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ST. PAUL—A St. Paul man faces federal charges after illegally shipping turtles to Hong Kong under the guise he was mailing toys, authorities say. Rene Patrick Vargas, 32, was charged Monday, Aug. 6, with three counts of false labeling under the Lacey Act, according to information released Tuesday by the United States Attorney's District of Minnesota Office. Vargas allegedly shipped 38 North American box turtles labeled as "toys" or "components" to Hong Kong between June 1 and June 14 of last year, charges say.
ST. PAUL — A former state government employee who claims she was fired after raising concerns about what she said was a "toxic" work environment is taking her case to court. Nancy Omondi, the former division director for the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Regulation Division, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the state department in Ramsey County District Court this week.
ST. PAUL—Shortly after an Eagan woman passed out behind the wheel at a St. Paul intersection, she suddenly shifted into reverse and pinned another woman who'd stopped to check on her between their two vehicles, authorities say. Then she took off, traveling at about 75 miles an hour down city streets before crashing into another vehicle, court documents say. Jean Marie Dominguez's Chevy Equinox eventually rammed into a city light pole and metal fence outside Johnson High School, according to charges filed against her Wednesday, July 25.
ST. PAUL—A Minneapolis man was granted a stayed sentence after he repeatedly struck a police officer attempting to resolve an order for protection violation in St. Paul last spring. The officer went to the hospital with a head wound. Ramsey County District Judge Nicole Starr delivered the stayed sentence at a hearing held for Coni Lamark Shegog on Wednesday afternoon, July 11. It was handed down roughly two months after the 29-year-old pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer in the case.
MINNEAPOLIS—It was the faintest of movements, three toes barely wiggling. Jack Jablonski was sitting on his parents' deck in Minneapolis before heading out to dinner on the Fourth of July when it happened. He'd taken his shoes off to alleviate swelling in his feet. With a couple of moments to spare, he tried to repeat the tiny movement he had worked to replicate since it happened this past December.
MINNEAPOLIS—Barbara Carlson conducted interviews in hot tubs, wrote unapologetically about her messy marriage to former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson, and was unflinching and unabashed in her approach to politics and the issues and people that mattered to her, those who knew her say. The former Minneapolis City Council member and flamboyant KSTP Radio talk show host died Monday, July 9, after a long battle with lung cancer, surrounded by her two children as well as other relatives, according to a post on her CaringBridge site from her daughter. She was 80.
ST. PAUL—authorities have dropped all firearms charges against the Vadnais Heights father of a boy accused of threatening violence against fellow students with a "kill list.". The development was welcome but not surprising, according to the man's attorney, who called the charges a case of "government overreach." Christopher Stowe and his wife, Lisa Stowe, of the St. Paul suburb, were charged in March after authorities executed a search warrant at their home following an incident at their 13-year-old son's school.
Chi Nu Xiong put four of his boys in his car Friday afternoon, instructed the children to “say goodbye” to their mother in a video he texted her, and then warned his wife that she was soon going to “cry blood,” authorities say. Xiong started texting his wife the distressing video after the two had fought while on their way to a friend’s house in St. Paul around 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to the criminal complaint filed against him Monday in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL—The wife of a man fatally shot by St. Paul police two years ago faces criminal charges after authorities say she threatened to shoot officers in retaliation. Kay Maureen Smith, 42, was charged Thursday with one count of threats of violence for the incident, which took place shortly after midnight Wednesday, according to the criminal complaint filed against her in Ramsey County District Court.
ST. PAUL—A St. Paul man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison for his role in the murder of a father last spring. Ramsey County District Judge Timothy Mulrooney sentenced Edward Lamonte Williams Friday, June 1, to nearly 12 years in prison for his involvement in the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Brock Cecil Larson on May 9, 2017. The sentencing came several months after Williams, 21, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder in the case.