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.
Saturday’s Olympic hockey match-up between Team USA and Russia had many thinking back 34 years ago to the “Miracle on Ice” game at Lake Placid. So it was only fitting that a viewing party was held at the Herb Brooks Training Center at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, with dozens of hockey fans in attendance. “You get to see the best players,” said fan Brian Maloney. “It’s fun to watch them play the Russians with all the history and stuff.”
February is a great time of year to be a high school sports fan in Minnesota. Every week, there’s a big match-up somewhere putting talented teams against each other with a lot on the line. This weekend, remaining girls hockey teams vie for a trip to state in various section championship games.
On Friday, we sent David McCoy to watch Hopkins take on Maranatha Christian Academy. We’ve got that game, and loads of other winter sports highlights.
Authorities said everyone made it out safely but a home in the north Twin Cities metro suffered extensive damage in a fire early Thursday morning. Fire crews were called to the 2000 block of 120th Avenue Northeast in Blaine at about 12:30 a.m.
A 44-year-old Ramsey man is accused of criminal sexual conduct involving several children after he mentored them through the “Big Brothers” organization in the north Twin Cities metro, according to charges filed by the Anoka County attorney.
Former NFL supervisor of officials Jerry Seeman, who worked as the chief referee in two Super Bowls, has died after a long bout with cancer at age 77. Seeman died Sunday at his home in Blaine, Minn., league spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press first reported the death of Seeman, who was an NFL game official from 1975 to 1990, including 12 seasons as a lead referee. Seeman moved to the league office in 1991 and served 10 years as the supervisor of officials until his retirement. “Jerry modernized and improved NFL officiating during his 10 seasons leading the department,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement distributed by the league. “He was very proud of being a football official, and he always made the NFL proud through his skill, integrity, and professionalism.”
Police in Blaine say that a woman they believe robbed a TCF Bank last month has been apprehended in California. The bank, which was located inside a Cub Foods along Central Avenue Northeast, was robbed on Oct. 23.
Three suspects are in police custody, and one is recovering from injuries sustained from a K-9 officer, after a robbery spree in Anoka County Thursday night. According to Blaine Police, officers from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to three separate reports of armed robberies in the area between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The first report was on the 1000 block of County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park, the second was near Able Street Northeast and 87th Lane Northeast in Blaine and the third was on the 1100 block of 95th Avenue Northeast, also in Blaine. Descriptions from witnesses about the suspects, their vehicle and weapon (a shotgun or rifle) tied all three crimes together.
A warrant has been issued for a 35-year-old St. Paul woman who is suspected of robbing a TCF Bank in Blaine last week.
Friday and Saturday marks the semifinal round for sections in all seven classes around Minnesota. It means teams are one win away from playing for a trip to the state playoffs. It’s what every player who puts on pads in August dreams about.
Authorities in Blaine are looking for a woman who is suspected of robbing a bank inside a grocery store on Wednesday and hope a clear surveillance photo can help lead to her arrest. Blaine Police responded to the incident at about 5:25 p.m. at the TCF Bank inside the Cub Foods on the 12000 block of Central Avenue NE.
Police said two people were caught with nearly $40,000 worth of stolen high-end eyeglass frames earlier this month, after allegedly stealing from multiple Twin Cities businesses. Beverly Sanchez Jara, 38, with an unknown address, and 27-year-old Hector Astudillo, of an unknown address, were each charged with one count of theft (more than $5,000), and one count of aiding and abetting receiving stolen property (more than $5,000).
Would you believe that there’s a hockey group in Minnesota with women only, ages 18 to 69 that has more than 1,500 members? The Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota recently took WCCO out on the ice to show just how easy it can be to pick up this sport.