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December 7, 2008

White Bear Lake girl charged with first-degree assault

A 16-year-old White Bear Lake girl has been charged as an adult with first-degree assault for the beating of her friend with a crowbar. According to a criminal complaint filed with Ramsey County District Court, Katherine Marie Berger was smoking marijuana with her 24-year-old friend at Bellaire Beach on White Bear Lake when the assault took place early on Oct. 21. The friend, who remained unnamed in the report, said that Berger lost a marijuana pipe and after they couldn’t find it attacked her from behind with a crowbar.

The victim drover herself to St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood where she was treated for multiple cuts on the head and arm as well a her jaw, which was fractured in two places. Police found Berger hiding in a closet at home. They also found the 24-year-old’s bloody cell phone and the bloody crowbar their. Berger claimed she was bipolar and did not remember the incident taking place.

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November 30, 2008

Man charged in high speed drunk driving incident.

A Ramsey County judge sentenced Adam Ray Rohrs to 60 days in a workhouse after a March 29th drunk driving incident, The Pioneer Press reported Wednesday.

Rohrs pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular operation based on a high-speed crash that injured four people. The judge also sentenced Rohrs to 10 years probation, 80 hours of community service and a fine of $20,000 dollars. Rohrs attorney said that his client has not drank alcohol since the crash. The officer involved said Rohrs was going 91 miles per hour down Snelling Avenue when he was pulled over. As the police officer caught up Rohrs hit a car slowing for a stoplight. Rohr’s blood alcohol content was .21, nearly three times the legal limit.

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November 23, 2008

Retired Ramsey County Judge dies.


Retired Ramsey County Judge James Dickinson died of pancreatic cancer Friday at home in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. He was 68.

Dickinson died at about 2 a.m. with his family present his son, James Dickinson Jr. said.
Dickinson lived in St. Paul his entire life except for when he was an undergraduate at Union College in New York State. He earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1965.

He worked at the law firm Stringer and Rohleder, where he represented the railroads and insurance companies in lawsuits. He was appointed to the Ramsey County bench in1997. He was the governor for the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Foundation Board.

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November 16, 2008

Developer backs out of contract with Ramsey County.

A developer has backed out of a $10 million plan to redevelop some prime riverfront real estate in downtown St. Paul, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Sunday.

The developer, Opus Northwest, recently notified Ramsey County officials that it was giving up its exclusive rights to market several pieces of county-owned land on Kellogg Boulevard. 600 county workers in the old Ramsey County Jail and former West Publishing building currently occupy the site. The redevelopment plan called for high-rise condos and office buildings to be built in the two former buildings stead.

Opus indicated that the struggling economy was the major reason for abandoning the current plan. A key aspect of their plan was to secure another tenet on the land but the current economic climate made that goal impossible. Opus will continue to market the site but not under the existing contract with Ramsey County.

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November 9, 2008

Humboldt Junor High awaits improvement plan.

A plan for improvement for Humboldt Junior High in St. Paul outlines several possible ways in which to help the school meet federal testing requirements, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Wednesday. The plan calls for finding a long-term funding partner and even possibly shutting the school down for the year.

All the aspects of the plan were already under consideration except for the possible shut down. No decisions have yet been made on what proposals to pursue. The plans were required to be released Monday under accordance with state law. These requirements extend to all schools that are defined as underperforming in relation to No Child Left Behind guidelines.

Both Humboldt Junior High and Arlington High School face the stiffest penalties under No Child Left Behind in the St. Paul School District.

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November 2, 2008

Woman stabbed outside St. Paul library.

A verbal altercation outside a St. Paul public library ended in the stabbing of a 19-year-old woman on Wednesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Police are still searching for three teenage suspects in the incident. The woman was stabbed in the torso several times outside he Payne-Phalen neighborhood library. Several male teenagers initially confronted the victim at the Arlington Hills Library. The teenagers followed her to the Payne-Phalen library where the altercation continued until a librarian asked them to leave.

A spokesperson for St. Paul Libraries said the girl could have spoke to a security guard at the front door and asked to be able to stay if she felt threatened. The security did go out and offer assistance once he noticed the altercation but by that time it was too late.

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Woman stabbed outside St. Paul library.

A verbal altercation outside a St. Paul public library ended in the stabbing of a 19-year-old woman on Wednesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Police are still searching for three teenage suspects in the incident. The woman was stabbed in the torso several times outside he Payne-Phalen neighborhood library. Several male teenagers initially confronted the victim at the Arlington Hills Library. The teenagers followed her to the Payne-Phalen library where the altercation continued until a librarian asked them to leave.

A spokesperson for St. Paul Libraries said the girl could have spoke to a security guard at the front door and asked to be able to stay if she felt threatened. The security did go out and offer assistance once he noticed the altercation but by that time it was too late.

