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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A woman faces criminal charges for allegedly using a cane to hit another woman and damage a vehicle during an altercation in a Cottage Grove parking lot. Lorelei A. Sargent, 58, of West St. Paul, appeared in Washington County District Court last week on first-degree property damage and fifth-degree assault charges stemming from a June 21 incident outside the Kohls store. According to the criminal complaint: A 41-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in the parking lot when a woman, who was later identified as Sargent, sitting in a van threw trash out the window.
A Cottage Grove man is charged with using small cameras to watch a woman and her teenage daughter in their home. Washington County prosecutors allege that Scott E. Olson, 37, mounted wireless cameras in a bathroom and other areas of a Cottage Grove house without the victims' knowledge. Olson was charged this week with interfering with the privacy of a minor, a felony, and interfering with privacy at a home, a gross misdemeanor.
Michelle Roberts experimented with an apple butter recipe for a few years, finally settling on a blend of ingredients that landed her fruit spread a blue ribbon at this year's Minnesota State Fair. Fresh off that win, Roberts now is exploring how to turn that prize-winning treat into a small business success. Roberts, a Cottage Grove resident, took first place out of 17 statewide entries in the apple butter category last month. It was her first time entering something in the canning competition, and she nearly did not compete.
A Woodbury man who allegedly punched another man at a Cottage Grove party, causing traumatic brain injuries, faces a jury trial next month for felony assault charges. Andrew J. Hagen, 21, faces charges of first-degree assault and third-degree assault in connection with the alleged incident last November. A jury trial is set to begin Oct. 17 in Washington County District Court in Stillwater. Hagen turned himself in Friday on a warrant related to the case.
Property damage A Cottage Grove resident reported Aug. 6 that someone drove a vehicle through a yard in the 8500 block of Ivywood Avenue. There was minor damage. No suspects. A Cottage Grove resident reported Aug. 11 that an object was thrown through the front window of the residence in the 8500 block of Indahl Avenue. Damage: $800. A Cottage Grove woman reported Aug. 22 that someone keyed her car while it was in the parking lot of Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road. The woman also reported that another vehicle she owns was keyed.
A Hastings man was apprehended by Cottage Grove police Thursday afternoon following a high-speed chase that slowed rush hour traffic on Highway 61 north of the Hastings Bridge. Cottage Grove police said officers tried to make a traffic stop near 100th Street and Innovation around 4 p.m., but the driver, Dennis M. Dick, allegedly fled and led police southbound on Highway 61 toward Hastings at speeds of up to 70 mph, officers reported. The attempted traffic stop was related to a felony weapons warrant in Dakota County, police said.
Locking your car doors and using an outdoor motion light may be the best bit of advice for Cottage Grove residents following a string of odd - but, in some cases, costly - acts of vandalism to homes and cars. Police in recent weeks responded to a number of unusual calls - from the property where feces and urine were left at the doorstep to the home that was smeared with Vasoline.
Justin Atkinson has fond memories of summer nights spent beneath the big screen at the Cottage View Drive-In. Atkinson recalls many trips from his home in Woodbury to the drive-in along Highway 61, where he and his family took in movies under the stars beginning in the late 1980s. "It's very near and dear to my heart," said Atkinson, now a Cottage Grove resident. Atkinson, a South Washington County Telecommunications Commission producer, last year used that personal history as inspiration as he went behind the camera to tell the story of the iconic drive-in, which is winding down its 45th
The cases are common: Washington County residents are duped into identity theft scams, victimized in fraud schemes or preyed upon in cyber crimes. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said successful local prosecution of those crimes is not a slam dunk, however, because in some cases the perpetrators are outside county prosecutors' jurisdiction, part of a national or even global scam and can be hard to track down. After his first eight months in office, Orput said he has seen enough of those cases to warrant a new program aimed at arming citizens with information to help them avoid becoming
St. Paul Park police fielded nearly 30 emergency calls and arrested or cited at least seven people for various violations during the recent Heritage Days festival. Calls ranged from fights to intoxicated revelers acting in defiance of police officers during the peak of the weekend festival. Most calls were between the night of Aug. 19 and the morning of Aug. 21. "I think things were pretty much average," said St.