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 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.
A road along the Woodbury-Cottage Grove border was temporarily closed to most traffic Wednesday so a commercial could be filmed. A film crew was shooting a vehicle towing advertisement for AAA on Sunny Hill Drive, according to Cottage Grove police. A tow truck was on scene and crews dumped snow on the road in preparation for filming. Police closed Sunny Hill Drive from Military Road to 65th Street to most traffic while filming occurred Wednesday.
Assault A 15-year-old St. Paul Park boy was issued a juvenile citation after he punched another 15-year-old St. Paul Park boy in the face Feb. 27 at Park High School, 8040 80th St. Theft Two Hastings men, ages 18 and 19, were cited for shoplifting and underage possession of alcohol on Feb. 27 in connection with multiple alcohol thefts from G-Will Liquors, 6990 80th St. Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft Feb. 28. A 28-year-old St.