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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Formal charges were filed this month against a Woodbury man accused of possessing more than 35 pounds of marijuana, along with other drugs in his Upper Afton Road residence. Frank A. Santovi Jr. was charged March 14 with three felonies: first-degree cocaine possession, third-degree marijuana possession and a tax-related drug crime. Santovi was released from Washington County jail Monday on a $100,000 bond. He was first arrested Dec. 29, 2011, after members of a joint drug task force - acting on a tip - executed a search warrant at his residence.
A Woodbury woman and former PTA leader announced Thursday that she will seek the Democratic endorsement in Senate District 53. According to a news release, Susan Kent will challenge for the post, which is open.
Woodwinds Health Campus officials are hoping an exception request at the state Capitol will lead to expanded cancer treatment at the Woodbury hospital. House lawmakers are expected to hear a bill this week that would temporarily lift a moratorium on radiation therapy facility expansion at Woodwinds. Hospital officials say the request, which would relocate existing equipment from St.
Woodbury took the top team in Minnesota to overtime Wednesday, but the combination of fouls and missed free throws eventually caught up to the underdogs in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA state tournament. After surviving under a second-half Woodbury surge, the three-time defending state champions proved the superior team in the critical overtime frame, winning 82-75. "We all know we played one heck of a regulation and fell short in overtime," said senior Woodbury forward Connor McKeen. Shot making - especially from the free-throw line - proved to be Woodbury's weakness.
An Afton man made his first court appearance this month on allegations that he recklessly shot off his shotgun inside city limits. Stephen F. Mahley, 43, was charged in December with one count of reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality - a felony that carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. According to a criminal complaint: Washington County sheriff's deputies were called to Mahley's residence at 3:28 a.m. Dec.
An Oakdale woman who claimed drug use clouded memories of whether or not she stole from a car in Woodbury was spared a two-year prison term, but was sentenced to probation and jail for a theft conviction. Nicole Bremer, 30, was sentenced Feb. 17 by 10th District Court Judge Gregory Galler to 89 days in jail.
Roseville may have edged Woodbury for the Suburban East Conference title, but the Royals came back and beat the Raiders where it counts: in the Section 4AAAA championship game. Woodbury reached the state tournament Thursday, thanks to a 68-66 overtime win over Roseville at East Ridge High School. For Woodbury's seniors, the accomplishment represents the realization of a childhood goal. Many of the players have played together since elementary school. "We play so well together," said senior Tyler Graves.
The concept of high-speed buses on Interstate 94 is rising to the top. Officials on Thursday shared findings that show two options for bus rapid-transit as the most preferred among a slate of possibilities an east metro panel has been studying for more than a year. One of the two preferred options calls for high speed buses to operate in a bus-only lane out of St. Paul that would also run down the I-94 median, where possible.
A renowned Minnesota hockey player and the founder of a Woodbury congregation died last month after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The Rev. Frank Sanders Jr. died Feb. 17 at the age of 62. Sanders, who later became a Woodbury resident, left a budding professional hockey career in the 1970s to pursue the ministry. He would later found the Woodbury-based Spirit of Life Bible Church.
Woodbury drops White Bear, faces Roseville Thursday It's two down and one to go for the Royals' pursuit of a state tournament berth. That effort continued Saturday, when Woodbury edged White Bear Lake 74-71 in the Section 4AAAA semifinals at East Ridge High School. "We knew it was going to be a tough one," Woodbury coach Scott Swansson said of the Bears, who advanced to the semifinal round with an upset win over Tartan.