avenue reported Nov. 22 someone entered and searched their vehicles overnight. Nothing was reported taken.
Former Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke was jailed on Christmas Eve on an outstanding warrant. Lehrke was arrested early Dec. 24, booked at the Washington County jail and released Dec. 25 after posting $2,000 bail, according to a jail spokeswoman.
Former East Ridge High School principal Aaron Harper’s felony theft trial has been postponed a third time due to attorney scheduling conflicts. The latest postponement moves Harper’s trial in Washington County District Court to May 8, 2017. Harper faces three felony theft by swindle charges stemming from his time as principal of the District 833 high school in Woodbury.
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There was a familiar voice on the other end of the radio when retiring Cottage Grove police Sgt. Steve McCarthy offered his final sign-off Tuesday. McCarthy signed off on the emergency dispatch radio at midday, ending a nearly 29-year law enforcement career. "10-7 for the last time," he said. McCarthy's step-daughter Jennifer Sycks is a Washington County emergency dispatcher.
Authorities arrested two women for alleged felony shoplifting in Cottage Grove. Shalonda Shanell Jones, 26, of St. Paul and Passion Patrice Thomas, 26, who has no permanent address, allegedly stole electronics from the Cottage Grove Kohl’s store, 7990 Hardwood Ave. on Dec. 19. They left in a vehicle, but hours later a state trooper pulled them over on Highway 36 in Oakdale. The women were booked at the Washington County jail.
A woman was injured in a reported fight early Sunday, Dec. 18, at Park Place Bar. Police were called about 1:30 a.m. to the bar at 200 Broadway Ave. A South St. Paul woman in the bar had injuries and was going in and out of consciousness, according to the police report. She was transported by Cottage Grove ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.