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 former housekeeper convicted of stealing jewelry from a Woodbury home must repay thousands of dollars as part of a Washington County judge's sentence. The woman, Barbara Jo Parks, of Inver Grove Heights, was sentenced Nov. 18 to 40 days in jail and five years on probation. The sentence, issued by 10th District Court Judge John Hoffman, also calls for Parks to repay more than $20,000 in restitution.
A major transportation project that could involve high-speed transit options running through Woodbury received a monetary shot in the arm today. The Counties Transit Improvement Board announced Wednesday that the Gateway Corridor project received $2.1 million in grant funding. The funding is slated to go toward development of an environmental impact statement. Members of the Gateway Corridor Commission have been studying numerous transit options as they look to solve projected traffic congestion problems along Interstate 94 between the Twin Cities and Eau Claire, Wis.
Andrew Busskohl, the Woodbury man who authorities say would have carried out a murder if a friend hadn't intervened, lost his appeal to a court ruling that placed him indefinitely at a state mental hospital. A Minnesota appeals court decided Dec.
ST. PAUL - Kelly Fenton's new office affords a clear view of the Minnesota Capitol building. The future of all she oversees from that perch isn't quite as clear. The interim chairwoman for the Minnesota Republican Party settled into to her quarters last week and took the helm - temporarily, at least - of an organization fraught with financial difficulties and uncertain leadership. Fenton, a Woodbury resident, assumed the post Dec. 3 - one day after then-Chairman Tony Sutton abruptly resigned.
Holiday cheer was on display and on the march last weekend in Woodbury. Saturday at Valley Creek Mall, hundreds of people stood in line, where children waited patiently to sit on Santa Claus' lap. They were greeted at the door by two reindeer that children were able to pet and look on with curiosity. Later in the day, patients and staff at Woodwinds Health Campus were greeted with a unique taste of holiday cheer. A group of Klondike Kates - women crooners bestowed with the annual title during St.
A man suspected in dozens of mail theft incidents around Woodbury and Oakdale is in police custody. The suspect, a 20-year-old St. Paul man, was arrested late Sunday in St. Anthony following a traffic stop, said Woodbury Police Commander Jay Alberio. The man, whose name was not immediately released by authorities, was allegedly found in possession with "a large quantity of mail" - including some from Woodbury - inside his car, Alberio said. Authorities had been alerted to the suspect's description. Alberio said the man was placed under arrest after the St.
The Royals remained unbeaten after a home win Thursday over Suburban East Conference opponent Cretin-Derham Hall. Woodbury junior forward Jordan Graham scored the winning goal, giving the Royals a 3-2 win and improving their record to 4-0 overall and 1-0-1 in the SEC. The Raiders drew first blood with a goal at 5:31 in the first period. Woodbury evened the score later in the period when senior Evan Erickson put the puck past Cretin goalie Alex Bailey.
A Minneapolis woman may be adjusting her privacy settings after police used Facebook to locate her in a Woodbury theft case. The woman, 25-year-old Samantha M. Petersen, was sentenced last month on a felony fraud conviction in Washington County District Court. Judge John Hoffman sentenced Petersen to 106 days in jail and five years on probation. The conviction stemmed from a December 2010 case involving thefts from vehicles at the Woodbury Life Time Fitness Center. According to a criminal complaint, police were called Dec.
A Wisconsin man made police work easy last month for a Woodbury officer. After being pulled over on Interstate 94, the man got out of his car, put his hands above his head and said, "I'm gonna make your job easy," according to a criminal complaint. Without provocation from the officer, the man said "the car is stolen." The suspect, Wisconsin Rapids resident Bee Khang, was charged Nov. 18 in Washington County with one count of motor vehicle theft, a felony. He was released from jail on $1,000 bail. According to the complaint: The Woodbury officer received a report Nov.
Joshua Hanson doesn't have a pillow to sleep on. When he and the other members of his Marine Corps unit bed down at night in Afghanistan, they improvise by stuffing loose clothes in a pillowcase. They don't complain. But Hanson's mother, Woodbury resident Luli Flores-Hanson, knows the members of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines could be sleeping more comfortably. In an effort to make the soldiers' lives a little less primitive, she has organized a locally based care-package drive.