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October 26, 2008

Como Park pool to close.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday that the Como Park pool would finally be closed after 46 years of operation. They sited that the closing was due to major mechanical and electrical failures. Brad Meyer, a city parks department spokesman cited that the pool was beyond repair. According to Meyer, fixing the existing pool would have cost millions of dollars.

The poll was built in 1962 on land lease from the city and was constructed entirely on private funds. The city bought the pool once it could no longer be run by Public Pools Inc. In its last few seasons the pool drew around 15,000 visitors a year. Consultants have suggested building a larger aquatic center in the pool’s stead. This proposal has several members of the neighborhood worried about increasing traffic congestion with the zoo and conservatory already near by.

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October 19, 2008

KFAN host arrested.

KFAN-AM co-host Jeff Dubay was arrested Wednesday in Maplewood for felony possession of a controlled substance. Dubay was booked in Ramsey County jail just after 11 p.m. Dubay was arrested near English Street and Minnesota 36.

Dubay co-hosts “PA and Dubay? on KFAN with Paul Allen. He has not been on the air in the past two days since the arrest. Dubay was released without charges pending further investigation, according to a sheriff’s office spokesperson. Prior to the incident, Dubay took a personal leave of absence this summer for undisclosed personal reasons.

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October 12, 2008

Body found in car submerged near Harriet Island

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, construction workers pulled a car containing a body out of the Mississippi River just offshore of Harriet Island Friday morning. The car was discovered while the crew dredged the river for an ongoing restoration project. St. Paul homicide detectives immediately began their investigation when the body was discovered. Police indicated it took just about the entire day to pull the car out of the water.

An unidentified construction crewmember said the car was a badly damaged white sedan and the air bag was deployed. The crew called police shortly after the body was discovered. Police could not identify the body and would not give further information until it was identified and the family notified. Police also indicated the car matched none of those on file in the department’s 77 open missing persons cases.

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October 5, 2008

Man arrested in death of Inver Grove Heights woman.

A man arrested for the death of a St. Paul woman on Tuesday is also being held in connection with a 2002 shooting, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Michael Carrasco Sontoya, 31, was charged with drive-by shooting and assault in the 2002 incident but was acquitted on all counts.

Sontoya was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of Gabriela Patricia Romo, whow as found dead in Sontoya’s home on St. Paul’s west side.The man who was shot in 2002, Jeffrey VandenBosch, said his cousin was father of Romo’s four children.

Peter Panos, a St. Paul police spokesman, said Romo died of internal injuries but did not comment on what caused the injuries.

Sontoya has not been charged yet and is being held in the Ramsey County Jail. On Wednesday detectives brought their case before the Ramsey County attorney’s office, seeking a murder charge.

The 2002 incident involving VandenBosch centered around a bar dispute. VandenBosch survived the shooting.

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September 28, 2008

Man pleads guilty to Internet sex charges.

A Rochester man pleaded guilty to one count of using the Internet to solicit sex from a child in Ramsey Count District Court, according to the St. Paul pioneer Press

Thirty-two-year-old Michael Chad Zarling was caught in an Internet sting last year when he solicited sex online from an undercover cop posing as a teenager. The charge is a felony.

Judge James Clark sentenced Zarling to 30 days in jail along with three years on probation. During that time Zarling must register as sex offender and remain free of controlled substances as well as legal issues. Zarling will also participate in a sex offender treatment program and is prohibited from Internet capable devices as well as contact with minors and vulnerable adults.

According to police reports, on Nov. 3 of last year Zarling asked the undercover police officer posing as a teenager to tell him about her genitalia.

At the time of his arrest Zarling admitted that he used his computer to talk about sexual issues with minors. A that time Zarling was an employee of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester but his job title remained unknown. A spokesman for the clinic indicated at that time he was not a physician.

September 15, 2008

St. Paul mayor draws criticism regarding police action at the RNC

St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman was confronted by 30 protestors last Friday at a fundraiser outside a St. Anthony Park home, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The protestors were voicing their opposition to tactics used by the St. Paul Police on protestors at the Republican National Convention.

"This is the first time that I've really been ashamed of the city and its leadership," St. Paul resident Nolan Zavoral told the Pioneer Press.

Protestors voiced their disproval of police action at the RNC on a number of grounds, including the appointment of two former prosecutors to lead a city probe into police action taken at the RNC. Zavoral and other prostesters told the Pioneer Press they believed Coleman should have been more visible at the RNC as altercations between protestors and police intensified.

Coleman did stop and talk to protestors while still maintaing his suport of the police force and its actions at the convention. Coleman told the Pioneer Press he believed most residents saw the need for the city's probe. Coleman has also sent a letter to supporters explaining and justifying the actions of police.