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A 19-year-old Woodbury man who had become the target of neighbors' suspicions makes his initial court appearance this week on allegations that he sold drugs to minors out of his home. Justin Allen Hanson, was charged last month with third-degree drug sales to a minor, a felony that carries a possible prison sentence. Woodbury police were alerted to the case in March by several residents concerned with ongoing activity in the 7200 block of Braemar Lane.
Woodbury couldn't find any answers to East Ridge pitcher Alyssa Ronquillo, who blanked the Royals 7-0 Thursday in a complete-game performance. The senior pitcher struck out seven and allowed four hits in the rivalry road match-up, where East Ridge improved to 7-4 on the season. "We've got to keep on a roll," Raptors coach Tom Nemo said. Junior Kelsey Jarrett led the way at plate, where she went 3-for-4. Fellow Raptor Jessika Simonson was 2-for-3 on the day.
HASTINGS -- The remaining bounty of last year's Minnesota Twins pitching was planted today at Afton State Park. Twins and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources notables gathered at the park to plant 25 trees as part of the joint "Break a Bat, Plant a Tree" program.
Police said investigation continues following last week's sexual assault in a Woodbury park.
A disgruntled Taco Bell customer who allegedly pointed a replica shotgun at a clerk pleaded guilty to a felony charge this week in Washington County. Vladislav Y. Trofymovych, of Woodbury, entered a guilty plea to one county of aiding and abetting terroristic threats. Trofymovych, 21, allegedly pointed the gun at the worker after another Woodbury man handed it to him from inside a van. That man, Jeramy William Corwin, 25, was convicted in February of aiding and abetting terroristic threats.
A woman accused of leaving her toddler unattended in an unlit grassy Woodbury property while she walked away barefoot was sentenced last week to probation. Fatu Aunty Ville, 26, was charged in September 2010 with one count of child neglect and one count of child endangerment. She pleaded guilty April 18 to misdemeanor child neglect and was sentenced at the same hearing. The Chicago woman's sentence calls for one year on probation and a $235 fine. A three-month jail term was waived as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. Charges stemmed from a Sept.
What began as a jam-making session turned into a real jam for a woman convicted of making terroristic threats at a Woodbury residence. Mary Lou Lake, Winner, S.D., was sentenced April 1 in the case, which stemmed from an August 2010 incident where she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend and threatened him with knives after the two were making jam. A domestic assault charge was dismissed as part of a please bargain. Lake, 37, was sentenced to five days in jail, up to five years on probation and a $50 fine in the felony case. She was arrested Aug.
A Twin Cities man who allegedly led Woodbury police on a 100 mph chase before crashing his car made his first appearance this month in Washington County District Court. Prosecutors charged Samuel Bruce Morris, 45, with one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle - a felony - and a misdemeanor DWI count. Morris, of Shakopee, made his first court appearance on the charges April 14. According to a criminal complaint, a Woodbury police officer out on patrol Oct. 25, 2010, noticed that a vehicle stopped at a red light ahead of him on Woodbury Drive didn't proceed once the light turned green.
Kathy Leslie knows her future is uncertain. Though the Woodbury resident's cancer went into remission less than six months after being diagnosed, it could come back at any time. "I'm a ticking time bomb," she said. "I've got to know each day is a blessing." Taking a new outlook following the June 2010 diagnosis of B-cell lymphoma - a type of blood cancer - Leslie said she's on a mission to wring out every last drop from life. She plans to prove it in July when she competes in a triathlon with members of her family.
A woman who thought she was connecting with a Facebook friend was actually being manipulated by a Woodbury man determined to mine her personal data, according to criminal charges filed last week. Timothy Peter Noirjean, 26, faces 13 counts of felony identity theft. He was charged April 13 in Washington County District Court and is set to make his first court appearance on the charges May 26. A 20-year-old woman called Oakdale police in February 2010 to report someone accessed her computer after posing as a Facebook friend.