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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Move over Gateway Corridor – get ready for the Gold Line. That is the name chosen for the 12-mile bus rapid-transit corridor that is planned to run between Woodbury and St. Paul’s Union Depot. The Gold Line announcement was made Tuesday, Dec.
Police were called at 8:10 a.m. Nov. 19 to East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, for a report of exhibition driving. Students were reportedly turning “donuts” in the parking lot. An officer later found evidence of the activity, but no suspects. A resident in the 1500 block of Parkwood Drive reported Nov. 19 that she heard gunshots coming from an apartment complex. Police investigated, but found no evidence of gunplay. Police responded Nov. 20 to Woodbury Middle School, 1425 School Drive, for an arson report.
Woodbury residents have been among those who have fallen victim to a scammer that authorities say is posing as a Washington County sheriff’s deputy over the phone. According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office news release, the man purports to be a deputy and calls residents requesting they obtain a pre-paid credit card to pay a fine for an outstanding speeding ticket.
Two Indiana men accused of shuttling a 10-pound package of methamphetamine through Woodbury make their first court appearance this week in Washington County District Court. Indianapolis resident Andres Estrada Bernal, 25, was charged with one count of first-degree sale of narcotics and one count of first-degree drug possession.
Firefighters responded Monday morning to a garage fire in Woodbury. Crews remained on the scene of the fire, which occurred in an attached garage in a home 1012 Autumn Alcove, at 8:40 a.m. A vehicle inside the garage caught fire, according to initial reports. One person was home at the time of the fire but was able to evacuate, according to Woodbury Public Safety spokeswoman Michelle Okada. Fire crews from Cottage Grove and Oakdale were called to assist at the scene. The Bulletin will update the story as details become available.
Management of more than 3 million square feet of retail space owned by the Robert Muir Co. – including four retail centers in Woodbury – is being turned over to a Twin Cities businessman who has twice run for political office. According to a Friday news release, management and operation of retail properties belonging to the Robert Muir Co. are now being handled by Kelly Doran. Doran for years was a business partner with Robert Muir, serving as president of the company from 1992 to 2005. Doran, who ran an unsuccessful 2006 bid for governor after first running for U.S.
Tony Kramer still remembers how exhausting the dating routine could be. The Woodbury man would go on date after date with women only to learn that the chemistry never developed. So Kramer turned to his buddy for help. What the friend recommended lit a fire that would evolve into a business concept Kramer now hopes will reach millions: Connect prospective couples via Facebook through a mutual friend. Kramer knows the formula works.
Firefighters said hot ashes were the culprit behind an overnight garage fire in Woodbury. Woodbury Fire Department Cmdr. John Wallgren said the fire was reported at 1:25 a.m. at 1897 Lochaven Drive. The fire was contained to the exterior of the garage and did not breach the interior, he said. A four-minute response time by the first firefighter “saved this house,” Wallgren said.
Gateway Corridor officials want to know if there are health benefits to be generated by the prospect of mass transit running to Woodbury. And now they have the money to find out. Washington County Board commissioners learned Nov.
Washington County prosecutors allege a drug deal gone bad led to a Woodbury teenager shooting an East Ridge High School classmate. The alleged victim, a 16-year-old from Woodbury, was taken to Woodwinds Health Campus on Saturday, Nov. 22, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released. Police began investigating the incident on Monday, Nov. 24, after information was passed along to East Ridge’s liaison officer.