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ST. PAUL—A St. Paul man faces federal charges after illegally shipping turtles to Hong Kong under the guise he was mailing toys, authorities say. Rene Patrick Vargas, 32, was charged Monday, Aug. 6, with three counts of false labeling under the Lacey Act, according to information released Tuesday by the United States Attorney's District of Minnesota Office. Vargas allegedly shipped 38 North American box turtles labeled as "toys" or "components" to Hong Kong between June 1 and June 14 of last year, charges say.
ST. PAUL—Shortly after an Eagan woman passed out behind the wheel at a St. Paul intersection, she suddenly shifted into reverse and pinned another woman who'd stopped to check on her between their two vehicles, authorities say. Then she took off, traveling at about 75 miles an hour down city streets before crashing into another vehicle, court documents say. Jean Marie Dominguez's Chevy Equinox eventually rammed into a city light pole and metal fence outside Johnson High School, according to charges filed against her Wednesday, July 25.
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—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 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.
Upset that the woman had turned down his romantic advances, a Minneapolis man urinated in his co-worker’s water bottle, authorities say. Conrrado Cruz Perez, 47, was charged with two counts of adulterating a substance with bodily fluids, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. The first count is a gross-misdemeanor; the second is a misdemeanor. Deputies responded to a Perkins restaurant in Vadnais Heights last October after a 42-year-old employee at the restaurant reported that she was being harassed by a baker.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The Vadnais Heights father of a 13-year-old boy who reportedly threatened a classmate had a machine gun and a short-barreled shotgun — both illegal — among several other firearms discovered at his home last week, authorities said. Christopher Lloyd Stowe; his wife, Lisa Stowe; and their son all face criminal charges after police responded to a reported threat at a Maplewood school in the Twin Cities area last week.
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 St. Catherine University security guard has admitted to falsely accusing a black man of shooting him during an incident that sparked an extensive police manhunt for the made-up perpetrator this fall. On the same day Brent Patrick Ahlers was scheduled to be arraigned in Ramsey County District Court on allegations of falsely reporting a crime, the 35-year-old St. Louis Park man submitted a petition via mail to enter a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge. By filing the petition, Ahlers didn't have to attend his Tuesday, Oct. 31, court hearing.
ST. PAUL — Michael Weigel's former partner woke up last December to a stunning email from her ex. "You will never live in peace. You will live in shame and embarrassment for the rest of your life," the email said, according to the excerpt the woman read in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday, Oct. 3. It went on to detail how Weigel had plastered naked pictures of her that the two took while they were still a couple on her new boyfriend's Facebook page. The photos were attached in the email.