April 25, 2009

3-year-old killed in St. Paul

Mai Moua, 3, had just arrived at a family gathering when she was fatally struck by a pick-up truck while crossing the street in St. Paul on Monday morning according to the Star Tribune. She slipped away from her mother and was crossing Rose Avenue around 9:30 that morning when the truck hit her. It is unclear whether or not speed was a factor in the accident. The man behind the wheel has been questioned and his identity has not been released. A neighbor living two doors down heard a thump and came running out to see what it was. He saw the girl lying in the street bleeding from her mouth. She was taken to Regions Hospital where she died. According to the Pioneer Press, she was a daddy’s girl.

April 23, 2009

Family Sues Peanut Butter Company Over Death

A 78-year-old man died in Brainerd after consuming the tainted peanut butter that lead to the salmonella outbreak and now the family is suing according to the Star Tribune. Clifford Tousignant, originally from Duluth, died in a Brainerd nursing home on January 12. Health officials say that his health conditions make it hard to pinpoint salmonella as the direct cause of his death, however a Minnesota law firm is now filing a suit against the company that makes King Nut Peanut Butter. The Pioneer Press reported that according to the lawsuit, the man ate peanut butter in his nursing home in December and tested positive for salmonella when he died in January.

April 19, 2009

Man Shot and Killed in Hopkins

Around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, a man was shot and killed in a fast-food parking lot in Hopkins reported the Star Tribune. The 24-year-old’s identity has to yet been released by the police who also say they have two suspects, but wont release their information. The dispute happen between two grounds in the parking lot of White Castle off of Blake Road, and ended when someone took out a gun and shot the victim. The crowd dispersed but police have two men in custody. The Pioneer Press reported that this is the first homicide in Hopkins since July eight years ago.

Firefighter Accused of Arsen and Fraud

John Berken, a Forest Lake firefighter was accused of starting the grass fire in Winona County that he later helped to extinguish. Days before this alleged action, a federal court filing accused him of perjury according to the Star Tribune. They were going to start an investigation of a case in which Berken allegedly ran up $4 million in improper credit card charges. The Pioneer Press reported the area in which Berken allegedly started the fire was a nature preserve. When questioned in October about the financial case, Berken lied under oath about his failed Ford Dealership business.

Roller Coaster Marriages

15 couples were married Wednesday morning at the Mall of America on the roller coaster. The mass wedding was performed on the 15-car orange streak roller coaster in Nickelodeon Universe Theme park according to the Pioneer Press. The Star Tribune reported the wedding was performed by reverend Tairie Starr of the non denominational Church of Love. The couples exchanged vows and rings while in their cars before they took off for a ride around the 7-acre indoor theme park.

April 12, 2009

Man Hospitalized After Police Chase Crash

The Pioneer Press reported a man who lead police on a high speed chase through Anoka County Wednesday night was hospitalized after the chase ended in a crash in Coon Rapids. The 26-year-old Brooklyn Park man lost control of the vehicle and crashed it into a Help-U-Sell building near Hanson Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. The suspect was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and remains in their care. He has not yet been arrested or charged and remains unnamed. The vehicle he was driving was stolen earlier that night. The Star Tribune identifies the suspect as Michael Antoine Devine, age 34.

Missing St. Thomas Student

A freshman at the university of St. Thomas was reported missing Sunday and was last seen walking down St. Clair Ave. towards the river reported the Star Tribune. Daniel Zamlen, 18, was drinking at a party Saturday night when he got into an argument and left. Friends last heard from him on his cell phone when he told them he was walking home on St. Clair Avenue toward Mississippi River Boulevard S. around 2:30 a.m. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Friends and family confirm he was drinking at the party but shouldn’t have been because he has Type I Diabetes. Students join in the search along with the Ramsey County police, who are using dogs, helicopters, and water search teams to find the missing student. The Pioneer Press reported that Zemlen wears an insulin pump that is automatic but may require adjustments. Friends and family fear he may be laying somewhere in a coma.

April 5, 2009

Teen Fired Into Lakeville Party

A 16-year-old Eden Prairie boy was charged Wednesday with firing gun shots in a Lakeville mobile home during a party Saturday night according to the Star Tribune. Mohamed Yusef Hussein reportedly paid to enter the party with his two friends and asked for their money back because of the lack of girls at the party. When they were denied a refund, he open fired into the mobile home. Jibril Farah Mohamed, 18, of Burnsville, and Mohamud Ahmed Hassan, 19, of Minneapolis were charged with aiding the offender. According to the Pioneer Press, there is a court movement to charge Hussein, 16, as an adult because of the seriousness of his crime.

