Nick Ferraro / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A New Hope man has been sentenced to more than 45 years in prison for a crime spree in Mendota Heights in July that included the killing of 48-year-old Beverly Cory of Maplewood, who was working a weekend shift as a financial adviser when she was gunned down in her office. Dakota County District Judge Christian Wilton sentenced Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 45, on Friday, May 11, just three days after Nguyen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.
ST. PAUL—For Tanner Spicer, woodcarving is a respite from the rigors of everyday life. He sits in his garage workspace for hours at a time, slicing away at blocks of basswood and briarwood until they come to life as meticulous figures with fictional names such as "Anders Anderson," "Clyde" and "Red." "It's so fun to do," he said of his hobby, which he took up just over a year ago. It also brings the Mendota Heights police sergeant a source of calm and solace from the effects of police work, especially a tragic summer day four years ago.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn.—A convicted sex offender who recently won a court fight with the Minnesota Department of Human Services plans to live in the Twin Cities community of Mendota Heights. Kirk Alan Fugelseth, a Minot, N.D., native, is one of only two people to be fully discharged from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, which began in 1994. He no longer receives inpatient treatment and is "free to live in the community with no supervision," the DHS said in a statement.
A Woodbury man is accused of stealing the identities of more than 300 people — including some who donated to the Minneapolis homeless shelter where he worked — to pay his daughter’s tuition at a private high school and other expenses. Through his accounting job at House of Charity, Hai Jay Phu Vu used personal information on donors to buy merchandise, make unauthorized withdrawals from bank accounts and apply for credit cards, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Washington County District Court in Stillwater.
A Lakeville woman is accused of leaving her two young children home alone for four hours while she ate chicken wings and got black-out drunk at a Green Mill Restaurant and Bar. Christine Teresa Jewle Smith, 26, was charged last week in Dakota County District Court in Hastings with gross misdemeanor child neglect. She was charged by summons and has an April 16 court date. According to the criminal complaint:
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- As a party bus drove around for several hours late Friday, an argument between two groups of teens festered. When the bus pulled over in Inver Grove Heights to drop off passengers early Saturday, a punch was thrown, according to criminal charges. Shots were fired, leaving 19-year-old Billy Ray Robles dead and wounding a 16-year-old boy.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn.—A 16-year-old Hopkins, Minn., boy has been arrested on suspicion of second-degree homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of Billy Ray Robles, a 19-year-old St. Paul man shot Saturday in Inver Grove Heights, Minn., during a fight between two groups of party bus passengers.
LAKEVILLE, Minn, — A suspended Lakeville middle school principal has been charged with additional crimes. Earlier this month, Chris Endicott knocked on the door of a house that he owns, handed the renters a plastic tote full of sports cards and said that he stole them, according to criminal charges filed Thursday, March 22, in Dakota County district court. He then apologized — saying that he took the items while the couple was on vacation — turned around and walked away, charges said.
EAGAN, Minn. — If the Vikings don't land top free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, it won't be because he is looking for a better place to work out and practice. The team showed off to local media Friday, March 9, the bells and whistles of Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, an eye-popping, 277,000-square-foot practice facility and team headquarters that this summer will be the site of training camp.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn.—A former lunchroom worker at Inver Grove Heights Middle School has pleaded guilty to sending nude photos of herself and sexually explicit texts to a student in 2014. Krista Ann Muccio, 44, of the Twin Cities suburb of Inver Grove Heights, pleaded guilty Thursday in Dakota County District Court to one felony count of communication with a minor describing sexual conduct.