Drug task force investigation leads to arrest of Wyoming man

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

An investigation by the East Central Drug and Violent Offenders Task Force led to a drug arrest in Wyoming last week.

About a dozen police officers from the three-county task force converged on 26300 Glen Oak Drive at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 13 to execute a search warrant issued in Chisago County.

Taken into custody was Alex Gay, 22, of the same address.

According to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, the search warrant led authorities to recover 10.5 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana.

He was booked into the Chisago County Jail. He has been charged with two felony counts — second-degree controlled substance crime for possession of meth and fifth-degree controlled substance crime for possession of marijuana.

Following his first appearance in Chisago County District Court on Thursday, March 15, Gay was released on bail.

The East Central task force serves the counties of Chisago, Isanti and Pine. Officers from the Wyoming Police Department assisted at the scene on March 13.

2 kids hit by car

Two area kids were hit by a vehicle as they attempted to run across US-61 south of the 8th Avenue intersection on Monday afternoon.

Forest Lake Capt. Greg Weiss said three youth were attempting to cross the highway from west to east at the south Lake Shoppes parking lot southbound exit when two of the kids were struck by a southbound vehicle at 3:44 p.m.

The two girls, ages 11 and 10, were not believed to be seriously injured, but one was taken to St. John’s Hospital NE and one to Regions Hospital as a precaution.

A younger brother to one of the girls was not hit, Weiss said.

As the three youths attempted to cross the highway, a southbound ISD 831 school bus in the right lane slowed and activated flashing lights. A second vehicle, a southbound Tahoe driven by an area woman, did not see the kids and was unable to stop before hitting two of the kids, Weiss said.

Traffic stop

In a second Forest Lake police report of note, a 39-year-old man was ticketed on a host of charges after being stopped for expired license plate tabs. Police stopped the car at SW 12th St. and 11th Ave. at 10:42 p.m. Monday night. As the officer walked back to the squad car, the subject drove off.

Police followed and found the car two blocks north of 11th Ave. (CR-83) on Everton Avenue. He was ticketed for driving after revocation, no insurance, expired registration and failure to yield right of way.

Weiss said the man probably thought better of attempting to evade officers after heading over the I-35 bridge and turning north on Everton.

Woman found safe

A Hugo woman who had been reported missing last week has been found safe in St. Paul.

On Friday, March 16, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office took a missing persons report for Gayle Shirlene Newton, 59.

Her family told the sheriff’s office she had been dropped off downtown St. Paul by a taxi cab.

Information from the public was helpful to authorities in locating the woman.