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Woman, 60, found dead in streets of St. Paul

The body of a woman was found laying in the streets of north St. Paul early Wednesday, said.

According to St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell, the woman, 60, died due to a heart attack, said. 

The death was initially reported as a hit and run. Six hours into the investigation police diagnosed her death was caused because of cardiac arrest.

"There was no trauma or evidence of trauma at the scene," Schnell said.

The name of the woman has not been released until her relatives are notified, said.

St. Paul woman, 81, tied up during home robbery

An St. Paul woman was tied up as her house was broken into and robbed on Monday, said.


The woman, 81, was there for about seven hours before a relative came to help, Pioneer Press said.


The woman answered her door before 8 o'clock to a man who said her neighbor was being robbed. As she went to call the cops, he broke a window, forced his was in and began to demand money.


After she gave him what money was in her purse, he took her upstairs to her bedroom where he tied her hands and ankles while he ransacked her house, the woman told police.


Before the robber left he called 911, giving them the wrong address.


The suspect was described as a "chubby" build, black man in his 30s.


Police are wondering if the suspect is connected to the robbery of an 82-year-old man's house on Oct. 29, which was done in the same fashion.

Gopher Basketball player pleads guilty

EDINA, Minn.-- Suspended Minnesota freshman,Royce White pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and theft for shoplifting and scuffle incident that happened at the Mall of America in October, said

White was originally charged with fifth-degree assault, after stealing $100 worth of merchandise then getting into an argument and scuffle with a security guard, said.

"It was time to be done," White's attorney F. Clayton Tyler said.

White was fined $300 for court costs and $300 for the theft. He has 30 days to pay the fines.

White is also a suspect of a computer theft that occurred in a University of Minnesota dormitory. Cameras allegedly show White leaving the dormitory around the time of the incident.

Buffalo Middle School teacher charged for lusty notes to students

BUFFALO, Minn--A middle school teacher was put on administrative leave after for allegedly writing lust-filled notes to 7th-grade girls, said.


Martin Lee Bartels, 53, of Anoka, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Wright County District Court, said.

The complaint was defended with video surveillance of Bartels putting the notes in the girls' lockers. Police also gained access to his work computer and took "screen shots" as he typed others.

Bartels admitted to writing the two notes. He said the bodies of the 12-year-old and 13-year-old girls turned him on.

U student held in Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa--Two Twin Cities activists are being held in Iowa on conspiracy charges from 2004, said.


Scott DeMuth, 22 and Carrie Feldman, 20, are were subpoenaed to a grand jury believed to be connected to an incident at the University of Iowa in 2004, which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, said.


DeMuth, a University of Minnesota sociology graduate student, and Feldman, a former St. Catherine University student, have declined to testify and have been held in civil contempt.


The two were apart of Animal Liberation Front, a group that claimed responsibility for an incident that happened in Nov. 2004. ALF broke into research laboratories and released test animals while destroying computers and research data at the University of Iowa, the group's Web site said.


"It would not be a far stretch to assume that these subpoenas are being used as a fishing expedition for information and as a punitive action against the beliefs we hold and the legal work that we do," DeMuth has said.

Semi overturns spilling hazardous material on highway

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn.--A semitrailer overturned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 52 and Interstate  Highway 494 on Wednesday, closing the road for more than seven hours, said.

The truck spilled sodium hydroxide solution a little before noon driving through the rain and Thanksgiving Day traffic, said.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation spent the day cleaning up the spill, said Capt. Matt Langer of the State Patrol.

The spill is "just a contact concern" and poses no risk to the public, Langer said. "Quite a lot of liquid spilled.

The driver was not seriously injured in the accident.

Eagan woman dies after being stuck by car in St. Paul

ST. PAUL--A 20-year-old Eagan woman died after being struck by a car last Monday in St. Paul, said.


Alexandria Jane Mardell, a St. Catherine University student, stopped to wave goodbye to friends on West 7th Street before she was struck. Mardell was taken to Regions Hospital where she died overnight, said.


Mardell had turned to wave goodbye to friends when she stepped in front of a car, Charlotte Mardell, the victim's mother said.


The driver of the vehicle was a 33-year-old Eagan woman. No alcohol or drugs has been connected to the incident, police said.


Mardell was majoring in communications and business with aspirations of becoming a business woman in New York or California, Charlotte Mardell said.


The accident is still under investigation.

Man arrested on suspicion of NE Minneapolis stabbing

 MINNEAPOLIS--A Minneapolis man was arrested on Sunday suspicion of killing another Minneapolis man on Saturday,

The 31-year-old man was connected to the stabbing of Brandon Keeler on Lowry Avenue NE in Minneapolis, said.


"He was the kind of guy that if he had the means to help you, he would," Carl Bartel, a longtime friend, said. "And if he needed help, he wouldn't ask for it."


Friends of Keeler said there was nothing that appeared out of order with Keeler.


"He was always very happy," Jason Clifford, a friend, said. "I don't know who would dislike him."

HOPKINS, Minn.--A Hopkins man was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole on Thursday for arranging the death of his girlfriend's fetus, said.

Dameon Gatson, 25, paid a friend $40 to punch his pregnant girlfriend, Shyloe Linde, twice in the stomach. She was 6 months pregnant, said.

Gatson was sentenced with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Emmett Donnelly, Gatson's defense attorney, is seeking a new trial on the grounds that

Man found dead in Minneapolis

Minneapolis--Emergency responders found a Minneapolis man dead this morning in northeast Minneapolis, said.

Authorities found the man unconscious on Lowry Avenue NE and suspect "suspicious circumstances," said.

Information on how the man died or his name has not been released. The Minneapolis Police Homicide Unit is investigating the death.

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