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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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.
Democrats from the new Senate District 53 decided Saturday on their candidates for the Legislature: Susan Kent, JoAnn Ward and Ann Marie Metzger. Kent, a Woodbury resident, sailed through the endorsing process on her way to challenging Sen. Ted Lillie. "He is not representative of this district," she told delegates at the endorsing convention, held at Tartan High School in Oakdale. Kent defeated Oakdale's John Becker for the endorsement. He said he would abide the endorsement and not force a primary election contest. Metzger, a Woodbury resident, will challenge Rep.
When Washington County drug cops executed a search warrant at an Afton residence, they found a stash of guns and a pound of marijuana, but that was only the beginning of their discoveries. According to a criminal complaint, members of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force proceeded to the basement of the home, where they spotted light shining through a would-be wall.
A Woodbury teenager faces a felony drug charge after police allegedly found heroin and marijuana while executing a search warrant at his home. Robert John Ennis, 18, was charged today with one count of fifth-degree drug possession, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint, members of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force received information in December 2011 that Ennis had been selling and distributing marijuana and other drugs to people in the Woodbury area. A confidential informant working with officers alle
A great year for Scott Swansson just got better. The Woodbury High School basketball coach was named co-coach of the year in Class AAAA by the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association. He and Osseo coach Tim Theisen shared in the honor. When asked to comment on the award, Swansson displayed his trademark sense of humor. "I wonder who the heck votes for that stuff," he said by phone while on vacation in Arizona.