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ST. PAUL - Five people accused of facilitating an international forced-prostitution ring with ties to the Twin Cities were found guilty Wednesday, Dec. 12. The verdicts followed a six-week trial in U.S. District Court in St. Paul and bring the total number of people convicted in the criminal enterprise to 36. Thirty-one others had already pleaded guilty to their roles in coercing hundreds of Thai women to engage in commercial sex acts across the country, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s office of Minnesota.
ST. PAUL—A New Hope man accused of murdering a Mendota Heights financial adviser in her office while he was on the run from police last summer pleaded guilty Tuesday, May 8. Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 45, shot and killed Beverly Cory while he was fleeing police on July 29 after committing a home-invasion robbery earlier that day, according to a news release issued Tuesday by Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom. An autopsy showed Cory, 48, of Maplewood died of a single bullet wound to the head.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minneapolis woman accused of planning to join al-Qaida in Afghanistan and setting a series of fires at St. Catherine University in St. Paul had schematics of campus buildings on her mobile phone, along with a list identifying "worrisome" items, such as "pressure cooker" and "nails," according new court filings by federal prosecutors.
A shooting on Minnesota 65 in Fridley left one person seriously injured and snarled traffic during rush hour on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 14, police say. Officers were dispatched about 4:20 p.m. to the scene of a crash at Minnesota 65 and Medtronic Parkway, according to a news release issued by the Fridley Police Department. Multiple 911 callers reported that a man involved in the crash was armed with a knife and was attempting to assault another driver.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Nobody was injured Monday afternoon, Feb. 5, when a student at the Harmony Learning Center fired a school liaison officer’s gun, Maplewood police say. The officer was sitting on a bench talking with some students about 1:45 p.m., when a third-grader pressed the trigger of the officer’s holstered weapon, according to a news release issued by the Maplewood Police Department.
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. — A Cottage Grove man was convicted late Wednesday, Jan. 31, of first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his wife. After trying to hire a hit man online, Stephen Allwine drugged Amy Allwine before shooting her in the head and posing her body to suggest she had committed suicide, prosecutors said.
ST. PAUL—Long-simmering tensions between local labor and business interests boiled over into a pair of violent riots that shook St. Paul in late 1917. Dozens of people were injured and property damage ran into the thousands of dollars during the unrest, which paralyzed the city for several days in October and again in December. The Minnesota Home Guard was ultimately deployed to restore order. "2,500 RIOTERS ATTACK TROLLEY CARS; 40 MEN HURT; HOME GUARD CALLED OUT," screamed a Pioneer Press headline on Dec. 3, 1917.
WARNING: The video embedded within this article contains strong language that some might find offensive. ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul police officer has apologized for his behavior in a Facebook video recorded Thursday afternoon. The 34-second video, which was posted by Facebook user Andrew Casey shortly after 1 p.m., begins in the middle of a confrontation between Casey and officer Benny Williams, who was on duty but dressed in plain clothes.
WOODBURY, Minn.—A Woodbury woman who enslaved and violently abused her housekeeper was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 24, to be deported after she spends a year in prison. Lili Huang, 36, received a nearly identical sentence earlier this month from a Washington County judge after she pleaded guilty to charges of assault and withholding documents in furtherance of forced labor. The yearlong prison sentences will be served concurrently.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A former Mrs. America was convicted Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court of stealing $5,500 from Macy’s by switching the price tags on clothes she returned. A jury found Jennifer Kline, 51, of Wayzata, guilty of one count of theft by swindle after a seven-day trial. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 18. In November 2015, Kline spent nearly $5,800 on clothing at the Southdale Macy’s in Edina, paying for her purchases with a credit card, according to the criminal complaint.