St. Paul Victims of Botched Robbery Shooting

Chong Yia Lor and his wife Plia Her were victims of a botched mid-day robbery Thursday in their Frogtown home reported the Star Tribune. Lor, 44, was shot in the hand and foot, while his wife Her, 48, was shot in the neck. Both were rushed to the hospital and received surgery. Both are expected to recover just fine according to a police spokesman. The suspect, who is unnamed, but known to the victims is still at large. The gunman knocked on their door around noon on Thursday and when someone answered forced his way inside and the attempted robbery and shootings occurred. The couple’s five children were at home, ages 2-15, when this occurred but none of them were injured. According to the Pioneer Press the man was an acquaintance of the couple and had been to their home once before.

March 29, 2009

St. Paul Superintendent Moves to Austin

St. Paul school district’s superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, is leaving the district when he contract expires this June and moving to Austin, Texas where she was unanimously voted in by the Austin school board as their new superintendent according to the Star Tribune. Carstarphen is leaving St. Paul as the district faces a $25,000 budget deficit, and earning a 40% pay increase at her new job in the Austin school district. Carstarphen spent her years in St. Paul focusing on trying to bridge the achievement gap between white students and students of color. The Austi Board of Trustees President called Carstarphen “passionate” and “energetic”, and says she is someone who “understands the challenges of a diverse urban school district.” The Pioneer Press reported that the Austin school district is more than twice the size of St.Paul’s, and that her contract calls for four years, but they may add a fifth.

Craig's List Killer on Trial

The Star Tribune reported Tuesday that the man who lured women to his house by posting ads on Craig’s List and then murdered one of them is now on trial charged with premeditated first-degree murder and also faces a second charge of unintentional second-degree murder. Michael John Anderson, now 20, is a high school drop-out who was socially awkward and had a very hard time talking to members of the opposite sex. He posted ads on Craig’s List to lure women into his home. One ad in particular was for a babysitter. Katherine Olson, 24, of Minneapolis answered the ad and showed up at his house only to be found dead the next day stuff in the trunk of her own car. The prosecutor believes the murder was intentional and premeditated, however the defense states that it was his longing for sex that prompted Anderson to lure the women to his house and he had no prior intention of killing Olson. According to the Pioneer Press, her father, Rolf Olsen, testified Tuesday about the life of his beloved daughter. The next three to four weeks of trials will be focused on reaching the truth about whether or not Katherine Olson’s murder was premeditated or not.

March 21, 2009

Fight at High School Game Results in Arrest

St. Paul Police arrested a young man for possession of a stolen fire arm, and ticketed another for disorderly conduct after a fight broke out at a high school basketball game Saturday the Star Tribune reported. The showcase basketball game was held at Arlington High School, and the fight that broke out between fans on opposing sides took 20 police men to break up according to the St. Paul police spokesman. An 18-year-old Highland Park High School student was arrested after a gun fell from his waistband during a struggle with police. He had not threatened anyone with the weapon. The Pioneer Press reported about a dozen involved in the fight, but no serious injuries and that both the aforementioned young men were arrested.

Stepfather Abducts Teen

An Amber Alert was canceled after being issued Sunday when an abducted teen drove to safety and called authorities the Star Tribune reported. A 17-year-old girl was kidnapped Saturday, at gun-point by her stepfather around 7:30 pm in Fergus Falls. The girl now has a restraining order against her stepfather, David R. Sabby of Elbow Lake, Minn. Sabby, 46, approached the girl and her stepbrother (who is not biologically related to Sabby) in the parking lot of West Ridge Mall. With his gun drawn, he bound the boy with duct tape and left him in the car he arrived in, then fled with the girl outside of city limits according to the Fergus Falls Police chief. The boy was able to release himself later and called authorities who issues an Amber Alert, which was then cancelled when the girl called police from a gas station saying her stepfather let her drive away. Police took Sabby into custody shortly after finding him at a stranger’s door asking to borrow the phone. The Pioneer Press reported the girls name was Amy Henning, and her stepfather was charged with 14 counts of third-degree criminal-sexual conduct according to the Sheriff. Whether or not Henning was the alleged victim in this case is still unclear.

March 6, 2009

Teen Girls Rob Cab Driver at Knife Point

Two teenage girls robbed and carjacked a cab driver in Minneapolis, only to be caught the next day attempting the same thing according to the Star Tribune. The girls, ages 15 and 17, called for a taxi around 6 p.m. Monday then robbed the cab driver at knife point and fled in his vehicle. The victim was a driver for the Latino Americano Taxi Service. Both girls are facing felony charges and are being held in jail after being caught the very next day trying to rob a second cab driver. The names of the girls have not been released because they are juveniles. The cab, a minivan, was recovered undamaged. The Pioneer Press, which is more geared towards St. Paul news, did not cover this story at all, even days after it happened there was no report.

