Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Washington County SWAT hostage-negotiation team, which has three Woodbury officers as members, was named Negotiations Team of the Year. They were nominated for their response during the August 2012 Red Roof Inn incident.
For his work to free hostages during an August 2012 standoff at the Red Roof Inn, Woodbury Det. Chris Rheault was recognized as the Hostage Negotiator of the Year. Rheault and the Washington County SWAT hostage-negotiation team were honored Monday night during a Special Operations Training Association awards banquet in St. Cloud, according to a release from the Public Safety Department. The local SWAT team was named Negotiations Team of the Year. Two other Woodbury officers, Jeff Zerwas and Michelle Frascone, are part of the team, which represents Cottage Grove, Stillwater, Forest Lake and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. “Chris Rheault was one of the first responding officers, and ultimately, with the assistance of intelligence …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
A 20-year-old Woodbury man allegedly threatened a Pioneer Press newspaper deliveryman with a "whip it stick" after a road-rage incident in the area of Eagle View Boulevard and Settler's Ridge Drive
A 20-year old Woodbury man has been charged with a felony after he allegedly threatened to beat a newspaper deliveryman with a baton. Woodbury police were called to the area of Eagle View Boulevard and Settler's Ridge Drive on Nov. 11 at about 5 a.m., for a report of a road-rage incident. When police arrived, a Pioneer Press newspaper deliveryman told police he was driving his vehicle very slowly in the area of Eagle View Boulevard, so he could see the addresses. According to the complaint: While delivering the papers, the man told police an unknown vehicle approached his vehicle from the rear and began tailgating him. At that time the newspaper deliveryman motioned for the other driver to drive around him. At that time, according to the …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
City Council meets 7:30 on Wednesday night at City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road. The meeting is open to the public.
The Woodbury City Council will convene Wednesday night for the first of two scheduled meetings this month. Some of the items on the agenda include: City Council meets 7:30 on Wednesday night at City Hall, 8301 Valley Creek Road. The meeting is open to the public.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Christopher Allen Janota, 43, must pay more than $750,000 in restitution.
A Woodbury business owner will spend six months in jail and pay $750,000 in restitution following his sentencing in federal court on Tuesday. Christopher Allen Janota, 43, was involved in a stolen-goods scam, according to a release from the Minnesota district of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Janota’s co-conspirators stole products from retail stores in Minnesota and other states and sold the stolen goods to his Woodbury-based company, according to the release. Janota then sold the merchandise to third parties through the Internet and shipped them via the U.S. mail, the release says. The nine co-conspirators already have pleaded guilty to related charges. The Woodbury Police Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case…
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Selected calls to the Woodbury Police Department from Feb. 23-29.
The following information was obtained from recent police reports. A home at the 1700 block of Colby Lake Drive was burglarized after thieves entered through an open garage door. A GPS unit was taken from a vehicle in the garage and two wallets were stolen from the inside of the home. A known shoplifter seen stealing items from Archiver's Scrapbooking Store was trespassed from the store, though employees did not want to press charges against the woman for taking a hole puncher and stamp set. A resident at the 700 block of Markgrafs Lake Draw told police of a phone call she received from a man claiming to be her grandson; he said he was in Bolivia and needed money wired. She told police of the incident for informational purposes. Police …
Friday, February 17, 2012
St. Paul residents Danny Joe Beach, 40, and Darnell Steven Cox, 21, appeared in Washington County court on Feb. 16, pleading very different cases.
Two St. Paul men accused of burglary in a Woodbury parking garage on Feb. 2 appeared in Washington County court Thursday morning singing two very different tunes. Danny Joe Beach, 40, waived his right to an omnibus hearing and pleaded guilty to felony third-degree burglary before District Court Judge Mary Hannon. Beach was scheduled to be sentenced on April 26. Darnell Steven Cox, 21, however, entered no plea and demanded a speedy omnibus hearing, which Judge Elizabeth Martin scheduled for March 21. According to a Washington County warrant complaint filed on Feb. 6, Beach and Cox were seen by residents breaking into cars in an underground parking garage in the 1700 block of Century Circle. They were arrested and charged with felony third-…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Brian Thomas McCarthy, 24, pleaded guilty on Jan. 25 and could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
A 24-year-old St. Paul man suspected in a string of burglaries last December pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to one count of felony third-degree burglary. Brian Thomas McCarthy is scheduled for sentencing in Washington County District Court on April 4 and could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. McCarthy was originally charged with third-degree burglary and receiving stolen property, but Judge Tad Jude dismissed the latter charge in exchange for his guilty plea. First arrested Dec. 22, Woodbury Police Cmdr. Jay Alberio told Patch that authorities suspected McCarthy of breaking into a detached garage in Woodbury and vehicles in Woodbury, Oakdale, Maplewood, Newport and St. Paul. McCarthy's criminal record shows convictions for …
Friday, February 3, 2012
The coach told police the woman was interfering with the wrestlers before she punched him in the face during a meet last week at Woodbury High School. He did not report any injures and wanted the incident documented.
The mother of a Stillwater Area High School wrestler allegedly punched a Ponies assistant wrestling coach in the face twice after being told “the bench is no place for parents.” The coach told police the woman was interfering with the wrestlers before she punched him in the face during a meet last week at Woodbury High School, according to a police report. He did not report any injures and wanted the incident documented. The woman left the high school before Woodbury police arrived. Stillwater Athletic Director Ricky Michel said it was an internal matter that has since been taken care of.
Marcus Phillip Coleman, 20, allegedly bought five Blackberry Torch phones using a fraudulent business account.
A 20-year-old Minneapolis pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of theft by swindle after police said he bought five mobile phones from the Woodbury AT&T store using a fraudulent business account. According to a Washington County warrant complaint, Marcus Phillip Coleman opened a corporate account in the name of Absolute Sound—a Waukegan, Ill. company—and proceeded to purchase five Blackberry Torch phones on Aug. 3. Police also say Coleman returned to the store two weeks later to purchase five more phones, but the transaction was declined. According to the complaint, the owner of Absolute Sound contacted Woodbury police on Aug. 31 after his local police department learned from AT&T that the fraudulent account was opened at the Woodbury …
Monday, August 22, 2011
Law Enforcement United's Kids and Family Funfest was held in Woodbury on Saturday.
There was a large turnout Saturday as Law Enforcement United held a Kids and Family Funfest at Colby Lake Park in Woodbury. Visitors enjoyed K-9 demonstrations, refreshments, face painting, "Dunk a Cop" and other activities. Many visitors also checked out the numerous emergency vehicles on site. Festival organizer Tony Ofstead said he was pleased with the number of people who attended and looks forward to making next year's festival even better.