Mara H. Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Community meetings about Level 3 predatory offenders have become somewhat commonplace in St. Paul, but an upcoming meeting — involving 12 offenders — has drawn attention and ire from some. One woman asked on Facebook: Why are "we even housing predators (and) giving them a chance to re-offend"? Another suggested the men should be put on an island together, away from children. Others mused on the intersection of civil rights and protection of society, and proposed that people attend the community meeting to find out more.
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul woman took a side job of charging electric rental scooters, thinking it could bring in a little extra money and help pay down her student loans. But now her family is warning about a danger they never saw coming. While eight Lime scooters were charging in their Highland Park garage, a fire broke out.
ST. PAUL—What happened to 20-year-old Dylan Fulton, who died at his fraternity house in St. Paul on Wednesday, could have happened to anyone, his family said Thursday. "It is with a very heavy heart that I share this but I want people to know the real Dylan and not let this horrific, unimaginable tragedy define the man Dylan truly was," Fulton's family said in a statement. "This could have been anyone's son/brother/grandson/nephew/cousin.....GOOD KID." Fulton, who was from a small town in central South Dakota, was valedictorian of the Miller High School class of 2017.
ST. PAUL — Both police officers who responded to a St. Paul apartment 20 years ago shared the same thought — that when they found the children and removed the tight ligatures from their necks, they could save them. All six kids were still warm to the touch and paramedics were right there to render aid. In the moments after a woman reported she had killed her children, officers Sheila Larson and Tony Chaffee were in shock over what they were seeing. They could only focus on trying to help.
ST. PAUL—After recent shootings in St. Paul, African-American community members had a message on Tuesday: "Turn yourself in." Two people were fatally shot in St. Paul last week and others injured in shootings, including three individuals outside a bar on Saturday night. Charges have been filed against people in two of the homicides and police said the other cases remain under investigation.
ST. PAUL—St. Paul police officers fatally shot a 43-year-old man after he raised a gun "in a sweeping fashion over the officers," Police Chief Todd Axtell said Friday, Aug. 17, as he released body camera footage of the incident. Mayor Melvin Carter, along with some of William James Hughes' family and community members, had called for the release of the video in the Aug. 5 shooting. But the footage left some people with more questions.
ST. PAUL—When the family of William "Billy" James Hughes found out he had been fatally shot by St. Paul police officers, they said, "Not again," his aunt explained Monday, Aug. 6. A cousin of Hughes', Philip Quinn, was killed in a confrontation with officers in St. Paul in 2015. "When is it going to stop?" Kathy Ficken, the aunt of Hughes and Quinn, said as she wept after a rally in Minneapolis. "They have to stop. ... They're ruining everybody's life. ... He needs justice."
MINNEAPOLIS—Police officers' body-camera videos captured the last moments of Thurman Blevins' life: The 31-year-old is seen running from Minneapolis police with a gun, shouting at them "Please don't shoot," pointing a gun toward officers and then police shooting him. But footage of the foot chase and its aftermath doesn't settle the shooting for many people.
ST. PAUL—St. Paul police arrested city council candidate David Martinez Monday morning, July 16, on suspicion of violating the state's revenge porn law, according to a police spokesman. On Saturday, a blog post appeared on Martinez's campaign website and included a photo of a woman whose breasts were exposed. The post said Martinez's estranged wife had obtained a restraining order against him. Martinez's wife confirmed to an investigator that the photo was her, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.