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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For eight years straight until his retirement, Rick Light rode his bike to work at Woodbury High School. The 58-year-old retired from teaching in June. But as for the biking? He’s nowhere near hitting the brakes. Light and his wife Connie are training for what could be their biggest biking adventure yet.
The overcast skies never opened up Friday afternoon, but that didn't keep a whole lot of people from getting soaked in Woodbury. Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens joined staff at Woodbury Senior Living by participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. -- Police responded Aug. 7 to a hunting complaint on Dale Road. The hunter was located and had been approved for shotgun hunting of ducks and geese. -- A Woodbury woman reported Aug. 7 that a wheelbarrow was on fire on Lochaven Drive. Officers arrived to find the fire had burned through the wheelbarrow and was burning unattended. The fire was extinguished with a garden hose.
Present-day Woodbury bears scarce resemblance to the bucolic community of Glenn Ickler’s youth. Growing up here in the 1940s and 50s on his family’s Military Road homestead meant a simpler life without indoor plumbing or even neighbors. Phone calls were placed on a 12-line party line and a call to St. Paul was long distance. Big boxes?
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A Woodbury man reported July 25 that he bought a computer from a Miami, Fla., man through Craigslist and wired him the funds but never received the computer. A resident in the 10000 block of Waters Edge Lane reported July 25 that there was an intruder in the home.
A potent Mounds View offense hit on all cylinders early Thursday in its Week 1 game, earning a dominant 36-7 road win against Woodbury. The Mustangs built a mighty 27-point first-half lead and never looked back against a young Royals squad that head coach Andy Hill said didn’t exude the necessary confidence required to compete with Mounds View – slated to be among the top teams in the Suburban East Conference. “They came out and handed it to us,” Hill said after the game.
A suspect who took his own life during an armed robbery in June was a convicted murderer whose associates spent weeks casing a Woodbury jewelry store, according to information made public in a search warrant. The warrant lays out more details surrounding events leading up to the June 21 robbery at Johnson Jewelers, where the suspect shot himself in the back of the building after seeing a police officer just outside the store.
Woodbury police issued a statement Tuesday clarifying a July incident first investigated as sex trafficking at a local motel. Investigation revealed the incident likely was not an actual case of sex trafficking, which conflicted with an initial report given by a woman July 29 at the Red Roof Inn. According to a Woodbury police report, the investigation was launched while following up on a Backpage.com listing involving possible prostitution.
A 40-year-old Woodbury man was charged in July with sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult woman at his parents’ house. According to a criminal complaint, the woman brought the allegations to light after reporting the suspect, Craig Anthony Seigler, was sexually harassing her via text messaging and voice mail. While talking with police, the woman said Seigler had sexually assaulted her on May 23 at his parents’ house in Woodbury.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. - Police were called July 30 to a home in the 600 block of Esther Lane for a report of someone burning garbage. A woman at the home said she was burning brush and was given a verbal warning by police. - A caller reported July 31 that someone had left a dog in a vehicle parked at Summit Orthopedics, 2090 Woodwinds Drive. An officer found a small dog barking and panting inside the vehicle, which had its window left open about 7 inches.