Mara H. Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—As a woman sat on the ledge of a St. Paul bridge Tuesday, the city's police chief worked with another officer to pull her to safety. Todd Axtell just left breakfast and was heading to police headquarters about 8:30 a.m. when he heard a call dispatched about a woman getting ready to jump from the Robert Street Bridge. He was about two blocks away and he headed to the bridge.
ST. PAUL—A dad and a beloved St. Paul barber was on his way home Friday, April 21, when he was fatally injured by a man speeding away from police. A longtime friend remembered LaShay Whittaker, 41, as the kind of man who used to give free haircuts to boys before the school year started at Grooming House on Selby Avenue at Milton Street. "Shay was a really good guy who wanted to help our community," said Dora Jones, founder and executive director of Mentoring Young Adults, on Monday, April 23. "It's just a tragedy that we lost him."
ST. PAUL — A 48-year-old man answered a knock at a St. Paul home and was suddenly face-to-face with two men with handguns who pushed their way inside. They pistol whipped the man and forced other family members to lie on the ground at gunpoint. One of the suspects dragged a 12-year-old girl to a bedroom and threatened to sexually assault her if they didn't get the money they sought, according to criminal complaints.
ST. PAUL—On the day DeShawn Lloyd Perry Jr. turned 21, his family had to say goodbye to him. Perry was listed in critical condition since Friday, March 30, when he was a passenger in a vehicle his friend crashed into a Green Line light-rail power pole in St. Paul. He died Monday, shortly before midnight, on his birthday. "He was a very energetic and likable kid," said his cousin, Danny Givens. "He would draw people in with his smile and people just wanted to be around him."
ST. PAUL—Law enforcement in the Twin Cities has been running Operation Guardian Angel for four years — conducting undercover stings against men trying to buy sex from juveniles — but their work was never as intense as during the Super Bowl, officials said Tuesday, Feb. 20. During the 11 days around the Feb. 4 game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, officers arrested 94 men in sex trafficking stings. All but four were felony arrests.
ST. PAUL—Some people who pinned their hopes on attending the Super Bowl in Minneapolis fell victim to scammers — law enforcement found 154 counterfeit tickets on game day, officials said Tuesday, Feb. 20. The number of fake tickets presented at the game was seven times more than those discovered in Houston during last year's Super Bowl, according to Minneapolis police Lt. Kim Lund.
ST. PAUL—Tuesday marked 11 years since Beauford Jackson III beat his 15-month-old daughter to death in St. Paul and the man is now a fugitive, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Jackson, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree, unintentional murder of Destiny Jackson in 2007 in exchange for a sentence of 13 years and 9 months. Inmates in Minnesota prisons generally serve two-thirds of their sentences behind bars and the rest on supervised release in the community.
ST. PAUL — The board that licenses Minnesota police officers on Thursday, Jan. 25, approved an expansion of the type of crimes that would trigger a review of an officer's license for potential discipline. The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training unanimously voted to add misdemeanor domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and fourth-degree DWI to the list.
ST. PAUL—The gunshot that injured a 17-year-old passenger in St. Paul earlier this week came from inside the vehicle, not outside, as witnesses initially reported to officers, police said Wednesday. Officers were originally told the girl was shot in the upper chest, but they later determined the bullet entered her back and exited through her chest, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. She survived the shooting.
ST. PAUL — As a teenager in St. Paul, becoming a police officer was the farthest thing from Mailia Yaung's mind. Yaung said she grew up in a household with domestic abuse, but never realized how widespread the problem was until she started working as a clerk at the Ramsey County Workhouse. She saw how many people served sentences for domestic violence.