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 Woodbury massage parlor worker is due in court next month on charges she solicited sexual contact from undercover police officers. Chulalak Ratsbouth, a 28-year-old who worked under the name "Victoria" at Oriental Touch Massage, was charged May 25 with one count of misdemeanor prostitution. She is scheduled to make her first appearance on the charges July 18 in Washington County District Court. According to a criminal complaint: An undercover Woodbury police officer scheduled an April 14 appointment at the business after the department received reports of prostitution at the location. T
Some left-behind cigarette butts and a high-tech investigation snuffed out a burglar's chance of evading arrest and led to jail time for the Woodbury man. Darrick Vall, 23, was sentenced June 16 to 120 days in jail following a second-degree burglary conviction. He pleaded guilty to the felony in April. Vall was charged in September 2010 in a case that dated back to 2008. According to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court, Washington County deputies were called May 22, 2008, to a Lakeland residence for a possible burglary.
State officials announced efforts to combat scams that prey on the elderly just as a case involving a vulnerable adult made its way through the Washington County courts system. The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Thursday, June 16 that it will join a nationwide effort to protect elderly residents from investment fraud and other scams aimed at vulnerable adults. "With our aging population, bad actors will try to exploit vulnerable, aging adults," Commerce Commissioner Mike Rother said.
One person was hospitalized, more than a dozen people were displaced and two cats died Sunday after fire broke out in a Woodbury apartment complex. Firefighters were called at 10:11 a.m. to a third-floor unit in the 6841 building at Woodland Pointe Apartments on Ashwood Road. Woodbury police Sgt. Neil Bauer said a grease fire started while a resident there was cooking.
A Woodbury teenager reportedly enraged over a neighbor's complaints to his mother was arrested after he allegedly took a bat to the neighbor's garage door. Eighteen-year-old Drew Haggberg was arrested Thursday and jailed on suspicion of second-degree assault and felony property damage.
A Woodbury male who was allegedly shuttling thieves around Woodbury was arrested at gunpoint early Tuesday. Police were called at 4:14 a.m. Tuesday by a Woodbury resident who said he was following a vehicle that had been dropping juveniles off to break in to other vehicles, according to a preliminary Woodbury police report. Officers in two separate squad cars caught up with the suspect vehicle near East Ridge High School.
Ted Lillie has had a unique vantage point from which to consider the state's current budget dilemma. For weeks now, the state senator from Lake Elmo has been among the select few chosen to negotiate a budget deal with Gov. Mark Dayton.
Call it a happy accident - a very happy one. Woodbury High School senior Cassie Cedarholm happened to work really hard in school. It paid off when she was named the class of 2011's salutatorian after compiling a 4.29 GPA. "(I) never really was trying to be salutatorian," Cedarholm said. "This was just sort of a little nice bonus." She'll take that impressive academic pedigree with her this fall when she begins classes at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Cedarholm plans to study biomedical engineering at Cornell.
After completing elementary school, Prithwis Mukhopadhyay made out a list with three goals. No. 1: To immerse himself in math and science courses that provided challenge and rigor. No. 2: To explore research fields in science until he could narrow the focus on a certain field. No. 3: To study engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Check, check and check. "I don't think success ever comes easy to a person," the Woodbury High School senior said. "You have to have a goal.
Woodbury residents will get an up-close look this month at some of the Midwest's most highly trained dogs in action. From June 12 to June 14, the city will play host to the Region 18 trials of the United State Police Canine Association.