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 St. Paul man was sentenced to probation for damaging a Newport motel in a burst of rage that frightened someone who was with him in the room. Donald W. Connett, 29, was sentenced for third-degree criminal damage to property, a gross misdemeanor, during a Dec. 20 hearing in Washington County District Court. He pleaded guilty last fall. According to the criminal complaint: Connett was staying at the Red Rock Lodge with a woman on Jan. 11, 2013. She told police that they were laying on the bed when Connett became angry, jumped up and began destroying property in the room.
It’s tough to beat a mild, sunny afternoon on the sledding hill. Well over 100 people took to the hill for St. Paul Park’s fifth-annual sledding day event on Sunday, Jan. 19. Kids and adults equipped with sleds, tubes and toboggans lined the hill along Seventh Avenue behind City Hall. Others made a snowman or tossed snowballs at one another. “This is the most people we’ve ever had,” said Jennifer Cheesman, a St. Paul Park City Council member. The mild weather drew so many people that organizers ran out of cookies and hot cocoa. Weather dictates turnout, Cheesman said.
District 833 wants more local control in state education law, from when the school year can start to how tests are administered. But South Washington County Schools also want lawmakers to step in and help growing districts like itself by requiring that developers set aside land for schools. It also wants the Legislature to scale back government data that can be requested by the public.
Reported criminal activity in Newport: Domestic Police were called to a Sixth Street home on Dec. 10 for a reported domestic. A juvenile male was accused of stealing marijuana from his mother and oxycodone from his father. The son denied stealing the drugs because he said he was on house arrest and probation. An Oakdale woman reported Dec. 12 that she was assaulted by a man known to her during an incident two days earlier at a home in the 1000 block of Ford Road.
Reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Vandalism A Cottage Grove resident reported Dec. 22 that a house in the 9400 block of Hamlet Avenue was hit by blue paintballs. There was no permanent damage. A Cottage Grove resident reported Dec. 23 that a vehicle was egged in the 7600 block of Inskip Trail. A Cottage Grove resident reported Dec. 29 that a house in the 7200 block of Red Pine Road was vandalized with broken eggs. Food condiments were squirted on the house.
An ammonia leak discovered Wednesday has temporarily closed a rink at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
A Cottage Grove man was put on probation for 30 years, and he faces other conditions, after a conviction for methamphetamine possession.
Recent criminal activity reported in St. Paul Park: Domestic Police were called Dec. 2 to a home in the 1100 block of McCammon Avenue for a reported domestic between a man and woman. The man and woman said they were fighting but there was nothing physical and that their children must have inferred the incident was more serious. The man left. Nobody was cited or arrested. A St. Paul woman was cited for underage consumption following a domestic incident Dec. 8 at a home in the 1000 block of Holley Avenue.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove.
A draft version of a revised Red Rock Corridor transit plan is open for public comment until Feb. 14.