Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Nicholas Barghini had a system. First, he instructed his young students to lie on their stomachs across chairs or a couch he set up for the private acting classes he taught at various St. Paul libraries last summer. Next, after positioning himself at their feet and removing the students' socks and shoes, he told them to start reading from a monologue. Then, with their heads facing away from him, he unzipped his pants and masturbated.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. — Shortly after ramming her vehicle into the back of a squad car earlier this week, a Maplewood woman reached for the trooper's gun and told him to shoot her, authorities say. Andrea Elizabeth Perez, 47, now faces one count of first-degree assault against a peace officer, according to the criminal complaint filed against her Thursday, March 8, in Ramsey County District Court. Perez also was charged via warrant with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and attempting to disarm a peace officer.
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. Deputies responded to a Perkins restaurant in Vadnais Heights last October after a 42-year-old employee at the restaurant reported that she was being harassed by a baker.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The Vadnais Heights father of a 13-year-old boy who reportedly threatened a classmate had a machine gun and a short-barreled shotgun — both illegal — among several other firearms discovered at his home last week, authorities said. Christopher Lloyd Stowe; his wife, Lisa Stowe; and their son all face criminal charges after police responded to a reported threat at a Maplewood school in the Twin Cities area last week.
A St. Paul man confessed to using a steel pipe to repeatedly strike an intruder he discovered in his garage last summer until the man stopped moving. Then he covered up his dead body and let it decompose on his property for weeks. John Michael Erickson made the admission during a plea hearing in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday morning. The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Allan “Buddy” Bishara Aguilar, 47. Erickson also pleaded guilty to interference with a dead body.
FALCON HEIGHT, Minn. — You probably won't notice the biggest change coming to the Minnesota State Fair this summer, and that's the way the Keenans want it. After 102 years of operating Ye Old Mill — the country's oldest operating tunnel of love — the family is handing over the reins. They've sold the storied fairgrounds staple to the State Fair itself, meaning a Keenan won't be manning the wooden canal boat ride for the first time in more than a century when the Great Minnesota Get-Together opens in August, according to Jim Keenan.
ST. PAUL — Former Hennepin County Attorney Thomas Johnson stood inside the Ramsey County District Courthouse on Friday morning and rattled off his email address and cellphone number to a handful of reporters gathered nearby. Then he made the unusual request of asking the media to share his personal contact information with the public.
ST. PAUL — Sophia Vuelo is blunt when she describes the state her family was in when they left a refugee camp in Thailand some 40 years ago to relocate to the United States. "We didn't have a dime to our name. ... We truly were poorer than a church mouse," Vuelo recalled this week at her new office in the Ramsey County Courthouse in downtown St. Paul.
ST. PAUL — A Little Canada woman was arrested after deputies found her husband bleeding and holding his intestines in a parking lot outside their apartment New Year's Day, authorities say. Law enforcement officials arrived at the scene on the 400 block of Labore Road after the man called 911 to report that his wife, Denea Chiquita Griffo, had stabbed him with a kitchen knife following an argument, according to the criminal complaint filed against her Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL — A federal bankruptcy judge has rejected both the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' and a group of sexual abuse survivors' proposed bankruptcy reorganization plans, which would have guided the payout to victims of abusive clergy. The ruling issued Thursday, Dec. 28, by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Kressel sends both parties back to the negotiating table with instructions to "put aside their desire to win" so a "resolution that is fair to all of the people involved" can be achieved.