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SAVAGE, Minn.—A Savage man admitted in court Monday, July 23, that he shouldn't have been driving the night he had a seizure in early December 2016 and ran head-on into another vehicle on Interstate 494, leaving three dead, including a toddler. Patrick Hayes made the admission in Hennepin County District Court when he pleaded guilty to five counts for causing the fatal wrong-way crash, authorities say. Hayes entered the pleas as a jury was about to selected for his trial.
A St. Paul police officer admitted in court to driving drunk this past November and crashing into several vehicles with his pickup, authorities say. Cory James Kochendorfer, 38, of Woodbury pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree driving while intoxicated at a plea hearing Monday in Ramsey County District Court. A second drinking and driving charge previously facing Kochendorfer was dropped as part of a plea deal. Kochendorfer’s attorney, Charles Clas, could not be immediately reached for comment Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS—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.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—The husband of a Roseville-based home day care provider is accused of sexually assaulting three children cared for at the site, authorities say. Edgar Noe Lopez-Monter, 44, was charged Thursday with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. Police received a report about the conduct in August after a 6-year-old asked her day care provider, Joy Lopez, to tell her husband to stop kissing her, legal documents say.
ST. PAUL—Misty McKinley met an 84-year-old St. Paul man with signs of dementia at a gas station when she walked up to him and asked him for a ride. Then she started stalking him, showing up uninvited at his house at all hours of the night and intimidating him into giving her additional rides or other favors, authorities say. Eventually, the man told police he started to feel "like a prisoner in his own home."
WOODBURY, Minn.—Hours after a Woodbury man dropped off heroin to a woman last March in New Brighton, her boyfriend called the dealer to say something was wrong, authorities say. The man told John Jay Williams that his girlfriend, Nicole Marie Ritchie, stopped breathing sometime after the couple ingested the drugs Williams delivered, and he asked what to do, according to legal documents.
A 19-year-old was placed on 15 years of probation and told to stay away from Facebook and underage girls after raping a 12-year-old at a friend’s house last year in St. Paul. Ramsey County District Judge Gary Bastian also sentenced Steven Pierre Williams to 354 days in jail but gave him credit for the 354 days he served in the case following his arrest, according to court records.
John Steurer had a favorite put-down for his wife of more than 20 years. “I was about as dumb as a box of rocks. That’s what he’d always tell me,” the woman said from a witness stand Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court. He also liked to remind his now ex-wife that he “owned her” and often kept her isolated at home with their two boys. If she talked about their relationship with other people, he got angry, the woman recalled in court. A few times, he struck her, she said. One time, he assaulted one of their sons.
It was the nature of the Craigslist ad that caught a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent’s attention. The poster said he was looking for “serious girls” who shared his interest in incest and starting a “nudist family.” He went on to describe his desire to get a mother and daughter pregnant at the same time, according to a criminal complaint.