Sarah Horner / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — A St. Paul man was charged with murder Thursday, Feb. 14, for selling $10 worth of drugs to a 21-year-old who fatally overdosed on the substances. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Aries Andres Velez, 20, with one count of third-degree murder. The charges come a little less than a year after police responded to a report of a man not breathing in a car parked outside a home on the 1600 block of Westminster Street in St. Paul last March 31, charges say.
ST. PAUL - “How to make a baby really sick.” “Miralax overdose.” “Child salt death.” Those were some of the phrases a Lewiston, Minn., mother typed into the web browser on her phone in the months before the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged her with trying to endanger her infant’s life, authorities say. Authorities searched her phone after medical staff at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul notified police about troubling behavior involving the woman, after her 9-month-old son was admitted to the hospital last July 11 for “failure to thrive,” according to court documents.
ST. PAUL -- It’s been more than five years since Andrew Henderson had his camera seized by a Ramsey County deputy after Henderson refused to identify himself or stop recording law enforcement’s conduct outside his Little Canada apartment. He says he’s still reeling from it, though, and has now taken steps he says are aimed at ensuring no other Ramsey County resident has to endure what he did.
ST. PAUL -- Lillian Kuller’s family waited more than three decades for an apology from the man who strangled the former dancer while burglarizing her St. Paul home in the winter of 1987. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, they thought the moment had finally arrived. It never did. Instead of expressing remorse during his sentencing hearing inside a Ramsey County District courtroom, Michael Withers lambasted the judge and prosecutor’s office for turning his case into a “media circus” for their own political gain.
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.