Two Boys Shot in Edina Parking Lot

The Star Tribune reported that two teenage boys, ages 15 and 18 were shot on Friday during what police are saying was a gang related fight in the parking lot of the Southdale mall. The names of the victims have not yet been released, and the shooter has not been identified after fleeing the scene. One of the boys was shot in the leg, and is not seriously injured, but the other boy was shot in the abdomen and went into surgery Friday night at Hennepin County Medical Center. Police say that customers and the teens involved in the fight scatted when 4 shots were fired from a .45-caliber handgun. Police are reviewing security tapes from the mall and parking lot to get any clues as to who the shooter might be. According to the Pioneer Press the shooter was believed to be a male age 15-18.

February 28, 2009

Legalizing Marijuana in Minnesota

A bill for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes passed its first test in Minnesota’s House of Representatives on February 18 reported the Pioneer Press. The bill was approved by The Health Care and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee 9-6 and it will now head to the House’s Civil Justice Committee. The bill would allow patients who suffer from all different kids of chronic conditions, with a doctors consent, to use marijuana to alleviate their pain. This is similar to the laws already in place in 13 other states. Governor Tim Paulenty opposes the bill for law-enforcement concerns, despite the support it has seen from voters. A similar bill is making its way through the Senate currently. An older story reported in the Star Tribune about the same bill clarifies that the bill would not legalize marijuana it would simply allow qualified patients to posses up to 2.5 ounces of it.

Snow Warning For Minnesota

The Pioneer Press reported today of the warning of heavy snow fall for much of south and central Minnesota. Precipitation is expected to begin as sleet or freezing rain and continue on until Friday. The Star Tribune reported on the same storm but specified that we should see u to 6 inches of snow coming down at 1-2 inches per hour and warns that travel conditions will deteriorate quickly.

Stand-Up Desks in Elementary Schools

Elementary schools in the St. Croix area and across the river in Wisconsin are trying a new model of stand-up desks that allow for children to choose weather or not they want to stand or sit according to the New York Times.
Abby Brown’s sixth grade class at Marine Elementary School is being monitored and studied as they try out these new desks.
The adjustable-height desks were developed by Mrs. Brown herself, along with the help of a local ergonomic furniture company. The desks, which are at about chest-height, also have swinging footrests, and adjustable stools.
Children in her class enjoy the freedom to choose whether or not they want to sit. It gives them the ability to focus on their schoolwork instead of focusing on sitting still.
The Pioneer Press covered the same story featuring a fifth grade class in a Wisconsin Elementary School, which had the same positive response to the standing-desks.

February 22, 2009

Eden Prairie's Own Gets the Boot From 'American Idol'

The Pioneer Press reported that American Idol finalist from Eden Prairie made it to Hollywood only to have her dreams crushed on stage and in front of a national audience Tuesday by all four judges.
Casey Carlson, 20, a University of Minnesota student, received a verbal beating after her performance of “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” by the Police.
She was told she couldn’t have picked a worse song, and Simon Cowell even called her performance “atrocious.” Even the softy, Paula Abdul had something bad to say.
Before she was told she wouldn’t reach the final 12, Carlson was asked what she thought of the judges’ comments, and she said she couldn’t agree more with what they said.
The Star Tribune interviewed Carlson’s singing coach, who watched her performance live from her living room in Minneapolis, and she said “that poor kid,” but also that she is proud of her and still wants to continue coaching her.

Charges Re-filed in 1998 Minneapolis Shooting

The Star Tribune reported that a prison inmate from Minneapolis was charged Friday in a 1998 homicide case.
Jaymichael Hargrove, 28, was charged in a shooting that year that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old Minneapolis man, but charges were later dismissed because of witness issues.
Hargrove was sentenced to prison in 2004 for committing a sex crime, and the murder case remained cold until a witness came forward in October saying Hargrove admitted to the crime.
Julius Gatson and his girlfriend were standing on a porch in the 3100 block of Chicago Ave. S. when Hargrove opened fire on them, killing Gatson and wounding the female according to the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.
The Pioneer Press reported that since then, Hargrove has been convicted of three unrelated felonies, and four misdemeanors.

February 15, 2009

Suspect Arrested in Connection with 7 St. Paul Bank Robberies

Police arrested a man Friday after a Wells Fargo Bank hold-up when a resident of St. Paul called 911 because a strange man was hiding in her screened in porch as reported by the Pioneer Press.
The FBI identified the suspect as Esley Andre Reid, 29, of St. Paul, and he is also suspected in 6 other bank robberies and attempted bank robberies in the St. Paul area.
On Tuesday Ried is expected to be charged with multiple counts of bank robbery, as well as parole and weapons violations according to a release from Ralph S. Boelter, FBI special agent in charge of the Minneapolis office as reported in the Star Tribune.

