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. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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Theft A theft was reported May 27 at Cottage Grove Middle School. A make-up bag was stolen from a student's locker. A juvenile female from the school was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for theft. A resident in the 8400 block of 85th Street reported May 27 that an Xbox video game system valued at $583 was stolen from the residence. Police had a possible suspect. BP gas station, 8490 Jamaica Ave., reported a $50 gas drive-off May 29.
East Ridge High School's first senior class will hear from Minnesota's senior U.S. senator. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is scheduled to speak at East Ridge's commencement ceremony Saturday, school officials announced late Friday. East Ridge is in its second year, but this is the school's first graduating class. The commencement ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium at 4200 Pioneer Drive. Klobuchar, a Democrat, is in her fifth year in the Senate. She is up for re-election next year.
Kyle Gross and Melissa Crawford knew they were neck and neck in the academic race to the top of Park High School's senior class. But how about a finish separated by one one-thousandth of a point? "It was super close," said Gross, whose 4.3311 grade point average was narrowly edged by Crawford's 4.3322. Their GPAs were so close, in fact, that Park administrators named Crawford and Gross this year's co-valedictorians. The good-natured academic competition was made more interesting by the fact that Crawford and Gross are not just classmates - they have been dating for over a year.
A federal judge ruled that the St. Paul Park Police Department and one of its officers are not at fault in connection with a 2006 double murder. The department and officer Jesse Zilge were dismissed from a case involving a home-security firm and the family of Teri L. Lee, who with her boyfriend Timothy Hawkinson Sr., was murdered by Lee's ex-boyfriend Steven Van Keuren in her West Lakeland Township home. In the civil litigation involving ADT Security Services and Lee's sister, the security firm sought to have St.
Camden Knoff said there were nights this past school year when he would go home and throw his backpack down in frustration at the academic challenges he faced. The 17-year-old is among juniors finishing up a grueling first year as diploma candidates in the International Baccalaureate program at Park High School. Knoff said he signed up for the high-level coursework because he wanted to take the best classes available.
Firefighters called to a house fire early Wednesday in Cottage Grove may have been surprised by the address. Fire broke out in an attic of a home at 8351 Hyde Court, just around the corner from the site of a large fire less than 48 hours earlier. The proximity of the fires appears to be merely coincidence, fire officials said. Crews were called to the Hyde Court address at 12:27 a.m. Wednesday for a fire that was contained to the home's attic.
A fire Monday afternoon caused extensive damage to a Cottage Grove home. Cottage Grove Fire Chief Bob Byerly said crews searched the home at 8255 Hyde Ave. upon arrival and did not find anyone inside the house. The fire likely started in the rear of the home and was spreading through the rafters before it was extinguished, Byerly said. The cause was not immediately known. Dozens of firefighters from a number of departments responded. Crews from Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Newport and St.
A St. Paul Park man's alleged attempt to flee police on foot did not get him very far. Carlos A. Vasquez, 22, was apprehended on a warrant for robbery following a traffic stop late Thursday at Broadway Avenue and Third Street. According to a St. Paul Park police report: An officer stopped a vehicle driven by Vasquez because police knew the man did not have a driver's license. Vasquez admitted to the officer he did not have a license, nor was there insurance on the vehicle. The officer ran Vasquez's information and learned of an outstanding Wisconsin felony warrant for robbery.
A Cottage Grove man was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in a bank fraud case involving the attempted theft of over $300,000. Jason E. Clark, 40, was ordered this week to serve 48 months in prison after he was convicted of two counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge David Doty sentenced Clark Wednesday at federal court in Minneapolis. Prosecutors said Clark was part of a scheme that used stolen bank information to produce counterfeit checks and ultimately cash.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office has delayed a decision on whether to criminally charge Washington County Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek in a domestic assault case. The Woodbury Police Department is conducting additional investigation into Pulkrabek and a decision about possible felony domestic assault charge will await the completion of that investigation, according to a Ramsey County attorney spokesman. A decision on possible charges had been expected Thursday. Pulkrabek allegedly choked his girlfriend and pulled her down stairs by her hair during a domestic incident Monday at his Woodbur