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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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.
A Thanksgiving Day break-in at two Woodbury businesses was the latest in a string of business burglaries that police suspect are related. Woodbury police Commander Jay Alberio said the recent break-ins - at Kay Jewelers, Yang's Chinese Restaurant, and most recently at Haskell's Liquor Store and Jordan Meats - were likely perpetrated by members of the same group. "They're likely connected," Alberio said. The most recent burglaries occurred just before 7 a.m. Nov. 24, when police were called to a burglary alarm at Haskell's.
A Woodbury woman was elected last weekend to the highest state post for Minnesota Republicans - at least temporarily. Kelly Fenton will lead the Minnesota Republican Party as its deputy chairwoman while the party waits to select its new chairperson. Outgoing Chairman Tony Sutton announced Friday, Dec. 2, that he was resigning his post - just one day before the party convened its central committee meeting. During the meeting, Fenton was elected to the deputy chair post on the second round of voting by party activists.
Would it have been Braedon Hyland's wish to see Saturday's Woodbury-East Ridge game end in a tie? Coaches on both sides of the 2-2 draw thought so. "A tie was meant to be," said Royals boys hockey coach Wes Bolin. "It was probably the impact that Braedon had on the game. A tie was what he probably had in mind." Raptors coach Doug Long agreed. "It seems fitting, yeah," he said. The game began with a tribute to Hyland, an East Ridge senior who died Oct. 14 from injuries sustained in an Afton automobile crash.
A 21-year-old Afton man accused of possessing child pornography was sentenced this month to three months in jail. The sentence, issued by Washington County District Court Judge Susan Miles, also requires the accused, Leif Iverson, to spend five years on probation. Iverson's terms of probation are extensive, and include no unsupervised contact with children and strict limitations for computers or the Internet. Iverson pleaded guilty in August to one count of possessing a pornographic work, a felony.
A Woodbury man is suspected of keeping more than $700,000 in bail bonds after he was fired by his employer. According to a Woodbury police report, local authorities were contacted Nov. 25 by officials from the Detroit, Mich., based firm You Walk Bail Bond Agency. The agency stated the man, whose name was not released, had been the local agent for You Walk Bail Bond Agency and had been issued $741,940 worth of bonds in May.
A suspiciously low selling price for a used Cadillac triggered a chain of events that ultimately led to the arrest of a Twin Cities man. The suspect, 39-year-old Timothe Bolle, is accused of stealing his former employer's vehicle and attempting to sell it through the website Craigslist.com. His attempt was foiled in Woodbury after a would-be buyer puzzled by the unusually low asking price investigated the vehicle and learned it had been stolen. Washington County prosecutors charged Bolle, of Hopkins, with one count of receiving stolen property, a felony. The incident began unfolding Oct.
A four-month long Woodbury drug sting culminated this month when a 24-year-old man was arrested after allegedly making numerous cocaine deals with a police informant. Washington County prosecutors charged Lorinza Foster, of St. Paul, with one count of first-degree cocaine sale. A second person, 20-year-old St.
A Woodbury man convicted of felony cocaine possession must now keep his nose clean for 20 years, a Washington County judge ordered. Thomas Redmann, 55, was sentenced Nov. 10 to 20 years on probation and 42 days in jail - time he has already served.
The Royals kicked off the 2011-12 season in convincing fashion, compiling six goals in two games to win the annual Thanksgiving tournament at Bielenberg Sports Center. Woodbury topped Chisago Lakes 3-0 on Saturday after defeating Coon Rapids 3-1 on Friday. Senior forward Chase Myers-Beck scored two goals and one assist against Chisago Lakes. Fellow senior Evan Erickson recorded one goal and one assist in the game, while freshman defenseman Hayden Shaw scored two points on two assists. Woodbury goaltender Josh Erickson stopped all 11 shots he faced.