St. Paul Pioneer Press
HOUSTON -- Minnesota United, trailing 2-0 at halftime, scored three unanswered goals in a 23-minute stretch of the second half and beat the defending champion Houston Dynamo 3-2 in a round-of-16 match of the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, June 18, in Houston. Mason Toye scored the game-winner in the 89th minute as the Loons dominated play in the second half. Darwin Quintero scored the other two goals, giving him four in two U.S. Open Cup matches this season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Two University of Minnesota wrestlers were released from custody Tuesday, June 18 without being charged by Hennepin County authorities. Gable Steveson and his teammate Dylan Martinez, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors had to charge Steveson and Martinez by noon Tuesday. They have been released from custody. The investigation remains ongoing, and prosecutors will work with the Minneapolis Police Department to review evidence over the next 90 days, according to Hennepin County authorities.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — A former Lakeville middle school principal was sentenced Monday, June 17 to 8 ½ years in prison for identity theft, stalking and burglary. Christopher Jerome Endicott, 51, of Apple Valley, previously pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court to two counts each of gross misdemeanor stalking and felony burglary in connection with a rash of crimes that he blamed on “financial ruin.” On Feb. 1, Endicott pleaded guilty to felony identity theft.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A 33-year-old Woodbury man died Thursday morning in a rear-end collision with a semi on Interstate 94 at Radio Drive in the eastern Twin Cities metro, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash occurred at 7 a.m. June 13 in the westbound lanes as traffic began to slow during the morning rush hour, according to the State Patrol.
WOODBURY, Minn. — A 21-year-old woman died Monday, June 10, after she was pulled from a pool in Woodbury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Woodbury police received a call Saturday about 10:15 p.m. reporting that a woman was removed from a townhouse complex pool. She had no visible injuries, police said. The woman wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse, and officers began CPR, said John Altman, who is in charge of Woodbury police patrol services. Woodbury EMS took the woman to Regions Hospital, but a detective was informed of the woman’s death on Monday.
A Henry Sibley High School math teacher and tennis coach is under investigation by Mendota Heights police for “suspicious activity.” West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area schools received a complaint against Corey Prondzinski on May 14 and “immediately commenced an investigation,” the school district said in a statement. He was put on paid administrative leave the next day. Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarty said she could not comment on the allegations, which she described as “suspicious activity,” because the investigation is ongoing.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning seniors about an investment scam involving precious metals. The California-based precious metals company Metals.com, which is not registered in Minnesota as a bullion dealer or investment advisor, is cold calling seniors across the U.S. trying to convince them their savings are not safe in traditional accounts, state officials said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Police here say they are stepping up patrols and outreach after a recent spike in overdoses. The city recorded 65 the past nine days. This past week saw an all-time high for the city with 50 alone, according to a statement Thursday, June 6. One of those was a fatality. The news follows a recent string of overdoses in the east metro, including four fatalities in Washington County in recent days. The city’s police department has added patrols in high-overdose areas.
ST. PAUL — A Metro Transit police officer was injured in a small explosion before a training exercise in St. Paul on Wednesday, June 5. Paramedics took the officer to Regions Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, said Howie Padilla, Metro Transit spokesman. The K-9 handler was preparing for a police dog bomb detection training exercise about 3:30 p.m. at the Metro Transit Overhaul Base, where bus maintenance and repairs occur.
PINE SPRINGS, Minn. — Authorities say a bicyclist was fatally struck by a pickup truck Wednesday afternoon, June 5, in the Washington County community of Pine Springs. According to the State Patrol, the collision happened shortly after 12:30 p.m. at Minnesota 36 and Hilton Trail.