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Kendall Johnson compares pornography consumption to compulsive shopping: as people desire more and more of something, their desires are harder to satisfy. The Woodbury resident says an abundant supply and easily accessible supply of online porn can act as a "gateway drug" fueling relationship issues and dangerous habits. Some of those habits, he said, could escalate to seeking paid sex through platforms like Backpage.com, a website that gained notoriety as a hub for sex trafficking advertisements.
Woodbury Leadership Academy hosts astronomy night.
Lucifer Nguyen, the New Hope man accused of killing 48-year-old Beverly Cory in July while she worked in her Mendota Heights office, has been indicted by a Dakota County grand jury. Nguyen, 44, now faces charges of first-degree murder and two second-degree murder charges in addition to nine other charges filed Oct. 12, which include assault, burglary and kidnapping, according to a Dakota County Attorney's Office announcement Friday, Oct. 20.
A Woodbury man with a previous felony domestic assault conviction is accused of using a belt embedded with metal hoops to beat a teenager. Jaime Taraki Shavers, 37, faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious punishment of a child causing less than substantial bodily harm. According to a criminal complaint filed Oct. 5 in Washington County, a 14-year-old girl reported Shavers used the belt to hit her as punishment for "being disrespectful" at school.
Improved communication and unity dominated the objectives members of the Twin Cities' Ethiopian community pinpointed during their brainstorming sessions with the Human Immersion Lab in Woodbury. A coordination among the Woodbury YMCA, Woodbury Community Foundation, Woodbury Thrives and Minneapolis-based Mission Impact Council, the Immersion Lab took place in three four-hour brainstorming sessions over two months. The program aimed to help community leaders and Ethiopian residents identify their needs and formulate their own solutions.
Kids explored Woodbury's Fox Run Fire Station at an open house event Oct. 14.
The Woodbury Days Council and volunteers will celebrate the annual event's fourth decade next summer with a new leader at its helm. The council elected Kati Cheney, the group's former vice president, to replace Theresa Janechek. After more than 20 years as council president, Janechek stepped down in August but agreed to offer her guidance to the event's new leaders. The planning process for the 2018 event will start later this week. Cheney said she'll draw inspiration from Janechek, whom she said "lives and breaths Woodbury."
The second man in a pair of Hudson residents accused of trafficking a homeless woman for commercial sex has been sentenced. Dustin Jeffrey Arthur Heichert, 31, will complete a one-year prison sentence followed by over seven years of supervised probation. He received credit for 129 days in jail. Heichert, along with fellow Hudson resident Adam James Krimpelbein, faced felony sex trafficking charges in January when authorities linked Krimpelbein's phone number to Backpage.com posts advertising "early bird specials" on commercial sex, according to the criminal complaint.
Management at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury say a newly remodeled and expanded store will offer a more customer-friendly layout and wider variety of products. The expansion will added nearly 2,000 square feet to the store, along with new flooring, shelving and a new entrance. The extra square footage will replace the former Subway restaurant, which opted to relocate last month after its lease expired. Ton Tep Wine specialist Mark O'Boyle, said the store owner, who also owns the building, saw an opportunity to improve customers' experience.
A second man arrested during a sting operation targeting people who agree to pay for sex with minors has been sentenced. Christopher John Cuypers, 32, of Knife River, Minnesota, was charged with hiring someone he believed to be a minor for commercial sex in June 2016 after agreeing to pay for sex with someone he believed to be a 16-year-old girl. Cuypers now faces two years' probation with a stayed year-long prison sentence and must complete treatment for sex offenders, according to the Washington County District Court sentence handed down Sept. 25.