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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A St. Paul woman pleaded guilty to a felony after allegedly being found in possession of items stolen from the break room of a Woodbury store. Keri-Anne Ruzin, 33, pleaded guilty Thursday, Feb. 7, to one count of financial card fraud in Washington County District Court.
Several hundred customers in west-central Woodbury remained without power this morning after a power line went down on Wooddale Drive. According to Xcel Energy, about 620 customers in Woodbury were still experiencing outages at 7:30 a.m. Monday. Power was restored in many areas after originally impacting nearly 2,000 customers earlier in the morning. Woodbury police officer Scott Melander was positioned in the area while Xcel crews worked to fix a downed power line on Wooddale Drive - which was blocking traffic - that he said caused the outage.
A power outage in Woodbury left at least 1,945 people without electricity this morning. Xcel Energy confirmed the outage in Woodbury, saying power to the area should be restored by 6:45 a.m. on Monday.
A conspicuous bumper sticker on an accused burglar's car connected her with a separate Washington County burglary after she allegedly tried burglarizing a home in Woodbury. Police arrested 46-year-old Christine Burtman on Jan. 23 after a resident on Greenbriar Lane witnessed a woman attempting to enter her home. Burtman was later charged with two separate counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree burglary. Allegations that led to Burtman first surfaced on Jan. 4, when a Marine on St.
Glen Moon was never far from the action. A fixture at most Woodbury High School varsity games, Moon could be seen in the front rows of baseball games, up against the glass at hockey arenas or leaning on the rail above the bleachers. While receiving hospice care last week, he even kept up on a Royals basketball game from a friend's iPhone. But on Thursday, Jan. 31, family and friends said their last goodbyes to the man known for his deep ties to the Woodbury Athletic Association and youth coaching.
A Hastings man described in detail a burglary he said he witnessed in Woodbury. But Washington County prosecutors say the man left out one key detail when describing the burglary and escorting police to the scene: he was the burglar. The man, 18-year-old Harley Davidson Sullivan, was charged Jan. 25 with one count of first-degree burglary and one count of gross misdemeanor theft.
Woodbury youth athletics coach Glen Moon died Thursday, according to family and friends. Moon, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, died at his home under hospice care just after 11 p.m., said John Wallgren, a family friend. Earlier in the week, Moon made the decision to stop chemotherapy treatment and to begin hospice care. A tribute ceremony planned for tonight's Woodbury-East Ridge high school basketball game in honor of Moon will continue as planned, Wallgren said.
Washington County prosecutors said a brother-on-brother prank involving mousetraps turned hostile last week in Woodbury, leaving one brother with a busted lip and another charged with felony assault. According to a criminal complaint, police were called Jan. 13 to a home in the 2300 block of Cascade Plaza for a report of a physical domestic between two brothers. Police learned that the suspect, 23-year-old Matthew Joseph Nelson, had been helping place mousetraps in the house with his mother.
The monkey is off their back. The Woodbury boys hockey team on Thursday snapped a conference winless streak that had stretched back to December 2011 with a shutout victory over Stillwater. The Royals won 4-0 in the home game at Bielenberg Ice Arena and improved their overall record to 6-9-3 and their Suburban East Conference record to 1-8-3. Woodbury entered the game riding a 27-game winless streak in the SEC. Until Thursday, the last time the Royals had defeated a conference opponent was on Dec.
Washington County library officials think an area soldier's story is worth a read. A book chronicling the battleground experiences of John Kriesel, an Iraq war veteran who lost his legs in an attack while serving, was chosen for this year's Washington County Library "One County, One Book" program. Kriesel, a Cottage Grove resident who also served as a state lawmaker from 2011-12 in the Minnesota House, will appear Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Woodbury's R.H. Stafford library to discuss his book, "Still Standing: The Story of Ssg.