Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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A crash Wednesday afternoon involving two school buses with passengers did not result in any injuries, according to Woodbury police. Police responded at 2:37 p.m. to a two-vehicle crash on Lake Road east of Middleton Elementary. Woodbury police spokeswoman said the caller who reported the crash said there no injuries; no ambulances were summoned to the scene. A bent front bumper could be seen on one of the two buses.
A woman was hospitalized Monday after an apparent accidental firearm discharge in Woodbury. The woman was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with non-life threatening injuries, said Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada. She said police were called at 4:36 p.m. for an adult female bleeding from her arm due to an accidental firearm discharge.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. An anonymous caller reported Sept. 16 that two employees were spotted smoking suspected marijuana outside Dairy Queen. Police found the suspects, who were found to be smoking tobacco with rolling papers. A man walking across the Tamarack Road overpass reported Sept. 17 that he was sprayed in the back of the head with a fire extinguisher. The man didn’t know who did it, but suspected it was one or two people who were also on foot.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. An anonymous caller reported Sept. 9 that he witnessed a man walk out of his house in his underwear while children waited for a school bus nearby. The man was seen walking to his driveway in front of a young girl on her way to the bus stop. Police spoke with the man, dressed in his boxers, who said he didn’t realize the time and that it wouldn’t happen again. Police were called Sept.
The investment group that purchased the former State Farm site in Woodbury announced Tuesday that Whole Foods Market will be coming to the redeveloped campus. Whole Foods Market will lease a 45,000 square-foot space at City Place, according to a news release from the development group, Elion Partners. “We are thrilled to have Whole Foods Market as our grocer and enthusiastic about how this offering will enhance the CityPlace experience for its office workers, visitors and the Woodbury community” said Elion’s Juan DeAngulo.
A Blaine teenager was charged this month on allegations that he and another male stormed a Woodbury home and zapped a resident with a Taser in an apparent burglary attempt. Emilio Valentin Huerta, 17, Blaine, was charged Sept. 10 in Washington County Juvenile Court with one count of first-degree burglary involving assault with a dangerous weapon. Huerta was also charged with a second felony-level burglary count.
A Woodbury elementary school received a rare distinction this month. Red Rock Elementary was one of four schools named a Minnesota School of Excellence on Sept. 19 by the Minneosta Elementary School Prinicipals' Association (MESPA).
Two men who attracted attention while attempting to sell gold at a Woodbury jewelry store were among three people arrested after drugs were allegedly found in the vehicle they left in. The suspects, St. Paul resident Mario Martell Spencer, D’shun Dewayne Taylor, no permanent address, and Destiney Dupree, of Maple Grove, were all charged with fifth-degree drug possession following the Aug. 28 traffic stop. Taylor, 20, and Spencer, 29, made their initial court appearances Sept.
The new Bielenberg Sports Center field house represents the latest iteration in a push for a Woodbury sports complex that stretches back to the 1980s. The city’s comprehensive parks and trails plan of 1986 named a major recreational complex in Woodbury as a new priority. By 1994, that effort had built enough of a groundswell that the city proposed a $7.8 million referendum to voters that included the construction of an 80-acre recreation complex at Bailey Road and Tower Drive – now Radio Drive. The referendum, which also included financing for 14 neighborhood parks, passed 2,033 to 1,
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Police were called Aug. 26 to TCF Bank, 8432 Tamarack Village, for a woman verbally harassing customers. The woman, a Lake Elmo resident, had calmed down by the time police arrived. A Leyland Trail resident reported Aug. 27 that it appeared someone had walked around her yard pouring a substance that dyed the grass in a zigzag pattern. No suspects. Police conducting surveillance at 12:23 a.m.