Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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Woodbury police are asking for help in identifying a person seen Sunday, Dec. 9 taking packages from a porch. The thief was caught on camera in the Summerlin Drive area. Also captured was photo of a white truck that appeared to have obscured writing on the side. Police are asking people to call 651-439-9381 if they recognize the truck. The case number to reference is WB18034739.
LAKELAND — A Mahtomedi man was arrested on Nov. 25 after allegedly threatening another man with a gun. Brandon Gilbert Bacchus, 35, has been charged with a firearm violation after a previous felony conviction, as well as second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after a previous felony conviction. He faces up to 15 years in county jail and $30,000 in fines if convicted of the first count and up to seven years and $14,000 if convicted of the second.
The holiday season is full of hustle and bustle, and that was no exception at the Winter Wonderland Carnival and Rink Celebration. For two hours Sunday, Dec. 2, HealthEast Sports Center in Woodbury was packed with families enjoying carnival games, choral performances from local schools and skating at the outdoor rink. Shannon Beard and Ava Huseboe, both 12, took a break from skating to warm up by the fire pit. Beard approved of the festivities. "So far I'm having a very good experience," she said.
A federal appellate court has ruled that a jury should decide a lawsuit brought against three Woodbury police officers who shot and killed a 19-year-old St. Paul man after he escaped a 2012 hostage situation, according to documents filed Nov. 28. The decision by the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a previous ruling by a U.S. District Court judge and follows a February 2017 appeal filed by Mark Eric Henderson's mother, Tawana Henderson.
WOODBURY — A water main break has closed the eastbound lane of Victoria Road between Queens Drive and Courtly Road, according to a city notification that went out early Thursday afternoon. The road is expected to fully reopen the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 4, weather permitting. The westbound lane is open to traffic in both directions during repairs.
Michelle Okada is the new director with the Woodbury Parks and Recreation Department. She fills the position left open by Bob Klatt, who retired this fall after a long tenure with the city. Okada had been the public information officer for Woodbury Public Safety for six and a half years. Before that, she served 16 years as the city's recreation specialist.
Starting in early October, Woodbury resident Grace Nester and her mother, Deona, began collecting donations for the Naomi Family Residence in St. Paul, the Union Gospel Mission's shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness due to things like domestic violence, drug addiction and mental illness. Nester asked her community to donate essentials like toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, diapers and new or gently used winter clothing. "It was really fun seeing all the donations come in and the box being filled up and overflowing," she said.
WOODBURY — A St. Paul man was arrested Nov. 11 for allegedly strangling and assaulting his girlfriend in a Woodbury motel room. Jose Santos Barrios, 33, has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault and providing an officer with false identification. He faces up to three years in county jail and $5,000 if convicted, and up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 for each misdemeanor.
WOODBURY — A St. Paul woman was arrested Nov. 6 for allegedly assisting in stealing mail from Woodbury mailboxes. Dominique Marie Wegleitner, 32, had previously been charged with stealing the identities of at least 200 people and is awaiting trial for felony identity theft. With her most recent arrest, Wegleitner is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting mail theft. If convicted, Wegleitner faces up to 20 years in county jail and $100,000 for the identity theft charge, along with up to three years in county jail and $5,000 for each mail theft charge.
WOODBURY — A policy that regulates when and how much you should water your lawn recently expanded to include the entire city. The Woodbury City Council approved changes Oct. 30 to its lawn and landscape watering policy that expand existing municipal urban service area rules to all residences and businesses in the city. About 500 additional homes will be included starting next year.