Recent cases of violent crime in East St. Paul sparked a heated debate on Thursday night. Neighbors packed Arlington Hills Lutheran Church to voice their concerns to city leaders and law enforcement. The community concerns stem from a mid-July shooting that claimed the life of 17-year-old Vincent Allison, and also after a group of people severely beat 26-year-old Ray Widstrand earlier this month.
A teenager has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old in St. Paul last week. Kelvin Donald Nickles, 17, also faces one criminal count of crime benefiting a gang.