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 Canadian truck driver died after falling while making a delivery to a Cottage Grove business. Police said the 55-year-old driver from Mississauga, Ontario, was delivering to Diversified Manufacturing Corp., 9850 Hemingway Ave., about 11:45 a.m. Dec. 27 when he fell and hit his head outside. The man, whose name has not been released, was unresponsive when first responders arrived. He died at the scene, police said.
Parents can weigh in on District 833's proposed south elementary school attendance boundary changes at public meetings beginning this week.
All three south Washington County lawmakers will be involved when the Legislature crafts a new state public works funding bill.
Drunken driving A St. Paul man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and refusal to test after police stopped his vehicle Nov. 23 at Broadway and Pleasant avenues. A 58-year-old Newport woman was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree drunken driving Dec. 11 after police stopped her vehicle in the 300 block of St. Paul Park Road. She was transported to Washington County jail where she tested 0.10 on a blood-alcohol test. Drugs
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.