Man faces burglary charges

A Lake Elmo man faces burglary charges in connection with a March 23 incident at a Woodbury storage facility.

Robert Louis Canfield was charged with break-ins at the storage center and two other Woodbury businesses following an investigation of the storage facility incident, according to court documents.

The incident leading to Canfield’s arrest started when the storage facility’s on-site manager heard noises in the facility’s office and called Woodbury police, court documents said. When officers arrived, it was discovered a barrel-style key used for a safe and a fob key had allegedly been stolen.

The facility manager got the license plate of a vehicle leaving the facility and officers the plate to Lake Elmo, a court report said. Arriving at the Lake Elmo location, officers allegedly noticed a car an individual matching descriptions from the Woodbury incident and saw the suspect get out of his vehicle. Canfield and another person, Melissa Ruth Raatz, were stopped and put into squad cars.

During the investigation of the storage facility incident, officers received reports about two burglaries at 2001 Nails and Merle Norman Cosmetics and Wigs in Woodbury. Cash and papers from a drawer and a tool box were stolen from those locations.

Court documents said a drug pipe and barrel key matching the description of the stolen storage facility key were allegedly found in a pocket of Raatz’s jacket. Officers also found bills from 2001 Nails and a tool box and another silver barrel key in the glove box. The only key that worked for the truck was found with Canfield.

Man convicted of drug possession
A Bayport man was sentenced to five years probation and 16 days in jail after a January incident that started out as a welfare concern led to the man’s arrest on drug-related charges.
Court documents said Andrew Paul Hunt’s mother called Bayport police Jan. 3 and said she her son had threatened to harm himself.
Hunt was located by officers at the Bayport Public Library where he had locked himself in the library’s restroom, according to court documents. Hunt eventually came out of the restroom and was detained by the officers.
Court documents said Hunt told officers had syringes in his pocket, and a subsequent search by officers discovered a small baggie that later tested positive for methamphetamine. Hunt admitted to officers to using meth earlier in the day.
Hunt was also fined of $100 plus fees, must not use drugs, and complete a chemical dependency evaluation. He must also follow up with corrections about continued chemical dependency aftercare.

Man convicted on firearm charge
An Afton man was fined $85 fine and must not possess, use or own any firearms after his conviction on reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality in connection with a Dec. 27 early morning incident.
Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responding to reports of shots fired, went to the home of Stephen Fredrick Mahley after Mahley told a dispatcher he was target shooting in his backyard, according to court documents The dispatcher asked Mahley to answer his front door and let deputies enter, which Mahley did.
Court documents said Mahley appeared intoxicated to deputies and admitted sharing a bottle of alcohol with a friend and firing several rounds, destroying his patio furniture. Mahley also told deputies he had stopped three hours before deputies contacted him.
Court documents said a further investigation of the home indicated Mahley was standing inside his home office and shooting through an open sliding glass door into his backyard.
The only person in the home besides Mahley was his wife who told deputies that her husband had lost several close friends lately and was drinking more than usual, court records said. She added that she was disappointed in her husband’s behavior but was not threatened by it.

Woman convicted of drug possession
A Stillwater woman was sentenced to three years probation following her conviction on drug possession possession charges following an October incident at her home.
Erica Lynn Hendricks-Metcalf was at the residence when police officers executing a search warrant saw Hendricks-Metcalf come out of the bathroom and heard the toilet running. Officers discovered a bundle floating in the toilet and the substance inside later tested positive for methamphetamine, according to court documents.
Hendricks-Metcalf must serve three days in jail and was fined of $50 plus fees.