Anoka County Attorney’s Office
A Minneapolis woman was charged with two counts of arson after setting two fires inside of a Blaine Walmart store early Monday morning in order to cause a diversion while shoplifting. Rachael Howard Robinson, 19, was charged with one count each of first- and second-degree arson for an incident that took place just before 12:30 a.m. at the Walmart at 11505 Ulysses Street NE, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office.
A human services worker, fired for identity theft, has been charged with burglary and theft after returning to her former workplace, stealing office equipment and accessing the private information of almost 800 daycare providers, according to the Anoka County Attorney’s office. On the evening of July 9, 2013, 53-year-old Jan Michelle Gray gained access to the fourth floor of the Anoka County Human Services Building in Blaine by telling a custodian that she forgot her badge, according to a criminal complaint.
A 22-year-old Ham Lake man faces murder charges for giving heroin last summer to a woman who died of an overdose. Rex Dallas David Fernald is charged with third-degree murder in connection to the death of a 28-year-old woman, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office says.
An Anoka County grand jury indicted a 23-year-old man for the first-degree murder of a St. Paul woman who was found in a Columbia Heights impound lot in February.
Charges came down Thursday on a Fridley man who allegedly broke the finger of a Kay Jewelers employee while robbing the store of a diamond ring worth more than $15,000 late last year.
The Anoka-Hennepin Drug and Violent Crime Task Force and the Blaine Police Department seized synthetic marijuana from a tobacco shop Friday morning, said authorities.
A district judge sentenced a 20-year-old Brooklyn Park man to five years in prison for assaulting two people with a gun and shooting one at a Spring Lake Park hotel last August, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office said.
A 22-year-old Blaine man received a 9-year prison sentence Tuesday in connection with a mass overdose that left one man dead last year, the Anoka County Attorney’s Office said.
For decades, police could only use old gumshoe and physical evidence to solve most crimes. Then the laboratory breakthrough of DNA evidence was added to the detective’s arsenals. But it was only in the mid-2000s that police forensics entered the digital age, ushering in a new era as fingerprints turned electronic.
A Columbia Heights man faces charges of assault and attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend 12 times while her 2-year-old child lay next to her.
An Anoka County judge sentenced a 35-year-old man to 12 years in prison for beating up his 81-year-old father and threatening him with a handgun, authorities said.
A 39-year-old Columbia Heights man is accused of stabbing a woman multiple times after a domestic dispute earlier this week, according to charges filed Wednesday by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office.
For the second time in two months, horses have been taken away from an Anoka County ranch. Agents with the Animal Humane Society along with Anoka County Sheriff’s deputies took seven horses from the Arabian Horse Ranch in East Bethel on Friday.