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Evidence Released In Army Recruiter Hit-And-Run Case

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.

06/13/2014

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Counties Say It’s Too Costly To Hold Prisoners For ICE

It’s going to take an order from a judge for county jails to hold prisoners requested to be detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hennepin County officials made the announcement on Wednesday. Ramsey County officials also say the county will no long participate in holding inmates after serving their time.

06/11/2014

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Despite Wet Spring, White Bear Lake Still Down 4 Ft.

We had above average rainfall in May, causing some Twin Cities lakes to overflow.
There was hope that the rain would help White Bear Lake. The water level was down 6 feet last year — the lowest it has ever been.

06/06/2014

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Deputy Squad Crashes Into Building In Vadnais Heights

A Ramsey County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from minor injuries after crashing into a commercial building. Officials said the deputy was chasing someone when his vehicle swung wide on a turn and hit a building on Willow Lake Boulevard, rupturing a natural gas line.

05/30/2014

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Good Question ‘Reply All’: Street Sand Removal, Lake Names & Population Signs

Ken from Roseville asked: What do the cities do with all the sand they sweep up in the spring? That depends on the city.

05/23/2014

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Former ‘U’ Research Assistant Arrested After Police Catch Him ‘Cooking Meth’

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.

05/14/2014

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Caller Impersonating Deputy, Demanding ‘Jury Duty’ Fee

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam in which a man impersonates a deputy and tricks victims into paying a hefty fee for their failing to serve jury duty.

04/22/2014

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Ramsey Co. Reopens Cases Against Archbishop Nienstedt And Fmr. Priest

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.

03/26/2014

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Father Accused Of Shooting Son Now In Custody

An 84-year-old man accused of shooting and killing his son is now in police custody, after being hospitalized with self-inflicted wounds to the chest and neck.

03/26/2014

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March Is Time To Search For Emerald Ash Borer

As spring approaches, bug experts say now is the best time for Minnesotans to look for signs of emerald ash borer. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges homeowners to search their ash trees for potential infestations, especially those in and near the quarantined counties of Hennepin, Ramsey, Houston and Winona. Entomologist Mark Abrahamson says it’s an ideal time for homeowners to go into their yards and look.

03/15/2014

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Man Found Dead In St. Paul Had His Head Kicked Like A Football, Witness Says

A St. Paul man faces a murder charge in connection to the Tuesday morning death of a man whom a witness says was kicked repeatedly, as though his head were a football.

03/12/2014

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Charges: Group Used Others’ Food Stamps To Buy, Sell Groceries

Three people have been charged with using other people’s food stamps to purchase groceries and ship them to Africa at a profit. According to the criminal complaints, the group operating the scheme bought up EBT cards from those on SNAP, usually buying them from people at homeless shelters.

03/05/2014

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S. St. Paul Man Pleads Guilty To Nat’l Guard Member’s Murder

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.

03/05/2014

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Police: Staples Woman Found Dead In Snow

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.

02/27/2014

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Archdiocese Tries To Block Archbishop’s Deposition

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.

02/14/2014

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Archbishop Deposition Stems From Lawsuit Against Father Adamson

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.

02/12/2014

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Ramsey Co. Judge Orders Deposition Of Archbishop, Fmr. Vicar General

The head of the Catholic Church in the Twin Cities will soon answer questions from lawyers about alleged church abuse.

02/11/2014

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14-Year-Old Charged After Stealing School Bus

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.

02/11/2014

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Teen Molested By Priest Sues Archdiocese

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.

01/30/2014

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Driver Ejected In Fatal White Bear Lake Rollover

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.

01/24/2014

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Teen Found Guilty Of Assault, Robbery In Brutal St. Paul Beating

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.

01/14/2014

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Man Tries To Withdraw Murder Guilty Plea, Judge Denies It

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.

01/09/2014

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Man Gets Longest-Ever Sex Trafficking Sentence In MN History

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.

01/09/2014

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Chicago Man Gets MN’s Longest Sex Trafficking Sentence

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.

12/13/2013

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4 Minn. Family Members Now Convicted In Sex Trafficking Case

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.

11/20/2013

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