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Washington County Attorney Pete Orput was joined by Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague on Wednesday at a news conference in Stillwater, where prosecutors and law enforcement officials discussed details in the case of a drug-related death. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)

Four Woodbury teens charged with drug-related murder

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Washington County prosecutors said they took direct aim at the food chain of synthetic drug dealers when they filed murder charges Wednesday against five teenagers – four of whom are from Woodbury – following a student’s January overdose death.


The death of Woodbury High School student Tara Fitzgerald prompted charges against three of her classmates, along with two other teens in a case that prosecutors admitted was meant to send a message.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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