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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An alleged book thief's reign came to an end Tuesday in Woodbury. The woman, whose name was not released since she was not arrested, had been sought by authorities for numerous thefts from Twin Cities libraries, said Randy Gustafson, public information officer for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office. She was apprehended by Woodbury police and Ramsey County deputies at R.H.
A woman and her two children were hospitalized Monday with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle at a Woodbury intersection. Woodbury police and firefighters responded at noon to reports of a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at Radio Drive and Central Park Place. The three victims were taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to a news release. Woodbury police Cmdr.
District 833's top boss is a finalist for a Florida superintendent job. Seminole County Public Schools, Fla., announced its three finalists for the position, which include Mark Porter, current superintendent of South Washington County Schools. Porter will interview Monday with the Seminole County School Board, according to that district's website. Seminole County School Board members are expected to decide on the candidate on Wednesday, a staff member said. "This position presents a unique opportunity for me to combine my professional experience and e
Magic has meaning for Brian Richards. The Twin Cities-based magician, who is performing at this month's Woodbury Community Expo, connects magic with education. "That moment (on stage) is to impact lives, versus just smiles and laughter," he said, adding that it is important to him "to make a difference - more than just entertainment." Richards brings his act to the stage from 10:20-10:50 a.m.
A juvenile female showed up at the Woodbury Middle School nurse's office last week with bruises on her body and a story of painful discipline. The girl, whose story was recounted to police by a school nurse, had allegedly been forced to hold a chair over her head for two hours while enduring beatings with a wooden spoon. Prosecutors later charged 26-year-old Ahavel Scherz with one count of malicious punishment of a child - a gross misdemeanor - and one count of misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with the allegations. According to a criminal complaint: The girl had been caught takin
A 26-year-old woman hospitalized after a Woodbury vehicle fire died Monday. Woodbury police confirmed Wednesday that the woman, Woodbury resident Kelly Marie Shropshire, died. Shropshire was hospitalized after firefighters responded at 6:53 p.m. March 29 for a report of a blue Jeep on fire near Woodbury Café in the 700 block of Bielenberg Drive. According to a police report, Shropshire was located at a nearby business. A Regions emergency room doctor on the scene first tended to Shropshire, according to the report.
A Hudson teenager faces a felony drug charge and one count of theft after allegedly trying to put one over on staff at a Woodbury retailer. Calvin Norman Olson, 18, was charged in Washington County District Court with one count of fifth-degree drug possession and one count of misdemeanor theft by swindle. Olson was released from Washington County jail after posting a $3,000 bond on March 28. According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police received a report from Walmart loss prevention staff that two male shoplifting suspects had been detained at the store. The loss prevention worker tol
While working as an engineer at NASA, Negus Adefris got a phone call from Minnesota. The caller was a manager at 3M who had heard good things about Adefris and wanted to bring him to Minnesota for a job in the company's abrasives division. Years later, Adefris laughed as he recalled his response to the offer. "You know, the only thing I know about abrasives is that I use them," he said, repeating the response. He's learned a lot about 3M's abrasive products since then, spending more than 18 years with the company.
A former central Minnesota sheriff accused of swindling a Woodbury businessman out of money was sentenced last month to a $113,000 restitution payment. Von Forest Thompson, Kanabec County sheriff from 1983 to 1999, entered a guilty plea in January to one count of theft by swindle.
When Colin Raehsler pulls on his hockey jersey, he does it with purpose. The sweater has the No. 10 on the back - a symbol that holds a special place in the Woodbury High School graduate's heart and memory. The No. 10 represents the odds he once faced as a cancer patient. In 2001, Raehsler was given a 10 percent chance of surviving another five years. Now 21, he is cancer-free and looking to battle the disease on a different level.