Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Police say a St. Paul pizzeria and ice cream parlor turned out to be a front for a marijuana trafficking business. The investigation began last summer after a concerned citizen reported that Papa Dmitri’s Classic Pizza and Ice Cream was rarely open and didn’t seem to do much actual business.
Seven men were each charged Tuesday for their roles in three gang-related assaults over the span of two days in downtown St. Paul in January. The Ramsey County Attorney’s office says the defendants are all members of the Gutter Block Goon gang, and all are charged with two counts each of third- and fourth-degree riot, both of which are considered crimes committed for the benefit of a gang.
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.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s office says no charges will be filed against police who struggled with a hospital patient who died after he attacked nurses in November.
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.
A Newport woman pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree murder in the methadone-overdose death of her husband in 2013, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office. Forty-four-year-old Jennifer Marie Johnson is accused of injecting her husband — 32-year-old Dennis Parmuat — with a fatal dose of her methadone in the early morning of March 30, 2013.
A Ramsey County grand jury has found St. Paul police were justified in using deadly force when they shot and killed a carjacking suspect in a shootout last summer.
A St. Paul man and woman have been found guilty of engaging in sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Edwards, 25, and Kauser Yusuf, 22, were found guilty of one count each of first-degree sex trafficking of a minor.
Ramsey County courts found that there was not enough evidence to charge a Blaine man accused of ejaculating on his co-worker’s desk and in her coffee with a felony. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said there was not enough evidence to provide probable cause that the man’s alleged actions constituted felony criminal sexual conduct.
The Ramsey County Grand Jury returned several indictments last Wednesday against two men who allegedly killed a 56-year-old St. Paul man. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, the Grand Jury returned indictments on Juan Martinez and Desean Thomas.
A Minnesota prosecutor says he won’t file criminal charges in seven cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving eight Catholic priests, but St. Paul police are investigating three other cases. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says that one of the three still under investigation is likely to lead to prosecution, without giving details.
A St. Paul man faces attempted murder charges in connection with a drive-by shooting on Monday afternoon in West St. Paul, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office. Jorge Roman Vasquez, 35, was charged Thursday with first-and second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and a charge for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A father and son have been charged in connection with the robbery of a pawn shop in Roseville, Minn. early last week. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, 51-year-old Marvin Spencer and 25-year-old Marvin Lee Clinton Spencer Jr. have been charged with aggravated robbery and attempted intentional second degree murder.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said Monday it has dropped the charges against a man accused of threatening his daughter with an assault rifle over her grades in school. Kirill Bartashevich, 51, was charged Jan. 25, 2013, with terroristic threats in connection with the incident that happened about two weeks prior.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office released evidence in a hit-and-run accident that severely injured an army recruiter. Last fall, Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson was hit by a jeep and dragged nearly a mile. The driver, Enrico Taylor, pleaded guilty to the charges and will spend nearly 16 years behind bars.
The wife of a man accused of killing his neighbor in New Brighton, Minn. now faces criminal charges, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office. Paula Zumberge, 50, was charged Thursday with one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and one count of aiding and abetting second-degree attempted murder.
The suspect In the shooting death of a St. Paul woman told authorities that he was hearing voices when he allegedly shot her in the head and then tried to shoot her father Wednesday evening. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, 19-year-old Timothy Scott Hendricks was charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend, 20-year-old Michelle Ploetz, and one count of second-degree attempted murder of her father, 45-year-old John Ploetz.
Prosecutors say they want St. Paul Police to reopen a sexual abuse case against Archbishop John Nienstedt, but not because of any new evidence. The Ramsey County Attorney’s office told WCCO that it doesn’t want reports from the Nienstedt case being made public yet because of other elements that need to be investigated. They say those other elements don’t have anything to do with the archbishop.
Charges will not be filed against Archbishop John Nienstedt in connection with a police report filed by a priest on Dec.16, 2013. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, St. Paul Police conducted an “extensive investigation” surrounding the allegation that Nienstedt inappropriately touched a boy during a photo session at a confirmation ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on May 5, 2009.
A South St. Paul man pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Ramsey County Court to the murder of a staff sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Aaron William Allen, 26, admitted to shooting 25-year-old Brandon James Horst as he was asleep at his St. Paul home on Aug. 5. 2013. Allen also admitted in Ramsey County Court Wednesday that Horst’s wife, 25-year-old Heather Leanne Horst.
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 30-year-old St. Paul man received the longest sentence ever imposed on anyone found guilty of sex-trafficking in Minnesota history. Otis Deno Washington was found guilty of first- and second-degree solicitation to practice prostitution (one involving a minor), two counts of promotion of prostitution, and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
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.
One of the four juveniles who were accused in a brutal beating that put a 26-year-old man in the hospital with serious injuries in August will stand trial as an adult. Cindarion De’Angelo Butler, 16, was among the youths arrested after 26-year-old Raymond Widstrand was assaulted on August 4.