Dakota County Attorney’s Office
A national suicide assistance organization is on trial in Dakota County. The case focuses on one woman’s story, and it’s taken a lot of twists and turns through the course of the trial.
A St. Paul man was sentenced Thursday to 19 years in prison for trying to kill a romantic rival in a drive-by-shooting last summer. The Dakota Attorney’s office says 36-year-old Jorge Roman Vasquez was convicted of one count each of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree attempted murder via drive-by-shooting, second-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Two people were charged in Dakota County Friday in separate cases involving the deaths of infants. The Dakota County Attorney’s office charged 46-year-old Paul Richard Sandell and 63-year-old Janet Marie Kartheiser with one count each of second-degree manslaughter.
A 20-year-old man is accused of threatening to carry out a shooting at National American University in Burnsville last Friday over his frustrations in locating the school for a consultation. The Dakota County Attorney’s office says Aziz Holmes called the school to learn more information about enrolling, and said he was on his way to meet with an employee in person.
The man accused of killing University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk is scheduled to have a court hearing Friday. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson faces first-degree murder charges for the death of Schunk.
An Eden Prairie woman faces criminal charges after she was accused of hitting a light pole while driving drunk with three young children in tow. The Dakota County Attorney’s office says 28-year-old Sissy Marie Garcia was charged Wednesday with two counts of second-degree driving while impaired and one count of child endangerment.
Two St. Paul residents face criminal charges for allegedly trying to use fake $100 bills at an Inver Grove Heights strip club in December. The Dakota County Attorney’s office says 34-year-old Aaron Jacobs and 24-year-old Carmina Ward were charged Thursday with counterfeiting currency and trying to pass off the phony money at the King of Diamonds Gentleman’s Club.
A jury found a 35-year-old St. Paul man guilty of attempted murder Thursday for a drive-by shooting last August in which he allegedly targeted a man who’d been involved with his girlfriend.
A 17-year-old Farmington girl pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a high school hazing incident where she drove a car with two junior students locked in the trunk.
A 24-year-old Northfield man is accused of receiving stolen property after a couple tracked items taken from their home last July to his vehicle and confronted him about it, according to charges filed by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A 54-year-old Lakeland woman is accused of stealing more than $75,000 from her parents in order to fund a tummy tuck, breast lift and her prescription drug addiction. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, Kristen Mary Kruzel was charged Wednesday with three counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
A 38-year-old Rosemount mother has been accused child endangerment and neglect after her four children were found living in bug-ridden and unsanitary living conditions, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A Northfield man was sentenced to nearly a year in jail Monday after pleading guilty to befriending teenage girls online and having sex with them. Michael Lyle Stucky, 19, plead guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office said.
A 47-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at his Burnsville residence last year, and the man in question is a family friend of the victim, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A Burnsville, Minn. man faces a criminal sexual conduct charge after being accused of giving alcohol to and sexual touching an 11-year-old girl. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, 31-year-old Joseph John Felton was charged Thursday with one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A romantic couple were charged Friday in the death of a University of Minnesota student last fall. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, were both charged with second-degree intentional murder, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
A Hastings man is charged with malicious punishment of a child after being accused of forcefully spanking his 21-month-old daughter. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office, 29-year-old Kenneth Andrew Keefer was watching his daughter during a weekend visit from Dec. 12 – 15, 2013.
A St. Paul teen was sentenced Wednesday to more than 23 years in prison for the shooting death of a West St. Paul man in January of 2013, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office. Donovan Michael Diego, 19, was convicted of second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old David-Reyes-Galvan on January 11, 2013. Diego, who was 16 at the time of the crime, were indicted by a Dakota County grand jury last October alongside Cristino Andres Rosario and Malik Jamal Alize Farmer.
A 29-year-old woman will face criminal charges for a fatal crash in Apple Valley last April which killed a 66-year-old man. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, Amanda Leanna Schlachter of Apple Valley was charged Wednesday with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and three counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm in connection with a crash on April 6, 2013.
A former Eagan coach was cleared of six felony counts of theft by swindle in a Dakota County court Friday. Kurt Bruce Virgin, 61, was accused in May 2012 of swindling Independent School District 196 of almost $30,000, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office. All six counts were dismissed on Friday. Virgin had worked during the summers as a coach at two basketball camps and one soccer camp.
Three teenagers were charged Friday with first- and second-degree murder for the death of a West St. Paul man in January. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, 19-year-old Donovan Michael Diego, 17-year-old Christino Andres Rosario and 18-year-old Malik Jamal Alize Farmer are accused of shooting and killing 31-year-old Luis David Reyes-Galvan during an attempted robbery and burglary on Jan. 11. The complaint alleges that the teens planned on robbing Reyes-Galvan with guns they had acquired in a burglary in West St. Paul on Jan. 10. The teens first knocked on the Reyes-Galvan’s door, and after no response, they waited in a nearby vehicle until he arrived.
A Farmington man has been charged with one count of careless driving after he allegedly caused a crashed that resulted in the death of his passenger, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office. Thirty-two-year-old Saloman Galacia Adorno was driving on southbound Highway 77 in Apple Valley on Dec. 2, 2012, when witnesses saw him swerve slightly to right and then abruptly to the left. As a result of this over-correction, Adorno’s GMC Savana van hit the guardrail and crash cushion around the bridge pillar at McAndrews Road.
Investigators in Dakota County say a man hit it big at a casino and continued to take in welfare checks. Jin Park of Burnsville is accused of winning nearly $240,000 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, and then took in around $7,000 in government money. Park claims he has already spent the money, but Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom says not reporting the winnings is a crime, and they will try to prosecute.
A Minneapolis man was charged Tuesday with felony theft and felony possession of a controlled substance after he allegedly stole hundreds of Hydrocodone pills from the pharmacy where he worked.
A South St. Paul Police sergeant was charged Friday with two counts of fourth-degree driving while impaired, one count of criminal damage to property and one count of fleeing a peace officer after a run in with Rosemount Police earlier this week. According to the Dakota County Attorney’s office, 26-year-old Cory Michael Slifko fled from a Rosemount Police officer who was attempting to pull him over around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.