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Minnesota-based solar energy developer Greenmark received the go-ahead from the Woodbury City Council to build a 3-megawatt solar garden in a rural-residential stretch of the city. The approval however, came with an added condition to shield the panels from the view of nearby houses. The proposed facility would cover 17 acres of land off Military Road in Woodbury's southwestern corner, operating on a 25-year lease with the landowners.
A Mahtomedi man faces an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to felony sex trafficking charges involving at least two women. Shaun Maubach, 32, told a Washington County court Wednesday, Sept. 6 that he "ran security" for a commercial sex operation in which buyers paid $300 to $1,000 an hour for sex. Woodbury police arrested Maubach at a Woodbury hotel June 20 on active warrants for burglaries in Washington state and Kansas.
A registered sex offender will serve nearly a 1 1/2-year prison sentence for attempting to solicit a 15-year-old girl for sex using an anonymous mobile app. A Washington County District Court judge ordered Shawn David Langner, 25, of Woodbury to pay $820 in restitution on a felony charge of electronic communication describing sexual conduct with a child. Langner was charged in February 2016 and faced an additional felony charge of soliciting sex with a child, which was later dismissed. According to a criminal complaint:
A Blaine man accused of assisting a multistate sex trafficking ring out of suburban homes in the Twin Cities metro pleaded guilty to two felony charges related to transporting victims and managing criminal proceeds.
For a trained vocalist like Linda Mealey-Lohmann, a tonal language like Chinese make perfect sense: different inflections evoke different meanings. She studied different languages through diction courses as a vocal major in college and took four years of Spanish classes, but few other languages "clicked" with her quite like Chinese. During a 10-week course she took over the summer, she said her background as a singer helped her detect and mimic tonal differences her classmates would miss.
A former East Ridge High School principal will serve 240 hours of community service and pay South Washington County Schools $7,500 for misusing district funds. Aaron Harper, 42, of Cottage Grove, was sentenced in Washington County District Court Thursday, Aug. 24, for one felony theft by swindle charge after pleading guilty in May. Two other felony theft charges were dismissed in the plea.
A Woodbury man will serve two years in prison and three months community service after agreeing to pay for sex with a person he believed to be younger than 16. Ernest Dohbila, 39, was convicted in Washington County Aug. 7 on a felony charge of soliciting prostitution with a person he believed was a minor. Woodbury police arrested Dohbila last year during an undercover sting last year targeting prospective sex trafficking customers seeking juvenile victims.
A fake ID can be hard to spot. Sophisticated systems used to produce fraudulent identification cards can recreate the black bar on the backs of cards that cashiers typically scan to verify someone's age before ringing up booze or cigarettes. But a second bar on the back made up of nearly microscopic text appears blotchy on fakes. This subtle gaff is usually what alerts employees at Top Ten Liquors in Woodbury of a fake ID.
A Minneapolis man faces criminal charges after the car he was driving struck two Woodbury police cars conducting a traffic stop. Dashboard camera footage captured the Aug. 11 crash on Interstate 94. Christopher Craig, 30, faces two drunken driving charges and one charge of driving without proof of insurance — all gross misdemeanors — in Washington County District Court. Minnesota State Troopers responded to the scene and noted that Craig had "glassy eyes" and smelled strongly of alcohol, according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 15.
A Cottage Grove man faces seven felony charges of child pornography possession after Cottage Grove police allegedly discovered hundreds of videos and photos at his home three years ago. The FBI and Minneapolis division of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension notified Cottage Grove Police in 2014 that an IP address belonging to Randy Carl Rappe, 66, was connected to more than 40 images depicting child pornography on a filesharing network, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington County in April.