Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports.
You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
- Member for
- 1 year 9 months
A Woodbury Postal Credit Union employee was sentenced today to 15 months in prison on federal mail fraud charges that he scammed a computer parts manufacturer out of $388,000. U.S. District Court Judge John R. Tunheim issued the sentence following a November 2010 guilty plea by the suspect, Phillip Adrian Webb, of Brooklyn Park. According to a Department of Justice press release, Webb admitted that between June 1, 2007, and Oct. 11, 2009, he falsely notified Cisco Systems, Inc., that various computer parts at his workplace were faulty.
The vibrant culture Richard E. Nelson first experienced in the mountains of Guatemala is beginning to fade. Cell phones and the Internet have infiltrated the remote indigenous cultures that grabbed his attention in the 1970s, where he was drawn to the villagers' painstaking process of weaving colorful garments. "In the modern world, they're going away," Nelson, a White Bear Lake resident, said of the colorful, complex textiles woven by Guatemala's indigenous people.
The man who plotted to kill a random Woodbury resident in 2008 was civilly committed Thursday by a Washington County judge who pointed to strong evidence that the man was planning more violence. Judge Greg Galler found 21-year-old Woodbury resident Andrew James Busskohl mentally ill and dangerous following a three-day court trial. He will be placed at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. "There is a substantial likelihood that Mr.
East Ridge earned a clean sweep of rival Woodbury Friday night in the cross-town matchup to end the season. The Raptors topped the Royals 79-71 in the game, held at Woodbury High School. East Ridge held a slim 31-29 lead at the half, but opened it up quickly into the second frame, at one point leading by double-digits. Woodbury narrowed the gap, bringing the game within four points with time running out. "When you play Woodbury, there's no safe lead," East Ridge coach Paul Virgin said after the game. "I didn't relax until the buzzer." Adam Schwartz led the Raptors with 24 points.
The Mahtomedi man arrested in a 2010 crash that severely injured a Woodbury teen is back behind Washington County bars. Edward Thomas Jaworski, 38, was charged Feb. 24 with first-degree test refusal following a rollover crash on I-35W in Roseville. He was taken to Washington County jail on a warrant; he was being held on $150,000 bail. The arrest marks the second for Jaworski since the Aug. 22, 2010, crash at Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive that severely injured East Ridge High School student Sean Fitzpatrick.
An allegedly stolen computer turned against a Woodbury man when its webcam captured remote images that police used to arrest him. The suspect, John Tan Nguyen, 29, made his initial court appearance Feb. 17 in Washington County District Court, where he's charged with two felonies: receiving stolen property and fifth-degree drug possession. Woodbury police were called Nov. 8, 2010, by a St. Paul woman who said her Apple laptop computer had been stolen.
Brian Huffman believes today's tough economic times have meant more people representing themselves in court than ever. "This is challenging times for the public," he said. And navigating the legal world all alone can be just as daunting. But Huffman, Washington County's law librarian, said a unique program extending to the county's public libraries will begin putting more tools into the hands of people seeking legal help. Beginning in March, the Washington County Legal Library will present workshops to train the public in accessing and using legal forms and resources.
A St. Paul man who admitted to stealing three vehicles from Woodbury residences over the course of 24 hours was sentenced to spend nearly two years in prison. Washington County District Court Judge John Hoffman on Feb. 7 sentenced Osei Junior Owusu to 30 months.
Woodbury's Aperitif restaurant closed its doors Monday. A restaurant employee confirmed the closure last week. Patrick Short, general manager of the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury hotel, said the decision to close the restaurant was made "very recently." St. Paul-based JLT Group owns Aperitif and the Woodbury Sheraton. Short said the closure was not related to a federal investigation into JLT. "But it was a decision by JLT to close the doors," he said. JLT Group is involved "in an alleged fraud investigation," an FBI spokesman confirmed last month.
Woodbury's residents have been increasingly reminded of their wildlife neighbors, according to recent police reports. Between Jan. 9 and Feb.