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Should a citizen ever take the law into their own hands? Gunnar "Raven" Ravendal grapples with the question after his niece is murdered by sex traffickers in Prescott author Jerry Rice's premier novel "Raven Avenging." Set in the late 1970s, the story harkens back to the "Minnesota Pipeline," a crime phenomenon in which sex traffickers from the east coast would target the state's abundant population of blonde, blue-eyed women. Raven's niece, Kari, fit the description.
A Woodbury woman faces three felony charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Sandra Marjorie Petersen is accused of failure to pay thousands of dollars in home care bills for a dementia patient, whose Social Security income she receives to pay for full-time nursing care, according to a Washington County criminal complaint filed March 21. If convicted, Petersen faces up to 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. An employee at the Woodbury Health Care Center reported to Woodbury police in January that Petersen missed a number of payments over two years.
Plans for a new Woodbury medical office building will move forward following City Council approval of the next CityPlace development phase. Construction on the 54,000-square-foot building will start in August at the site of the former State Farm Insurance building off Radio Drive and south of Interstate 94. The project is scheduled to wrap up early 2018 as part of the office phase of the 100-acre CityPlace development. The building will be located near the The Tria Orthopaedic Center, which is scheduled to open this summer.
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Woodbury Public Safety says increased vandalism in local parks have cost taxpayers more than usual for repairs and staff time. The department reported four broken toilets, a damaged urinal and a broken window at the HealthEast Sports Center Madison's Place playground, according to a news release. The damage will cost more than $2,000 to repair. Other extensive damage was found at Ojibway Park and Stonemill Farms Park.
A man accused of running a nationwide sex trafficking operation out of the Twin Cities area faces four additional charges in Hennepin County stemming from an ongoing Washington County investigation. Ricky Arlen Turner Jr. faces two felony charges of engaging in sex with a trafficked individual and two felony charges of prostituting an individual in Hennepin county following similar charges filed last month in Washington County.
A 24-year-old Stillwater woman has been charged with misdemeanor careless driving after telling Woodbury police she was looking at her phone when she hit a 14-year-old Lake Middle School student who was crossing Pioneer Road the morning of May 12. Jennifer Lyn Allison could face up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 if convicted. She is scheduled to enter her plea Monday, July 24. The boy suffered an internal head injury.
A Woodbury man accused of secretly filming a teenage girl in her bedroom will serve 120 days in jail and five years probation following his June 7 conviction for possessing pornographic material on a work computer. Jeffrey Cramer, 47, was found guilty of one felony charge after interfering with a minor's privacy and possessing pornographic materials on a work computer after a teenage girl and her mother told Woodbury police they had found footage of the girl's room on Cramer's computer.
The Washington County drug collection program now includes a Woodbury location. Residents can dispose of unused or expired prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications in the new collection box in the Woodbury Service Center, 2150 Radio Drive. The Washington County Sheriff's Office and Department of Public Health and Environment partnered to launch the program in 2012. They have collected more than 34,000 pounds — the equivalent of four, half-ton pickup trucks — of discarded medications. The new location is one of four throughout the county.
Debate is an art Mariam and Maher Mahmood have practiced since childhood. From an early age, their father, Syed Mahmood, included them in discussions about local events, national politics and news from around the world. The conversations could be tense — Syed liked to play devil's advocate and butt heads over controversial issues. But the longtime Woodbury resident knew that difficult conversations are often the most important ones.