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 Park man allegedly threatened to burn his sister and nephew to death. Anthony Edward Phillips Jr., 30, is charged with terroristic threats in Washington County District Court. The criminal complaint says a St. Paul Park woman called police Oct. 31 to report that her brother, identified as Phillips, was intoxicated and started to break things in her home.
A threatened prank allegedly led a Cottage Grove man to repeatedly punch another man and send him to the hospital with significant facial injuries.
Come Thursday afternoon, you might dive into a comfortable chair or maybe a second piece of pumpkin pie. The traditional post-Thanksgiving-dinner mix of leftovers, idle chitchat with extended family and an NFL game can make for a relaxing end to the holiday. Relish the tradition, for it seems to be slipping away.
Recent reports of criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Burglary Police were investigating a reported burglary Nov. 19 in the 8800 block of 92nd Street. The homeowner said she returned to the house and found her dog locked in a bathroom and property moved around in the residence. A door had been left unlocked and there was no sign of forced entry. Nothing was reported stolen. Theft Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, reported Nov.
A St. Paul Park man allegedly choked his girlfriend to the point of causing bleeding on her neck and difficulty breathing, according to criminal charges.
A Minneapolis man was sentenced to prison for trying to walk out of the Cottage Grove Target store without paying for more than $1,000 in stolen baby formula.
A Cottage Grove man was convicted of threatening to kill a police officer. Deron Garmonsaw Giadyu, 23, received a stay of imposition on a prison sentence after pleading guilty to terroristic threats but was ordered to spend five years on probation and spend 101 days in jail. Giadyu was sentenced on the felony Oct. 29 in Washington County District Court. The conviction followed his arrest May 16, when police were called to a fight outside a home in the 7800 block of Hemingway Avenue, according to the criminal complaint.
A longtime School District 833 administrator will lead East Ridge High School for the rest of the year. Lake Middle School Principal Molly Roeske is serving as interim principal at East Ridge through June 2015. Roeske fills in following the sudden resignation earlier this month of Aaron Harper, who stepped down after the district investigated a complaint against him.
South Washington County School administrators have started looking for ways to plug a $7.7 million budget deficit, and soon district residents can add their input. The district has begun planning for the multi-million-dollar shortfall anticipated for the 2015-16 school year, the largest deficit in recent years. General fund revenue is estimated at roughly $191.1 million, while district expenses are anticipated to be $198.8 million. A budget adjustment committee already is meeting to address the deficit, Finance Director Dan Pyan said last week.
Here are changes included in a long-range facilities plan approved Nov. 20 by the South Washington County School Board: High school Build additions to expand the capacity of East Ridge High School by 500 seats, Park High School by 200 seats and Woodbury High School by 300 seats.