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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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.
The Woodbury Days medallion has been found. The medallion was found Friday in Victoria Park. See more about the medallion hunt winner in an upcoming Bulletin story. Thanks to all who participated in this year's hunt.
One woman was hospitalized Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at Radio Drive and Tamarack Road. Woodbury Police Sgt. Curt Zacharias said a female driver was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with “non life-threatening injuries.” The driver of the second vehicle, a male, was injured but did not seek medical attention. Zacharias said the crash occurred at 1:43 p.m. after the female, who was driving a Buick sedan, turned left from Tamarack Road onto Radio Drive, where her vehicle collided with a pick-up truck driven by the male.
It never hurts to ask. That’s the lesson Woodbury resident Laurie Crowell said she took away from a once-in-a-lifetime experience that led to her spending a half hour chatting with President Barack Obama. The experience happened in June when Obama visited the Twin Cities, but Crowell’s interaction with him at her St.
If Gateway Corridor buses are one day going to link Woodbury and downtown St. Paul, there must be a convenient way for riders to reach the stations, residents along the proposed route said last week. Residents of St. Paul’s east side voiced support and concerns for the project during a Thursday, Aug. 7, public hearing at St. Paul’s Conway Recreation Center. Sixteen people rose from the group of about 60 to speak, many of whom urged Gateway Corridor Commission members in attendance to ensure the proposed bus-rapid transit system connecting Woodbury and St.
An Afton man convicted by a jury of criminal sexual conduct maintained his innocence just before being sentenced to prison last week in Washington County District Court. During the hearing, Charles Arthur Bell told Washington County District Court Judge John Hoffman that he had lived a law-abiding life after being warned at a young age about the consequences of breaking the law. “I’ve never done anything bad in my life,” Bell, 63, said. A Washington County jury convicted Bell May 22 of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Hoffman admitted that while Bell’s purported generosity in
Washington County prosecutors said from the outset that they weren’t going to negotiate a deal in the multi-tiered criminal case surrounding the synthetic drug overdose death of a Woodbury girl. They proved Friday they’re not bluffing. During a pre-trial hearing, 19-year-old Cole Alexander Matenaer pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree murder.
NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. A worker at Papa John’s, 1960 Donegal Drive, reported July 15 that someone with garbled speech called to place a pizza order.
A rural Minnesota pig farm would be the destination for one of America’s most popular entertainers if a Woodbury man and his brother get their way. Tony Kramer and Tanner Kramer hope to give their other brother and his fiancée the wedding gift to end all wedding gifts by bringing “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon to their family’s Hayfield, Minn., farm. The idea occurred to Tony, a Woodbury resident, and Tanner while contemplating a bit of one-upsmanship over their brother Tyler Kramer.
A man with a history of domestic offense-related convictions faces new charges after allegedly stalking a Woodbury woman and attacking her vehicle with a log. Michael James Hughes, 38, was charged July 14 with one count of stalking, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint: Hughes was at the Woodbury woman’s Garbe Avenue home on July 13 when he was asked to leave at about 3 a.m.