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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It didn't take a seasoned cop to tell something wasn't right. During a routine traffic stop on Feb. 8, rookie Woodbury police officer Caitlin Jaworski peered inside a car while her field training officer conducted the stop. What she spotted was a cache of electronics that, thanks to a little cooperative communication between departments, was revealed to be loot stolen earlier in the day from a Cottage Grove home. Police ended up arresting the driver and two passengers. Felony charges followed.
East Ridge High School Principal Aaron Harper found himself fielding some complaints Thursday after a controversial poem meant to honor Black History Month was read aloud over the school's public address system. "The Black Child's Pledge," written in 1968 by Shirley Williams and published in the controversial Black Panther group's newspaper, was read during East Ridge's morning announcements as an ongoing activity honoring Black History Month. Not long after the poem was read, Twitter comments began bubbling up from Woodbury community members, including Kelly Fenton, whose son attends East
When Woodbury Baptist Church members visited their sister church in Costa Rica, they had a chance to eyeball the playground equipment there. Cindy Klatt, area missions leader for the church, remembered it well: two broken teeter-totters, a 1960s-era slide and two broken swing sets.
A Woodbury man made his first court appearance this month on allegations that he used a baton to bash a newspaper delivery driver's car during a road rage incident. The suspect, 20-year-old Sean Winson Fitzpatrick, was charged with one count of terroristic threats - a felony - and one count of fourth-degree property damage. According to a criminal complaint, Fitzpatrick was arrested at his home on Nov. 11, 2012, after a newspaper delivery driver reported being the victim of a road rage attack near Eagle View Boulevard and Settlers Ridge Drive. The complaint states that at about 5 a.m.
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.