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ST. PAUL - It took 30 years, but Michael Withers finally admitted he strangled an 81-year-old woman during a burglary attempt inside her St. Paul home during the winter of 1987. Withers made the admission Friday in Ramsey County District Court as three of Lillian Kuller’s granddaughters listened from the gallery. After reaching a plea deal with the state, Withers, 60, pleaded guilty to one count of unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony.
ST. PAUL — A man under investigation for his role in his girlfriend's death inside her St. Paul home earlier this summer has been charged with her murder. Ivan Walker, 33, faces one count of intentional second-degree murder in the death of Shana Hollins, according to an amended criminal complaint filed against him Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Ramsey County District Court. The charge comes more than a month after police were called to an East Side townhome around 7 a.m. on July 23 after a young man reported that his mother's boyfriend may have killed her.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis man who murdered a 32-year-old father in front of his children last summer will spend the rest of his life in prison. The sentence came Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court about two weeks after a jury convicted James Woodard of first-degree murder without the possibility of parole in the death of Divittin Hos
MINNEAPOLIS — A U.S. Postal Service employee is accused of firing a shotgun into the Federal Reserve Bank building in downtown Minneapolis last month while some employees were still inside and hundreds of spectators were gathered outside to watch a fireworks display. The Minneapolis Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team arrested Christopher Douglas Wood on Monday, Aug. 20, as he was leaving his St. Paul apartment in the 2300 block of Long Avenue after a U.S. postal inspector helped investigators link him to the incident, legal documents say.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—An Eden Prairie man is accused of helping his apparently ailing wife kill herself, authorities say. Thomas James Houck, 61, was charged Monday with one count of aiding another's suicide, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Hennepin County District Court. Houck initially told law enforcement that during the early morning hours on Thursday, he discovered his wife dead when he woke up to use the bathroom, telling authorities at the time that she had "euthanized herself" via asphyxiation, charges say.
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul man faces federal charges after illegally shipping turtles to Hong Kong under the guise he was mailing toys, authorities say. Rene Patrick Vargas, 32, was charged Monday, Aug. 6, with three counts of false labeling under the Lacey Act, according to information released Tuesday by the United States Attorney's District of Minnesota Office. Vargas allegedly shipped 38 North American box turtles labeled as "toys" or "components" to Hong Kong between June 1 and June 14 of last year, charges say.
ST. PAUL — A former state government employee who claims she was fired after raising concerns about what she said was a "toxic" work environment is taking her case to court. Nancy Omondi, the former division director for the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Regulation Division, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state department in Ramsey County District Court this week.
ST. PAUL—Shortly after an Eagan woman passed out behind the wheel at a St. Paul intersection, she suddenly shifted into reverse and pinned another woman who'd stopped to check on her between their two vehicles, authorities say. Then she took off, traveling at about 75 miles an hour down city streets before crashing into another vehicle, court documents say. Jean Marie Dominguez's Chevy Equinox eventually rammed into a city light pole and metal fence outside Johnson High School, according to charges filed against her Wednesday, July 25.
ST. PAUL—A Minneapolis man was granted a stayed sentence after he repeatedly struck a police officer attempting to resolve an order for protection violation in St. Paul last spring. The officer went to the hospital with a head wound. Ramsey County District Judge Nicole Starr delivered the stayed sentence at a hearing held for Coni Lamark Shegog on Wednesday afternoon, July 11. It was handed down roughly two months after the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer in the case.
MINNEAPOLIS—It was the faintest of movements, three toes barely wiggling. Jack Jablonski was sitting on his parents' deck in Minneapolis before heading out to dinner on the Fourth of July when it happened. He'd taken his shoes off to alleviate swelling in his feet. With a couple of moments to spare, he tried to repeat the tiny movement he had worked to replicate since it happened this past December.