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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Police are searching for suspects involved in a so-called "skimming" operation at a Woodbury ATM. A magnetic card-reading gadget was discovered Sept. 9 before would-be thieves had a chance to exploit its data, but police said it had the potential to fleece dozens of unfortunate customers out of their money. According to a preliminary report, a Woodbury man using an ATM at US Bank on Valley Creek Road noticed his card got stuck on the card reader when he attempted to retrieve it from the machine.
When Joe Cuoco sees images of the contorted steel beams that became grim symbols of Sept. 11, his memories stretch back farther than 10 years. Cuoco, a New York, N.Y., native, had a hand in erecting all that steel during construction of the World Trade Center complex, including the Twin Towers. "The design of the steel girders - I've never seen girders like that, ever," said Cuoco, who now makes his home in Woodbury with his wife Herborg.
A Cottage Grove woman remained in critical condition Wednesday after a weekend rollover crash on Interstate 94. The driver, Michelle Leane Geiger, 36, remained hospitalized at Regions Medical Center in St. Paul, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Her passenger, Kaylee Lyn Geiger, also was taken from the crash by ambulance, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Regions staff had no information Wednesday on the passenger. According to a report released by the State Patrol, a witness saw Geiger's vehicle heading westbound on I-94 at 3:34 p.m.
Minnesota flags flew at half-staff Monday in honor of a 24-year-old Woodbury soldier who died earlier this month. Ian Williams McConnell, an active duty Marine and 2005 Hill-Murray School graduate, died July 4, according to a news release from Gov. Mark Dayton's office. According to the release, McConnell served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he performed explosive ordinance disposal. "Sgt. McConnell was compassionate and selfless and had a good sense of humor," according to a proclamation issued by Dayton.
MINNEAP0LIS -- Gov. Mark Dayton says ending the state government shutdown is so important that he is willing to drop his long-held demand to increase taxes on Minnesota's top earners. His announcement this morning was convincing enough to Republicans who control the Legislature to agree to meet with him this afternoon.
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.
Two women were due to appear in court this month after a June 3 shoplifting incident led to a car crash and an arrest in Woodbury. Jennifer Servedio, 34, Cottage Grove, was charged in Washington County District Court with aiding and abetting theft and fleeing police in a motor vehicle - both felonies. Prosecutors claim Servedio was the getaway driver for another woman accused of stealing a pair of sneakers from Sports Authority in Oakdale. That woman, St.
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.
Two witnesses reported seeing a black bear roaming Wednesday near Woodbury Lakes. According to a police report, a Woodbury woman called at 5:18 a.m. to report seeing a bear "bounding" northbound through a wetland area west of Woodbury Lakes and east of the vacant State Farm Insurance Co. building property. The bear was last seen moving northwest in a wooded area north of a swamp. Police were unable to locate the bear, but encountered a man walking his dog who also reported seeing the bear.
A Woodbury bachelor party that began getting messy in St. Paul ended up with a felony charge for a 31-year-old man by night's end. Washington County prosecutors charged Jason Kelly Gordon, of New Hope, with one count of terroristic threats and one count of disorderly conduct following a May 1 disturbance outside a Woodbury residence. Police were called at 3:19 a.m. to the 10000 block of Grand Forest Lane for an unwanted male, later identified as Gordon.