Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL— For Jamie Heutmaker, Thursday, May 31, was 49 years in the making. On a hot summer’s day in 1969, Heutmaker, then 14, and one of his peers were sexually abused by a priest from the Church of St. Mark in St. Paul. Although the Rev. Jerome Kern’s conduct was reported to Catholic Church staff by his parents, it wasn’t until now, Heutmaker said, that he felt some measure of justice.
ST. PAUL—Cathy LaMere started the countdown as soon as her son was convicted. Sentenced to 10 years for providing the drug his friend died using, she knew he'd get out in about six with good behavior. Last February, Timothy LaMere was released from prison on Valentine's Day into a halfway house. In September, he was finally back on his own. "I had all kinds of plans," Cathy LaMere recalled of what she'd hoped to do with her newly reunited family.
ST. PAUL -- The granddaughter of one of St. Paul’s most prolific philanthropists has been charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her former employer. Tawnee Marie Nasseff, 48, was charged Monday via summons with six counts of theft by swindle for misappropriating more than $500,000 from a St. Paul law firm she worked at for nearly 20 years, according to the criminal complaint filed against her in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL -- About half an hour after closing time this past February, a St. Paul man walked into a bar on Arcade Street and tried to order a drink. When the bartender at Vogel’s Lounge told John Wesley Dornfeld that the establishment was done serving alcohol for the night, the 25-year-old took matters into his own hands, authorities say. Dornfeld lunged across the bar this past Feb. 9 and tried to grab a bottle of alcohol, causing the bartender and other patrons to detain him, according to the criminal complaint filed against him Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL—Nicholas Lofquist-Sprangel didn't have to go to great lengths to steal from John Nasseff while he worked as the late St. Paul philanthropist's overnight caretaker. He just waited for the infirm man to shuffle into the bathroom with his walker. Then, moments alone, Lofquist-Sprangel rifled through the wealthy benefactor's wallet and dresser drawers, pocketing cash, watches, cufflinks and other valuables.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man faces a murder charge after crashing into a car while drunkenly fleeing police and killing the other driver, authorities say. Shawn Michael Konder, 26, was charged with third-degree murder, two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of terrorist threats, according to the criminal complaint filed against him Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court.
A Minneapolis man was charged in the beating of a Metro Transit bus driver last week, leaving the driver bloodied and temporarily vision-impaired, authorities say. Sterling Smith, 26, faces one count of third-degree assault for his alleged involvement in the attack, which took place April 10 at a bus stop at Emerson and 15th avenues north in Minneapolis, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. The incident began after three women boarded the bus at the stop and one of them reportedly began swearing, authorities say.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who posted his ex-girlfriend’s address on Facebook along with a message urging men to visit her for sex will spend a couple of weeks in jail for the scheme. Kou Thao, 45, was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Ramsey County District Court Wednesday on one count of violating a harassment/restraining order. He previously faced stalking allegations but that count was dropped as part of a plea deal Thao reached with the prosecutor. The restraining order violation is a misdemeanor.
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul man was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison for repeatedly striking an intruder he discovered in his garage last summer until the man stopped moving. Allan "Buddy" Mischara Aguilar, 47, died from the blows. Instead of reporting what happened to law enforcement, John Michael Erickson decided to cover up what had happened and hide Aguilar's body in his garage. It decomposed there for weeks before being discovered.
ST. PAUL—Destiny Xiong reached down for her cellphone just before smashing into a line of cars backed up on Interstate 35W in New Brighton almost two years ago. The collision left a St. Paul woman dead, a toddler without her mom, a man without his fiancee, and a family seared by grief. It's a story a Ramsey County district judge ordered Xiong to continue telling at the Hudson, Wis., woman's sentencing hearing Tuesday. April 3, on one count of misdemeanor-level careless driving.