West St Paul
Every year, on the first Tuesday of August, you’ll find people leaving their homes to spend some time with their neighbors and local police officers. It’s called National Night Out, and this year we’re seeing an even more supportive tone because of last week’s tragic events.
The man charged with killing a Mendota Heights police officer was scheduled to be in court Monday afternoon, but it has been postponed, because he’s still in the hospital.
The man charged with shooting and killing a Mendota Heights police officer is being called a career criminal. Brian Fitch Sr. is accused of shooting and killing Officer Scott Patrick during a routine traffic stop in West St. Paul Wednesday afternoon. Fitch had three outstanding warrants during the alleged shooting.
The widow of slain Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick spoke publicly Friday for the first time since the shooting that took her husband. Through tears, Michelle Patrick said that while she struggles to deal with the “burden of grief,” the community has provided her with hope. She gave her statement near the spontaneous memorial mourners erected near where Patrick was fatally shot.
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.
While lying in a hospital bed at Regions Hospital earlier this week, the man suspected of killing Officer Scott Patrick looked another officer in the eye and said, “I hate cops and I’m guilty,” sources tell WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin.
The man accused of killing Mendota Heights Police officer Scott Patrick will likely be charged on Friday. Investigators say they are testing a gun Brian Fitch Sr. used in a shootout with police as they arrested him. They’re trying to determine if it’s the same weapon used to kill Patrick.
Hundreds paid their respects at a candlelight vigil to honor a Mendota Heights police officer who was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon while making a traffic stop in West St. Paul. Officer Scott Patrick, 47, was called a well-known family man, a father of two, and one of the department’s longest-serving police officers.
The suspect in the killing of a Mendota Heights police officer was arrested Wednesday night following a shoot-out just blocks away from the Capitol building.
A 22-year-old West St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run rollover crash that killed one person last November.
The St. Paul Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 16-year-old girl. Police say the missing girl, identified as Krystal Pankey , was last seen on June 4 near the 300 block of Marie Avenue East in West St. Paul.
A black bear, possibly the same one seen recently in several south-metro communities, was shot and killed early Saturday morning in West St. Paul. Police say they received reports of a black bear wandering near Bernard Street West and Charlton Street. The bear was described as weighing between 120 – 150 pounds and had an injured hind leg.
An 85-year old West St. Paul man is accused of threatening to shoot his neighbors over an ongoing dispute about a parking space, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court. James Clayton Mattaini was charged with one felony count of making terroristic threats in connection with the incident, which happened Saturday in West St. Paul.
A 50-year-old Minneapolis man is accused of using a tow truck to steal vehicles across the Twin Cities over the course of four months and scrap the cars for money, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.
Two men are accused of using a tow truck to steal vehicles from a parking lot, and were caught when they unknowingly lifted a “bait car.” According to charges filed in Dakota County, 50-year-old James Chester Jennings and another person identified only by his initials stole a Ford pickup truck from a Walmart in West St. Paul in early April.
A St. Paul teen was sentenced Wednesday to more than 23 years in prison for the shooting death of a West St. Paul man in January of 2013, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s office. Donovan Michael Diego, 19, was convicted of second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death of 31-year-old David-Reyes-Galvan on January 11, 2013. Diego, who was 16 at the time of the crime, were indicted by a Dakota County grand jury last October alongside Cristino Andres Rosario and Malik Jamal Alize Farmer.
A 27-year-old West St. Paul, Minn. man faces two felony counts stemming from a road rage incident earlier this month. According to the complaint, Joshua Thomas Tipcke is accused of pointing a gun at the driver of another vehicle the evening of April 1.
A Minnesota father faces criminal charges because prosecutors say he should have known his son was throwing an underage drinking party.
A 23-year-old man is accused of abusing a 2-year-old child with scorching hot water in a bath tub after a toilet training accident last week in West St. Paul, according to charges filed Monday in Dakota County Court. Hardel Harrison Sherrell was charged two counts of malicious punishment of a child in connection with the Jan. 24 incident.
A 22-year-old man is charged with more than 20 counts of both criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in a rollover crash that killed one person last November.
Authorities said a man suspected in the robberies of West St. Paul pharmacies was arrested Tuesday after attempting to rob another pharmacy in the area. Police were called to the Walgreen’s on the 1100 block of South Robert Street at about 3:22 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a robbery in progress.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a suspect matching the description of the man who held up a Target Pharmacy Thursday has struck again.
A crowded Twin Cities Target store was held up Thursday night and the robber is still missing. As customers waited to pick up their prescriptions at the SuperTarget at 1750 South Robert Street in West St. Paul, a gunman came to the front of the line and demanded drugs.
Authorities said at least one person is dead after a rollover crash in West St. Paul early Thursday morning. Police were called to the 300 block of Bernard Street in West St. Paul at about 2:27 a.m. on a report of a crash in front of a house.
It could be considered a sign of the digital times we’re in as a popular video rental franchise announced its shutting down. Blockbuster Video has announced its closing all of its rental stores and its latest DVD-by-mail service.