Nick Ferraro / St. Paul Pioneer Press
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. — West St. Paul has another idea for dealing with a problem property: buy it. The city's economic development authority, which is made up of city council members, voted unanimously Monday night to enter into a purchase agreement with the owner of 210 Logan Ave., where over the past five years police have responded to more than 160 calls — mostly for complaints of barking and unleashed dogs, suspicious vehicles and noise.
BURNSVILLE, MInn. — A Burnsville High School music teacher is accused of having sexually explicit electronic communication with a student over the past several weeks, police said. Erik Micheal Akervik, 29, of Burnsville, was arrested at the high school about 11:30 a.m. Monday and booked into Dakota County jail on suspicion of using the internet or a computer to distribute material that relates or describes sexual conduct with a child, jail records show. Akervik is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Wednesday.
EAGAN, Minn. -- An Eagan daycare provider is accused of seriously injuring a 13-month-old boy to the point where he suffered severe brain damage. Mariel Alexandra Grimm, 33, was charged Wednesday in Dakota County District Court with felony first-degree assault for the alleged abuse, which prosecutors say happened Sept. 22 at her house.
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn.—A small West St. Paul house has been causing big problems, officials say. Since Leann Broadbent and her family moved into 210 Logan Ave. five years ago, police have been called to their house 157 times on complaints of barking and unleashed dogs, suspicious vehicles and noise. But a January shooting at the brick 1950s-era rambler that injured Broadbent's 25-year-old son increased the level of fear in the neighborhood and the tension between the homeowner and her neighbors.
EAGAN, Minn. -- A 25-year-old woman who was eight months pregnant when she was killed Tuesday in her home in the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan was remembered Wednesday by her mother as a “loving, kind, smart and beautiful young woman who was very excited to be a mother.” Eagan police on Wednesday identified the victim as Senicha Marie Lessman, who along with her 32-week unborn son were killed at a townhouse. Lessman’s body showed signs of trauma, police said.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.—A South St. Paul elementary school teacher and his husband allegedly had sexual conduct with eight underage boys over several years, according to police documents released Tuesday. South St. Paul police closed their four-month investigation into teacher Aric Babbitt and Matthew Deyo last week, and the 134-page case file obtained by the Pioneer Press on Tuesday shows the scope and extent of the alleged sexual contact and inappropriate conduct.
WOODBURY, Minn. -- Jim and Loni Kerze’s telephone number is a sign of their hope. When the couple moved from Eagan to Woodbury three years ago, they kept their old phone number — just in case. “Maybe Christopher will still remember it,” Loni said Monday afternoon. It’s been 26 years since Jim and Loni Kerze have seen Christopher, their son who said he needed to stay home sick from school but instead left a note and headed for northern Minnesota. He never returned.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A coroner has determined that Matthew Deyo shot Aric Babbitt before turning the gun on himself last week in the state of Washington, where the married South St. Paul couple went amid an investigation into their alleged sexual abuse of teenage boys in Minnesota. Babbitt’s death has been ruled a homicide, while Deyo died of suicide, said Randall Gaylord, the coroner for San Juan County in Washington, on Thursday. There were no physical signs of a struggle on either of the bodies, he said.
ST. PAUL -- The mother of a pregnant Cannon Falls woman critically injured Monday in a Dakota County collision said Tuesday that her daughter was breathing only through a ventilator and that the family is “going to let her go.” Speaking from Regions Hospital in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth Calderara’s mother, Suzanne Mohn Brantly, said her daughter is “not going to make it.” “The head trauma and the neck trauma were just too great,” she said. “We’ve decided to say goodbye.”