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A Washington County district judge sentenced a Hudson, Wis., man to more than seven years in prison for his role in the sex trafficking of a homeless woman. Adam James Krimpelbein, 32, was convicted May 24 on felony charges of aiding and abetting sex trafficking. He was one of two men accused of trying traffic a 31-year-old woman who was listed as a missing person under civil commitment. Woodbury police arrested Krimpelbein and Dustin Jeffery Arthur Heichert at a hotel in January.
Two men who admitted to a string of Woodbury burglaries last summer will serve no jail time. Marcus Holmes and Stephan Holmes received a stay of execution on a 33-month sentence for three counts of first-degree burglary in the Windwood neighborhood where they lived. Woodbury police had been investigating an attempt to start a car on fire when they received multiple reports of attempted break-ins.
Court hearings will take place in the historic Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater for the first time in more than 40 years as part of an event celebrating the building's 150th anniversary. The building is the oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota. It was the venue for the county's court proceedings until 1975, when construction wrapped up on the Washington County Government Center. The Washington County District Courts invites the public to a welcoming ceremony starting 8:50 a.m. Friday, June 2, at the historic courthouse, 101 West Pine Street in Stillwater.
A Woodbury man is accused of starting a fire in a home after the occupants allegedly rejected his self-invitation inside. Prosecutors charged Ayden Michael McGinty-Garza, 21, with felony first-degree arson and second-degree burglary following his arrest May 17. According to a criminal complaint, the occupants of a home in the 2700 block of Hilo Avenue in Oakdale called the police May 16 to remove McGinty-Garza from the property. The occupant told police McGinty-Garza came to the front door and said he was invited to a party there. No one at the home recognized him.
Authorities are advising St. Croix River boaters to operate watercrafts at slow speeds between Taylor Falls, Minn. and Prescott, Wis. starting Wednesday, May 24. Predicted high river levels prompted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to enact a "no-wake zone" in that area, which is expected to last through Sunday, May 28. The DNR expects the river level in Stillwater, Minn. to exceed 683 feet during that time. Weather conditions like rain, however, may affect the river levels and extend the no-wake zone time period.
Hunting will no longer be permitted on portions of land in south Woodbury following modifications to the city's hunting map. The move will close off sections of land near Lake, Cottage Grove Drive and Brookview following City Council approval May 10. The areas had previously been listed as restricted, which means a permit and landowner permission were required to hunt there. The city updates the map every two to three years to accommodate development. The last update was in 2015.
Firefighters have declared a Woodbury home unlivable after extinguishing an early-morning fire caused by a lightning strike early Tuesday morning. The Woodbury Fire Department received a call around 4:30 a.m. and arrived minutes later to flames stretching out of the roof at 9461 Wentlock Road. A team of 43 firefighters from the Woodbury and Cottage Grove fire departments extinguished the flames in about 40 minutes. No injuries were reported.
The Woodbury Police Explorers earned top ranks in two categories at a statewide conference in Rochester the last week in April. The program offers youths ages 14 to 21 hands-on opportunities to learn about what go into a law enforcement career, including arrest procedures, communication skills and laws. Woodbury's 12-person team joined more than 800 other police explorers from across the state to test the skills they practices. They placed first in an exercise simulating a domestic call and an academic portion dealing with laws of combat.
A Woodbury man is accused of sexually abusing a child for three years. Patrick David Lucas, 45, faces three first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges involving a minor younger than 13. Woodbury police opened an investigation after a teen girl told police Lucas started sexually abusing her when she was 12 years old, according to the complaint filed in Washington County District Court. Officers responded to a report of child sexual abuse April 18, after the girl told her mother Lucas had been molesting her.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit against Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie to prevent DNA sample collections from a Hastings man facing assault charges. The suit was filed April 28 on behalf of 68-year-old John Emerson, who faced a second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon charge after his January 2016 arrest in Dakota County. Leslie said DNA collection is an important tool for identifying people accused of violent crimes, but the suit argues the practice is unconstitutional.