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Husband arrested in case of missing wife

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Five days after a St. Paul woman went missing, her husband was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of murder, the Star Tribune reported.

Jeffery Trevino, 39, was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife after she went missing from the Mall of America friday night, the Star Tribune reported. Kira Trevino was reported missing when she didn't show up to work on friday. Her car was found abandoned in the mall's parking lot, according to the Star Tribune.

Police searched the couple's home and arrested Trevino saying they "located enough evidence that the crime was committed in the house," St. Paul police Sgt. Paul Paulos told the Pioneer Press.
Kira's body has not been found, and the case remains as a "missing person," the Pioneer Press reported.

People who knew the couple are confused by the dissappearance and arrest, saying the couple was happy and didn't seem to have problems, the Star Tribune reported.

Man dies after barfight in St. Paul

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One man is dead and another was hospitalized after a bar fight Saturday in St. Paul, Star Tribune reported.

Two men were found injured outside Moonshine Saloon, at E. 7th Street and Duluth Street Iin St. Paul around 2 a.m according to Star Tribune. The me were found laying near eachother and were taken to Regions Hospital, where one died from his injures Star Tribune reported.

The dead man was identified as Cher Vang, 28, of St. Paul. It has not yet been determined how he died, Pioneer Press reported. The identity of the second man has not been released due to a pending investigation, Pioneer Press said.

The cause of the fight has not yet been determined and police are asking for the public's help with any information.

8-month old abducted from apartment

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An amber alert was issued Wednesday after and 8-month-old boy was abducted from his apartment Star Tribune reported.

The boy Carlos Orozco was taken from the apartment where his family lived around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. His mother put him in a car seat as she went to shower, but when she got out, Carlos was gone Pioneer Press said.

The Star Tribune initially reported a stranger abducted the 8-month-old, but later confirmed the suspect to be Isabel Diaz Castillo. Castillo apparently struck up a friendship with the mother a few months ago Star Tribune reported.

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 2002 red Kia Sportage. Carlos is of Hispanic descent and was wearing a onsie with a blue and white bodice with red sleeves according to the Pioneer Press.

Minneapolis South High School remains in lockdown Friday after a cafeteria fight involving hundreds of students broke out Thursday, reported the Pioneer Press.

Around 12:45 Thursday, a cafeteria fight broke out in the lunchroom at Minneapolis South High School sending three students and one staff member to the hospital, reported the Pioneer Press. Students threw food, plates, bottles and anything else they could get their hands on, said the Pioneer Press.

All injuried were minor and no weapons were used, said the Pioneer Press.

Classes resumed in lockdown Friday reported the Star Tribune. The school brought extra security and adults to the building as a percaution, said the Star Tribune.

Police will start an investgation Friday on the cause of the fight. The invstigation could take weeks before police find who started the fight, said the Star Tribune.

St. Paul man shot after killing K9

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A St. Paul man was fatally shot Tuesday after he allegedly stabbed a police k9, reported the Pioneer Press.

Alden Patrick Anderson was shot after he grabbed police K9 Kody and stabbed him several times. Anderson was charged Monday with first degree criminal sexual conduct, reported the Star Tribune.

Kody, a 9-year-old German Shephard, had been with the St. Paul police for 7 years and would have retired in April, said the Pioneer Press.

Sgt. Paul Paulos said the death of the K9 hit the department hard and that Kody was a like a family member, according to the Star Tribune.

St. Paul Police went to arrest Anderson Tuesday on charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old relative. As officers entered the basement, Anderson allegedly grabbed Kody, stabbing him several before he was shot dead by officers, reported Pioneer Press.

Kody died on the way to the hospital from injuries he had sustained during the stabbing, said the Pioneer Press.

Only four police dogs have been killed in the line of duty, reported the Pioneer Press.

Kody will be cremated and burried at the Police K9 cemetery in Maplewood.

An infant was removed from the custody of a Maplewood couple after they allegedly kept their son in filthy conditions, the Star Tribune reported.

Rebecca Koecher, 23 and Clayton Johnson, 26 were charged with child neglect Wednesday after Maplewood police were called to a home on the 1800 block of County Rd B Monday, the Star Tribune reported.

Outside the home, police smelled something rotting. Police said they believed it to be a corpse of an animal or person, according to the Pionee Press.

When police entered the home they found Koecher passed out "almost on top" of her 22-month-old infant and an opened vodka bottle nearby, reported the Pioneer Press. Koecher refused a breathalizing test.

The home was littered with dirty laundry, diapers, and rotten food was laying out, reported Star Tribune.

Accordng to the Star Tribune, the house was declared a health nuisance and uninhabital.

The couple was taken to detox, while their son was taken to Children's Hospital.

Along with child negect Johnson was charged with fourth-degree assault after he attempted to punch an officer, the Pioneer Press reported.

Both Koecher and Johnson have criminal records including prior felony convictions, according to the Pioneer Press.

The teen who pleaded guilty to killing a 5-year-old was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday, said Pioneer Press.

Stephon Shannon pleaded guilty to intentional murder for the benefit of a gang. Shannon admitted to firing shots at a house which he believed rival gang members were staying, but had no intention of killing 5-year-old Nizzle George who was sleeping on the couch on June 26, said Pioneer Press.

Because Shannon admitted to second-degree murder, the two first-degree murder counts were dropped, said Pioneer Press.

Shannon was with 15-year-old Julian Anderson at the time of the murder reported Star Tribune. It is unclear who fired the fatal shot that killed George because the weapons used were never recovered, said Star Tribune.

The killing is linked to months long fued between two Minneapolis northside gangs.

People of the community are already trying to prepare for prevention of gang violence for summer when most gang violence takes place because school is out, said Star Tribune.

George is the second of two small children killed by stray bullets related to gang violence, reported Pioneer Press.


Stillwater inmates attack employess

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An inmate of Stillwater prison sent two of its employees to the hospital after he allegedly attacked four prison staff members reported the Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/local/east/189206021.html

Star Tribune reported that a female correctional officer and a food service employee were attacked after the inmate went to staff members with a complaint. The inamate ultimately attacked four employees sending the correctional officer and food service employee to the hospital. The two other employees did not require medical attention.

Not many details about the attack have been released reported Pioneer Press, because the incident remains under investigation. http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_22490469/stillwater-prison-inmate-attacked-employees-cafeteria

The Pioneer Press also reported that the number of attacks of offenders on staff have decreased dramatically since 2010.

Stillwater prison detains some of Minnesota's most dangerous criminals.

The number of domestic violence reports in Minnesota is at an all time low since 1991 reported Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/local/east/188880951.html

The Minnesota Coaltion for Battered Women released its annual Femicide report which showed that 2012 had the lowest number of domestic violence reports since 1991. In 2012 14 women and 1 man were killed by either current or past romantic partners said Star Tribune.

The Femicide report for 2012 showed that domestic violence cases dropped from 34 in 2011 to 18 for 2012 the Pioneer Press reported. http://www.twincities.com/minnesota/ci_22475004/femicide-18-domestic-homicides-2012-minnesotas-lowest-since?IADID=Search-www.twincities.com-www.twincities.com

The Coalitin for Battered Women have come up with new intervention strategies in preventing deaths. One of these strategies is a "lethality assessment protocol" said Pioneer Press. This allows authorities to moniter threat levels of victims of domestic violence and intervene accordingly.

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