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 Maplewood man whose blood test revealed a litany of drugs and alcohol following a Woodbury crash was charged in Washington County District Court with a felony and two misdemeanor offenses. Jake Lee Michael Fremont was charged with one count of felony drug possession and two counts related to driving under the influence.
Police say a Cottage Grove man was working to benefit a gang when he allegedly served as the getaway driver in a theft operation targeting Woodbury houses. Washington County prosecutors in May charged 21-year-old Chee Yang with one count of committing a first-degree burglary for the benefit of a gang - a felony that calls for a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.
A Minnesota woman whose alleged drunken auto rampage began with a crash in Woodbury must spend two months in jail and repay thousands in medical costs. Renae Tollefson, 55, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, up to three years on probation and was ordered to pay her victims $8,735. The Lino Lakes woman pleaded guilty Feb.
A Wisconsin woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from the Woodbury workplace where she once served as vice president must spend more than three months in jail and repay the missing funds, a judge ordered. Debbie Jo Brown, of Osceola, Wis., was sentenced June 16 by Washington County District Court Judge Richard Ilkka to 100 days in jail and was ordered to pay $103,100 in restitution to Quality Abstract.
The Woodbury man who formulated plans for a murder in the vein of a popular cable-television program must stay at a state mental hospital, a judge decided this week. Andrew James Busskohl, 21, will remain indefinitely at Minnesota Security Hospital in St.
For last night, at least, it was the biggest show in town. The horns sounded, the drums crashed and the crowds roared as eight of the country's top drum and bugle corps teams on Tuesday rolled into East Ridge High School's Nest. The teams competed for top honors in the River City Rhapsody competition, where contestants earned world rankings for Drum Corps International. The Cavaliers, a Rosemount, Ill., based team, finished first for world class-level points in the competition, edging the Bluecoats of Canton, Ohio, and the Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wis. Minnesota Brass - based out of St.
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.