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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Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Intoxicated McDonald’s, 7355 East Point Douglas Road, called police shortly before midnight July 2 after four people who appeared to be intoxicated attempted to order food by walking through the drive-thru. There were no citations issued. Domestic Tyler J. Pavel, 34, of Cottage Grove, was arrested July 2 on suspicion of fifth-degree assault after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife.
A man was arrested for allegedly punching his grandmother at a Cottage Grove home. Police were called after 11 p.m. July 4 to a home in the 9000 block of 79th Street for a reported assault. A 66-year-old woman had been punched in the face several times, according to the police report. Juan A. Rugel, 30, of Inver Grove Heights, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault. Nobody at the home could tell police what led to the alleged assault. The victim did not need an ambulance but did go to an area hospital with unspecified injuries, the report said.
South Washington County Schools’ information technology director is leaving. Andrew Baldwin, who has led the IT department for three years, is resigning to take a similar job in the Farmington school district. He and his family have lived in Farmington for 15 years. Baldwin’s last day with District 833 is Aug. 1. “My time with District 833 has been a truly rewarding experience,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I have the highest regard for the South Washington County Schools, and I certainly hope I have been able to contribute to the success of the organization.
A man was sentenced earlier this month for firing several 9 mm rounds into a Cottage Grove cornfield after drinking late one night.
An Inver Grove Heights man was charged with drunken driving after allegedly swerving all over the road and driving the wrong way down 80th Street in Cottage Grove.
Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Vandalism A Cottage Grove resident reported June 27 that someone knocked over planters at a home in the 9900 block of 77th Street. Police were called June 30 after graffiti was found at Woodridge Park, 9000 90th St. Zion Lutheran Church, 8500 Hillside Trail, reported July 2 that the church had been vandalized.
A Newport man and former youth pastor was sentenced last month for having sex with a teenage girl, whom he admitted to impregnating, and for possessing pornographic images of her as he awaited his criminal sentence.
The cost to public infrastructure in Washington County from recent flooding and storms has risen to nearly $500,000.
More than two-dozen youths were cast in an outdoor production of “Wizard of Oz” at the close of Locally Grown Theatre’s summer camp last week.
Hundreds turned out for the Newport Volunteer Fire Department's 61st-annual booya celebration Sunday at Fire Station 1 in Newport.