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January 31, 2007

Unborn Child Dead After Father Beats Mother

Without any apparent motive, a 20-year-old man attacked his pregnant girlfriend Sunday morning, beating her so badly she miscarried the 12-week-old fetus she was carrying.

Ramsey County prosecutors Tuesday charged Scott with third-degree assault of Namrata Ceisel, 18, and with second-degree murder of an unborn child.

What makes this story even more strange is that the man, Dino Michael Scott, commited the act in an elevator in plain view of a security camera.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 7 a.m. Sunday, the couple entered an elevator at an apartment complex in Maplewood where Scott's father lives. Then Scott smirks at and points to the camera. "He then begins to violently assault Ms. Ceisel...For 20 seconds, he continually punches and kicks Ms. Ceisel until she appears to be knocked unconscious. Mr. Scott can be seen dragging Ms. Ceisel's limp body off of the elevator by one arm." Moments later, Scott reappears and wipes the blood from the walls.

The criminal complaint filed says nothing about a motive for the beating.

January 29, 2007

Girl Dragged by Van in Hit-and-Run

An 11-year-old girl was dragged "300 to 500 yards" after being hit by a van Sunday evening, according to the Pioneer Press.

The girl was legally crossing Robert street in West Saint Paul when a van hit her while making a left turn. An alert driver who saw the accident forced the van to stop, then called police.

The van's driver was Mauricio Sanchez, 33, of St. Paul. Police arrested Sanchez after chasing him for several blocks.

Police Chief Manila "Bud" Shaver said he did not know if Sanchez knew he had hit the girl or not.

Eagan Wary About Flashy Billboards

The Eagan City Council is worried about the future impact new digital billboards will have on drivers.

The council has put a halt to the installation of new light-up billboards that can change images every few seconds in order to "further study the issue," according to MNSun newspapers.

Apparently, the council is concerned that the flashing billboards will distract drivers too much, or turn the suburb into a Las Vegas doppelganger.

The moratorium only lasts until July 31, but councilmembers have the power to end it sooner or extend it as they see fit.

January 24, 2007

Suspected Serial Armed Robber Not Yet Caught

The Starbucks on highway 13 in Savage was robbed on January 15. Savage now joins the list of cities one single suspected perpetrator has robbed, police say, along with Farmington, Eagan, Burnsville.

According to the Shakopee Valley News, a black man entered the store about 10:45 p.m., brandished a gun and demanded cash. There were two employees in the store. The man then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No customers were in the shop and no one was injured.

The Savage Police are asking anyone with information to call 952-882-2600.

January 23, 2007

Crime is Thicker than Blood

Oak Park Heights prosecutors are charging a 29-year-old Lake Elmo man with first-degree aggravated robbery for stealing $3,700 from a VFW three days before Halloween last year.

He might have gotten away with it, but among other evidence, Jeremy John Janshen sped away from the VFW without his partner and uncle, 41-year-old Bradley Karl Janshen, who was apprehended by a citizen while running out the door.

Ross Larson, a 43-year-old, 6 feet 225 pound Stillwater man and corrections officer tackled the uncle just outside the VFW when he heard the pull-tab station had been robbed.

Bradley Janshen is free on $25,000 bail and is to appear in court today on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge.

His nephew is free on $50,000 bail and is to appear in court Feb. 27.

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January 22, 2007

Two Suspects Still At Large in Double Homicide

Two of three suspects are still at large in the case of a double homicide in Brooklyn Park, according to a report in today's Star Tribune. One suspect was arrested at 2:30 this morning.

Ja'Naurri Allen, 18, and Mosetta Peters, 21, were shot and killed in their car on the 8100 block of Zane Avenue N. last week.

Brooklyn Park police chief Wade Setter declined to give much information about the suspects, but police are describing the motive for the murders as a domestic disturbance.

Anyone with information regarding this case is being asked to call the police tips line at 763-493-8355.

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