Nick Ferraro / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST PAUL—A St. Paul woman has been charged with 13 counts of animal mistreatment — one of which is a felony — after a May search of her rural Dakota County animal-rescue operation uncovered 64 dead cats and more than 40 other neglected animals. Caycee Lynn Bregel, who ran the nonprofit Minnesota Animal Rescue, formerly called Minnesota Foster Cats and Kittens, was charged by summons this week in Dakota County District Court. She was arrested in May, following a search of the rental home in Castle Rock Township near Farmington.
BURNSVILLE, Minn.—A 35-year-old Savage, Minn., man who worked as a personal care attendant at a Burnsville senior care center sexually abused a 70-year-old paraplegic resident who has dementia, prosecutors allege. Isaac Misati Aboki was charged Wednesday with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the alleged assault of the woman at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center on March 10.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn -- The young man who pushed an 8-year-old boy off the top of a water slide on Tuesday, sending him 32 feet to concrete below, bit a lifeguard at the same Apple Valley water park less than three weeks earlier but was not charged for that incident or told to stay away, according to police.
SOUTH ST. PAUL — Upset at the thought of being evicted from his group home, Dustin Allen Bilderback grabbed a shotgun from his car Thursday and fired at four South St. Paul police officers, striking two of them, according to criminal charges filed Friday, July 20. Bilderback, 33, was charged in Dakota County District Court with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of second-degree attempted murder in connection with the shooting outside a group home where he had been staying since Jan. 24. He remained jailed Friday in lieu of $1 million bail.
HASTINGS, Minn.—A Hastings man is jailed in connection with the deaths of a Shoreview mother and daughter who were killed Monday when a boulder — 3 feet across and weighing 800 pounds — fell off a dump truck and crashed into their car, police said. On Wednesday, Rosemount police detectives identified Czeck Services as the company that owned the truck involved in the crash and determined that its owner — Joseph Paul Czeck, 33 — was the driver, Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott said.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- A former Burnsville High School music teacher who admitted to having sex with a teenage student was sentenced Thursday, June 14, to 60 days in jail and additional jail time each of the 15 years he’ll serve on probation. Erik Michael Akervik, 30, of Burnsville, pleaded guilty in Dakota County District Court in March to one count of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. A second third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge involving the same victim was dismissed.
LAKEVILLE, Minn.—Christopher Endicott, the suspended Lakeville middle school principal previously accused of felony burglary and stalking, was charged Friday, June 8, with four more crimes. Endicott now is accused of stealing personal and financial information from employees of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district, their family members and others. Endicott, 50, was charged in Dakota County District Court with two counts of felony stalking, felony identity theft and felony crime of financial transaction card fraud.
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.