Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ST. PAUL — Angry that his pregnant girlfriend called 911 after he overdosed on drugs at her Shoreview home, a Woodbury man sought revenge by spraying the woman and her 4-year-old child in the face with pepper spray, authorities say. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, hours after Jacob Richard Lindekugel's girlfriend had revived him with Narcan, a prescription medicine that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, according to court records.
ST. PAUL — A 17-year-old stole a Lexus from a gas station in St. Paul on Christmas afternoon after the car's owner wouldn't buy the teen cigarettes, authorities say. Parker Steven LaFromboise hopped into the man's car parked outside a SuperAmerica at Lexington Parkway and Front Avenue after the man turned down his request, according to court records. Rashad Turner, 32, told police he was still holding his vehicle's fob, so he wasn't sure how the teen was able to start his car.
ST.. PAUL — A St. Paul man accused of drunken driving and leaving the scene of three accidents he caused on the same night reportedly returned to his truck after the final collision to grab a pack of beer he left behind, authorities say. Then Anthony Steven Iverson cracked one of the cans open and started drinking it, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL — A South St. Paul man found guilty of murder for brutally attacking his girlfriend will get a new trial because of errors his attorney made at trial, according to an opinion by the state's high court. The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday, Dec. 20, reversed Thomas Luby's conviction in the 2015 death of Kelly Ann Anderson and remanded the case back to Dakota County District Court to be retried, according to court records.
ST. PAUL — A St. Catherine University security guard who falsely reported to police that he was shot by a black man will not have to serve any immediate jail time and could avoid it altogether. During his sentencing Monday, Dec. 18, Ramsey County District Judge Nicole Starr ordered Brent Patrick Ahlers to pay about $4,500 in restitution for the expense incurred by law enforcement who spent hours hunting for the fictitious assailant. But Starr gave him an opportunity to avoid jail if he meets other requirements imposed by the court.
ST. PAUL — After Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights nearly a year and a half ago, it seemed like nearly everyone wanted to weigh in on what should happen next. Calls for the officer to be charged came swiftly. Many in the community believed St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez let his irrational fear of a black man who disclosed he was carrying a gun lead him to recklessly kill the 32-year-old while Castile's girlfriend and her 4-year-old child looked on.
STILLWATER, Minn. — A California woman who profited from an international sex-trafficking ring that preyed on foreign-born women in Minnesota won't be going to prison. After reaching a deal with prosecutors in the case, Fangyao Wu, 23, of Irvine, Calif., received a stayed sentence Monday, Nov. 13, in Washington County District Court after pleading guilty to one felony count of racketeering, court records say.