Mara Gottfried / St. Paul Pioneer Press
As a St. Paul police officer told a suspected drunk driver to get in his squad car, the man responded, “I am a Ramsey County judge” and asked the officer to allow him to walk home, according to police reports made public Friday. The officer repeated to Ramsey County District Court Judge G. Tony Atwal that he should get in the squad and he did. It was early on New Year’s Day and Atwal was charged on Jan. 2 with DWI. He pleaded guilty the same afternoon to a gross misdemeanor.
As a St. Paul police officer tried to take a man into custody Wednesday, the man struck him in the head eight times while holding a key. The department’s assistant police chief said the officer was “brutally assaulted.” “(The suspect) was essentially stabbing the officer in the head with the key,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. The officer was taken to Regions Hospital and required a staple to close a wound on his head, Linders said. Police arrested Coni Lamark Shegog, 28, of St. Paul, on suspicion of felony assault on a peace officer.
ST. PAUL—There was a time when Jenny Gaines went to the biggest sporting events—she traveled to Las Vegas or Atlantic City for Mike Tyson boxing matches, and to Minneapolis when the city hosted the World Series. The trips were anything but fun or glamorous. Gaines was under the control of violent pimps—beginning when she was 14 years old in Minneapolis. She said they would tell her to go from place to place, hoping to capitalize on economies of scale to turn more tricks in less time.
ST. PAUL—Before a fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Paul, a man in the area heard a woman saying, "Help me, help me!" and "He's trying to kill me." De'Andre Gatewood, who lives in an Dayton's Bluff apartment building near the shooting, said he also heard the woman saying, "The gun isn't loaded. Put the gun down. Please don't shoot." The woman spoke directly to the man who was apparently shot soon after, telling him, "Just put the gun down, put your hands up, don't do anything," Gatewood said Wednesday.
ST. PAUL — A 35-year-old man running when he was struck Wednesday, Feb. 22, by an SUV in St. Paul was also an avid bicyclist who worked as an engineer at 3M. Police arrested the 60-year-old driver, whom officers suspected of being under the influence and possibly on his phone. The man has been a lawyer in Minnesota for more than 30 years. Scott Allen Spoo, of St. Paul, was in the crosswalk on Mississippi River Boulevard at Dayton Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. when a man driving a sport-utility vehicle hit Spoo. Spoo was pronounced dead at the scene.
ST. PAUL — Zoinks! A van painted to look like the Mystery Machine van from “Scooby-Doo” crashed into a home in St. Paul, and police soon learned it had been stolen. No injuries were reported, but the custom-painted van sustained front-end damage.
ST. PAUL -- The locomotive engineer killed in a train accident in St. Paul last weekend had worked for Canadian Pacific for about 17 years and had loved trains since he was a little boy, his sister said this week. Jeffrey Harsh, 43, was starting his shift at the rail yard and was the third crew member to cross the tracks when a train clipped him, knocking him to the ground, according to a police report.
ST. PAUL -- The names of a handful of St. Paul police officers are on a list of Minnesota officers reportedly posted by a group of hackers affiliated with ISIS, the city’s police department said Tuesday. A news website called it a “kill list.” “We’re aware of the list, and any St. Paul officers who are on it have been made aware,” said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman. “We’re working with law enforcement partners, including the FBI, to make sure they’re safe.”