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 fire Monday afternoon caused extensive damage to a Cottage Grove home. Cottage Grove Fire Chief Bob Byerly said crews searched the home at 8255 Hyde Ave. upon arrival and did not find anyone inside the house. The fire likely started in the rear of the home and was spreading through the rafters before it was extinguished, Byerly said. The cause was not immediately known. Dozens of firefighters from a number of departments responded. Crews from Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Newport and St.
A St. Paul Park man's alleged attempt to flee police on foot did not get him very far. Carlos A. Vasquez, 22, was apprehended on a warrant for robbery following a traffic stop late Thursday at Broadway Avenue and Third Street. According to a St. Paul Park police report: An officer stopped a vehicle driven by Vasquez because police knew the man did not have a driver's license. Vasquez admitted to the officer he did not have a license, nor was there insurance on the vehicle. The officer ran Vasquez's information and learned of an outstanding Wisconsin felony warrant for robbery.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in a bank fraud case involving the attempted theft of over $300,000. Jason E. Clark, 40, was ordered this week to serve 48 months in prison after he was convicted of two counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge David Doty sentenced Clark Wednesday at federal court in Minneapolis. Prosecutors said Clark was part of a scheme that used stolen bank information to produce counterfeit checks and ultimately cash.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has delayed a decision on whether to criminally charge Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek in a domestic assault case. The Woodbury Police Department is conducting additional investigation into Pulkrabek and a decision about possible felony domestic assault charge will await the completion of that investigation, according to a Ramsey County attorney spokesman. A decision on possible charges had been expected Thursday. Pulkrabek allegedly choked his girlfriend and pulled her down stairs by her hair during a domestic incident Monday at his Woodbur
Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek allegedly choked his girlfriend and pulled her down stairs by her hair during a domestic incident Monday at his Woodbury residence, according to a police incident report. Woodbury police arrested Pulkrabek, 41, at 4:45 p.m. at 10993 Oak Grove Circle Apt. A, on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault. According to police: A woman reported that she was in an argument with her boyfriend, identified as Pulkrabek, when he threw her onto his bed by her hair.
Any possible criminal charges stemming from Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek's Monday arrest for alleged domestic assault will be handled by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. Pulkrabek, 41, was arrested by Woodbury police at 4:45 p.m. at 10993 Oak Grove Circle Apt. A. He was booked into the Washington County Jail on suspicion of felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor fifth-degree domestic assault. A jail spokesperson said Pulkrabek posted $25,000 bail at 8 p.m. Monday. Pulkrabek could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.
South Washington County residents honored fallen military veterans at a number of local Memorial Day observances Monday. The American Legion Post 98 Honor Guard participated in brief services at seven area cemeteries, Veterans Park in St. Paul Park and the Mississippi River. The names of veterans buried in the cemeteries were read aloud during the memorials.
Thieves have been known to prey on vacant properties, but they do not usually get away with an entire hot tub. Cottage Grove police were called May 25 to a property in the 8800 block of Hale Avenue for a theft report. A representative of a bank that was securing a foreclosed home in that neighborhood discovered that a hot tub was stolen from the back deck of the property. The hot tub was valued at $2,500, police said. The incident was believed to have occurred sometime between May 5-19. There were no suspects.
The South Washington County Telecommunications Commission no longer will air religious and other public-generated programming, opting to broadcast only professionally produced shows and content approved by commission staff. The commission airs its content on three South Washington County-TV cable channels - 14, 16 and 18. Commission staff air live government meetings and produce shows related to local communities. The programming changes do not affect broadcasts of council and commission meetings in Cottage Grove, Woodbury, St. Paul Park, Newport and Grey Cloud Island Township.
A Cottage Grove man faces criminal charges after he triggered neighborhood concerns by allegedly firing a homemade potato gun in his backyard and then flexed his muscles and told police to shoot him as he ignored their orders. Kenneth A. Hall Jr., 54, was charged by the Cottage Grove city attorney this week with obstructing the legal process with force, a gross misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct following a May 20 incident that involved law enforcement from four communities. According to the criminal complaint: Cottage Grove police were dispatched to 8875 Greenway Ave. at about 7:20 p.m.