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.
Ramsey County commissioners have approved a plan to tear down the old West Publishing buildings to make room for new riverfront development in downtown St. Paul.
Across the country, families are gathering in courtrooms for a very happy occasion. It’s National Adoption Day, a day to celebrate children who were once “wards of the state” as they transition into their forever families.
A Robbinsdale man is facing child abuse charges for allegedly inflicting great bodily harm on his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, according to police. Michael Angel Serrata, 20, was charged with malicious punishment of a child by Ramsey County.
A man who was sexually abused by a priest in 1976 can move forward with his claim that the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese created a public nuisance by failing to warn the public about a problem priest.
A Little Canada chiropractor accused of sexual assault pled guilty Monday afternoon. Ramsey County Attorney’s Office’s Dennis Gerhardstein said Thompson pled to the charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct Monday.
The State Patrol says a 64-year-old Princeton, Minn., man died Friday after his Chevy Impala was rear-ended in the northeast metro by a car traveling at highway speeds.
Hennepin and Ramsey counties have now been added to a presidential disaster declaration for damage from flooding and severe storms this summer. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office says adding the two counties means 37 counties and three tribal governments are now eligible to receive federal and state aid to recover from damage to public infrastructure. Dakota County is still assessing its damages.
The Ramsey County attorney has now charged Ty Hoffman with second-degree murder in the death of Kelly Phillips. A warrant has been issued for Hoffman’s arrest.
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.
Two St. Paul Public School administrators have been charged with allegedly failing to comply with the state’s mandated reporting law after a student claimed he had been sexually harassed by a custodian, according to Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
A Ramsey County judge said Wednesday that he wants more information before deciding whether the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnesota must turn over electronic data, such as emails, texts and hard drive information, on priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. Attorneys for victims are seeking the electronic files as part of a lawsuit that claims the archdiocese created a public nuisance by keeping secret the names of accused priests.
A young man’s body was pulled from Lake Phalen in St. Paul Saturday night. Ramsey County officials say the call for help came in around 8 p.m. after the man went missing.
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.