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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South Washington County communities plan Fourth of July celebrations for Friday that include food, entertainment and children’s games: Cottage Grove When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Kingston Park, 9195 75th St. What: Picnic dinner, activities and fireworks display at dusk. Woodbury When: 7 p.m. Where: Bielenberg Sports Center, 4125 Radio Drive What: Food sales and live music by Maiden Dixie.
Criminal activity in St. Paul Park: Drunken driving A 22-year-old Champlin man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a St. Paul Park police officer on patrol about 1:30 a.m. May 16 stopped a vehicle near the Grey Cloud Island cemetery. Police also recovered a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from the vehicle, according to the report. Theft SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported a $90 gas drive-off May 23.
Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove: Assault A 51-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested June 20 on suspicion of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor domestic assault after he allegedly threw a water bottle at his wife and then hit her in the face during an altercation at their home in the 8600 block of Green Avenue.
AVID, which was first launched at Oltman Middle School and Park High School, will expand this fall to include curriculum principles at every elementary school. It already is offered at all middle schools and high schools.
Nearly half of District 833’s top administrators are new as four department directors started July 1.
Two new principals have been hired for District 833 elementary schools.
There was plenty of noise at Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest -- live music, carnival rides and games -- but it was a quiet weekend for law enforcement. There were only a few police calls during the four-day festival that wrapped up over the weekend. “It was a good event,” Public Safety Director Craig Woolery said. Among the reported criminal activity:
The company was paid for transferring roughly 316 calls to a State Farm Insurance agent in Cottage Grove, according to the state.
A Cottage Grove man was arrested after he allegedly threatened someone with a wine cooler. Police were called about 10:30 p.m. June 15 to the 8400 block of Ideal Avenue on a report that a male suspect was out of control. Officers found two suspects nearby at Hillside and Hilo trails. A 21-year-old Cottage Grove man was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree assault. He had allegedly brandished a wine cooler bottle and threatened his stepfather. The other man — a 19-year-old from Hastings — was arrested after police say he provided them with a false name.
Burglary suspects made their getaway in a U-Haul truck — and then eluded authorities after ditching the moving truck.