Mara H. Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS—A former FBI agent who investigated 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling's disappearance said Tuesday that the Stearns County sheriff's recent analysis of the case was distorted and "a revisionist account of the investigation." Steve Gilkerson, who is retired from the FBI, said Don Gudmundson — who was not sheriff or working in Stearns County when Wetterling was kidnapped in 1989 — misled the public about what FBI agents "were doing and what they were able to do."
ST. PAUL—The announcement came over the intercom of an airplane bound for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Wednesday morning, July 4: "If there are any doctors on the plane, please identify yourself. We're in need of a doctor." St. Paul Assistant Fire Chief Mike Gaede said he turned around and saw a passenger a few rows behind him who he "immediately recognized was in bad shape." The man's face was ashen gray, and he was going in and out of consciousness.
ST. PAUL—After firefighters had to descend into a St. Paul cave Tuesday to bring eight teenagers to safety, they sounded the alarm again: It is illegal to enter the city's caves and dangers abound. No one was injured in Crosby Farm Regional Park on Tuesday morning, though young people have died in the city's caves in years past. Tuesday marked the second time in less than two weeks that firefighters have responded to teens in St. Paul caves.
ST. PAUL — A 16-year-old boy missing from St. Paul for more than 40 years has been identified as a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, an official said Wednesday, July 19. James Byron Haakenson's mother reported him missing to St. Paul police on Sept. 2, 1976. Haakenson was listed as a runaway and his probable destination was reported as unknown, "maybe Chicago," according to reports from the time.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul mom said her two sons were fine when she left for work one day last month and her live-in boyfriend put the boys to bed that night. But the 3-year-old didn't wake up the next morning and an autopsy found he suffered a severe skull fracture, according to murder charges filed against the boyfriend Thursday, July 6. Police found out in their investigation that Devioun Keith Johnson, 34, was the focus of a Dakota County child protection investigation in 2013. He was not charged in that case.
ST. PAUL — A 3-week-old girl was found to have a skull fracture and broken leg Saturday, June 10, in St. Paul, and the baby's 19-year-old father told police he was in a "blind rage" and "snapped" her leg, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday. The Ramsey County attorney's office charged Gerald Monte Hinton Jr. of St. Paul with first-degree assault. About 2:30 p.m. Saturday , the baby's mother — who is Hinton's wife — went to a graduation party. Hinton started calling her about 10 minutes after she arrived to the party.
ST. PAUL -- When a severely injured woman made it out of a burning St. Paul house, holding her 2-year-old grandson, she pleaded with a neighbor to help: Her daughter and other grandchildren were still inside. But the smoke of the Wednesday morning fire was too thick, and the 27-year-old daughter died. Her mother, along with two children, were hospitalized with serious burns and smoke inhalation; one child’s injuries were so extensive he might not survive, said St.