Dakota County Attorney’s Office
A 26-year-old man was charged Wednesday with third-degree murder for the overdose death of an Albert Lea teen. Dustin Charles Chenevert, also from Albert Lea, is charged with the Feb. 28 death of 18-year-old Colton Jayce Poplow, who was found dead by his father and a friend in a South St. Paul hotel room.
The man who pleaded guilty in the crash that killed a Fulbright Scholar from Richfield in March has been sentenced to one year in jail. In July, Neftali Paolo Ramirez pleaded guilty to drinking before the fatal March 8 crash in Burnsville.
A Northfield man faces sexual assault, coercion and prostitution charges after being accused of posing as law enforcement and forcing a prostitute to have sex. The Dakota County Attorney’s Office says 26-year-old Alex Michael Hollinger is accused of connecting with a woman via backpage.com to have sex for money, but then claimed to be associated with law enforcement and threaten her to have sex with them for free or face jail.
A Bloomington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of criminal vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a Richfield woman. The Dakota County Attorney’s Office says 26-year-old Neftali Paolo Ramirez admitted to drinking before the fatal crash in Burnsville on March 8.
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.