Mara H. Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ST. PAUL—After a Twin Cities TV anchor said St. Paul officers looked up her private driver's license information for non-law enforcement purposes, the city council agreed Wednesday, Jan. 3, to settle her federal lawsuit for $33,000.
ST. PAUL — Six gang members barred from having guns found a way to get them, and the weapons were used in an "ongoing gang war" in St. Paul, authorities said Thursday, Dec. 28, as they announced federal charges. The rivalry between HAM Crazy and other gangs has led to several gang members on both sides being shot or killed, according to the indictment, which was unsealed in full Thursday. The indictment alleges that six members of HAM Crazy, which stands for Hoes and Money, conspired to illegally possess at least nine firearms between January 2014 and April.
ST. PAUL—One by one, people gathered outside a St. Paul home on Thursday night and began singing Christmas carols — "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," "Silent Night" and more. Soon, they each carried a gift to the house. There were about 100 people outside the East Side residence and they were mostly strangers to the family who lives there, but they had a message: They couldn't believe that their healthy 16-year-old son and brother, Miguel Gonzalez, had fallen ill and died suddenly. And they wanted to bring them some joy.
ST. PAUL—After a 29-year-old man raised a gun toward a St. Paul police officer in March, the officer told investigators "he reluctantly held off from shooting" to "give him every opportunity" to drop the gun, according to a decision released by the Ramsey County attorney's office Friday not to charge two officers who fatally shot him. But Cordale Handy again pointed the gun at the officer, and the officers shot him.