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 Grey Cloud Island Township man allegedly broke into a nearby home and forced himself sexually onto a sleeping teen girl. Prosecutors charged Joseph M. Petersen, 18, with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree burglary, both felonies, in connection with the alleged incident last month. He was arrested and jailed before being released on $10,000 bail with conditions. Petersen also faces a felony-level charge of fleeing a police officer in the case. His next court appearance is Sept.
Financing a political challenge can be an uphill climb, but one area legislative candidate actually finished July in the hole. Matthew Kowalski, the GOP challenger to Rep. Dan Schoen, had no campaign money heading into August, when campaigns typically begin to ramp up. And DFLer Don Slaten had very little money on hand for his challenge against Rep.
Vandals damaged an unoccupied home on the historic Shephard farmstead in Cottage Grove. Police were called to the property in the 8800 block of 70th Street on Aug. 8, after it was discovered someone had broken into a home. There was $300 damage to the property and an obscenity scratched into a wall inside the house, according to the police report. The farm was turned over to the Dodge Nature Center last year.
A person wearing a full-body camouflage “ghillie suit” unsettled Walmart customers recently before dashing from the store when approached by employees. Police were called to the store about 3 p.m. Aug. 15, after store employees tried to confront someone who was wearing the leafy camouflage outfit. The person left the store and could not be located, according to the report. Two days later, police were called to Walmart again after the store reported that a young male suspect wearing camouflage clothing was yelling at customers in the parking lot. The incident happened about 10:30 p.m.
A male suspect allegedly took photographs of a woman bending over in the Target store parking lot. Police were called after a woman said she caught a man standing right behind her and taking lewd photos of her as she bent over to put something in her vehicle. The incident happened about 12:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The man then left in a vehicle and was not located.
School District 833 has a revised anti-bullying policy. The district updated its existing policy following the Minnesota Legislature’s passage of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, which required that all districts have an anti-bullying policy.
Regulators penalized St. Paul Park Refining Co. for improperly handling wastewater containing benzene, a hazardous liquid that could have been released from the oil refinery into the nearby Mississippi River.
Recently reported criminal activity in Newport: Warrant A 26-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested on suspicion of an outstanding warrant following a July 3 police call to SuperAmerica, 1624 Hastings Ave., for a suspicious male. Fight A Newport woman and a Newport man were both cited for disorderly conduct following a fight about 4 a.m. July 13 at their home in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue. The woman called police to report the fight.
Two Level 3 sex offenders who moved to Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park earlier this year no longer live in the area. Shannon Michael Benson, 34, who moved to...
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove: Drugs A Newport man was arrested on alleged drug possession following a reported fight. Police were called Aug. 6 to the 7800 block of Hemingway Avenue. Miguel A. Cabrera, 26, was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threats, fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant. Cabrera allegedly pulled a knife to scare a victim in a fight, according to the report. He was booked into the Washington County jail. Property damage A woman called police Aug.