St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. — St. Louis Park police have confirmed that there was an officer-involved shooting here at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. The situation happened at the Louisiana Court Apartments at 2720 Louisiana Court. Shortly after 5 p.m., police responded to a 911 call to the apartments. Audio from the Hennepin County emergency dispatch said there was a domestic in progress between the caller and the caller’s child’s father. The dispatcher advised the officer that the man had warrants, was a suicide risk and has a mental deficiency.
ST. PAUL — The price of admission to the Great Minnesota Get-Together is going up this year — it’s the first such price hike in two years. That is the bad news. The good news is that you can score tickets at 2018 prices through Feb. 1 via the State Fair website. On Feb. 2, ticket prices go up as follows: •Regular gate admission for those 13-64 will be $15. •Children 5-12 and seniors 65 and over will pay $13. •Children 4 and younger will get in free.
BALSAM LAKE, Wis. — A Twin Cities man is dead after the sport-utility vehicle he was driving plunged through the ice on Balsam Lake in northwest Wisconsin on Thursday, Jan 17. According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said they received a 911 call shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday reporting a vehicle had gone through the ice in the narrows separating west and east Balsam Lake, about 50 miles northeast of the Twin Cities. The caller did not see anyone get out of the vehicle.
ST. PAUL — A sex trafficking organization recruited women to work in brothels in dozens of cities, including the Twin Cities, according to federal indictments unsealed this week. The FBI found four sex trafficking victims as part of a national sting operation this week, they announced Friday, Jan. 18.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Authorities suspect an 18-year-old woman was impaired when her vehicle struck two SUVs on New Year’s Eve in Lakeville, a southwest suburb of St. Paul, killing one driver and injuring another, according to an application for a search warrant. Daniel Halsey Otis, 59, of Faribault, Minn., died Monday night of head injuries he suffered in the crash, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Wednesday, Jan. 16.
ST. PAUL — A federal grand jury indicted a St. Paul police officer on Wednesday, Jan. 16, for using excessive force against a man while apprehending him in 2016, the FBI announced. Officer Brett Palkowitsch kicked Frank Baker, then 52, as a police dog bit into Baker’s leg. Baker filed a federal lawsuit against St. Paul and the city agreed to a historic $2 million settlement in 2017. Palkowitsch, 31, is charged with one count of deprivation of rights — a federal civil rights violation.
ST. PAUL — A former rabbi at a Jewish learning center in Minneapolis won’t serve jail time for making arrangements online with someone he thought was a child for sex. Aryeh Cohen, 44, received a stayed 30-day sentence from a Ramsey County district judge at his sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16. The St. Louis Park man also was placed on probation for three years, ordered to serve 150 hours of community service, undergo mental health counseling and register as a sex offender.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins made a minor trade Tuesday night, sending John Curtiss, who had been designated for assignment on Monday, to the Angels for 18-year-old infielder Daniel Ozoria. Ozoria, who split time between two Rookie Level teams last season, hit .195/.248/.220 in 51 games. He was signed by the Angels out of the Dominican Republican in 2016. Curtiss, who was the odd man out with the addition of reliever Blake Parker to the 40-man roster on Monday, had a career 7.20 earned-run average in 17 games spanning 15 innings with the Twins over the past two seasons.
FRIDLEY, Minn. — Anoka County prosecutors on Tuesday, Jan. 15, charged two Fridley men in connection with Thursday’s fatal shooting of a Minneapolis teen. The Anoka County attorney’s office announced that 24-year-old Travon Shug Wallace has been charged with second-degree murder and that 20-year-old Tamarr Brayon Long has been charged with aiding an offender. Both were being held in the Anoka County Jail. They were arrested in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of 17-year-old Keimonte Raclaud White.