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 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.
School District 833 picked from within to fill its final two open administrative positions. South Washington County Schools announced last week the hiring of a new special services director as well as a technology director. Kevin Witherspoon, who for six years has been a Park High School assistant principal, is taking over as the district’s director of special services, which includes the special education program. Witherspoon has experience as a special education coordinator and teacher. Robert Berkowitz was picked as the new director of technology.
Attendance was down at this year’s St. Paul Park Heritage Days festival but organizers were looking up after successfully staging a city celebration with fewer police incidents and promises of further improvements for the coming years.
It’s nearly peak growing season and the harvest is bountiful.