Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—St. Paul has been dropped as a party in a slew of multi-million dollar lawsuits that sprang from a St. Paul police officer's handling of an allegedly fabricated federal sex trafficking. A federal judge ruled this week that the suits failed to support allegations that it was any of the city's customs, practices or policies that influenced the lead investigator's botched handling of the case, nor that such behavior was widespread among other police officers, according to court documents.
MINNEAPOLIS — The volunteer headquarters that will help orchestrate the Super Bowl when it comes to town next winter opens its doors this weekend. Crew 52 Volunteer Headquarters will officially open at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, according to the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Located at 40 Seventh St. S. inside the Minneapolis City Center, the site will serve as the screening grounds for those interested in joining the hordes of volunteers needed to pull off the sporting extravaganza.
MAHTOMEDI, Minn. — Shortly after a Mahtomedi man was arrested on suspicion of trafficking his former girlfriend for sex, he called the woman he's accused of victimizing and pleaded with her to defend him against the allegations, authorities say Shaun Michael Maubach, 32, reportedly made the call while in custody in Washington County in early July. He repeatedly asked the woman to be "in his corner" and tried to persuade her not to follow through on her plans to seek an order for protection against him, according to court documents.
ST. PAUL — An Anoka man admitted in court Monday, Aug. 7, to angrily posting nude pictures of his ex on a fake Facebook account after their relationship ended and she began seeing someone else. Michael Weigel, 39, pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to one count of nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images after reaching a plea deal in his case with prosecutors, court records say.
ST. PAUL — Charges have been dismissed against a cousin of Philando Castile who was accused of throwing objects at police in a protest that broke out on Interstate 94 in St. Paul shortly after Castile was fatally shot by a police officer last summer. Officials with the Carver County attorney's office announced their decision to drop the case against Louis Hunter on Wednesday morning, Aug. 2.
ST. PAUL—Wielding musical instruments and signs, a small crowd of protesters gathered in front of Ramsey County Attorney John Choi's office in downtown St. Paul on Friday morning with a unified rallying cry. "Drop the charges," they shouted between bursts of music and brief speeches.
ST. PAUL—A supervisor in the accounts payable department at Hamline University accused of orchestrating an elaborate fraud scheme admitted to the conduct in court this week. Teresa Garin, 51, of St. Paul pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of felony-level theft by swindle, court records say. Her public defender did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Garin stole more than $150,000 from the school by creating fake vendor accounts and cashing checks issued by the university into her personal bank account, according to criminal complaints.
ST. PAUL—The leader of a local activist group concerned with police brutality is calling out one of the attorneys who represented former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez for allegedly displaying racism toward a juror during the officer's trial. Michelle Gross, president of Communities United Against Police Brutality, filed a complaint in late June with the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility about what she says was unprofessional conduct on the part of defense attorney Earl Gray.
ST. PAUL — The judge who presided over the trial of a St. Anthony police officer charged with manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile defended jurors' decision to acquit him in a letter he wrote them after the case concluded. Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III penned the letter late last month about a week after the jury's verdict was delivered in a tense courtroom crowded with Castile's and Jeronimo Yanez's family and friends after five days of deliberation.
ST. PAUL — Diamond Reynolds pleaded not guilty Wednesday, June 28, to charges alleging she assaulted a woman with a hammer in St. Paul along with two accomplices last winter. The plea was entered at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center as Reynolds, 27, stood next to two of her attorneys. Also during the hearing, her attorney, Karlowba Adams Powell, asked the judge if it would be OK for Reynolds to travel out of the state and country in the coming months to make various appearances.