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A 20-year-old man who told police he thought he could get away with whatever sex act he wanted at a Woodbury massage parlor was charged Monday with two counts of criminal sexual conduct. Washington County prosecutors charged Houa Lor, St. Paul, with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to a criminal complaint, Lor attempted to force himself on a masseuse April 10 at Woodbury Oriental Massage.
When Chuck Krinke watched a lightning bolt strike a Woodbury house last year, he knew he had to go to the scene. By the time the episode was over, he had kicked down a door and helped two would-be victims - unaware the house was becoming enveloped in flames - safely escape. "I did what anyone else would do," said Krinke, 67. Woodbury Public Safety officials disagreed.
By MIKE LONGAECKER email@example.com Some Woodbury senior citizens put it all on the line last week. There were life stories. There was artwork. There were musical performances. "Under this roof, we have a wealth of talent," said Margaret Wachholz, director of activities at Woodbury Senior Living. Thursday, May 5 was a day of expression at Woodbury Senior Living's Villa. Wachholz said the event represented an opportunity for the Villa's residents to do something out of character: to show off.
The announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed represented a somber moment for Scott Wallace. As President Obama explained last week how a military strike team had killed the al Qaida leader, Wallace, a Woodbury resident, just pumped his fist. "It was a thank you to the president that we got rid of this guy," said Wallace, a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks. "It just eliminated a very bad person from the world scene." The news brought back a flood of emotions and memories, he said. Wallace still recalls the events from Sept. 11 clearly.
A Woodbury bachelor party that began getting messy in St. Paul ended up with a felony charge for a 31-year-old man by night's end. Washington County prosecutors charged Jason Kelly Gordon, of New Hope, with one count of terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct following a May 1 disturbance outside a Woodbury residence. Police were called at 3:19 a.m. to the 10000 block of Grand Forest Lane for an unwanted male, later identified as Gordon.
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.