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Puppy stolen from a Shakopee pet shop

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A 9-week-old puppy was stolen from a Shakopee pet shop Monday morning, WCCO said.

A man wearing a gray cap asked took a multicolored long haired Chihuahua from the Petland in Shakopee around 11 a.m. Monday, the Star Tribune said.

The man said he hadn't had a dog since he was young and just wanted to see the puppy, according to store employees. Within minutes, the man snatched up the puppy and rode away in a blue Volkswagen Passat with Minnesota license plates 768BDA, the Star Tribune reported.

The owners, Heather and Jeff Latko, expressed concern for the Chihuahua's welfare as the puppy has been having trouble keeping weight on and need veterinary attention, WCCO said.

There is a microchip inside the puppy's body that when scanned will indicate that the dog is stolen, Jeff Latko said. The microchip along with the description of the getaway car, and surveillance footage leave the Latkos confident that the puppy will be found, the Star Tribune said.

This is the third pet-knapping from the Shakopee Petland store in the last five years, Heather Latko said.

Man shot in the leg at Minneapolis club

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A 27-year-old man was shot in the leg at a downtown Minneapolis club early Sunday, the Pioneer Press said.

The man was shot around 2 a.m. at Augie's Bourbon Street Cabaret as he was exiting the restroom, the Star Tribune said.

The gun-shot victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of his injuries which were not life threatening, police Sgt. William Palmer said.

One other person was hospitalized for injuries sustained when fleeing the club when the gun was fired, the Star Tribune said.

Police believe there is no danger to the public, Palmer said.

According to the Pioneer Press, no one has been arrested, and the investigation of the incident is ongoing.

A missing St. Paul woman's car has been located which has led police to investigate her husband, Fox 9 reported.

Kira Trevino, 30, was reported missing to St. Paul Police Friday by her husband, Jeffrey D. Trevino, the Star Tribune said.

Trevino's car was found in the Mall of America parking lot where she worked as a manager of the clothing store Delia's, according to Fox 9. Her purse and cell phone were found in the car, police said.

The police went to the Trevino home Tuesday to investigate further and found evidence that a crime had been committed there, police said. After the search of the home, Jeffrey Trevino, 39, was arrested on suspicion of murder by Ramsey County Police.

Without a body however, police now face either releasing Trevino due to lack of evidence, or charging him in the murder of his missing wife, Fox 9 said.

North St. Paul girl stabbed to death in Maplewood

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A teenage girl found dead in a Maplewood park early Saturday has been identified, Maplewood police said.

Anna Lynn Hurd, 16, of North St. Paul, was found stabbed to death in Hillside Park Saturday morning, Maplewood Police Chief Dave Kvam said Sunday.

Kvam would not elaborate on the details of the murder including the severity of Hurd's wounds, the location of the wounds, or what kind of weapon that was used, the Pioneer Press said.

Originally, police were looking for a possible suspect identified by a caller as being a white male with blond spikey hair, the Star Tribune said. Police are now turning their attention to other possible suspects, the Star Tribune reported.

Whoever killed Anna, "robbed me blind," Patrick Hurd, the girl's father, said Sunday night according to the Star Tribune. "They stole something from me that was my most prized possession."

No arrests have been made at this point, Kvam said.

Police arrested a Hill-Murray football coach Tuesday evening in what was part of a prostitution investigation in Fridley.

Mark Mauer, 54, was arrested Tuesday after soliciting a female undercover officer at the LivINN hotel on Central Avenue NE., Fridley police said.

The Fridley Police Department's official report states the Mauer entered a hotel room and agreed to pay $100 for a half hour of "full service," the Pioneer Press reported. Mauer was arrested outside of the hotel as he went to his car to get the payment. Police said they found $100 in cash and a bottle of little white pills in Mauer's possession, which he identified as Viagra.

The two day sting operation resulted in the arrests of 18 male suspects for solicitation, and four female suspects for prostitution, according to police.

Mauer, who is the cousin of Twins' catcher Joe Mauer, has been the head football coach at Hill- Murray, a private Catholic prep school in Maplewood, for the past year, and is a former head football coach of the Concordia Golden Bears, the Star Tribune reported. He is also a former St. Paul City Council member.

