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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.
Billy Stout said he's guilty - he used to text and drive. The East Ridge High School senior said as recently as six months ago, he sent off messages using his cell phone, even going so far to memorize the where the buttons were on his keypad in hopes of keeping his eyes on the road. The habit didn't go unnoticed by friends. "I said, 'Billy, just give me your phone and tell me what to say,'" said East Ridge classmate Jessica Samii. Bad driving habits won't go unnoticed today by law enforcement, either. The state's Department of Public Safety announced that distracted driving will be the "t
A 21-year-old Afton man made his initial court appearance last week on charges that he disseminated and possessed child pornography using his home computer. The Washington County Attorney's Office charged Leif Tveit Iverson with one count of disseminating a pornographic work and one count of possession a pornographic work.
A Woodbury traffic stop that turned up cocaine spelled jail time and probation for a Minneapolis man. Danny Shumpert Jr., 24, was sentenced March 31 to five years on supervised probation and 71 days in jail - time he had already served. A 13-month prison term was stayed as part of the sentence, issued by Washington County District Court Judge B. William Ekstrum. Shumpert had pleaded guilty in November 2010 to fifth-degree drug possession, a felony.
History will be staring Woodbury library visitors in the face this month. Today through April 28, an exhibit featuring portraits of Civil War soldiers from Washington County will go on display at R.H.
Woodbury got the monkey off its back in a big way Wednesday, clobbering Park 11-0. The road win was the first of the season for the Royals, who now stand at 1-2 overall and 1-1 in Suburban East Conference play. The Royals collected all 11 of their runs in an explosive third inning. Park coach Kerry Ligtenberg pulled starting pitcher Max Bundschu after giving up seven runs and issuing two four-pitch walks in the inning. But things only got worse from there. Pitcher Joe Cocchiarella entered the game with two outs and the bases loaded.
Less than a year after being convicted of a similar crime, a Woodbury woman faces a felony charge for allegedly attempting to fleece an insurance company out of money. Cheryl Tchida, 48, was arrested April 1 by Woodbury police and jailed on suspicion of defrauding an insurance company. She was charged in Washington County District Court on April 4. If convicted, Tchida faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police were alerted to the case by a Farmers Insurance Co.
A Washington County judge ordered jail time for a 31-year-old man accused of holding thousands of dollars in stolen goods 11 days after being arrested for possessing methamphetamines. Jeremy Robert Drusch, formerly of Woodbury, received three years' probation and credit for time served at the March 16 sentencing hearing. Drusch pleaded guilty in October 2010 to fifth-degree drug possession, a felony.