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 Newport. Suspicious situation Newport Elementary School called police April 4 to report that a student threw a BB and hit an eye of a classmate. Staff believed the boy also said he was going to bring his Airsoft BB gun to school. Police talked with the boy’s mother, who said she’d take away his toy guns and check his backpack each morning. A Newport woman called police April 7 to report that someone in a white van had been driving in the 1900 block of Barry Drive and checking mailboxes.
Jacobus is leading three School District 833 “Parent University” sessions next week on youth brain development. Some of the material focuses on adolescents, but he said the information could appeal to parents with children of all ages.
Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove: Underage drinking A 15-year-old St. Paul Park boy was turned over to his parents after he was found intoxicated March 29 outside a home in the 8000 block of Hemingway Avenue. Fire Firefighters were called at 9:22 p.m. March 31 to a fire at a home at 8471 Hilo Lane, after the homeowner reported smoke coming from heating vents. There was no major fire damage and no injuries.
Organizers hope a schedule change leads to a larger and more diverse crowd at the annual Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Showcase. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena.
A St. Paul Park man was arrested after police say he was caught burglarizing a home. Someone in the 8700 block of Greenway Avenue called police about 4:30 a.m. April 5 to report a possible burglary in progress at a vacant home across the street. Police arrived and found a window that had been pried open and a broken pane. There was forced entry to the home. Police arrested the 40-year-old St.
A man was arrested following an alleged domestic assault at the Wakota Inn and Suites in Cottage Grove. A woman called police about 9:30 p.m. April 5 from the hotel at 7125 80th St. She said she had been assaulted. Upon further investigation, police learned that the 21-year-old woman said a man twice prevented her from calling 911 from inside a hotel room, and then he punched her in the face, according to the report. The 53-year-old Bloomington man was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault and for disturbing the peace by interrupting a 911 call, which is a gross misdemeanor.
South Washington County Schools’ point person on curriculum and staff development is the latest administrator to leave.
A Cottage Grove man was tased and then arrested on drug-related charges after he tried to run from police during a traffic stop. A police officer stopped a vehicle that had only one functioning taillight about 11:45 p.m. March 24 near Summit and Eighth avenues. The suspect, later identified as a 30-year-old man, exited his vehicle and started running away. The officer chased the man and caught him a short distance later.
Finance Director Aaron Bushberger is leaving South Washington County Schools for a similar job in the South St. Paul School District.
The former executive assistant to School District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus received roughly $5,100 in a resignation agreement that followed the investigation of a complaint against her, according to data released by the district. Allegations made against Mary Amidon were investigated but no disciplinary action was taken, according to Barb Brown, district communications director.