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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Police said two Shakopee men were arrested after a Cottage Grove homeowner interrupted a burglary and other residents reported thefts in the area. A man living in the 6700 block of Cattail Avenue called police at 5:30 a.m. May 22 after he interrupted a burglary in his garage. A suspect ran from the scene, but the homeowner gave the 911 operator a description and a neighbor reported seeing two suspects in a vehicle. Police established a perimeter in the neighborhood and stopped the suspects' vehicle. The suspects, brothers Quentin T. Murdock, 20, and 18-year-old Seantrell T.
St. Paul Park police were seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect in a vehicle theft. A woman was captured on a surveillance camera in the SuperAmerica store at about 6:10 a.m. on May 15. St. Paul Park investigator Kyle Lindquist said the suspect in the photo stole a vehicle from outside the gas station at 545 Summit Ave. at about 6:30 a.m. that morning. The woman is white with dark hair and was wearing a yellow tank top and a black shirt or jacket with dark pants or jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Lindqust at 651-459-9785.
A state health survey has linked the consumption of unfiltered drinking water to higher PFC concentrations in surveyed residents of Cottage Grove and two other east-metro communities. The results, released recently by the Minnesota Department of Health, generally show that the longer that residents had consumed unfiltered drinking water, the higher the level of PFCs, or perfluorochemicals, in their blood. "The number of years that people drank (unfiltered water) is an important predictor," said Jean Johnson, director of the Health Department's Environmental Public Health Tracking and Biomoni
As the rain fell early Saturday morning, organizers of the "Standing Strong" anti-bullying 5K fundraiser expected a small group of participants for their run. Instead, nearly 200 runners and walkers braved the soggy conditions and took off from the starting line. The run in and around Kingston Park in Cottage Grove raised roughly $11,000 for student bullying prevention programs at Oltman and Cottage Grove middle schools.
After being spotted several times early Wednesday in Cottage Grove, a black bear was seen roaming neighborhoods west of Highway 61 again late in the evening. A homeowner near the 8000 block of Gary Boulevard called police after seeing a bear in the National Guard Armory parking lot about 10:20 p.m. Police didn't locate the bear in that area, but soon after an officer spotted the animal walking southbound on West Point Douglas Road.
Property damage A 15-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau April 26 after he was riding in a vehicle and hitting mailboxes with a lacrosse stick in the 9300 block of Jergen Avenue. The teen hit mailboxes but didn't damage them. A Cottage Grove resident reported April 28 that an unknown person shattered the window of a vehicle parked at 80th Street and Grenadier Avenue, causing $850 damage. A Cottage Grove woman reported April 30 that windshields were cracked on two vehicles parked in the 8100 block of Hornell Avenue.
Police said a black bear was reported spotted multiple times early Wednesday in Cottage Grove, first in a residential neighborhood, then in a park and later along Highway 61. A resident called police about 12:30 a.m. after seeing a bear in a backyard in the 8600 block of Ivywood Avenue, near Jamaica Avenue and Hillside Trail.
A memorial service is planned for Friday for Cottage Grove native Danielle Jelinek. Jelinek, 27, went missing in December in rural Chisago County. Her body was found May 10, near a home where she was last seen. Her memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Five Oaks Church, 4416 Radio Drive, according to Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home. A visitation will be for two hours prior to the service. Memorials are preferred to Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, or to the donor's choice. Jelinek was a 2003 Park High School graduate.
Assault Timothy J. Barr, 48, of Cottage Grove, was booked into Washington County jail on suspicion of domestic assault on April 19 after he allegedly pushed a woman during a domestic incident at a home in the 9900 block of 82nd Street. Police were called April 22 to Crestview Elementary School, 7830 80th St., on a report of an altercation between two students. An 11-year-old male student was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for fifth-degree assault after he punched another student. A Cottage Grove man was arrested for allegedly hitting another man with a gun.
When Danielle Jelinek disappeared last December, family and friends held out hope they would find her alive. As the five-month search for the Cottage Grove native dragged on, for some that hope turned to an aching wish to just find her. The search for Jelinek, 27, ended Friday when local and state law enforcement found her body in a swamp just a few hundred yards from where she was last seen, the home of her ex-boyfriend Aaron Schnagl in rural Chisago Lakes Township. "At least we get closure for the family," Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said of the May 10 discovery, which came after a