James Backstrom

Drunk Driver Who Killed Fulbright Scholar SentencedA 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.
Fitch Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Officer's KillingBrian Fitch Sr., who was convicted this week in the shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Man Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Teens He Messaged OnlineA 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.
2 Charged In Stabbing Death Of ‘U' StudentA 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.
Police: Thief Forgets To Log Off Facebook After Burglarizing Home A Minnesota man is in jail because he logged on to Facebook. Police say 26-year-old Nicholas Wig checked his profile from a home he broke into, and then he didn't log off. It happened June 19 in South St. Paul.
Cops: Man Threatened To Shoot Neighbor Teaching Daughter To Ride A BikeA 61-year-old Minnesota man in the south metro admitted last week to pointing a shotgun at his neighbor for how he was teaching his daughter to ride a bike.
Forum Discusses Legalization Of Marijuana In MinnesotaRepresentatives from health care, education and law enforcement got together in Dakota County to discuss the debate around legalizing marijuana. The forum was held to discuss the dangers of the controlled substance.
Minn. Prosecutor To Appeal Assisted Suicide RulingA Minnesota law banning the offering of advice or encouragement about how to commit suicide is an unconstitutional restriction on free speech, the state appeals court ruled Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals was hailed as a "grand slam" victory by Robert Rivas, an attorney for the Final Exit Network. Two members of the national right-to-die group are charged in the 2007 suicide of Doreen Dunn, a 57-year-old Apple Valley woman who had suffered from chronic pain for more than a decade. Prosecutors "don't have one scintilla of evidence from the scene" to support the charges that the two Final Exit Network members assisted in Dunn's suicide, Rivas said.
Ground, Air Search For U Student Last Seen With Homicide SuspectBurnsville Police are stepping up the search for a missing University of Minnesota student who was in the company of an Eagan man now being held on suspicion of murder.
So. St. Paul Police Sergeant Charged With DWI, Fleeing CopA 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.
Dakota Co. Man Charged With Drunk-Driving Death Of FriendA Hampton Township man was charged Friday with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a car crash last November. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 27-year-old Keri James Gesme was driving his pickup truck on Hwy 50 at speeds between 83 and 106 miles per hour on Nov. 8, 2012.
Apple Valley Man Faces 1st-Degree Murder In Pregnant Wife's DeathA 36-year-old Apple Valley man has been indicted for allegedly killing his pregnant wife.
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