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 man was charged with two felonies last week in connection with a spate of robberies in a Woodbury neighborhood. Brian McCarthy, 24, was jailed Friday, Dec. 23, on suspicion of theft and possession of stolen property.
Most folks at Stonecrest Senior Living don't see as well as they once did. "So many residents here have poor vision and macular degeneration," said resident Jeanne Musgrove. Things like reading a newspaper or looking at photos become laborious tasks instead of relaxing activities when even squinting doesn't help bring things into focus. But a new piece of technology means struggling to read is now a thing of the past for many Stonecrest residents. About two months ago, the center installed a machine called an Optelec electronic video magnifier.
Federal charges could be filed next week against a man suspected in numerous Woodbury mail thefts. The St. Paul man, whose name is not being released while formal charges are pending, could face mail theft charges in U.S. district court, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman said. Depending on the outcome of the investigation - which is ongoing - it is possible federal prosecutors could tack on identity theft charges, said Jeff Long, public information officer for the Postal Inspection Service.
Dick Hanson knows how to bring people together. The Woodbury resident did it professionally as a community affairs executive for one of Minnesota's largest companies before retiring. For the past several years, Hanson has taken his unique talents to the Woodbury Community Foundation (WCF), where he helps build momentum by matching people with causes. His contributions haven't gone unnoticed.
It might have been a little harder to press the tees into the turf, but that didn't stop golfers from flocking to the course Monday as the mercury climbed to 50 degrees in the area. The course was full with golfers one day after Christmas at Oak Marsh Golf Course, and the phone lines stayed busy at the pro shop, where employee Sam Whillock fielded tee time requests. Whillock said her father - the course's general manager - remembered one year when the Oakdale course was open at least one day every single month of the year. "It could be one of those things again," she said. The unseasonably
A Missouri man found with garbage bags full of allegedly stolen goods didn't do himself any favors after being taken into custody this month, Woodbury police say. After being placed in a police cruiser, the suspect, Dillon Higginbotham, destroyed the interior of the car, ripping wires out of the squad's running boards and leaving its technical instruments inoperable, according to complaint filed by Washington County prosecutors. Higginbotham, 19, was charged with one count of first-degree property damage and fifth-degree drug possession - both felonies.
A Twin Cities man who admitted to running a cell-phone scam that came to an end in Woodbury must repay thousands of dollars as part of a sentence he received earlier this month. Tucker McDowell, 22, was ordered to repay $4,020 to his former employer, AT&T, during a Dec. 1 hearing where he was convicted and sentenced. The Bloomington man must also spend five years on probation, 10th District Court Judge Gregory Galler ordered. If McDowell fails to abide terms of probation, the judge could impose a 13-month prison sentence.
Tom DeGree recalled growing up in a Democratic family surrounded by Republican neighbors. Despite political differences, everyone seemed to get along, he said. "I grew up in a place where people compromised," the Lake Elmo man said. DeGree, a fourth-grade teacher and Minneapolis café owner, said he hopes to carry that sense of cooperation to the Minnesota House during an event Thursday when he announced his candidacy for House District 56A. Reading from a statement, DeGree remarked on Republicans' "refusal to compromise." "We can do better than this," he said.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- A movement is afoot to lure a Woodbury woman into a permanent position as the Minnesota Republican Party leader. A push has begun to encourage Kelly Fenton to run for the party's chairmanship. Fenton is serving as interim chairwoman while the party waits to elect a permanent replacement for Tony Sutton, who abruptly quit the position Dec.
A convicted felon from St. Paul was arrested last month after allegedly attempting to sell guns out of his car at a Woodbury business. Richard A. Woods, 28, was charged Nov. 17 with one count of felony firearms possession. The state prohibits people convicted of violent crimes from possessing firearms. Woods had been convicted in 2003 of a third-degree drug crime, which the state considers a crime of violence. Police were alerted to Woods' presence Nov. 16 in the Gander Mountain parking lot on Hudson Road after a report of a man trying to sell guns there. Woodbury police met with a St.