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Hudson Police: Walmart incident leads to arrests

Walmart incident leads to arrests

Shannon Jane Bien, 32, Boyceville, was arrested for retail theft, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia and Chad Reuben Nygaard, 38, Colfax, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing an officer after police were advised of a possible retail theft situation at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Walmart on Crest View Drive. Staff told police they were monitoring a woman who was observed concealing products in her purse. The woman, later identified as Bien, paid for other merchandise but did not pay for the paint markers she was seen taking. The woman went into the parking lot and began talking with a man who first attempted to identify himself to others by a different name, before being identified as Nygaard. Officers questioned Bien about the theft, which she initially denied. Bien briefly opened her purse for an officer and closed it shut quickly. The officer was unable to see inside. She then began to load items into the back of the vehicle, along with her purse. After continued conversations with officers, who informed her she could receive only a municipal citation for theft, Bien turned over two paint pens. Staff advised that Bien was seen taking six pens. After an officer spoke to her again, Bien turned over another two paint pens. Another officer located what appeared to be marijuana shake in the vehicle. Police believed based on Bien retrieving the paint pens from her purse within the vehicle and the fact that she was not being initially truthful, additional stolen items could be located in the vehicle. During the search, officers located a backpack containing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia within the vehicle. Nygaard was then detained and transported to jail. A search of Bien's purse turned up an additional paint pen as well as a bag containing a small amount of methamphetamine.


• Lamar Latif Raheem, 38, White Bear Lake, was arrested on a probation hold at 4:07 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Probation and Parole on O'Neil Road.

• Thomas Alan Barrer, 55, Chaska, Minn., was arrested for operating while intoxicated, prohibited alcohol content and cited for failure to signal a turn after a traffic stop close to 1 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Buckeye and Second streets. An officer noticed Barrer was unsteady on his feet as he was getting into his vehicle. While following the vehicle, the officer observer Barrer traveling very slowly and turning without a signal before eventually turning into the parking lot of a business that had been closed for the day for some time. While speaking with Barrer, the officer noted his eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was slurred. The officer could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from his breath. Standard field sobriety tests showed clues of impairment. A preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.14.

• Angel Vicente Guaman Minga, 49, Hudson, was arrested for operating without a valid license, second offense, and operating without insurance after a traffic stop at 1:22 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 on Laurel Avenue and 11th Street.

• Todd A. Secord, 54, Hudson, was arrested on a warrant at 8:09 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at Probation and Parole on O'Neil Road.

Domestic disorderly conduct

Nicole Marie Niedzielski, 37, Hudson was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct after police were called to 11th Street for a verbal domestic dispute at 4:28 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24. Niedzielski told police she is leaving her husband and has been attempting to get a restraining order but has been unable to do so. A coworker had told Niedzielski that she had called her phone number, which her husband had rerouted to the home phone, and the call was answered by a child that sounded like he was crying. Niedzielski said this concerned her and led her to stop by the residence. She said her husband confronted her and began yelling at her to get out. One of the kids told her to let her husband use her vehicle to pick up parts to fix another vehicle, to which she said she would drive him but would not let him take the vehicle. She said her husband then left the residence toward the truck. Niedzielski told police they both got to the driver's door and her husband pushed her out of the way. She said she then hip checked him, and he began yelling about her pushing him into traffic. She said the push caused a little bit of pain. The husband told police that when he went to the truck, Niedzielski came "flying" out of the residence and got in front of him, blocking the door and pushing him toward an oncoming van. He told police he felt the van brush against his shirt when it drove by. He denied pushing Niedzielski. A juvenile witness told police the husband did not push Niedzielski or put his hands on her at all. He confirmed what the husband said about Niedzielski pushing him toward the van. He said he did not believe Niedzielski purposely pushed the husband toward the van. The husband began to back track his statements when he believed Niedzielski was going to be arrested.

Hit and run

A hit and run was reported at the intersection of Coulee Road and 11th Street at 4:27 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. A vehicle stopped at a red light was rear ended by a black SUV. The driver of the struck vehicle told the male driver and female passenger they should go to a nearby parking lot to report the crash. The two then never showed up. Damage to the struck vehicle was very minor.

Sticky fingers

• Spencer K. Ritt, 28, Brooklyn Center, Minns., was cited for shoplifting after police were called to Fleet Farm on Industrial Street at 2:08 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Staff told police they saw Ritt remove a fishing reel from its packaging and conceal it in his clothing before exiting the store without paying for the merchandise. A review of video showed Ritt may have also stolen a laser range finder. The estimated theft amount was $300.

• Theft of a wallet was reported at 11:42 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 from Vine Street. A woman's wallet was stolen from her work on Vine Street sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., and the later located at Willow River State Park around 10:30 a.m. Missing from the wallet was $14 in cash and coins, but the bank cards were still there. No cameras were present at the place the wallet was taken or at Willow River. The woman was told to deactivate her cards, as the information may have been copied.

Underage drinking

Tristan D. Bronco Bill Garland, 20, Cottage Grove, was cited for underage drinking at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 on Heggen Street after police were called to the area for a welfare check. When police made contact Garland appeared highly confused and lethargic and an officer could smell a strong odor of intoxicants. She told police she was trying to get to her boyfriend's residence, but didn't know where she currently was. Garland told police her identification card was in the passenger seat of the vehicle, but the object was a receipt. An officer drove her to the hospital where staff assisted in identifying her, and an officer contacted her family.