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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No one asks to be a victim of crime, nor do we deserve to be. Yet every week in this newspaper we see stories of residents being victimized — from petty theft to assault to property damage, and seemingly everything in between. Sometimes those crimes are unavoidable; there’s certainly little we can do to prevent hooligans from egging houses or keying our beloved vehicles. Other crimes, however, are able to be warded off. This week we learned about a spate of burglaries in the Stonemill Farms area allegedly perpetrated by juveniles during daylight hours.
A resident in the 6000 block of Upper Afton Road reported June 18 that 22 tiki torches were stolen from his property. Loss: $330. Police were called June 18 to Carver Lake Beach for a fight report following numerous 911 calls. When police arrived, they witnessed the suspect speeding through the parking lot in a vehicle, which went airborne over a walking path and crashed through a fence. The driver, an Oakdale man, attempted to turn the vehicle around. He was ordered to the ground by police and arrested.
A Minnesota appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision to revoke the driver’s license of a Woodbury man who claimed he was unlawfully seized during a 2012 investigatory traffic stop. The case, brought by Mitchell James Luebbe, argued that a Woodbury police officer acted outside the boundaries of law Aug.
Woodbury police sought the public’s help in locating a woman suspected in a June 23 theft at Bielenberg Sports Center. Shortly after that theft, the victim’s credit cards were used to buy several hundred dollars in gift cards at area stores, according to Okada. The suspect was believed to be driving a 2014 Toyota Rav 4. The department’s call for help from the public came on the heels of a similar request prompted by a June 20 theft of a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle from an underground parking garage.
Sore mouths for blocks. That's what awaited David Ugai every morning for much of the last year - impoverished residents from the west African country of Guinea lined up in the streets to receive free dental care. Ugai, a Woodbury native, took the job straight out of dental school, bypassing lucrative job possibilities to live with three other people in a cramped cabin aboard a ship docked in Guinea, where he worked with an organization that provided free dentistry to the country's residents in need.
Area Fourth of July celebrations Woodbury When: 7 p.m. Where: Ojibway Park bandshell, 2695 Ojibway Drive What: Live music by 8 Foot 4, food sales and fireworks will begin at dusk Afton When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. Croix Trail South and Afton Town Square Park, St.
Woodbury saw temperatures in the high 80s for most of last week, and for many the weather called for one thing - the beach. Residents came out in droves to Carver Lake Beach where beachgoers could be found enjoying everything from swimming, volleyball, playing in the sand, picnics and generally just having fun in the sun. Carver Lake Beach is located in Carver Lake Park at 3175 Century Avenue South. The 150-acre natural resource-based park includes woods, steep lakeshore bluffs and a 40-acre deep lake.
A Woodbury resident reported June 11 that a Military Road home was burglarized. Stolen items included two laptop computers ($900 total), a tablet reader, a 1973 class ring valued at $500 and a watch. There were signs of forced entry. No suspects. A resident in the 5900 block of Fawn Trail Circle reported June 11 that a man came to her door asking about “Beesels.” The woman hadn’t heard of that name and called police. Police were dispatched June 12 to a fight in Woodbury.
Woodbury High School graduate Lamonte Edwards has been dismissed from the University of Minnesota football team. Paul Rovnak, associate director of athletic communications for the Gophers football team, confirmed Edwards was dismissed from the team for “violating team rules.” Rovnak did not disclose what the infraction was and offered no further comment.
Two juveniles were arrested this week in connection with a series of daylight burglaries in Woodbury. The suspects, male teenagers from Woodbury, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. The boys were linked to five residential burglaries in the Stonemill Farms neighborhood and at least five thefts from automobiles since June 10, according to Michelle Okada, public information officer for the Woodbury Public Safety Department. Residents were home in at least two of the incidents. “Residents should use this as a good reminder to close garage doors, lock doors, and don’t leave keys an