St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A 17-year-old student has been arrested in the north metro after a threat led the St. Francis, Minn., school districts to cancel classes on Friday, Feb. 23. The verbal threat was reported to St. Francis police on Thursday. The student was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of threatening violence against Crossroads School and Vocation Center. Police said the threat was not related to previous incidents in the district that have been investigated after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school.
FRIDLEY, Minn. -- A North Dakota man who was shot by a bystander after reportedly threatening another driver with a knife after a car crash Wednesday in Fridley, a northern Twin Cities suburb, has died of his injuries, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. The man was identified Thursday as Simon Matthew Schiffler, 32, of Williston.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- Two dogs stolen with a vehicle on Sunday night were returned to their owners on Monday evening after the Maplewood couple stormed social media and news outlets earlier in the day. Hillary Volkman, one of the owners, said Koda and Willow found their way home with help from a sister of the person who is believed to have perpetrated the crime. Maplewood police were still searching for the suspect as well as the stolen vehicle on Tuesday.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- Maplewood police are seeking the public’s help finding an Australian shepherd and a German shepherd that were in a car stolen Sunday night. The dog owners went into a Holiday Gas Station in this northwest Twin Cities suburb around 6:20 Sunday, authorities said. They left their car idling and the keys in the ignition to keep the dogs — Koda and Willow — warm.
ST. PAUL -- Just hours after selling out his Sept. 28 show at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, Justin Timberlake has added a second performance on Sept. 29.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- Authorities have identified three Maple Grove police officers who discharged their weapons during a Wednesday confrontation with a man who was allegedly wielding a knife. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension: - Officer Jeff Albers, who has been with the Maple Grove Police Department for 20 years, discharged his firearm.
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- A Maple Grove police officer shot and critically wounded a man who was wielding a knife in the northwestern Twin Cities suburb on Wednesday, officials say. Police responded about 2 p.m. to a 911 hang-up call in the 9600 block of Trenton Lane North, where they were confronted in the house by a man with a knife, Maple Grove Police Chief Eric Werner said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man who stole a seat from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis after the Super Bowl has agreed to pay for its replacement. Stadium manager SMG said it plans no further action against the Philadelphia Eagles fan. That seat and two other damaged seats were replaced Tuesday, according to a release. Video of the man with a purple seat in the stadium’s coat check generated more than 190,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon. A traveler later snapped a photo of him at the Minneapolis-St.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former special-education teacher for South St. Paul schools was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Dakota County District Court to three years in prison for twice robbing a West St. Paul pharmacy at gunpoint for prescription pain pills.