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A Woodbury man accused of secretly filming a teenage girl in her bedroom will serve 120 days in jail and five years probation following his June 7 conviction for possessing pornographic material on a work computer. Jeffrey Cramer, 47, was found guilty of one felony charge after interfering with a minor's privacy and possessing pornographic materials on a work computer after a teenage girl and her mother told Woodbury police they had found footage of the girl's room on Cramer's computer.
State health and pollution officials are holding two informational meetings for residents to learn more about the agencies and the Minnesota Department of Health’s recent decision to lower recommended levels of specific perfluorochemicals (PFCs). The first meeting will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 at Oak-Land Junior High School, 820 N. Manning Ave. in Lake Elmo.
A Woodbury woman accused of subjecting a Chinese woman she hired as a nanny to slave-like conditions plead guilty in federal court May 31 to furthering forced labor. Lili Huang admitted to withholding the 58-year-old woman's passport, along with a litany of abusive tactics including beatings, starving the woman and threatening her with a knife. Woodbury police arrested Huang last year after a woman who was found wandering and crying told officers Huang thwarted her efforts to escape the abuse by traveling home to China.
A Washington County district judge sentenced a Hudson, Wis., man to more than seven years in prison for his role in the sex trafficking of a homeless woman. Adam James Krimpelbein, 32, was convicted May 24 on felony charges of aiding and abetting sex trafficking. He was one of two men accused of trying traffic a 31-year-old woman who was listed as a missing person under civil commitment. Woodbury police arrested Krimpelbein and Dustin Jeffery Arthur Heichert at a hotel in January.
Court hearings will take place in the historic Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater for the first time in more than 40 years as part of an event celebrating the building's 150th anniversary. The building is the oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota. It was the venue for the county's court proceedings until 1975, when construction wrapped up on the Washington County Government Center. The Washington County District Courts invites the public to a welcoming ceremony starting 8:50 a.m. Friday, June 2, at the historic courthouse, 101 West Pine Street in Stillwater.
Rosemount High School teacher and head football coach Jeff Erdmann has announced his run for Minnesota's 2nd District. Erdmann will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Jason Lewis in the 2018 election. "I never thought I would be running for Congress," Erdmann said in his May 24 announcement. "After seeing the behavior of our politicians, especially Jason Lewis, I realized that if working Americans want proper representation, then working Americans like myself need to run for office."
A Woodbury man is accused of starting a fire in a home after the occupants allegedly rejected his self-invitation inside. Prosecutors charged Ayden Michael McGinty-Garza, 21, with felony first-degree arson and second-degree burglary following his arrest May 17. According to a criminal complaint, the occupants of a home in the 2700 block of Hilo Avenue in Oakdale called the police May 16 to remove McGinty-Garza from the property. The occupant told police McGinty-Garza came to the front door and said he was invited to a party there. No one at the home recognized him.
Firefighters have declared a Woodbury home unlivable after extinguishing an early-morning fire caused by a lightning strike early Tuesday morning. The Woodbury Fire Department received a call around 4:30 a.m. and arrived minutes later to flames stretching out of the roof at 9461 Wentlock Road. A team of 43 firefighters from the Woodbury and Cottage Grove fire departments extinguished the flames in about 40 minutes. No injuries were reported.
A Woodbury man is accused of sexually abusing a child for three years. Patrick David Lucas, 45, faces three first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges involving a minor younger than 13. Woodbury police opened an investigation after a teen girl told police Lucas started sexually abusing her when she was 12 years old, according to the complaint filed in Washington County District Court. Officers responded to a report of child sexual abuse April 18, after the girl told her mother Lucas had been molesting her.
The Woodbury Gander Mountain is among 160 stores slated to close following the company's bankruptcy filing in March. Camping World Holdings Inc., a national retailer based in Illinois, announced Monday, May 1, it had won a bankruptcy auction for taking over St. Paul-based Gander Mountain Co. The company plans to liquidate the stores' inventory. Management at the 10470 Hudson Road store declined to comment, but the storefront sported a "STORE CLOSING" sign Tuesday, April 2.