A former St. Paul Public Schools custodian was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing several young children, including members of his family. Walter Johann Happel, 63, struck a plea deal in March after pleading guilty to one count of surreptitious invasion of privacy, after he spied on an 11-year-old boy in Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School student bathroom.
Two men are accused of having sex with a runaway 17-year-old girl for money, in connection with a St. Paul prostitution sting earlier this year.
A Twin Cities man is accused of kidnapping a teenager and trying to force her to marry him. Kong Xiong, 21, is also charged with having sex with the 15-year-old girl.
A Forest Lake couple is facing felony charges, accused of bilking taxpayers for about $115,000 in public assistance benefits they weren’t entitled to.
A former St. Paul elementary school custodian pleaded guilty Thursday to charges connected to the sexual abuse of several children – including family members – and the invasion of student privacy. Walter Johann Happel, 63, appeared tired in court Thursday, where he pleading guilty to five charges.
Five Twin Cities residents were charged Tuesday in connection to a multi-state sex trafficking ring, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office. Four of the five defendants are from St. Paul: 21-year-old Ishmael Jamaine Williams, 25-year-old Thomas William Evans, 28-year-old Yolanda Katrice Foster and 38-year-old Doris Marie Keller.
Brian Fitch was collecting on methamphetamine debts when he shot and killed Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick last July.
A former daycare operator is in jail while police search for her husband as part of a multimillion-dollar fraud investigation. Yasmin Ali of Fridley and her husband, Ahmed Mohammed, are charged with felonies along with two other men — Joshua Miller of St. Paul and Jordan Smith of Cottage Grove.
After being held up as an example of how to escape gang life, the founder of one of St. Paul’s largest street gangs is in trouble. James Fields is charged with shooting a man at a bar in St. Paul last week.
A 39-year-old “career criminal” and the prime suspect in the shooting of the Mendota Heights police officer was formally charged with a dozen criminal counts on Friday afternoon. Brian Fitch Sr. faces charges of first degree murder of a peace officer or prison guard and first degree premeditated murder in Dakota County.
An Andover man was behind bars Monday, accused of stealing a car from a car dealership. According to the criminal complaint, 24-year-old Delroy Bowe walked into the New Brighton Ford dealership Thursday afternoon and asked to test drive a 2013 Explorer.
A 30-year-old man is in custody after police say he was caught cooking meth in a storage facility in St. Paul. According to the criminal complaint, Matthew Lee Krause was in the middle of cooking methamphetamine on May 9 in a storage locker at the Minikahda Storage facility at 1441 Hunting Valley Road when he opened the door and saw police officers.
A pilot program that uses GPS technology to monitor when alleged domestic violence offenders get too close to their victims has shown promise in Ramsey County, say authorities who want to continue offering it as an option to help keep victims safe.
A jury found a 17-year-old boy guilty of taking part in the brutal beating of a St. Paul man last August that left the victim with severe head injuries, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office says.
A Chicago man was sentenced Friday to more than 26 years in prison for the sex trafficking of a teenage girl – which may be the longest sentence ever given in Minnesota for such a crime. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty on Nov. 1 on one count of engaging in sex trafficking in the first degree and possession of child pornography. Rhodes met the defendant, a 15-year-old girl, in Chicago in March, and asked her if she “wanted to make money and be part of the family.” Within weeks, Rhodes drove the teen and a 19-year-old woman from Chicago to the Twin Cities in a conversion van.
Four family members have now been convicted for participating in a sex trafficking ring that last about two years, extended to multiple Minnesota communities and victimized many vulnerable women. On Wednesday, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office announced that 30-year-old Otis Deno Washington, of St. Paul, was found guilty in Ramsey County District Court on multiple sex trafficking counts. According to a press release, they are: two counts of promotion of prostitution; two counts of solicitation, one involving a minor; and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
Ramsey County investigators say they have busted a major identity theft ring involving the personal information of hundreds. Four St. Paul women have been charged in the string of ID thefts.
A Maplewood teen waived his right to an adult certification hearing Friday morning in connection with the death of 16-year-old Anna Hurd.
The county attorneys for Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties announced that they are planning to review all jury or court cases that ended in drug convictions for the past three years.
A 25-year-old St. Paul man was found guilty Friday on four separate counts related to his role in the gang rape of a teenage girl in November of 2011.
Twenty-six-year-old Brent Lynch, of St. Paul, entered his plea Friday in connection with the death of his ex-girlfriend, Carolyn Leete. In the plea, Lynch agreed to a 32 year prison sentence.
A growing number of children in Minnesota are becoming victims of sex traffickers.
The Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county attorneys have met with St. Paul’s police chief to discuss issues relating to how the St. Paul Crime Lab handles narcotics cases.
A Minnesota law professor is questioning the state’s justice system and evidence labs following the controversy surrounding the St. Paul Police Department’s Crime Lab.
A 50-year-old St. Paul man faces criminal charges after a teenage girl died Thursday when an SUV went off road and struck her while she was sitting on a shady patch of grass.