"He's the second high-profile Hill-Murray staffer to be accused of a sex-related crime in recent years," the Pioneer Press said.

First female president appointed at St. Thomas

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The University of St. Thomas made the historical decision to appoint its first female and lay person president in the schools 128- year history.

Julie Sullivan, 55, will replace Father Dennis Dease who will be stepping down in June after serving as president for 22 years, the Pioneer Press said.

Sullivan was appointed following a unanimous vote by the school's Board of Trustees, MPR said. A wife and mother of four, she currently serves as the executive vice president and provost at the University of San Diego which is also a Catholic institution.

During her career in San Diego, Sullivan made many strides including adding tenured faculty, doubling the research grants available to faculty, and most notably the appointment of the school as a Changemaker Campus by nonprofit Ashoka, which supports global social entrepreneurship, the Pioneer Press reported.

"Her spirit, her authenticity and her mission-driven leadership will be an asset to the University of St. Thomas" Dease said of his successor.

Sullivan's main goals when stepping into her new role are to strengthen the school's image as a globally engaged institution with a liberal arts focus and to keep tuition rates in check in order to keep St. Thomas accessible to students, the Pioneer Press said.

"My aspiration for the University of St. Thomas is to be recognized regionally, nationally and internationally as the model Catholic university of our time," Sullivan said.

Hundreds of students fight in high school cafeteria

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A food fight involving hundreds of Minneapolis South High School students escalated to a brawl Thursday, leaving four people hospitalized and the school on lockdown.
200 to 300 students began to throw food, bottles, and trash in what started as a food fight, but quickly escalated into a fight, police said.
Staff members and police liaisons attempted to break up the fight, but were unsuccessful, MPR said. It wasn't until additional police officers arrived that the 15 minute fight was halted as the officers sprayed Mace into the crowd of students, police said.
Three students and one faculty member were hospitalized for minor injuries, Pioneer Press said.
Following the fight, the school went on lock down meaning students were not allowed to leave their classrooms, a statement issued by the school said.
No one was arrested after the fight; however police said they will review surveillance footage which could lead to charges.

Water line break causes flooding in downtown St. Paul

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A major water main ruptured in downtown St. Paul late Friday flooding nearby streets, and disrupting service to surrounding neighborhoods.
The break occurred around midnight on Wall Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, causing water pressure to drop for many customers whose water comes from the pipeline, the Star Tribune said.
Utility workers were able to get the break under control by 3 a.m., the Pioneer Press said, although the leak was not completely repaired at that point.
St. Paul's director of emergency management, Rick Larkin, said the break left "significant street damage." Larkin said that this would mean utility crews will have to dig up parts of the road in order to reach the damaged area, and repair the main, reported the Star Tribune.
At the moment, it is unclear what caused the 61-year-old main to burst.
"There's nothing that we can tell right now," said production distribution manager Jim Graupmann. "It's a pretty big break, but at this point, we don't have any one major cause."

Iowa man dies in crash after fleeing murder

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A 46-year-old man died in a car crash after police pursued him when he fled the scene of his father's murder.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Coroner's Office announced that 86-year-old Dennis Seberson died on Saturday due to injuries he sustained from blunt force trauma outside his Austin residence, said MPR.
Craig Seberson of Meservey, Iowa led police on what local authorities described as a 50 mile pursuit, spanning three Minnesota counties before he crashed and died, said the Star Tribune.
According to an official police statement, Craig Seberson was considered a suspect in his father's death.

Car falls through ice on Lake Minnetonka leaving 2 dead

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A man and an elderly woman are dead after their car sunk into an icy channel of Lake Minnetonka on Saturday, said the Hennepin County Sherriff's office.
The two were unconscious when first responders arrived about five minutes after receiving a 911 call at 2:25 p.m. from the male driver's cell phone, said the Star Tribune. Hennepin County Sherriff's office dive teams were able to get the two out of the waters of Gray's Bay Channel in less than an hour, according to Pioneer Press.
Following their rescue, the two were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where they both died, said the Star Tribune.
The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.

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