Former Washington County sheriff’s deputy Ricky Gruber, 44, of Oakdale was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of felony drug possession and misconduct of a public officer.
Gruber pleaded not guilty to the charges after being caught on camera in February 2013 illicitly accessing and stealing prescription pills from the Washington County drug disposal bin.
Washington County District Judge Ellen Maas sentenced Oakdale resident Danielle Brand, 26, to 84 months in prison after she was convicted of felony first-degree controlled substance possession after a traffic stop in which a substantial amount of methamphetamine was discovered in her vehicle.
Tartan High School was locked down the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 13, after two male students, both sophomores, were involved in an altercation near the campus in which one student was stabbed in the leg and another was slashed in the hand.
A motor vehicle accident in November at an Oakdale business left a shoplifting suspect’s vehicle with a broken windshield and a former police officer with a sore foot.
A woman suspected of stealing an 18-volt battery and charger kit valued at $99.99 from Mills Fleet Farm on Hadley Avenue managed to evade a loss prevention employee the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 13. The suspect then got into a silver Chrysler 300, which did not have license plates, and drove off, though not before running over the foot of a former police officer who was nearby.
A fixture on North St. Paul’s main street for 12 years, Greg Bradley is finally moving out.
Bradley, who owns the building at 2533-2535 East Seventh Ave., has hosted businesses in its three suites ranging from a plumbing fixtures showroom to retail motorcycle accessories and clothing, a succession of cafés and snack shops, a knitting shop, a collectibles store and a portrait studio.
By next fall, Brown’s Creek State Trail will be bustling with hikers and bikers, smiling and waving as they take in the beauty of their surroundings, pausing to catch their breath at interpretive displays about the history of the trail and maybe glimpsing bald eagles in the air or deer in the woods.
A cooperative project with Washington County will bring sanitary sewer service to Lake Elmo’s downtown area from 30th Street North to Trunk Highway 5 beginning in 2015. While this is encouraging news to property owners in the area, many are questioning how to deal with failing septic systems in the interim.
Thanks to a sizeable grant received by Washington County, two new signalized intersections will be coming to the Village area in downtown Lake Elmo.
The county was awarded a $462,000 grant from the Metro Municipal Agreement Program to “aid in the cost of safety improvements” along Trunk Highway 5. The funds will be used to install signals on Highway 5 at both spots where Lake Elmo Avenue (County Road 17) intersects the highway. Dedicated right-turn lanes will also be constructed as part of the project, which is slated to begin in September 2014.