A salt shortage across the upper Midwest has the operations director of Washington County Public Works hoping our frigid weather is over. During a regular winter, Doug Johnson’s department budgets for 10,000 tons of salt, with an additional 2,000 tons on reserve. He’s now down to 1,400 tons, but he’s optimistic it will last.
A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday of stealing more than $150,000 from a vulnerable family member, according to the Washington County Attorney’s office. Elaina Lorene Casello was convicted on multiple counts of felony theft and identity theft after stealing money from various bank accounts of an elderly relative. The theft occurred from Feb. 2011 till Dec. 2012, with Casello using the stolen funds to buy several items, in addition to paying her own bills.
Twenty-nine-year-old Adam McCloud died in October of 2012 after he was beaten at a Stillwater bar. Eric Richard was convicted of first-degree assault after punching McCloud at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque. According to the criminal complaint, McCloud had spilled Richard’s drink and later refused to pay for it. After McCloud’s death, his family found that they could keep his spirit alive by helping local charities. Supper time at the Odebrecht household brings the family together. But every so often, they can’t help but think of who’s not at the dinner table.
A team of 14 rescue workers using four boats located and recovered a missing man’s body from the Mississippi River in Winona Sunday, according to the Winona County Sheriff’s Office.
A Twin Cities man was sentenced to 90 days in jail for trying to cut a dog’s head off with a machete last year. In December, 38-year-old George Nichols pleaded guilty to charges that alleged he attacked an 11-pound miniature pinscher, which he co-owned with his ex-fiancee.
A 26-year-old Oakdale woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for being a “major drug dealer,” the Washington County Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
The Washington County man accused of killing two horses was released from jail Friday morning. Authorities said they are still reviewing the case against William St. Sauver, Jr., adding that they are not able to charge him at this time.
Despite owing his victims more than $1 million, a Twin Cities chiropractor twice convicted of fraud again has his license to practice. Fifteen years ago, Randy Miland served two years in prison for a Ponzi scheme. He later served another three years for a real estate investment scam. A judge ordered Miland to pay more than one-and-a-half million dollars in restitution. That hasn’t happened.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office believe two alligators were dumped into a Scandia lake. The DNR was contacted after someone spotted the alligator in Goose Lake last weekend.
Trees felled by recent summer storms are now powering buildings in downtown St. Paul.
The search for a missing man has been called off after a body was discovered in Hugo, Minn. Sunday, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
A 75-year-old man from Hugo who authorities say suffers from mild bipolar syndrome has been reported missing in Washington County. Authorities say that Radivoje Ray Novakovic was reported missing on Sunday evening.
A homeowner in Washington County said her life was threatened during a brutal home invasion on Monday night. Kaling Wong was alone inside her West Lakeland Township home when two men wearing utility vests rang her doorbell.
Felony charges for animal cruelty are rare, but charges have been filed against a Twin Cities man who police say tried to cut a dog’s head off with a machete.
Washington County authorities say a device that was left in a bank by a robbery suspect appears to be inactive, but they’re maintaining an evacuation of a two-block radius as a precaution.