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.
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The Royals are knocking on the door again. Woodbury, buoyed by Renard Suggs' 38 points, put itself one game from the state basketball tournament Saturday, March 9, with a 91-85 win over Mahtomedi at East Ridge High School. The Section 4AAAA semifinal win sets the table for a rubber-match game against Stillwater at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the section championship. Stillwater gained the section championship game on Saturday by upsetting No. 1-seeded Roseville.
The Royals advanced to the Section 4AAAA championship game for the second year in a row after a 91-85 win Saturday over Mahtomedi. Woodbury's Renard Suggs led all scorers in the section semifinal game at East Ridge, with 38 points against the 21-6 Zephyrs. The No.
Woodbury's bid for a state tournament berth fell short Thursday against St. Paul Central, which imposed its will with a size advantage and a smothering defense. The No.
Charges were expected to be filed Friday in the case of a man arrested in Woodbury who is accused of murdering a teenage prostitute. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 23-year-old Alberto Prece Palmer. At a news conference Thursday, authorities alleged Palmer killed Brittany Clardy, a St. Paul teenager who had gone missing Feb. 11 and wasn't located until her remains were discovered in a car towed to a Columbia Heights impound lot. Palmer was arrested at about 7 p.m.
A 23-year-old Woodbury man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of a St. Paul woman, according to a news release. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office announced today that police, acting on information developed by detectives, executed two search warrants - one in Woodbury on Quarry Ridge Lane, the other in Brooklyn Park.
A Woodbury man accused of sexually assaulting a girl since she was 5 years old was sentenced in February to 12 years in prison. Anthony Neil Sweet, 51, was sentenced Feb. 21 after pleading guilty in November 2012 to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Three other related counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Sweet was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl known to him since she was 5 years old, as well as attempting to sexually assault the girl's friend.
A convicted Woodbury drug dealer was arrested in February after police found a suspected half-pound of marijuana in a vehicle he was driving. The man, 21-year-old Justin Allen Hanson, was charged with fifth-degree drug possession, a felony. Another man in the vehicle, 21-year-old Jawan Demar Burt - also of Woodbury - was charged with one count of felony aiding and abetting drug possession. Hanson was convicted in January 2012 of fifth-degree marijuana sales and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and five years on probation.
Cabin fever was spiking last week in Woodbury. Anglers eager to wet their lines put the finishing touches on fishing rods they constructed as part of a Community Education class at Central Park. "I've got spring fever now," said Carly Karjala, a Woodbury woman who attended the class with her husband Brent. Participants in the class spent about three weeks assembling fishing rods under the instruction of Dave Hanke of River Falls. Once they determined what they would be fishing for - spin-cast set-ups for walleye fishing or bait-cast rods for bass fishing - the participants picked out their
A healthy dumping of March snow led to a snow day on Tuesday -- and created some outdoor adventures for Woodbury students. Students climbed to the top of a hill along Highpointe Road, where they jumped, skidded and sledded through the newly fallen snow. According to the National Weather Service, about 9 inches of snow was reported around the Twin Cities, courtesy of a snowstorm that began falling heavily overnight. While some found ways to enjoy the snow, others did their civic duty.
Woodbury put an exclamation mark on the end of the 2012-13 regular season, earning a share of the Suburban East Conference title with a 30-point blowout win over Mounds View. The Royals tied Roseville atop the SEC, both finishing with a 15-3 conference record. Roseville won its regular season finale, also in blowout fashion, against Hastings (1-18 SEC). Against Mounds View (7-11 SEC), the Royals built a 52-30 halftime lead. That margin ballooned to as much as 36 points in the second half. The final score was 93-63. Senior Diallo Powell exploded for 29 points in the home win for Woodbury.