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ST. PAUL — A teacher who alerted authorities about a possible gun at Como Park Senior High Wednesday, March 21, overheard a student telling friends he planned to "bust (another teen's) head off," authorities say. She also reportedly heard him mention a gun. The tip led police to pull 16-year-old Darrion Isaiah Gresham from his classroom Wednesday morning. As they patted him down, a loaded, black handgun was found tucked in his waistband, legal documents say.
ST. PAUL—A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed against Regions Hospital after staff accidentally discarded a family's stillborn baby in the hospital's dirty laundry after promising to cremate the remains. An attorney representing the hospital wrote a letter to the judge hearing the case last month informing him the matter was settled, according to a legal document filed in Ramsey County District Court.
LITTLE CANADA, Minn.—An employee at a group home here is accused of sexually assaulting a woman with severe mental and physical disabilities who lives at the residence. Peter Daniel Hackman, 27, was charged via warrant with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. Hackman raped the resident while he was caring for her at the home located in the 500 block of Allen Avenue the morning of March 7, authorities say.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.—More than a year since an Arden Hills collision killed two teens and severely injured another, investigators think the answer to its cause may be locked in a cellphone. More than a year since a Maple Grove woman's SUV collided into a vehicle carrying three Mounds View High School students at an Arden Hills intersection, investigators are seeking to access her phone to determine if she was using it at the time of the crash.
ST. PAUL—Nicholas Barghini had a system. First, he instructed his young students to lie on their stomachs across chairs or a couch he set up for the private acting classes he taught at various St. Paul libraries last summer. Next, after positioning himself at their feet and removing the students' socks and shoes, he told them to start reading from a monologue. Then, with their heads facing away from him, he unzipped his pants and masturbated.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Shortly after ramming her vehicle into the back of a squad car earlier this week, a Maplewood woman reached for the trooper's gun and told him to shoot her, authorities say. Andrea Elizabeth Perez, 47, now faces one count of first-degree assault against a peace officer, according to the criminal complaint filed against her Thursday, March 8, in Ramsey County District Court. Perez also was charged via warrant with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and attempting to disarm a peace officer.
Upset that the woman had turned down his romantic advances, a Minneapolis man urinated in his co-worker’s water bottle, authorities say. Conrrado Cruz Perez, 47, was charged with two counts of adulterating a substance with bodily fluids, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. The first count is a gross-misdemeanor; the second is a misdemeanor. Deputies responded to a Perkins restaurant in Vadnais Heights last October after a 42-year-old employee at the restaurant reported that she was being harassed by a baker.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The Vadnais Heights father of a 13-year-old boy who reportedly threatened a classmate had a machine gun and a short-barreled shotgun — both illegal — among several other firearms discovered at his home last week, authorities said. Christopher Lloyd Stowe; his wife, Lisa Stowe; and their son all face criminal charges after police responded to a reported threat at a Maplewood school in the Twin Cities area last week.
A St. Paul man confessed to using a steel pipe to repeatedly strike an intruder he discovered in his garage last summer until the man stopped moving. Then he covered up his dead body and let it decompose on his property for weeks. John Michael Erickson made the admission during a plea hearing in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday morning. The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Allan “Buddy” Bishara Aguilar, 47. Erickson also pleaded guilty to interference with a dead body.
FALCON HEIGHT, Minn. — You probably won't notice the biggest change coming to the Minnesota State Fair this summer, and that's the way the Keenans want it. After 102 years of operating Ye Old Mill — the country's oldest operating tunnel of love — the family is handing over the reins. They've sold the storied fairgrounds staple to the State Fair itself, meaning a Keenan won't be manning the wooden canal boat ride for the first time in more than a century when the Great Minnesota Get-Together opens in August, according to Jim Keenan.