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.
Motley Police say a Staples woman whose body was discovered frozen outside an apartment building Tuesday wasn’t dressed for the weather. Around 8:45 a.m., officers responding to a deceased body report discovered 36-year-old Anna Eakle’s body near the Country Terrance Apartments in Motley.
Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are trying to block a court order requiring Archbishop John Nienstedt to testify about how the church handled clergy sexual abuse and release the names of all local priests accused of abusing children since 2004. The archdiocese contends Ramsey County Judge John Van de North exceeded his authority in allowing attorneys for an alleged clergy abuse victim to depose Nienstedt and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough. The archdiocese’s request, filed in Ramsey County District Court, asks for the demands to be dropped while it proceeds with an appeal.
A Twin Cities archbishop is going to have to answer questions under oath about clergy sex abuse cases. A Ramsey County judge has ordered Archbishop John Nienstedt and former Vicar Gen. Kevin McDonough to be deposed by lawyers within the next 30 days.
The head of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities will soon answer questions from lawyers about alleged church abuse.
The 14-year-old boy accused of stealing a school bus Monday and crashing it into a gas station has been charged. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged the boy with felony motor vehicle theft and two charges of criminal damage to property in connection with the incident.
A teenage boy who was molested by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer from 2008 through 2011 sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday, alleging it conspired to protect the priest from criminal prosecution and conceal his history of sexual misconduct from the public. The lawsuit comes one day after Ramsey County prosecutors said they wouldn’t charge members of the archdiocese for the way they handled allegations against Wehmeyer because there was insufficient evidence to prove anyone failed to immediately report the abuse. Wehmeyer pleaded guilty in 2012 and is serving a five-year prison sentence.
A driver was killed after being ejected from a truck in a rollover crash early Friday morning. According to the State Patrol, the crash happened along Highway 61 in Ramsey County, just south of Buffalo Street.
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 35-year-old man told a judge Wednesday that his lawyer pressured him into pleading guilty to murder and attempted murder, but the judge wasn’t having it.
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.
The numbers are staggering. Every day across the country, nearly 2,000 children become victims of abuse or neglect. But there’s a group of volunteers who stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes.
A Ramsey County jury found a 27-year-old Brooklyn Park man guilty on Friday in connection with a human sex trafficking operation that involved numerous victims — including women who were mentally slow or vulnerable — across multiple Minnesota communities.