Hannah Black is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism interested in the intersection of politics and the everyday lives of citizens. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and concerts, and trying new coffee shops and breweries. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.
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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.
Woodbury City Council member-elect Steve Morris knocked on so many doors during his campaign that he completely wore out a pair of sneakers. "This town is a lot bigger than I remember," he said, laughing. Morris, along with Jennifer Santini, won two City Council seats vacated by Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs, who both announced their departures earlier this year. Anne Burt won the mayoral seat left open by Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, who announced in June she would not run for re-election after eight years in office.
The city of Woodbury's Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 honored and recognized veterans as well as the 100-year anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Because of cold weather, the ceremony was held in City Hall, next to the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial.
Heather Ditzler first met Chris in seventh grade. Even then, he was the love her life, she said. But they both moved onto other things, and it wasn't until several years later, after both of their first marriages had ended, that they caught up on Facebook and agreed to meet for drinks. As the meetup drew closer, Heather said she was surprised at how nervous she was. "This is an old friend, this is no big deal," she said she told her herself — but out of that meetup grew a relationship, and the blending together of their two families.
WOODBURY — The Ojibway Park playground structure, removed Oct. 31 to make way for new park development, will be donated to an organization that builds playgrounds in impoverished countries. The city has donated used play structures to the organization, Kids Around the World, several times before, including the Timberlea play structure to a Syrian refugee camp in 2015, the Edgewater play structure to Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in 2016 and the Evergreen West play structure to Iraq in 2017.
WOODBURY— A haunted cornfield made from crowdsourced corn stalks? Gravestones aplenty? A 14-and-a-half-foot pumpkin-headed monster with a body made of branches, twine and rope? Check, check and check. Woodbury resident Steve Schefsky has always loved Halloween, and for years has slowly transformed his front yard in the month leading up to the holiday. Schefsky and his wife, Adina, used to throw Halloween parties when they lived in a townhome, but couldn't go all-out with decorations in their front yard without getting into trouble with a landlord.
WOODBURY — A Chicago man was arrested Oct. 30 in a Woodbury hotel for possessing more than 28.2 grams of meth. James Martin Pickett, 50, is charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance, which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and $500,000. According to the criminal complaint:
With all precincts reporting, City Council candidates Jennifer Santini (23.57 percent) and Steve Morris (14.89 percent) have won the two open seats.