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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.
LAKEVILLE, Minn.—Criminal allegations against a Lakeville middle school principal, who was found in a fish house in northwest Minnesota last week, continue to pile up. In the latest charges field Monday, Feb. 26, prosecutors said a Lakeville school resource officer had opened a file cabinet in Christopher Jerome Endicott's former school office and found valuables, which police later traced to a burglary at his next-door neighbor's home.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — By all accounts, Christopher Endicott was a buttoned-up middle school principal in burgeoning Lakeville, Minnesota. Allegations levied against him in charges filed Thursday, Feb. 8, paint a different picture, one of a man described by police as having a "history of stealing identities and manipulating his victim's information and accounts." Endicott, already under investigation for unauthorized access of a computer, is now accused of stalking several people, including a police detective.
ST PAUL—After a weekend dip, Super Bowl LII ticket prices are climbing back up as fans who have been on the fence are pulling the trigger, according to online resellers. Over the weekend, the median price sold through the online marketplace Vivid Seats fell below $5,000 for the first time this month, according to the company's ticket tracker. However, that figure jumped back up Tuesday, Jan. 30, where it hovered around $5,200.
ST. PAUL—With hotels booked and parties planned, it sure seems like a lot of people are descending on the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl. Just how many remains to be seen. The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee has said the Sunday, Feb. 4, game and the hoopla leading up to it will draw more than 1 million visitors to Twin Cities. A pregame report by Rockport Analytics, a Pennsylvania-based firm hired by the Host Committee, estimates how many of those visitors will come from out of town. They put that number at 125,400.