Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ST. PAUL — A former Marine who fired more than 20 rounds from a military-style assault rifle at two people he let into his downtown St. Paul apartment last spring was sentenced Tuesday, April 18 to three decades in prison. With his family and fellow Marines seated behind him, Scott Klund, 30, showed no outward display of emotion as Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann sentenced the Duluth native to nearly 33 years in prison.
ST. PAUL—Allegations of bullying, badgering and threats flew in a Ramsey County courtroom Tuesday between a man heading toward trial for allegedly raping four women in St. Paul and the attorney assigned to defend him. Standing in front of the courtroom, public defender Bruce Wenger asked the judge March 14 to dismiss him as well as the public defender's office from Larry Griffin's case. He made the rare request, Wenger said, because of fears for his safety. Griffin, 39, is accused of raping four women in St. Paul late last year.