Sunday, May 19, 2013
Here’s a weekly listing of crime incidents and police and fire related calls in Washington and St. Croix Counties, including a Woodbury incident that involved a strange brew.
The following is a collection of articles that appeared on Stillwater Patch, Woodbury Patch and Oakdale Patch May 13-18. Click on the headline to read the full article. Eric Richard Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charges Stemming from Downtown Bar Fight Eric Richard pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault charges Friday morning in relation to the death of Adam McCloud after an altercation last year at a bar in downtown Stillwater. Photos: Barn Fire in Grant Firefighters were called to a barn fire Thursday evening in the 9700 block of 60th Street North in Grant. Update: Body Found in River Identified as Missing Baldwin Man The body of a man found Tuesday in the St. Croix River has been identified as Donald D. Marklowitz Jr., 54, according…
Friday, May 17, 2013
The 23-year-old will likely be charged with second-degree DWI and second-degree test refusal.
A South Haven, Minn., man was booked on suspicion of DWI after being arrested in Woodbury earlier this week. In addition to DWI, he will also likely be charged with second-degree test refusal. Here’s the catch. After providing a urine sample for police at the Washington County Jail, he drank it. “Without gagging,” said Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada. The 23-year-old, who will likely be charged soon, was stopped at the 6000 block of Hudson Road at about 1:35 p.m. Monday, May 13, Okada said. There have been garage break-ins in the area and officers were initially called on a suspicious person report. He was arrested and transported to the county jail, where he provided the urine sample, Okada said. An officer then asked if…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A Texas man, who has three previous DWI convictions on his record, faces two felony charges in connection with an April 20 incident in Woodbury.
A Texas man with three previous DWI convictions on his record was charged with two felony counts following his April 20 arrest in Woodbury. Police came upon Larry Villarreal, 32, of Houston, asleep in his car at about 1:40 a.m. April 20, according to the criminal complaint. The vehicle was stopped and facing northbound in the southbound lane at Tamarack Road and Bielenberg Drive, the complaint says, and the engine was running, the brake lights were on and loud music was playing. Police tried to make contact with the driver, who was unresponsive, and an officer eventually reached inside the car and put it in park, according to the complaint. After he woke up, the driver, later identified as Villarreal, said he had two big beers told police …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Selected calls to the Woodbury Public Safety Department from April 16-22.
The following information was obtained from recent police reports. Tailpipes and scrapers (valued at nearly $1,500 together) were reported stolen from two dump trucks at a construction site at Bailey Road and Mile Drive. Workers at St. Croix Cleaners called police after someone dropped off a coat with blood and dirt on it. Police made contact with the coat’s owner, who said she and her husband were jumped by a group of men while at Club Cancun on April 14. She had visible injuries and a report was on file with the St. Paul Police Department. Two people were arrested near Interstate 94 and Radio Drive after reports of suspicious situations at Home Depot and JCPenney led police to pull over their car. Police found suspected stolen property …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Even if you didn’t drink enough to score .08 or more, you can still be prosecuted for DWI because it is also illegal to operate a motor vehicle if the alcohol you consumed, regardless of the amount, is affecting your abilities.
“What a party,” you think as you drive yourself home... Suddenly the night sky is filled with flashing red and blue lights and you worry that you may be in trouble. Did you drink too much to be driving legally? DWI law confuses a lot of people. The name itself is confusing. DWI is sometimes called DUI. But in Minnesota the acronyms DWI (meaning “driving while intoxicated”) and DUI (meaning “driving while under the influence”) are used interchangeably. Each refers to the laws that prohibit someone from driving, operating, or being in physical control of a motor vehicle when they have had too much alcohol to drink. How do you know how much alcohol is too much? Generally speaking, the legal limit in Minnesota is .08. That number refers to the…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Lance Thomas Meyer, 21, faces a felony DWI charge.
A Woodbury man who has three prior DWI convictions told police he was “acting like an idiot” after officers saw him doing doughnuts in a parking lot and stopped him a little after 2 a.m. on March 16. That’s according to the criminal complaint against Lance Thomas Meyer, 21, who now faces a felony DWI charge stemming from the mid-March arrest. An officer on routine patrol saw a white Cadillac cross from Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon to the Life Time Fitness parking lot and proceed to do doughnuts, according to the complaint. The officer then watched the car pass by the Holiday gas station and proceed onto Radio Drive without signaling, the complaint says. After initiating a traffic stop, the officer identified the sole occupant as Meyer, who …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Selected calls to the Woodbury Public Safety Department from Feb. 19-26.
The following information was obtained from recent police reports. A resident at the 7100 block of Foxboro Lane North reported that a pet-entry door on a door of her home had been damaged while she was out of town. A resident reported that there were several wolves in the Stonemill Farms neighborhood. Police were called to a home on Springbook Place on a report of a burglary in progress—a resident reported seeing a masked burglar dressed in black inside the house. However, there was no sign of forced entry and no evidence a burglary had occurred. Police interviewed the resident later, and she admitted she may not have seen a burglar, but came home and a door was unsecured and she got scared, and didn’t expect such a large police response, …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Jon Timothy Almquist was given seven years of probation.
A Woodbury man who was arrested in March 2012 on suspicion of his fifth DWI since 2002 was recently sentenced to seven years of probation. A 3.5-year prison sentence was stayed on the grounds that Jon Timothy Almquist, 39, remain law abiding, complete a repeat-offender program and submit to random testing, among other conditions of his release. Almquist was arrested during the early morning hours of March 8, 2012, after employees at SuperAmerica called police about a customer who was slurring his speech and stumbling in the parking lot, according to the criminal complaint. He was in the gas station’s carwash when an officer arrived. After Almquist left the carwash, the officer noted that he failed to signal a turn at Guider Drive. He was …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
There were two last year, according to figures provided by the Woodbury Public Safety Department.
Among the more than 300 people arrested on suspicion of DWI in Minnesota over the New Year’s Eve timeframe, there were six in Woodbury. That’s a slight jump from the two who were busted for drinking and driving last year, according to numbers provided by the Woodbury Public Safety Department. From Dec. 1, 2011, to Jan. 1, 2012, there were 19 people arrested on DWI charges. This past month that number was 26. The total number of DWI offenses in Woodbury in 2011 was 130; for 2012 it was 150. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Wednesday reported that at least 300 people were arrested for DWI statewide on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to its preliminary arrest information. The arrest numbers come from the State Patrol…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Here’s a quick guide for the holiday.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kris Janisch
Monday, December 31, 2012
Whether you’re heading out for a big event or just having some friends over for a low-key celebration, here are a few items to pass along as we ring in the New Year. The state Department of Public Safety this week noted that Minnesota has not had a drunk-driving traffic death on New Year’s Eve/Day for the past four years. “All it takes is one bad decision for our roads to turn deadly,” State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said in a release. “In many cases, that bad decision occurs when someone decides get behind the wheel after a night of drinking.” In Woodbury, police encourage people to get their plans in place before they begin their New Year’s Eve revelry. See: A Perfect Party Means Planning Ahead Last year, Patch asked area bartenders for …