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.
Officials have identified the body pulled from the St. Croix River on Saturday as 24-year-old Abbey Russell, the Stillwater woman who’s been missing for a week.
A 49-year-old man is charged with murder, arson and assault in connection with a deadly March fire in Finlayson. The Pine County Sheriff’s office says Robert Sam Raisch Jr. will face charges for second-degree murder, first-degree arson and first-degree assault.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a convicted St. Paul sex offender who argued that a jury, and not a judge, must decide his risk-level status. The decision could affect the statuses of several Level-III sex offenders in the state.
More than 100 law enforcement leaders across Minnesota are asking lawmakers for a minimum of $150 million a year for preschool programs.
The mother of an 18-month-old girl that died of homicidal violence earlier this year now faces child endangerment charges for letting the girl stay with her boyfriend, whose sons reportedly told her their father was hitting the child.
A dad who police said he’d rather give his baby weed than Tylenol is in jail.
Ramsey County charged Richard Martin and his wife, Molly, with child endangerment. Richard Martin also faces a charge of selling marijuana. Police found several marijuana plants in his mom’s St. Paul basement, where they were living.
A Minneapolis man has been charged with stealing video games and systems from an 8-year-old boy, police said. According to police, Dave Schmotter, 43, stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics when the boy and his mother were visiting him at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.
A Shoreview woman is mourning the loss of her dog. The miniature poodle, named Freddie, was mauled by another dog while the two were out for a walk.
A St. Paul man faces murder charges for allegedly shooting the mother of his young child in the face on Easter morning, court documents filed in Ramsey County say.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in Ramsey County says the Board of Teaching has denied licenses to qualified would-be teachers for years. It says the board’s standards are unclear and it doesn’t adequately recognize teachers’ work experience in other states.
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.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is looking for lifeguards. They need help at Battle Creek Waterworks and the county’s five guarded swimming beaches at Long Lake Regional Park, Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Lake Josephine County Park and Lake McCarrons County Park.
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 Ramsey County judge handed down stern words and stiff sentences for an Eden Prairie couple convicted of prostituting a 15-year-old girl in St. Paul.
A 44-year-old St. Paul man has been summoned to appear in court after allegedly telling police that he sneaked into an apartment last year, stole bags of marijuana and broke his leg while trying to make his escape.
A 48-year-old St. Paul woman will serve 30 days in the county workhouse for dumping two puppies – one who died – in a St. Paul animal hospital’s recycling dumpster in May 2014.
Authorities say that a fugitive who was wanted in connection with a number of criminal cases led police on a chase in the Twin Cities Thursday afternoon. According to Deputy Thomas Volk of the U.S. Marshal Service, Kaley Wethern was wanted in connection with a home invasion in Mille Lacs County.
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 39-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a Mendota Heights police officer is now accused with committing more crimes while in prison.
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.
A Dakota County judge has ruled that a rare two-county indictment against a man charged with killing a police officer is legal. Thirty-nine-year-old Brian Fitch Sr. has pleaded not guilty in the July 30 shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.
A Dakota County judge ruled to move the trail for Brian Fitch, who is accused of murdering Mendota Heights police Officer Scott Patrick, to Stearns Co. Brian Fitch Sr. faces charges of first-degree murder of a peace officer and first-degree premeditated murder in Dakota County.