St. Paul Pioneer Press Staff
ST. PAUL -- A rural Anoka County man was charged Friday, April 13, with felony arson and assault after he allegedly set an RV and a house on fire, then attacked two firefighters who responded to the scene earlier this week. Jon Vernon Tuma, 39, of Linwood Township was charged with two counts of first-degree arson and two counts of second-degree assault Friday in Anoka County District Court. Bail was set at $1 million.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- State authorities have identified the officer who fatally shot an armed man while responding to a call here about a suicidal person early Thursday, April 12. Deputy Brian Krook, who has been with the Washington County sheriff’s office for eight years, shot and killed Benjamin William Evans, 23, of Lake Elmo, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday. Krook has been placed on administrative leave pending a BCA investigation.
RAMSEY, Minn. -- One man was killed and another arrested Friday night, April 6, when the car they were riding in went off the road and rolled in Ramsey, Minn., a northern suburb of the Twin Cities. The body of a 20-year-old man was found in the road when Ramsey police responded to the crash in the 15100 block of St. Francis Boulevard about 10:50 p.m., according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. It was believed he had been ejected from the vehicle.
ST. PAUL -- A guard at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater was assaulted by an inmate Thursday morning, March 29, according to the state’s Department of Corrections. The attack is the latest on staff at Minnesota prisons recently. Ten employees were injured in attacks last week at the nearby Oak Park Heights prison. Few details were available Thursday on the Stillwater prison incident.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- One man was killed and a woman was wounded early Saturday morning, March 24, in a shooting in a movie theater parking lot here. Officers responded to a call at about 1:30 a.m. after a fight broke out between occupants of a party bus, where people were celebrating a birthday. The dispute spilled out into the AMC Showplace 16 parking lot, where many of the revelers had parked their cars.
SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. -- A pedestrian was fatally struck by a motorist in Spring Lake Park on Monday, officials say. The 59-year-old Forest Lake man was apparently dressed in dark clothing and walking in the southbound lanes of Minnesota 65 about 8 p.m. when he was struck by a minivan driven by a 30-year-old Fridley woman, according to a news release issued by the Anoka County sheriff’s office. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
SCANDIA, Min. -- A Scandia man who apparently shot and killed his wife before turning the handgun on himself in November had a blood alcohol level of 0.11, law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Autopsy results show Clarence Seefert, 66, died Nov. 17 as a result of a gunshot wound to the head, and Melissa Seefert, 65, died as a result of severe loss of blood due to gunshot wounds to the chest and left arm.
ST. PAUL -- A woman is dead and a man is in custody following the report of a shooting Friday evening, March 9, in the Greater East Side neighborhood of St. Paul. The shooting report came in about 5:45 p.m. from the 1900 block of Cottage Avenue East, according to St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster. Officers arrived to find a woman with an apparent gunshot wound. St. Paul paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS—Minnesota added 2,500 jobs in January, according to the latest employment figures released Thursday, March 8, by the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January held steady at 3.3 percent. The U.S. rate is 4.1 percent. "While job growth over the past year was slower than earlier data suggested, the economy is still growing and businesses are hiring," said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. Minnesota's job count was 2,946,200 in January.