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ST. PAUL — Lucifer Nguyen, the man accused of fatally shooting a Maplewood woman July 29 while fleeing police in Mendota Heights, pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court hearing Monday. Prosecutors have charged Nguyen, 44, of New Hope, with second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count each of first-degree burglary and kidnapping in connection with a violent crime spree that left 48-year Beverly Cory dead.
HASTINGS, Minn. — During an Aug. 17 robbery of a Verizon Wireless store in Inver Grove Heights, Jamaal Marquie Mays allegedly pointed a .45-caliber handgun at a clerk's head and told him to "make it easy on me." The clerk had another idea: He pulled his own gun from his waistband and fired three shots, hitting Mays twice and critically wounding him.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Inver Grove Heights police on Friday identified the man shot by a clerk at a Verizon Wireless store during a foiled attempted robbery Thursday morning, and also released details about a second suspect who remains at large. Jamaal Marquie Mays, 32, of Crystal, was shot by a clerk at the Cellular Connection as the two exchanged gunfire at about 11 a.m. Thursday.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man who allegedly was trying to rob a cellphone store in Inver Grove Heights on Thursday morning was shot by the store clerk during an exchange of gunfire, according to police. The man, who is believed to be in his mid to late 20s, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with several gunshot wounds, Lt. Joshusa Otis said. His condition is unknown. An accomplice who fled the store after the shooting remains at large.
WEST ST. PAUL—Divina Marie Sulentich told police that after her aunt threatened to tell others about her illegal drug use, she grabbed the 60-year-old woman and shook her. During a struggle, she said, the two fell onto a bed, where she got on top her aunt and "squeezed" her neck until she went limp, according to court documents filed in Dakota County District Court. On Wednesday, prosecutors charged Divina Sulentich of West St. Paul with second-degree murder with intent for the July death of her aunt, Mary Susan Sulentich, also of West St. Paul.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Thomas Hilpisch wasn't scheduled to work as a St. Paul firefighter on Saturday morning, so he was doing yard work at his Lake Elmo home. At about 11 a.m., while driving a skid-steer loader, Hilpisch looked up and saw a man in his front yard frantically waving his arms, trying to flag him down. The man, who was wearing sunglasses and had a drawstring bag on his back, approached him. "I was like, 'What the heck? Who is this guy?' " Hilpisch recalled. " 'What does this guy want?'"
BLAINE, Minn. -- After a three-day manhunt, Lucifer Nguyen, a suspect in a Mendota Heights homicide on Saturday, was captured late Monday night in Blaine. Nguyen, 44, of New Hope, was arrested after a car he was a passenger in was pulled over at about 11:30 p.m., apparently after his brother helped law enforcement locate him.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- On the run after police say he robbed a grandmother at gunpoint and crashed his car into a pond, Lucifer Vincent Nguyen dashed into an office building in Mendota Heights. The career criminal happened upon Beverly Cory, a 48-year-old Maplewood resident working on Saturday morning as a financial adviser for Edward Jones. Moments later, Nguyen shot Cory once in the head, killing her, authorities said Monday.
EAGAN, Minn. — When Minnesota Vikings fans descend on the team's training camp next summer in Eagan, they will be greeted with large plazas for events, two small lakes and looping, landscaped walking and biking trails. A land bridge between the lakes will have a Viking ship theme, with a boardwalk and a team hall of fame paying homage to former players with decorative paving and plaques. Meanwhile, future plans call for a large "Skol Pavilion" for events.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. — Two years after its bold entrance into the Twin Cities grocery marketplace, Hy-Vee is now looking to nudge its way into the local convenience store scene — in a big way. The Des Moines, Iowa-based grocery chain is planning a super-sized convenience store and gas station in Lakeville, promising to offer time-strapped, on-the-go customers plenty of prepared meals and scaled-down versions of its typical produce, dairy and meat departments and Market Grill restaurant. A Starbucks coffee shop will be tucked in one corner of the store.