St. Louis Park Man Dies in Fire

The Star Tribune reported a St. Louis Park man died in a house fire Friday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to a house on Alabama Avenue after a neighbor called 911 reporting smoke and flames coming from the house around 1 p.m. said St. Louis Park spokesman Jamie Zwilling.
A man was found by the firefighters lying in the first floor bedroom, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
It took crews about three hours to extinguish the fire which was believed to have been started near the kitchen area of the house, and is still under investigation said Zwilling.
The Pioneer Press reported that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner announced in a statement Saturday that Thomas C. Holden, 56, died from smoke inhalation.

February 8, 2009

Death of a Daughter Brings the Life of a Granddaughter

Kari Palashewski is a proud new grandmother of a baby girl, after her daughter was killed in a car crash on Interstate 94 according to the Star Tribune.
Palashewski’s daughter, Jamie Baer, was the passenger in a car police said was speeding down I-94 when it collided with an embankment. Baer was trapped in the vehicle after the car had rolled more had a dozen times according to state patrol. She was fatally injured while the driver and another passenger survived.
Palashewski came to the hospital to say goodbye to her daughter when she found out doctors were delivering Baer’s baby, four months premature.
“Nobody knew Jamie was even pregnant,? Palashewski told the Star Tribune, “I don’t know if she even knew.?
Now, six months later, Palashewski is the legal guardian of the healthy baby girl she named Angel.

Trial Set for Minnetonka Teen Charged in bank Robbery

A trial date is finally set for Minnetonka teen charged with robbing a northern Wisconsin bank last summer as reported by the Pioneer Press.
Anthony DiLoreto, 19, a basketball prospect from Hopkins High School is charged in Burnett County Circuit Court with robbery of a financial institution and possession of a short-barrel riffle.
DiLoreto was accused of serving as the getaway driver for the August robbery of Bremer Bank in Danbury, Wisc.
According to the Star Tribune, a 16-year-old accomplice was also arrested.
According to online sources, a judge set a three-day trial to begin Sept. 2, but the District Attorney said plea negotiations continue to solve the case without a trial.

February 1, 2009

St. Paul Man Shot by Robbers

The Star Tribune reported Jeffery Logan, 44, was shot and killed Saturday at one o’clock a.m. during a robbery in St. Paul.
The three men arrested for the robbery now face murder charges.
According to the Tribune, the exact events of the shooting are unclear, but Logan was supposedly out with a cousin whom the robbers had targeted first which led Logan to step in. There was a brief fight and the gun was fired. Logan was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, but died shortly after arrival.

Witnesses saw a vehicle leaving the crime scene, according to the Pioneer Press, and after a short chase, police were able to stop the vehicle and apprehend the suspects.
The 20-year-old suspect, along with two men, ages 27 and 28, all from St. Paul, who were inside the vehicle now await formal charges in the Ramsey County jail.

Minneapolis Shooting Leaves ma Dead in Van

A man was found dead due to gun shot wounds in a van in Minneapolis early Wednesday morning as reported by the Star Tribune.
Police got the call about a man slumped over in a minivan around 9:30 a.m.
Sgt. William Palmer, Minneapolis police spokesman told the Pioneer Press.
The mini van was parked on the side of the road near the intersection of California St. and Lowry Ave. in northeast Minneapolis.
The man’s identity and cause of death will be released as soon as the Hennepin County medical examiner is has finished the examination.
So far police have no suspects and no idea as to how long the man had been dead.
This is the city’s second homicide of the new year according to the Star Tribune.

House Moves Across the Ice in White Bear Lake

A 60-ton house was transported across a 100-yard stretch of ice on White Bear Lake reported the Star Tribune.
The two-story house was moved from Manitou Island on dollies with 64 tires to Matoska Park on the other side of the lake leaving no more than a few cracks in the ice behind.
Onlookers gathered shortly after 10 a.m. on Wednesday to watch the house make its journey across the ice which took only 25 minutes.
The move was well under way by late Thursday afternoon according to the Pioneer Press. The house was already uprooted, rigged onto two giant girders, and hauled to the shore by a truck at only about 2 mph.
The home was built during the late 1800’s as a residence for Manitou Island’s caretakers and was remodeled in 1990 according to the Pioneer Press, but the Star Tribune reports it was remodeled in 1991.
The current owner, Doug Kreamer of Kreamer Construction, told the Star Tribune he bought the house because of its history and wanted to save it.
Preparations for the move included removing the screened in porch from the house, and reinforcing the ice by pumping water over the surface.
From the Park, the house will be relocated a couple blocks to a neighborhood lot on Sixth Street where it will wait until spring when a proper hole can be dug for a basement and foundation.