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 Woodbury Royals on Saturday learned their quarterfinal opponent in the state 4A basketball tournament will be Section 2AAAA champion Eden Prairie. The No. 4-seeded Royals will face the No. 5-seeded Eagles at noon Wednesday, March 20, at Target Center. Woodbury enters the game with a 25-4 record after topping Stillwater in the Section 4AAAA title game. Eden Prairie (21-8) gained a state berth after defeating section opponent Bloomington Jefferson. The winner of the quarterfinal match faces either No.
Woodbury built a solid lead and never looked back Wednesday on the way to its second consecutive trip to state, winning 52-44 over Stillwater in the Section 4AAAA championship. "I couldn't ask for anything better," senior Woodbury forward Mario Franco said after the game. The win sends the Royals to the 4A State Basketball Tournament, which begins Wednesday, March 20, at Target Center. Senior guard Renard Suggs led the way for Woodbury in the win with 21 points, including five 3-pointers.
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