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A woman told police she feared for her life as a Woodbury man allegedly forced her head underwater and sexually assaulted her at hotel on Christmas Eve. Erik Lee Feagler, 36, now faces a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The woman described a violent encounter after the two met at a Woodbury bar Dec. 24 and agreed to meet at a room in a nearby hotel.
Will Hunn hadn't thought much about Woodbury crime since moving her nearly 20 years ago. In the past few months, however, he said crimes like burglaries and mail theft prompted more of his neighbors to install surveillance cameras while others opt to work from home. "Woodbury's a great place, but it's disconcerting when you have lifetime residents getting security systems," he said. And the crimes, Hunn said, seem to have escalated. Woodbury Public Safety recovered six vehicles stolen during a three-week period this fall.
Middle school can be a tough time to navigate changing friendships. Tim Hofmann, principal at Cottage Grove Middle School, said most disciplinary problems his office has dealt with in recent years stem from conflicts between friends. "We started pulling data about when we're seeing students, what we're seeing with counselors and social workers," Hofmann said. "It was off the charts for the last couple years that the issues females were having in our building were relational issues about friendships."
One of two people accused of running a sex trafficking ring out of a Twin Cities suburb was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in what prosecutors described as a "large-scale" operation spanning multiple states. Ricky Turner Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to a felony aiding and abetting racketeering Thursday in a Washington County court, where he was convicted of that charge as well as felony promotion of prostitution.
A new veterinary clinic and dog daycare will be one of four businesses to replace Woodbury's Craft Beer and Kitchen. City Council approved a conditional-use permit Dec. 13 for Wellhaven Veterinary Clinic. The 5,000-square-foot facility will sit between a retail building and drive-through coffee shop slated for Commons Plaza, a 2.3 acre site on Radio Drive and Tamarack Road proposed by Florida-Based developer 700 Comm.
Children got to meet Santa Claus Dec. 16, 2017, at Valley Creek Mall in Woodbury.
The commerce Drive Bruegger's Bagels near Woodbury's Super Target, along with three Minneapolis locations, closed this week. Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, which owns the bakery franchise, announced 30 closures nationwide Wednesday. A statement from the company cited "financial performance and improved positioning for future growth." More than 240 Bruegger's locations throughout the U.S. will remain open, according to the statement. Among those will be Woodbury's City Center Plaza location at 8320 City Centre Drive, which is connected to Caribou Coffee.
A former South St. Paul teacher will serve just under two years in prison for robbing a Woodbury pharmacy earlier this year. A Washington County Court on Dec. 11 sentenced Melanie Sue Parkin, 37, to 21 months in prison on a felony charge of first-degree attempted aggravated robbery. Woodbury police arrested Parkin in the early hours of Feb. 13 after staff at the Woodbury pharmacy reported an armed robbery.
A Woodbury man accused of archiving more than 22,000 digital images of child pornography will spend 120 days in jail. Nickolas Daniel Kroening, 37, was sentenced in a Washington County court on four of five felony charges of possessing child pornography. He pleaded guilty to all five charges in October. According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 14 in Washington County, Woodbury police arrived at Kroening's Fallbrook Lane home in September after learning of numerous child pornography downloads linked to an IP address at the residence.
The second phase in a south Woodbury high-end housing development got the OK from City Council Dec. 13. Developer MJR Woodbury plans to build a dozen homes spanning 36 acres near the corner of Military Road and Woodlane Road. The project, City Planner Eric Searles said, will move forward as the second stretch of MJR's "Autumn Ridge" development, the proposed site of 20 single-family homes across the 61-acre parcel. City Council approved that project in 2013.